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Sotirios Papakonstantinou

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  1. Hello! I finally succeeded. I have an old 80GB SATA hard disk which I use to experiment with Mac OS. I had a Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan installation complete with Office and other applications. Using Clover 3322 in iATKOS EC installer I managed to successfully boot it from within a virtual Mac in VMWare Workstation 10 (patched to support Mac OS). The SATA disk was connected to a SATA-USB adapter and then connected to the virtual Mac as a USB disk. I downloaded Sierra, but instead of creating a USB installation medium I stupidly tried to just upgrade by running the setup. The installation didn't succeed of course but while connecting and disconnecting the USB installer and the USB disk amd forcing several resets I finally screwed the partition and could not boot either in VMWare or natively in my PC. So I reinstalled El Capitan natively and then booted within VMWare. I successfully did all the upgrades up to version 10.11.6 and then downloaded Sierra again. This time I used Pandora's Box to create the USB installer. I booted the USB installer in VMWare and I installed 10.12 Sierra. For some reason it took a couple of hours, but it finally succeeded! It even made the sound and graphics work out of the box without having to install the VMWare Tools! Thank you for creating Pandora's Box! Pity I now have to reinstall all my applications...
  2. Sotirios Papakonstantinou

    El Capitan HD5450 + VMware + Clover

    Hello! I'm not sure if my problem applies to this thread, but I wanted to ask you this: I have a perfectly working Mac OS X 10.11.0 El Capitan installation in my main computer. To avoid connecting and disconnecting the disk, I connect it with USB so I can easily remove it if I want to load Windows. The disk boots in UEFI mode in Clover and from there I load El Capitan. For some reason standard loading doesn't always succeed, but if I load it by ignoring caches it works OK. As you can imagine I have also loaded a lot of applications. I want to use that installation in VMWare Workstation (patched to support Mac OS X), so I created a new Virtual machine and the chosen guest OS is Mac OS X 10.9 (the higher on the list). I have the Mac hard disk connected to my host (Windows 10 Pro 64-bit) and upon starting the virtual machine I connect it to the guest. Since the main virtual hard disk is empty yet, the virtual machine tries to boot from the USB disk and starts clover. So far so good. The problem is when I choose to start El Capitan, no matter which option I choose (standard, verbose, safe mode, ignore caches), I see an error message "Internal Error" and the virtual machine hangs and closes. Does anyone knows what changes I have to do to the virtual machine settings and/or the VMX file to make it work? I would like to boot into the USB hard disk and then clone my El Capitan installation onto the main virtual hard disk, so I can use it and experiment with upgrades without fearing to destroy the original installation. Of course I would prefer to use my existing installation with all the installed applications. I don't want to start from the beginning with a new El Capitan installation! Thank you in advance. PS: Just to make sure, I restarted my PC and loaded El Capitan natively, it does work. I only have problem making it work in VMWare Workstation. EDIT: I recently downloaded iATKOS EC (El Capitan version) and I prepared a USB Flash drive for it. Before trying to install El Capitan from scratch, I decided to connect my El Capitan disk and boot it. iATKOS has a newer version of Clover, 3322, and it succeeded into booting my existing El Capitan installation in VMWare! I only had to install VMWare tools for the drivers and I'm good to go!
  3. Sotirios Papakonstantinou

    Asus P8H61, USB not working, Clover settings

    These are entries in Clover's config.plist file? I will try that on the weekend. Thank you. Did you upgrade to 10.11.1 yet? Did it work? I wouldn't dare to try it and screw my installation... EDIT: I could not find the entries I have to change in config.plist file! I write the steps bellow in case I did something wrong... In Terminal I typed these commands: cd / cd EFI cd CLOVER sudo nano config.plist I then saw two settings for USB. The original settings are both true. I tried all other combinations, both false, one true the other false and vice versa, could not make the USB ports work. I plug a USB flash drive and it is ignored. Not even the LED switched on, no activity! Leaving the USB Flash drive connected and restart the computer made no difference! Of course I saved the changes and restarted the computer after each attempt. Any other ideas? Any USB kexts that support my Intel H61 chipset? Only if Apple wasn't that stubborn and allowed manufacturers to release drivers for Mac OS X! They fear that anybody would install Mac OS X on their computer! Is that hard to understand that this means profit for them, as more customers would buy Mac OS X? Thank you for your time.
  4. Sotirios Papakonstantinou

    Asus P8H61, USB not working, Clover settings

    Well, today I used Clonezilla to clone the EFI partition from my USB Flash drive to the EFI partition of my disk. Now I can boot into Clover and this time choosing El Capitan works as expected and boots to Mac OS, so I don't need my USB Flash to boot any more. I also tried to copy all USB related kexts from my working Mountain Lion installation and installed them with Kext Installer, but this didn't make any difference. No USB device is detected, either connected at startup or connected after booting to El Capitan. Maybe the Mountain Lion kexts don't work in El Capitan or some boot parameter interferes with USB. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
  5. Sotirios Papakonstantinou

    Asus P8H61, USB not working, Clover settings

    Don't push guys! Get in line, you'll have your chance to help! Anyway, I'll try cloning the EFI partition and see. As for USB I have a working Mountain Lion installation, I'll try to copy relevant kexts from S/L/E and install them with Kext Installer. I'll post back if it works, just in case anyone cares... No offence intended, but I see so many read my post an still not reply. Thank you anyway.
  6. Sotirios Papakonstantinou

    Asus P8H61, USB not working, Clover settings

    Hello! I recently installed Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan in a spare hard disk to test it. First I had not internet access, no sound and USB wasn't working. I managed to connect to the internet after downloading the official Mac OS X Realtek RTL8111F/8168 driver from www.realtek.com. For my audio card, Creative SoundBlaster Audigy Player, the download site of kxproject wasn't working, but fortunately I had saved the driver in the past. I tried to install it but installer would fail and not complete. I managed to install the kext manually using latest Kext Installer. I copied the kext file from S/L/E of an older Mac OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion installation and installed it with Kext Installer. However, I could not make USB work. No USB device is recognized, including my printer, my USB Flash drive or a USB external disk. In earlier Mac OS X version a USB disk would be used if connected at boot, but unfortunately this doesn't applies in my El Capitan installation. Could you please point me to the appropriate kext to download? Finally, I have problem installing Clover. My disk is formatted in GUID mode, and I have installed Clover in EFI partition. But when I try to boot to El Capitan from Clover, after a few seconds the computer restarts! I can only boot using the USB Flash drive with the El Capitan installer. The weird thing is that it has a slightly earlier version of Clover installed as well! How can I copy the boot settings from my USB Flash drive to my hard disk to make Clover work? I was thinking of using Clonezilla to clone the EFI partition, but this could make things worse. Please help! Here follow my hardware specs: Motherboard: Asus P8H61 (s1155) Northbridge: Intel Ivy Bridge-DT IMC Southbridge: Intel Cougar Point H61 CPU: Intel Core-i3 3220 3.0GHz (3rd generation, s1155) RAM: 8GB (2x 4GB Kingston Hyper-X Blue DDR3-1600) VGA: Asus GT620-1GD3 (NVidia GeForce GT 620 1GB DDR3 PCI-E) Audio: Creative SoundBlaster Audigy Player (SB0092) + Realtek HD Audio HDD: Seagate 80GB SATA II partitioned in GUID mode. LAN: Realtek RTL8111F/8168 Gigabit Ethernet Thank you in advance!
  7. Sotirios Papakonstantinou

    Minimum specs for Snow Leopard?

    After many fruitless attempts, I concluded that this old notebook can only accept Mac OS X 10.4.8 Tiger from Jas. I cannot even update to 10.4.11. When I do, I get stuck at the desktop without icons loading forever. I managed to start the "universal" Snow Leopard installation from within Tiger and apparently complete it, but it won't boot (in verbose mode I see only two lines "loading mach_kernel" or similar and then it stucks). So I decided to abandon hope and keep using Windows. It's ridiculous since I can install Windows 7 and work without any issue (no aero, but who cares) while I cannot install anything newer than Tiger! Shame... Case closed.
  8. Sotirios Papakonstantinou

    Boot Yosemite normally without -v -f

    Hello! I have successfully installed and fully upgraded Mac OS X Yosemite to 10.10.2 in my setup. The only problem is that is doesn't normally complete the boot process, but I have to use the boot tags kernel -v -f or kernel -v -x What can I send you to help me fix that? Some king of log? Please give details of how to do it as I am not very good at Mac OS. My setup: Custom-built PC with Asus P8H61 (Intel H61 chipset, 1156 socket), Intel Core-i3 3220 3.3GHz, 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM, nVidia Geforce GT 620. Thank you in advance.
  9. Sotirios Papakonstantinou

    Minimum specs for Snow Leopard?

    Hello! I have a very old notebook based on Pentium M 1.8 GHz (no SSE3, maybe SSE2) with 1GB DDR RAM, Intel 855 graphics, 80GB hdd etc. I could successfully install Jas 10.4.8 Tiger on it, but by today's standards this is not very useful. Any other DVD (Kalyway or iAtkos Leopard or Snow Leopard) stucks before I even see the bootloader or it reboots. This means I can only use Darwin bootloader, not Chameleon or whatever fancy. Can I use the Jas 10.4.8 DVD to boot another DVD? How can I swap disks? Which are the minimum hardware specs for Snow Leopard (using a legacy kernel) ? Can I start 10.6 installation from Tiger? (I see a message to reboot). How can I do it from the Terminal? I'll give a try at Hazard 10.6.6 SSE2 SSE3 version (if I manage to boot it) an let you know. Thank you in advance. PS: An added difficulty to the project is that I don't want to erase the build-in IDE disk and I use a spare USB disk, I hope this doesn't affect my chances of success.
  10. The message you see is that USB could not identify, is not loaded and hence not working. You have to boot with the iAtkos DVD and reinstall. I would also format the partition, so to make a clean installation and not a repair. Before you proceed, click on the Customize button and make sure you include USB drivers. While you are at Disk Utility, make two partitions. One Mac OS Extended Journaled for Snow Leopard and one FAT32 for Windows. Later, when installing Windows, you'll see a message that you cannot install in FAT32. Format the partition to NTFS and proceed. At this point you should be able to boot to Windows but not Mac OS. There are some changes you can do to Windows Boot Loader to include a choice for Mac OS, but it is easier to just boot with the iAtkos DVD and install Chameleon bootloader to the Mac partition. Then you should be able to choose from Chameleon.
  11. Sotirios Papakonstantinou

    Apple Upgrade without affecting drivers

    Hello! I'm not sure if this has been asked before, but I couldn't put the correct key words to find it. Please give me the thread's link. I have taken an old HP Pavilion notebook, and a spare disk and decided to install Mac OS X 10.6 to see how compatibility goes and experiment. A common problem is that when I upgrade from 10.6.3 to 10.6.8 with the combo upgrade, my LAN and WLAN cards stop working. No matter what drivers (kexts) I tried, I couldn't make them work properly again and the only solution is to format and reinstall Mac IS X 10.6.3 from iAtkos DVD. The question: is there any way to backup the working drivers and make the combo upgrade? Then I could restore them and the LAN works as it should. Alternatively, can I select which components are being upgraded, so I make sure kexts aren't? Thank you in advance. PS: My specs: HP Pavilion zv6000 series, AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2GHz (I use legacy_kernel to boot), ATI Radeon Xpress 200M chipset, ATI Mobility Radeon Xpress 200 128MB VGA (basic display, but I don't care), Audio ATI SB400 AC'97 (no audio yet), Reatlek RTL8139/810x LAN, Broadcom BCM4318 WLAN, TI PCIxx21 Flashmedia (not working), TI TSB43AB22 IEEE 1394.
  12. Sotirios Papakonstantinou

    Cannot connect to internet, I can ping

    Hello! After posting the question, I came across this Apple support article: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203387 which describes how to fix Safari 5 not connecting to sites by disabling DNS prefetch. I immediately tried the code in Terminal. Of course it didn't work as my problem was driver related, so I found a USB WLAN dongle and plugged it in to use it. MacOS couldn't install a driver automatically, so I used the bundled CD-ROM. However for some reason my Yosemite installation is very sensitive. Any time I change something such as installing or uninstalling a driver, it simply won't boot again and I have to use the installation USB Flash drive to repair it. So I did it once more and after repair it still couldn't see the USB WLAN dongle (driver wasn't installed just the Railink wireless utility), but it could finally connect to the internet using the onboard Reatek RTL8111F Gigabit ethernet card! Of course I don't care what happened and why, I at last can enjoy Yosemite without making a clean installation and having to reinstall tons of programs! Now I have a different problem: I can only boot properly to Yosemite using the installation USB Flash drive! I tried to install latest Clover in the first partition, it boots to Yosemite, but the screen is blank (out of range?) How can I fix that? Please point me to the relevant thread. Should I try Chameleon instead? Thank you!
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    Cannot connect to internet, I can ping

    Hello! I have recently downloaded MacOX X 10.10 Yosemite. In my current PC I have a disk with two partitions, and the first contains a working Mountain Lion installation. I didn't want to upgrade to Yosemite, in case something goes wrong. So I used Super Duper to clone the Mountain Lion installation to the second partition, then upgraded that to Yosemite. So I can know test Yosemite but also keep a working Mountain Lion partition. In Yosemite everything seems to work OK except network. The card connects to the router (status connected) but I cannot browse pages in Safari, I cannot use Apple Upgrade etc. Changing to manual IP and DNS settings didn't change anything. The troubleshooter recommends restarting the router, but this didn't help either. The weird thing is that I can ping to the router, the other computers and my ISP DNS servers! So what is going on? Please give full details as I am a novice to MacOS. Thank you in advace PS: My system is an Asus P8H61 m/b, Intel Core-i3, 8GB RAM, nVidia GT 620, Realtek HD Audio + Creative SoundBlaster Audigy, Realtek RTL8111F Gigabit LAN.
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    Chameleon cannot boot to Yosemite 10.10.1 (no kernel found)

    Thank you for your reply. I suppose this is done by editing a file in terminal. Can you please guide me as I am not very familiar with it?
  15. Hello! Sorry if this has been already asked, but I didn't find something similar with a quick search... Little background first: I had an old 120GB hard disk which I had formatted as MBR and had two MacOS partitions. In the first I had Mountain Lion 10.8.4 installed, and at the second Leopard 10.5.2, as a backup in case something goes wrong with the Mountain Lion , to be able to boot into Leopard and fix it. Yesterday I decided to download and try Yosemite 10.10.1 (latest). I used SuperDuper to clone Mountain Lion from the first partition to the second (I didn't wanted to do a clean installation and have to reinstall everything). Then I downloaded Yosemite from Apple Store and tried to upgrade the second partition. I got the error message that I should reformat the disk to GPT! No way I was going to lose all my data and didn't had a spare disk to install there. So I used a utility to create a bootable USB Flash with the Yosemite installer and then patched the appropriate files to allow installation/upgrade to MBR disks. I then had to boot the USB Flash with GraphicsEnabler=Yes and -v options since after detecting my card (nVidia Geforce GT 620) I lost display (out of sync). So far so good, I upgraded the second Mountain Lion installation to Yosemite 10.10.1 My problem: I installed latest Clover, but I got a Boot0=OK, Boot1=error message, so I installed latest Chameleon with GUI. From Chameleon I can only boot to Mountain Lion (first partition), when trying to boot to Yosemite (second partition) I get an error message such as "kernel no found". I can only boot to Yosemite using the USB Flash installer. I tried to copy a kernel file to System/Library/Kernels and some other files, but I screwed Yosemite, so I now try the upgrade/repair from the USB, otherwise I will have to clone Mountain Lion with SuperDuper again and redo the upgrade. Any ideas? Any setting/configuration in Chameleon I am missing? Another minor problem was that my network card (Realtek RTL8111F Gigabit LAN, onboard) was supposedly connected to the router, but couldn't connect to the Internet. But this should fix as long as I install latest OEM drivers from www.realtek.com Thank you in advance My specs: Asus P8H61 m/b (Intel H61 chipset) Intel Core-i3 3220 3GHz nVidia Geforce GT 620 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM SoundBlaster Audigy and Realter HD audio Realtek RTL8111F Gigabit LAN etc