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Last week, we explained how to install Mac OS X Lion with the standard Unibeast method. However, to follow the Unibeast method, you have to install Mac OS X Snow Leopard on your Hackintosh before installing Lion. If you're installing Mac OS X on your PC for the first time, and you just want to jump straight to Lion without the inconvenience of installing Snow Leopard, you could use a distro instead. Distros are pirated copies of Mac OS X that have been modified to work with a PC. If you don't have any qualms with the legal issues regarding distros, they're actually a very convenient way to set up a Hackintosh. NOTE: This guide is essentially a combination of my guides on installing Mac OS X Snow Leopard, installing Mac OS X Lion, and installing Lion in a virtual machine. The process of installing a distro is very similar to the standard methods of installing Mac OS X.
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A compatible computer: Not every computer will work with Mac OS X, even with modified versions of OS X. Be sure to read the Hackintosh compatibility guide very carefully, to check whether or not your computer qualifies. Mac OS X Lion has several new hardware requirements, compared to Snow Leopard. For instance, Lion is a 64-bit operating system, meaning that old 32-bit processors like Intel Pentium no longer work. Additionally, AMD processors do no work with Lion because there is no legacy kernel. iAtkos L2 : This is a popular distro of Mac OS X Lion. I won't go into details, but you can download it from just about any bittorrent website by using a bittorrent client (it's about 4 GB in size). The standard method for installing Mac OS X Lion requires you to modify a retail copy of Mac OS X Lion with Unibeast, but iAtkos already does all of this for you. You will need to burn iAtkos onto a DVD, and boot your computer from that DVD to install Mac OS X. To burn DVDs, you need an empty DVD disc and a DVD/Bluray burner (just about every DVD/Bluray drive nowadays can act as a burner, too). Multibeast Lion Edition (Free): Multibeast is a collection of kext files that your Hackintosh will need to run properly, after the initial installation. Download it onto a USB drive, along with the combo update. You need to register an account on tonymacx86.com to download Multibeast. Be sure to download the Lion edition, not the Snow Leopard edition. A DSDT file for your motherboard (Free): DSDT files are configuration files that customize Mac OS X to work with your specific motherboard. If your motherboard has a DSDT file available in the DSDT section of tonymacx86.com, download it onto a USB drive along with the Combo Update and Multibeast. Make sure that your motherboard has the right BIOS version, or the DSDT file won't work. For example, a DSDT file for version F4 won't work if your motherboard has version F1. You can check your motherboard's BIOS version straight from the BIOS itself, or you can check with
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(Just unplug the hard drive SATA cables from your motherboard. Also.. you should also sync your clock on Windows with Mac OS X.04/22 (2) ► 04/08 .04/08 (3) ► 03/25 .. How to f ix the boot0 error f or y our Hackintosh How to install Mac OS X Lion on y our Hackintosh wi.02/19 (5) Check the BIOS v ersion of a Gigaby te motherboard HoboMac .. you can reset your BIOS settings to their default by selecting "Load Optimized Defaults" on the main page of the BIOS.Change the boot device of your computer so that "CDROM" is first.The Cheapest Hackintosh How to install Mac OS X Lion without installing Sn. On Gigabyte motherboards. A faulty external USB hard drive can cause your Hackintosh bootloader to give you EBIOS errors on startup.03/25 (1) ► 03/11 .03/04 (4) ► 02/19 .02/12 (6) ► 01/29 . ► 02/05 .03/11 (3) ► 02/26 . after installing Mac OS X. Otherwise. The 6 GB/s SATA ports simply don't work well with OS X.01/29 (23) SPONSORED Source Unplug all USB-connected devices from your computer before you begin the setup (except your keyboard and mouse). so it's best just to reset all of your BIOS settings to their factory defaults before doing anything.04/01 (2) ► 03/18 . Also. not the 6GB/s SATA ports (these should be labeled on the motherboard).S.CPU-Z (if you already have Windows installed). There are really only three things that you have to change in the BIOS. it probably won't have any 6GB/s SATA ports. NOTE: If your computer is more than 2 years old. Read this to learn how to update your BIOS version.. Setting up your motherboard's BIOS The BIOS is basically a settings page for your motherboard. 2. Windows won't boot afterwards. You need to do this for the iAtkos DVD to work.) P. you will have to enable AHCI for Windows before installing Mac OS X. Different manufacturers set different keys for opening the BIOS.02/05 (9) ► 01/22 . Settings up the parts of your computer Open up your Hackintosh. unplug any extra internal hard drives that your computer has.02/26 (2) ▼ 02/12 .04/15 (2) 1. and make sure that the SATA cables for your hard drive and your DVD/Bluray drive are plugged into the 3GB/s SATA ports on your motherboard. besides the hard drive that you're installing OS X on. you need to change these three settings: Boot Dev ice . Once your BIOS is running on its defaults. However. I have to press the delete key when it boots (before the operating system starts). ► 04/15 . ► 04/01 . the 3GB/s ports are blue while the 6 GB/s ports are white. To enter the BIOS on my own computer's Gigabyte P67A-D3-B3 motherboard. installing OSX is incredibly prone to error. If you already have Windows installed on another internal hard drive in your computer. . On Gigabyte motherboards.03/18 (3) ► 03/04 .
On my Gigabyte motherboard. You will be booting your Hackintosh from this iAtkos DVD. I have to press F10 to save my changes. Keep in mind that the BIOS on most motherboards do not support using a mouse. "IDE".This will probably already be set to "SATA". . so you'll probably have to navigate through the BIOS with the arrow keys on your keyboard.just insert an empty DVD into your DVD/Bluray drive.Change this to 64-bit. Press "Enter" to change a selected option in the BIOS. SATA Control Mode (your BIOS might call this a different name) . right-click on the downloaded iAtkos file (it should either be an ISO file). Mac OS X only works with AHCI. you will need to use a program such as ImgBurn. and burn it. Burn iAtkos onto a DVD disc Burn iAtkos onto a DVD disc. Change it to "AHCI". or "RAID". 3. On Windows 7.HPET . If you're using Windows XP or Vista. burning capabilities are built-in to the operating system-. in order to install Mac OS X Lion.
try burning iAtkos onto a different DVD (if you used the built-in Windows 7 burning tool to burn the DVD the first time. try using ImgBurn instead). and reboot your PC. If they were. the installation screen will be loaded within a few minutes (5-10 minutes for me). 4. your computer will boot into the iAtkos boot screen. If things go well. Personally. If you do not manage to reach the iAtkos boot screen. I recommend that everybody use ImgBurn. this can take up to few hours. instead of the default Windows 7 burner. I've found ImgBurn to be far more reliable. in the past. after you continue past the iAtkos boot screen.Depending on the speed of your DVD burner. check your motherboard's BIOS settings to make sure that the changes you made in Step 2 were properly applied. Normally. Boot into iAtkos Insert the iAtkos DVD into the DVD drive of your PC. .
the page is blank! We'll have to fix that. To do this. If you get a kernel panic/loading error (or if the Mac OS X installer simply won't start within 30 minutes). you can then partition the hard disk by using Disk Utility's Partition tab (OS X cannot boot from a partition that's larger than 1 TB in size. . If you want.In the worst case scenarios. In the sidebar of Disk Utility. You need to use Disk Utility to erase your hard drive so that OS X can install itself on it. Check out this list of common boot flags for reference ( PCIRootUID=0 and -x are two popular boot flags). choose your computer's hard drive and erase it by using the "Erase" tab (the Format should be set to "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)". you'll need to enter some boot flags. you will come up to a page that asks you for a "destination" for your Mac install. you may end up at a dark gray screen that tells you to restart your computer (a kernel panic). Then. Oh no. 5. Install Lion Once you've entered the Mac OS X Lion installer. To enter boot flags. start up Disk Utility (located under the Utilities menu in the top bar). try typing any necessary boot flags before pressing the enter/return key. once you've booted back into the iAtkos menu. instead of loading the Mac OS X installer. so if you have a 2 TB hard drive. manually restart your computer by pressing your computer's power button. or you may end up with a small crossed-out sign (a loading error). you will have to partition it).
straight from the Mac OS X Lion installer. Click the "Customize" button on the bottom left. though the layout (and some of the names of the options) are different. This is where using a distro becomes really useful: iAtkos allows you to install extra Hackintosh drivers and kexts. . Select it and continue to the Install Summary page.On the installation page for Mac OSX. the hard disk/disk partition should now be showing up. The "Customize" page essentially does the same thing as Multibeast.
Once that's done with. so unless you're absolutely certain about which drivers and kexts you need to install for your computer. At the boot screen. I don't recommend installing too much stuff from here. and you should eventually be led to the Mac OS X setup screen. but you'll have to choose it yourself in iAtkos L1. This will take at least 20 minutes. Select it (use the arrow keys on your computer) and press "Enter". Restart (you can eject your iAtkos DVD). The only extra option that you 'll probably have to choose from the Customize page is "IOPCIFamily" (located under "Patches"). where you'll actually set up your Hackintosh with Multibeast. For most computers. it's installed by default in iAtkos L2. then mission accomplished! . choosing the right options from this page can be really tricky. the default selection should be enough. This fixes a common boot issue with Lion. install Mac OS X Lion. you'll see an icon for the hard drive where you installed Lion.However. You can figure out the rest in Step 6. Fill it out. Lion will boot.
Your best chance at finding the right setup is to Google your specific motherboard or computer model. 6. Some graphics cards work out of the box. internet. copy it onto the desktop of Mac OS X. check out my own Multibeast setup. Post-Installation: Multibeast Multibeast is a collection of kext files that you'll need to install for your Hackintoshes to have sound. try type any necessary boot flags before pressing the enter/return key. while other graphics cards (especially newer ones) can be a huge pain. To enter boot flags. and you can just copy their Multibeast setup. a high resolution screen. If you have a DSDT file for your motherboard. NVEnabler. If you happen to own a Galaxy GTX 460. From the iAtkos boot screen. Enabling your graphics card so that it'll run at full resolution can be even trickier. The iAtkos boot screen will come up again. reinsert your iAtkos DVD into the DVD drive. Google "GA-P67A-D3-B3 hackintosh". and more.If you get a kernel panic/loading error when you try to boot your new Lion installation (or if the installation simply won't start within 5 minutes). and run "UserDSDT Install" in Multibeast. . if your Mac OS X won't even boot with the help of your iAtkos DVD. rename it "DSDT. select the hard drive where you installed Lion. you can enable it with a combination of the official NVIDIA drivers. if your computer has a GA-P67A-D3-B3 motherboard like mine. without any modifications necessary. somebody will have written a guide on installing OS X for your computer. Remember to check out this list of common boot flags for reference. you'll need to enter some boot flags. You probably won't have internet on your Hackintosh yet. Find out what Multibeast options you need to install. once you've booted back into the iAtkos menu. though most setups are very similar. Once again. Finding the right options for Multibeast may take some trial and error. Different Hackintosh builds require different Multibeast setups. and press "Enter". so use another computer to download Multibeast and copy it onto the USB drive. and restart your computer. For example. manually restart your computer by pressing your computer's power button. and 32-bit Apple Boot Screen.aml". If you're lucky. Then plug the drive into your Hackintosh. Then. If you have a Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 motherboard like me.
2012 5:55 PM I hav e an Intel DP55WB motherboard.ev ery thing installed f ine. Comment as: Select profile. I don´t know please help me. because ev ery thing I'm reading has like massiv ely detailed steps f or installing and troubleshooting. I installed iAtkos L2 like Anony mous said and used def ault installation settings af ter tweaking my bios a bit and boom.And that's all there is to it.. Intel i3 processor and 6gb of ram and I hav e installed Iatkos L2 . this entire process might only take around 3-4 hours. iAtkos L2 installed well but it was lagging and hanging applications. myHack. well my problem is that when I reboot my computer it doesn´t boot into Mac OS X Lion it goes into a lot of comand lines (I understand that it is loading the OS) and then it comes into a black screen with an error and It can´t boot! I think is a kernel panic or something like that . If your PC is built of nothing but Hackintosh-compatible parts (known as "vanilla"). and Kakewalk Install Mac OS X Lion on an Ivy Bridge Hackintosh Unibeast USB drive won't boot? Try this. I'll take it when I can get it I guess! Another A+ f or this computer :) Reply Anonymous June 12. I'm running out of the box with ev ery thing but sound. could it be due to hav ing 2 driv es with same OS? Reply Anonymous April 27... That's insane. 2012 6:30 AM Boot with -v. Recommend this on Google 5 comments: Anonymous March 25. Of course. I read a bunch of dif f erent rev iews etc.. P u b lish Preview NEWER POST Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) HOME OLDER POST . this process will take much longer... What does it hang up at? Reply Enter your comment.. Good luck Hackintoshing! Related Posts - The Difference Between Unibeast. ev en it just takes about 6 minutes to complete the whole installation .. I too hav e a Asus CG5290. I Did install iAtkos L2 on my 160 gb driv e then I bought 2Tera driv e f or my hackintosh workstation. 2012 12:24 AM Great Tutorial. Reply Replies TheRacerMaster July 3. 2012 10:05 PM Do I plug in the USB I'm gonna install it on until the setup has began because I keep getting ebios errors Reply Shangelios June 14. thanks. 2012 12:57 AM So. for most of us.
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