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Generic Retail Install Guide

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this is just a quick generic guide, you might need additional kexts that are hardware specific, but if you find anything let me know and i'll add it to this guide

One of these days i'll get this to look "pretty" lol


Needed Files

GUID Partition Map




A Snow Leopard Distribution

Any Other System Specific Drivers






Making the Install DVD

  • Mount Snow Leopard Distribution
  • Open up Disk Utility.
  • Click the partition or DVD to be the Installer
  • Click restore
  • Drag Mac OS X Install DVD to source
  • Drag Empty Partition or DVD to Destination
  • Check Erase Destination


Hidden EFI Partition Method

This method should work for any boot-132 method as well just change the options when installing chameleon and you don't need any of the terminal commands since you don't have to mount the EFI partition. Just replace the boot file and add the kexts and you should be good.


  • Run the Chameleon-2.0-RC2-r640.pkg
  • Click Customize
  • Check Chameleon EFI HFS option
  • Uncheck Extras
  • Click Install



Making Changes to the EFI Partition

Open Terminal

sudo -s
mkdir /Volumes/EFI
mount_hfs /dev/diskXs1 /Volumes/EFI

(This depends how your computer is set up, open up disk utility and click information on your guid partitioned drive, replace X with your drive's number.)

killall Finder

(EFI Partition should appear on your desktop)

-Replace the boot file in /Volumes/EFI/ with the one you downloaded


-Add the downloaded kexts to /Volumes/EFI/extra/extensions/


(DON'T ADD Appledecrypt.kext or dsmos.kext or it will fail to load)

add any other drivers you need (make sure they are snow leopard Compatible)



reopen terminal (VERY IMPORTANT YOU DO THIS otherwise drive won't mount correctly)

sudo -s
umount -f /Volumes/EFI
rm -rf /Volumes/EFI
killall Finder


Restart and Boot DVD


Retail DVD should boot now, ENJOY!

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