If you don't remember It wont matter, You are still in the right place.
- Shut Down
- Onboard Sound
- Onboard Networking Card
- Running in 64 Bit
- Time Machine
- Updates (10.6.3)
- Dual Boot using 2 different hard drives (see Extras section below)
- Virtualize Windows 7 x64 from 2nd partition (see Extra section below)
- Sleep: After install go to Preference > Energy Saver | Computer sleep: NEVER
- Onboard Video
- Restore From Time Machine
- Dual Boot From a Multi Partition Hard Dive
- Sometimes but rarely the computer will hang at the White Screen with the Apple Logo and the Spinning thing (what you see after the Chameleon boot loader) a hard restart usually fixes this. (could take more then one try)
You will need:
- The Following Files:
The kext you will need: Extra.zip 738.03KB 631 downloads The kext installer: Kext_Helper_b7.app.zip 1.2MB 390 downloads The Boot Loader: Chameleon_2.0_RC4.zip 882.04KB 407 downloads And Only if you have certain nVidia cards, the following file NVEnabler_64.kext.zip 30.73KB 304 downloads (See Video Chard Section For More Info)
- Access to another working Mac
- USB Drive: at least 8GB
- PCIE Video Card
- Retail Snow Leopard Disk
- SATA Hard Drive
- From the Working Mac
- Insert Leopard Disk
- Open Disk Utility
- On the Left Select "Mac OSX Install DVD"
- Click File > New > Disk Image From "Mac OSX Install DVD"
- Save the Image (Image Format = Compressed | Encryption = None)
- Once the Image has been created and saved, in Disk Utility, make sure nothing is selected on the left then click Verify (top left of the window) and choose the image you just Created of "Mac OSX Install DVD"
- Once Verification is done leave Disk Utility open and go to Step B
- Insert USB Drive
- In Disk Utility select the drive on the left then click Partition on the right.
- Under "Volume Scheme" select "1 Partition"
- Click "Options" and make sure "GUID" is selected.
- Name Your Drive & Click Apply
- Once Partitioning is done leave Disk Utility open and go to Step C
- Using Chameleon provided in the files above and start the Instillation
- When you reach the option to "Change Install Location" make sure you select your USB Drive and continue instillation
- Sometimes right at the end of this install it will Fail, but don't worry, it should still work.
- When the install finishes, using the files provided above, Unzip Extra.zip
- Copy & Paste the unzipped "Extra" Folder, replacing the preexisting "Extra" Folder, onto the USB Drive.
- Copy both Chameleon & Kext Helper into the Extras Folder on the USB Drive (You will need booth soon)
- Go back to Disk Utility
- On the Left Select your USB drive
- On the Right Select Restore
- Drag over your "Mac OSX Install DVD" to the Source Section
- Drag over your USB Partition to the Destination Section
- Make sure you UNcheck "Erase Destination"
- Click Restore
- Once the restore is done, go to Step D
- Go to the Computer You want to install Snow Leopard On & Insert the USB Drive
- Boot up the Computer
- Press F2 to enter Bios
- Go to Advanced > Drive Configuration > Configure SATA as: AHCI
- Hit Escape
- Go to Boot > USB Boot: Enabled
- Go to Boot > Boot USB Devices First: Enable (You can change this after you finish this entire install guide)
- F10 to Save & computer reboots and go to Step E
- After the computer restarts from Step D you should eventually see Chameleon boot up.
- Select your USB drive and press Enter
- Once you see Snow Leopard Install boot up, choose your Language and press the Blue Arrow ..>
- At the top tool bar click Utilities > Disk Utility
- Select your Hard Drive on the left
- Under "Volume Scheme" select "1 Partition" (multi partitions have not been tested)
- Click "Options" and make sure "GUID" is selected.
- Name the drive (make sure there are no spaces in your drive's name)
- Click Apply
- Close Disk Utility
- Finish the Install
- Sometimes, right at the end of the install, it might Fail with the following error "Install Failed"...."the installer could not start up the computer from the disk" This is fine, Just Restart the computer.
- Leave your USB Drive plugged in and go to Step F
- After the computer restarts from Step E you should eventually see Chameleon boot up.
- Select your Snow Leopard Hard Drive and press Enter
- You should eventually see the Welcome to Snow Leopard video and then see Setup Prompts
- Once you go through the setup, open your Extras Folder on your USB Drive
- Open Kext Helper, provided in the files above
- Open Extensions Folder
- Drag the .kext files from the Extensions into the largest field in the Kext Helper Program
- Type in your password
- Click Easy Install
- After the install has completed close Kext Helper
- Open Chameleon
- When you reach the option to "Change Install Location" make sure you select your new Snow Leopard hard drive.
- Restart your computer after Chameleon has finished the Install
- Unplug your USB Drive before your computer reboots after Snow Leopard has shutdown.
- Go to step G
- The only thing left is to get your video card working. Read the Video Card section below, then move on.
- Once your Video Card works you can updated Snow Leopard to 10.6.3 using Software Update
There also are Extras/Help/Video Card information below for continued customization.
If you got this working, let us know; If not keep reading.
It seems the biggest problem when installing is Video Card Issues. This is what I and people In This Thread have come up with.
- Geforce 6000, 7000, 8000 Series Cards: I have supplied the NVEnabler 64 kext in the files posted above. [again, works for most of these Nvidia Cards] Install this Video Card kext using Kext Helper and restart your computer.
- If you have another Video Card you will need to find the proper kext for your Video Card on your own and install your Video Card's kext using Kext Helper and restart your computer.
- Edit boot.plst to include graphic enabler=yes.
Path to file is: /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist
Drag the file to your desktop, edit using text editor,
Add the following lines to boot.plst:
Save the file then copy it back to where it came from and replace the original.
Restart Your computer.
- ATI HD4670: In order to install, Snow Leopard had to boot with -x (safe mode) at every reboot until 10.6.2 combo update was installed. 10.6.2 supports ATI HD4670, previous versions of Snow Leopard do not.
What each kext does (to the best of my knowledge):
- AppleIntelPIIXATA.kext | Has to do with the hard drives
- fakesmc.kext | It emulates SMC device
- Intel82566MM.kext | Onboard Ethernet
- IOAHCIBlockStorageInjector.kext | Has to do with the hard drives
- IOATAFamily.kext | Has to do with the hard drives
- NullCPUPowerManagement.kext | Has to do with DSDT
- OpenHaltRestart.kext | This fixes restarting errors
- PlatformUUID.kext | Deals with UUID Errors
- NVEnabler 64.kext | PCIE Video Card (nVidia Only)
- VoodooHDA.kext | Onboard Audio
I got Windows 7 x64 working on a different hard drive then where Snow Leopard was installed
The steps I used were as follows.
- Unplug the Snow Leopard hard drive from the Motherboard
- Install Windows 7 on separate hard drive
- Plug back in the Snow Leopard hard drive
- Set Bios to boot Snow Leopard hard drive before Windows 7 hard drive
- Chameleon should now see both hard drives
- If you want to see your Snow Leopard partition on Windows get these HFS+ Drivers or take them from your Snow Leopard Disk
If you have a working Windows Partition (that you can see in Finder) and want to virtualize it in Snow Leopard follow these steps:
- Boot into the bios
- go to Security > VT Technology: Enabled
- Press F10, save and the computer turns off.
- Turn back on the computer & boot to Snow Leopard
- Install VMware Fusion v3
- VMware Fusion should see your Windows Partition as Boot Camp
- First open Disk Utility
- Right click on the partition you wish you make default and Select Info
- Take note of the Disk Identifier (IE: disk0s2)
- Edit the boot file
- Path to file is: /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist
- Drag the file to your desktop, edit using text editor,
- Add the following lines to boot.plst:
- In the above code set the Timeout Time by changing # to the seconds you want it to countdown before booting.
- Set your Default Partition by changing the X's to the proper Hard Drive Disk Identifier settings.
- Example: disk0s2 would be hd(0,2)
- Save the file then copy it back to where it came from and replace the original.
- Restart Your computer and make sure it worked.
- Like some of you, I am not a super genius when it comes to these things; it was a whole bunch of patience and trying different things that made this work.
- I have done this about 5 times, and each time it has worked, so it should work for you.
- If it does not work, tinker around a bit: unplug all extra peripherals, take off anything from the motherboard thats not needed for it to boot, double check your bios, use search and use the rest of the community for answers to your questions (like I said I am not super great with all this)
- Try booting with -x -v and see what your error messages are. (-x is safe mode, -v is verbose mode)
- It has been reported that removing all Hard Drives but the one which you are Installing Snow Leopard on might help the instillation process.
- If you still cant get it working you can watch the video I did (link below) to make my initial USB Drive. (After doing this so many times I decided to post my own steps)
- This guide borrows from this video, but there are some important steps not included and the proper kext are also not given in this video [Link To Video]
- The video card I used was a PCIE PNY nVidia GeForce 8600 256MB
- The USB Drive was a SanDisk Cruzer Micro 8gb
- Intel DG33TL Website
- DG33TL OSX86 Wiki