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There are many great tutorials on the web for using a Mac to install Mac OS X Snow Leopard on a PC. Unfortunately, you may be unable to follow such tutorials if you do not readily have access to a Mac to perform the preparation necessary for the installation.

Great progress has been made in hacking PCs to run OS X, and it is now possible to install Mac OS X without a Mac. Thanks to some great tools put together by some brilliant hackers, it is also much easier and does not involve nearly as much time and effort as was once required.

Step 1: Getting The Hardware Ready

I recently purchased the following set of hardware for the purposes of building a Hackintosh (often PCs running Mac OS X are referred to as such):

The motherboard has an 8-pin power connector on it, and although it is possible to connect a single 4-pin connector to it, you may encounter odd issues running with just a single 4-pin connector. To ensure that you provide sufficient power to the board, you should purchase the 4-pin to 8-pin power adapter. Alternatively, you could purchase a power supply with 3x 4-pin connectors (1 for the 20+4-pin main connector, and 2 for the 8-pin connection) or an 8-pin connector.

I did not purchase a hard drive or video card, as I used some I already had from another PC, but you will need those items as well. As of the time this article was written, you can get a 1TB drive shipped for $75 and an NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT video card for $65.

I also purchased v10.6.3 of OS X Snow Leopard retail DVD for a mere $29 (was about $35 with shipping & handling).

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All-in-all, the full system (without monitor) will run you around $600 (you could also add a 22″ monitor for $170). You could certainly try doing it even cheaper with different hardware, but you’ll need to figure out the appropriate changes to make in the BIOS and boot loader installation.

I did my best to put together a fairly modern system for a very reasonable price. Having used this set of hardware, I can affirm that it runs OS X Snow Leopard very well. Without a doubt, $600 – $800 is a far cry from what you would spend on an equivalent Mac from Apple. Granted it won’t be as compact or pretty as an iMac, but it will be just as functional.

Step 2: Putting The Hardware Together

If you purchase the hardware I used, along with a hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce video card, you should be able to follow the instructions exactly as I’ve laid them out. If you’ve never built a PC before but are willing to give it a try, you’ll definitely want to check out The Idiot’s Ultimate Guide to Build Your Own PC. It is a step-by-step guide to building your own PC, with plenty of photos to help you out.

You can try following this tutorial with existing hardware you have as well, although you may need to make adjustments when configuring the BIOS and installing the boot loader. The more modern your hardware is, the better the chances are it will work for you. It would be best if you have a 64-bit Intel dual-core (or quad-core) processor, although an older CPU might still work as well. I would recommend NVIDIA GeForce video card, but ATI cards should work too.

Step 3: Prepare The Boot Disk

In addition to the hardware and a retail copy of Mac OS X Snow Leopard, you’ll also need a blank CD. You may want to use a rewritable CD if you’re using a different hardware configuration, just in case the first one I recommend doesn’t work for you. There are two boot disk images that will allow you to install OS X directly from the installation DVD:

  • iBoot (by tonymacx86 and MacMan)
  • Empire EFI (by Prasys)

I successfully used both of them with my hardware setup. However I recommend you try iBoot first, as it is a bit leaner and doesn’t take as long to boot. If you’re using my hardware configuration, be sure to download the iBoot Supported disk image. If you use Empire EFI, download the Empire EFI v1.085 R2 image.

You can use one of many free programs to burn CDs The Best, Free Alternatives to Nero CD/DVD Burner The Best, Free Alternatives to Nero CD/DVD Burner Read More if you don’t have one. Be sure to use the disk image burning mode in your CD burning software. Do not just simply copy the disk image file to a blank CD. I like InfraRecorder, because it makes this very easy. All you have to do is click the Write Image button, select the image, and burn it. Once again, you may wish to use rewritable media if you’re using a different hardware configuration than mine.

Step 4: Bios Configuration

Fortunately, the Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 does not require a lot of configuration to run Mac OS X. When you first turn on or reboot the machine, press the delete key to enter the BIOS setup. You can just load the Optimized Defaults, and just make a few changes within three sections of the bios: Advanced BIOS Features, Integrated Peripherals, and Power Management Setup.

4.1 – First, go to Advanced BIOS Features and set the First Boot Device to CDROM. I have my USB drive as the second drive and then Hard Disk as third – you can configure yours the same way if you wish to ever boot from a USB drive. Just be sure that Hard Disk is the Second Boot Device or Third Boot Device.

4.2 – Next, configure SATA to run in AHCI mode in the Integrated Peripherals menu. You’ll need to set both PCH SATA Control Mode and Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode to AHCI.

4.3 – Finally, go to Power Management Setup and set the HPET Mode to 64-bit mode.

Step 5: Installing Mac OS X

5.1 – Insert the iBoot (or Empire EFI) boot disk.

5.2 – When you see screen below, eject the disk.

5.3 – Insert the Retail Mac OS X Snow Leopard DVD, wait a few seconds, and press F5.

5.4 – When you see the screen below, select Mac OS X Install DVD (it should already be selected) and press Enter.

5.5 – If all goes well, you should eventually see the language selection screen for the installer. If all did not go well and you do not make it to the language selection screen, try downloading a different version of iBoot or Empire EFI.

5.6 – Select your language and click the arrow to proceed.

5.7 – Next, you need to partition your drive. Click on Utilities > Disk Utility.

5.8 – Select your disk drive.

5.9 – Click Partition.

5.10 – Select 1 Partition for the partition scheme. Note: If you have a drive that is larger than 2 TB, do not create partitions larger than 1 TB. Split the drive into multiple partitions, and be sure the main installation partition is 1 TB or smaller.

5.11 – Enter a name for the partition (I used Hackintosh).

5.12Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the Format.

5.13 – Click Options…, select GUID Partition Table, and then click OK.

5.14 – Click Apply.

5.15 – Quit Disk Utility and proceed with the installation. Install on the Hackintosh partition.

Step 6: Installing the Boot Loader

Do not fret when you reboot after the installation and get a boot error, as you will need to first boot the machine with iBoot (or Empire EFI). Eject the Mac OS X Snow Leopard install DVD, put your boot CD back into the drive, and reboot the machine. Now when you boot up, you should see a second choice for your installation partition (Hackintosh if you named it that way). Select the Hackintosh partition and press Enter to boot into OS X.

Once you’ve completed the first-run setup, open up Safari and download Multibeast. Multibeast is another superb tool by tonymacx86 and MacMan that makes it stupid easy to install the boot loader, along with all the drivers necessary for your Hackintosh to function properly.

In addition to downloading Multibeast, you will need to download the DSDT for the Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 and copy it to the desktop. Be sure to save it as

DSDT.aml

. Launch Multibeast and make the following selections (your choices will differ if you have a different motherboard/hardware configuration):

  • UserDSDT
  • System Utilities
  • Advanced Options > Kexts > Audio > LegacyHDA > ALC889
  • Advanced Options > Kexts > Graphics > NVEnabler
  • Advanced Options > Kexts > Network > RealtekR1000SL
  • Advanced Options > Patched Kernels > 10.3.1 Supported Kernel

After MultiBeast finishes installing, eject the iBoot CD and reboot the system. You should be able to boot right up from the hard drive, and all your devices should work just fine.

Step 7: Getting Started with Your New Mac

So what now? Most certainly you’ll want to check out 5 apps to get more out of your new Mac 5 Apps To Get More Out Of Your NEW Mac 5 Apps To Get More Out Of Your NEW Mac Read More as well as 15 must-have apps for your Mac 15 Must-Have Free Apps For Your Mac & Giveaway 15 Must-Have Free Apps For Your Mac & Giveaway Read More . In fact, you should probably just go ahead and browse the entire Mac section on MakeUseOf, as you’ll find a wealth of great free stuff for your new Mac in there. And most importantly make sure to download MakeUseOf’s getting started manual for Mac. Highly recommended for switchers.

If ever you encounter into problems with your new Mac, you can always seek help from MakeUseOf Answers.

If you have any problems installing Mac OS X on your PC, just post a comment right here and we’ll do what we can to help. Just be sure to provide as much information about the hardware you’re using:

  • Motherboard make and model (i.e. Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3)
  • CPU model (i.e. Intel Core i3-530 )
  • GPU model (i.e. NVIDIA GeForce 9900 GT)

I never managed to get sleep to work. When I try to put the computer to sleep, it sort of goes into a coma. The fans never shut down and the machine doesn’t wake up when you press the power button. If you manage to get sleep to work with my hardware configuration, please do feel free to share your solution in the comments on this article.

There are also many great forums and sites out there that provide a lot of information and assistance with running Mac OS X on PC. Here are just a few you may want to check out:

If you do seek assistance from any of these or similar resources, be sure to search for your problem before posting it. You will be flamed to no end if you ask a question that has already been answered. Another tip for posting in these forums: never call it a MAC (in all caps) instead of a Mac, or you will solicit many abusive responses. Mac is an abbreviation not an acronym.

Here are a few more links that provide tools and files to help you set up a Hackintosh on hardware other than what I’ve mentioned here:

  • myHack – Another bootloader/kext installer, similar to Multibeast
  • Kexts.com – A good resource for downloading Kexts (device drivers)
  • Kext Helper – A tool that makes it easy to install new Kexts
  • Kext Utility – A tool to ensure proper kext installation
  • Chamelon Boot Loader – The boot loader that pretty much all the boot disks out there use (including iBoot and Empire EFI).
  • netkas PC EFI – Used in combination with Chameleon to provide maximum compatibility for booting OS X. Most boot disks use this as well.
  • BootCDMaker (French) – Utility (for Mac) to create your own custom boot disks

A million thanks to tonymacx86 and MacMan for developing iBoot and Multibeast to make installing Mac OS X Snow Leopard on PC a piece of cake. Enjoy your new Hackintosh and let us know what you think of it!

Disclosure Statement: Please note that the links to the hardware in this article are affiliate links. MakeUseOf will earn a small commission on any purchases you make. Commissions earned will support the staff of MakeUseOf and allow us to continue to bringing you more great articles.

Disclaimer: Please note that running Mac OS X Snow Leopard on hardware other than a Macintosh is against the Mac OS X End User License Agreement (EULA). If you have concerns about this, you may wish to read Is Making Your Own Hackintosh Legal? By installing Mac OS X you are in breach of a contract (breaking a contract is not the same as breaking the law). As long as you own a legal copy of the software, you are not in violation of copyright law.

  1. Nathan
    November 30, 2016 at 8:48 am

    i have the following specs will I be able to do this?
    Mobo : MSI H81-E34
    CPU: Pentium G3260 3.3ghz dual core
    GPU: Gigabyte GT720M 1GB
    RAM: 16Gb DDR3
    PSU: 750W

  2. Marcis
    August 10, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    can i install on my pc
    i5-2450 2.5ghz
    8gb ddr2
    500 gb hdd
    intel hd 3000/AMD Radeon HD 7400M Series 1gb (switchable)?

  3. manoj kumar
    July 11, 2016 at 7:22 am

    hi...
    i am using intel dh55tc motherboard
    4 gb ddr 3 ram
    1 tb hardisk
    can i able to install Hackintosh...plse reply me my email id is manoj.cs32@gmail.com

  4. DedoGamingONE
    June 23, 2016 at 2:46 am

    I have a i5 520m, nvidia nvs 3100m with 256mb of gddr3 ram, 6gb of ddr3 ram, 320gb hard drive (37.6gb for mac os x) and a 14 inch screen. Will it work on this?

  5. Mereck
    June 22, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Can I run Mac OS with:
    Intel Core I5
    6 GB of memory
    750 gb of space
    73 gb reserved for MAC OS
    UEFI system

    • SAiF
      July 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Most assymetric config i have ever seen

  6. Matt
    June 3, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Do I need VT-x for this?

  7. SAINATH
    June 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

    My Pc contains Asus P5QPL-AM motherboard
    4gb ddr2 ram
    1TB hard disk
    Raedon DDR3 2 gb graphic card of hd 6670 series

    can u please tell can i install mac os in it and if yes can you please tell me the bios settings.

    Thanks in advance.
    Sainath

  8. Tohidur
    May 31, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Hackintosh Installation

    Can i install Hackintosh

    My system is :

    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-H61M S2PV

    Processor: Intel® Pentium® Processor G2030 (3M Cache, 3.00 GHz) (3rd Generation)

    RAM: 2GB 1333 BUS

    Intel HD 4000 Graphics

    Please answer me.................

    I install Niresh Mac os 10.8.5 and that problem fetch .......

    After installation this view but can't open............

    How can i solved this problem.

  9. 5t243wr
    March 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Note

  10. Michelle
    February 14, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I have one PC without a hard drive & CPU how I can install in the Ram?

    • devilage
      May 27, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      wtf of question?

      • Ali
        May 30, 2016 at 5:50 pm

        :))

  11. prachi
    February 8, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Hey i just tried to install mac ox mavericks on my windows laptop in a virtual box....but its showing no bootable drive found...i made a bootable usb of mac ox mavericks using windows only....do i need mac system to boot a usb for it....?

    • devilage
      May 27, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Yes or you can try with transmac or find a .iso yosmite for dvd

  12. srinath
    February 2, 2016 at 2:04 am

    i hav a pc with i5 4440 3.1 ghz 4gb ram asrock motherboard but i don't hav any graphics card still can i able to install it on my pc

    • devilage
      May 27, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Your i5 have HD Graphics 4600 but the mother must have a vga connection..

  13. shashwat
    December 22, 2015 at 11:28 am

    i think admin does not help people asking for help here to install mac os. i have also one question that if i install leopard on my dell laptop can i further update to latest el capitan os

    • Eli
      January 17, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      You need snow leopard OS X 10.6(.6) to update to El Capitan

  14. ravan.brahma.rakshas.2
    October 28, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Hi. i have a new pc with AMD CPU, do you think if i follow these, mac os will install or not? if not, then, how about i make a virtual pc inside it, then i stall mac is under virtual environment. i have not done it yet, but i intend to use virtualBox. then it whould do? how about any of these two options? thanks.

  15. kennan trevyn zenjaya
    October 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    hi
    my laptop comfiguration is
    intel core i5 5200U
    NVIDIA GEFORCE 930m
    4GB DDR3
    with windows 10 operating system
    can i instal mac os x on my laptop?
    thanks please help me

  16. Sajeesh Namboothiri
    July 22, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Hi,
    This is my laptop configuration, I can upgrade my memory upto 16 GB. Do you think I can install OSX on my laptop ? Also is it illegal installing Mac on non Mac machine ?

    Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3110M CPU @ 2.40 Ghz
    Ram 2.00 GB

    X64 based processor

    Do you think I can develop ios app's on a non mac pc ?
    Thanks for your help

    • ravan.brahma.rakshas.2
      October 28, 2015 at 2:33 am

      illegal? are you cncerned about legal and illegal in india? hah? nice joke bro. you made my day.

      • Sajeesh Namboothiri
        October 28, 2015 at 8:55 am

        Why Indians dont use legal products ? What is the joke ? You made me laugh

  17. Cdub
    May 6, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Can I do this on a PC that has no OS on it already, just a blank OEM?

  18. Tim
    April 23, 2015 at 5:20 am

    One of the main reasons i want to install mac on my pc is because of the security of viruses will installing the mac system on the pc work the same way as a mac would and not having the problem of viruses and virus scanning programs?

    • Bharadwaj Raju
      October 31, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Of course. Only the OS matters, Tim. Remember, though, that even Macs can get viruses. If your only need is a virus-free OS and you do not need any Windows-and-Mac-only programs, I recommend you Elementary OS. Enter 0 in the custom price box and hit 'Download Freya', then, if you have a 32-bit CPU (very old PCs),click 'Freya 32-bit' or for a 64-bit CPU, click 'Freya 64-bit. The download size is very small, only 900 MB or so.

      Website : elementary.io

  19. Ismail Hossain
    February 2, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Is it work?

  20. adithi
    January 21, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Sir, can you tell the latest (the available) configuration for an assembled pc with i5 4th generation to install Hakintosh ? and installing apps like FCP and color possible?

    I it possible to install both windows and Hackintosh as dual os ? please help,its urgent

  21. Memee4eva
    August 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I have a GTX280 graphic card, will it work with OS X ? will it work perfect just like how it works in windows? because I've been looking around for GTX280 mac drivers before I follow your instructions

    • GeekLad
      August 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm

      As far as I know, any GeForce card should work fine.

  22. Gobbyparts
    August 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Man, this post is some good stuff! I was wondering if there's anyway to split up the 6gb dmg image file onto 2 4.7gb dvds? I don't have a dual layer disk laying around. Thanks for the help in advance!

    • GeekLad
      August 23, 2010 at 1:33 am

      No, it all needs to reside within a single disc/image.

  23. Jeremiah Beaudry
    August 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    booo, not working for me!! same hardware as you pretty much exactly.

    i installed and i have a feeling since this 10.3.1 option kernel is not available it led to this, but when I reboot, it shows the boot screen with hackintosh on it, says press any key for boot options, then after it starts to load i see small text that says something about the "Hibernate image is too old.... etc.." and it auto reboots.

    did you ever come across something similar and know what i should do to unjam myself here? thanks. i'll try the forums too, but i figured with such similar hardware, you might have insight possibly... thanks again!

  24. GeekLad
    August 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Check/ask in the tonymac forum. I don't have any experience with Mac OS X
    on those systems.

  25. Hacking Noob
    August 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I am looking at a few laptops (dell studio 15, HP envy 14, Lenovo Ideapad Y460) are any of these hackintosh-able?

    • GeekLad
      August 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm

      Check/ask in the tonymac forum. I don't have any experience with Mac OS X
      on those systems.

  26. Jeremiah Beaudry
    August 19, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Any success getting your computer to sleep yet? I have the same hardware setup as you....

    • GeekLad
      August 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      No, unfortunately I never had any luck with it.

      • Jeremiah Beaudry
        August 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm

        Have you seen any good posts on those forums for the best hardware setups for compatibility? Or any tips how to search for said "best compatible setup" to allow sleep mode, and all other normal functionality? Sorry if that's too magnanimous a question.....

      • Jeremiah Beaudry
        August 20, 2010 at 9:10 pm

        By the way, Multibeast has updated, and the part about selecting Optional Kernel 10.3.1 is no longer available. The new options available read quite differently from what 10.3.1 said, it appears to be unnecessary? Any insight into that at all?

      • Jeremiah Beaudry
        August 20, 2010 at 9:22 pm

        booo, not working for me!! same hardware as you pretty much exactly. i installed and i have a feeling since this 10.3.1 option kernel is not available it led to this, but when I reboot, it shows the boot screen with hackintosh on it, says press any key for boot options, then after it starts to load i see small text that says something about the "Hibernate image is too old.... etc.." and it auto reboots.did you ever come across something similar and know what i should do to unjam myself here? thanks. i'll try the forums too, but i figured with such similar hardware, you might have insight possibly... thanks again!

        • GeekLad
          August 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm

          Did you try different versions of iBoot (NVIDIA/ATI vs. the Supported), or perhaps Empire EFI to see if you have better luck?

  27. GiX
    August 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    will this work on Gigabyte GA-H57M-USB3 Motherboard ?

    • GeekLad
      August 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm

      Probably, but you may want to confirm in the message boards.

  28. GeekLad
    August 5, 2010 at 4:06 am

    I do not believe iBoot will work on AMD CPUs. For that, you'll have to try
    Empire EFI.

  29. Thys
    August 5, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Does it work on AMD CPUs?

    • GeekLad
      August 5, 2010 at 2:06 am

      I do not believe iBoot will work on AMD CPUs. For that, you'll have to try
      Empire EFI.

  30. Wisa_lfg
    July 10, 2010 at 8:31 am

    great but this doesn't work on a GigaByte GA-G41M-ES2L MotherBoard Because it doesn't have the same BIOS configuration

  31. GeekLad
    July 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    You won't be able to do it without a CD / DVD drive. The iBoot disk image
    must be placed on a disc.

  32. Kim Sharma
    July 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Hi, thanks for the detailed description! I bought the exact mobo + a corei5 650. I looked at the lifehacker guide - since I dont have a CD / DVD drive... is there a way to combine iBoot on the same bootable USB (a la lifehacker) so I dont need a separate CD + DVD step?
    Thanks.

    Never mind- I found it... you can make iBoot via USB. looking here: http://www.tonymacx86.com/view...

  33. GeekLad
    July 6, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I'm not sure, but you should be able to revert to the 10.6.3 sound kext. I
    would suggest going to Tonymac's forum and see if others have had similar
    issues. They may have already posted a solution for it over there.

  34. Icu2nite
    July 6, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Sound is not working after updating 10.6.4, anybody know why?

    • GeekLad
      July 6, 2010 at 7:11 pm

      I'm not sure, but you should be able to revert to the 10.6.3 sound kext. I
      would suggest going to Tonymac's forum and see if others have had similar
      issues. They may have already posted a solution for it over there.

  35. GeekLad
    June 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    There's really only two ways to find out:

    * Post on the forums listed above to see if anyone has tried
    * Try it out yourself

    The latest versions of iBoot and Multibeast do have better support for the i3/i5/i7 CPUs. However, I'm not sure about the integrated graphics accelerator. That may pose issues.

    Again, I would suggest reading the forums to see if anyone has installed on your hardware or similar hardware. If not, post your system specs and inquire if anyone has installed on your system.

  36. Scott Xvavier Butler
    June 27, 2010 at 5:26 am

    hello, I have a DELL Inspiron i1764-60750
    The Spec for my Laptop are as follows:

    *Intel Core Processor i5-430M (2.53GHz Turbo Mode, 3MB Cache)
    *4GB Memory in which I'm upgrading to 8GB of Memory Tomorrow..
    *1TB Hard Drive
    *DVD+/RW Drive
    * Integrated Wireless-N Card
    * Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD, and
    * Integrated Webcam.

    I would like to know how to install and run OS X 10.5 or newer on this PC.
    Is it a different process from the way it was explained here because of the specs of my computer? or can I follow exactly how you explained it? And will I be able to use my Integrated Wireless N card and Integrated Webcam once the installation is completed.

  37. Scott Xvavier Butler
    June 27, 2010 at 3:26 am

    hello, I have a DELL Inspiron i1764-60750
    The Spec for my Laptop are as follows:

    *Intel Core Processor i5-430M (2.53GHz Turbo Mode, 3MB Cache)
    *4GB Memory in which I'm upgrading to 8GB of Memory Tomorrow..
    *1TB Hard Drive
    *DVD+/RW Drive
    * Integrated Wireless-N Card
    * Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD, and
    * Integrated Webcam.

    I would like to know how to install and run OS X 10.5 or newer on this PC.
    Is it a different process from the way it was explained here because of the specs of my computer? or can I follow exactly how you explained it? And will I be able to use my Integrated Wireless N card and Integrated Webcam once the installation is completed.

    • GeekLad
      June 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm

      There's really only two ways to find out:* Post on the forums listed above to see if anyone has tried* Try it out yourselfThe latest versions of iBoot and Multibeast do have better support for the i3/i5/i7 CPUs. However, I'm not sure about the integrated graphics accelerator. That may pose issues.Again, I would suggest reading the forums to see if anyone has installed on your hardware or similar hardware. If not, post your system specs and inquire if anyone has installed on your system.

  38. lip
    June 25, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    i have a prob.
    when i get language screen my mouse does not work then :(
    i cant go to disk utility
    plz help

  39. lip
    June 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    i have a prob.
    when i get language screen my mouse does not work then :(
    i cant go to disk utility
    plz help

    • GeekLad
      June 25, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      Use a USB mouse. I think others have encountered issues with PS/2 mice.

  40. Chris Chang
    June 19, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    for the graphics card, is Geforce GT 220 supported? It's 1GB DDR3 and I want to know if the HDMI is supported.

    • GeekLad
      June 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      I think it should work, but I don't know for certain. I would recommend checking the Hardware Compatibility List.

      • Chris Chang
        June 21, 2010 at 4:26 am

        after looking at the list, I've got a GTS250 at last. btw, im having the same stuff as you now, but I need to use RAID for my 2 hard drives, how am i going to set up this during the installation?

        • GeekLad
          June 22, 2010 at 3:03 am

          I haven't the foggiest idea how to set up RAID with OS X, but I will tell you that you probably won't be able to create partitions larger than 1GB. If >1GB partitions on a single-drive configuration have issues, they'll likely pose problems for a RAID configuration as well.

        • Chris Chang
          June 22, 2010 at 11:51 am

          I got a problem here. I keep getting instant reboot when loading the MacOS install disk using the iBoot supported, how do i fix this problem?

        • GeekLad
          June 23, 2010 at 3:41 am

          It sounds as though you may be using the wrong disk image. Did you download/burn the iBoot Supported disk image?

        • Chris Chang
          June 23, 2010 at 5:36 am

          here's my situation. I have tried using the iBoot supported disk image and i almost succeed for the installation, but... after the "welcome video with many languages", my keyboard and mouse are not working and the the setup prompts me that I need to plug in my keyboard while I have plugged in already. Please help me....

        • GeekLad
          June 24, 2010 at 2:53 am

          Are you using a PS/2 mouse/keyboard? I think there may be issues with them, so if that's what you're using, try a USB mouse/kb.

  41. Dan Graham
    June 16, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Hi all, I would like to extend to my thanks for this howto. I am happy to report that I have completed the install and all seems good. I would like to make one suggestion. The howto instructs us to download the DSDT file and you have kindly provided a link. However no mention was made about renaming the file to DSDT.aml on the Desktop. As such Multibeast fails to install everything properly which borks the installation. It took some time for me to discover this. Regardless If you could edit the howto to reflect this minor but important detail it would likely be of help to other Hackintosh NUBES like myself.

    All the best, Dan

  42. Dan Graham
    June 16, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Hi all, I would like to extend to my thanks for this howto. I am happy to report that I have completed the install and all seems good. I would like to make one suggestion. The howto instructs us to download the DSDT file and you have kindly provided a link. However no mention was made about renaming the file to DSDT.aml on the Desktop. As such Multibeast fails to install everything properly which borks the installation. It took some time for me to discover this. Regardless If you could edit the howto to reflect this minor but important detail it would likely be of help to other Hackintosh NUBES like myself.

    All the best, Dan

    • GeekLad
      June 16, 2010 at 2:23 am

      Spot on Dan. I've updated the instructions to add that crucial step. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  43. Icu2nite
    June 15, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Also geekbench score 6905
    i5 670 with ddr3 4gb

  44. Icu2nite
    June 15, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Also geekbench score 6905
    i5 670 with ddr3 4gb

  45. Icu2nite
    June 15, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Just finished install snow leopard 10.6.3 on h55m-usb3, everything work out of the box. Audio, 8800GTS, NiC card. Until I update with multibeast with legacy audio, that when my onboard audio stop working.

    • GeekLad
      June 15, 2010 at 10:26 am

      You may need to select the proper audio output. Go to the sound preferences and change the output device. Also try different combinations of output jacks. You can try playing a Youtube video or something as you try different jacks, and eventually you should find the right one.

      • Icu2nite
        June 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm

        Audio is not showing up in the syspref pane.

        • GeekLad
          June 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm

          It should be under Hardware > Sound

  46. usb flash drive
    June 15, 2010 at 7:24 am

    It seems like a whole lotta trouble, and you miss out on cool. Just buy a Mac. It may be cheaper in the long run you will understand our problem and the time equation, and you will not look like such a Geek.

  47. farns
    June 13, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Just thought i would post back, after trying several ways i got it working, but for the fun of it tried E EFI which worked just fine with external drive with out any mods.

    I am now running in to the problem that MultiBeast installation is failing and will not finish tried it a couple times already with what you have as options.

  48. farns
    June 11, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    hey I am using the same setup as you same hardware every thing, the only thing i am doing different is using a USB HD rather then the disc it self ( family pack disc is at parents ) the hd restore from disc is fine. the drive shows up and i select it but nothing happens it just sits. i waited about 10 min to make sure. any ideas?

    • GeekLad
      June 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm

      Did you properly put the installation image onto the USB drive using another Mac? I think it should work fine via USB drive with the installation image, although I haven't tried it.

      • farns
        June 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm

        Just thought i would post back, after trying several ways i got it working, but for the fun of it tried E EFI which worked just fine with external drive with out any mods.

        I am now running in to the problem that MultiBeast installation is failing and will not finish tried it a couple times already with what you have as options.

        • farns
          June 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm

          RofL! i got it, Turns out that if you Download the .aml file as you normally would on a mac by going to download linked file it puts a hidden .txt after the aml remove that and you are G2g.

  49. idc
    June 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    "I did not purchase a hard drive or video card, as I used some I already had from another PC, but you will need those items as well"

    For the P55 Gigabyte mobos this would be correct. But for the H55 mobos you do not need a separate video card. The H55 series boards have on board VGA capability when combined with the I3-530 CPU.

  50. idc
    June 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    "I did not purchase a hard drive or video card, as I used some I already had from another PC, but you will need those items as well"

    For the P55 Gigabyte mobos this would be correct. But for the H55 mobos you do not need a separate video card. The H55 series boards have on board VGA capability when combined with the I3-530 CPU.

    • GeekLad
      June 10, 2010 at 11:26 am

      That's correct, but OS X support for the onboard video for the i3/i5 is very limited. I think it is possible to get it working with quite a bit of hacking effort. I attempted to get it to work before giving into using my nVidia card, but had no luck. I don't think Multibeast has support for it, so you're on your own trying to get it to work.

  51. Primax
    June 7, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Thank you!

    I have been looking to get into iPhone development but my not wanting to buy a mac has always been the barrier to entry. Consider it solved!

  52. Primax
    June 7, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Thank you!

    I have been looking to get into iPhone development but my not wanting to buy a mac has always been the barrier to entry. Consider it solved!

  53. domenicD
    June 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Working perfectly now except for hanging during sleep as you indicated. Any chance the SleepEnabler.kext floating around helps?

    DOM

  54. Anonymous
    June 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Working perfectly now except for hanging during sleep as you indicated. Any chance the SleepEnabler.kext floating around helps?

    DOM

    • GeekLad
      June 7, 2010 at 12:25 am

      It's worth a shot. I need to dig a bit deeper into some of the threads that discuss getting sleep to work. I was under the impression that having the DSDT would do the trick, but something is amiss. If you do manage to get it working, please let me know what you did and I'll update the article.

  55. themaus
    June 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Do I need to use retail disk of Snow Leo or is here a chance to succeed with 10.5.x version?

    • GeekLad
      June 7, 2010 at 12:22 am

      I think it will only work with Snow Leopard releases, as far as I know.

  56. Gavin
    June 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Is the following link the correct motherboard as to what you used ? also would the onboard graphics work or would i need the nvidia
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/...

  57. Gavin
    June 6, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Is the following link the correct motherboard as to what you used ? also would the onboard graphics work or would i need the nvidia
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/193509

    • GeekLad
      June 7, 2010 at 12:21 am

      That's the one. You'll probably need an NVIDIA card. I tried to get the onboard graphics built into the i3 CPU to work, but didn't have any luck with it.

  58. GeekLad
    June 6, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Ok, I found the solution and fortunately, it's pretty simple. Just open Finder and Navigate to Hackintosh. Put the Extra folder in the trash. Run MultiBeast, and for the Audio option, select Advanced Options > Kexts > Audio > LegacyHDA > ALC889. Use the 10.3.1 kernel, and you should be good to go.

    I'm going to update the article accordingly. Thanks for letting me know about the issues with MultiBeast 2.0. Fortunately, the update makes things even easier now, as there is no needing to update the com.apple.Boot.plist file. First-time installers shouldn't have to perform the cleanup of removing the VooDooHDA.kext and /Extra. As long as they install it according to the new instructions, shouldn't have any issues.

  59. GeekLad
    June 6, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I've isolated the problem to the audio driver. I'm working on a solution to get sound working. Until then:

    Open Finder
    Navigate to Hackintosh > System > Library > Extensions
    Drag and drop VooDooHDA.kext to the trash
    Reinstall MultiBeast with the 10.3.1 kernel, but do not install the VooDooHDA driver

  60. domenic
    June 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Nope, I did a fresh install as per the guide with the only thing different being the 10.3.1 kernel and I get the panic screen after reboot.

    DOM

  61. domenic
    June 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Nope, I did a fresh install as per the guide with the only thing different being the 10.3.1 kernel and I get the panic screen after reboot.

    DOM

    • GeekLad
      June 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      I've isolated the problem to the audio driver. I'm working on a solution to get sound working. Until then:Open FinderNavigate to Hackintosh > System > Library > ExtensionsDrag and drop VooDooHDA.kext to the trashReinstall MultiBeast with the 10.3.1 kernel, but do not install the VooDooHDA driver

    • GeekLad
      June 6, 2010 at 12:31 am

      Ok, I found the solution and fortunately, it's pretty simple. Just open Finder and Navigate to Hackintosh. Put the Extra folder in the trash. Run MultiBeast, and for the Audio option, select Advanced Options > Kexts > Audio > LegacyHDA > ALC889. Use the 10.3.1 kernel, and you should be good to go.I'm going to update the article accordingly. Thanks for letting me know about the issues with MultiBeast 2.0. Fortunately, the update makes things even easier now, as there is no needing to update the com.apple.Boot.plist file. First-time installers shouldn't have to perform the cleanup of removing the VooDooHDA.kext and /Extra. As long as they install it according to the new instructions, shouldn't have any issues.

  62. domenic
    June 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I ordered the exact hardware from the above shopping list and it arrived yesterday. Everything was going smoothly during the OS build except for a couple of things:

    1 – It seems that just yesterday MultiBeast was upgraded to 2.0. It presented me with a couple of updated versions in the Kexts sections and an additional “10.3.1 Supported Kernel” option. Should I select the new 10.3.1 or stay with 10.3.0 as the guide states for this hardware config?

    2 – After MultiBeast successfully completes the /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist XML file doesn’t have a line exactly like “<string>-v GraphicsEnabler=Yes</string>” as is listed in the guide. Instead the closest match is “<key>GraphicsEnabler</key>”. I tried several variations of monkeying with it to make it look like the guide says but in all cases the box would simply go into the reboot cycle talked about or simply show the general kernel panic screen.

    Any Ideas?

    Thanks,

    DOM

    Full com.apple.Boot.plist file generated after MultiBeast completes:

    <plist version="1.0">
    <dict>
    <key>Kernel</key>
    <string>mach_kernel</string>
    <key>Kernel Flags</key>
    <string>arch=i386</string>
    <key>GraphicsEnabler</key>
    <string>Yes</string>
    <key>Timeout</key>
    <string>1</string>
    <key>Legacy Logo</key>
    <string>Yes</string>
    <key>EthernetBuiltIn</key>
    <string>Yes</string>
    </dict>
    </plist>

  63. domenic
    June 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I ordered the exact hardware from the above shopping list and it arrived yesterday. Everything was going smoothly during the OS build except for a couple of things:

    1 – It seems that just yesterday MultiBeast was upgraded to 2.0. It presented me with a couple of updated versions in the Kexts sections and an additional “10.3.1 Supported Kernel” option. Should I select the new 10.3.1 or stay with 10.3.0 as the guide states for this hardware config?

    2 – After MultiBeast successfully completes the /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist XML file doesn’t have a line exactly like “-v GraphicsEnabler=Yes” as is listed in the guide. Instead the closest match is “GraphicsEnabler”. I tried several variations of monkeying with it to make it look like the guide says but in all cases the box would simply go into the reboot cycle talked about or simply show the general kernel panic screen.

    Any Ideas?

    Thanks,

    DOM

    Full com.apple.Boot.plist file generated after MultiBeast completes:

    Kernel
    mach_kernel
    Kernel Flags
    arch=i386
    GraphicsEnabler
    Yes
    Timeout
    1
    Legacy Logo
    Yes
    EthernetBuiltIn
    Yes

    • GeekLad
      June 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm

      You should be able to use the new 10.3.1 Supported Kernel without making any changes to the com.apple.Boot.plist. Give that a shot, and let me know if it works for you. If so, I'll be sure to update the article with instructions for the new 10.3.1 Supported Kernel.

  64. GeekLad
    June 5, 2010 at 3:00 am

    You could certainly try it on a laptop. One of our writers did attempt to
    use this method on a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4074, but did not have any luck
    getting the Boot CD to properly boot the OS X installation DVD. She will
    likely have to use the USB installation method as described by Lifehacker.

  65. Sue
    June 4, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    This seems like a whole lotta trouble, and you miss out on the cool. Just buy a Mac. In the long run it'll be cheaper if you figure your time and trouble in the equation, and you won't look like such a geek.

  66. GeekLad
    June 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Try the OS X HCL (hardware compatability list) to see if your hardware is listed.

    http://wiki.osx86project.org/w...

  67. GeekLad
    June 4, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Look at the 10.6.3 hardware compatibility list for supported wireless cards.

    http://wiki.osx86project.org/w...

  68. Arjun Bajaj
    June 4, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    hey geeklad,

    i know how to go in the bios....

    but i cant find any place where there's an option to put the sata mode to achi....

    thats the only problem......

    and i also tried iDeneb but that also didn't install on my laptop

  69. Beavis
    June 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Uh...why?

  70. johnny
    June 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I was about to get the pieces to build it but i realized there is nothing about the wifi. Can we add any wifi card?

    thanks for your help.

  71. johnny
    June 4, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I was about to get the pieces to build it but i realized there is nothing about the wifi. Can we add any wifi card?

    thanks for your help.

  72. Don
    June 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    can i use any wireless pci card with the spec you mention on top for networking? which one do you recommended?
    i believe you are using ethernet right, it would be good to have it around with wireless. :)

  73. Don
    June 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    can i use any wireless pci card with the spec you mention on top for networking? which one do you recommended?
    i believe you are using ethernet right, it would be good to have it around with wireless. :)

    • GeekLad
      June 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm

      I'm only using the built-in ethernet, correct. For wireless support, you'll have to find the appropriate kext, depending on what wireless device you're using. Refer to the 10.6.3 HCL (Hardware Compatability List) for a list of supported wireless devices. Often links to the kext files are included.

      • Don
        June 4, 2010 at 5:59 am

        oh, thanks for the link provided. :)

  74. josh
    June 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Do you think this would work on an older IBM thinkpad?

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 8:11 pm

      If it has a Core, Core Duo, Core 2, or Core 2 Duo processor then it may work. If it's older than when those chips came out, you may not have any luck.

  75. Alan V. Sr.
    June 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I have a couple OLD computers sitting around, but I'm using an Acer Aspire 5335-2238. I'm curious to find out if I can do this to replace Windows entirely.

  76. GeekLad
    June 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    On the subsequent boot after I ran an update, I got a kernel panic. However, I just rebooted Mac OS X with iBoot and it came up fine. I re-ran the MultiBeast installation and I was once again able to boot from the hard drive without a problem.

    I would recommend using Time Machine and saving a backup before running any updates. You never know if something may get thrown into an update that would mess things up.

  77. Jav
    June 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I suppose Apple Updates are out of the question?

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      On the subsequent boot after I ran an update, I got a kernel panic. However, I just rebooted Mac OS X with iBoot and it came up fine. I re-ran the MultiBeast installation and I was once again able to boot from the hard drive without a problem.

      I would recommend using Time Machine and saving a backup before running any updates. You never know if something may get thrown into an update that would mess things up.

  78. Ed
    June 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    LOL.

    Wake me up when you just need to download a ISO, burn it and boot the computer.

    Just 3 steps. And no 3.1, 3.2, 3.2.1...

  79. Ed
    June 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    LOL.

    Wake me up when you just need to download a ISO, burn it and boot the computer.

    Just 3 steps. And no 3.1, 3.2, 3.2.1...

  80. GeekLad
    June 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    It is indeed against Apple's End User License Agreement, so in doing this you are in breach of contract. However, since you own a legal copy of the software, there is no copyright (legal) infringement.

    Frank Fox of Low End Mac wrote a very good article discussing the legal issues surrounding the Psystar case, as well as the ramifications of individuals building their own Hackintoshes.

    http://lowendmac.com/ed/fox/09...

  81. Jeff
    June 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    This is against Apple's Terms of Service.

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 3:14 pm

      It is indeed against Apple's End User License Agreement, so in doing this you are in breach of contract. However, since you own a legal copy of the software, there is no copyright (legal) infringement.

      Frank Fox of Low End Mac wrote a very good article discussing the legal issues surrounding the Psystar case, as well as the ramifications of individuals building their own Hackintoshes.

      http://lowendmac.com/ed/fox/09ff/hackintosh-legality.html

  82. GeekLad
    June 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks for the the kind words Tony. From what I had seen on your site, I did get the impression that i3/i5/i7 was where it's at for you. I wasn't sure about AMD support and made the (invalid) assumption AMD wouldn't work, so thanks for pointing that out.

    Very good tip w/ the drag to desktop, edit, drag back to /Extra. I didn't think of that, as I was trying to directly edit the file w/ TextEdit. Since I didn't have any luck with that, I resorted to editing via the command line. Talk about being an OS X noob! :D

    Looking forward to seeing MultiBeast 2.0!

  83. tonymacx86
    June 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Your article is great- well written and thought out. Makes the process easy for that specific hardware. H55 + Core i dual-core with the Vanillia kernel is relatively new- and it's good to get the info out that it's possible. Good work my friend.

    On AMD:
    iBoot should support AMD processors, as it uses the Qoopz Patched kernel to boot. That, I believe has CPUID on the fly patching which is necessary for AMD processors. As I don't have and never will own a computer with an AMD processor, I decided to keep the iBoot project Intel-only. And since our main focus is the Core i3/i5/i7, having AMD questions would make support much much more difficult.

    On Terminal:
    Your guide mentions using the Terminal to add/edit com.apple.boot.plist. iBoot + MultiBeast is an entirely Terminal-Free install method. I think you're making it a bit more difficult than it needs to be. All you need to do is drag the file to desktop, open in TextEdit, and make the corrections there. Then drag it back to /Extra. Simple- especially for OS X noobs.

    One more thing- MultiBeast 2.0 will include the 10.3.1 Vanilla kernel option, but we're all thinking 10.6.4 is coming relatively soon, and that will bring full support by default anyway. ;)

    BTW: We're #3 on the Digg homepage.

  84. tonymacx86
    June 2, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Your article is great- well written and thought out. Makes the process easy for that specific hardware. H55 + Core i dual-core with the Vanillia kernel is relatively new- and it's good to get the info out that it's possible. Good work my friend.

    On AMD:
    iBoot should support AMD processors, as it uses the Qoopz Patched kernel to boot. That, I believe has CPUID on the fly patching which is necessary for AMD processors. As I don't have and never will own a computer with an AMD processor, I decided to keep the iBoot project Intel-only. And since our main focus is the Core i3/i5/i7, having AMD questions would make support much much more difficult.

    On Terminal:
    Your guide mentions using the Terminal to add/edit com.apple.boot.plist. iBoot + MultiBeast is an entirely Terminal-Free install method. I think you're making it a bit more difficult than it needs to be. All you need to do is drag the file to desktop, open in TextEdit, and make the corrections there. Then drag it back to /Extra. Simple- especially for OS X noobs.

    One more thing- MultiBeast 2.0 will include the 10.3.1 Vanilla kernel option, but we're all thinking 10.6.4 is coming relatively soon, and that will bring full support by default anyway. ;)

    BTW: We're #3 on the Digg homepage.

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks for the the kind words Tony. From what I had seen on your site, I did get the impression that i3/i5/i7 was where it's at for you. I wasn't sure about AMD support and made the (invalid) assumption AMD wouldn't work, so thanks for pointing that out.Very good tip w/ the drag to desktop, edit, drag back to /Extra. I didn't think of that, as I was trying to directly edit the file w/ TextEdit. Since I didn't have any luck with that, I resorted to editing via the command line. Talk about being an OS X noob! :DLooking forward to seeing MultiBeast 2.0!

  85. GeekLad
    June 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    The boot loader has the capability to boot other operating systems, so it should be possible to perform a triple boot with it. Time Machine does a nice job of backing up Mac OS X, but it won't back up your other partitions.

    For a full system backup solution, you might want to check out Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition. According to the features, they do have limited support for HFS+ partitions, so it may do the trick.

  86. GeekLad
    June 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    You could try following this tutorial:

    http://www.ihackintosh.com/200...

  87. Rick
    June 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Great Hackintosh guide! I would love to use this to dual or triple boot Mac OS X with Ubuntu and Windows 7 but what would the best backup procedure be? It would be a shame to get all three finally working the way you want only to have the huge HD crap out on you.

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 2:09 pm

      The boot loader has the capability to boot other operating systems, so it should be possible to perform a triple boot with it. Time Machine does a nice job of backing up Mac OS X, but it won't back up your other partitions. For a full system backup solution, you might want to check out Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition. According to the features, they do have limited support for HFS+ partitions, so it may do the trick.

  88. Russ
    June 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    the password used within comman line to edit the file, is this the same as a login password or something previously set up?

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm

      Yes, the same password you used when you created the login.

  89. GeekLad
    June 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    It definitely does take time to get things right, depending on your hardware. I went through a lot of pain before I realized I should have been using the iBoot Supported version rather than the iBoot NVIDIA version of the boot CD. It also took me a while to find the easiest solution for the boot loader installation, because I kept getting the instant reboot and couldn't figure out what was causing it. I finally tracked down the culprit to be the busratio.

    It takes a lot of research, tinkering, and patience to get everything just right. Once you do get it right, it's very nice to finally have a working Hackintosh. Weekend project is a great way to describe it.

    For those in the market for a new computer, it's always nice to know what hardware configurations work and what steps are necessary to get it to work. For individuals in that situation, this and similar how-tos can be invaluable. For those that are using different hardware configurations, it could turn out to be a rough ride.

  90. creasocial
    June 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I've used this guide
    http://www.ihackintosh.com/200...
    to install Snow Leopard on vmware.
    It works like a charm. Updates work too. ;)

  91. GeekLad
    June 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    You were using a hacked OS X installation disk you downloaded and burned to a disk and not a "vanilla" retail OS X DVD purchased from Apple. Since then people have put together boot disks that allow you to install from the retail media rather than using a hacked installation disk.

    However, until recently it required dumping the disk image to a USB drive first. That is the part that required a Mac, as there are not a lot of Windows tools that you can use to write HFS+ partitions.

  92. vic
    June 2, 2010 at 7:54 am

    What about VMWare or Parallels?

  93. Zaephor
    June 2, 2010 at 9:01 am

    O.o I'm a tad confused, for comparison what was the process that required a Mac? I'd done this with my laptop roughly a year ago using iDeneb release with the Chameleon bootloader, and I've never had access to a Mac. I can't recall ever finding instructions that required a Mac for prep either. Actually for that matter I had it quad booting XP/Win7RC1x64/Ubuntu9.04/Mac for legacy support for a couple apps that didn't work in the XP/7RC switch. Also to that note, I wanna say there was some sort of patch for AMD support too that was in the list of packages during install.
    For anyone reading, I've removed Mac since then, it was to experiment with different programming environments since I hadn't paid for it.

  94. Zaephor
    June 2, 2010 at 7:01 am

    O.o I'm a tad confused, for comparison what was the process that required a Mac? I'd done this with my laptop roughly a year ago using iDeneb release with the Chameleon bootloader, and I've never had access to a Mac. I can't recall ever finding instructions that required a Mac for prep either. Actually for that matter I had it quad booting XP/Win7RC1x64/Ubuntu9.04/Mac for legacy support for a couple apps that didn't work in the XP/7RC switch. Also to that note, I wanna say there was some sort of patch for AMD support too that was in the list of packages during install.
    For anyone reading, I've removed Mac since then, it was to experiment with different programming environments since I hadn't paid for it.

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 11:27 am

      You were using a hacked OS X installation disk you downloaded and burned to a disk and not a "vanilla" retail OS X DVD purchased from Apple. Since then people have put together boot disks that allow you to install from the retail media rather than using a hacked installation disk.However, until recently it required dumping the disk image to a USB drive first. That is the part that required a Mac, as there are not a lot of Windows tools that you can use to write HFS+ partitions.

  95. Pedro
    June 2, 2010 at 5:19 am

    I am in the process of a new build (motherboard died) and this article made me catch the hackintosh bug. I haven' t bought any components yet but I am interested in some of the parts you've mentioned in this post, namely the motherboard, cpu, and ram. I would like to re-use my graphics card (EVGA gtx 260),and power supply (700w coolmax).I currently have a 3ghz core2duo, but that core i3 sounds nice because it runs cooler. Do you think that my gpu will fit in that case (Its a tight squeeze in my current case)? Is this card even good for hackintoshing?

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

      If it's a longer video card, it may not fit. The hard drive bays are located right in front of the PCI-E slots, so there's not a lot of space for long expansion cards. If you've already got that card in another case, you may just want to use your existing case since you know it will fit in there.

  96. Arjun Bajaj
    June 2, 2010 at 7:08 am

    i tried to use the usb boot method on my ibm r51 laptop but then i didn't get how to put my SATA control method to ACHI....

    Can i do something to put mac on my laptop????

    thnx....

  97. Jeffry
    June 2, 2010 at 2:51 am

    For that much money you could have just bought a mac mini.

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

      A mac Mini with half the RAM, slower CPU, and 16% of the hard drive. You could put together a spec similar to the $600 Mac Mini for about $425. Although the $800 mac mini does have 4GB of RAM like my setup, it does not come with a monitor and has a meager 320 GB hard drive.

  98. GeekLad
    June 2, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Thanks man. You don't even know the half of it. The sad thing is all the hours I wasted before I finally realized how simple the final solution was. I tried multiple combinations of different boot disks, creating my own boot disks, manually trying to install different versions of different kexts, etc.

    In the end, it turned out that the only reason Multibeast wasn't working was because of the busratio setting, so I went through a lot of pain for nothing. You can also fix the problem by replacing the system's kernel with the iBoot kernel, but I think simply modifying the com.apple.Boot.plist is a little easier.

  99. GeekLad
    June 2, 2010 at 4:23 am

    You mean can you put iBoot on a USB stick? I don't think you can, as far as I know it is specifically designed to boot from a CD. I would recommend going to Wal-Mart and picking up a 50-pak of rewriteable CDs

    :-P

    Core 2 Duo chips are supported so you should be fine with the CPU. I'm not sure about your motherboard and video though. Search for info about them separately when seeking compatibility info.

    If you don't find info on your mobo specifically, try researching what sort of luck folks have had with P43/ICH10 motherboards to get a feel for whether yours will work. As far as the video card is concerned, just look for info about the GeForce 260. There do seem to be people out there that have gotten it to work.

  100. GeekLad
    June 2, 2010 at 4:13 am

    You do have to be careful when running updates. I updated mine and got a kernel panic on the subsequent boot. However, I simply used iBoot to boot back into OS X, ran MultiBeast again, and everything was working fine again.

    My recommendation for handling updates from Apple would be to set up Time Machine and make a backup right before running the update. That way if the update does render the machine useless you'll have a way to revert to the prior state.

  101. Steve Campbell
    June 2, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Great article, Jorge. I can tell a lot of people have been looking for a detailed walkthrough like this. You put in a lot of work on this one, good job!

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 2:28 am

      Thanks man. You don't even know the half of it. The sad thing is all the hours I wasted before I finally realized how simple the final solution was. I tried multiple combinations of different boot disks, creating my own boot disks, manually trying to install different versions of different kexts, etc.

      In the end, it turned out that the only reason Multibeast wasn't working was because of the busratio setting, so I went through a lot of pain for nothing. You can also fix the problem by replacing the system's kernel with the iBoot kernel, but I think simply modifying the com.apple.Boot.plist is a little easier.

  102. Dnyanesh Mankar
    June 2, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I had tried the 'Hackintosh' thing a few months ago on my AMD machine. It turned out to be pretty raw. Some things worked and some didn't. Making them work is a bit pain in the a**. The forums are nice place to lookup but you need to waste a helluva time on that. Atleast, thats what my experience was. Unless you have compatible hardware, don't waste time on this. It worked on my friend's pc and it took him about a month or so to get it right. I don't want to discourage anybody but you need either compatible set of hardware or need to spend time on it to make it work. A very good weekend project if you get all things right

    Those who don't want the headache, try EFiX. The sad thing is that it doesn't support AMD yet. Link: http://art-studios.net/home

  103. dataflow
    June 2, 2010 at 1:43 am

    what a usefull post!
    i need os x on my computer. I'm building my own system with win7 but i need MAC OS too. Do you know if i can install OS X wiyhout problem with a ASUS motherboard (recent P7P55D) on a SSD Hardrive ?
    please answer!
    thank you.
    Jean. Paris. France.

  104. dataflow
    June 1, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    what a usefull post!
    i need os x on my computer. I'm building my own system with win7 but i need MAC OS too. Do you know if i can install OS X wiyhout problem with a ASUS motherboard (recent P7P55D) on a SSD Hardrive ?
    please answer!
    thank you.
    Jean. Paris. France.

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 2:24 am

      I'm not sure, but I wouldn't recommend trying this setup with an existing system as you will need to repartition the drive and effectively wipe out the old system. If you want OS X to coexist with your current setup, you may wish to purchase a separate hard drive to install it.

  105. Scott
    June 2, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Can I make a boot USB stick to use for the bootloader? I don't have a blank disc (I know, right?)

    Also; I have a Core2Duo and a Asus P5Ql/EPU Mobo, and an nVidia GeForce 260 (EVGA overclocked). Will I be able to get one up and running? Is there anything drastically different or imperative I should know? Searching yielded no results.

  106. Scott
    June 1, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Can I make a boot USB stick to use for the bootloader? I don't have a blank disc (I know, right?)

    Also; I have a Core2Duo and a Asus P5Ql/EPU Mobo, and an nVidia GeForce 260 (EVGA overclocked). Will I be able to get one up and running? Is there anything drastically different or imperative I should know? Searching yielded no results.

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 2:23 am

      You mean can you put iBoot on a USB stick? I don't think you can, as far as I know it is specifically designed to boot from a CD. I would recommend going to Wal-Mart and picking up a 50-pak of rewriteable CDs

      :-P

      Core 2 Duo chips are supported so you should be fine with the CPU. I'm not sure about your motherboard and video though. Search for info about them separately when seeking compatibility info.

      If you don't find info on your mobo specifically, try researching what sort of luck folks have had with P43/ICH10 motherboards to get a feel for whether yours will work. As far as the video card is concerned, just look for info about the GeForce 260. There do seem to be people out there that have gotten it to work.

  107. mike
    June 1, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    i have the gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H (rev. 1.0) with an amd 5200+ CPU with the Radeon HD 4890 GPU. will this work with amd chips, or only intel chips?

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 2:15 am

      iBoot will not work with AMD chips, however, Empire EFI does so I would give that a shot.

      • mike
        June 2, 2010 at 2:28 am

        so they both work? or empire EFI doesn'twork?? i don't quite understand

        • GeekLad
          June 2, 2010 at 2:31 am

          Sorry, had typoed that comment. Meant to say iBoot will not work with AMD chips. Fixed the comment to reflect that. Been trying to do a whole lot of responding in a short period of time. :-D

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm

      I made an invalid assumption that AMD will not work. tonymacx86 just informed me that AMD should indeed work (although not "officially" supported).

      • mike
        June 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm

        thank you for that. now only to get a writeup for dual-booting with windows on the system as well, unless this method works for that as well.

        • GeekLad
          June 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm

          You should be able to dual boot. The boot loader makes it easy to boot other partiions/drives. If I were to build a multi-boot system, I would install the other operating systems first and then Mac OS X since the boot loader needs to be installed last anyway.

  108. Joel
    June 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Will you be able to get updates from Apple using this method?

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 2:13 am

      You do have to be careful when running updates. I updated mine and got a kernel panic on the subsequent boot. However, I simply used iBoot to boot back into OS X, ran MultiBeast again, and everything was working fine again.

      My recommendation for handling updates from Apple would be to set up Time Machine and make a backup right before running the update. That way if the update does render the machine useless you'll have a way to revert to the prior state.

  109. Dnyanesh Mankar
    June 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I had tried the 'Hackintosh' thing a few months ago on my AMD machine. It turned out to be pretty raw. Some things worked and some didn't. Making them work is a bit pain in the a**. The forums are nice place to lookup but you need to waste a helluva time on that. Atleast, thats what my experience was. Unless you have compatible hardware, don't waste time on this. It worked on my friend's pc and it took him about a month or so to get it right. I don't want to discourage anybody but you need either compatible set of hardware or need to spend time on it to make it work. A very good weekend project if you get all things right

    Those who don't want the headache, try EFiX. The sad thing is that it doesn't support AMD yet. Link: http://art-studios.net/home

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      It definitely does take time to get things right, depending on your hardware. I went through a lot of pain before I realized I should have been using the iBoot Supported version rather than the iBoot NVIDIA version of the boot CD. It also took me a while to find the easiest solution for the boot loader installation, because I kept getting the instant reboot and couldn't figure out what was causing it. I finally tracked down the culprit to be the busratio.

      It takes a lot of research, tinkering, and patience to get everything just right. Once you do get it right, it's very nice to finally have a working Hackintosh. Weekend project is a great way to describe it.

      For those in the market for a new computer, it's always nice to know what hardware configurations work and what steps are necessary to get it to work. For individuals in that situation, this and similar how-tos can be invaluable. For those that are using different hardware configurations, it could turn out to be a rough ride.

  110. IM581
    June 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Any Hack to run on VMWare

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 2:10 am

      I did not try it with VMWare, but I kind of have my doubts. I would search tonymacx86's forum to see if anyone has had any luck using iBoot to install on VMWare.

    • creasocial
      June 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm

      I've used this guide
      http://www.ihackintosh.com/2009/12/install-snow-leopard-in-vmware-7-windows-edition/
      to install Snow Leopard on vmware.
      It works like a charm. Updates work too. ;)

      • GeekLad
        June 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm

        Thanks for the tip. I wonder why they bother dumping it to a disk image first rather than just suggesting installation directly from the installation media.

  111. Martin
    June 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Will this work with any other GPU or does it have to be a Geforce 9500?

    • GeekLad
      June 2, 2010 at 2:07 am

      Should easily work with any GeForce GPU. I did it with an old GeForce 6600 GT and it works great. I just picked the GeForce 9500 card I did because it was a decent price/performance alternative, and had 1GB of memory on it.

  112. Geoff
    June 1, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Nice tutorial, but I think dual boot is a lot more simple, I can imagine trying this and it going pear shaped half way through :P

    • Wing
      June 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      What do you mean by going "pear shaped?" Also, I am not familiar with all of the hardware listed in the tutorial. Is there an online list of any easy to hack intel-based computers by simply using iboot or some other program and the necessary blank disc, snow leopard dvd, etc.?

  113. Tank
    June 1, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Could thise be used as a process to install it on a laptop rather than a desktop?

    • GeekLad
      June 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      You could certainly try it on a laptop. One of our writers did attempt to use this method on a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4074, but did not have any luck getting the Boot CD to properly boot the OS X installation DVD. She will likely have to use the USB installation method for OS X as described by Lifehacker.

      • Arjun Bajaj
        June 2, 2010 at 5:08 am

        i tried to use the usb boot method on my ibm r51 laptop but then i didn't get how to put my SATA control method to ACHI....

        Can i do something to put mac on my laptop????

        thnx....

        • GeekLad
          June 2, 2010 at 12:25 pm

          You'll need to look in your BIOS to see if there is an AHCI setting for the hard drive controller. The key to get into your BIOS may not be delete, it could be F6, F12 or something else. You may wish to consult your laptop's manual for instructions on getting into the BIOS settings.

        • Arjun Bajaj
          June 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm

          hey geeklad,

          i know how to go in the bios....

          but i cant find any place where there's an option to put the sata mode to achi....

          thats the only problem......

          and i also tried iDeneb but that also didn't install on my laptop

        • GeekLad
          June 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

          You may not be able to install it without setting AHCI, I'm not sure. I would suggest digging in the tonymacx86 and InsanelyMac forums for any tips on your particular system.

    • GeekLad
      June 5, 2010 at 1:00 am

      You could certainly try it on a laptop. One of our writers did attempt to
      use this method on a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4074, but did not have any luck
      getting the Boot CD to properly boot the OS X installation DVD. She will
      likely have to use the USB installation method as described by Lifehacker.

      • Kim Sharma
        July 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

        Hi, thanks for the detailed description! I bought the exact mobo + a corei5 650. I looked at the lifehacker guide - since I dont have a CD / DVD drive... is there a way to combine iBoot on the same bootable USB (a la lifehacker) so I dont need a separate CD + DVD step? Thanks.

        Never mind- I found it... you can make iBoot via USB. looking here: http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=560

        • GeekLad
          July 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm

          You won't be able to do it without a CD / DVD drive. The iBoot disk image
          must be placed on a disc.

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