Gaining Popularity!

September 20, 2009

First of all, I just want to thank everyone for visiting my site and I’m hoping my guides have helped you weather you did it from start to finish, or helped you only with a few steps along the way.

Updates: I have added information on the guide on dual booting Windows 7 and OS X. There are unnecessary steps found on the Gears Diary guide that I link to, so I added some tips on how to do it on your Mini.

I’m pleased to say that this site has been getting upwards of 250 unique visitors per day! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to add comments on any of my posts or guides!

Also, if you have your own blog site, forum, OS X tips, or whatever and you would like to become affiliates, I would be more than happy to throw up your site under my Links panel on the right. If you are interested, just add a comment onto this post and I’ll respond as soon as I can.

I have also added a link to the panel, UsingMac.com. There are plenty of tips, tricks, apps, wallpapers, and more over there for your Hackintoshes (or, hey, even real Macs! :D)


Compatible Software Updates UPDATED!

September 19, 2009

Did Software Update suprise you with some, well, updates? Check here to see if they are compatible. 😀

All these updates are safe for Mini 110, latest ones at the top:

  • Java for Mac OS X Update 5 version 1.0
  • iTunes version 9.0.1
  • Security Update 2009-005 version 1.0
  • Airport Utility Software Update 2000-002 version 5.4.2
  • Safari version 4.0.3
  • Quicktime version 7.6.4
  • iLife Support version 9.0.3
  • Front Row Update version 2.1.7
  • Remote Desktop Client Update version 3.3.1
  • Mac OS X Update 10.5.8 (see below if you are on 10.5.7 or lower)

All these updates will work with no issues on our netbooks, so don’t be afraid, go ahead and install them 😛 (Extra steps needed for 10.5.8 upgrade, see below.)

UPGRADE TO 10.5.8: So, more and more reports are coming in that the Mac OS X 10.5.8 Update can be installed with no bad effects. I decided to go for it and install it, and it worked great in the end. So, you can go ahead and select the Mac OS X 10.5.8 update in Software Update. After it installs and it reboots, you will notice that your screen resolution is smaller again, WiFi doesn’t work, and other things. Relax! The only thing you need to do is reinstall the kexts that are included in the HP Mini Essentials .zip file.  Here’s how to re-install the kexts, taken from the OS X Install Guide:

Open up OSX86Tools again (HP Mini Essential Files > OSX86Tools_1.0.150 > OSX86Tools.app ) and reinstall all the kexts in the kext folder.

  1. Click on “Install kexts” towards the bottom right.
  2. Find the kexts folder on your flash drive. Select the first one. This time, select all but one kext – Do not install the AppleIntelGMA950 kext. It will disable your screen.
  3. Shift+Click the last one to select all.
  4. After the installer completes, it will ask you to reboot. Go ahead and reboot.

Moved the Guide.

September 18, 2009

I moved the guide to it’s own little page on the site, so that I could make posts and updates on the main page (that would be here :P)

Anyways, I launched the site a few days ago, and so far, there has been over 100 users coming through each day, and this site has only been posted on InsanelyMac and over on MyHPMini.com, which is awesome. I hope that the word gets out more, because this guide works, and works GREAT!

I just used this exact guide last night to install iDeneb to my HP Mini, and it worked great! I used my old, tired, noisy (fan is going out) PowerBook G4 to read the directions and load up iDeneb onto the flash drive and everything, and everything installed flawlessly.
I then installed Windows 7 and got it all set up to dual boot with OS X, and it all went well. I’m thinking of doing a guide for that as well.  Time will tell.

Enjoy!


My own HP Mini…

September 17, 2009

I figured I might as well show what I’ve got going on… 🙂

I have an HP Mini 110-1033CL that I ordered straight from HP.com, customized. I ordered it straight from the factory with the following:

My Mini, taken while writing this page.
My Mini running OS X, taken while writing this page.

HP Mini 110 XP
• Black Swirl
• Genuine Windows XP Home with Service Pack 3
• Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor N280 (1.66GHz, 512KB L2, 667Mhz FSB)
• 1GB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm)
• 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
• Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with a 5-in-1 Digital Media slot
• 10.1″ diagonal HD LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1366 x 768)
• HP Mini Webcam with HP Imprint Finish (Swirl)
• Wireless-G Card
• Broadcom(R) Crystal HD Enhanced Video accelerator with ArcSoft TotalMedia(TM) Theatre
• HP Color Matching Keyboard
• 3 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
• Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
• HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

Basically, I upgraded to the N280 Atom 1.66GHz processor, upgraded to the Hi-Def 10.1″ display, and added in the Broadcom HD Video Accelerator card. To cut down on cost, I downgraded to the 3-cell battery.

After a few days of playing with it, I was getting real bored of the Windows XP Home OS, so I had planned to install OS X along with Windows 7 and have a powerful netbook capable of both platforms. With that plan in mind, I researched on many hackintosh/windows forums and found that its best to have 2GB of RAM and a flash drive to install it all. With that in mind, I went to Newegg.com and bought a stick of Crucial 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2-667 RAM for increased Mac compatability, and an 8GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drive (I love the Cruzers, they’re bad ass.) I also am using a 4GB SDHC card and dedicated it for ReadyBoost in Windows 7, so everything runs very snappy.

Once all that finally made its way here and the man in brown delivered it, I began the installations. The OS X install went without a hitch thanks to the guide here (what a great plug) and then installed a copy of the Windows 7 RTM. Then followed the guide for dual booting. Went great. I also installed NTFS-3G on the Mac partition to allow me to read/write files on the Windows partition. So that’s where I’m at, and everything runs GREAT! I’ve included a few screenshots below…

The Mini on iDeneb OS X 10.5.7 partition
The Mini on iDeneb OS X 10.5.7 partition
The Mini on the Windows 7 RTM 7600 partition
The Mini on the Windows 7 RTM 7600 partition
Showing the Windows 7 Performance Index scores. Only scored low on the graphics. Using GMABooster greatly improves this.
Showing the Windows 7 Performance Index scores. Only scored low on the graphics. Using GMABooster greatly improves this.