So I'm fooling around with a Snow Leopard install on my desktop hardware, and to test out how this Myhack installer
thing I read about works.
My hardware is not what we'd call Hackintosh-friendly. Phenom II "X4 B50", AMD 770 chipset with SB710 - but the rest is pretty standard. I actually followed the installer guide pretty closely. It helps that I knew what kexts I needed to get, and it helps that a hacked kernel comes with the installer. So it goes something like this:
What I did on an old eMac G4:
1.) Rip the Snow Leopard DVD to a disk image
2.) Restore the disk image to an 8GB (or larger) thumb drive - I used a Sandisk Cruzer
3.) Run the Myhack installer on the USB drive selecting options appropriate to your hardware
4.) Copy any extra kexts to the /Extra/Extensions folder on the drive and re-run the pfix utility to re-build Extensions.mkext
What I did on my PC:
1.) Boot from the USB drive
2.) Install Snow Leopard
3.) Reboot and boot from the USB drive again, but boot your new install
4.) Run the Myhack installer to install to the hard drive
5.) Copy those extra kexts to /Extra/Extensions on the hard drive and re-run pfix again
All told, it took about an hour and a half. 45 minutes of that was preparing the USB drive. Installing from the USB drive was faster than the DVD, I'm sure, because the "X minutes remaining" started at 35 but it only took about 15. And because I know my hardware (ALC889a, Realtek gigabit ethernet, SB710 running in AHCI mode) everything works. I know Bonjour works because I installed my Brother HL-2140 that's attached to my AEBS. I know Time Machine works because I'm backing up to the hard drive attached to the same AEBS. I have 5.1 audio out and digital out, full GUI and OpenCL acceleration on my video, and all four cores.
In truth, I only had one issue. I wanted to get a few apps I use installed so I actually have something to do. High among my priorities is Finale 2008. That installed with no issues, but when I went to install the Garritan Personal Orchestra, I got an amusing message - "Finale must be installed before installing Garritan Personal Orchestra." Uh, say what? Did you not see what I just finished doing? Other than that, things are fine. I even ran Software Update without a hitch - the one thing I had to do was run pfix after applying 10.6.1, because 10.6.1 rebuilds Extensions.mkext without my Extra folder.
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.