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OSx86 Install

Posted: August 1, 2006 in OSx86 Install

To install JaS OSx86 10.4.6 the first thing you need to do is to put the install DVD on your DVD drive and turn off the PC. Before you turn it on, if you are on a laptop, you need to either connect an external monitor to it, or use the staple trick explained on the previous module. Once you do that follow this sequence:

Hint: Use this picture gallery as a reference

When asked press the ‘F8’ for install options

On the next screen press ‘Enter’. Installer starts to load.

When asked select the language and click ‘Next’

Agree to Apple’s terms

You will now come to the HD selection windows. No HD should be listed and here is what you need to do:

-Open “Disk Utilities” from the ‘Utilities’ menu
-Select disk0s2 (Make sure this is the correct disk by checking the size you gave it)
-Click on the ‘Erase’ tab
-Select ‘Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)’
-Type a name for the HD, hit the ‘Erase’ button, and confirm you want to erase it.
-Quick “Disk Utilities”

Now you should see an HD to install to. Click on it and then click on the ‘Customize’ button. You will see install options here.

Hint: To save the most space on install here are some recommendations:
-Uncheck all printers except the one you have and plan to use
-Uncheck all additional fonts if you don’t need them
-Uncheck all language translations if you don’t need them
-Uncheck X11 if you don’t know what is it or don’t plan to use it

Very Important, check the following options located at the bottom of the customize panel (Also check any other that apply to your system):

-10.4.6 Combo Update
-Intel SSE2
-10.4.6 GMA900 Support
-Wireless Networking Support
-Via Sata ATA.

After you have checked your choices hit install and wait for the installer to finish.

Hint: If you want to save time on the installer you can skip DVD check, only if you know the DVD media does not contain any writing errors. My latest JaS OSx86 installation took about 14 minutes to complete by un-checking that.

When the install is done the PC will reboot As soon as the PC restarts you need to eject the install DVD.

If everything installed ok you will boot to the “Welcome/Registration” page. At this time you should be able to see everything in color and hear sound right away. Follow the prompts until you get to the desktop.

NOTICE: If you get the ‘B0 Error’ when booting, read the next module. Otherwise, skip it.

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Paperclip/Staple Trick

Posted: August 1, 2006 in OSx86 Install

If you are a Desktop user skip this section

If you are installing JaS OSx86 on a laptop (in this case the Gateway M280), the installation DVD will boot and you will see first a grey screen with the animating symbol on it, and then you will see a blue screen with the mouse on it. But for some reason after the blue screen comes up it will stay there forever, no matter if you leave the installer alone for hours. You will probably think several things at this moment:

Am I doing something wrong?
Is the downloaded ISO corrupted?
Did it burn correctly?
Does my PC support this install DVD?

… And many other questions that I did not asked myself when I got stuck at this point. Maybe one of those questions is correct and it is causing the problem, but let me tell you something you my find interesting. If you connect an external monitor to your laptop and reboot the installer I am completely sure you will be able to continue. Why does this happen? That I don’t know, but I do know it happened to me the first time I tried to install JaS OSx86 in my laptop. This problem as far as I know only happens on laptops, not on desktops. I installed the same OS on my desktop and without a problem. So, if you got stuck at the blue screen you can hook up your external monitor and bingo, problem solved. But we have another problem with that: yes it works, but you will need to connect that monitor back in every single time you boot to the Mac OS X partition, which is annoying. To solve this problem I used my modified version of a trick I found that helped me to get rid of this bug. Many people know it as the “Paperclip trick” but since modified it I decided to name is the “Staple trick” and here is how to build it.

You will need one small staple, something to cut it, something to blend it, and some degree of precision. A picture says a thousand words, right? Therefore I do not feel comfortable writing word by word how to do this, but I did take pictures of the process you need to follow to build and use/install the trick and here they are (This are my own pictures, taken at the time I built my second device). I hope they can also do the trick for you and you are able to continue the install and boot Mac.

Notice: remember to leave the staple inside to be able to boot. Also even if it is inside and it worked before but it does not work again, just push it in a little and hold it, and try to boot again. That happens to me from time to time.

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Posted: August 1, 2006 in OSx86 Install

Assuming you have Windows XP and Partition Magic 8 installed, go to the Start Menu and open Partition Magic 8 (If you don’t have Windows installed you will need to do that first or you will not be able to build a dual-boot system).

Click on your current C partition and click on the ‘Resize/Move’ menu option on the left side of the screen.

New windows will pop-up. Drag the handle arrows at the right end
of the partition bar to create the desired partition size for Mac (remember it needs to be at least 6 GBs).

Click on the ‘Apply’ button and let Partition Magic do its job. It will restart 2 times and get you back to Windows after the partition has been shrunk and the required space has been left unused.

Hint: To make sure everything is going ok so far, go to ‘My PC’ and check the size of your HD. If it is smaller and you only see one HD (assuming you only have one HD), then you are on the right track.

Now go to the ‘Start Menu’ and click on ‘Run’. Type cmd and hit ‘Enter’ to open a command prompt. Type the following, line by line, and at the end of each line press ‘Enter’:

list disk
select disk 0
create partition primary id=AF
list disk
select disk 0
list partition
select partition 2

Hint: Here is an explanation of what you just did:

A Windows command line application that allows making changes to HD and partitions
list disk:
Will list the currently installed HDs on your PC
select disk 0:
Command that will select the disk you resized
create partition primary id=AF:
Command that will format the free space on the selected disk
list disk:
Will list the currently installed HDs on your PC
select disk 0:
Command that will select the disk you resized
list partition:
Command that will list all partitions on current disk
select partition 2:
Command that will select Partition 2 Unknown
Command that will make Partition 2 Unknown the active partition, meaning PC will boot automatically to the OS installed there
Command that will close the diskpart application and then the command prompt window

Put JaS 10.4.6 DVD in the DVD Drive and turn off your PC

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Posted: August 1, 2006 in OSx86 Install

In order to be able to use this guide you will need the following requirements:

Intel Pentium 4 Processor
256 MB of RAM or more
SSE2 or SSE3 support
DVD drive

Windows XP installed
Enough free space on your HD to install Mac (at least 6GBs)
Partition Magic 8 (to shrink existing partition)
JaS Mac OS X 10.4.6 (burned DVD)

About 20 minutes* to 1 hour of free time
A backup of your files just in case

* The install of Mac OS X on my Tablet PC took like 14 minutes last time by skipping the DVD check that is performed after the ‘Install’ button is clicked

Here are my PC specifications:

Gateway Tablet PC (M280E) with Windows XP Tablet 2005
Intel Pentium M Processor 740 (1.73GHz, 533MHz FSB, 2MB L2, supports MMX SSE SSE2)
Intel 915GM graphics
Integrated Intel Wireless 2200 b/g
512MB 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2-256MB modules)
60GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive
24x/10x/24x CD-RW / 8x DVD Combo Drive

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