Facebook “like” linking fixed.

I noticed that the ‘like’ button was picking up the wrong logo and description – instead of listing the description of the post or even the main site description – it was picking up my little blurb for people using adblockers. It took 3 hours and the creation of a customized wordpress plugin to get the ‘opengraph’ meta tags to pick things up correctly and it appears to be working properly now.

Social Media Integration

I’ve added some social media sharing links as well as some twitter and facebook integration + a fan page on facebook. It is my hope that since so many use these services now that this will make it more convenant for people to stay up to date with the latest releases, news and updates. I have never used any form of social media in the past personally so I’m just going to see how this works out, hopefully everything will run smoothly and prove to be useful.

myHack 2.2

This version is now deprecated, consult the myHack guide for a link to the latest version.

This version was downloaded 13599 times.

I noticed two things while testing some more unorthodox configurations with myHack 2.1. Since I was testing on multiple systems I had renamed some Extra directories from them, for example “Extra_Notebook_ML”. When installed with myHack I noticed that instead of installing to /Volumes/myHack OS X Install Disk/Extra – it would end up in /Volumes/myHack OS X Install Disk/Extra_Notebook_ML/. Oops. So I fixed that.

Also I was able to reproduce a very random error that only a small number of people have ever reported to me. I’m not sure if the error I reproduced was caused by the same problem as these users but I have added an enhancement to myHack to prevent it from ever happening again. The symptom was an instant reboot before chameleon menu loaded. It was really rather confusing to me as there was no reason for it (code wise) and the same version of chameleon installed on the USB stick worked fine… Then I noticed something – that wasn’t reported in myHack or even the terminal when installing chameleon by hand – for some reason when booting from the USB stick OS X was mounting all the HFS+ partitions (other than the root volume) as read-only!

So now myHack performs a check on the target volume prior to running any tasks, and will alert the user to unmount, and mount the drive again using disk utility if it is mounted as read-only – this method resulted in a volume that was writable in all of my tests, as it should, unless the device is physically damaged or has a ‘read only’ switch, as some USB sticks do. Hopefully in the extremely unlikely event that anyone runs into this issue, this simple check will save you a headache.

I’ve also taken the time to bump the chameleon version while I was at it, I have once again applied the patch for mountain lion support.

I’ve cleaned up some other internal things that don’t require mention, but sufficed to say the app runs a little bit smoother now.

Changes from myHack 2.1:

  • Updated Chameleon to 2.1svn r1827*[1]
  • Bugfix: User supplied Extra with name other than Extra will now be installed correctly.
  • Enhancement: Test to ensure target volume is mounted read/write before running any tasks.
  • Cleaned up and improved a few things in the code.

*[1] I have edited Chameleon 2.1svn r1827 to include support for OS X 10.8 – these modifications have not yet been added to the official Chameleon trunk.

Make sure to read the release page for myHack 2.1 if you have not done so already, for a complete list of changes, contents and features.

Additional details of the myHack app’s contents are maintained on the downloads page. Credits and instructions are maintained on the guide page.

Please post thank you comments or report successful Mountain Lion installs on this post but for support or to report a problem you encounter – please use the myHack forum instead.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion – First Impressions

So I grabbed the developer preview 1 for testing and to ensure myHack 2.1 would work with it. Here are my first impressions.

First and foremost the obligatory screenshot from my primary hackintosh workstation – installed using myHack 2.1 & my extra’s from lion:

myHack Pro running OS X 10.8 DP1

All my system’s hardware works exactly as it does in Lion. One of the advantages to using clean methods of installation, a properly edited dsdt.aml + smbios.plist, and kernel extensions that do not interfere with the vanilla system extensions across OS versions.

My 2 cents on Mountain Lion: iOS lovers users will likely love it, OS X lovers will be largely unimpressed but still happy.

Preview 1 appears to be fairly stable, certainly more stable than 10.7’s DP1. I have heard reports of some minor issues from some people but I haven’t encountered anything serious myself yet.

Notification Center is the one feature I have the most positive anticipation of. It is a great idea and I am eager to get away from growl – I really do not like the dated feel of growl nor the direction they have taken the project in. The problem I have with Notification Center for now is that it is virtually useless on any practical level for non-iOS users until third party app developers start to utilize it – or someone comes out with an app that will catch growl notifications and forward them to it. The menu-bar icon for it strikes me as being a far cry from the typical apple aesthetics, but not intolerable. The way they have integrated notification center into the desktop with the “Lion Linen” is sleek though, and I do appreciate that aspect of it. I look forward to seeing how this turns out in the final product.

A lot of people are raving about the new native airplay features on ML, I don’t have anything to try these with myself so I can’t comment but it does ‘look cool’ and will probably be very useful for those with apple tv in particular. I imagine many people will also appreciate the new iCloud integration, I myself have my own server that I sync with and as such have no intention of using the iCloud service.

Aside from what I have mentioned above there are some minor changes here and there, some new apps here and there but nothing that reaches out and grabs my ‘wow’ response personally. Possibly because I am not an iOS user I don’t find them particularly useful or perhaps I was just hoping for more. There will be a million blog posts about these individual apps they have added to the system with complete reviews, but as I am personally disinterested for now I won’t cover them here.

My biggest complaints so far: Apple is forcing you to go through app store for OS updates now, and apparently does not allow non-signed apps to run. If this will be the case in the final release or not is hard to say. Looks like the app store updates are a guarantee, and many users will likely prefer it this way… I myself have tried to avoid the app store but will likely finally fall in line with the apple empire – doesn’t seem like I have much of a choice left. I think people are going to throw a fit if they don’t allow non-signed apps to run on the final release though I suspect it may just have something to do with “GateKeeper” being buggy and unfinished, but only time will tell.

Probably thing thing that will bother the hackintosh world the most is the fact that Apple is removing ALL 32bit support from ML. While those of you, like myself, with modern systems made in the last 2 or 3 years won’t be effected by this, there are still a large number of users running legacy systems that require 32bit kernel extensions for some components to work. Some groups have indicated that they will attempt to port some of these 32bit extensions to run on 64bit kernel but when/if this will happen is impossible to say with any certainty at all.

So far it feels just like lion with a bit more polish on top and a few new apps – with minimal core changes to the OS itself. Not as significant as the changes from leopard > snow leopard > lion.

Well that is all I have to say for now… more to come in the future.

Happy Hackintoshing!

myHack 2.1

This version is now deprecated, consult the downloads page for a link to the latest version.

This version was downloaded 1298 times.

You may notice I have skipped past the 2.0 Final release, I have been very busy in the last months and while I had been working on one I have already deprecated it by adding one new feature in particular – support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

I have decided to remove the myHack Chameleon boot theme and stick with text only instead. The GUI is more trouble than it is worth at times and the Chameleon GUI code could really use a rewrite, should you choose to use a graphical menu you may install and configure one during post installation. I may provide one or more boot themes in the future as a separate download but what I have always aimed for with myHack is to keep things simple and to (hopefully) get as many systems booting as possible with minimal effort so I see no need for them to be installed by default.

You will also notice I am removing the EvOreboot.kext – it is no longer needed since newer builds of chameleon include a restart fix.

I have added experimental support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It has been tested and is working with Developer Preview 1 – The “Generic Extra” failed to boot my system personally (kernel panic on ApplePolicyControl, I will find a way to correct this using a “Generic Extra” in a future release of myHack, this is also a problem many people have with 10.7.3) – there is a simple solution to the ApplePolicyControl panic however, and that is using appropriate smbios information for your system in /Extra/smbios.plist. As I already have one I have used on both Snow Leopard and Lion I proceeded to move beyond testing and simply copied my Lion Extra’s onto the USB stick – after that the ML installer booted and OS X 10.8 installed without problem.

I call this experimental support because I can not and will not provide/disclose any information regarding OS X 10.8 that would violate my ADC NDA via this blog or the forum until the official public release is made. Additionally I do not know what changes are in store for 10.8, so while I can confirm myHack 2.1 will work for Developer Preview 1 with an Extra that works for you in Lion, I have no way to know how it will work with future releases.

I have not included an OSInstall Mod for 10.8 DP1 in this release. If you are one of the few ADC subscribers out there who still use MBR partitions on your hackintosh but would like to give ML a test run – Nawcom has posted an OSInstall bundle on his blog here. Installation is self explanatory, simply overwrite the files in the appropriate locations with the files included in the archive.

 

Changes from 2.0 RC4(.1):

  • Updated Chameleon to 2.1svn r1822*[1]
  • Added experimental support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion*[2]
  • Added MBR OSInstall Mod for OS X 10.7.3 Installers*[3]
  • Bugfix: Passwords containing a $ symbol will now be accepted.
  • Removed EvOreboot.kext.
  • Disabled graphical boot menu.
  • Removed myHack boot theme.
  • Polished off Chameleon modules installation method.

*[1] I have edited Chameleon 2.1svn r1822 to include support for OS X 10.8 – these modifications have not yet been added to the official Chameleon trunk. This new build of Chameleon does resolve the bug that many experienced on RC4(.1) – bug info and resolution was posted here and here.

*[2] Tested with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 1 – May not work in future versions. You will have to point to the InstallESD.dmg manually by use of the “Browse Manually” option for now. The Install Mac OS X Mountain Lion.app itself will only be supported after the official public release.

*[3] Credit goes to Nawcom for taking the time to cook this up for us the other day.

Todo:

  • Update myFix
  • Find more time to improve myHack & myFix further

Make sure to read the release pages for myHack 2.0 RC1, RC2, RC3 and RC4 if you have not done so already, for a complete list of changes, contents and features.

Additional details of the myHack app’s contents will be maintained on the downloads page. Credits and further instructions will be maintained on the guide page.

Please post thank you comments and successful Mountain Lion installs on this post but for support or to report a problem you encounter – please use the myHack forum instead.