Basics for who is looking to upgrade to 10.5.5 - 10.5.8 on hardware that can't run the Vanilla kernel:
1..download a Voodoo Kernel from one of the links below that matches the system version you're upgrading to.
2..rename the kernel.
3..set correct permissions and ownership on the kernel.
4..Optionally use a symlink to the renamed kernel to allow software that requires the kernel to be named mach_kernel to run. Here's how:
http://www.insanelym...p...t&p=1234670 (As you can see, VMWare requires this for example)
(There's obviously no need to do 2 and 4 if you're updating to 10.5.8)
Name the kernel whatever you want, as long as it's not mach_kernel. You can name it mach_kernel.voodoo for example. Drop it at the root of your system drive, open /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist and change where it says "mach_kernel" to whatever you renamed your kernel to, and then set the correct permissions/ownership on the kernel (more details below).
If you're using the Chameleon 2.0 Bootloader, you should use /Extra/org.chameleon.Boot.plist instead. Anything in this plist will override what's in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist, which you can safely leave unmodified.
You can use plistedit pro (google it) or the free plist editor that comes with Apple Xcode to edit this file.
This way, you can safely install a 10.5.x update, because when mach_kernel gets updated your system will still boot using the renamed kernel.
Hackintosh history lesson: The original Voodoo 9.5.0 kernel installer did that for you automatically and even came with its own 9.5.0 system.kext.
To avoid issues with System/Seatbelt kext (these must match kernel version number, you will run into various problems if they don't) use a kernel that matches the system version you're upgrading to - there have been releases for 10.5.7 and 10.5.8 - see links below.
I think anyone will agree that it's a lot less hassle just to rename and copy a single file to your root directory than to mess around with kernel extensions.
You don't need to use Disabler.kext or Netkas' good old "while sleep 1 ; do rm -rf (...)" - the Voodoo Kernel has built-in blacklisting of non-vanilla-hackintosh-unfriendly kexts such as AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext. As long as you keep your Voodoo kernel renamed you don't have to worry about it. If you don't believe me, read the manual. I've attached it below.
Don't forget you need to have a decrypter installed, such as FakeSMC.kext* by Netkas (make sure to get correct version for 10.5.x). Older ones are DSMOS.kext and AppleDecrypt.kext. Do not install more than one of these.
*notes on fakesmc.kext
fakesmc topic at Netkas' blog: http://netkas.org/?cat=15
next-gen fakesmc w/plugin support: http://www.projectos...p?showforum=165
fakesmc.kext is meant to be used on full retail (that includes the kernel) installations and will not work with the voodoo kernel as-is because it requires that one of the extensions that the Voodoo Kernel disables is loaded.
If you want to use fakesmc kext with the Voodoo Kernel, you have to disable the Voodoo Kernel's kext-blacklisting feature first. You will then need to use a disabler.kext that disables at least AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext. Some disablers that are in circulation also disable some other kexts that may or may not be incompatible with your particular configuration. It's easy to add kexts to (or remove from) the plist in disabler.kext, open the plist inside in a plist editor to see how its done. To disable Voodoo Kernel kext-blacklisting, add blacklist=0 to the kernel flags key in /Extra/org.chameleon.Boot.plist.
This concludes the basics that are the same for everyone - the rest will be different depending on hardware and what your basic Hackintosh approach is - as in, if you're running Vanilla or Distro and whether you've set up Chameleon with all mods in /Extra or if you do it the old fashioned, "dangerous" way with all your modded kexts in /System/Library/Extensions. Please respect that further discussion of this is outside the scope of this thread, there are too many unknowns.
This is the Voodoo Kernel manual - a must-read for anyone who can't use the Vanilla kernel:
Voodoo_Kernel_User_Documentation.pdf.zip 122.63KB 353 downloads
Voodoo kernel developer interview:
Qoopz 9.8.0 v2 Voodoo kernel release thread:
Voodoo.Based.XNU.980.v2.zip 3.18MB 137 downloads
Qoopz 9.7.0 Voodoo kernel (with source diff - download both parts and open w/ Stuffit Expander):
Qoopz_9.7.0_Voodoo_XNU_kernel.part01.sitx 1.5MB 127 downloads Qoopz_9.7.0_Voodoo_XNU_kernel.part02.sitx 1.26MB 118 downloads
For 10.5.6 you can use the original 9.5.0 Voodoo Kernel along with System.kext and Seatbelt.kext from 10.5.5.
For more information go here: http://www.insanelym...howtopic=148566
The original 9.5.0 Voodoo Kernel is available at the xnu-dev google code site: http://code.google.com/p/xnu-dev/
I don't recommend using the AnV 9.6.0 kernel as it has a few (and now obsolete) modifications that could complicate things for you:
If you decide to use this kernel anyway, please refer to the release thread for support questions and issues, I can not help you.
Setting correct ownership and permissions for the kernel:
Open Terminal, type sudo - s (and your password)
chown 0:0 /kernel_name_here