After a few PM's (Private Messages) and comments about my video about a fresh install of Mac OS X Snow Leopard on my netbook, the Gateway LT2030u, I decided to make a tutorial. Unfortunately, I have the crappiest camera ever made. So, I decided to just take pictures with this written tutorial, instead of a video. So, without further ado, let's get started. This is a dual boot guide, if you want to dedicate your entire PC to Mac OS X, just skip all the partitioning.
Firstly, you need to understand that for this tutorial, I'll be using iAtkos V7 which is Mac OS X Leopard, because I haven't gotten the wireless chipset to work in Snow Leopard, but you may be able to if you update to 10.6.5, try that out. I'M NOT TELLING YOU WHERE TO GET IT.
Secondly, you need to know that this is a long and tedious process, so if something goes wrong, don't give up.
And Finally, you need to know that you should have some basic computer knowledge about this, not how to open a web browser, but what a graphics card or CPU is, and that I am not in anyway responsible for anything that may happen to your pc, but I'll be happy to help you with it.
The complete list of things that you need in order to complete this tutorial are as follows.
A external CD/DVD drive. (I won't be doing a USB Install)
Parted Magic on a USB drive. The iso is available here.
Essential Mac OS X fixes for your netbook. I've compiled them into a nice ZIP file, available here.
And Finally, a Windows 7 Repair Disk which you can find using Google.
I'll be using Windows 7 Home Premium, if you have it, or anything above that you're fine, but if you're still on starter you may need to get a free partitioning software. I recommend shrinking the partition by either 30GB or 50GB. 30GB = 30720. AND 50GB = 51200. With Windows 7 Home Premium, I'll be using the inbuilt Disk Management Utility.
Once you've done it, create a new simple partition from the unallocated space that you just partitioned, by right clicking and selecting "New Simple Volume" and formatting it as either NTFS or FAT32, this will allow the Disk Utility in Mac OS X to see that partition.
Once you've got everything done on this side, you can go ahead and shut down, with your disk drive hooked up, and iAtkos v7 in the drive.
Start up your pc, and go into the BIOS by hitting F2 as the Gateway Logo Displays.
Scroll over to the Main Tab, and enable the "F12 Boot Menu".
Exit Saving Changes.
On reboot press the F12 key, and you should be presented with a list of choices for boot.
Select your CD drive, and hit enter.
It may not boot the first time, if not, just try try again.
Here's a video I made on a more powerful PC, highlighting everything you need to do past the aforementioned steps. Your screen won't look like mine, yours will be at about 800x600 resolution, and you'll have a battery icon in the top right hand corner. I was doing that in a virtual machine.
Once you're done selecting all the choices you can hit install! And skip the disk check. The install can take up to about 15 min.
Once you're all finished with that, you should come to the first welcome startup screen.
Say you don't connect to the internet for now.
Your webcam won't work, so just select a pic.
ALRIGHTY! You should now be presented with your Mac OS X Leopard Desktop. But I bet it looks terrible. So, install the .pkg files from the Mac Fixes.zip that you downloaded before.
These include the Dell 1545 Broadcom, and the Intel GMA950 for Wind.
After that, restart your PC. if it doesn't boot the first time, and is stopped at "display:family specific matching fails".
Restart, and at the prompt type "-f -v".
It will boot successfully this time.
And you should be presented with a pretty looking desktop, like this one.
Now, you can go on up to the Aiport icon, and click to open Network Preferences, once it opens, go all the way down and hit apply. Your network icon should now come on, and click the Aiport icon, to search for your wireless network.
Next, take the "DefaultDesktop.jpg" from the Correct Mac OS X Wallpapers folder from the Mac Fixes zip file, and copy it to
Take the other two, the Aurora.jpg and the Snow Leopard.jpg, and put them into /Library/Desktop Pictures/Nature
LASTLY, travel to /System/Library/Preference Panes and go all the way down till you see the trackpad.pref copy it to the desktop like so.
Then, on the copied file, right click and select "Show Package Contents". To right click on a mac, hold down the control key, and click.
Once you see the folder contents, click through it till you see the info.plist file.
Double click it, and look for this, highlight and delete it.
Copy the trackpad.pref file on your desktop, to /Library/Preference Panes and as well to back to /System/Library/Preference Panes
The trackpad Preference Pane should now appear in the System Preferences when you open it.
Then, just one more, it's easy. Go into System Preferences, and select keyboard and mouse. Click "Modifier Keys" set the command key to to Option, and set the Option key to Command.
After all is said and done, Open Disk Utility, and click "Repair Permissions". Do whatever you want afterward, or during it's repair of permissions, and most of all, enjoy your new Macbook Air.
To get Windows working again, boot using the flash drive with Parted Magic, just hit enter at the prompt, Once you arrive at the desktop for it, click to open GParted live. Select your WINDOWS partition, and click "Manage Flags" give it the "boot" flag. Shutdown your pc.
Reboot using the Windows Repair Disc that you created.
Select your language, and windows should say that it's found a partition that needs to repair, let it do it's thing, and restart.
Windows will boot now.
Boot using your USB drive again, once you arrive at the desktop for it, click to open GParted live. Select your Macintosh HD partition, and click "Manage Flags" give it the "boot" flag. Shutdown your PC.
Now, you'll be able to boot between Mac or Windows. Enjoy your PC.
P.S you can just goto software update, and select to install the Mac OS X 10.5.8 combo update, only select it though, wait for it to download, install and you'll be running the latest version of Leopard. You may have to reinstall the same pkg files, to get wifi and video working again.
P.S.S Two things, I'm still working on sleep and if you don't turn off your wireless before you restart, it'll stay on during BIOS, and your entire restart.
BTW, a large part tutorial is done on my netbook.
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