Installing OS X Leopard on 1000H without USB stick or DVD drive
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So after many long nights of attempting to install OS X on my eeePC 1000H, I finally managed to install it 2 weeks ago. For future reference and also to help others who might be facing the same problems, I’ve decided to write down the steps I followed to get it done.
I take no credit for any of the steps listed below. I am simply gathering the information into one location. Also, I make no guarantees on the information listed here. Use it at your own risk! Note that you are breaking the OS X EULA by installing OS X on non-Apple hardware, therefore, I do not recommend you do so. The information here is for educational purposes only. If you are going to use OS X on your 1000H, at least buy a OS X license from Apple to support them.
All the steps are gathered from the following pages:
The biggest issue I had with installing OS X was simply that I did not have an external DVD drive to boot the install disc from. I was not willing to spend close to a hundred bucks to buy the DVD drive when I will probably only use it once. After searching around for information about how to work around that, I found a tool called Leopard HD install helper that could dump the disc image onto a separate file partition and make it bootable.
Files required for installation:
– iDeneb 1.4 image file
– Leopard_hd_install_helper_v0.3.zip (download from Link 4. you have to register an account)
– miniboot.zip (download from Link 4)
– dd for windows (download from here)
Step 1: Format a PRIMARY FAT32 partition. I recommend using EASEUS Partition Manager, which is free and works well. <— We call this partition the Install Partition
Step 2: Create a PRIMARY partition for leopard install. We call this partition the Destination Partition
Step 3: Use Leopard HD Install helper dump miniboot.iso to Destination Partition.
Step 4: Use Leopard HD Install helper dump your 10.5.6 ISO to Install Partition.
Note: If you have trouble using the Leopard HD Install helper, look up Link 2 and Link 3 for help in troubleshooting.
Step 5: Use dd for win write boot1h (extract from miniboot.zip) to Destination Partition. (refer to image below for the commands)
Step 6: Reboot and you can install leopard from your hard disk.
Follow the rest of the steps at Link 1 to complete your installation. The instructions are actually specifically for iDeneb 1.3 but I found that most of it works for iDeneb 1.4 too.
There is now updated instructions for installing iDeneb 1.4.
The first 6 steps listed here for installing from hard drive are still the same.
If you have any questions or encounter any problems during the install, please visit the Insanely Mac Forums, as there are many experts there who can help you.