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Mac OS X 10.6.6 Retail on an HP Pavilion dv7t-2200

I have successfully installed Mac OS X 10.6 on my laptop before, but every time I would attempt to update it, it would break the installation. I have finally gotten the update process to work, and am happily sitting on 10.6.6. This blog article tells the story of installing and updating Snow Leopard on an HP Pavilion dv7t-2200.

By using this guide, you agree that I have no responsibility for anything that goes wrong, and that this may not work for you the way it did for me.

First things first:

  • You need a Retail Snow Leopard DVD
  • Download iBoot and burn it to a CD.
  • Download this zip file and extract it to a flash drive
  • Also download the Mac OS X 10.6.6 Combo Update and copy that to the same flash drive.
  • Download EasyBCD and install it on your Windows Partition
  • A second hard drive. I installed to another internal HDD, but you may be able to install to a partition on your current drive, but this guide does not cover that.

Now for the fun part. I recommend printing this guide, so that you can refer to it during installation.
Make sure your original Hard Drive with Windows on it is DISCONNECTED and you only have your new HDD connected. This is a safety precaution in case you would format the wrong drive and/or replace the Windows bootloader.

Put the iBoot CD in your DVD drive and reboot.

Press "F9" and boot from the CD.

Once the iBoot menu is loaded, eject the iBoot CD and insert the Snow Leopard DVD.

Wait until the drive LED stops blinking, and press "F5".

Use the arrow keys to select the Snow Leopard DVD, type in "-x -v cpus=1" (without the quotes) and press "enter".

You should be greeted with the OS X Install Screen eventually.

Go to Utilities --> Disk Utility.

Click the new blank Hard Drive.

Make one partition and name it whatever you would like, but make sure it is formatted as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" and the partition table is "GUID Partition Table"

Close Disk Utility.

Continue until you have the "Customize" Option. Choose that.

I installed everything except the extra languages and printer drivers.

When the installation finishes, restart, and put the iBoot CD back in to boot from that.

At the iBoot boot window, select the Macintosh partition which will be named whatever you named it.

Type in "-x -v cpus=1" and hit "enter". It should now boot.

You will be asked questions such as your name, login name, etc. Follow this until you are at the OS X Desktop.

Plug in the flash drive with all the files you extracted and copied onto it.

Open up the myHack installer, follow the instructions, and when you can "Customize" the installation, make sure you check the "ApplePS2Controller" box, uncheck the "SleepEnabler" box, and leave all the other boxes that already were checked, checked.

When that finishes installing, run Multibeast.

Pick the "EasyBeast" and "System Utilities" options.

When that finishes, take out the iBoot CD, eject your flash drive, and reboot.

You should be able to select your Macintosh partition and type in "-x -v cpus=1" and press "enter". It should boot fine.

Plug in your flash drive again, and open MultiBeast once again. Do not touch it then, just leave it open.

Install MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.6.pkg which resides inside the MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.6.dmg you downloaded earlier.

When it asks you to reboot, DO NOT. Go back to Multibeast which you already had open, and once again pick the "EasyBeast" and "System Utilities" options.

When that completes, you may now reboot.

Boot again by typing in "-x -v cpus=1" and pressing "enter". Do not worry, we are just about done typing this each time :)

Plug your flash drive again, and copy VoodooHDA.kext and RadeonHD.kext to /Extra/Extensions.

Go to System/Library/Extensions and delete every kext starting with "ATI".

Copy dsdt.aml to your desktop.

Copy com.apple.Boot.plist to your /Extra folder, replacing the one already there.

Open up MultiBeast for the LAST time, but this time install using the "UserDSDT" and "System Utilities" options.

Reboot, and you should now be able to simply allow it to boot without typing in any parameters.

If all is well, turn off your laptop, and install your Windows hard drive again, so you have both hard drives connected.

Boot into Windows, and fire up EasyBCD.

Click "Add New Entry" --> "Mac" --> Choose the "MBR" Mode --> Rename it to whatever you wish. --> Click "Add Entry" --> Quit and reboot your computer.

You should now have the option from the Windows bootloader to boot Windows, or Mac OS X.

Congratulations! Enjoy! :D

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  1. sule, the built in wifi does not work. However, you may use a USB wifi adapter as long as it comes with an OS X driver. A usb stick is synonymous with a flash drive, so yes.

  2. so is it that wifi wont work on snow leopard or is it that it wont work on windows or neither plz reply

  3. Good day my first time to comment on this website, you do bring up some useful points, which makes for a truly helpful topic, about this tech related topic!

  4. This works with amd processers correct?
    And will a apple software thum drive work?

  5. Judd, I think you may have to use a different kernel for an AMD processor. The Apple thumb drive update would not work using my method, sorry.
    – Seth

  6. Sule, it works on Windows just fine. There just isn’t a driver for Mac OS X.

  7. Sounds like a great way for more people to experience how good the iOS is!

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