If OSX 10.10 update fails for you…

With next message:

“This partition map modification would make a windows partition unbeatable”

It means that some Apple programmers are lazy dumbasses.

Here is how to fix it: you need to backup current mbr on your OSX drive, remove any partitions in mbr except the first one with type EE (so disk will look like pure gpt disk). Install osx update. Then restore mbr from backup. Then show middle finger to Apple (it’s not that hard to fix for lazy apple programmers)

you can do it with gptsync or with fdisk and dd.

It happens because of missing recovery volume. I miss recovery volume because I had to restore osx partition from TM backup. HFS+ isn’t that great and can be easily crashed with few resets.
P.S. it’s all for MAC, not HACK (even tho hacks ccan use that way too). Owners of genuine Macs have to mess with it. It’s shame !

New imacs…

M290X is radeon HD 7870 but at lower 900 mhz core clock. A bit slower than 780M you can find in current Imac.
and it comes with 2 gigs of vram, kidding?

M295X is some tonga chip, probably full tonga chip ( equal to 7970). Will be like one D700 of newMacPro.
4 gig vram here.

That’s too weak to play anything at 5K, they even will struggle at 2560×1440. Only for 1080p gaming.

GTX980 already works in osx


Great news from our friends in California.

GTX980 works with nvidia webdriver in latest osx 10.10 DP/BETA

More here

What else Nvidia maxwell videocards can we expect?

Some functions from NVDAGM100HalWeb.kext:
U _rmcfg_IsGM107
U _rmcfg_IsGM107MaskRevA01
U _rmcfg_IsGM108
U _rmcfg_IsGM108MaskRevA01
U _rmcfg_IsGM200
U _rmcfg_IsGM204
U _rmcfg_IsGM206

SmartWatch typical everyday usecases

For those waiting for applewatch.

I’ve been using sony’s smartwatch 2 for a half year now. After initially playing a lot with it for few weeks I came to these typical usecases, asuming the phone is in the pocket:

1) read incoming sms/emails. Answering using a watch is JOKE, you will almost never do it, be it dictation, templates, smiles, or onscreen keyboard (like in latest samsung stuff), easier to pull phone off the pocket. wathes vibration help to do not miss any.

2) read notifications from apps.

3) see who is calling you, dismiss call if needed. you don’t want to press answer on watches because the other side will hear you pulling the phone out of pocket.

4) check time and weather on main screen.

5) control music (play, stop, next, etc)

That’s all, rest is just gimmicks you will play with for few weeks.

Not talking about some fitness tracking abilities. It’s just about average Joe.

OSX 10.10 DP3 and handoff

After installing OS X Yeti DP3 one may notice information about handoff&continuity is now missing from sys profiler.
However it appears in sys preferences app now. Still enabled here on mp3,1.

Bluetooth LE Adapters Do Enable OS X Yosemite’s ‘Handoff’ on Older Macs

Sometimes macrumors aren’t completely right

Bluetooth LE Adapters Don’t Enable OS X Yosemite’s ‘Handoff’ on Older Macs

My 2008 MacPro (so old) has a wifi card from some new imacs/mbp installed with adapter to mini-pcie slot. It gives me 802.11ac AND bluetooth 4.0, no need to remove old bt card, as new one is preferred over old one.

Continuity is supported:

P.S. got this nice things from MacVidCards.

Little Teaser

go here

OSX 10.10 adds support for Radeon R290X

R9 290X works out of box, R9 290 will need few dev-id injections, to AMD8000Controller and AMDRadeonX4000.kext

You can enable it partially in OSX 10.9, 2d only mode, with output and res change but without acceleration/3d

copy these kexts from 10.10 to 10.9


For OSX 10.10 on hacks

Few notes from release  notes.

In Developer Preview 1 unsigned or improperly signed kexts will not be loaded. To use unsigned kexts during development, this strict check can be disabled by adding a “kext-dev-mode=1” boot arg.

Installing kernel extensions on systems running Developer Preview 1 may make your system un-bootable. To fix the issue, boot into the Recovery Partition and run the following:

touch /Volumes/OSX10.10/System/Library/Extensions
kextcache -u /Volumes/

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