Yeah, it was overdue already. The guys over at MacUpdate just launched their pre-chrismas holiday app bundle. For US$49 you will get:
Data Rescue 3 (instead of US$99)
One of the best data recovery tool for the Mac
Espresso 2 (instead of US$75)
One of the best CSS, HTML, XML, JavsScript editing tools around
TotalFinder (instead of US$18)
The Must-have tool, since Apple’s finder is really still total crap
TotalSpaces (instead of US$15)
brings eventually back the grid-style spaces to OS X 10.7 and 10.8
Snapz Pro X 2.5 (instead of US$69)
Screenshots and video capturing made as easy as possible
Mac DVDRipper Pro 4 (instead of US$25)
Copying, Ripping and Converting DVDs made easy, in times of MacBookAirs this tool looks vintage to me ;-)
PopChar X 6 (instead of US$38)
Accessing special font characters made easy, usable scenarios really unknown to me
MoneyWell 2 (instead of US$50)
some finance manager, I would never use ;-)
Swift Publisher 3 (instead of US$30)
never heard of that one, but sounds interesting
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (instead of US$30)
Sim Game in Theme Park style. For those of you who have enuff time for games ;-)
Company of Heroes (instead of US$30)
never heard of that one, sounds like the typical military strategy game
Anyway: the bundle makes sense at least for the TotalFinder, DataRescue, TotalSpaces and Snapz Pro. Means you can’t do anything wrong by buying it. And who knows, probably PopChar, MoneyWell and Swift Publisher might turn out to be useful aswell. The first 12,000 buyers will get Live Interior 3D for free on top (saves you another US$129)…
CrossOver is an emulation layer for MacOS X and Linux. In contrast to virtualization solutions like VMWare, Parallels or VirtualBox, it allows running thousands of Windows applications, tools and games without having to install a legit Windows operating system.
With the release of Mac OS 10.7 Lion VMWare seem to have decided that all of Apple’s latest operating systems can be virtualized. VMWare Fusion 4.1. (released Nov 17th, 2011) thus allows the installation of all Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and 10.6. Snow Leopard versions; vulgo: the server and client editions.
Voicemail From Infinite Loop
The tiny downside is, VMWare seem to have gotten an urgent call from a fruity garage company in Infinite Loop soon after their release of VMWare Fusion 4.1. That’s why they issued VMWare Fusion 4.1.1 (released Nov 23rd, 2011) almost immediately, thus effectively reverting the capability of virtualizing the Mac OS X client versions.
Fusion 4.1.1 Update Bars Client Installations Again
That means: if you are running VMWare Fusion 4.1, you should consider not to upgrade to 4.1.1. If you have a Mac OS X client version virtualized it would not boot anymore after the update to Fusion 4.1.1. For all the others, VMWare does not distribute version 4.1 anymore, only 4.1.1. So you would have to search the net for download possibilities of VMWare Fusion 4.1. Luckily there are still legal sources for the 4.1 download. Update: the download link distributes version 3.1.1 (sic!) at the moment. You’re on your own finding the 4.1 download on the net (filename: “VMware-Fusion-4.1.0-529802-light.dmg”). Good luck.
Find our previously released workaround for initialization issues here.
CPU VT-X/AMD-V Issue
After configuring a dual core virtual machine and trying to start you may encounter a message box indicating:
Hyper-V launch failed; Either VMX not present or not enabled in BIOS.
Hyper-V launch failed; at least one of the processors in the system does not appear to provide a virtualization platform supported by Hyper-V.
This issue may occur no matter which host operating system you’re using. The reason for this might be:
you’re not using a CPU that supports hardware virtualization
your BIOS does not support hardware virtualization properly
hardware virtualization is disabled in your BIOS settings (check it!)
there is a bug in your current BIOS version
the trusted execution flag prevents booting properly
Try these settings in your BIOS:
Enable Execute Disable bit (depending on the motherboard manufacturer this can be called: XD-Bit, EDB, NX-Bit, AMD EVP)
Enable Virtualization bit (depending on the mobo manuf. this can be called: VT, IVT, AMD-V)
Enable VT for Direct I/O Access (depending on the mobo manuf. this can be called: VT-d based I/O)
Disable Trusted Execution Technology (depending on the mobo manuf. this can be called: Intel TXT, TET)
Of course, upgrading your BIOS to the latest version can also be of help, but flashing the BIOS is always a little risky.
As we’re currently using VirtualBox only on the Windows XP platform we categorized this article under Win, anyway it is very likely that the same issue also occurs under Linux or Mac OS, as VirtualBox on all platforms derives from the same source code.
The above settings apply for example for installing MacOS SnowLeopard in a VM under Windows 7 on Gigabyte EP35-DS3 or Dell Optiplex 745/755.
According to Stellarolla’s blog the upcoming Snow Leopard update 10.6.2 and the Leopard update 10.5.9 will most likely break Intel Atom support. Thus rendering hackintosh installations on netbooks inoperable.
Although Apple does not provide products shipping with Intel Atom CPUs, the Mac OS kernel did support those. Now with the growing amount of hackintoshs it seems Apple tries to stop the use of their operating system on cheap an tiny netbooks.
Probably this is another indicator that Apple is going to bring the long rumored tiny tablet Mac. Anyway for people willing to maintain MacOS on their netbooks the easiest way is to not update to 10.6.2 or 10.5.9 at the moment.
As of yesterday the notorious Mac Clone manufacturer Psystar has released a commercial software called Rebel EFI. Rebel EFI prepares a normal PC to allow for the installation of Mac OS.
After downloading Rebel EFI,
[..] users simply insert a retail copy of the Snow Leopard DVD, follow the installation procedures and then install the application. The application automatically detects connected devices and downloads the appropriate drivers.
Rebel EFI features Psystar’s DUBL (Darwin Universal Boot Loader) and a Safe Update mode, that prevents users from installing updates that could break their systems. The Safe Update mode only installs Psystar approved updates.
In contrast to the EFI-X manufacturers, Psystar in the past has released several drivers for free to the OSX86 scene. The advantage of Rebel EFI in contrast to solutions like the Chameleon boot is that is already comes with an automized hardware detection and a bunch of downloadable hardware drivers. Chameleon on the other hand is available free of charge and a lot more powerful for users in the know. So decide for yourself which product fits your needs the best.
A single license for Rebel EFI costs about 50US$ and can be ordered here.
With the advent of Snow Leopard many users have issues installing it onto PC based hardware. Well this is not very curious, since a PC is no Mac. Anyway as Gigabyte motherboards proved to be very close to the original Apple Intel specifications many people decided to buy those boards.
With the release of Snow Leopard DSDT patching seems to have become a must. Installation attempts will most likely fail without it. The intention of this list is to provide comprehensive information on the most used Gigabyte motherboards.
if last character of the model name is a “number” or a “P” (i.e. EP35-DS3 or EP45-DS3P etc.) it means ALC889a audio chipset
if last or penultimate character of the model name is an “L” (i.e. EP35-DS3L or EP45-DS3LR) it means ALC888 audio chipset
if last character of the model name is an “R” (i.e. P35-DS3R or EP45-UD3LR) it means SATA Raid controllers
The P35 or P45 strings in the beginning are fairly self explaining I suppose (P35 always with ICH9 and P45 always with ICH10)
Your Help is Wanted
Weather these rules nor the list above might be 100% accurate. It is only what I found on the net and summarized from the list above.
If you derived a DSDT.aml clean from a BIOS (like using Koalala’s DSDT patcher) and you fixed it for OSX86, you may post it in the comment’s section – don’t forget to tell how much RAM you had while compiling the DSDT.aml (Don’t add individual graphic or wi-fi strings. Just add onboard-devices like onboard-audio and onboard-ethernet.)
If your board is not on the list check Gigabyte’s pages and post the specifications in the comments section below.
If your board is listed but details above are wrong: please post it in the comments section below.
If you know the LAN chipset of the board and it is not listed precisely above (saying Gigabit) please post it in the comments section.
Please always crosscheck with the official Gigabyte specification page for your model (links to your model are included in the BIOS column) before adding a dsdt.aml or anything that could burn your BIOS.