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OSX on MSI Wind

Page history last edited by gnowk 12 years, 6 months ago


 1) standalone installation



the following is from memory

- need a USB DVD ROM

- boot up the msiwindosx86 DVD

- run disk utility (selectable from the menu bar)

- select the hard drive

- re-partition the hard drive into a single partition

- change the boot record to be of GUID type (think it's under the option button)

- click continue until you're offered a destination to install

- the destination should be an icon of a drive and not a folder

- select the destination drive and click continue until you see a customize button on the left

- click on customize and expand the last option and uncheck kernel checkbox

- follow directions on screen

- when you get to the point when they ask for your apple id, you can just skip that step by hitting open apple q (alt-q on the msi wind keyboard)

- continue with creating your account and you should be done soon after that



2) set up wifi (RT2860)

- wifi needs to be enabled by cycling through Fn F11 keypresses (2nd LED below the keyboard)




RT2860 Driver




3) fix the ethernet


Kext Helper b7.zip




4) upgrade to bios 1.09, i used a sd card in the card reader

following the directions below:


using the bios 1.09 from:




5) install iStat menus for all sorts of stats on your menu bar




6) other post install stuff (haven't done these myself) 




7) Shrink the icons and text size on the desktop

- Finder -> View -> Show View Options (or click on a blank spot on the Desktop and click Open Apple J)


- I use 24x24 for "Icon size", 10 pt for "Text size" and 3rd mark from the right for "Grid spacing"


8) track pad customizations

- System Preferences -> Keyboard & Mouse -> Mouse tab

- Tracking Speed => 2nd mark from left

- Scrolling Speed => 2nd mark from right (Hot spots on upper and lower right corners)


9) check this thread to see if the audio drivers are ready...



if not, you can buy a usb adapter for a few dollars on ebay.




this one's only a $1 + $1.60 shipping:



10) get the audio out jack to work



http://forums.msiwind.net/mac/headphones-easy-switch-setup-detailed-how-icons-t4871.html (single key map with quiksilver)

http://forums.msiwind.net/mac/news-headphone-jack-works-t4854-60.html#p52689 (add options to specify what to enable)


11) get rid of the clicking noise w/ hdapm



- must enable ACPI in BIOS


12) Install Function Flip to use the volume and display-brightness keys without having to hold down Fn

- found at http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/10/charlie-vs-bria.html


13) if you want to use a NAS for Time Machine



- ignore the bits about installing appletalk, just run the following to have the samba share seen

"defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1"


- possibly better solution with avahi (bonjour) and netatalk



- another method with iTimeMachine



14) get more real estate from your 1024x600 screen by scaling down the apps:

defaults write appstring AppleDisplayScaleFactor scaling_factor

e.g. defaults write com.apple.SystemPreferences AppleDisplayScaleFactor .95

Getting "more" than 1024 by 600

How to set screen scaling per application once in for all 

Screen too small for Expose settings (automator script to start app with smaller scaling)


15) nuclear mouse



16) 100 essential apps



17) remap alt / option / windows / command key



18) tweak hidden Leopard features


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