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Success with Leopard on Compaq Presario V6000, dual booting XP


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Details of my machine are below, plus a 1Gb RAM chip added later.


After a bit of research I gave up any plan of installing Lion on this machine, since the processor is 32-bit, a Celeron M430. It's similar to a "core solo", or the first Macbook Core Duo, but NOT a Core 2 Duo. Snow Leopard is probably doable on this machine but I have no big incentive to "upgrade" now that I have Leopard working.


I tried several other things first and most would usually fail at a blue screen, indicating a missing display driver. The iAtkos 7 installer worked, and I never looked back.


Wanting to dual-boot, first I downloaded Parted Magic and burned it to a CD (using Disk Utility on a working Mac). I defragged the Presario HD and then I used Parted Magic on the Presario to shrink the existing, working, XP Pro installation and create a new HFS+ partition. In my case, this was shrinking the existing partition from about 100Gb down to 20Gb, leaving about 75Gb for the HFS+ partition to hold the Leopard install.


Using Disk Utility on the iAtkos 7 installation disk, I double-checked the new HFS+ partition to make sure it was formatted HFS+ Extended (Journaled). Then I proceeded with installation onto the HFS+ partition per the iAtkos instructions. My initial mistake was not installing a few extras that my machine needed. However, I was able to incrementally add these after the main installation and the overall process went well. In addition to the default installation, my particular machine needed: 1) EFI for Intel video, 2) Voodoo drivers for PS/2 trackpad and keyboard, 3) Voodoo battery manager (optional, puts the icon into the menubar). Audio and wireless worked out of the box, so adding just those 3 changes gave me full function similar to an early 13" Macbook I once had.


This was by FAR the easiest hackintosh I've ever done, and I see now the value of starting with more modern hardware. My previous hackintoshes were much older.


Anyway, the Windows partition was not booting after all this, although the XP partition appeared as an option to the Chameleon boot loader installed by iAtkos. Choosing XP at boot would give only a blinking cursor. After reading the suggestions from iAtkos, Chameleon and GParted, I booted from a Windows XP Pro installation CD to get to the Recovery Console. From the command line there, I logged into the existing Windows installation (glad it could see that!) and then issued the fixboot and fixmbr commands, accepting the warnings they bring up. (I suggest reading the Microsoft documentation on these commands.) I was amazed that this worked! Now the Chameleon boot loader works perfectly, giving me reliable booting into either OS. Sweet.



US Product Number RG390UA#ABA Microprocessor 1.73 GHz Intel® Celeron® M Processor 430 Microprocessor Cache 1MB L2 Cache Memory 512MB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) Memory Max 2048MB Video Graphics Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 Video Memory up to 128MB (shared) Hard Drive 100GB 5400RPM (SATA) Multimedia Drive Super Multi 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support Display 15.4” WXGA High-Definition BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800) Display Fax/Modem High speed 56k modem Network Card Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector) Wireless Connectivity 802.11b/g WLAN Sound Altec Lansing Keyboard 101-key compatible


1 Quick Launch Button (HP DVD Play Button) Pointing Device Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad PC Card Slots

  • 1 ExpressCard/54 Slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)

External Ports

  • 2 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0

  • 1 Headphone out - 1

  • 1 microphone-in

  • 1 VGA (15-pin)

  • 1 TV-Out (S-video)

  • 1 RJ-11 (modem)

  • 1 RJ -45 (LAN)

  • 1 notebook expansion port 3

  • 1 Consumer IR

Dimensions 14.05" (L) x 10.12" (W) x 1" (min H)/1.56" (max H) Weight 6.6lbs Security

  • Kensington® MicroSaver lock slot

  • Power-on password

  • Accepts 3rd party security lock devices


  • 65W AC adapter

  • 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

Product Name V6105NR

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I should add that a series of Software Updates all proceeded normally after the initial installation. It behaves like a real Mac. About the only glitches I've seen so far are that the little blue light that normally indicates that the wireless radio is on, stays orange. Also I'm not real sure about the functioning of the battery indicator yet, but my battery is in bad shape - a new one is on the way. I used to use an app called Coconut Battery on my Macbook and this does not seem to "talk" to the battery on this hackintosh.

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  • 1 year later...

After a full year of good usage of my Hackintosh Presario V6000, I'm here with an update. On Leopard as described above, the most annoying issue was scratchy audio after sleeping. It was fine after a restart, but would reliably become scratchy after sleeping. The fan seemed awfully noisy as well, but I can't tell if this is software-related. It seemed like booting into Windows XP kept the fan at a quieter level than my normal Leopard boot.


Anyway, I'm giving the machine to my son-in-law and decided I would upgrade it to Snow Leopard first. This was eventually successful and to my surprise, seems to have cured the scratchy audio. If only I had done this a year ago!


Following are the details for posterity.




The process I used to install Snow Leopard came on the "iAtkos S3 v2" install disk. Installing from this DVD is a slow and complicated process until you learn what you need based on your specific hardware. You have to make a number of choices to get things to work right. In general you want to choose as few things as possible, and only add the most necessary things I've listed below. Everything else "off". Here are the choices I recall:


Bootloader: I had success with Chameleon in the past, so I chose either Chameleon v2 RC4 or RC5. Either probably works fine.


Bootloader Options: 32-bit boot (this machine cannot support 64-bit)


Patches: Choose the first 4 listed but NO modified kernels. I'm pretty sure I also chose EVO reboot and Sleep Enabler. Read the details for each as you go.



Sound - Voodoo HDA only, deselect Apple HDA

PS/2 - Voodoo PS/2 only, deselect Apple PS/2

CPU - Voodoo P-State only? I might have selected Voodoo power and EvO SpeedStep as well. Read what it says about each as you mouse over and see if it sounds right.

Laptop - choose Battery for sure, and maybe Card Reader. (this machine has one, but I never used it)

VGA - Choose ONLY Intel, "EFI string". It has the GMA 950 video card but it works fine without selecting that. I recall choosing GMA 950 over and over without success until I finally tried installing with it deselected.

Network Wireless - Broadcom

Network Wired - Intel Pro V100


Languages: Your choice, I chose as few as possible.


Once it installs and restarts successfully, you can run Software Update but be sure to deselect any operating system updates. You can further upgrade from 10.6.3 to 10.6.8, but you need to follow a manual procedure. Just search for it.

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