Tutorial OSX on ACER AOD-150 10.1 inch with ATOM 280
This is my first tutorial here for the ACER AOD 150 ... hope this helps someone
System : ACER AOD150 Netbook
Intel Atom N280
Processor Speed: 1.66 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 1
L2 Cache : 256 KB
Memory : 2 GB
Bus Speed: 667 MHz
Boot ROM Version: MP31.006C.B05
What don't work ..
- Wireless ( flaky )
Distro : xXx 10.5.6 Leo Install Disc
Step 1 : Prepare Media
Find ( in the usual places ) the distro and burn to DVD. Connect an external USB DVD ROM drive with the freshly made OSX DVD on it
Step 2 : Partition Your Hard Disk
Not going cover how you repartition your hard disks. For me, I have 2 partitions, first partition ( 100 Gb ) for WinXP ( the original OS that is shipped with the unit ) and a second partition of the balance for OSX. Make sure you have created the ACER recovery CD/DVD images in case you need to put it back to factory condition and keep it in a safe place.
Step 3 : Reset System BIOS
Now reboot and go to the BIOS setup ( press F2 ) and set it to defaults. Still in the BIOS, go to Main and enable F12 boot menu. Save the BIOS settings and reboot and press F12 and choose boot from the external drive ( option 3, USB CDROM ).
Step 4 : Booting up Darwin
Just beforeDarwin boots, press F8 to get to the Darwin boot options. At the boot : prompt, type in -v ( for verbose mode ). You will see a bunch of text on screen. After a while, the OSX installer will be seen, choose a language of your choice and continue
Step 5 : Prepare new partition for OSX
Now the fun begins ... In the Welcome screen, Click on Utilities and Disk Utility. Pick the partition you created earlier ( something like disk0s2 ) and click on Erase. In the Volume Format, choose Mac OS Extended ( Journaled ) and give it a name ( e.g. Mac OSX ) and erase and confirm to erase. When done Quit disk utility
Step 6 : Choose packages to install
Select destination then continue, you will see some summary / agreement page and click on agree/continue. Now click on the Customize button and you will be presented with stuff that you want installed. Leave the pre-chosen one's alone and pick the following. Choose only ONE kernel, chipset and graphic drivers
Click on done and continue. You can skip the Checking Installation DVD screen. Now go make some coffee and OSX will do it's stuff
Optional system kexts
9.5.0 VooDoo XNU
x VooDoo 9.5.0 1.0 (Intel/AMD)
x ICHx Support
When done, it'll ask for a reboot .. Reboot and press F8 again and type -v in the boot : prompt. If everything goes well, you will see the OSX welcome stuff and then the setup ... click on continue until you see the Create Your Account Screen .. enter the values and you're almost done. If you get some kernel panic, don't despair, reboot
Step 7 : Post installation
For post installation, it is recommended that you boot in single user mode to finish it up ( you may still get some kernel panics in normal mode and it's bad when it happens in the middle of some important update ). Download these kexts/pkgs to a thumbdrive cause you'll need it for post-installation. At this point the mouse cursor will be a little sluggish. It will go away once the system is updated
- Trackpad – copy keyboard.Prefpane to /System/Library/PreferencePanes to enable double tapping on the trackpad. Set it up in System Preferences and Keyboard/Mouse
- Wired LAN – Use kext Helper and install AttansicL1eEthernet. Setup your LAN via Network Preferences. Connect to your router and reboot and you now have internet access.
- Run OSX86TOOLS and enable Quartz ( don't reboot yet ) and enter a timeout value . The timeout value will delay the boot up so you can choose which partition to boot up to ( WinXP or OSX with OSX as the default )
- Update Software – Update OSX. Click on the Apple logo and Software Update ... Update everything .. reboot the system
Now hopefully after reboot you will get OSX running stable
- Update kernel to VooDoo 9.6.0
- Wireless – the wireless don't work reliably ( maybe out of 5 reboots,it will work just once ). The installer will also install KisMAC which you will need to connect
Attempt at Retail Install
It turned out that on a Toshiba Tecra M7 and on an Asus P5E3 Premium I didn't know to hit the Esc button to change the boot device.
With the Acer Aspire One D150 with the 1.05 (from stock 1.03) BIOS update, retail install with the BOOT 132 method is not possible. The first issue is that neither a Prolific-based CDROM drive adapter nor an Initio-based one will boot the BOOT 132 CDs/DVDs.
Consequently I tried the two USB methods. The former involves using Slimbuild (I tried both the GUI version and the v2 version) then restoring the mounted image to a USB drive, then installing Chameleon or PC EFI V9. The Slimbuild route always gave me a boot.com.plist error.
Thus I tried the Windows/Syslinux route. Using the generic ISO I was able to have the Install DVD register as drive 82. This worked also with both versions of the DellEFI boot DVD. However, the system always kernel panicked around the time it was doing something with "decryption." The system would reboot almost too fast to read this.
Now I am waiting for the XxX DVD to finish torrenting. I'm hoping that will work. Otherwise I may need the older BIOS which is really frustrating. I did upgrade the HD and RAM on this AOD150, but I reset the BIOS as in the instructions, all to no avail. It seems that either the RAM (works fine in XP) or the BIOS is at fault. I have also tried linking via uuid argument at the boot prompt, and also using Voodoo kernel, although I'm not sure I ever successfully loaded the latter.
This is frustrating!
Will update. I imagine XxX will work. If it does not, I'll install on a Core Duo laptop (no 64 bit, so that won't be an issue) and then transfer the drive back. I wonder if the Atom processor isn't in the proper processor family, and thus the KP.
(EDIT: Note that every time I had the "82" option working, I also tried 9F/F9 for the external DVD drive, but it never picked up.)