Acer Aspire One & Snow Leopard problems

On Friday I used the .dmg from Apple to upgrade my Mac Os X to 10.6.3.   This left me with a none booting computer.  To be honest, I was aware that this would happen (probably), since Intel Atom support for Mac OS X is broken in the upgrades.  So I hunted around for the patched kernel on the web. I used the USB drive that has the installation disc on it to boot into the Mac OS installer.  In the utilities menu there is a Terminal, and I could use this to copy the new patched ‘mach_kernel’ (10.3.0) over the top of the Apple kernel 10.6.3 in /Volumes/<volumename>/.

Great – reboot and we were back to normal.

Second thing I tried to do was patch my video drivers so that I could have something other than 800×600 resolution screen.  I did this on the original 10.6.0 Snow Leopard but the same patch doesn’t work with the new OS.  I managed to cause my machine to freeze up by using the ‘gma_patch’ in ‘aa1.zip’ .  Again, I used the Terminal via my Installation USB to delete the two kext files that begin ‘ea27’ from /Volumes/<volumename>/System/Library/Extensions.

rm -r /Volumes/<volumename>/System/Library/Extensions/27aeAppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer.kext
rm -r /Volumes/<volumename>/System/Library/Extensions/27aeAppleIntelGMA950.kext
I still need to work out how to get the patch to fix my screen resolution but that’ll come.
Sleep isn’t fixed but it is disabled with this kernel, it appears. I’ve not tried the SD card slots but
I guess they don’t work, nor the internal microphone but everything else appears to work.

UPDATE: just spotted this sleep enabler but not had chance to try it out.

Mac OS X (that’s 10) on the Acer Aspire One

Mac OS X Snow Leopard Box

I’m going to try out Mac OS X (The world’s most advanced OS) on my Acer Aspire One (A150). I’ve been trying to get hold of a DVD with the OS for a few weeks but now I have it. Over the weekend I followed these steps to make a USB stick. This took about an hour to create the image and then transfer that image to the USB. It took about 5-10 minutes to put Chameleon onto it along with the other files from aa1.zip

After inserting the USB I rediscovered that my Acer only has 512Mb RAM. Mac OS X requires 1Gb minimum.

So, I’ve got some more memory today and that will be installed tonight and I’ll try again.  Installing memory to an Acer Aspire One is not trivial unfortunately.

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