Netflix Woes

[Edit: If you are here to get some ideas on how to get Netflix streaming working, go to this article instead to see what finally worked for me.]

I’ve been meaning to post this article for awhile, but RL got in the way.  In any event, after performing my 10.5.6 upgrade I was very happy that, once again, I had a fully functional Hackintosh.

And then I broke it.

As some of you may be aware, that Netflix now supports Macs in their movie streaming service.  Since every workstation in the house is a Mac of one variety or another, I thought that joining Netflix to stream, albeit older, movies would be pretty cool.

Little did I know, this would lead me to a small tour of Hotel Grief …

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Machine was toast

Well thanks solely to my tinkering with getting Netflix to work on my Hackintosh, I toasted the machine.  Or at least I got it into a state that it wouldn’t boot.  I got to the Apple symbol and that’s it.

I tried fixing my Netflix/Silverlight issue by attempting to fix my ‘About this Mac’ window – figuring that the installer in the Microsoft Silverlight was not seeing what it expected and not installing correctly.  I download OSx86 Tools and started to mess with that program to see if that tool could change the appropriate settings.  Well, it looks like I hit the wrong option/button, whatever.  After the next reboot, my machine wouldn’t come back up.

To get it running again this is what I did:

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Hackintosh and 10.5.6

Felt a little brave today and decided to attempt a 10.5.6 upgrade of my machine on the first day of the OS release.  Using the directions that I’ve posted about before, I was able to successfully upgrade with only a couple of gotchas.

Remember – backup everything first!  I again used SuperDuper and my handy-dandy Acom Firewire drive to ensure that I could bring back my existing setup.

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Hackintosh and 10.5.5 Upgrade

JT: Just a quick note – this article is a bit long in the tooth and uses some possibly archaic processes.  If you want up to date info – look to the OSx86 Project.

Okay – I took the plunge today to upgrade my box to 10.5.5 from 10.5.4.  Using the directions that I’ve posted about before, I was able to successfully upgrade with only a couple of gotchas.

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