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Apples October 2013 Event

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The two biggest surprises for me was the new iPad moniker and the price for OSX Mavericks.

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To all iPhone user updating to iOS 7: Welcome to Android!

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Mountain Lion 10.8.1 installed on my hackintosh

As I wrote earlier, I’ve waited for Apple to release the first update for Mountain Lion before I’m upgrading from Lion. Since I’m going to be upgrading my hackintosh, I was also waiting for MultiBeast to be updated.

Now that both of these criteria are met, I decided to install Mountain Lion on my hackintosh. You can read about my hardware here, but to give a quick recap:

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 Z68 S-1155 M-ATX (BIOS: F13)
CPU: INTEL CORE I5 2500K 3.30GHZ 6MB S-1155
RAM: KINGSTON DDR3 HYPERX 8GB 1600MHZ CL9 (2X4GB)
GFX: XFX RADEON HD6870 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E DVI/HDMI/DP (HD-687A-ZHFC)
CASE: FRACTAL DESIGN DEFINE MINI MINITOWER M-ATX BLACK
PSU: CORSAIR TX 650W V2
HDD: One I had lying around (60GB from a PS3), I use a Kingston HyperX SSD 120GB as my main boot drive for Windows 8 and another 500GB HDD for storage + NAS.

I already had Lion running flawless, so I hoped the same would be true for Mountain Lion. So here goes:

I bought Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store, which downloaded to Applications. Copied it to my NAS for backup.

I then downloaded UniBeast and ran it to make an USB (must be over 5GB) for installing Mountain Lion to any Intel-based computer.

Since setup doesn’t support the Radeon 6xxx series, I had two options:

1) Remove the graphics card (or pull out the PCI-E power cables) and use either the built in graphics in Sandy/Ivy Bridge or another card.

2) Delete the ATI6000Controller.kext from the USB.

I tried both methods and they both worked.

The kext (driver) is located in System/Library/Extensions (S/L/E) which is a hidden location. To show hidden files you have to run a command from Terminal.

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

Then restart Finder by pressing Alt while right-clicking Finder in the Dock and choose Relaunch.

Copy the ATI6000Controller.kext for backup before deleting it, because you’re installing it later.

On the hackintosh be sure to enter BIOS and load Optimized defaults. Double-check to see that:

SATA=ACHI

HPET=64 bit

ACPI= S3 (Suspend to RAM)

You’re now ready to boot from the USB. Just follow the UniBeast guide.

The only thing I had to do was to use GraphicsEnabler=No:

At the Chimera boot screen, just start typing.

When setup restarts, you’ll have to do this again. But this time choose to start from the internal drive (Mountain Lion if you followed the UniBeast guide). Then finish setup.

When you’re at the Mountain Lion desktop, copy ATI6000Controller.kext to it. Then download KexBeast, unzip it to the desktop and run it. You have to enable 3rd party apps to run from System Preferences/Security first. Update: Or you can right-click and chose Open. KextBeast will install the driver back to S/L/E. Then restart and boot from the USB one last time. Choose the internal drive again. Remove the USB and download MultiBeast and the correct DSDT file for your motherboard. If you have updated your Gigabyte motherboard to UEFI, you don’t need a DSDT.

Put both files on the dekstop and run MultiBeast. Check the following:

UserDSDT or DSDT-Free Installation

ALC 889 under audio driver

Lnx2Mac´s RealTekRTL81xx Ethernet  under network driver

Sandy Bridge Core i5 under Customization >> SSDT Options

Note: This is just the necessary drivers for basic operation.

I had a problem booting Mountain Lion after running MultiBeast. The standard grey Apple logo screen would get an forbidden sign over the Apple.

Booting with -v (for verbose output) showed that the system hang on “Still waiting for root device”. A search in the forums gave me different things to try out, among them trying another SATA-port and run a script to insert a pause for detecting devices. I installed Mountain Lion several times and successfully booted many times via the UniBeast USB (before running MultiBeast). Each time I ran  MultiBeast and restarted, it hang. I tried booting with different flags, and finally found out that using -f (ignore caches) worked.

So I edited my boot.plist in the Extras folder on the internal drive. I set UseKernelCache to No.

Now my hackintosh boots up without the USB and without me interfering.

Sound and ethernet works. Sleep works. I have full screen resolution (1680×1050) and GPU acceleration. Oh the joy!

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Apple Mac Noteworthy

Coming fall 2012: Mountain Lion on my hackintosh

I’ve always waited for the first patch before I upgrade OS X. And it usually doesn’t take long.

My white MacBook from late 2007  (MB062LL/B) is now out of the loop. Sooo…

Since I’m going to be installing Mountain Lion on my hackintosh, I’m also waiting for MultiBeast to be updated. UniBeast has already been updated.

With GigaByte releasing new UEFI BIOS for my motherboard, things might even get simpler!

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Technews for week 24

Here in Norway weeks starts on Monday and we use week numbers. Below is the most interesting technews for week 24.

The BIG headlines this week was caused by Apple. At the opening of the 29th WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) Apple released upgraded MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and “the next generation” MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The 15.4 inch display consists of over 5 million pixels with the resolution 2880 x 1800. It comes standard with 8GB RAM. SuperDrive or harddrive is not an option. Built only with proprietary parts, iFixit gave it a score of 1 for repairability. You simply can’t upgrade or service it yourself. Apple also (quietly) ditched the 17 inch MacBook Pro and upgraded the Mac Pro and the Airport Express. Since the upgraded MacBook Airs and Pros use the new MagSafe 2 connector, you can buy an adapter.

Apple also showed off the next version of OS X called Moutain Lion, which will be yours for 20$ next month. iOS 6 was shown for the first time, with Scott Forstall highlighting some of the new features. iOS 6 will be a free update this fall for iPhone 3GS and newer, iPad 2 and newer and the 4th generation iPod touch.

Spotify released an updated version of its Android app built from scratch. In addition to all the goodies from the preview version earlier this year, you also get gapless playback and crossfade together with support for folders, play queue and Last.fm scrobbling.

Since Internet Explorer 10 on Windows RT (that’s the Metro-only version of Windows 8 to run on tablets powered by ARM CPUs) won’t support plugins, Microsoft has decided to include Flash themselves.