AMD Guide 10.6.8 – written by Devout
Hello, Welcome to my revised version of the AMD Guide, I wanted to share my success further by revising this guide to focus on making the installation more simpler than ever. Before we can actually install the OS, we need to do a couple of things to prepare the installation media.
• Retail disc of Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3
• A USB thumb drive (8GB+) or External Harddrive
• A destination of installation, an external or free internal partition formatted GUID.
• ModUSB: http://blog.nawcom.com/?p=569
• ##### (latest):
• Legacy Kernel 10.7.0 (10.6.7): http://blog.nawcom.com/?p=640
• Legacy Kernel 10.8.0 (10.6.8): http://blog.nawcom.com/?p=791
• 10.6.7 Combo Update: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1361
• 10.6.8 Combo Update: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1399
1. Preparing the Installation Device
• You will need to restore the 'Retail disc of Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3' onto the [USB Thumb Drive/Harddrive]. You can either do this on a pre-existing Mac or a Virtual Machine. Since a lot of guides already tell you how to do this, then I will skip to the next step.
• Once the Installation disc is restored onto the USB Thumb drive, open up the ModUSB pkg file. It is very important while installing this you change the installation location to your [USB Thumb Drive/Harddrive], orelse you can ruin your Mac -/- Virtual Machine.
• ModUSB will install some files onto the Installation device, this can take a couple of minutes, so wait patiently as it installs.
• Once this is completed you have successfully created the Installation device. We can now move on to the Installation.
2. Installing the Snow Leopard
• Plug your Installation device [USB Thumb Drive/Harddrive] into your computer, and boot up the computer while pressing the required button to activate boot menu (which allows you to boot the USB).
• Once booted up, MODUSB should load it's bootloader, Once you reach a screen where there are different drives on the screen, use the keyboard arrows to move to the [Mac OS Install] drive, this will be your [USB Thumb Drive/Harddrive].
• Without pressing anything, type:
rd(0,0)/extra/modbin_kernel arch=i386 busratio=18 -v
• After you finished typing that out, you should see it on the bottom left corner in a small input box. Press enter to boot up the Installation process.
• The screen should turn black and several lines of white text will appear, once the first set of lines have finished appearing you should be asked to press any key to continue.
• Press any key, and this time the log will show more lines of white text, wait 5-10 minutes for the installation USB to load, and if it stops at any certain point, please take a picture and post in this thread. It should load with no problems, if you've followed the previous steps correctly, or else it could relate to hardware problems.
• Once loaded, you’ll be asked to enter your language preference. Just click your native language and continue. If you need to format your hard drive, then click on ‘Utilities’ and click ‘Disk Utility’. I won’t be covering a guide for partitioning your drive, as it’s pretty straight forward, and there’s guide out there already.
• For this guide, you will be installing on a GUID partition, but you may want to install on a MBR partition. In this case, this guide won’t work, since you haven’t patched the files on the CD. Please refer to the AMD guide 10.6.5, for more information, dealing with this matter. You can always burn the Retail disc and reburn it with the patched files.
• Anyway, the installation setup should be pretty straightforward. Select your hard drive and customize your install, if you look on the list on the bottom should be "Custom Options", most of these have been selected for you, but alter them if you are missing something, otherwise I turned everything else off that I didn't need: printer support, Language Translations). Confirm the Install of OS, and this should take 30-40 minutes. (Don’t be afraid if it takes an hour).
• If it fails, post back.
3. Snow Leopard 10.6.3
• Once the installation has been completed, restart the machine (It’ll do it automatically). Boot back into ModUSB by pressing the Boot menu button and then once you see the drives screen you should see the hard drive you installed Mac OS X Snow Leopard on.
• Select it, but don’t HIT ENTER. Type in
•The white lines of texts will scroll down the screen, press the key to continue and the loading continues with another set of lines, take a picture of the screen if it fails to load. It should take around 5-15 minutes. It if take more than 5 minutes, don't panic.
•If it’s loaded congratulations, that’s the first part done! And you've successfully installed 10.6.3.
4. Snow Leopard 10.6.7
• Locate your 10.6.7 combo update, and start installing the combo update. Once completed, DON’T RESTART. We’ll need to install some other files to make it work.
• We need to add your Device-ID to the ATI kext so you can get CI/QE. Scroll down until you see the Device-ID section.
• Now open and install Legacy Kernel 10.7.0, once completed, move onto ##### (3.8.0). During the customization process, I installed it with these options:
System Utilites: Checked Drivers and Bootloaders > Bootloader: Chimera Drivers and Bootloaders > Miscellaneous: ElliottforcelegacyRTC, EvOreboot, FakeSMC, NullCPUPowerManagement System Definitions > Mac Pro: Mac Pro 5,1 Themes: tonymacx86 classic OSx86 Software: All of them checked
• It takes a while to install but once completed you're done. Reboot the machine. This time you won't need to use ModUSB, so let your harddrive load and you should see your installation drive. Press a key to interrupt the bootloader automatically loading your drive, and hover over your installed hard drive like before.
• Type in:
• Now press enter and load your Snow Leopard, it should take 5-10 minutes and even more. If the log stops please post a picture in a reply post. But please wait patiently, as it can take longer depending on your machine.
• You've now got a working copy of Snow Leopard 10.6.7!
5. Snow Leopard 10.6.8
• Locate your 10.6.8 Combo Update pkg, and Install it. Once completed, move onto the next step.
• Open and install Legacy Kernel 10.8.0.
• Re-add your Device ID (Scroll down and see the Device-ID section) in your ATI kext like before since the 10.6.8 has updated the ATI kexts. Don't roll back, as this seem to have caused my machine to fail.
• Reboot, and don't forget this when booting up
• You should be able to boot back in without any problems, if you get an error in the verbose log then take a picture and post it in the thread.
• If everything is loaded, including CE/QI! Then you've got a fully capable 10.6.8 AMD machine!
Adding your Device-ID
• To allow your ATI card to function correctly, you might need to add your Device ID to an ATI kext to allow QE/CI to function correctly.
• Open up System/Library/Extensions and find either ATI4000controller.kext or ATI5000controller.kext (or the ATIXXXX that matches your graphics card, a.k.a 5750 = ATI5000controller.kext). Copy this to your desktop.
• Right click the kext, and click ‘Show Package Contents’. Open the folder ‘Contents’ and you should be able to find a file named info.plist in this kext. Open it up with Textedit.
• Locate a ‘<key>IOPCIMatch</key>’ and underneath should be a ‘<string’ tag with lots of ‘0x68BE1002’ between the tag and the end tag ‘</string>’ these are device ID’s. Google your graphics card and see if you can find your device ID, if you can’t then post in this thread, or Google how to find your device ID.
• Add your device-ID to the end (with a space after the last device ID, and make sure you enter it before the </string> I.E: 0x68BE1002 0X00000000</string>)
• Once you’ve completed open the Kext utility in the Setup.zip file, and drag the kext you’ve edited to the kext box. Type in your password, and click the ‘Easy Install’ button the install. Once completed, you’ve added your device string so your graphics card should be loaded (with QE/CI).
Thanks for following the revised guide, I thought these new steps are even easier than before! If you are looking for the old guide, I've posted them here: http://www.insanelym...p...53767&st=0#
Devout – Revision Guide: 005 (08 - September 2011)