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Micky1979

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sectorsize v1.1 a tool to detect the physical and logical sector size of Hard disk (Adv...

20 November 2014 - 02:40 PM

sectorsize is a tiny command line I made to detect the Physical and logical sector size of your hard disk.

 

usage:

 
sudo sectorsize /dev/diskX
 
output on a AF (Advanced Formatted ) drive:
Physical sector size: 4096
Logical sector size: 512
output on non AF  drive:
Physical sector size: 512
Logical sector size: 512

OSX seem to show always 512-byte as "logical" sector size (*because is a standard?), but you can see that AF drive show a physical 4096-bytes sector, and probably this mean that this drive use the 512e tecnology (512 bytes emulation).

*NOTE: hard disk with 4K use firmware to emulate 512 sector size....as the OS wants..

 
This will be useful to see if your hard disk uses the Advanced Format technology or not.
 
Why?
Installing Chamelon (or Clover) currently can create the boot0 error on AF drives with physical 4096-bytes (or 4K).
This will be useful to understand what to do  before installing the bootloader on these drives.
A test will be performed by changing Chameleon installer to do all automatically.
stay tuned

 

Thanks to verdant for the tests made

 

Micky

Pandora's Box 2.0 Candidate2 roll out

01 November 2014 - 02:20 PM

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Sorry for the delay, 
 
A new Pandora is here, and the Jar now contains new tools: 
 
- Hermes, build your installer to USB or DVD. 
 
- Hera, a tool that can create, update or upgrade the Recovery HD partition with the version of OSx you want ... even on your Mac. 
 
- Zeus is the new heart of Pandora and the tool who will act as a post-install, but will also be available during the installation (yes, during the installation process!), and will assist you in making OSx bootable on your PC. 
 
All new apps are now multithread to take advantages from your CPU, and possess a beautiful and colorful graphical interface for a better user experience.
 
Supported OSes: 10.7x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x an 10.10
 
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Yep, both Enoch r2472 and Clover r2976 inside B)
 
DOWNLOAD*
 
Attached File  Pandora's_Box_Candidate2_r2.012.zip   82.82MB   248 downloads
 
read here for the bugs fixed, and here for the updates applied
 
*Please read the istructions above before starting, Pandora's Box 2.0 is a new tool and probably you need to read for some tips and to solve problems.
 We need your feedback first, find bugs and fix it, so Pandora is only available here. When it is mature enough, we will put in the Download section and via software Update.
 
For Yosemite see here about "include kernel  (and Yosemite)"

Automated creation of AMD Installer for OSX

11 September 2014 - 08:43 PM

 
Is some time that I am preparing a new Pandora, and I wonder if the creation of the installer for systems with AMD CPUs is very different from the usual way with Intel CPU.
 
For now we have these things: 
 
  1. FakeSMC.kext + PlugIns by Slice with AMD support. 
  2. A way to replace the kernel on all OSes (included original properly renamed), so do not worry about which kernel you want to include (for example atom ..)
  3. Install in one fell swoop all the kexts you want in one go! 
  4. bootloader, Enoch or Clover (legacy or not). 
  5. You can customize your boot files, or implement your personal ones.
  6. Supported OSes are Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks an Yosemite
  7. ..more :)
  8. Wait for me to finish
 
Now I need to know if this is enough, or should associate with some "action" (perhaps based on selected OS version like 10.7.x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x or 10.10?, delete some unwanted extensions for example?). 
 
I state that I will do everything possible to do what you ask me, with the possibility that radical changes if required, will be published after a normal first release of the new Pandora. 
 
Micky
 
 
 
Summary
 
  1. #4 gils83 no need any replacement/removed kexts to boot 10.8.5 with "kernel Sinetek/Bronya Anv 12.5"
  2. First "problem" found: some kernels require specific kernel flags.
  3. busratio must be calculate properly, but is irrelevant to boot the installer
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