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mactabletman

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I received my wacom cintiq companion yesterday and i love it but my first order of interest that I had planned was to hackintosh it.  I was able to get into bios and boot it into a linux live usb but for some reason every OSX installer usb I make is either not recognized at all or wont load up.  I have tried different versions of OSX and different versions/types of usb drives.  The BIOS seems like it might be somewhat restricted but I cleared out as many security features as possible and still nothing. Is there a boot loader like a linux live usb that will recognize an OSX installer partition on the same usb drive?  Any ideas? Im kind of stumped. 



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I got mine today. i was having the same issue as you, but then i found someone who had used Clover bootloader on a surface, and i tried it. so far i have been able to boot into the Mountain Lion installer, but sits at a pinwheel and nothing else pops up. i am trying various kexts and boot args to troubleshoot. will let you know if i make anymore progress.

 

ps - i love this thing, but is your pen calibration working right? when i get to the edges its all wonkers.



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I was able to boot into clover using Clover_v2k_r2184  but it is only text based on screen and doesnt show much.  When I try to boot into the OSX installer it just hangs at a black screen.  I used a legit copy of osx from the app store and kakewalk.  Can you tell me the details of your install to the point youre at.  If i can get into the installer i might be able to make more progress.  Working on it right now.



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The farthest I got was to a white screen with the pinwheel of death (pre-install). What loader, Mac OSX version, etc are you using!!? Would like to help with the process. Thanks! Looking good.

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Ok so im in, i booted externally and I have a bluetooth icon indicating its working OOB.



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I got mine the other day. Just like the Surface Pro, it is going to be tough to get anything to work (I don't like working with UEFI only mobo). Chameleon and Chimera won't be able to boot this type of motherboard, Clover bootloader is the only one that will be seen as bootable. I was able to install it using the same method as you would the Surface Pro but I could not get it to boot without safe mode. The battery was not recognized, GPU wasn't working and the pen was recognized but wasn't calibrated. Bluetooth seemed to be working, but wifi would not work (probably never will, it's a Intel chip). I installed the Cintiq Companion software from Wacom but it stated in the settings 'no tablet found' so the system is not seeing it as a wacom tablet, but some kind of generic mouse. I ran a live Ubuntu installation to run a system profiler and I'm attaching the result. Here's a few highlights: Series 7/C210 motherboard, HDA-Intel (sound), Toshiba SSD, Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 (rev c4) 

 

 

 

Assuming we can open up the tablet, we could replace the wireless chip with a Hackintosh compatable one. I think if we can identify what battery it is and get started on finding the right kext we can get this rolling. This would make an awesome Modbook Pro like device. 

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Nice work.  I had it booting without safe mode but pen wouldnt calibrate and of course now wifi. Im going to work on it a bit today and see if i can make anymore progress.



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I got mavericks installed this morning after a bitch of a time, but i feel like the older versions are more stable. Still no pen calibration, sound, touch wifi.. i know i will have to switch out the wifi card bu if anyone has hints on the rest i would appreciate it. Will work on it later with a more detailed breakdown. Now i need to try to sleep a couple hours.



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I as well had it working using Clover/OSX 10.8.5. in order to get it to work without safe mode, you need to add three kexts to your extra folder, or in the Extensions folder itself. If you followed the Surface Pro instructions, you should have downloaded the zip that came with that guys tutorial. Inject the 3 kexts that he provides within that zip and you should be able to boot up without any args. (Besides the InjectEDID)

 

 

As for the Pen Calibration/working, I was as stumped as you officeninja. I tried both Companion and 13HD drivers, neither of them worked and gave me the same input. I believe the reason why is because the digitizer for the Companion is connected via a special USB port, and not an HDMI port like the Hybrid or a 13HD is. The only thing I can think of is trying to get ahold of a member of the Linux Wacom Project peeps and see if they have any way to work around it. Otherwise, there is no point in continuing to try this.

 

I also had another weird issue, I could plug in a USB mouse and it would work, but I wouldn't be able to see a cursor. Was that the case for you guys too?

 

I had thought about giving Mavericks a try too, but I figured it is all worthless until we figure out a way to get the Wacom drivers working.

 

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Krooklyn - 

 

 

    So we had a similar problem with the Samsung Ativ 700t. The digitizer would be detected but was not calibrated and after installing the Bamboo drivers it would work correctly until you rebooted. Then it would lose all calibration and when you would check the tablet settings, it would say 'no supported tablet found'. We figured out that it was a USB power issue (there must be something in the boot logic in windows to power on this internal USB port that doesn't exist in Linux or Mac OSX) and a user named sfinktah (from Tonymacx86) created a script to install some custom kext and keep power to the digitzer. I'm attaching that script here. I suggest you back up your system with something like CCC if you try this because it may not work correctly. After installing this tweak on the Ativ, Mac OSX works almost flawlessly, stylus and all. In order for this to work on the Ativ, you had to put the system to sleep and wake it up again, then the stylus would function properly. Again this is due to power management of Mac OSX versus Windows. 

 

I'm still trying to get it to boot without safe mode so I'll try this script when I get the chance and let everyone know it works. I think if I can't get it to work correctly I will send mine back. It's just too expensive to keep without being able to dual boot. 

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Just checking in on this one - I'm willing to sacrifice my Companion for the effort and will try some hacking this evening. Any updates?



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Hey, sorry i seemed to have abandoned it for a bit with class and halloween filing my time.  This past weekend I hacked away at it a bit, patching kexts with no success yet.  I have had the best compatibility with osx 10.8 but have been able to boot into mavericks.  With 10.8 I had sound, bluetooth full resolution (no qe/ci). Im doing a bit of research now to put together some tools and try mavericks again tonight and most of this weekend.  Will keep you updated.  Aeronick, have you done an install or attempt yet?  The more people the better.



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Hey, sorry i seemed to have abandoned it for a bit with class and halloween filing my time.  This past weekend I hacked away at it a bit, patching kexts with no success yet.  I have had the best compatibility with osx 10.8 but have been able to boot into mavericks.  With 10.8 I had sound, bluetooth full resolution (no qe/ci). Im doing a bit of research now to put together some tools and try mavericks again tonight and most of this weekend.  Will keep you updated.  Aeronick, have you done an install or attempt yet?  The more people the better.

 

No love on this side of the fence. I was able to get 10.8 to boot. Main issues seem to be pressure, brightness and any power controls. Also, booting this system externally is more difficult than any other PC I've had... With all boot security off it has a bear of a time even booting into Windows on an external drive.

 

Will keep fiddling.



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Hey guys,

 

I know this topic is a little old, but I also have a companion I would like to try and hackintosh. Can I ask for a somewhat step by step (preferably with files links) you are using to boot into either 10.8 or 10.9? I've tried both using the information from the first few posts, but I always end up stuck during boot at the USB device. 

 

I am using clover w/surface install files, but no matter how I try to update the kexts either on the clover partition or on the OS X install USB drive I always get the USB device error. I know it's a text update, but I'm lost at that point. I can't find a clear method doing so... help?

 

 







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