Download, Install Chameleon RC4 Bootloader

Chameleon is a perfect bootloader for multibooting Windows, Linux, Mac OS X [Hackintosh] OSx86

Chameleon RC3 brought a number of Stability fixes. Chameleon RC4 was released recently, adds couple of New Features that can come handy:

Hide Partition
Define all partititions that you wish to hide from boot menu. e.g. define following in com.apple.Boot.plist to hide partition 2 on BIOS drive 0 and partition 6 on disk 2:

<key>Hide Partition</key>
<string>hd(0,2) hd(2,6)</string>

PciRoot
This is similar to what you  find in PC EFI v9 : The default value is ’0′ but you can set to any value:

<key>PciRoot</key>
<string>1</string>

Fixes in RC4-r684

Fixed booting the default partition when using timeout. Added Intel Core i5 support, fixes to stage 1 loaders, SMBIOS CPU detection patch, system-id patch, ead_lba register saving patch, fix to handle 2GB+ file sizes, ported ATI device injection EFI64 tables and hibernation fix from PC_EFI.

Download from here

How to Install Chameleon Bootloader:
Assuming your Root disk is /dev/disk0s1

Step 1. Gain Root priveledges and navigate to Chameleon Directory

sudo -s
cd Desktop/Chameleon-2.0-RC4-r684-bin/i386

Step 2. Install boot0 to the MBR:

sudo fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdisk0

Step 3. Install boot1h to the partition’s bootsector:

sudo dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk0s1

Step 4. Install boot to the partition’s root directory:

sudo cp boot /

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  • qua

    my sata hard disk drive is not being detected when im in the snow leopard screen.

    im very familiar with fdisk for mounting and formating drives for windows installions but
    im unsure of how to do this from the vaious boot disks for my hackintosh attempt.
    the boot disk is empire efi v1.085

    also, how on earth do you get chameleon in a usable for from as .bin.tar file ?
    using other .dmg files are also a mystery to me. i understand .iso and .exe .com ( pc)

    any simple step by step advice please for a newbie

    qua

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  • Kieran

    I believe step 3 should end in rdisk0s2, not s1.

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  • salava

    muy biueno

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    cool

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