Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hp mini triple boot running Final Cut Pro! W/ how to

As promised, here is my walk through on building a three operating system netbook, in this case the HP mini 1010nr. First, a video of my setup: XP, 0SX 10.5.8, Ubuntu Studio "intrepid"

Setting up Xp is easy, as it comes bundled with the mini. The hackint0sh is a bit more involved, and I used both a written guide and a youtube video to assist me.
The guide can be found here: Hp mini osx install guide
The video here: HP mini osx install video pt.1 of 2

Ubuntu Studio worked out of the box with the exception of wifi. The install was painless and was guided by a dialogue much like a Windows setup wizard. To enable wifi, I had to download these packages and all their dependencies from the Ubuntu repository on my hackint0sh:
1.) Network Manager

Install both packages in Ubuntu, and load the bcm43xx driver bundled with Ubuntu Studio. Be sure the packages are for your particular version! I run "intrepid" and had to use the packages for "hardy". They work just fine. Reboot and click on the new network manager app in your panel bar. If you can't see it, right click and choose "add to panel". Wireless should now be working.

Now for the Final Cut Studio install. This information is to the best of my knowledge found nowhere else on the web in a single place. It took quite some research. Your welcome :)

If you have FCP studio 2, you can go ahead with a standard install, just ignore the warnings of the requirements checker. FCP will hang though when launched so skip ahead to the hack.

If you have FCP studio 3, the requirements checker will not allow you to install at all. You need an easy to use program called Pacifist (google it), which will allow you to install Mac programs without the requirements check. Pacifist is also an optional application you can have installed while making your mini a mac if you use the version of Leopard suggested in the tutorial.

Once you've done that, it's time to enable the app to actually load and be useable. Open your applications folder in finder. Now, right click on Final Cut Pro and choose "show package contents". Open contents->resources->minisys.plist in any text editor. Now change these values: scroll down to AELMinimumscreenres and change the resolution value to 1024x600. Scroll to AELMinimumvram and change the value from 128 to 64. If you get any other warnings or it still hangs try adjusting the other values in the plist. Save the modified file and try out your FCP install!

This also works on real Macs that don't meet the minimum requirements to run the program. Speed is fine for me, and is actually faster than my old iMac was with render times! You may have to repeat this procedure to enable Motion as well. It works just the same, just modify the Motion plist.

Hp mini 1010nr - refurbished
1.6 ghz intel atom proccessor
2gb ram
intel gma950 graphics
8gb internal pata ssd - win xp
8gb mini usb - ubuntu studio
16gb sdhc - osx 10.5.8
320gb 7200rpm external usb drive - osx 10.5.8 - used for video projects for the storage size increase and faster read/write speed

Note: If you are going to try this, make sure you have a copy of Leopard that you bought and own. I got mine with my real Mac. It is ethically wrong and probably of questionable legality to have the hacked version of Leopard used in this procedure unless it's used as a "backup" for your legally purchased version.

I hope this tutorial has opened up new creative possibilities for you with your technology. Feel free to post any questions or comments, and happy film making!

From the South Side of Chicago,

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

This is Disturbing New Trend

Welcome to the reccesion!

I'm known as 051R15, Alchemist and Metaphysician.

I was made aware today that I was NOT selected for a "dream" position with Apple computer.
 Quite disturbing, actually, as I'm underemployed currently, and minimum wage is not a living wage at all, and it's looking like me, and my wonderful puppy Buddha, may soon be literally homeless.
Not to fear though! On doing the numerology for this blog, I ran into the number 555 - meaning a message of change that must not be ignored.

Welcome to Disturbing New Trend! Given the circumstances, my first true post will be a guide on how I got my technology to do exactly what I needed it to do despite a shoestring budget. Most of the electronics consumers buy off the shelf can be modified to do much more than the manufacturer  originally intended.

Be on the lookout later today for my walk through on how I overcame the shortcomings of my main computer (an HP Mini 1000 series netbook) and hackint0shed it, triple booting XP, OSX Leopard, & Ubuntu Studio, and installed and successfully run Final Cut Studio 3 with performance equal to or surpassing a G5 desktop. There will be a video, edited on my box with FCP, to go along with it.
Note: It is possible for a Vista/7- Snow Leopard configuration, this is just my preferred configuration. XP and Leopard run nearly all programs and are have a more intuitive feel to me.

If I get positive feedback, I'll post a step by step guide in non-technical terms on how to easily jailbreak your iPhone iPod or iPad, and do great things with it like run emulators for Sega, Nes, or even Playstation 1.  Even enable video recording and backrounding of apps for 3g devices!

Also, stay tuned as I detail my plan to turn an abandoned lot on the south side of Chicago into a garden home, with a yurt as the main shelter and completely powered by solar energy for only $5000 cost of land and all! I'm actively trying to raise the funds for this project as it would (*finally*) give me a stable place to live, and enable me to have a safe place to focus so I could attend school to further my natural talents and interests (and obtain a job paying a LIVING WAGE), and a workspace for me to develop technology that could potentially change the world for the better.

In 1990, who would have thought we would have hand-held devices that play music, allow us to watch videos and T.V., connect to a vast information network, and even play games? In 1990, these were all separate machines, together weighing well over 100 lbs. It's now 2010, and given the resources I'd like to put a personal ROBOT in everyone's hands in five years time. More on that once I have some sort of patent on the specs, or given adequate resources, even making the project completely open sourced and customizable. Time will tell.

I will also be posting my resume here, as I really want to work, and have some form of security.
I will also put out there that any person or company who would like to collaborate on my project for completely green living in the city (solar powered yurt on former abandoned lot, complete with edible garden) are welcome to participate. If a sponsor could help defer some of the cost I'd happily and with much gusto proclaim from the mountaintops the miracle of their product, and blog all day about how I use it.

Or maybe a professor from a prestigious research institution has a grant to study urban green living or cutting edge alternative energy technology and would like to help make such living possible by being part of my project? I'm statistic friendly, I can assure you.

This would also be a great low budget documentary project, I'd even help you shoot and edit the thing.

I'd like this Blog to be an open space for the expansion of consciousness and the realization of potential. Please, feel free to comment and offer constructive criticism on anything found herein.
This space will house my and hopefully many others' ideas and perspectives. Expect articles on everything ranging from martial arts to gardening, politics to spirituality, and, of course, technology.

As above, so Below
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
Name gives birth to the infinite variety of things
Meditate on the dewdrop, and you may discover the secret of the ocean
From the South Side of Chicago,
I Remain