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Samsung R480 Mac OSX 10.6.6 Working – Tips and Tricks


Snow Leopard 10.6.6 on Samsung R480 is feasible now. List of things that do not work :

  1. Microphone (audio works fine)
  2. Ethernet (Marvell Yukon 88E8059)

Interested in getting Snow Leopard (SL) 10.6.6 on your Samsung R480 Laptop ? Well .. read on..

To get Snow leopard 10.6.6 on your Samsung R480 laptop you need :

  1. Audio Fix (click and download)
  2. Video/Graphics Fix (click and download)
  3. Keyboard/Trackpad Fix (you might need a usb keyboard/mouse initially; unless you copy the kexts to the install on the usb itself ,   I have not tried it so try it and let everyone know if that worked ) (click and download)
  4. Multibeast (from Tony’s site) to boot. (click and download, in case the newer multibeast does not work)
  5. Original Snow Leopard 10.6.3 , sorry this tutorial is not for those who are pirates and are into software piracy. So go and buy SL before you continue on.
  6. iBoot (again from Tony’s site)
  7. USB Disk/Drive ( minimum 8 gb)
  8. Fix/Alternative to Sleep Crashes (sleep does not work great, fix at the bottom of article)
  9. Dimmer (from apple’s site to control laptops screen brightness, trust me you need it samsung’s screen is way too bright).
  10. Working Mac (either a VM, Virtualbox or any mac that can run diskutility, or you can try ibooting to the original SL dvd and try using its Disk Utility to make your custom USB bootable flash/disk drive, you need to make the usb key cause there are some tricks to use your existing partition scheme with Windows and install to MBR instead of on a GUID based partition as the DVD will try to )

Step1. From a working MAC build your USB bootable drive. Insert your OSX retail dvd as well.

Most USB flash drives are formatted for use with Windows. Before you can install OS X on a USB flash drive, you will need to change the drive’s formatting to the standard used by OS X (Mac OS X Extended Journaled).

  1. Insert the USB flash drive into your Mac’s USB port.
  2. Launch Disk Utility, located at /Applications/Utilities/.
  3. In the list of drives attached to your Mac, select the USB flash drive or USB HDD.
  4. Click the ‘Partition’ tab.
  5. Select ‘1 Partition’ from the Volume Scheme dropdown menu.
  6. Enter a descriptive name for your flash drive; I chose Boot Tools.
  7. Select Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) from the Format dropdown menu.
  8. Click the ‘Options’ button.
  9. Select ‘GUID Partition Table’ from the list of available partition schemes.
  10. Click ‘OK.’
  11. Click the ‘Apply’ button.
  12. A sheet will drop down, warning you that you are about to erase all data from the disk. Click ‘Partition.’
  13. Disk Utility will format and partition your flash drive.
  14. From the list at the left pane, select and drag the “DVD mounted – Should say something like Snow Leopard Install” volume to the field labeled “Source” at the right pane.
  15. Again from the list at the left pane, drag the volume “Your Just Created In Steps Above” to the field labeled “Destination” at the right pane. Click on the Restore button. This will take some time; wait until Disk Utility completes restoring the Snow Leopard Retail DVD image to the “USB Key/HDD” volume.
  16. Quit Disk Utility.

Step 2. Preparing USB key to allow for installation of  Snow Leopard on MBR partition (make sure you got a empty/free partition formatted or non-formatted via windows else without an empty or available partition to install OSX on you are stuck). This step can be skipped if you want to install Snow Leopard on a new HDD or have already a GUID partitioned system. But if you need to get SL on MBR windows partitioned drive you need to do this step. Step works for 10.6.3, for 10.6.0 visit : http://osx86.sojugarden.com/downloads/#osinstall , also the files i have linked above are from same site.

Download :  OSInstall.mpkg >> http://osx86.sojugarden.com/files/MBROSInstallMOD/OSInstall.mpkg.10.6.zip for 10.6 SL.

Download: OSInstall >>  http://osx86.sojugarden.com/files/MBROSInstallMOD/OSInstall.Framework.10.6.zip >> for 10.6 SL

And as the site mentions you need to do this for those files (on your USB Key you created in Step 15 above):

OSInstall.mpkg

OSInstall.mpkg modified to enable installation on MBR partitioned disks. – Replace /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg with this file.

OSInstall

OSInstall framework modified to enable installation on MBR partitioned disks. – Replace /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Install.framework/Frameworks/OSInstall.framework/Versions/A/OSInstall with this file.

For 10.6.3 you need the following files and instructions are same as for 10.6 above.

These two files are required for installation of OS X 10.6.3 on MBR partitioned disks.

OSInstall.mpkg

OSInstall.mpkg modified to enable installation on MBR partitioned disks. – Replace /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg with this file.

OSInstall

OSInstall framework modified to enable installation on MBR partitioned disks. – Replace /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Install.framework/Frameworks/OSInstall.framework/Versions/A/OSInstall with this file.

After you have done the mbr patching to your usb bootable SL installation Key you need to boot your laptop using the iBoot bootable CD while the USB key you created is plugged in. iBoot might not recognize the installation USB first time around so just reset computer using Ctrl+Alt+Del , do not do a power reset. Now on the iBoot menu you will see your USB key to install Snow Leopard,  choose it and hit enter to launch the installation. On installation screen after agreeing to various agreements, go to disk utility and format your “free available partition you created prior to booting into SL installation ” . Format as Extended Journaled, the very first option from dropdown. After its formatted close disk utility and proceed with installation selecting the recently formatted partition, the rest of the drives will have a yellow exclamation mark and wont allow you to select those drives, only the newly formatted drive will be selectable to install SL on. Complete the installation process as you would normally for SL.

After installation is complete it should say it has successfully installed, if not you might still be able to boot into the SL but I had to do few installation before I was able to boot into the Mac OS using the iBoot CD. Reboot the machine after installation completes, remove the usb key and boot via iBoot and select the OSX from the iBoot menu. It should boot properly into the newly installed Snow Leopard, if not like i mentioned you will need to go through few installations till you get it right, not sure why that happens but it did not let me go into the freshly installed SL right away. Once you are all up and running with SL, do the combo update to latest SL version, 10.6.6 at the time of this article. Do not reboot after installation has completed, install Multibeast again available from Tony’s site where you got the iBoot media. Only install the enablers and under softwares/utilties install the Kext Utility as you will need it to get your laptop working properly with right drivers.

Once you have done above steps and are up and running without using the iBoot cd and are able to succesfully login to SL after each reboot, download the kexts files i have provided (from various sources i was able to grab the right ones that actually worked) and install them all. Basically only Audio/Video and Keyboard Fix kexts are required as they would be the ones not working. What you can trying doing is (I have not tried this yet, is to put these kexts files in your usb bootable SL and replace the old ones with these, it should be similar to what you are going to be doing now anyways).  Your keyboard and touchpad might not work right away after you login the first time to snow leopard when you boot of Multibeast and not with iBoot, so you have an option here to either plugin in that extra usb keyboard or mouse or you can boot off iBoot

More to be continued need to head out…… Will update later tonight.

For those suffering from sleep issues with the laptop, that is on clicking sleep machine goes into unsable state and after reboot will not reboot and requires permission fix. Try setting hibernate mode to 0 to do so these are the commands.

In terminal window type :

pmset -g | grep hibernate

Will give you current status of how hibernation/sleep is taking place by default it is set to 3. You will need to change it to 0 instead.

This should return one of the following:

* 0 – Legacy sleep mode. It will save everything to RAM upon sleeping but does not support “Safe Sleep”. Very fast sleep.
* 1 – Legacy “Safe Sleep”. This is the “Safe Sleep”. Everything your laptop goes into sleep, it will save everything to harddisk. Slow on Sleep and Startup.
* 3 – Default. As described above, when sleeping, contents are saved to RAM. When battery runs out, hibernate occurs.
* 5 – Behaves as 1 but applicable only for modern Mac that uses “Secure virtual memory”.
* 7 – Behaves as 3 but applicable only for modern Mac that uses “Secure virtual memory”.

Type this command to switch to 0 state.

sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0

Now disable the Lid Sleep and Wake feature

Check status of lidwake by typing

pmset -g | grep lidwake

Set it to 0  , sudo pmset -a lidwake 0

This will disable the sleep/wake feature when opening or closing the lid.

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2 Responses to “Samsung R480 Mac OSX 10.6.6 Working – Tips and Tricks”

  1. Sumeet says:

    O interesting i suppose i will upload the wireless tonight, i thought it worked right off the bat, but maybe it does not. I have the files will get them uploaded and you will have wireless, laptop is useless without wireless :) .

  2. Hey Thanks!

    It worked great, but no WIFI. Did I miss something or is not supported??

    There is not reference regarding that in your grear great tutorial!!!

    SD Slot works fine (other not said thing).

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