Haze, Mac OS X Mavericks

And I should have stayed in Dubai for a few more days. (Obviously I can’t unless I’m willing to incur losses from changing my airline ticket) The haze in Singapore is crazy! With the PSI (Pollutant Standard Index) hitting an all-time record high of 371 in Singapore at 1pm, Singapore is currently indeed a very unhealthy place to be living in.

This is how Singapore looks like nowadays. Image credits: channelnewsasia
This is how Singapore looks like these few days. Image credits: channelnewsasia

The air definitely smells very bad, and my eyes are also slightly irritated by the haze. We’re asked to stay indoors, and poor me (with my hall friends) without air-conditioned rooms have to bear with the heat. I can’t even shut off my windows because it’ll be too damn hot!

Hopefully the situation will improve over the next few days. And to the people who’s burning fuels/forests/whatevers in Indonesia and caused this, screw you!


Not gonna update about Dubai today.. yet! Because I’ve been busy trying to get another Hackintosh setup on my desktop.

Running off a PC, not a Mac!
Running off a PC, not a Mac!

During last year’s internship, I had to set up a Hackintosh (a PC running Mac OS) as I didn’t have a Mac, to develop in Xcode an iPhone app for my boss. After numerous attempts, I managed to get Mac OS X Lion running on it. I subsequently installed Mountain Lion when it came out, and while it worked fine for a while, my mistake in partitioning my hard disk incorrectly eventually led to the corruption of the whole disk (and I lost all my data in the process *cries*).

As I’m under contract work again, I learned my lesson and decided to install Mac onto another hard disk instead. And since the Developer Preview of Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) has just been released, I was thinking, why not?

Turns out it’s so much easier than last time.

My computer specifications:

  • ASUS Rampage II Extreme (Ethernet, Audio)
  • Intel Core i7-920
  • ATI Radeon 4870 512MB (Graphics)
  • 8GB RAM, 1TB + 250GB HDDs (not concerned with these)

Warning: This is not intended as a step-by-step guide, only a reference post to those with the same hardware! Just trying to make life easier for people with the same motherboard. If you want to learn how to perform a Hackintosh installation, there are various guides available on Google.

The folks over at myHack have come up with an automated tool that creates a USB installer from your Mavericks install image (you must have one, of course). Simply download and run it off an existing Mac. Also note that currently MBR drives are not supported on the automated installer for 10.9.

The installer booted up fine on my desktop much to my surprise, without any tinkering. Graphics worked right out of the box, though no multi-monitor support (apparently a known issue for 4870s).

DSDT file and audio kext
Ethernet kext
Install kexts with Kext Helper b7 (or any other kext installer of your choice)
My Chameleon didn’t install properly, so I manually installed r2248. I used Chameleon Helper to generate a smbios.plist.

I took a risk to intall the kexts meant for older versions of Mac, and they somehow worked. I’m not complaining 🙂


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