Help installing Haiku on USB Thumb Drive

I downloaded the anyboot image and trying to install on a 520MB Thumb Drive. I get a message there is no file or directory. I have placed the file on the first level of my Mac OS X 10.6 hard drive. The file came over after download with a alpha in the name so I changed it to just the haiku-anyboot.image.
My USB Thumb Drive is dev/dev2 by the way. I typed the diskutil list to see that and then unmount it per instructions.

Here is my typing on the OS X Terminal App.

Thomas-Ferreiras-Mac-mini:/ macsociety$ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk2
Unmount of all volumes on disk2 was successful
Thomas-Ferreiras-Mac-mini:/ macsociety$ sudo dd if=path/to/haiku-anyboot.image of=/dev/disk2 bs=1m
dd: path/to/haiku-anyboot.image: No such file or directory
Thomas-Ferreiras-Mac-mini:/ macsociety$

Any tips would be great!


seems it can’t find your haiku-anyboot.image. Either wrong path or file name. Remove “path/to/” and just use haiku-anyboot.image. Don’t think you need the path if you’re in same directory as image file. Check the file name spelling with that on your hard drive to be sure they match.

Yes, after typing this I figured that out. hehehe. I will try to move to that directory and type it and see what happens. Thanks…tj

Well, path now correct and it erased the USB Thumb Drive and did something to it as now OS X does not see it anymore. Unfortunately, holding down OPTION at boot does not show the USB Thumb Drive as a boot option. So, if it could work on a Mac, there must be something else needing to be done to allow the drive to be seen at boot holding down OPTION. Kind of like that Bootcamp deal they did for Windows install.

So, right now no luck on either a Mac Mini or Macbook Air using a Thumb Drive.

Maybe I can try downloading the ISO and burning a CD and see what happens.


Well, CD was created. Mac Mini hangs at Haiku splash screen. Macbook Air, first generation, looked very promising. Booted from CD, got past Haiku splash screen, and ended at the boot Live CD or Install screen. The screen looked weired though. 3/4 looked fine, the other 1/4 was like a off mirror image. Boot Live did not work. Started, then gave me some kpe or kde boot prompt screen or debug screen. Ended there and I had to reboot. Maybe I will try a install next time to see if I can install in the actual hdd but that will have to come some other time. For now, I booted my VMWare 2.x and running Haiku right now from my MBair this way with fans blowing faster than normal.

Anyway, MBair looked promising booting from Live CD but no go.

VMware option is OK, slow though. I can seethe window draw behind itselt as I drag it around. I am sure on a real system it would not do this. tj

Weird screen likely from Intel graphics driver. Use fail safe to bypass & use VESA graphics driver. Also, other options in safe mode that you can disable that should allow you to fully boot. You’re very close to booting Haiku from sounds of it.

For fail safe. Hold down SHIFT key at the very start when booting. You’ll get into a boot screen with different options. Choose use failsafe graphics driver + a screen resolution (ie: 1024x768x32). Do both and that should solve the weird screen. The debug screen happens when something causes Haiku to crash - maybe driver was loading and crashed the OS - reporting the bug (taking digital pictures) with bt output would get it looked at by developer. Using fail safe options may let you boot fully into Haiku. Play with them.

Running Haiku natively is way better than in virtual machine. I do both and know this to be true.
Other MacBooks also working but I think this one is closest to yours.

I agree with Tonestone57, I had to install Haiku countless times over a period of weeks for it to run on VirtualBox. It does, it’s a question of tweaking and mucho patience.

I was wondering if anyone cracked Bootcamp to run Haiku, which I’m sure only allows windoze?

p.s., on your Mac, did the Finder see your USB? The best thing to do then is to go to your USB files and run the terminal directly from there. It always avoids the LS pathway mistakes.


I’ve used this program by StreakX to easily create bootable USB drives…

No luck. Holding down the SHIFT does get me into that safe mode BUT the keyboard on the Macbook Air goes dead. No keys do anything. 8-(

Oh well, such is life.


I may try the Mac Mini 2010 model again with a wired mouse and keyboard and try to get into that safe mode.


Same thing happens to me on my Dell (x86) notebook - keyboard does not work in Haiku. So I use a USB keyboard for it with Haiku. USB keyboard should work for you too but I hear that only 1 of the USB ports on Macs work properly with Haiku.

For Mac Mini, you can try with wireless first (I assume that’s what you have) and if no work, go to wired keyboard & mouse (usb or ps/2).

I hear I also should wrap some aluminum foil around my cranium also and pat my head while rubbing my belly before turn it all on. hehehehe

That is sure something I miss with the BeBox and PPC times of BeOS. Back then we had only the BeBox and a select few Macs it worked one so when one would buy BeOS, it was a much easier time turning on the switch and booting to ultra fast BeOS.

I like Haiku for what is seems to be but like the olden days of more “locked in” PC options so we had much less guessing and more time computing.

Too bad Haiku could not do what the Amiga platform has done where there are a couple companies that make AmigaOS based systems and you have a much more “out of the box” computing experience. Would be sweet if the market, or that it at least had a market to do this. I for one would spend oodless of $$ on a upgraded BeBox experience, even if it was Intel based. I prefer PPC myself but have no issues using Intel, since my Mini and MBair has Intel.

But, bring back an BeBox. :sunglasses: Or should I say HaikuBOX