G33K @ Work | Geeky stuff

TAG | patching

I needed a virtualized Mac OS. I want to know how a special EFI extension works which permanently changes the harddisk. I don’t want to do this on my real machine. I would have to reboot it several times and perhaps loose all my data on my HDD if something goes wrong while I’m experimenting which this extension. Also live debugging would be next to impossible.

Luckily, VMware and VirtualBox are able to virtualize Apple’s Mac OS X Server. His holy Steveness decided to allow virtualization only for the Server version of Mac OS. But there is help, so I „fixed“ the DVD to be able to boot a Mac OS X 10.6.3 retail DVD in VMware.

Unfortunately VMware then told me that the CPU was halted by the guest operating system. This happens if a kernel issues a „hlt“ statement on all currently active cores without interrupts enabled to wake up the CPU later. This is bad because the whole operating system is trapped in this state. But why did this happen with OS X? (mehr …)

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