As we know , EmpireEFI , tonyx86 boot cd and other boot cd variants has helped a lot of us to get retail OSX installation in our beloved Dell Computers (and clones alike). What nawcom has done with his boot cd is that he has taken entirely it into next level. His bitchblog may seem a bit technical. So I am here to translate that to plain english on simply what it means. It simply means that now you can install OSX alongside with Windows on a MBR partition without the need of formatting the entire drive as GPT and using complicated procedures to dual boot. Plus on top of that , nawcom has added support for a variety of graphics card (well almost all which Chameleon native Graphics Injector supports) as opposed to my EmpireEFI. It will automatically detect your hardware through I/O Registry and post-instructions will be posted over at Desktop , thus making it a lot easier for you to get to know about your hardware and to determine if its supported. For your information , I’ll be working with nawcom to come up with an awesome boot CD which shall supersede EmpireEFI.
UPDATE #1 – Updated version can be obtained from here (changelog + details) Nawcom has included two kernels in his BootCD , a modbin patched kernel and the legacy kernel (aka chocolate kernel which supports a lot of processors from AMD up to latest Intel series) . Anyway enough of the long and lengthy explanation , lets get to business shall we Installation instructions & Download Instructions
PS – Its almost the same as EmpireEFI. All you would have to do is :-
Requirements : MacOS X 10.6.x installation disc (OSX 10.6.3/OSX 10.6.0 discs would work fine , however it will not work with recovery discs of Macs of any kind) , a CD-Burner , A compatible PC If you face any problems , I’ve written a mini troubleshooting guide as well (just scroll down) 1. Burn the ISO (which you could download it from here (OLD version) or here (UPDATED VERSION/RECOMMENDED) , alternatively mirrors/latest version can be obtained from nawcom directly
Kindly burn it at the slowest speed using Nero, Windows default ISO burning tool , OSX or whatever your favorite burning software is. 2.. Make sure you’ve set your BIOS to boot from CD. Simply insert the ISO which we have burnt (for connivence sake , we will be calling it the swap disk from now onwards) and be sure to boot from the swap disk.
3. If everything goes okay , you’ll be presented with a graphical boot loader. Please be sure to read what is stated in the screen. Yes , take your time and read first
Afterwards , simply eject the disc. Insert your genuine OSX installation disc and hit F5. If everything goes okay , you should see OSX installation disc in the menu. Select that and keep your fingers crossed. If everything goes well , you should be in installation menu. Install as usual , but be sure to remove unwanted stuff such as printer drivers , additional languages (if you dont use them) as it would increase the installation time and would probably cause the installation to hang. TIP/NOTE– Another tip is during installation , please be sure to move your mouse to provide some activity. There have been cases whereby installation would just lock up for some reason due to no activity.
4. If everything went well , simply reboot with the swap disc and select your newly installed OSX partition. After which you’ve booted to desktop , be sure to use the myHack 1.1.4 package on the boot CD, located in the Post Install pkgs folder on the boot CD. Read the Important Information Dialog!! Don’t forget to select Customize to install the support your hardware needs! – Reboot and pray that it works
If you’re getting a Black Screen/Black screen with a curosr , then simply use the following command GraphicsEnabler=Yes After swapping the CD with the DVD and before you boot up the OS X Install DVD. Basically its at the time whereby OSX Installation DVD shows up , simply type GraphicsEnabler=Yes (alternatively you may hit tab and type it in the command prompt) If you have any questions , doubts , simply post it here and I’ll try my best to get in touch with you to resolve your issue