Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Installing Snow Leopard 10.6.2 on MSI Wind / Advent 4211

I bought a copy of Snow Leopard to have a go installing on the Wind. Currently Leopard 10.5.8 works great, other than the built-in mike doesn't work, but I can live with that.

Basically I followed these instructions.

1 - restore the install DVD to a USB stick

which you need to do because the USB is writeable and we need to modify some files on it

2 - Run NetBookBootMaker against the USB stick

BE VERY CAREFUL! Running on a real Mac against your HD will kill OSX!

Make sure you have 0.8.3RC4 since it fixes 10.6.2 to run on the Atom.

3 - Boot your Wind from the USB stick - press F11 on boot, or go into the BIOS and change the boot order.

4 - Install just like normal. Restart.

On the first run the trackpad didn't work properly - have a mouse ready

5 - Download the NetBookInstaller program and have ready to run, but don't run yet.

6 - Run the 10.6.2 combo updater. DO NOT RESTART!

7 - run the NetBookInstaller.
screenie here

8 - Restart, and you should be running 10.6.2!

Stuff thats not working:

Ethernet update: install the network kexts from 10.5.x
Quartz Extreme

Given that the only reason right now for doing this is to get find and sort by size back in the finder, I can't recommend it.

I'll keep looking for other methods.

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