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All current and future users:

EDIT: I am now supporting this guide again!

Anyways, keep up the hacking. :)

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Hello Zack

Thanks your guide. I just purchased a 4000 series as well, have you been successful in getting the 4000 series to boot after upgrading to 10.6.4?

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Haha it is funny you ask, no I have yet to get it to boot back up after the 10.6.4 update. But I also have not tried very hard. I am about to take out my windows and I AM NOT PUTTING IT BACK IN UNTIL I GET OS X WORKING!! haha, it should not be too hard, the 4000 series has the same type of Mobo, exact same processor (in mine) and almost the same hard ware all the way around.

I will hopefully have some good news with in a week. Also sorry i have not been on in a wile to answer your post.

Hello Zack

Thanks your guide. I just purchased a 4000 series as well, have you been successful in getting the 4000 series to boot after upgrading to 10.6.4?



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Zack,

First of all, thanks for your efforts writing this guide and updating it even after your changed your notebook model!

Ok, let me tell you my short history.

I followed the guide (the old one and the new one) step by step.
I have ended always in the same place.
After updating to 10.6.4 my system seems to boot but never get to the graphical interface.
After digging, i found that the problem was that the WindowServer was unable to run for some strange session related error. (call to GetOurLSSessionIDInit failed , i found this looking at /Library/Logs/CrashReporter)
At this point i'm still not able to say what is the real cause of my error (i read tons of forums, log files, and even the security lib source code in opensource apple).

The only thing i was doing different from the guide is that i was using the original NIC (BCM43225 14E4:4357) not the supported ones.
So i decided to buy a supported NIC (BCM94321MC) and try ONE MORE TIME! (i have a PhD in frustration overcome by this time!!!!)

Finally my two (3?) question:

After replacing the NIC i tried to boot ... but the system restarts whitout saying anything (not even "this NIC is not supported" .. just restart -tried pressing the powerbutton for 30seconds,etc,etc-)

1) How do i patch my bios for whitelisting? (i have Bios: Insyde F1D 10/5/2010 )
2) Did you try this guide with the original dv7 NIC?
3) Is my notebook possesed? ;)

Salut!
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Zack, .....

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1) How do i patch my bios for whitelisting? (i have Bios: Insyde F1D 10/5/2010 )
2) Did you try this guide with the original dv7 NIC?
3) Is my notebook possesed? ;)

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1) Whitelisting is taking your bios and editing it to allow the use of a unsupported card. I myself have no idea how to do this (I had a friend do mine), but there are "guides" and members of this forum who are willing to do it for you, see this post: http://www.insanelym...howtopic=157975

2) I first did this guide with the Original DV7 Wifi card installed. And only after installing did I switch out my cards.

3) I have noticed that even with the same model, installation procedures can change from one user to the next.... I have never seen the GetOurLSSessionIDInit error before... Did you try searching it up on the forum?

I hope my information can help you... I feel bad that I no longer have this machine to further help the people that do.

Hope you can soon enjoy OS X! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Post Installation (Kexts and Fixes):
Ok now remove the OS X installation DVD from your DVD-Rom drive and insert the MBCD Boot disk and boot up to the CD. This time select the Newly installed OS X Hard Drive and type "cpus=1" (Without quotes) and complete the set up process.

1. Now Install the Chameleon bootloader (From "!1 Install" Folder) on to the OS X Hard drive.
2. Move the contents of the folder "!2 Copy to Root" to the root of your HD replacing old files.
3. Move the com.apple.boot.plist from "!3 com.apple.boot.plist" to /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration
4. Install any Extra Kexts from the "Extra Kexts and Fixes" Folder (Use Kext Helper b7.app to install)
5. Install Qoopz' 10.4.0 Kernel From the "!1 Install" folder. DO NOT Reboot.
6. Install the 10.6.4 Update. (You may get a KP At the end of the install. This is OK just force shut down
7. You should now be booting with out the Boot CD and with all working hard ware. (If some of your hardware is not working simply find the kexts for that hardware and install them using "Kext Helper b7.app")


Dual Boot Preparation:

Now that you have a working OS X Hard Drive and A Working Windows Hard drive. It is time to put them both together and see if they like each-other.
1. Take out the battery and both of the hard drive covers (Hard drive 1 then hard drive 2)

2. Attach the eSATA Cable that came with your secondary hard drive rails to the logic board in the number 2 HD slot.
3. Now take your windows installed hard drive and put it in your number two HD slot.
4. Take your Mac Installed Hard Drive and put it in your number one HD Slot
5. Reboot.

Now you should see the beautiful Chameleon boot-loader with options for both Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7. Boot into both and make sure your system is running good.

Downloads:

Kext's and Fixes.
General DV7 Kexts | Last Update: 10/22/2010 Download

Boot CD:
Get it Here | Last Update: 10/22/2010


I am stuck. I have achieved the install of Snow Leopard onto the secondary hard drive, but the MBCD link is no longer working. I need the files that I have to copy from the boot cd: "!1 Install", "!2 Copy to Root", "!3 com.apple.boot.plist", etc that are listed in the first seven steps of the quote. I used another MBCD download to get my purchased Snow Leopard onto the hard drive and, naturally, it didn't contain the files mentioned above. I have no idea where to go from here. I am attempting to boot Win7 and Snow from separate drives on my HP DV7-3085dx. I would have gone the other route of booting from one drive, but I cannot risk partitioning my Windows drive due to the huge amount of time it would take to reload all of my apps should I fail.

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I am stuck. I have achieved the install of Snow Leopard onto the secondary hard drive, but the MBCD link is no longer working. I need the files that I have to copy from the boot cd: "!1 Install", "!2 Copy to Root", "!3 com.apple.boot.plist", etc that are listed in the first seven steps of the quote. I used another MBCD download to get my purchased Snow Leopard onto the hard drive and, naturally, it didn't contain the files mentioned above. I have no idea where to go from here. I am attempting to boot Win7 and Snow from separate drives on my HP DV7-3085dx. I would have gone the other route of booting from one drive, but I cannot risk partitioning my Windows drive due to the huge amount of time it would take to reload all of my apps should I fail.


Hello,

First off let me start by saying, I would never Partition your drive to install OS X. There is WAY to big a risk of loosing data.

Second, I may have been a bit vague about the drivers.... They are NOT located on the MBCD but on a download that can be found here. Once there click on DV7 Fixes and Save the ZIP to a external drive.

Also if you are having trouble with the MBCD Try downloading #####.

Hope this helps!

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Hello,

First off let me start by saying, I would never Partition your drive to install OS X. There is WAY to big a risk of loosing data.

Second, I may have been a bit vague about the drivers.... They are NOT located on the MBCD but on a download that can be found here. Once there click on DV7 Fixes and Save the ZIP to a external drive.

Also if you are having trouble with the MBCD Try downloading #####.

Hope this helps!


Thank you very much for returning to a thread that you previously said you no longer supported. You have made my day by clarifying the issue I was having with the post installation. The chameleon works fine to boot, but I was stuck at having to swap drives, load the MBCD, run OSX and then swap drives again to use Windows. I will attempt the rest of the post install after I wake up. Once again, thank you!

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Thank you very much for returning to a thread that you previously said you no longer supported. You have made my day by clarifying the issue I was having with the post installation. The chameleon works fine to boot, but I was stuck at having to swap drives, load the MBCD, run OSX and then swap drives again to use Windows. I will attempt the rest of the post install after I wake up. Once again, thank you!


You are very welcome. Also Remember that the DV7-3*** has two HD Slots. The Fist is where OS X HD goes and Second is for Windows HD.

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I am getting a kernel panic upon boot. I have the OSX harddrive in Slot1 and the Win7 hardrive in Slot2. Chameleon recognizes all drives and I can boot into Windows fine, but not into OSX. I started with a fresh install of Snowleopard from my OEM CD and completed everything except for the upgrade to the latest OS from Apple. For one reason or another it couldn't detect an internet signal through the ethernet connection so I skipped that part of the Post Install. I installed chameleon to the root of OSX, loaded all of the kexts and Quooptz and then rebooted. I am not sure where to go from there. I have tried -v, -x, busratios, cpus at loading to no avail. The OS is there though as I can watch it load everything in verbose mode until it gets to the end and panics. It gets to the DSDT loading and says no DSDT found and then a couple of other sentences that pass by too quickly for me to see. I have taken out one of my RAM sticks to drop it to 6GB in hopes of it working with Maxmem=6048. OSX runs on this machine as I have it running Virtually through Win7 with VMWarestation 7.

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I am getting a kernel panic upon boot. I have the OSX harddrive in Slot1 and the Win7 hardrive in Slot2. Chameleon recognizes all drives and I can boot into Windows fine, but not into OSX. I started with a fresh install of Snowleopard from my OEM CD and completed everything except for the upgrade to the latest OS from Apple. For one reason or another it couldn't detect an internet signal through the ethernet connection so I skipped that part of the Post Install. I installed chameleon to the root of OSX, loaded all of the kexts and Quooptz and then rebooted. I am not sure where to go from there. I have tried -v, -x, busratios, cpus at loading to no avail. The OS is there though as I can watch it load everything in verbose mode until it gets to the end and panics. It gets to the DSDT loading and says no DSDT found and then a couple of other sentences that pass by too quickly for me to see. I have taken out one of my RAM sticks to drop it to 6GB in hopes of it working with Maxmem=6048. OSX runs on this machine as I have it running Virtually through Win7 with VMWarestation 7.


You problem is.... The new Qoopz Kernel that you installed ONLY works with 10.6.4. After you install the Qoopz Kernel you MUST install the 10.6.4 update or you will not be able to get back into the system.

The reason I have people install the kernel before the update is some times the update KP's at the end and it is best to have the kernel already there.

If you don't want to update to the latest version do the following (In addition to the rest of the guide, but don't install the Qoopz kernel from the install package):

1. Move the Mach_Kernel.Qoopz from the Boot CD to the root of your OS X hard drive.
2. Chang the string in the "Extra\com.apple.boot.plist" and "Library\Preferences\SystemConfiguration\com.apple.boot.plist" from:

<key>Kernel</key><string>Legacy_Kernel</sting>

and change them to:


<key>Kernel</key><string>Mach_Kernel.qoopz</sting>

Make sure these are the LAST two step's you complete. (Get the rest of the guide done FRIST, where the guide says to install the Qoopz Kernel, stop, do what I have just told you, restart and you should be fine.)

If you have any more questions, please just let me know!

PS: You may want to boot with the flag "maxmem=4000" without the quotes. This might help.

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Awesome. Will do. I will have to wait until next week to reinstall as my Snow Leopard CD has label peeling off of it at the very edge and it has made installation from it impossible. Maybe Best Buy will give me a replacement(I just purchased it a month ago) or I will just buy another CD. I am not near a store right now to get a new one. All I can use the disc for is repair/permissions/verifying/terminal stuff. Once I am back on land I will start from scratch. I will install without the update using the modified plists until I can figure out why the ethernet connection isn't working. Then I will proceed from there.

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Awesome. Will do. I will have to wait until next week to reinstall as my Snow Leopard CD has label peeling off of it at the very edge and it has made installation from it impossible. Maybe Best Buy will give me a replacement(I just purchased it a month ago) or I will just buy another CD. I am not near a store right now to get a new one. All I can use the disc for is repair/permissions/verifying/terminal stuff. Once I am back on land I will start from scratch. I will install without the update using the modified plists until I can figure out why the ethernet connection isn't working. Then I will proceed from there.


Well I wish you the best of luck! Also, I see that you have an i7.... Follow the guide in my Signature to find your busratio as it differs from the one I provided in the guide... this my also help in booting... Have FUN!

EDIT: You do not need to follow the guide, I did it for your. Replace the "busratio=17" in the com.apple.boot.plist (both of them) with this: "busratio=12". Because 1600/133=12.03 (Clock speed, devided by 133 = busratio!)

Marry Christmas!

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Well I wish you the best of luck! Also, I see that you have an i7.... Follow the guide in my Signature to find your busratio as it differs from the one I provided in the guide... this my also help in booting... Have FUN!

EDIT: You do not need to follow the guide, I did it for your. Replace the "busratio=17" in the com.apple.boot.plist (both of them) with this: "busratio=12". Because 1600/133=12.03 (Clock speed, devided by 133 = busratio!)

Marry Christmas!


Well, thanks to this thread I now have OSX and Win7 dual booting. I had to go the ##### route because at the time I couldn't get it to work using the Combo Update/Qooptz.

Working:
OSX on the Primary drive, Win7 on the Secondary drive
Selective boot screen using Chameleon
Sound
Video
All USB ports
Keyboard
Trackpad(although it shows none listed)
DVD Drive
USB internet tethering via my iPhone

Not Working(Still getting to try these)
4 CPUs. I only have CPUS=1. This machine is super fast though.
Webcam
Microphone
Wifi(I don't think my card is supported. I am going to get a USB wifi dongle)
HP Remote Control
System sound from the upper task bar
System sound from the touch slider on the keyboard
Multicard reader(SD/MS/Pro/MMC/XD)
Battery Readings

Thank you very much for helping me think outside of the box. All other tutorials are about dual booting on one hard drive. This guide helped me do it from two individual drives.

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I have the same set up as you.I bought from Costco at Christmas. What did you do to get SL it installed? Have tried this guide and one other and still cant get it to work

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I have the same set up as you.I bought from Costco at Christmas. What did you do to get SL it installed? Have tried this guide and one other and still cant get it to work


Correct, this guide is for the DV7-3***... the best bet for you is to try the DV7 Guide by Mammoth.

http://www.insanelym...howtopic=221653

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I tried that site also.
Get ebios can't be found then goes it to loop

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I tried that site also.
Get ebios can't be found then goes it to loop


Oh yes sorry... I forgot.... use Mammoths guide, but instead of his Boot CD use either ##### or the MBCD included with this guide.

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Goes in to loop or will not boot on all of your ideas. What did you use to boot to get Snow leopard installed on your laptop that you have listed on your reply for this is the same machine that I have?

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Goes in to loop or will not boot on all of your ideas. What did you use to boot to get Snow leopard installed on your laptop that you have listed on your reply for this is the same machine that I have?


Ok, on my HP HP DV7-3183cl I used the method described in this guide. On my DV7-4083cl I used Mammoths Guide, but as a replacement for the boot disc that is provided by mammoth I used the ##### CD HERE or the MBCD HERE (Can't remember which one)





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