Tuesday 11 August 2009, byRate this article , 3547 Views
I bought an Asus EEEPC 900HA and tried to install MacOSX Leopard on it (one of my favorite computer hobby).
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The webcam shipped with my EEEPC 900HA doesn’t work under MacOSX (Genesys model).
Only solution was to salvage an EMPIA 0.3 mpix webcam from a EEEPC 701 and replace the original Webcam.
Other 0.3 mpix or 1.3 mpix from other laptops might fit but they are from so different shapes and sizes that’s it’s really a bet if you cannot try before buying (ex: buying spare parts from Ebay).
Original Wifi Card
Couldn’t make it work even with Kismet method (at least found some networks).
Had to replace it with a Dell Broadcom 1394 one, and void the warranty as you must dissassemble the whole laptop to do this.
I tried a Dell 9324 Wifi n card also, didn’t work under MacOSX or Windows (before I put some tape on it to avoid shortcut the 900HA would not even start).
VGA output works under MacOSX but not under mirror mode.
Don’t check System Preferences/Display/Arrangements Mirror Displays checkbox or both screens will become garbled when you plug-in an external monitor.
I did it by mistake, and the only way I could correct it is blindly uncheck back Mirror Displays which means:
unplug external monitor and open System Preferences / Display
plug and unplug the external monitor, display will be garbled but you’ll have a peek of the position of Arrangement tab on which you have to blindly click
move cursor to Arrangement tab, then click with external monitor plugged in, if it’s ok display should sort of change
click blindly at the area where the Mirror Displays checkbox should be, if you click on it the screen will restore automatically (phew!)
When you use an external display, it might not show anything because the selected resolution is too high for the GMA950 (ex: 1920x1080). Just click on Gather Windows or add Monitors on task bar and choose another resolution for the second screen.
It is possible to use an applescript to uncheck the Mirror Display, unfortunately, the Arrangement tab only appears when the VGA output is plugged - you need to run the program without seeing anything.
The problem on my hackintosh is that it would turn off, after low battery warning and not go into sleep (not enough power left).
I used a sleep program to shut the computer to sleep at 4% of battery which gives you a maximum of 4 hours to find a power supply (battery loses around 1% per hour under sleep versus 1% per two minutes under normal usage).
Even with VoodooHDA, I couldn’t get automatic sound output switching when I plugged headphones.
AppleScript is very powerful and with the following script you can toggle the sound output:
tell application "System Preferences"
set current pane to pane id "com.apple.preference.sound"
tell application "System Events"
tell process "System Preferences"
tell window 1
tell tab group 1
click radio button "Output"
if (selected of row 1 of table 1 of scroll area 1)
set selected of row 2 of table 1 of scroll area 1 to true
set selected of row 1 of table 1 of scroll area 1 to true
Unfortunately, AppleScript is language dependent so you must change the paramaters to your language translation if it’s not english.
The AppleScript can be saved after as an Application (check only Run Only) and then run with a keyboard shortcut with Spark (for example Alt F6).
3 3G internet dongle
I was in London and rented a 3G internet dongle from 3 internet provider. The drivers supplied with the dongle didn’t work on my hackintosh: the device was not detected.
It was a Huawei E220 dongle so I used the drivers at their site.
How did I get the drivers on the internet when my dongle for connection on internet didn’t work ? Well, I just booted under Windows XP which I kept, the Windows XP drivers were already embedded on the dongle. To add insult to injury, I couldn’t download the drivers with Firefox as some side panel hid precisely the download links - I had to use internet explorer.
The right drivers are E220 Client Software MACHOSTB023D01SP00C03, on iso format, you have to double click on them to open the CD and install the drivers.
After that configuration was easy, just launch MobileConnect and put 3internet as Access Point Name and *99# as phone number. The driver is nice because it gives you information on total traffic (3 internet offers have a ceiling of 1 Gb or 15 Gb). Each time it connects it will ask you for administrative password, even modifying the applications rights and ownerships won’t change it.
I had a hard time cracking DSDT on my Asus EEEPC 900HA. I couldn’t do it in all my trial installation, and had pretty much given up on it.
More specifically: the windows utility which extracts dsdt.aml from bios had lots of errors, even on the modded bios. And dsdt.aml made from the Mac side never worked, and of course none of the dsdt.aml files downloadables from the internet, mostly for other EEEPC models.
I learned so much on dsdt:
the dsdt file is specific on the model and won’t work on another
moreover, the dsdt file is specific on the version of the bios, a dsdt file made under 0803 bios would only work under 0803 bios, not on another version. Lastly, it is specific to your machine, as same EEEPC can have different manufacturer parts, especially true for Asus computers.
So what I did is:
use the modded bios 0803 from OSX cores
boot under MacOSX, use DSDT GUI Patcher to produce a dsdt.aml (I checked the new HPET option, but I think it’s not necessary)
reboot with dsdt.aml on root partition (I use PCI V9 Chameleon 1.0.12 with DSDT patch). You should have roughly the same machine (brightness buttons work).
reflash with non modded 0803 bios.
Now your computer should work OK under MacOSX with the added benefit of not crashing under sleep under Windows XP or Windows Seven if you have changed your Wifi card.
I provide here my dsdt.aml, but it will only work if you have a 900HA with 0803 bios built with the same parts as my 900HA ...
Syslogd running amok
On my 900HA, shortly after I fixed the DSDT, the CPU usage shot to 100%. At first I thought it was something related to ACPI, and VoodooPower.kext, but it was still 100% after going back to the old modded bios.
Somehow syslogd was running amok and console was very slow because of it, the 900HA was slow and more importantly was eating the battery very quickly.
After many trials and errors, I managed to fix it. First turn syslogd off with:
sudo launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.syslogd.plist
(killing it under System monitor and it will just respawn)
Then delete the asl.db and system.log which have become very large
sudo rm -R /var/log/asl.db
sudo rm -R /var/log/system.log
Optimal distribution is iAtkos 1.0ir2 Intel only which is based on 10.5.1.
video with Quartz Extreme and Core Image and brightness shortcut control
full keyboard including foreign keylayout
trackpad with multitouch
wifi with installation of a new Broadcom Wifi card (Dell 1394)
camera with installation of a new EMPIA camera (from EEE PC 701)
SDHC card reader
extremely stable (never has a kernel panic)
What doesn’t work:
disabling of touchpad when typing (disabling click only would be a huge improvement)*
deep sleep (except under 10.5.6)*
10.5.6 or later with sufficient stability (prevents using Safari 4 or iLife 09)
third button mouse configuration for right click instead of second button
automatic switch of audio when headphones are plugged
VGA mirror mode
I only really miss the two first *.
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