How-To install Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6 on the Asus Eee PC 1005HA Netbook

How-To Install or Update Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7 on the Asus Eee PC 1005HA Netbook is now available:
http://www.marcomc.com/index.php/2011/03/how-to-install-or-update-mac-os-x-snow-leopard-10-6-7-on-the-asus-1005ha-netbook/

This is a step-by-step procedure to install Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6 on the Asus Eee PC 1005HA Netbook having everything working 100%.

Resources

Prerequisites

For British users only

Installer preparation

  1. Use ‘Disk Utility’ to dump the  Mac OS X 10.6.0 Installation DVD on the 8GB USB stick.
  2. Run the MobUSB package and choose as intall destionation the newly created partition on the USB stick (that will probably bring the name of “Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 Retail”, but the name is not importat).
    DO NOT INSTALL IT ON YOUR SYSTEM’S PARTITION!!
  3. Copy the file ‘SnowLeopardAsus.zip’ and ‘SleepEnabler.kext’ into the root of the USB stick

ModUSB install the Chamaleon Boot Loader on the USB stick letting any PC to detect it as a bootable drive, also and most importantly it installs the required kext modules (drivers) to support most of the hardware of your PC/Netbook that otherwise would not be officilay supported by the Apple’s installation disc.
ModUSB differently from myHack tool autodect the hardware you PC has installed and choose the appropriate kext to activate or deactivate.

System Installation

Insert the USB stick on a USB port of your PC/Netbook and force the boot from USB instead of harddrive. On the Asus EeePC 1005HA you need to hold de ESC button during the BIOS initialization.
Now you can perform a standard Mac OS X installation.
during the installation process you need to run the Disk Utility form the Utilities manu to create a partition for Mac OS X Extended (with Journaling).
If you want to keep you Windows installation you need to perform additional modification of you partition before starting the installation process (this will be explained in a separate tutorial).
Ad the end of the installation process you will be returned an error saying that was not possible to complete the installation, THIS IS NORMAL, and it’s due to the fact that the installation system wasn’t capable to install the native Apple’s EFI boot loader, thanks to ModUSB previosly installed on the USB stick this installation will include by default the automatically chosen kext modules and the Chameleon boot loader.
Mind that if we would have use the myHack tool kext and boot loader would have not been installed on the new system and we should have booted the new installed system using as boot loader the USB stick.

First Boot

After the first system bot you’ll notice that everything is working with a couple of Glitches:

  1. sound is noisy/buzzing
  2. you cannot choose a screen resolution other than 800×600 (kext is loaded)
  3. Wi-Fi card is not detected, (kext is loaded).
  4. MMC card reader may not work.
  5. The Keyboard’s Fn keys are not working
  6. Hibernaton/sleep activate when you close the netbook lead but the PC never awakes

Make things working

  1. Install fixkext utility, everytime we add or remove kext form the kext libraries we have to regenerate the mkext cache file using fixkext utility that also takes care that all the kext modules have the right permissions and ownership.
  2. Copy the ‘SleepEnabler.kext’ file and decompress the ‘SnowLeopardAsus.zip’ into the desktop of the newly installed system.
  3. Install Extension for unrecognized devices:
    1. Copy ‘~/Desktop/SnowLeopardAsus/Extra/AsusHotkeys.kext’ to ‘/Extra/Extensions/’ folder.
      This makes working the Keyboard’s Fn keys such the screen brightness and the volume adjustment.
    2. Copy ‘~/Desktop/SnowLeopardAsus/Extra/IO80211Family.kext’ to ‘/Extra/Extensions/’ folder.
      This makes the system to recognize and install the Wi-Fi card.
    3. Copy ‘~/Desktop/SnowLeopardAsus/Extra/IOSDHCIBlockDevice.kext’ to ‘/Extra/Extensions/’ folder.
      This makes the system to recognize and install the MMC card reader.
  4. Backup the Extensions for misbehaving devices:
    1. Create a folder named ‘Old Extensions’ on your Desktop.
    2. Copy ‘/System/Library/Extensions/VoodooHDA.kext’ to ‘~/Desktop/Old Extensions/’.
    3. Copy ‘/System/Library/Extensions/AppleIntelGMA950.kext’ to ‘~/Desktop/Old Extensions/’.
    4. Copy ‘/System/Library/Extensions/AppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer.kext’ to ‘~/Desktop/Old Extensions/’.
  5. Substitute the Extensions for the misbehaving devices:
    1. Copy ‘SleepEnabler.kext’ to ‘/System/Library/Extensions/’.
      This fix the hibernation/sleep feature.
    2. Copy ‘~/Desktop/SnowLeopardAsus/Kext/AppleIntelGMA950.kext’ to ‘/System/Library/Extensions/’.
    3. Copy ‘~/Desktop/SnowLeopardAsus/Kext/AppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer.kext’ to ‘/System/Library/Extensions/’.
      This fixes the video card and add the option to choose 1024×600 resolution.
    4. Copy ‘~/Desktop/SnowLeopardAsus/Kext/VoodooHDA.kext’ to ‘/System/Library/Extensions/’.
    5. Double click on ‘~/Desktop/SnowLeopardAsus/VoodooHDA.prePane’ and confirm to ‘Replace’ the preference pane.
      This fixes the audio card issues.
  6. Now, most important, fire the command ‘fixkext’ with root privileges or using sudo:
    $ sudo fixkext

    This will make sure that all the copies Extension will have the right permissions and ownership and will recreate the kext’s cache.
    The kernel can now load the extensions at the next boot

  7. Restart the system and everything should work.

Now you have a fully functional Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.0 running on you Asus EeePC 1005AH.

What still doesn’t work

When awakening form hibernate/sleep mode the USB disks (if any attached) will be not ejected properly (will persist also after the upgrade to Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6).

 

Now also available:

How-To Install or Update Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7 on the Asus Eee PC 1005HA Netbook

Upgrade to Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6

  1. Copy MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.6.dmg in the USB stick.
  2. Uncompress legacy_kernel-Mac_OS_X_10.6.6.tgz and to legacy_kernel-Mac_OS_X_10.6.6.pkg and copy it on the USB stick.
  3. Insert the USB Stick on the Netbook then mount and run the MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.6.dmg.
  4. When the installation is finished it will ask to restart,
    DO NOT RESTART THE SYSTEM YET!!
  5. Install ‘legacy_kernel-Mac_OS_X_10.6.6.pkg’.
    This install an older version of the kernel that is still compatible with the unficcial extensions we previously installed before the upgrade.
  6. Again, substitute the Extensions for the misbehaving devices:
    1. Copy ‘SleepEnabler.kext’ to ‘/System/Library/Extensions/’.
      This fix the hibernation/sleep feature.
    2. Copy ‘~/Desktop/SnowLeopardAsus/Kext/AppleIntelGMA950.kext’ to ‘/System/Library/Extensions/’.
    1. Copy ‘~/Desktop/SnowLeopardAsus/Kext/AppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer.kext’ to ‘/System/Library/Extensions/’.
      This fixes the video card and add the option to choose 1024×600 resolution.
  7. Now, most important, fire the command ‘fixkext’ with root privileges or using sudo:
    $ sudo fixkext.
  8. No you can reboot the system

What still doesn’t work

— as reported by Eugene —
If you’re getting a kernel panic it is likely due to sleepenabler.kext you need to get one compatible with 10.6.6 from www.kexts.com

Wireless works fine on routers working only in “g” mode but not for mixed “g/n” or even “n”.
A solution is to replace the wireless card:

  1. The chip that you want to look for is Broadcom BCM94322 Half Mini PCIe card. It is also called Dell 1510 or DW1510, there are alse HP variants as well. This is the same chipset as Apple’s Airport Express card in MacBook Pro.
  2. Here is a you tube video: http://youtu.be/yehHh0GmnU0 for the hardware installation.
  3. You need the original IOFamily80211.kext (the one we installed through this guide is not the stock apple one, but modified for the 1005HA card).
  4. Download the patch and run through the terminal following the post here http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=51725.
  5. Optional step is rebranding the Broadcom card so that computer thinks its actually Apple Airport Extreme and not a 3rd party card.
    This gives you speeds up to 300Mbps (the way “n” is intended)

Last Adjustments

After rebooting the system will work exactly as before without the need to install new extensions, anyway you may experience that your microphone is not ‘listening’ so what you need to do is to enter the System Preferences and click on the VoodooHDA pane then:

  1. Select ‘Microphone (fixed)’ from the dropdown menu
  2. Click on the round button that will activate all the available adjustable options
  3. It may help to adjust the ‘Mic’ bar and the ‘Recording Level’ bar

Open ‘Disk Utility‘, select the System drive, run ‘Repair Permissions‘, this will fix possible permissions gone bad during the hackintosh installation 😉
Should fix problems with Javascript crashing in Safari, Chrome and Firefox.

THIS IS IT! Enjoy and please feel free to post any fix suggestion or link/post your tutorial for other models.

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