We just made some updates to Nancy’s Pet Care website: http://www.nancysdogwalkingservice.com
Rough draft logo design for http://ipadebookstore.com. Needs some color, maybe?
We finished iPadeBookstore.com’s splash page.
Starting phase 2 of the project next week.
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We just updated our projects page: http://www.optimadesignstudio.com/projects/websites
Microsoft is offering free virtual machines for Mac users to test IE versions with.
IE 7 Vista, IE8-9 Windows7, and IE10 Windows 8 for VMWare Fusion. Also looks like same tools available for VirtualBox.
Very comprehensive list of Coda plugins. (via Coda Plugins)
Using SlidesJS on a project. Loving the ease of use, quick customizations. http://slidesjs.com
Small Players Seek an Alternative to the Expense of Pay-Per-Click
Interesting article about small businesses and increasing costs of Google Adwords: The heightened competition for keywords has driven up prices and made them harder for small companies to afford.
This guide is how we got our MacPro 1,1 running the retail / golden master of Mountain Lion OSX 10.8.
You may have a different type of unsupported Mac, and our method may work for you. But again, this is how we got Mountain Lion working on a Mac Pro, which is the only unsupported Mac we tried this installation method with.
- Mountain Lion capable Mac (Macbook Pro 8,2 in our case)
- Firewire 800 cable (400 should be fine too)
- Our trusty MacPro 1,1. (We updated from 10.6 Snow Leopard.)
*** please note the upgraded graphics card. The Mac Pro will not boot with a 512MB stock card, like Nvidia 7300GT, or ATI X1900XT. We upgraded to ATI Radeon 5770.
What we did was use a capable Mac to install onto the MacPro in target disk mode. There are several other installation methods out there, but they involve working with more files to build your own installer, or using a PC boot-loader. We are lazy and chose Firewire instead.
Everything we learned came from the first 2 posts on this forum for installing Mountain Lion on unsupported Macs. Thank you “dead.xx” and “unrealdtc”. They deserve all of the credit.
Some important notes about the installation / system requirements:
IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WORKING WITH TERMINAL, OR EDITING SYSTEM FILES DO NOT ATTEMPT THE INSTALLATION.
- Common sense dictates attempting this install on a different disk than your fully functional Mac environment resides on. Buy a new HD, or make a partition.
- Just to be clear on above point, have nothing you care about on this disk. You should backup all of your data before starting as well.
- Using a fresh partition for Mountain Lion will make the process easier, and is highly recommended. If the new OS won’t boot, at least you can fall back to an older OS that will function.
- Again, you must have an upgraded graphics card for your MacPro. It will not boot with stock 512MB card.
- Our install works great, except for iMessages and Facetime which apparently remain broken on Mountain Lion “hacked” installs.
- iCloud may require a workaround. More on that later (see end of post).
- Cannot choose 10.8 as Startup Disk in System Prefs. Must boot w/ option key to select the desired partition / HD.
These are fairly basic steps to get the installation prepped.
- First thing we need to do is get the Board ID of your Mac Pro. Open up Terminal, enter the command below, and hit enter:
ioreg -p IODeviceTree -r -n / -d 1
- Write down the sequence that appears, where:
“board-id” = <”Mac-XXX”>. It might not be a bad idea to copy the ID to a text file on a thumb drive.
- You can power off the Mac Pro.
- On your capable Mac, copy your “Install OS X Mountain Lion.app” to the desktop, and/or make a backup for safe keeping.
FYI - If the installer runs from its default location in /Applications, it will delete itself.
- Next we need the boot.efi patch written by “dead.xx”. Download the file, and keep it handy.
Start the Install:
This is the basic part of the installation.
- Connect the Firewire cable from the capable Mac to the Mac Pro.
- Power on the Mac Pro, and press the “T” key to boot into Target Disk Mode.
- Your Mac Pro monitor should have the Firewire logo floating around on the screen, and the Mac Pro’s HD should be mounted as external disk on your capable Mac.
- Go into System Preferences, and select your Mac Pro (firewire’d) drive as the Startup Volume, and choose to Restart.
- After restarting, double click the “Install OS X Mountain Lion.app”, and install the new OS onto the target volume. This process works just like any other Mac OS installation, and the computer will restart once complete.
- After the re-boot you should be looking at the new Mountain Lion OS. But don’t get too excited yet, cause there is still more work to do.
Finish the Install:
This is the more advanced part of the installation. Go into System Preferences and select the capable Mac’s system (not the newly installed Mountain Lion partition) as startup disk, and then restart. At this point we want to be able to modify files on the Mac Pro without them running.
- After re-booting, open up Terminal, and type:
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
- Hit return, then type:
killall Finder (then hit return)
- Navigate to your mounted Mac Pro HD (where we just installed 10.8), and open these 2 folder locations:
/System/Library/CoreService and /usr/standalone/i386
- Copy the patched boot.efi file into each of these locations, and overwrite / replace the existing files.
- Drag a copy of this file /System/Library/CoreService/PlatformSupport.plist to your desktop (or location of your choice) for editing.
- Now edit PlatformSupport.plist to allow our Mac to run Mountain Lion:
Add your Board ID to the very top of the list in the file.
Also add your Mac Pro model identifier to the file. To be safe, the best place is right above the listing for “MacPro 4,1”.
- Copy the edited PlatformSupport.plist to its default location above and replace:
- Now to be safe, we should repair file permissions. Open Disk Utility and select your Mountain Lion partition, and “Repair Disk Permissions.”
- Before trying to boot up the new OS, we should also zap the PRAM.
- Shut down the Mac, then power it back on with Cmnd + Option + P + R keys held down before the grey screen appears. After you hear the chime for a second time, you can let go. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
- This should boot you back into your non-Mountain Lion partition.
- Now power off the computer one more time.
- Turn it back on while holding the Option key, and you should be able to choose a startup volume. Select the Mountain Lion partition.
- IT WILL TAKE A WHILE TO BOOT. You should see the apple logo on the screen for several minutes with the spinning wheel. Just let it go, and you should be looking at Mountain Lion after a bit. Be patient.
iCloud may not function right away, so if you would like that OS feature, here’s how to get it working. We learned of this fix for iCloud from HackerWayne’s post at Mac Rumors.
- Using a capable Mac with Lion or Mountain Lion, create a new user account with full admin privileges, and iCloud enabled.
- Use Migration Assistant to transfer the account over to your Mac Pro.
- Once prompted of what you want to transfer, just select this new account. You do not need Applications, computers setting, or anything else. Just the user account.
- After the transfer is complete, you should be able to use iCloud on the Mac Pro. You can remove the “dummy” account you just created from both computers.
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