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AsereBLN Booter - Based on Chameleon RC4 / PCEFI10.5

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Happy new year to everyone!

I have a little gift for you :) I was quite inactive here in the last weeks... but not dormant at all. I'm done the first major changes to Chameleon. I'm really disappointed regarding the code quality of Chameleon. It's full of possible buffer overflows, quick & dirty hacks... you can notice that there is no one behind, who is supervising the development, who has and keeps the whole picture in mind. The code quality is really bad :( One example is the use of the boolean datatype. You can find boolean_t, bool, BOOL, int, char... used with 0, 1, TRUE, FALSE, true, false, 0, 1, YES or NO, and this even mixed! So I started to cleanup this mess, fixed some bugs and also added new cool features.

Bugfixes:

  1. First of all I fixed the stupid bug with the fixed Platform UUID.
  2. Fixed a bug regarding PCI-Root-UID different than 0
  3. Fixed a bug regarding the detection of the CPU
  4. Fixed dozens of possible buffer overflows
  5. and all the bugs I forgot to mention

New Features:

  1. You can build Chameleon with GUI-support without the need of an embedded theme (Never understood why this should be necessary). The Booter is a lot smaller now. Only 160 kBytes.
  2. Platform UUID is taken from the BIOS (UUID from SMBIOS Table 1). You can remove PlatformUUID.kext, SMUUID from smbios.plist and also System-ID from com.apple.Boot.plist.
  3. Dynamic memory parameter detecting and injecting like Frequency, Type (DDR2, DDR3), Manufactor, Partnumber, Serialnumber. You can remove all memory related stuff from smbios.plist.
  4. Dynamic PCI-Root-UID detection from PCEFI 10.5
  5. Duvell300's FACP Restart Fix added (from here)

Changes:

  1. Filenames configured in com.apple.Boot.plist (DSDT=..., SMBIOS=...) must be given with the full path. The Booter does not check automatically the Extra Folder. So if you used DSDT=mydsdt.aml and the mydsdt.aml file is in the Extra folder, then you must use now DSDT=/Extra/mydsdt.aml.
  2. ATI and nVidia Video-ROM-Files must be renamed to <vendorid>_<deviceid>.rom and must be put into the Extra folder. vendorid and deviceid as 4-digit hex values without a leading 0x. For instance, a nVidia 9400 GT (55nm) has the vendorid "0x10DE" and the deviceid "0x0641", so the filename must be "10de_0641.rom". To enable nVidia VGA BIOS File Loading use: UseNvidiaROM=Yes in com.apple.Boot.plist. To enable ATI VGA BIOS File Loading use: UseAtiROM=Yes in com.apple.Boot.plist.

If you use the Booter without the embedded theme, then you must supply a Theme in Extra/Themes/ to have GUI support. The default theme name is "Default". You can configure the theme to be used with Theme="Name" in com.apple.Boot.plist.

Platform UUID is setup by injecting /efi/platform/system-id property. The UUID value from SMBIOS table 1 is used as system-id. If your BIOS does not provide an UUID, then you can configure the UUID with SMUUID in smbios.plist. If you set system-id=No in com.apple.Boot.plist, then the system-id is not injected into the IORegistry. Use this if you want/need to use PlatformUUID.kext or something similar.

The memory parameter detecting should work with P35/X38/X48/P45 memory controllers and the builtin memory controllers of the Core i5/i7 CPU's. Reading of memory SPD (Serial Presence Detect EEPROM) data should work on P55, ICH10? and ICH9. You must remove all memory related keys from smbios.plist (SMmemmanufacter_X, SMmempart_X, SMmemserial_X, SMmemspeed & SMmemtype).

Dynamic PCI-Root-UID should work if your DSDT defines the UID like this: Name (UID, <value>). Default PCI-Root-UID is 0. You can configure the PCI-Root-UID to be used with PCIRootUID=<value> in com.apple.Boot.plist (-pci0, -pci1, PciRoot... does not work anymore).

You should also update boot0 (with fdisk) and boot1h with (dd), because the Chameleon team fixed some bugs there.

The archive contains:

  1. boot - the Booter without debugs, without an embedded theme
  2. boot_with_embedded_theme - the Booter without debugs and with an embedded theme
  3. boot_with_debugs - the Booter with some debug messages
  4. boot0 - the fist stage bootloader (goes into the MBR)
  5. boot1h - the second stage bootloader (goes to the beginning of the Chameleon Booter partition)

I ask everyone to use at least one time the Booter with Debugs and to take photos at every "(Press a key to continue...)" stop (PCI-Bus, CPU, Memory-Controller, SPD) to help me to improve Chameleon further. If you have a running Windows on your Hackintosh, then a TXT-Report made with the CPU-Z programm would be very helpful too. If you encounter problems, then use the Booter with debugs. Do not forget to rename it to boot.

Patch against Chameleon-RC4 is included, but without the memory detection stuff. I'll release it after a grace period. You know... ASEM is also reading here ;)

Any feedback is welcome!

Update Version 1.1.1:

  1. FACP RestartFix is enabled by default if you have an Intel CPU
  2. Memory Manufactor Code Lookup for some common Vendors (OCZ, G.Skill, GeIL, Crossair, Kingston)

Update Version 1.1.2:

  1. Fixed a bug with Memory Manufactor Code Lookup (DDR3: ManufactorID, Parity-Bit)

Update Version 1.1.3:

  1. Added Patriot, Crucial, A-DATA Memory Manufactor
  2. Support for 945 northbridge and ICH8, ICH7 southbridges
  3. SMBus Device Enable for systems there the controller is disabled (Tip from iNDi)
  4. printout a message if theme fails to load due to a missing file
  5. removed a print in non verbose mode to keep the Booter quiet

Update Version 1.1.4:

  1. You can supply a system-id with system-id=<value> in com.apple.Boot.plist
  2. You can prevent the system-id injection with system-id=No in com.apple.Boot.plist
  3. system-type is now supported. Default is 1 (Desktop). Use system-type=2 in com.apple.Boot.plist if you have laptop. (Link)
  4. Removed the setVideoMode(TEXT) in resume.c to make Hibernation work.
  5. Support for 946GZ/PZ, Q963/Q965a and P965 northbridge memory controllers.

Update Version 1.1.6:

  1. Improved system-type injection. ACPI V2 FACP PM_Profile is patched to match system-type.
  2. Fixed a bug with system-id injection (com.apple.Boot.plist).
  3. Supported memory manufactors: Micron, Samsung, Transcend, Apacer, Kingston, PNY, MDT, Corsair, GeIL, takeMS, Buffalo, Mushkin, OCZ, A-DATA, G.SKILL, TeamElite, Patriot and Crucial.
  4. Supported memory controllers: Core i5/i7 IMC, 945G/P, 955X, 945GM/PM, 945GME, 946GZ/PZ, Q963/Q965, P965, P35, X38/X48, 965GM, 965GME and P45.
  5. Supported SMBus controllers: P55, ICH10, ICH9, ICH8 and ICH7.

To set system-type put a system-type= into com.apple.Boot.plist (1=Desktop, 2=Laptop enables Battery, 3=Workstation). Default system-type is 1 (Desktop).

Update Version 1.1.7:

  1. Fixed the font swapping bug (small & console font).
  2. Fixed a problem with disabled MCH MMIO on some mainboards (needed to detect dram frequency).

Update Version 1.1.8:

  1. Fixed the font swapping bug (small & console font) for the Booter with an embedded theme.
  2. Fixed an issue with memory detection for some mainboard (2 slot only mainboards).
  3. Added support for PM45 northbridge memory controller.
  4. Added memory manufactor lookup for: Hynix, Nanya, KingMax, Qimonda and SuperTalent.
  5. Added nVidia GT240 device lookup.
  6. You can now hide HFS partitions too using “Hide Partition?? in com.apple.Boot.plist.
  7. Made the verbose output the using nVidia/ATI ROM’s more useful.
  8. Fixed a bug with sprintf (rek).
  9. Merged hibernation fix from Chameleon repo (46).
  10. Made verbosity at early bootstage useable.
  11. Bugfixes.

Update Version 1.1.9:

  1. Added nVidia ION device lookup.
  2. Added a feature to set/override the nVidia NVCAP value using NVCAP_ key in com.apple.Boot.plist.

If you want to override the NVCAP value, you must determine the PCI DeviceID of your graphic card. For instance: my new GTX260 has the DeviceID 0×05e2. Knowing the DeviceID add this to your com.apple.Boot.plist:

<key>NVCAP_05e2</key>
<string>0000000000000000000000000000000000000000</string>

The NVCAP value is exactly 20 bytes long. You have to specify it using ASCII-HEX (0-9,a-f).

Sources under http://github.com/aserebln/Chameleon.

Asere

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Hi guys, sorry for my first post on this board to be about a problem!

I've been using AsereBLN booter 1.1.9 for the last couple of weeks now and have run across a slight problem. Whether its specific to Asere's booter or not, I don't know - not keen to break something that works already as I'm still a newbie in the hackintosh scene.

Anyway. Everything works. No kernel panics, all my hardware recognized... but then I tried out Paragon NTFS. It wasn't loading, and, to my surprise, I was running 64 bit.

To cut a long story radically short, my /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist is BEING IGNORED.

DSDT.aml is being read and works fine.

smbios.plist is being read and behaving properly.

Extensions are fine.

However, NONE of the settings in com.apple.Boot.plist have any effect whatsoever. Can't configure themes, kernel flags, etc etc. I have to type it all in manually each boot!

Now. That install exists on a logical partition, as follows :

0) Root (FAT32, Primary, Active, Boot - DOS,Win98SE,XPSP3)

1) Games (NTFS, Logical)

2) ISO (NTFS, Logical)

3) OSX (HFS+, Logical)

4) Downloads (NTFS, Logical)

5) Windows 7 (NTFS, Logical)

Now, the funny thing is, I cloned the install to an external USB drive on a primary partition. THERE, it works fine. So it must be something to do with the loader and logical partitions. Which is odd, because all the other files are loaded fine.

For further information and screenshots, head over to {censored}. I'll repost here if you need, just say the word.

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I like the fact that you are able to clean up the sloppy code.

Replaced boot, boot1 and boot1h with yours and I started in verbose and everything looked normal. But...My restart stopped working.

I have been using this version of chameleon:

http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=192518&st=1100&p=1369210entry1369210

and I have (RestartFix = Yes) in my com.apple.Boot.plist

Not sure what I need to do to make restart work with yours.

thanks

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Hi Asere, welcome back and Happy New Year!

Have you, or have you considered, including the restart fix by Duvell300 (starting HERE)

It is nice to not need a restart kext.

Also, will this properly detect p55/i7 cpus with no "SMcputype" value in SMBios.plist?

Thanks once again for your hard work. Looking forward to giving it a whirl.

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I know this is gonna be a stoooopid question...but here goes....I wouldn't be me without stupid questions.

When copying the boot files, you can't just grab them and plop them onto the hard drive can you? This is terminal stuff?

Thanks.

Rick

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Welcome back AsereBLN and a very Happy New Year - missed you but many thanks for this. It is certainly much leaner and I like the plain boot screen, your efforts are much appreciated. If we live in the NOW rather than the past then who needs reminding of that Efi-x thing!

We all are very grateful to the Community, from my perspective just too much defragmentation and it is always welcome when people like you describe in detail what you have changed. I Like it.

Everything is now working on my new P55 rig and with your boot file - it starts up very quickly with 14 spins of the wheel (20 plus previously), and appears stable with no errors.

Everything is working well apart from sleep as my rig will now auto and force sleep but reboots on wake up. All other functions appear to be as expected and I am happy not to have to put the UUID info in the plist files.

I have reduced my boot.plist and smbios files along with your suggestions they are now much leaner and I am running with only three kext files.

I am traveling for a couple of weeks after this evening so there will be a delay.

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Also, will this properly detect p55/i7 cpus with no "SMcputype" value in SMBios.plist?

Yes mine does but auto Chameleon shows the i7 CPU as Quad-Core Intel Xeon as expected.

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