How to install OS X on an HP Mini netbook

nb boot makerIt’s no secret that Mac OS X runs reasonably well on a number of Intel Atom powered netbooks with GMA 950 graphics. But finding a good set of instructions for installing the operating system is key. The folks at MyMacbookMini are putting together a series of guides for installing OS X on HP branded netbooks. Right now there are two guides online for the HP Mini 1000, one for installing OS X 10.5 Leopard and the other for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. It’s worth pointing out that suspend/resume functions aren’t supported in the Snow Leopard guide yet.

MyMacbookMini is a new site from the folks that brought us MyHPMini, a popular forum and blog for all things HP Mini-related.

In order to install OS X on a netbook you’ll need a full OS X installation disc or disc image, which I’m going to assume you paid for. But you should still know that Apple doesn’t look too kindly on installing its operating system on unsupported hardware… like netbooks from HP.

  • dalton63841

    If you check out the msiwind.net forums, we have theorized the netbookbootmaker causes more problems than it helps. We have had Snow Leopard booting completely Vanilla for about 2 weeks now. Everything works flawlessly, including sleep, hibernation, and audio i/o.

  • Mikez

    That's fair, HP doesn't support installing HP-UX (HP Unix) on Apple machines.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barwi Barrett Williams

    Agreed. Did not work for me on an Acer AspireOne; the intro video after the install caused an instantaneous reboot. Bypassing the video caused the same instantaneous reboot once I reached the desktop.

    However, removing the HD from the netbook and installing from an already functional Snow Leopard install worked great. (I modded my own OSInstall.mpkg to allow installing on MBR partitions, but that wasn't even necessary) NullCPUPowerManagement allows for the use of both cores, and the combo of Netkas' fakesmc, Netkas' IntelPIIXATA, IOATAFamily, and Chameleon RC3 works great. I used an EFI string and 27ae patch to get GPU acceleration working. The new version of voodooPS2 works great in Snow Leopard.

    Everything else is device-specific! (by that I mean everything I've mentioned applies to pretty much every Atom-based netbook on the market, since they all have N270/N280 and Intel GMA 950 graphics and a PS/2 trackpad)

  • dalton63841

    If you check out the msiwind.net forums, we have theorized the netbookbootmaker causes more problems than it helps. We have had Snow Leopard booting completely Vanilla via EFI for about 2 weeks now. Everything works flawlessly, including sleep, hibernation, and audio i/o.

  • Mikez

    That's fair, HP doesn't support installing HP-UX (HP Unix) on Apple machines.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barwi Barrett Williams

    Agreed. Did not work for me on an Acer AspireOne; the intro video after the install caused an instantaneous reboot. Bypassing the video caused the same instantaneous reboot once I reached the desktop.

    However, removing the HD from the netbook and installing from an already functional Snow Leopard install worked great. (I modded my own OSInstall.mpkg to allow installing on MBR partitions, but that wasn't even necessary) NullCPUPowerManagement allows for the use of both cores, and the combo of Netkas' fakesmc, Netkas' IntelPIIXATA, IOATAFamily, and Chameleon RC3 works great. I used an EFI string and 27ae patch to get GPU acceleration working. The new version of voodooPS2 works great in Snow Leopard.

    Everything else is device-specific! (by that I mean everything I've mentioned applies to pretty much every Atom-based netbook on the market, since they all have N270/N280 and Intel GMA 950 graphics and a PS/2 trackpad)

  • http://disturbingnewtrend.blogspot.com/ Quantummechanix

    You’d be surprised at what an Hp mini can do. I’m running Final Cut Studio 3 on mine, with speeds comparable to real macs. for a how-to (and video) check out:
    http://disturbingnewtrend.blogspot.com/