Monday, May 17, 2010

Hackintosh Guide: Snow Leopard 10.6.1-10.6.2 Intel AMD made by Hazard

sonyvaio Last Saturday I was successful in installing Snow Leopard on Sony Vaio with Core i3 Processor. I have tried many distro's in past 2 years and I can tell you it is not easy to install on any given PC.

Here is my notes of the installation.

Issue #1: Continuous Reboot

You need to add the bootflag called busratio, in my case it was busratio=16. And here is the link to get busratio for most of Intel Core i processor.

Issue #2: Freezes at "Do You Already Own a Mac" screen

I don't know why it freezes but the solution is, you need to skip the registration process and please follow the steps to skip.
  • Reboot your system
  • Boot into single user mode by providing the boot flag -v -s busratio=16
  • Once you are in the terminal (single user mode), mount the / with R/W permission by executing the commands
    /sbin/fsck -fy
    /sbin/mount -uw /

    (Note: Do not forget to type / (slash) I skip it most of the time :-)
  • Skip the Registration by executing the following command
    touch /private/var/db/.AppleSetupDone
This should skip the Setup process, but it also skips the user registration, so you don't have an account to login when it reboots.

You can create a new user with commands (link) alternatively, you can reset the password for the user root and use it to create a new user once login. Execute the following command to reset the password in single user mode.
  • launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/
  • passwd root
that's pretty much it. Now you should be able to login to Snow Leopard.

Network, Sound, USB wasn't working. Moreover all Snow Leopard distro's have a peculiar issue in common, that you can't able to take screen shot (Command + Shift + 3) doesn't capture the screen. This exists in SnowLeo, SnowLeo Universal 3.6 iPortable Snowleo distro's as well.

I have also tried to take screenshot from Preview app, it crashes and logs an issue related to coregraphics framework. My colleague told me that he was able to install iPhone SDK 3.1.3 for snow leopard on the same successfully.

Please refer my post Snow Leopard (Retail) on Lenovo 3000 N100 on how to fix the screen capture and related issue I mentioned above.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

PeerGuardian and history.db

PeerGuardian is a great tool to maintain your privacy. But you should be aware of a fact that it uses a sqlite db to maintain the history called history.db in its directory under Program Files.

Shutdown the PeerGuardian 2 and delete the C:\Program Files\PeerGuardian2\history.db. PG2 will create a new history.db on its next start.


Compared to the people here I found this early and truly enjoy the 2.8G now :-)

I recommend you to clear/delete the file periodically at least once a month. I didn’t know the fact until today and it took 2.8Gigs :-(

WinDirStat | My Software Toolbox

No matter how large your hard drive is, the data will grow to fill the disk!

Recently I was running out of space on both of my internal 120Gig and external 320Gig HDD. I don’t have any clue on what to delete I have tried CCleaner to delete the history to save some space.

I downloaded a beautiful app called WinDirStat. A picture is worth a thousand words.


WinDirStat (WDS) is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Windows. It shows disk, file and directory sizes in a treelist as well as graphically in a treemap.


It helps you to identify the files by it size and you will be surprised. Based on your need you can free the space.