Lion DiskMaker 2 – The domain/default pair of (/Volumes/Mac OS X Install ESD/System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion, ProductVersion) does not exist

Hi all,
a while ago I started writing here and there things in this blog to find them later as big online memo for me and who ever needs it.

Here we are again, life changed a bit for me I didn’t have time to test new things etc etc.. and especially I don’t have my “basement” with all that sort of music/electronic/computer/dust stuff 🙂

Anyway enough with the nostalgia, I had to create a couple of Lion USB Boot Disks at work and as well know, Lion has to be downloaded and it is apparently hardware specific as well (the downloaded dmg)

Lion DiskMaker 2( does the job very well, I had no problem creating a drive with a DMG for MacPro a couple of months ago, but yesterday I downloaded the DMG image for my Macbook and I found Lion DiskMaker 2 complaining about:

The disk could not be created because of an error: An error occured: 1.2012-09-27 12:34:34.836 defaults[56841:f07]
The domain/default pair of (/Volumes/Mac OS X Install ESD/System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion, ProductVersion) does not exist

Well basically (don’t know why) Apple changed the Volume names inside the DMG from Mac OSX Install ESD to OSX Install ESD etc etc..and of course the script ran by DiskMaker is not working anymore… (see below the different volume names between the “old” dmg I had a the latest downloaded)

Just open the Application folder from Finder right click on Lion DiskMaker 2 select Show package contents and browse to Scripts(full path here I’m lazy 🙂 /Applications/Lion DiskMaker open the script main.scpt(and make a copy!)

From the menu select Edit/Find and then do a replace all “Mac OS X Install ESD” to “OS X Install ESD” and all “Mac OS X Base System” in “OS X Base System”

Run again Lion Disk Maker 2 and it should works… at least works for me… BTW the image I downloaded on the Macbook works as well on my MacPro (don’t who started this rumor about hw specific dmgs.. maybe the older releases of Lion… the one I’m using is 10.7.4 and below for the most expert users there’s PlatformSupport.plist with the supported hw..)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">

Hope that helps…

See ya!


Toshiba Satellite R830-1GZ Windows XP drivers…

Hi there,
just bough myself a Toshiba Satellite R830-1GZ since I got a great deal and is going to be in place of my EEEPC 1215N…. as I stated in the previous posts, I love XP so the great thing about Toshiba R830 is that you can find all the drivers and utilities for XP on R830.

I’ve made a package with everything you need for an R830-1GZ (no 3g module or fingerprint sensor)

Intel Chipset
Intel Graphics:
Intel HDMI Audio Driver:
Audio Realtek:
Intel LAN: 15.7
Ricoh SDCARD Reader:
Toshiba Touchpad ON/OFF:
Toshiba WiFi Key:
Atheros WiFi
Toshiba USB3:
TOSHIBA Sleep Utility
TOSHIBA Common Module V6.07.02 (FN KEYS)
TOSHIBA HDD Protection
TOSHIBA Controls v3.37.4310 (Buttons on TOP RIGHT)
TOSHIBA Power Saver 7.14.03
Toshiba Bluetooth Stack 6.00.0601.0
Bluetooth Filter Driver Package Atheros 1.0.4

I had no problem so far with these last driver from Toshiba Website, only one thing happened to me, everything was fine on Windows XP English version. In the Windows XP Italian edition, on the contrary, the WiFi Fn-F8 could trigger on/off only the bluetooth. Looking at the app/registry settings I’ve found that the WiFi card Vendor/Model/Subsys were not in the app list of “managable” devices.

So what I did I replaced one all the registry keys in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Toshiba




VEN_168C&DEV_002B&SUBSYS_661311AD (that was my device ID for some reason)

and that did the job (I could not remember with or without a reboot 🙂 )

Drivers here (self extracting package 165MB)

PS I’ve installed Windows XP Sp3 from DVD using Nlite before to integrate the latest SATA drivers



—– edit 02nd March —-

is better if you install the software to manage properly FN+F5… but it’s up to you.

—- EDIT 20 Jan 2013 ——-

My Toshiba become were slow and unusable…such a shame for an i5.. got rid of Windows and installed Mountain Lion..

if you want to give it a go here are the instructions.

password: roadtoyourass

I strongly suggest to anyone not familiar in installing OSX on PCs to buy a sata hard drive and do the install there so you can easily go back to a working system if you have problems etc..


Packard Bell Easy Note MX51 Windows XP drivers

I did have to format this laptop Packard Bell Easy Note MX51 without any drivers so I have made a package with those needed to install Windows XP SP3, hope it will be useful.

 > MotherBoard : Packard Bell BV Easy Note_MX51
  > Chipset : nVidia GeForce Go 6100
  > CPU : AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-50 @ 1600MHz
  > RAM : 1024MB (2 x 512 DDR2-SDRAM )
  > Video : NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
  > Hard Disk : Seagate ST9120822A (120GB)
  > DVD-Rom Drive : Optiarc DVD RW AD-5540A
  > Screen : LGPhilipsLCD  – 15″
  > WiFi : Atheros Communications AR5007


nVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
Realtek HDA
Atheros Wireless Network Adapter
NVIDIA Windows XP nForce Drivers 15.26
PackardBell HOTKEYs


RAR  SFX archive 185MB

password: roadtoyourass

How to crossflash P5KC to P5KR BIOS and enable AHCI

I’ve read this post on how to crossflash P5Kc motherboard with P5KR bios in order to get AHCI (remember you will lose DDR3 slots if you do this)

Since I have no floppies anymore, I’ve made an ISO with W98SE “DOS” in it, and the 703 rom P5KR file as long with AFUDOS 2.11

Hope this will be useful BUT REMEMBER!

BIOS flashing is potentially risky, if you do not encounter problems
using the current version of BIOS, it is recommended that you NOT flash the BIOS.
To flash the BIOS, do it with caution.
Inadequate BIOS flashing may result in system malfunction or motherboard DEATH

Here’s the ISO

Asus EEE 1215N Windows XP….drivers…

just got my new EEE Asus 1215N with Windows 7 on it… 😦 I really don’t like it I’m old I like Windows XP and also I do a lot of scripting for other clients and I use my laptop as a test machine so I need to have XP on it.

Here’s the specs(from PCWizard)

> Platform : Intel PineTrail
> Motherboard : Asus 1215N
> Chipset : Intel NM10
> CPU : Intel Atom Dual-Core D525 @ 1800MHz
> RAM : 2048MB (2 x 1024 DDR3-SDRAM )
> Video Card : Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
> Hard Disk : Seagate ST9320325AS (320GB)
> Monitor : HSD121PHW1 – 12″ (16:10)
> LAN : Attansic (Now owned by Atheros) AR8152 v2.0 Fast Ethernet
> WLAN : Broadcom BCM4313 802.11b/g LP-PHY
> USB 3.0
> Bluetooth 3.0

If are going to buy this I think is great just to things bother me a little: touchpad button (hard to press) and power supply plug is very tiny and I think easy to break if you are a frequent flyer so pay attention)

P.S. I suggest you to install after synaptics touchpad this program and disable all the two fingers gestures in synaptics utility, with this one you can right click on the touchpad like on the iPhone (one finger+ tap with second finger)

So I removed 7 and installed XP SP3 on it, and voilà everything works except…. that damn Optimus ION2 Nvidia… my hardware ids are: VEN_10DE&DEV_0A76&SUBSYS_84461043 and

I’ve tried this so long:

– Asus 1015N WinXP drivers (adding also my hw info to the inf cause they weren’t there)

– Asus 1215N drivers (on site support page are claimed as WinXP/Vista but in the inf are only Vista/7)

– 260.63 beta from Nvidia which is the nearest thing that I’ve found: in the inf there is already a VEN_10DE&DEV_0A76&SUBSYS_84471043 instead of 8446 I’ve tried to modify the info but in the end no good results at least I have my device recognized with Yellow Mark in Device Manager)

if you look at nvam.inf you’ll find in

260.63 vista verde notebook beta

%NVIDIA_DEV.0A76.01% = Section057, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0A76&SUBSYS_84461043

%NVIDIA_DEV.0A76.02% = Section057, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0A76&SUBSYS_84471043

260.63 XP verde notebook beta

%NVIDIA_DEV.0A76.01% = Section040, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0A76&SUBSYS_84471043

hope that in a future beta for XP Nvidia will include the same hardware that is already in the Beta for 7/Vista.

if anyone has news about it please comment this post, so we can be helpful to others… (also to me 🙂 )
—EDIT 11 October —

I’ve made a self extracting RAR package with the drivers for windows XP (as October 2010)

password: roadtoyourass

You can find in it:

Asus ACPI Driver v. (to have brightness control working)
Audio-V6_0_1_6098 (for 7 and XP)
Intel Chipset
Atheros AR813X/AR815X LAN (for 7 and XP)
Broadcom WIFI (for 7 and XP)
NVIDIA HDMI Audio driver xp_vista_win7_1.00.00.59

also in the package you can try out TwoFingerScroll the touchpad software mentioned above.

You should have at end of the install just the NVIDIA card not recognized.

Cisco 837 recovery with tftpdnld

One of the Cisco 837 routers I was resetting could not boot, in terminal window (connected with console cable) I always got this after few seconds after boot:

boot: cannot determine first file name on device "flash:"

and I was stuck at rommon 1 prompt

When you are in this situation or similar you need to restore the flash partition of the router and to do that you need to tranfer the firmware file from your PC to the router by TFTP

To do that you need:

– Cisco 837 🙂
– Cisco Console Cable (if you don’t have one google for how to make one)
– A computer with a serial port(of course) and any terminal app (hyperterminal or putty is fine)
– Ethernet Cable

1. open terminal app and connect using these terminal settings:
– 9600 baud rate
– No parity
– 8 data bits
– 1 stop bit
– No flow control
– check serial port number in Hardware Manager if you have more than one.

2. connect the Cisco Console Cable and turn on the router.

3. On Terminal windows should pop up the first lines of the software boot and then you got at rommon 1 prompt due to the error that you may have.

4. type help you should see a list of commands with tftpdnld in it.

5. On the Pc side you need to assign a static IP address of the same range so for instance is fine. Also you need to download the firmware for your router and an TFTP server application. I’ve used TFTP32

6. we need to definy IP parameters and file name for the TFTP transfer so write on the terminal window

IP_ADDRESS= (return)
IP_SUBNET_MASK= (return)
TFTP_SERVER= (return)
TFTP_FILE=C837 (return)

two words on the TFTP_FILE on my case usiing the original file name didn’t work I had to remove dashes, spaces then it worked.

7. Connect the ethernet cable from the router to your PC and then write in the terminal window tftpdnld

8. answer yes to start the transfer and you should see the download in progress.

9. after that the flash partition will be erased and programmed automatically, you just need to enter reset when it’s done to reboot the router.

10. Done.

CISCO 837 full reset to factory settings..


I got from a friend a bunch of CISCO 837 ADSL routers and I decided to write few lines about to reset and recover those… first because I use this blog also a internet reminder and second to help who need infos only to do this without spending hours on forums over the web.

Hardware needed:

– Cisco 837 🙂
– Cisco Console Cable (if you don’t have one google for how to make one)
– A computer with a serial port(of course) and any terminal app (hyperterminal or putty is fine)

1. open terminal app and connect using these terminal settings:
– 9600 baud rate
– No parity
– 8 data bits
– 1 stop bit
– No flow control
– check serial port number in Hardware Manager if you have more than one.

2. connect the Cisco Console Cable and turn on the router.

3. On Terminal windows should pop up the first lines of the software boot

System Bootstrap, Version 12.2(11r)YV5, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

Technical Support:
Copyright (c) 2006 by cisco Systems, Inc.

4. When you this line send BREAK command in the terminal window (usually by pressing CTRL+BREAK also BREAK on laptop may require an Fn key in order to be accessed)

C800/SOHO series (Board ID: 23-127) platform with 65536 Kbytes of main memory

something like that should appear

monitor: command "boot" aborted due to user interrupt
rommon 1 >

5. type confreg 0x2142

you should have now rommon 2 >

6. type reset

7. wait for router reboot and when asked answer NO to initial configuration

8. after there is no more output from the router press enter and then write enable enter

you should get Router#

9. write write erase and press y (no need to press enter) you should get the NVRAM erase

10. exit and reboot the router (brand new factory settings)