The InsanelyMac Staff, will work to produce, from next release, better management of credits and licenses where missing for the "OSX86 contents" that are included in Pandora.app.
Anyone can PM me to indicate any lack
Pandora's Box Beta Testing
Pandora's Box is currently a Beta release, so there's a good chance you may encounter a few bugs.
The purpose of this Beta release is to help identify and correct these errors.
So expect frequent changes and updates to the application during the Beta stage.
Please keep this in mind while using it.
Once the application gets a chance to mature, we will then begin adding additional language translations and hope to be able to include every different language that is supported by OSx.
Usage of Pandora's Box for the installation and maintenance of OSx on the x86 platform is purely for educational purposes. This is a free application, made by the community for the community. With that OSx86 spirit in mind, all are welcome to participate in it's further development. Just keep in mind that since the application is in Beta, so are the methods being used distribute it, apply updates and handle bug reports.
The Beta can be downloaded at our new Downloads Section here
When you first launch the application, the Pandora's Box GUI will present you with two simple options:
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The first option on the left is the Installer tool, used to create a bootable OSx installer on a USB thumb drive, DVD or other HDD partition,
On the right side, is the Pandora's Box "Post-Installation" utility that can be used to modify your OSx installation, install various hardware fixes and kernel extensions, along with other maintenece such as after applying a OSx software update. Extension files that are patched by Pandora's Box will be saved to a folder called "BackupExtensions" or "Backup_Video" (if you decide to work on the video kexts)
Pandora's Box post-installation:
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If you click "Change install location" you can change the target volume if you want to apply changes to an OSx install other than your current boot volume (not all options are able to do so)
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Well, back to the creation of our new Installation. From the main GUI, choosing the "10.7 & 10.8 Installer" option will start the Wizard, and the first thing requested will be to enter the password of your account (which will be invisible as you type)
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As you can see Pandora's Box opened a folder called "InsanelyBox", (which will be closed automatically as soon as you enter the passoword of your User Account ...)
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What can I put inside InsanelyBox folder?
1) If you already have the RecoveryUpdate.dmg from Apple, Pandora will give you the opportunity to create a Recovery partition on your Hack, as a real Mac!
Warning: If you don't have it already but want to create the recovery partition, you do not need to download it! In fact, Pandora will offer, while creating the USB / DVD Installation, to create the RecoveryHD and if the RecoveryUpdate.dmg is not present in the "InsanelyBox" folder, Pandora's Box will download it for you automatically.
2) If you have AMD CPU Hardware, or a netbook, you can put here the patched kernel, making sure to rename it as the original: "match_kernel"
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The ACPI folder handles all your patched ACPI tables (if you have them) such as the DSDT.aml, SSDT.aml, SSDT-1.aml etc.. If placed here, they will be transferred onto the installer USB stick/DVD, but also onto the Final installation as well, so you do not need to manually copy them again post-install once they have been placed here:
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So, after the password has been entered, all Finder windows will close automatically and Pandora's Box will ask if your want to create the system installation on a USB or burn to a blank DVD-R. creare usb.png 40.13K 620 downloads
type 1 for USB and 2 for DVD and press enter.
At this point, Pandora will ask you which OSx version you are going to install:
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type 1 for Mountain Lion, and 2 if you use Lion
What should I do now?
Simple! if Pandora's Box can not find an original OSx application in /Applications, it will prompt you to drag and drop it inside of it's window, this can be the classic app downloaded from AppStore, or the InstallESD.dmg image for Developers (if you are).
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as in the photo below, all you have to do is "drag & drop", wherever it is, the app or the image, inside the window and press enter:
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Now begins the "restore" that will last 15-20 minutes depending on the speed of your USB flash drive:
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After the restore, Pandora asks you what smbios.plist you want to choose.
the SMBIOS is very important, is the file that tells OSx what type of hardware to expect (CPU, GPU, CPU, Desktop or Laptop), you must choose the one with characteristics closest to your hardware!
The smbios.plist will be transferred in both USB/DVD but also to your final installation:
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Choose the screen resolution (in pixels) of your system Desktop or Laptop:
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Now you have to choose if you want a totally Vanilla installation or transform your USB/DVD adopting the "InsanelyMac Pandora System"
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type 1 to make a Retail installation, with the addition of the FakeSMC.kext (only required kext) and the bootloader to make it bootable on any PC. Now press enter and wait for the end.
or type 2, creating the Pandora system on USB/DVD:
Next Pandora's Box will create a system of choices to for you customize your hardware during the installation of OSx, which will allow you to start the first time after the installation!
Options for Desktop and Laptop systems
Pandora offers some options that will allow your USB stick to boot on most of the hardware in circulation:
all the default options install FakeSMC.kext, the Wifi Injector, the patch to install on MBR partition table type (which allows you to install alongside Microsoft Windows without formatting the entire hard disk), also enables the installation on systems with less than 2GB of RAM (1GB for example), which otherwise would not be possible on Lion and Mountain Lion.
AMD users have to choose an option that contains the NullCPUPowerManagemet.kext to disable the native Power Management for Intel processors, to avoid Kernel Panic. Same thing for those who have a Sandy or Ivy Bridge processor (with the Post-Installation tool of Pandora's Box, you can patch AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext, to activate the power saving features and most likely sleep as well.
The injector for Disk & AHCI, allows you to start from USB or DVD without the "Still waiting for root device" error, caused by non-activation of the SATA controller driver, and to avoid the timeout of IOAHCIBlockstorage.
Options for Laptop behave in the same way as the Desktop options, with the difference being additional drivers for the keyboard and trackpad.
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Note: Options 1 for a Desktop, and 5 for a Laptop, are the options to choose if you're not sure how your hardware behaves in OSx, choose them if you want an "Easy way".
Small summary of what you are installing on USB Key/DVD ..
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Finished doing the patch, Pandora will propose the creation of the Recovery partition, and if you choose to do it, but you did not put the RecoveryHDUpdate.dmg inside the InsanelyBox folder , Pandora will do the donwnload automatically if a connection to the Internet is present.
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Wait a few minutes ... if you chose to create the RecoveryHD ...
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Well, the process is completed, as confirmed by Pandora:
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now you can see the Pandora Installer icon on your Desktop:
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You just have to restart on your Hack and begin the installation!
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