Thanks to an arduous research here, there and everywhere, I'm running Mavericks on a borrowed 2011 Sony Vaio (15''-Core i3-HD 3000-Realtek 8168-Atheros 9285) almost perfectly. The cool thing is, I didn't need to replace any HW part - neither could I, since the machine's not mine - taking just hard work and quite a few hours of my time to get it running this way. This is quite uncommon for laptops, which usually won't have a supported bluetooth or a supported ethernet or supported card reader etc. That said, I'm getting some issues that, far from being a deal breaker, are anyway annoying enough to not try to solve.
First, sleep: this is kinda expected, since I had to patch AICPUPM for the mobile Sandy Bridge CPU to get rid of NCPUPM. The system won't go to sleep even if I use the sleep option in the Apple logo menu, or in the popup that appears when I press the laptop's power button. The screen will turn off, and that's all - and it won't turn back on, forcing me to do a hard reboot. Not funny. pmset -g assertions give me this output:
But iFire informed the kernel assertions are a bug and shouldn't prevent idle sleep, much less manual sleep.
Second, and equally frustrating, is that every time I try to use the "About This Mac" option of the Apple logo menu, i'm log off from the system. In fact, I found out it's a crash, here's a screenshot of Console's latest crash report about it:
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If I access System Information via Applications/Utilities, it works just fine.
All the best!