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Mac OS-X Lion DVD or USB stick Install

Installing OSX Lion from a DVD or USB stick

Though very retarded and disorganized, creating a clean install without installing Snow Leopard first is fairly simple.

To download OSX Lion you do have to do it from a computer with Snow Leopard 10.6.6 and above (due to the app store condition). Lion will not be distributed on the physical media or anywhere else. (One of the ways how Apple wants to make everyone use Mac App Store).

So, once you download OSX Lion it will automatically start the installation procedure.. before you click anything:

1. Go To Applications and find a filename called Install Mac OSX Lion.

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2. Back That file to a hard drive or wherever just you have a copy so you can make a new DVD or USB when you need it

3. Now you need to right click on the above mentioned file and select Show File Contents

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Right click and show Lion Package Contents

4. You will go into Contents folder and then Shared Resources and located a file called InstallESD

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Locate the InstallESD file.

5. You can either burn this InstallESD.dmg with the Disk Utility but Lion installation from DVD drive can take forever. So it is recommended to use the USB stick.

To use USB Stick you will do the following in Disk Utility:

A) Locate USB stick on the left
B) Select it to be active
C) Click on the right side to RESTORE tab

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D) Drag the InstallESD.dmg to the SOURCE textbox and drag the USB source to DESTINATION textbox, so it looks like this:

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E) Hit Restore and wait until it’s done

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When it’s done your USB stick is ready to be used as startup and install for OSX lion

6) Boot your Mac and hold the ALT key to pick the boot source

7) Choose your DVD with Lion or USB stick and you are on your way

 *Article Update*
Make a Lion Bootable DVD / Flash Drive / SD Card In One Click. Create an installed in just one click.  Click the link to read our article on this.

Some of your questions sent in via the Yell US! Form

Q.  How can I rip lion to USB?
A.  Follow our guide above.

Q.  How is Lions finder different?
A.   Well, the first thing you will notice, is the lack of any colour on the standard menu items on the left-hand side. When you open mind in the new light on you will see the default screen is to show the most recently updated files in specific areas.  There are of course LOTS more to finder than we’ve covered such as collapsing icons etc.

Q.  How to check applications will run with lion?
A.   There are a few websites that will list applications compatible with a Lion  however our recommended method is to use Xslimmer  and slim your applications  to Intel only, preferably 64-bit.    there are a few such as Billings  that will complain they need a Java runtime. In situations like that just sit back and wait for an update.   Here is our handy guide on how to check your applications are Lion  compatible.

Q.   What does the Mac OSX lion installation screens look like?
A.   See our installation gallery here

For those interested in running Lion on a Hackintosh -based system that her a few projects coming up shortly where we will cover this. If anyone has an Nvidia graphics cards they would like to dedicate to the cause we would love you forever 😀

How to check your apps will work with Lion

“To see a list of all the applications on your Mac that will go phutt when you upgrade to Lion, hold down the Option key, click on the Apple menu, and select System Profiler.

In the window that appears, select the Applications entry, which appears under the Software heading.

Click on the Kind column to sort your applications by kind (meaning Classic, Intel, PowerPC, and Universal).

Seek out any that read Classic or PowerPC.

These are the applications that will be incompatible with Lion. (Those Classic applications are also incompatible with Snow Leopard.)”

Another way to do this is to run Xslimmer and let it check what architecture you are presently running. If it doesn’t say Intel then it wont.

How To Capture a Screen Shot with Mac OS

Another small How Do I? Goodness that came about from my own need of knowing this information.  If you ever wondered How do I do a desktop grab without using Grab or Imagewell, here’s how we do it.
Taskbar How To Capture a Screen Shot with Mac OS
Why do it this way?  In our Radium article we needed to capture something form teh Mac menuBar.  Of course every time we clicked off it we lost the shot we wanted.  This is a nice work around for that.
Apple Headphones

Take Pictures With Your iPhone’s Headset Using iOS 5

Apple Headphones Take Pictures With Your iPhone’s Headset Using iOS 5

It seems that uncle Steve at the WWDC kept this little nugget of information nice and quiet.

In the new IOS five there will be the ability to use to volume up button on your Apple device to take a picture.  In much the same way you can use the volume up button on the actual handset, it seems, that you can do exactly the same using your in-line headsets as well.

Of course you will need a pair of earbuds or third-party headphones that support Apple’s volume up and volume down functionality to get this to work (but whatever you do don’t get these LINK)

This feature is going to make those e-mail holding a camera at arms length shots become even more commonplace but I suppose it will take steadier shots as you can place your iPhone on a stable surface and snap away.