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Compile/Export tab:

Compile/Decompile: It compiles (DSL => AML), and decompiles (AML => DSL) DSDT. AML is compiled version that Chameleon uses. DSL is decompiled version for edition.


Export: Exports DSDT from your BIOS/UEFI, so you can edit it.


Patch tab:

Apply patch: It allows to patch original, unmodified DSDT with patch file. The patch file contains all modifications that are useful. It must be generated with the same motherboard model and bios version. It uses standard patch command.


Create patch: It helps to generate patch file. You need two DSDT files. The first one, that is unmodified, original, and one that has all the modifications.

It will calculate all the differences between them and save it to patch file. It uses standard diff command.


IASL tab:

You can update IASL to the latest version. (That's the tool that compiles and decompiles DSDT).

Also there are some advanced options, that you don't have to worry about.


Quick Patch tab:

It will extract DSDT from your motherboard, patch it using DSDT patch file, compile it and put the DSDT.AML file in /Extra directory.



Why not simply put somebody else's DSDT?

Because there are many things that might affect DSDT tables like: number of RAM modules, BIOS settings, BIOS version, CPU type, and more.

The best way is to save your dsdt and modify it.

I will never recommend using somebody's DSDT. It might affect system performance and stability.

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Um, how do I remove file associations? So that the .plist files won't have a Chameleon Wizard icon?


1. Manually edit/remove the com.apple.LaunchServices.plist in the ~/Library/Preferences directory.

2. Select the Open With context menu by right clicking on the file, point to Other in the following subcontext menu, then choose an application to open the file ensuring to tick the Always Open With option at the bottom of the dialog window.

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Okay, after MUCH Googling and try and error, this is what I've come up with for smbios and SMC Version. I hate to say it but the smbios data I got from using Champlist and some Google searches. This is what I am using (minus serial number):


<!--?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?-->


<plist version="1.0">



<string>Apple Inc.</string>




<string>Apple Inc.</string>






<string>Apple Inc.</string>




<string>Search for Serial</string>






The harder one was the correct SMC Version key for FakeSMC. All this base64 and hex stuff made me crazy. Using online tools, I never got the correct code but after studying Prasys "Editing FakeSMC" I just winged it and following his instructions and came up with the following:


<!--?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?-->


<plist version="1.0">






























































<key>REV </key>



























The important thing to look for here is the <REV > key which turns out to be <AWcPAAAE> which corresponds to 1.67f4 which is what I consistently found in Google searches for a MacBookAir3,1. The RAW key when using Property List Editor is <01670f00 0004>. Also be sure to change the <smc-compatible> key to <smc-mpc>.


Hope that helps someone else.

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1. Manually edit/remove the com.apple.LaunchServices.plist in the ~/Library/Preferences directory.

2. Select the Open With context menu by right clicking on the file, point to Other in the following subcontext menu, then choose an application to open the file ensuring to tick the Always Open With option at the bottom of the dialog window.


Yes, but by default it shouldn't change file associations without asking first. :)

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Application doesn't change it.

To make opening files possible by dragging files on icon I had to declare what types It can open, by editing info.plist file, to tell OS X how It should react.

Your system changed file associations itself. My application doesn't have any code that changes file associations.



Also If you created *.patch files please share it with others. That's the only way to make most of DSDT features useful.

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great work with all your softs,just a request-please mention the version numbers for successive builds or mention the version of the latest build in the first post.


keep up the good work.


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hello janek


some problems with the portuguese translation pt_pt i dont know why ?


some screenshots


Captura de ecrã 2012-02-27, às 21.31.30.png


Captura de ecrã 2012-02-27, às 21.32.01.png


Captura de ecrã 2012-02-27, às 21.32.28.png


u see some things is translated and other no


i translated every thing



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Everytime i save the settings in org.chameleon.boot.plist, the file is deleted!

Any trick? Or it is a bug? Chameleon wizard 4.01.

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RIght now i've Chameleon 2.1 r1819, when i start Chameleon Wizard it shows Dropbox version r1820 (builbot is down ATM)i select Install from Dropbox and it says that it's successful but the version showed at bottom remains the same. I've restarted the system, restarted Chameleon Wizard but it shows the same. ¿What i'm doing wrong? I'm Using Chameleon Wizard 4.0.1

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Hi Janek,


I have seen quite a few people complaining about "boot0: error" when installing Chameleon to HDDs with 4 K sectors




Looks like dd can't write boot1h to a mounted partition, but it will work if you unmount the partition before running dd and use /dev/diskXsY instead of /dev/rdiskXsY




What about including an option in Chameleon Wizard which unmounts the target partition (if it's not the current root partition, of course) before running dd command?


diskutil unmount diskXsY
dd if=boot1h of=/dev/diskXsY
diskutil mount diskXsY



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Hi, I posted this in another forum also, but I think it's worth to post here also.


I've been struggling lately to configure my Chameleon, to be honest it looks like it's not listening to me at all, I tried to change boot.plist file in my Extra folder and also in


folder, still nothing, tried to use Chameleon Wizard to reinstall it, nothing, I would like to hide some partitions, install a theme and do some other tweaks, I can't even figure out how to boot in 32bit mode, adding -arch=i386 at the prompt doesn't help, thus can't really figure out why I get really choppy flash videos (except Youtube in Chrome, which works very well)


Have been browsing the forum many times for an answer, no luck, and I'm not quite the biggest noob in looking for something and/or configuring my OSx86 machine.


Thanks in advance for answers and help.

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As of 03/03/12, every time Chameleon Wizard connects to the buildbot, the app crashes:



Process: Chameleon Wizard [741]

Path: /Applications/Chameleon Wizard.app/Contents/MacOS/Chameleon Wizard

Identifier: janek202.Chameleon-Wizard

Version: ??? (4.0.1)

Code Type: X86-64 (Native)

Parent Process: launchd [112]


Date/Time: 2012-03-04 13:26:43.893 -0700

OS Version: Mac OS X 10.7.3 (11D50)

Report Version: 9


Interval Since Last Report: 138380 sec

Crashes Since Last Report: 7

Per-App Interval Since Last Report: 215 sec

Per-App Crashes Since Last Report: 7

Anonymous UUID: 022FE66C-30F4-4CF0-9BAA-53F780318B4C


Crashed Thread: 4 Dispatch queue: com.apple.root.default-priority


Exception Type: EXC_CRASH (SIGABRT)

Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000


Application Specific Information:

objc[741]: garbage collection is OFF

*** Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSInvalidArgumentException', reason: '-[__NSCFDictionary setObject:forKey:]: attempt to insert nil value (key: Full Name)'


I have done absolutely nothing in regards to my system at the time of my 1st attempt, one minute Chameleon Wizard worked, then after the latest build was posted for the Buildbot, crash, every time, and is persistent on my test system as well. The problem seems to be the build bot server.

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hey mate, I love your tool and I use it regularly to keep chameleon updated!



One Option that might be great for future releases is the debug=0x100 option.

It gives you details in case your mac crashes what the cause of the issue is!


Keep up the good work!

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Janek, thank you all for your great job!

I can't read all thread, and I can't find search or printable view for this new forum-engine.

I'm sorry if somebody asked this question already.


I use EFI partition to store the Chameleon Loader there, and EFI support is enabled.

But Chameleon Wizard can't install themes to EFI, because it detects only one empty EFI partition on the second disk (with Time Machine backups).

Could you fix it?




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For whatever reason, I cannot boot my octo-core hack pro using any Lion-compatible bootloader options, including this one - every time i try it gives me just a split second of the apple logo and immediately reboots. Any suggestions? i've tried everything, even replacing the motherboard.



Mobo: Asus Z8NA - D6

CPUs: 2 x Intel Xeon 5530

RAM: 24 Gb Hynix DDR3 1333

Sys Disk: Corsair Force GT 120gb SSD

Several other internal and iSCSI disks


If anyone has any suggestions i would be forever in your debt!


BTW: I use the chameleon wizard on my other HackPro - its an amazing tool


Thank you in advance

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