The bad news: After installing the 10.6.8 software update, my hackintosh booted in slow motion.
The good news: I fixed it (and I’ll explain how).
This is an OSx86 post. The OSx86 community is dedicated to running Apple’s advanced OS X operating system openly on standard x86 hardware, not just Macs. It’s a fascinating project that has kept me busy for years learning about Unix operating systems and gaining an appreciation for OS X. It has made me, a .NET developer by trade, into a dedicated Apple enthusiast. You can find out more at http://www.osx86project.org/.
Running OS X on your PC hardware is tricky; OS X must be customized to fit everyone’s different hardware. Most of the work that goes into the OSx86 project is dedicated to ensuring hardware compatibility. You can find my
hardware specs InsanelyMac.com profile here. Edit: hardware configuration at the end of this post if you don’t want to look at my profile.
How I got here
I installed the 10.6.8 Software Update from the Software Update menu. Performed the usual steps (removed SleepEnabler.kext from /Extra, ran KextHelper to patch up my /System/Library/Extensions and rebuild Extensions.mkext, etc.) and rebooted.
After the first reboot, the Airport icon in the menu bar showed that a wireless network card couldn’t be found, and attempting to open network preferences took minutes to execute. In fact, the entire system was reminiscent of post-2000 Fred McGriff running the bases on a gapper (sloooooooowwwww). A second reboot actually “enabled” my network card again (that is to say that System Profiler once again recognized my Atheros Wireless-N card), but I still couldn’t join a wireless network and my machine was perpetually knee-deep in cold molasses syndrome.
As is par for the course, I headed over to netkas.org for a helping of post-update fodder, and sure enough, it seems that Atheros cards were negatively affected by the update.
Per the comments by netkas and others on netkas’ 10.6.8 Software Update post, I (backed up and) replaced the following kext with their 10.6.7 brethren:
A few thoughts
And speaking of Lion, I’ll be posting my thoughts on running Apple’s latest iteration of OS X on the OSx86 platform in a bit. Until then, thanks as always to netkas and the rest of the OSx86 community.
Edit: My Hardware Configuration
Here is a synopsis of my hardware configuration:
Hardware –Case: iStarUSA Nitro AX-S Full Tower Server 1.0mm Steel -Power Supply: Rosewill RP500 –Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Rev. 2.0 -Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz OC’ed to 3.20GHz (stable) –Graphics: Nvidia GTX 250 512MB Memory: 8GB (4x2GB) HyperX 1066 DDR2 SDRAM (2.0v @ 5-5-5-15)
OS X –10.7.0 Lion: Vanilla installation using Chameleon 2 RC5 on 500GB 7200RPM 6GB/s WD SATA HDD –10.6.8 Snow Leopard: Vanilla installation using Chameleon 2 RC3 on 80GB WD SATA HDD –Media: 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 6GB/s SATA HDD –Time Machine: 1TB external USB HDD