July 20, 2011. A day that will go down in history (or at least Wikipedia and in the brains of many Apple fanboy’s) as the end of the MacBook era. Not only was the MacBook discontinued, but the still powerful 2006 models were lost in support for Lion. All Intel Core Duo and Core Solo Mac’s were now stuck on the aging (but still awesome) Snow Leopard for all eternity. Even MacBook Pro’s from that era with excellent specs (and a lofty price tag) were lost. I saw this moment, looking deeply at my 2006 black MacBook, thinking, “I could make a dent in the universe,” much like what Steve Job’s probably thought while his company created the elegant machine.
Within 3 days I had a working version of the first beta running from an external hard drive on my unsupported MacBook. My success ended there. Updates weren’t supported, and I accidentally updated iTunes to 10.3, making it corrupt. Once the announcement came and past, I thought of making a video on how to do what I managed to do, although the thought escaped me within a few days. Then I received word from a friend about what happened to his MacBook Pro. He managed to spill a glass of water on it in excitement when the download for Lion became available (he pulled an all-nighter). I thought to myself, “If someone with a MacBook Pro hardly faster than mine but several years newer can download Lion, why can’t I? Mine lasted longer anyway!” The problem lies in Apple’s use of 64-bit technology in Lion. No, not quite like the Nintendo 64 you had growing up. The Intel Core Duo processor is nearly identical to the Core 2 Duo, other than the support for use of 4GB or more of RAM in the Core 2 Duo, allowing 64-bit. If you have less than 4GB of RAM, the difference wont be large. Lion supports less than 4GB of RAM, but not 32-bit processors. Only processors technically capable of 64-bit.
With a simple removal of the Platform Support file (whilst the hard drive is in a 64-bit Mac) we were able to enable the Core Duo and Core Solo processors to work perfectly fine on Lion. We decided to package this in a file available to download and install on your pre-64-bit Intel Mac. It will be available within a few days from now, including a step by step guide.
Update #1 – I now have iTunes fully working. But news doesn’t end there, I finished deleting unnecessary (and personal) files, and I am currently compiling it into a disk image. When I release it, you will be able to download the disk image, and put the files on a new partition. I will have a step by step written, and video guide, so don’t worry. Once you finish copying the files, you will be done! Everything will be installed, and you’ll have a fully working 32-bit Mac running Lion.
Known problems (b1)
- No recovery partition (the partition that replaces the install DVD in Lion)
- Updates to iTunes corrupts the app
- Some minor graphical problems with recording/editing video (I should be able to fix this)