Archive for September 2011

Create Bootable iATKOS L1 ISO File from DMG [Videos]

The new Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is almost near your doors, but this time not as DVD (may be later). Apple is planning to deploy the new Lion OS through App store for existing Mac users, therefore it could be in DMG format. Here I’m sharing two videos based on my two guides to create bootable Lion OS X ISO file which can be used as a common medium. All credits of these two videos go to one of my reader who did the great job.
If you are going to try the final or golden master or normal developers version of Lion OS X in desktop virtualization products and normal PCs, then having an ISO file is essential. Though VirtualBox supports virtual machines to boot with DMG file, but VMware not.  This Lion OS X ISO file do not work in VirtualBox with built-in or other third party boot loaders. This works only with VMware as of now.


The first video shows the important steps to convert a Lion OS X DMG file to bootable ISO.  Just by converting the DMG file to ISO format will not boot the computer, because the current release of Mac OS X 10.7 DMG files can’t be used to boot any new physical or virtual machines.  The available Lion OS X DMG files should be executed inside OS to upgrade your existing system or have multiple boot (by installing in different hard disk) with working Snow Leopard.
After running few commands and copying files, the final ISO file is bootable. The below video explains the steps nicely.

The second video shows how to convert the newly prepared bootable DMG to ISO and boot in VMware. You need to patch the VMware software to make this work.  Make sure to follow the steps mentioned in my earlier article how to install Lion OS X in VMware.
I’m sure the above two videos would have been more informative.
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For those who get KERNEL PANIC (We recommend this)

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion on VirtualBox with Windows 7 and Intel PC [Guide]

Probably this is the first complete and working guide available on internet to install Mac OS X 10.7 Lion on VMware in Windows 7 Intel PC. After several days of searches, attempts, reading and collecting information from different places, I managed to install latest Mac OS X Lion 10.7 on my Intel Core2duo computer with VMware workstation in Windows 7.

This method should work in VMware Player also, but I prefer workstation because of Snapshot feature. I don’t think you would face any issues on other types of Intel processors, but make sure you have Hardware Virtualization Technology (VT), 64 Bit, and Core2duo or later supported processor. I’m not sure about AMD processor users. Someone please try and update in comments area for AMD processor with Lion on VMware.

What You Need?

  1. VMware workstation 7
  2. Lion OS X bootable VMDK file created from original installation medium (DVD or ISO file) – Check this guide and make this bootable image as described.
  3. Additional Files (Click here to download) – Its a zipped file from two sets of files and a darwin.iso file.
    One for patch your VMware software to support Mac OS X server guest (Original Source), second one with pre configured Virtual machine files (Original source) and darwin.iso file to install VMware tools on guest to get more screen resolutions and VMware shared folders.
  4. Check the VT in your host BIOS as shown here with some tools.
  5. Just little bit time to read the complete guide :)

The Demonstration PC Configuration

I’m doing and taking screenshots for this guide from my Intel Core2duo 2.66GHz, 3GB RAM, Intel P35 chipset and Windows 7 32 Bit host Operating System

Steps to Install Mac 10.7 Lion on VMware–Windows 7 Intel PC

Download NeoOffice 3.2.1 for Apple Mac OS X Lion 


The Perfect Hackintosh with SL ;)

This Page Links to a series of posts on building "The Perfect Hackintosh".

I'll be discussing the hardware components used, reasons for choosing them, installation procedure, and post-installation tweaks.






Lnx2Mac Releases new RTL81xx Beta :)

After several months of development (and regrettable delays due to work obligations and health issues), 203 packaged builds, 71 Alpha testers, and 4 test iterations, a new beta version of the Realtek RTL81xx driver is finally ready to be released.

The Functional/Visible Changes are:
  • Adds support for newer RTL8111E, RTL8111E-VL, and RTL8111F chips (as found on many SandyBridge motherboards),
  • Full support for WakeOnLAN,
  • Full support for WakeOnDemand,
  • Slight performance improvements

But the really exciting changes happened under the hood:
  • Massive code refactoring (almost a full rewrite),
  • Merged code with r8168 Linux driver v024,
  • Partial Linux emulation layer

You might be asking why those changes are so exciting...
Well, a lot of effort has been invested to make the source more similar to the Linux Realtek driver.

The purpose of this is to allow to track changes in the Linux driver more easily, thus shortening the time needed to support new chips.

Additionally, with this, I'll be able to implement new features much more quickly.

The focus of this release was to provide a stable solution for RTL811x chips on Snow Leopard and Lion, adding support for chips found on many SandyBridge boards, and fixing some bugs of v0.0.67.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the 71 Alpha testers that put this version v0.0.90 through its paces, in several iterations, and on very different configurations for the last 3 months.

So, you might ask: Should I install this ?
Short answer: Definitely !

For more details, head on to the RealtekRTL81xx OSX Driver page.


Mac OS X 10.7.2 Update Coming October 4th?

Mac OS X 10.7.2 build 11C62 has been released to developers today with no known issues. The second update to OS X Lion primarily focuses on iCloud support, suggesting the software update will likely be released alongside iCloud, iOS 5, and whatever iPhone is announced at the October 4th event that Apple has planned.
Other than native iCloud support, OS X 10.7.2 includes a variety of bug fixes, as the apparent final release notes from MacRumors show:
The 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices. iCloud on OS X Lion includes the following features:
• iCloud stores your email, calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, and Safari Reading List and automatically pushes them to all your devices.
• Back to My Mac provides remote access to your Mac from another Mac anywhere on the Internet.
• Find My Mac helps find a missing Mac by locating it on a map and allows you to remotely lock the Mac or wipe all its data.
Getting started with iCloud is easy. After installing the update, OS X will automatically present an iCloud setup panel. Simply enter an existing Apple ID or create a new one and then follow the on screen instructions. To learn more about iCloud visit
The 10.7.2 update also includes Safari 5.1.1 as well as fixes that:
• Allow reordering of desktop spaces and full screen apps in Mission Control.
• Enable dragging files between desktop spaces and full screen apps.
• Address an issue that causes the menu bar to not appear in full screen apps.
• Improve the compatibility of Google contact syncing in Address Book.
• Address an issue that causes Keynote to become temporarily unresponsive.
• Improve VoiceOver compatibility with Launchpad.
• Address an issue that causes a delay in accessing the network after waking from sleep.
• Enable booting in to Lion Recovery from a locally attached Time Machine backup drive.
• Resolve an issue that causes screen zoom to stop working.
• Improve Active Directory integration.
Not mentioned in the the release notes are the variety of persistent Wi-Fi issues that are effecting some Lion users, although independent reports from those using the update suggest wireless connectivity is improved in the release.

UPHUCK TEAM: thank you very much :)

On behalf of all your fans.

Mac Lion: Find & Recover Missing Hard Drive Space :)

Long time Mac Geek Gab listeners know that using OmniDiskSweeper is a fantastic (free!) way to find out what files are taking up all your precious hard drive or SSD space. OmniDiskSweeper scans the files and folders of your Mac’s hard drive and displays a list, in order of file size, of the contents of your drive.  This allows a user to easily find the largest files on a drive and is great for clearing up free space (such as when preparing to migrate to a smaller solid state drive). However, in Mac Geek Gab 355, listener Joe found that it doesn’t always show everything. Thankfully he also found a solution which he shared with us and we now share with you.
OmniDiskSweeper in user mode
OmniDiskSweeper run from the Applications folder.  It shows that the user’s Documents folder is the largest folder on the drive.  Note also the size of the Spotlight Database as 0 bytes.
When run normally, as above, Joe noted that OmniDiskSweeper only shows files that are visible to the user that ran it. Since few people ever run as a fully priviledged “root” user, this means you’re almost always going to miss something, including system-level files or files and folders belonging to other user accounts on that Mac.
To give OmniDiskSweeper full access to all files on your drive, you must run the application from the Terminal using the sudo command, which stands for “Super User Do” and gives access to all files on a user’s drive.  As with all sudo commands, triple-check the syntax before executing it (or simply copy/paste from here) as it is possible to cause irreversible damage to the OS and file system if the wrong command is entered.  Assuming you have OmniDiskSweeper installed in your main Applications folder, that command is: 
sudo /Applications/
Once an administrative password is entered, the application will launch and allow you to scan the drive for all files. Note below that the .Spotlight-V100 folder now shows over 800MB of content where before it appeared empty.
OmniDiskSweeper run as root
OmniDiskSweeper run as root using Terminal.  Compare the Spotlight Database size to the previous screenshot.  When run as root, the application can access and size this and other locations on the drive.
Thanks Joe!

[spanish] Cómo crear una máquina virtual Lion usando Parallels Desktop 7 para Mac

  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac


Tengo Parallels Desktop 7 para Mac y deseo instalar Mac OS X Lion en el entorno virtual.


Usted podría instalar Lion OS en la máquina virtual a través de:

1) La partición de recuperación en el host Lion

2) La partición de recuperación conectada al host Leopard o Snow Leopard 
3) El stick de instalación USB de OS X Lion

Configuración recomendada:
4 GB de RAM en el host
Partición de recuperación en el host Lion

Nota: su Mac debe estar conectado a Internet para así poder instalar OS X Lion mediante la partición de recuperación.

Procedimiento de instalación:

1) Inicie Parallels Desktop 7 para Mac

2) Abra Parallels Wizard yendo a Archivo-> Nueva...

3) Seleccione "Install OS X Lion usando la partición de recuperación" y haga clic en Continuar

4) Seleccione su idioma y escoja el punto "Reinstalar Mac OS X"

5) Espere hasta que se complete la instalación

Stick de instalación USB de OS X Lion

Esta solución temporal será mejorada en PD7 - GA build:
1) Inicie Parallels Desktop 7 para Mac

2) Abra Parallels Wizard yendo a Archivo-> Nueva...

3) Seleccione "Instalar Windows vía DVD o archivo de imagen". Haga clic en Continuar.

4) Seleccione Instalar desde: "Continuar sin disco". Haga clic en Continuar.

5) Seleccione el tipo de sistema operativo Mac OS X. Haga clic en ACEPTAR.

6) Seleccione la casilla "Personalizar configuración antes de la instalación". Haga clic en Continuar.

7) En las opciones de configuración de la máquina virtual, vaya a la pestaña Hardware:

7.1) Orden de inicio - Posicione CD/DVD en primer lugar

7.2) CD/DVD 1 - Cambie la ubicación a "SATA:0:2"

7.3) Cierre la configuración.

8) Haga clic en Continuar.

9) Instale Mac OS X siguiendo las instrucciones en el wizard.

10) Una vez completada la instalación, vaya a la configuración de la máquina virtual (Máquina Virtual -> Configurar...) y cambie el orden de inicio para que primero se inicie desde el disco duro.

Control What Apps Restore Windows in OS X Lion with RestoreMeNot

OS X Lion’s Restore function is what causes app windows to re-open after you’ve relaunched an app, and people seem to either love it or hate it. Sure you can turn it off completely, but that’s a bit overkill if you only don’t want certain apps to restore their windows, and still want resume to work in others.
That is exactly what RestoreMeNot allows you to do; control which apps use window restore, and which don’t. This is easily done through RestoreMeNot’s preference panel list, where anything added to it will disable the feature when you relaunch the app.
Apps like this are probably the best solution to use if you’re not comfortable with using defaults write commands to disable Resume on a per application basis, and you don’t want to disable the feature completely via System Preferences.
Quick note: If you get a message telling you to launch an app first, that’s because it relies on the saved state folders existing. This is much in the same way of manually blocking restore works when you lock down the individual saved state directories, but of course if they don’t exist, they can’t be locked.
[ via @viticci ]

6 biggest problems with Mac OS X Lion

Apple fans should watch out for some disappointments

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is now available for purchase at the Mac App Store, and I'll be shocked if most Mac users haven't upgraded by year's end, if not month's end.

I've been beta testing it for four months, detailing its many compelling enhancements while writing the "Mac OS X Lion Bible," but I must admit Mac OS X Lion has some blemishes on its slick skin.

Here are my six main disappointments with Lion. I hope future updates will address at least a few.

The new contextual scroll bars
If you use a gesture savvy input device, such as the touchpad in a newer MacBook, the Apple Magic Mouse or the Apple Magic Trackpad, the scroll bars in your windows disappear by default. The scroll bars appear only when Mac OS X Lion detects you are trying to move through contents, though if you use "old-fashioned" input devices such as mice, the scroll bars' display stays on.

Because of this approach, it's not always obvious when there's more content in a pane or window to scroll to. The only way to know for sure is to scroll using a mouse or gesture to see if anything happens. Dropping the visual clue that there is more to scroll to is a clear mistake for Lion, and a surprising one for a UI-savvy company like Apple. Fortunately, you can turn off this auto-hide for gesture savvy devices in the General system preference.

The Launchpad
Taking aspects of the iPad and iPhone into Mac OS X makes a lot of sense, just as iOS took so much from Mac OS X, as they both share the core code after all.

The new Mail user interface is a nice adaptation from the iPad's Mail app, for example, and I've come to enjoy the many new gestures brought to Mac OS X. I feel their loss when I use a Mac without a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

But the Launchpad app, essentially a simulacrum of the iOS home screens for application access, is frankly a needless pander to iOS. It may sound great to have all your apps in a grid on your screen, but it's not.

On a computer screen, the grid is overwhelmingly large and the order in which apps appears is essentially random. Sure, you can create folders and rearrange them, but it's a lot of work to do something that the Dock and the Finder windows for your Applications folder and Utilities folder handle much better.

Internal document versions
The new Versions capability in Lion is really useful and cool. For apps that enable it, such as TextEdit and Preview, and no doubt soon the iWork suite, every time you save the file, a delta file of the changes are saved within the document.

You can then use a Time Machine-style interface (that's the cool part) to revert to any previous version or even take elements from an earlier iteration and copy them into the current copy.

What's not to like? The fact that as soon as you copy, email or otherwise clone the file all those versions are gone from that clone. Technically, those intermediate vesions are not actually saved in your text file but in a hidden area of your disk, so when you copy or otherwise share the document, the links to the intermediate versions are not retained, and the versions are not embeddable into the copied or shared file.

The rationale is noble: This way, all those internal drafts aren't accidentally available to others, saving you from embarrassing or sensitive accidental disclosures. Remember how the track changes feature in Office documents led to such inadvertent revelations when it was first implemented?

This safety feature also means you can't amend your own document elsewhere, or let authorised members of a group continue to work on it and keep those tracked versions in place.

Apple needs to add an option to copy, email and otherwise clone a document and keep those versions in the clone. Yes, please continue to exclude these versions by default, but give me a way to carry them over when I want to share.

Whole-disk encryption
Lion fixes a longtime gap in Mac OS X by letting you encrypt entire disks, as well as your Time Machine backups. Before, it would encrypt only files in each user's account folders. That covered most of what users worked on, but not everything. You can also format external disks to have them be encrypted.

What you can't do is encrypt an external disk after the fact, just the startup disk. All those thumb drives and external disks you use? Sorry, to encrypt them you have to first format them.

If you can encrypt your startup disk at any point, why not be able to encrypt any disk after the fact, especially considering that Lion lets you unencrypt a disk at any time using Disk Utility? Disk Utility or the Security & Privacy systems preference (where you encrypt the startup disk) should be able encrypt and decrypt any disk at any time.

User configuration profiles
Using Mac OS X Lion Server, you can create configuration profiles for both iOS devices and Lion-based Macs. These profiles can both determine various settings, such as email accounts and restrict user access to various iOS and Lion capabilities. IT should like that in a Mac OS X Server-based department, especially because you can provision and update profiles over the air.

But let's face it: Most Macs are used in home and small businesses that don't have IT departments. Many of the policies you can set via these profiles would make sense in such environments, but Mac OS X Lion Server is not friendly enough for this group of users.

I believe Apple should update its Parental Controls system preference to include at least some of these configuration profiles, making it simple to set up and install to other Macs on your home or office network, without having to use the Lion Server interface, even if it is much simpler than a Windows or Linux server.

Plus, bringing these capabilities into Parental Controls could also be part of bringing Apple ID management into a simpler management interface. That way, you can set purchase restrictions for your kids or employees without needing separate Apple IDs. At the least, you could manage those separate IDs from one place. With a mix of shared and separate multiple Apple IDs often in play for Apple's various online stores, iTunes Home Sharing and soon iCloud, it's becoming a management mess for the rest of us.

Lion has a nifty new feature called AirDrop that automatically detects other Lion-based Macs on your Wi-Fi network so that you can share files without the hassle of setting up network connections. It's truly zero configuration. Simply select AirDrop in a Finder window's Sidebar and all AirDrop-connected systems appear. Click a Mac to receive the files, and if the Mac's owner allows it, you can share those files.

But AirDrop doesn't work on most Macs, it's essentially limited to those that shipped in 2010 and later. If you don't see AirDrop in the Sidebar, that means your Mac doesn't support it.

The issue is the Wi-Fi chip. Some support automatic ad-hoc networks, and some don't. The same is true for Windows PCs and access points that use Microsoft's Windows Zero Configuration protocol for auto-connections via Wi-Fi. I would hope that Apple would do better than Microsoft, perhaps by using the local network connection as well. AirDrop will be a nice feature, in about five years when all our Macs support it.

By Galen Gruman

Mac OS X Lion and Adobe (Problems)

Adobe has warned its Apple users that upgrading their systems to Mac OS X version 10.7, Lion, may cause problems.

The company said there were some general problems with non-specific Adobe products when being used in Mac OS X 10.7, such as the Java runtime needing to be manually re-installed. Adobe also noted that the system resume feature — "Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps" — of Mac OS X Lion is not currently supported by Adobe software.

"This feature requires new code in order to work properly, Adobe will research adding this functionality for inclusion in future versions of our products," the company said in an announcement.

Additionally, the new operating system also hides the user library until it is manually re-enabled, so users cannot find their working files.

Specific problems range from minor, such as the Dreamweaver CS4 colour picker not functioning correctly, to the more serious, such as Flash Builder 4 not functioning at all. Adobe also recommends that Flash Builder 4.5 users do not update to Mac OS X Lion due to issues that "may degrade the user experience or affect use of the product".

Many users reported a range of different problems in Adobe's online forums.

"Yesterday I installed OS X Lion on my iMac, and now my eyedropper tool in Flash is not working, and it is force-quitting about every 10 minutes. This is NOT good at all for me," said user Bibliophile83 on the Adobe forum.

"I upgraded to Lion today and have been going through my apps to see what works and what doesn't and unfortunately Premiere Pro CS 5.5 is crashing almost immediately on launch. I have already looked at the Adobe Lion FAQ, and my Java has been updated so it is not that," Jonah Lee wrote.

Adobe had not responded to a request for comment at the time of writing.

Adobe has a chequered history with Apple, with the two companies trading blows in the past over Apple's decision not to allow the Flash platform onto the Apple iOS operating system.


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Mac OS X Lion 10.7 VMware Pre-installed image (Windows PC)

This is the latest Mac OS X Lion developer's preview 3.

Because Mac OS X Lion is different from Snow Lopard and VMware workstation is not yet compatible w need to patch some files that lets VMware work perfectly using Mac OS X Lion as virtual OS. How to patch follow these steps:

  1. Download the folder VMware patch.
  2. Close VMware workstation and all its programs . 
  3. Before run the patch, I highly recommend to take a full backup of VMware Workstation/VMplayer programs files (Normally located under C:\Program Files\VMware). By running this patch, it will modify some VMware exe files and unlock VMware to support Mac OS X server guest versions in Windows host.
  4. Close the all virtual machines and VMware program completely, then open the command prompt as administrator (search windows for cmd and right click it and run it as administrator ) in Windows OS, execute the windows.bat file (right click windows.bat and run it as administrator).
  5. Restart and then open Mac OS X Lion pre-installed VMware image with VMware.

How to Install Lion OSX in a PC

I'll show you how to Install "Lion OSX" into a PC. It's quite kinda easy to install Mac OSX, the most difficult part is to get the correct or right "Bootloader" that will allow us to run the OS. I had installed Lion in all my computers, even some friends and it runs pretty smooth. For instances, I've installed it in my Toshiba Satellite L305 and everything Works flawlessly, even the Wireless card worked out the box.

You won't need any patching files thru this installation, Just the bootloaders and some kexts in the Chameleon Bootloader Extra folder (I'll provide the links in the bottom of the page).

One thing you might want to know before you read or start installing Lion OSX, is that you don't need Mac OSX 10.6.8 to install Lion OSX in a drive, unless you want to upgrade from it. But if you have an empty drive and wants to use it to install Lion OSX, you can do it straight up without having to install Snow leopard OS 10.6.8. The only things you'll need is Lion OSX install in a partition that can boot it up and make sure that the same partition has Chameleon for Lion install, along with some kexts. Nothing Else is needed. 

Things you'll need to install Lion operating System in a PC: 

- Lion OSX image 
- Computer running MAC OSX 
- 2 partitions (one save in you desktop for easy access and the other-one for The actual Lion OSX installation.) 
- Some Kexts needed to be install in the Installer drive. (Those kexts has to be install in the "Extra Folder" inside Chameleon Only, there's no need for installing them into the "Extensions" Folder in the Mac OSX System) 
- PCEFI 10.6 Lion+Snow.pkg