Mid December 2012 Apple shut down the Messages Beta for Lion, soon after many hackintosh users started noticing issues with signing into iMessage. At some point in time, people far smarter than me managed to patch a little used bootloader called Clover to allow us to log into iMessage, but Clover is young and still full of random issues. Honestly, it never liked the system id on my partition, so I was never able to use it. But now, it seems that someone has patched our widely used Chameleon bootloader! I’ve tested it on my own hackintosh, and many users are also reporting success.
The instructions are simple enough, and should only take you 3 minutes + a reboot to implement and test!
Execute the following commands
- Download the following files to your hackintosh
sudo mkdir /Extra/modules
sudo unzip ~/Downloads/FileNVRAM.dylib.zip
sudo rm -rf __MACOSX
sudo rm -rf ACPICodec.dylib
If you have ACPICodec.dylib in your /Extra/modules folder, you need to delete it.
Unzip the Chameleon installer, and run it — make sure you install to your boot disk
Reboot, and try to login to iMessage
Hopefully this will take care of your issues. If not, it was worth a try! I highly recommend the Insanely Mac Forum for researching any issues you may be having. After all, where do you think I learned how to do this?
This is a follow up to my previous Hackintosh post chronicling the build and setup of my ‘Hack Pro’. My original goal was to build a Mac Pro clone using off the shelf parts, with the ability to do Apple Software Updates on a retail, unmodified OS X installation as you would with a real Mac. So far, using the steps described here, I’ve been successful.
There are several methods that have worked for many people, but had little success on my system. The myHack installer allows you to highly customize your install, and honestly learn a lot more about what you’re doing in the process since its more of a manual operation than others.
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Over the past couple months, the lack of desktop here at home has driven me up the wall. Turning to my laptop time and time again, hooking it up to an external monitor while consulting helped, but no laptop can truly replace the performance of a decent desktop. So after after drooling over the current Mac Pro systems, and then realizing I could buy 2 new laptops for the same price… I decided to look into the hackintosh world. While I’ve installed OS X on non-Apple hardware before, I’ve never done it on a system that I am planning to depend on. To me, that means I need a system that is not only rock solid, but is easily update-able.
After doing some digging through the OS X 86 Project wiki and the Insanely Mac forums I was able to determine that there are several platforms that provide excellent support, and stability. I finally settled on the following hardware.
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