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As we know Chameleon 2.0 first GUI bootloader is now available in the wild check here. Latest Chameleon has many new features like themes, UI, EFI support and many more. If you are looking for installing and testing the all new chameleon you are, remember it’s a RC release not a final release. Last night i have digging the forums and collected some useful information for you. Please go through the process twice o thrice before doing anything. It may have some issues right now so before starting please take backup of your important Files and Kexts. If you wish to have your system load the Chameleon bootloader from the MBR and wish to keep all files on your Leopard partition use this method. This assumes your install is on /dev/disk0s1

 

1. Extract the Chameleon archive and open a Terminal window there.

 

2. Use sudo -s to assume root privileges.

 

3. Install boot0 to the MBR:

fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdisk0

4. Install boot1h to the bootsector of your OS X partition:

dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk0s2

5. Copy the ‘boot’ file to your root partition:

cp boot /

6. Make sure your OS X partition is flagged as active.

7. Copy Themes and smbios.plist to your Extra folder:

cp -R smbios.plist Themes /Extra

7. Finally add any kexts you wish to /Extra/Extensions like you usually would.

 

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Installation guide for to EFI Partition.

If you’ve been using Munky’s EFI partition booting method or wish to keep Chameleon in it’s own partition out of the way you can use the EFI partition as OS X makes no use of this. This assumes you are using one disk which is GPT formatted with OS X on /dev/disk0s2.

 

1. Extract the Chameleon archive and open a Terminal window there.

 

2. Use sudo -s to own root privileges.

 

3. Mount the EFI partition:

mkdir /Volumes/EFI && mount_hfs /dev/disk0s1 /Volumes/EFI

4. Install boot0 to the MBR:

fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdisk0

5. Install boot1h to the bootsector of your EFI partition:

dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk0s1

6. Copy the ‘boot’ file to your root partition:

cp boot /Volumes/EFI

7. Make sure your EFI partition is flagged as active.

 

8. Copy Themes and smbios.plist to your Extra folder:

cp -R smbios.plist Themes /Volumes/EFI/Extra

9. Copy any kexts to /Volumes/EFI/Extra/Extensions and your com.apple. Boot.plist to /Volumes/EFI/Extra and DSDT.aml to /Volumes/EFI/DSDT.aml

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Install Chameleon 2.0 RC1 on a USB stick.  [ Guide by JASON ]

 

Open Terminal and Type

sudo -s

Enter your password and Type

diskutil list

Make note of the /dev/diskX where your USB stick is located (ex. mine is /dev/disk7)

 

Keep terminal open and open Disk Utility (fyi, you can most likely create an MBR partioning scheme with diskutil, I just don’t know how)

  • click on your USB stick and click “Partition”
  • click the ‘+’
  • click Options and choose MBR
  • Name it whatever you want (I named mine EFIUSB)
  • Click Apply
  • Go back to terminal

Type “diskutil list” and make sure your USB device is still listed the same as it was before (“disk 7” in my example)

Type the following string

diskutil eraseVolume “HFS+” “EFIUSB” /dev/diskXs1

Where ‘X’ is the number of your USB drive you got before

 

cd to your Chameleon/i386 directory

Run the following commands:

./fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdiskX         (where X is your disk – loads the stage 0 bootloader)

dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdiskXs1          (where X is your disk – loads the stage 1 bootloader)

cp boot /Volumes/EFIUSB                 (copies the Chameleon ‘boot’ file over to your usb)

mkdir /Volumes/EFIUSB/Extra          (makes the Extra directory on the USB stick)

Now from here, you can copy your Extensions.mkext, com.apple.Boot.plist, smbios.plist, & Themes directory using Finder over to your /Volumes/EFIUSB/Extra directory

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For adding theme add the following strings to Boot.plist

<key>Theme</key>

<string>THEME_NAME</string>

For default boot partition add this to Boot.plist

<key>Default Partition</key>

<string>hd(x,y)</string>

 

whereas x is your hdd number and y is your partition number (you will get this info in Disk Utility and in Terminal with: diskutil list)

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For Changing timeout and resolution of Chameleon.

Set the resolution of Chameleon width, height, depth and refresh rate (for VESA 3.0 only)

Graphics Mode1024x768x32@75

Change the timeout before the default partition boots. Where X is the timeout in seconds

TimeoutX

 

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  1. Gamamou December 2, 2010 Reply

    I have been able to install and boot Snow Leopard 10.6 Retail on Lenovo ThinkPad R61i. My problem now is that I am not able to proceed to full operation of SL. I get to waiting for DSMOS message and the system just stays there.

    I have not installed Chameleon and I am now wondering whether I should install it at all or just deal with the Kext for my system?

    On the same hard drive I am dualbooting with Ubuntu 10.10. Using the installed Ubuntu I was able to extract my DSDT.aml and put on the root of my Snow Leopard partition.

    Does anyone know if I will be able to run Snow Leopard without Chameleon and if yes, what steps do I need to take to make it fully functional?

  2. ShadowKnight November 29, 2010 Reply

    sorry I mean this

    mkdir /Volumes/EFI && mount_hfs /dev/disk0s1 /Volumes/EFI

  3. ShadowKnight November 29, 2010 Reply

    3. Mount the EFI partition:

    mkdir /Volumes/EFI && mount_hfs /dev/disk0s1 /Volumes/EFI

    syntax error near unexpected token &
    help me with this!

  4. Coldy25 July 21, 2010 Reply

    Hi! i was having a problem with the chameleon screen. when it starts, it says it cant find mach_kernel. could ya’ll please help me?

  5. supdoc April 25, 2010 Reply

    When i choose the Win xp partition i get a black screen with a blinking cursor !

    ( the xp partition is on another hard disk)

  6. Bender March 19, 2010 Reply

    i ran dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk0s2 and now my seconday ntfs partition is lost. how do i get it back. I need to get it back really really bad.

  7. Keith March 8, 2010 Reply

    OK I AM COMPLETLY LOST ON HOW TO INSTALL CHAMELEON 2 ON MY USB ITS A 4 GB CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS IN A SIMPLER WAY
    EMAIL ME PLEASEEEEEEE :( :’(
    keithwicker@hotmail.com

  8. nono March 1, 2010 Reply

    “For default boot partition add this to Boot.plist”

    its not : com.apple.Boot.plist ?? be clear plzz

  9. MANOJ January 25, 2010 Reply

    Hi
    After many try , I’hv Succeeded to install mac osx 86 ,10.4.6,
    but dvd , usb,not working, no audio, video driver.
    System config. amd4800+, m2n mx-se plus motherboard,1gb ram,250gb sata, lg dvd r/w,

    I Install voodoo karnel, with setbelt.kext
    AppleNForceATA nForce Drivers. usb patchfix, efi alternetbootloder

    What should i do?
    Please help me.

  10. iwanna_ihack November 20, 2009 Reply

    I am having the same problem with the mach_kernel… I have installed Chameleon RC3 to the EFI partition but when I try and boot to the Leopard install disc/usb drive I get the error. I can’t even install OS X yet :-(

  11. konteudos.info July 18, 2009 Reply

    I made a video instaling chameleon 2 to a usb stick , if you want to see it

    http://konteudos.info/?p=1761

    regards

  12. drowelf June 27, 2009 Reply

    Ok, got RC1 installed on a usb and it boots to the menu just fine, but of course there’s no com.apple.Boot.plist. I tried copying the one from my \L\P\S folder (the generic really short one), but it’s saying that it can’t find mach_kernel. I’m assuming that I need to give it a path to the kernel since it’s trying to find it on my usb drive or something. How do I format this? If it’s easier to just paste your com.apple.Boot.plist here (assuming you’re also running the bootloader from USB), that might be the bootstraping I need to make progress.
    Thanks

  13. konteudos.info June 23, 2009 Reply

    here chameleon 2 in action :)

    http://konteudos.info/?p=740

    best regards

  14. DrZaphod June 20, 2009 Reply

    This may be a bit stupid question; But how do I make a partition flag as active? Do I use the bless command or what?

    bless –device /dev/disk0s1?

  15. Detroitbg May 22, 2009 Reply

    I had Windows 7 installed on the first partition and iDeneb v1.3 on the forth partition (same HDD) working just fine with Chameleon v1.0.3 (or 1.3) if I’m not mistaken.
    After standard installation of Chameleon 2.0 I receive a black screen with blinking cursor!
    After reinstalling Mac OS I installed Chameleon 2.0 removing the extra .kexts from the installation and everything works just fine!

  16. superpimp May 12, 2009 Reply

    @NSCXP2005

    I’m having the same problem. Chameleon doesn’t seem to work with windows 7 (I’m using RC1 x64). I keep getting a flashing cursor. The only possible way is via EasyBCD or manually boot into the OSx86 partition with UBCD but thats quite a hassle.

    If anyone has got it figured out, please help us out.

  17. Lux April 30, 2009 Reply

    What i have not understood up to now is, what is the /Extra/Extensions Folder for? Up to now i installed all my personal Kexts to /System/Library/Extensions.

    Can i install them INSTEAD into /Extra/Extensions? If yes, what will happen, if 2 different Extension with the same name will exist in the both folders? Which will be loaded?

    Nevertheless i spend a lot of time with my OSX86 installation, i still have not stumbled upon this theme. May be the way to work with this, has changed over the time. But when i search for myself in the net, i never know, is this way to act still the modern way, or may be an way which is still out of time. sometimes the result is a wild mix…

  18. leon April 28, 2009 Reply

    Hi,

    A small correction: in MBR partition, (step 4) you should use:

    dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk0s1

    Thanks for the guide.

  19. Harbinger April 27, 2009 Reply

    Vinay–

    Thanks for the guide–it fills in a lot of missing info for getting Chameleon to run with an MBR install.

    One question, though. In step 7 you say:
    “Copy Themes and smbios.plist to your Extra folder:
    cp -R smbios.plist Themes /Extra”

    The smbios.plist file is not a part of the latest Chameleon RC1 file; at least, it wasn’t in the package. (I entered a command in the finder to show all files, so I should have seen it.) So where does it come from, or where can it be gotten from?

  20. Helob April 22, 2009 Reply

    Thanks for the Tutorial on install of Chameleon 2.0 RC1.
    I have a IPC 10.5.6 install on a MBR partition disk at rdisk0s1
    Follow your first set of instructions and manage to boot with the default Chameleon 2.0 loader theme.
    Questions:
    1. In step7 “Copy Themes & smbios….Extra folder”. Are you refering to the Extra folder at the root (/) directory?

    2. In Step8 ” Finally add any kexts….to /Extra/Extensions….” Can’t find Extensions folder in /Extra.

    3. How to change theme from default to others in the theme folder?

    4. Should there be another com.apple.boot.plist other than the one in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration. Which com.apple.boot.plist file to edit to make changes to Chameleon 2.0 bootup?

    Thanks and have a nice day.

  21. NSCXP2005 April 12, 2009 Reply

    I am currently having problems with Chameleon v2 as it wont boot XP without a error message & when trying to boot Windows 7 I get a flashing cursor.

    It works fine before I install Chameleon v2 is there any way to get it working and keep the functionality it had before?

    The following error I get on XP is:
    [code]
    Invalid BOOT.INI file
    Booting from C:\Windows\
    NTDETECT Failed[/code]

    I am currently using EasyBCD for Windows 7 to boot and that allows me to boot XP & OSX. I would love to use this new loader as it is loads better than the text version.

    I hope somebody can help me fix this problem.

    All the best

    NSCXP2005

  22. oli April 8, 2009 Reply

    Hi,

    I’m looking at your Guide to GUID efi, when you say ” This assumes you are using one disk which is GPT formatted with OS X on /dev/disk0s1.” On a GPT formated drive disk0s1 would be the EFI partition so OS X would most likely be installed in /dev/disk0s2 if in the first partition of the drive..

    nice guide
    Oli

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