Monday, March 30, 2009

Chameleon 2.0 install guide


>>>Update<<< Chameleon 2.0 for Lion here: 

Finally!!! More news follow! Download here: Chameleon

After weeks of waiting the public release candidate is out. I have to say they did a very good work on Chameleon! GUI looks great and I can't wait to customize it for my needs. But first things first: how do I install it on my hackintosh? The readme file doesn't say much to novice osx86 user, so if you don't feel comfortable with using Terminal, better wait for the final version and better install instructions.

1. Make sure you have EFI installed. It should be in /Volumes/EFI {Menu>Go>Go to Folder>/Volumes/EFI}
2. Open Disk Utility and find your startup disk and choose information, you will need the Disk ID

Radme says:

example installation is on /dev/disk0s2
-Install boot0 to the MBR:
sudo fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdisk0
-Install boot1h to the partition's bootsector:
sudo dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk0s2
-Install boot to the partition's root directory:
sudo cp boot / {don't have to cd anything}

That isn't a lot for an installation guide, and you have some folders like Extra and i368 you don't know what to do with. Let's start!

To run commands found in readme you have to cd the i386 folder. {Terminal> cd /drag and drop the i386 folder}

Before you run radme commands you still have a folder called Extra where all the graphics are in. This must be moved to /Volumes/EFI together with smbios.plist
You can do that in Terminal with cd /drag and drop the Extra folder and run cp -R smbios.plist Themes /Volumes/EFI/Extra {Check first if Extra folder already exists, when not create one}

If you have modified com.appple.Boot.plist you will have to copy it to /Volumes/EFI {If you played with osx86tools, or added your graphics or audio card to EFI you have to do this}

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You are probably looking for a working copy of Tiger or Leopard, ready to install on a "white box" pc. I can't give you a link to download it, so please don't even ask for it. This blog will inform you about working versions of OSX86. You have to find a copy yourself. (try some popular torrent sites)