Archive for May 2012

Update iAtkos Lion App to 10.7.4 [QuickTip] original installation media for Mac OS X Snow Leopard was a 10.6 DVD. The DVD was only updated once to version 10.6.3. In order to provide more frequent updates to users, Apple is now slipstreaming the latest version of Lion directly into the download. Upon fresh installation, no updating is necessary!

If you purchased Lion from the App Store prior to May 9th, 2012, you most likely have 10.7.3. To re-download Lion and update your App to 10.7.4, simply log into the Mac App Store and click Update. When the download finishes, the app will automatically open. The updated 10.7.4 Install Mac OS X Lion App can be found in the Applications folder.

If you don't see the Update button, follow this simple procedure.

1. Delete your existing copy of Install Mac OS X from Applications folder.
2. Hold down the alt/option key on your keyboard, and click the App Store icon.
3. With alt/option key held, click on Purchased
4. With alt/option key held, click on OS X Lion
5. With alt/option key held, click on Install

If neither of the above processes work for you, try creating a new User account. You can delete it later.

1. Open System Preferences
2. Click on Accounts
3. Click Lock Icon
4. Click (+) to add a new User
5. Create a new Admin User
6. Log out, and log into new User
7. Proceed with steps above.

Tested by TonyMacx86

SR Tools: Kext Management, Undo and Version Control

One of our moderators StingRay, usually found in the chat, has started to put together a Mac OS X Toolkit called SR Tools. The first item to be available is Kext Tools which allows installs and most importantly undo and rollback. We're excited to announce it's ready for public use.

What is it?
Well thats easy, it's a kernel extensions (kext) installer and manager with the ability to undo/rollback from the gui or using single user mode boot and running a single dynamic script! The script is "./SRTrestorelast"

What does it do?
Well for those of us that play, install, change and optimize lots, I wanted the ability to simply undo and still undo in the event of a non-boot problem. So basically it should save people from messing around for hours and re-installing.

What is history/action?
Well, everytime you install a kext, disable and existing one, enable one or simply remove one or many from /System/Library/Extensions this is classed as an action. This tool will log and save those actions for easy rollback/undo if you happen to make mistakes (like me)!

Well that number is unlimited, but there are ways to optimize the actions/history list so that you're not looking at all the actions you EVER did!


UPDATE your iAtkos to 10.7.4 [TonyMac tools]

MultiBeast was updated to version 4.5 for Lion. The latest version of MultiBeast is now available here.

What's new in MultiBeast 4.5:
  • Added Customization -> Boot Options -> SSDT
  • Added Core i5 to Customization -> Boot Options -> SSDT
  • Added Core i7 to Customization -> Boot Options -> SSDT
  • Added Core i5/i7 Overclocked to Customization -> Boot Options -> SSDT
  • Added netkas ATI 48xx Patch for 10.7.4 to Graphics -> ATI 48xx Support.
  • Updated ALC8xxHDA to v2.0.3
    • Adds mute for Realtek ALC892
  • Updated Patched AppleHDA for Realtek ALC887 with bug fix
If you have Bug Reports or Feature Requests, please let us know in the MultiBeast section of the forum.

10.7.4 Power Management and Sandy Bridge CPUs

It's been a week since the 10.7.4 update, and an issue has cropped up with Core i5 and i7 Sandy Bridge CPUs. As part of this release, Apple updated the power management drivers. These new drivers are effecting performance, as some CPUs are stuck at a 16x multiplier, thus limiting them to a maximum clock speed of 1.6 GHz. When we discovered the issue, we released a temporary workaround on the forum while working on a permanent solution. We are now happy to announce our permanent solution.

SpeedStep is a trademark for a series of dynamic frequency scaling technologies built into some Intel microprocessors that allow the clock speed of the processor oto be dynamically changed (to different P-states) by software. This allows the processor to meet the instantaneous performance needs of the operation being performed, while minimizing power draw and heat dissipation. Enhanced Intel SpeedStep is sometimes abbreviated as EIST.
Source: Wikipedia

The Secondary System Description Table or SSDT is a continuation of the Differentiated System Description Table, or DSDT, allowing the the motherboard manufacturer or OEM to provide the base support in one table (DSDT) and add smaller system options in other tables (SSDT). As such they use the SSDT to provide speed stepping and power configuration.

The Chimera bootloader will either read the SSDT from the motherboard's BIOS/UEFI, use the SSDTs generated by boot keys provided by the MultiBeast UserDSDT boot.plist, or a user provided SSDT. As part of the 10.7.4 update, some Sandy Bridge Socket 1155 i5/i7 CPUs have issues with the BIOS/UEFI SSDT and need a properly edited one to override its configuration. NOTE: Core i3 and i5-2400 CPUs are known to work properly with the BIOS/UEFI SSDT, and don't need this fix.

In order to make optimization easy for the average user, we've prepared 3 SSDT files, included in MultiBeast 4.5.0. The first is for Core i5 systems running at stock speeds. The next is for Core i7 systems also running at stock speeds. The final one is for over clocked Core i5 or Core i7 systems. The specific SSDT.aml file installs into the /Extra folder and will initiate SpeedStep properly in 10.7.4. One of these optimized SSDTs are recommended for users of the following CPUs: i5-2500, i5-2500K, i5-2550K, i7-2600, i7-2600K, i7-2700K.
After installing one of these SSDTs you can verify that SpeedStep is working on Sandy Bridge CPUs by installing Project OS X's new FakeSMC, FakeSMC Plugins, and HWMonitor app, available in the latest MultiBeast. After installation of these files, launch HWMonitor and click the live cpu Frequencies and Multiplier to view in the menubar as shown below. Keep in mind that Turbo frequencies will not appear.

Special thanks to Greggen and everyone in the community for sharing their knowledge- testing and editing SSDTs in the past week. We're interested in any feedback using these new tools. Please add your comments and results in this thread.

BridgeHelper 4.0 - Enhanced 10.7.4 Kernel for Ivy Bridge CPUs
As part of Apple's commitment to Open Source, they make the current Mac OS X kernel source available about a week after releases at As there are no Ivy Bridge Macs yet, MacMan has added support for Ivy Bridge CPUs to xnu-1699.26.8 (AKA the 11.4.0 Darwin kernel shipped in OS X 10.7.4) and we're happy to announce it's release.

BridgeHelper 4.0 will replace your 10.7.4 system kernel with MacMan's 10.7.4 Darwin kernel with Ivy Bridge CPU support. The installer is now available at

PLEASE NOTE:  Ivy Bridge CPUs and chipsets are not currently supported natively by Mac OS X. We can't recommend Ivy Bridge systems yet, as there is no official support. Hence, please don't view this as buying advice. We don't recommend using a patched kernel for the long-term. The vanilla kernel is a much more desirable solution for a stable system.

-tonymacx86 & MacMan 

iAtkos 10.7.4 with Multibeast 4.4 [UPDATE]

50% lower geekbench scores reported (14K to 7K) from 2 machines after updating from 10.7.3. Asus P8Z68 with i7 2600K and P8P67 with i7 2700K. Both have modded bios' using stock cpupowermanagement without disabler. 

Keep 10.7.3 until the mystery is solved.

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What we know about 10.7.4 so far...

  • 11.4.0 Darwin kernel
    • No native Ivy Bridge CPU Support
    • Ivy Bridge Users- do not update yet- MacMan will provide a 10.7.4 enhanced kernel
      as soon as the source is released.
  • Improved AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA graphics drivers.
    • If you use customized or edited graphics kexts, it will be necessary to make the edits again using the new drivers as a base. 
    • If you use Combo OpenCL Enabler, reapply it before reboot
  • The update will replace your AppleHDA.kext. 
    • If you use ALC8xxHDA for onboard audio, you will have to reinstall AppleHDA Rollback using MultiBeast before rebooting. 
    • If you use toleda's AppleHDA for onboard audio, you will have to reinstall the Patched AppleHDA using MultiBeast before rebooting. 
    • If you use VoodooHDA, you will not need to make any modifications.
  • If you use Sleepenabler.kext, remove before updating.
  • If you use SpeedStepper for UEFI motherboards, do not update yet- there is a new speedstepper script coming soon. 

MultiBeast was updated to version 4.4 for Lion. The latest version of MultiBeast is now available at

What's new in MultiBeast 4.4:
  • Added toleda's patched AppleHDA's to Drivers & Bootloaders -> Kexts & Enablers -> Audio -> Realtek ALC8xx -> Patched AppleHDA
  • Added ALC898 to Drivers & Bootloaders -> Kexts & Enablers -> Audio -> Realtek ALC8xx -> Non-DSDT HDAEnabler.
  • Added HWMonitor Application to Drivers & Bootloaders -> Kexts & Enablers -> Miscellaneous -> FakeSMC Plugins.
  • Updated Chimera to v1.9.2
  • Updated ALC8xxHDA to v2.0.1
  • Updated FakeSMC to v4.2 rev609
  • Updated FakeSMC Plugins to v4.2 rev609+
    • + designates MacMan's addition of Ivy Bridge CPU detection to this source.
  • Updated hnak's AppleIntelE1000e Ethernet to v1.9.5 and changed install location to /System/Library/Extensions/IONetworkingFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns.
Special thanks to the Project OS X Team for their continued development of FakeSMC and FakeSMC Plugins, and mozo and Navi for the new HWMonitor App.