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I just tried using myHack and the boot pack at OSXLatitude, trying to install Mountain Lion. I ended up at a black screen, where it looks like the laptop is turned off. (The laptop doesn't actually turn off, the screen looks black, and not like there's a black window filling the screen, but like it's off)



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Tried again using Mavericks, same exact result.

 

P.S, I had to remove the DSDT file for both to be able to boot.



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OK, you're going to want to get a hold of myHack and an AppStore copy of 10.9.2.

 

Use Pokengyuen's thread HERE and my thread HERE to help you boot to a perfect copy of Mavericks with working everything!

 

pokengyuen's thread is the perfect guide, I included mine because it shows the errors I had an some of my fixes!

 

 

 

Obligatory screenshot to keep you hoping! [edited to show you my better setup with edited icons]

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Thanks for that! I'll let you know how did it go.

 

However,

 

- Add boot option: Add /EFI/Boot/Bootx64.efi in USB, then move the boot entry to top.

 

How exactly can I add /EFI/Boot/Bootx64.efi ?

 

And is there a way to do it without converting the whole drive to GPT? There are really important things here that I can't risk getting deleted, and the last time I tried the conversion it was a huge mess.



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On the other hand, using that myHack thing with the boot pack, I deleted all the ATI/AMD extensions, started with GraphicsEnabler=No -v, and now I'm able to boot. I had to use a USB keyboard and mouse since I didn't have the ApplePS2Controller (that was the name, right?) kext installed. After I chose the language, it crashed, providing the attached log.

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The Inspiron 15R has a Hidden ESP partition that holds the bootloader - after you install 10.9.2 and reboot, then install Clover to the Bootloader partition you can go into the BIOS using F2 > Boot > Add Boot Option > Name it clover, then just set the path to /EFI/CLOVER/CLOVERX64.efi     -   Clover Configurator will Mount the EFI partition as well and let you edit the config.plist file, which will need to be done so you can boot properly using the same config in your USB install [same settings, same flags, etc]

 

 

In response to the crash -> Did you patch your mach_kernel for Haswell Machines? Download THIS file and replace the original mach_kernel in the Clover partition of the USB, then try booting.

 

I didn't need to use GraphicsEnabler=No, but booting without caches [when clover boots, press spacebar over the myhacks boot option and select 'Boot without caches'] tended to always be beneficial, or at least seemed to make everything run smoothly [placebo effect or not]



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I formatted the whole drive before so I don't think it has that partition anymore.

 

That crash happens with the myHack installation using OSXLatitude boot pack (and not Clover. I didn't use Clover as I'm not ready to format the whole drive)

 

My processor isn't Haswell, it's Ivy Bridge. i7-3632QM.

 

And is there a way to do it without converting the whole drive to GPT? There are really important things here that I can't risk getting deleted, and the last time I tried the conversion it was a huge mess.


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wait wait, you don't format any drive except the usb key for clover.

 

you make 2 partitions using Disk Utility and have clover on the 2nd part - if your Mobo is UEFI you basically need Clover to boot the mavericks install.

 

I'd recommend looking into what you need to do to boot



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Looks like I do have to recreate my partition table and format my drive according to the attached screenshot :/

 

And I've been searching for ages but I couldn't find anything.

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You're partitioning the USB key for CLOVER + MYHACKS - trust me, I've repartitioned and Installed myhacks a few times before I finally got it working. But in the end - it makes for the EASIEST install. just follow the 7000 guide from the start and you'll be golden

 

when it's talking about myHacks[installer] partition vs clover partition vs target partition:

 

USB KEY

 

[Clover] Partition 1:

Name: CLOVER

Contents: Clover.zip from 7000 guide

 

[Installer] Partition 2:

Name: myHack 10.9.2 Install Disk

Contents: myHack Installer made w/ myhacks using an official 10.9.2 AppStore File

 

 

Laptop Hard Drive - assuming you're dual booting - and this isn't including and reserved partitions already on your HDD

 

Partition x: Windows x

 

[Target] Partition y: Where Mac will be installed to



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I'm completely lost. Which one does he mean when he says "use Disk Utility to format your drive as GPT" ?



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Ahhh, I see what you're getting at.

 

 

When he says format it as Mac OSX Extended-Journaled, he's referring to the target partition, on your laptop's hard drive - where you're planning to install Mac OS X. 

 

Are you trying to triple boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7?

 

Either way, whichever partition will be the Mac one is the one that needs to be Partitioned. There's no upgrading here, it's a fresh, clean install. Backup whatever you can, then go ahead with the install



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Is there a way to do it with an MBR drive, instead of repartitioning the thing?

 

I'm really not ready to backup things and try converting to GPT. It's awful.

 

Is there a fix to that myHack installer error thing?



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http://www.osx86.in/...ing-clover.html

 

check this thread out. apparently there's an MBR patch for Mavericks myhacks



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http://www.insanelym...-2#entry2002480 =(

 

Just wondering, will iATKOS work?



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Holy {censored}, I don't even remember that response.

 

You can give it a shot? I tried it on mine and it did /not/ like it, plus getting a copy of their Mavericks installer is for donators only.

 

Is changing BIOS boot to UEFI a possibility?  

 

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What model is your Inspiron 15R:SE?



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I'll be satisfied with their 10.8.2 copy, the problem is that my internet connection is extremely slow (My download speed is 50 Kilobytes per sec) so downloading more 5.something GBs is painful.

 

I can change the BIOS boot to UEFI indeed. Actually that's how it's working right now. However, the drive has to be GPT for UEFI boot to work. That's why my mSATA with GRUB appears on the UEFI boot list but not the SATA drive.

 

It's 7520, i7-3632QM processor, Intel Graphics 4000 (I'm not sure about that one, maybe it's 4400), and Radeon HD 7730M.



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check out my message and this post

 

you can install clover as mbr option if thats the route you want to go.



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Last time I tried, the partition table itself has to be recreated, deleting all the partitions existing.

 

I'll try that topic. I guess I may get it to work if I installed clover on the EFI partition on my mSATA. I'm not sure how I can do that, though. I'll let you know how did it go anyway.



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I found this link in a thread somewhere and now the error is fixed. http://www.insanelym...icks-mbr-patch/

 

I also went forward with installing it and it actually did start installing, however, I stopped it as it was going to take too much time and I wanted to reformat the Mac OS X partition anyway. I can't do that as neither my touchpad, my wireless mouse, nor even a normal USB mouse I found work.

 

I guess I'm quite close!







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