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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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AsereBLN @ February 9th, 2010, 02:18 PM: Finally got my HD 3870 working with Snow Leopard
Did you manage to get QE/CI working on your HD 3870 under Snow Leopard?

Working QE/CI is the holy grail for me so that I can run iMovie... you'd be the first I've heard of.

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Excellent Work.

Any chance of you including cdboot in your builds/download.

Need it for INSTAHackintosh V2.0 which I am currently developing.

Thanks

Same Here.... i would like to make a boot cd with this updated bootloader instead of the "old" chameleon rc3... tnx if any can help us in this... bye!

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I second that. I've got some problems to boot on hard drive first priority with my motherboard, consequence is i always boot with a CD (C2RC3/PC EFI 10.5 based)

So a "cdboot" would be greatly appreciated :)

Nick

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Made a bash script to make a cdboot

download latest source and unzip/untar to desktop

download latest compiled from page 1

copy boot/boot_with_embeded_theme from compiled to root of source as boot

save below code between #start and #end as Makecdboot.command and make it executable

copy Makecdboot.command to root of source.

run it and you should have new cdboot with memory info etc in root.

root of source is root of downloaded source.

i.e aserebln-Chameleon-33db6a3 as of 1.19

Use it to make all "New" versions.

Enjoy

#start

#!/bin/bash

set -u

set -e

set -E

if [ "`whoami`" != "root" ]

then

echo "You Must Be Root To Run This"

sudo -s "$0"

exit

fi

file="$0"

WORKDIR=$(cd -P -- $(dirname -- "$file") && pwd -P)

cd "$WORKDIR/Booter"

make clean

make embedtheme

boot="$WORKDIR/boot"

cdboot="$WORKDIR/Booter/sym/i386/cdboot"

dd if="$boot" of="$cdboot" conv=sync bs=2k seek=1

stat -f%z "$boot" \

| perl -ane "print pack('V',@F[0]);" \

| dd of="$cdboot" bs=1 count=4 seek=2044 conv=notrunc

cp "$cdboot" "$WORKDIR"

#end

edit:

Updated Version

Makes ALL cdboots, just copy ALL downloaded boot and boot_* to source root

Also changes file times to correct values.

#!/bin/bash

set -u

set -e

set -E

if [ "`whoami`" != "root" ]

then

echo "You Must Be Root To Run This"

sudo -s "$0"

exit

fi

file="$0"

WORKDIR=$(cd -P -- $(dirname -- "$file") && pwd -P)

Make()

{

echo "Making $cdboot"

dd if="$boot" of="$cdboot" conv=sync bs=2k seek=1

stat -f%z "$boot" \

| perl -ane "print pack('V',@F[0]);" \

| dd of="$cdboot" bs=1 count=4 seek=2044 conv=notrunc

if [ "$cdboot1" != "" ]

then

cp -Rp "$cdboot" "$cdboot1"

touch -r "$WORKDIR/boot" "$cdboot1"

fi

echo "Finished $cdboot"

}

if [ ! -e "$WORKDIR/cdboot" ]

then

rm -rf "$WORKDIR"/cdboo*

cd "$WORKDIR/Booter"

echo "Making cdboot"

make clean

make embedtheme

cdboot="$WORKDIR/Booter/sym/i386/cdboot"

cp -p "$cdboot" "$WORKDIR/cdboot"

touch -r "$WORKDIR/boot" "$WORKDIR/cdboot"

boot="$WORKDIR/boot"

cdboot="$WORKDIR/cdboot"

cdboot1=""

Make

fi

if [ -e "$WORKDIR/boot_with_debugs" ]

then

boot="$WORKDIR/boot_with_debugs"

cdboot="$WORKDIR/cdboot"

cdboot1="$WORKDIR/cdboot_with_debugs"

Make

fi

if [ -e "$WORKDIR/boot_with_embedded_theme" ]

then

boot="$WORKDIR/boot_with_embedded_theme"

cdboot="$WORKDIR/cdboot"

cdboot1="$WORKDIR/cdboot_with_embedded_theme"

Make

fi

touch -r "$WORKDIR/boot" "$WORKDIR/cdboot"

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Happy new year to everyone!

Changes:

[*]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.

Asere

Hi AsereBLN,

What if I allredy added my Nvidia graphic card parameter into my DSDT file do I need to use graphic card rom file? or what is the better way?

Thanks.

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