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Getting OS X running on your Aspire One AOD250 Using a Windows Machine


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Hey all! Hows it going in Hackintosh land? I tried to make this as easy to follow as I could, so please forgive the length. I'm sure if you follow this to the tee you should have no issues as well.

 

First off, these are my install notes. I wrote this as I went using a Windows 7 based AMD system to install the Mac OS on my AOD250-1165. This may not work for some people, and others may have better success. 

 

Second, I do not claim to be a Mac-magician, nor do I claim to be a specialist, pro, eliete, whatever. 

 

Third, this guide assumes you do not have a DVD drive, or access to a Macintosh computer of any sort. This guide also assumes that you have a machine that can boot from usb.

 

If this well help any one, the machine I used to set up the flash drive is as follows:

 

Motherboard: ZOTAC GeForce 6100 E-E

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition (Also tested and working with AMD Athalon x2 5400 Brisbane)

RAM: Rendition by Crucial 1GB x2

Video Card: On board

Audio Card: On board

 

This is pretty much just something to watch videos on, so I'm sure a much more powerful machine could, in theory at least, do the same job.

 

You will need the following:

 

* Mac OS X 10.6.3 Install USB.rar This contains a pre-modified installer ,RAW image file, and SUSE Studio ImageWriter to write the boot code and image to your Flash drive.

(NOTE: This tutorial should also work if you have an install DVD and can make a .Raw dump of it. You will then need to download the ImageWriter seperately. This would be the preferred method.)

 

* 8GB flash drive or bigger

* A zip file which I compiled that can be found here. This File contains Kext Helper, and NetbookInstaller, as well as the Video, Audio and networking kexts.

*  An additional Flash drive (Optional But will make life easier than reformatting your installer)

* Official Apple Licensing (Optional but recommended) 

 

Just one last note before we begin, I'm not 100% certain, but it is possible that this method could work on other versions of Mac (Lion and up) and other computers. I have an Aspire One AOA110 that I have yet to test this out on, as well as a clone test bed of the machine listed above. Enjoy!

 

Part 1- Prepare the boot drive.

 

 

- Insert your USB drive and make sure it is empty - you will loose any information on it.

 

- Unrar ImageWriter.exe (refered as SUSE from here on out) and the .Raw image to an easy to find location.

 

- Open the SUSE program. CAREFULLY select your USB drive in the lower drop down box (if more than 1 exist)

 

- Click the SELECT button and locate the .Raw file.

 

Once you've followed the above steps, click the COPY button and wait for the process to complete. I wont lie, this will take some time.

 

Once its done, goto your AOD250, insert the drive and continue on to....

 

 

Part 2 - INSTALLING!!

 *Make sure your AOD is set to use the USB ports first by hitting F2 at startup

 

- Boot your AOD250 and when you see the BOOT0prompts on your screen press the 1 key. You want to type -v -f -x (Verbose, Force, and Safemode). This will ensure you get to the install screen.

 

- Choose your language options and proceed to next screen, but before you do ANYTHING else, click the Utilites dropdown, then Disk Utility. Select the disk you want to use then click on the Partition Tab. This will reformat the entire disk making it into a GPT partion scheme. Select how many partitions you want (assuming you want to dual boot or want extra space) and click the Apply button on the botom of the screen.

 

- Once formating and partitioning are complete, continue to the Disk selection screen, taking care to choose the disk you just partitioned. Once there you may select your istall options by clicking customize, but you wont really need to.

 

Now that the install has finished up, LEAVE YOUR USB DRIVE PLUGGED IN and proceed to Part 3

 

Part 3: Setting up your Hackintosh for use.

 *You will need to use your other computer again!

 

Here is a short list of everything that works without issue:

 

* Card Reader

* Display

* Power Management

* Keyboard

* Mouse

* Sleep

 

The ZIP file I compiled contains the kext for video too, but I have yet to try it to see if it improved graphics at all.

 

- After you get past the reboot (which SHOULD reboot without error) hit 1 again when you see the BOOT comments again.

 

- You will see two OS X Drives now, the USB installer and the Hard Drive you installed to, select the second and hit enter. No flags are necessary at this point UNLESS you get some boot time errors. In that case the simple -v -f should suffice.

 

- Go through the account and set up screens that will come up untill you get to the login.

 

- Once at your desktop, go back to your main PC, unzip the provided file to a USB drive and take it over to your AOD. You'll want to install a boot loader now, so pull out your installer USB, open NetbookInstaller and have it put the loader on your OS X installation. Reboot without any USB drives and it should go with no problem. 

 

Once back at your desktop, install the remaining drivers using Kext Helper. You may need to either swap out or find a work around for your WiFi card to get it working.

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