OSX86 Wisdom and Waste – This stops now!

No longer will noobs be told to read a few pages of the 500 billion sites online to find enough information to educate them.
No longer will gurus need to index 500+ pages in their bookmarks or memorize over 100+ commands to fix their hacks.
No longer will the people who can something to help — swim against the monsterous current of noob floods trying to help noobs.
Prasys and I have discussed new options in moving the INFORMATION of the OSX86 community to new heights.
This follows in sync with its: bootloaders, hacks, pre-installers, post-installers, third party kexts, and most importantly its community’s evolution.
We are calling on everyone and anyone to submit to accurate and sound information that deals with universal OSX86 knowledge.
Here is a synopsis of our current goals which when written will be made available in .pdf, .rtf, and .txt formats.
Goal:
Document boot flags, boot arguments, command prompt, and problem solving protocols.
First properly document any and all boot flags/arguments with explanations.
Additionally, document their proper order of use as some will not work if used in an improper order.
Second, document similar commands found only for the following:
chameleon, pcEFI, empireEFI (should be identical to chameleon?)
Third, a short tutorial on how to use /e/e and the future use of the spare directory.
Fourth, write scenarios in which people find themselves daily.
Solutions to these scenarios with full explanations.
Please, at the moment, we DO NOT want hardware specific solutions — that is for another project.
At your convenience, please write up something and send it to us.  Make it as accurate as possible and cite your sources.
We may ask you for a revision and all credits will be included — as well as source material properly cited.
Thanks and we look forward to the 1st edition of this project being posted by Sunday, November 22nd, 2009.

9 thoughts to “OSX86 Wisdom and Waste – This stops now!”

  1. Hey OX, i assume my DSDT for N00bz guide will probably make its way in. Before it does I’d like to make revisions/additions to make it more towards the format wanted. But overall, good idea I’ll be glad to contribute 🙂

  2. Hi,
    This is a good project, but this attempt already exist. Why not to join the projectosx and help them, there already a lot of good informations, and it’s not the mess like in the crappy forum you know.
    I mean, there also is few more projects in this way, so create one more among billions…
    Just my two cens.
    Good luck

  3. Hey as a noob – this is great news. I think the work everyone has done is great, I think, but if you are just coming into it as I am, it is very hard to piece together everything that has been done and get a sense of the order that things were discovered etc by reading all the various sites. It took me a while to learn that Boot 132 was older than Chameleon and I think they are similar, so I probably want to use Chameleon. Still learning what EFI is and DSTS and kext and when to do what etc. Also, without a MAC, I have no other choice than to use your solution (or the psystar one which I don’t really want to support).
    Anyway thanks for starting this effort, and I look forward to more info etc as you progress.
    ]Monty[

  4. Please do not think this project has been abandoned.
    The simple fact is prasys and I have been writing a lot.
    Thus far, we have approached the problem from a pure noob point of view.
    This document contains the following:
    1) Creating a SLAX USB bootable device for the purpose of dsdt, audio codec, acpi, and lspci dumps.
    2) Creating a GParted Live USB bootable device for the purpose of partitioning and formatting a targeted hard drive.
    3) Manual installation of Chameleon RC4 (which is not out yet but also works for all other versions)
    4) Editing your “boot.plist” as well as boot arguments/flags (this section is not complete and is huge)(it also covers flags for chameleon and pcefi)
    What is left?
    Clearly this much would have gotten you the most basic things accomplished preparing you for an installation so we’re writing up a few more pages to get that portion started. Ultimately we want to give a troubleshooting section which would be extensive. We are getting help from some of the people in the scene but most of us have lives — jobs, school, friends, girlfriends that want all of our time and honestly I love vagina more than your hack, volunteering, etc. We will include preinstallation documents and post installation documents not limited but including editing your dsdt as well as a chart of when to choose kext a over kext b and why you should or should not edit kext c. Prasys previously wrote a summary of what 3rd party kexts do and we will expand upon that. Finally, we will have a section as posted on this blog by plastikman about the ultimate end goal which is running LEO and SNOW via VIRTUAL MACHINE. It’s coming…we are discussing versions…we will most likely go with that strategy as chameleon is doing to be doing the same thing following in the footsteps of pc_efi and empire_efi. It makes sense to share progress however small.

  5. > I love vagina more than your hack, volunteering, etc.
    Are you kidding? 😀
    I’m happy to hear an update, because I was thinking it was already abandoned.
    Take your time to write the guide, just spend some word from time to time to let us know how the developing is proceeding.
    Tomorrow I will receive the Snow Leopard DVD and I will start hackin’ my pc. I’ve never seen or used a Mac in real life and I’m curious to try it.
    The infos are scattered through sites and not immediately clear, so a guide should be a good thing.
    A good section should be how Mac works compared to other OSes like Linux and Windows (for example what are kext and if they are a sort of Windows drivers). But this isn’t a high priority part, maybe this section could be put in the second edition of the guide.

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