Quick Fix to get 10.6.2 Working on Atom Netbooks

November 11th, 2009

Apple / Mac, Miscellaneous, OS X Updates

Have you updated your little Atom-based hackintosh to 10.6.2 and now are stuck with an unusable lump of plastic? Well, there’s an easy fix: downgrade your kernel. These simple instructions (courtesy of meklort) should get you back on your feet:

  1. Boot from whatever medium you used to install OS X.
  2. Go to Utilities -> Terminal.
  3. Run these two commands:
cp /Volumes/InternalDrive/mach_kernel /Volumes/InternalDrive/mach_kernel_10_6_2
cp /mach_kernel /Volumes/InternalDrive/

Note: You have to replace InternalDrive with the name of your HD, i.e. “Macintosh HD,” which, to do that you would replace InternalDrive with Macintosh \HD, because of the space.

Now, reboot and you should have a working system.

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3 Responses to “Quick Fix to get 10.6.2 Working on Atom Netbooks”

  1. Alex

    What netbook is it on? If it’s a Dell Mini 9 or 10v, you’re in luck.

    Reinstalling Windows shouldn’t be a problem. The only tricky thing is getting Windows on the Flash drive. Gizmodo’s got a pretty good guide to installing Windows 7 on netbooks.

  2. Allison

    I am new to Macs (could never afford one!) and just bought an already-hackintoshed netbook. I don’t have the operating system disc or anything used to set it up. Unfortunately, within five minutes of turning the thing on, I had accidentally updated it. I’m pretty good with computers, but not so experienced with Macs. I keep finding these same instructions – could someone possibly help me out and give me a simpler step-by-step? I would be endlessly grateful!!! The guy I bought it from just directed me to reinstall Windows. If I can avoid trying to re-hack it myself, I’d be happy,

  3. Richard Ward

    I expect a hacked kernel (mach_atom?) to continue to be pushed by the community every time Apple updates it. This is a huge blow to the OSx86 community and I doubt you $249 “MacBook” owners will stand for this injustice. ;-)

    Long live freedom in the software you buy.