Archive for September 2011

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