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Install OS X on Your Hackintosh PC, No Hacking Required

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Two months ago I walked through how to build a Hackintosh Mac on the cheap using PC parts. Since that post, the OSx86 scene has changed rapidly, and now you can install Leopard on your computer about as easily as installing Leopard on a Mac—no command line hacking required. In addition, the resulting installation can—theoretically, at least—be upgraded without fear of breaking. As if the simplicity of the installation weren't already enough, the new installation tools fix any problems I've had in the past (for example, I no longer need to keep my install DVD in the drive to boot into OS X), and support the Wi-Fi card on my motherboard out-of-the-box. In short, it's a winner.

NOTE: I can only vouch for this method on the build I detailed in the original post, but others have had a lot of luck with other boards, as well. If you're thinking of starting from scratch and want to follow exactly how I did it, check out the sections labeled The Hardware and The Build on my original guide. If you want to get a better idea of how well it runs, check out how it benchmarks compared to a Mac Pro and MacBook Pro. If you've got your system together, here's how it works.
Set Your BIOS The most difficult part of getting this installation to work with my board was getting the right BIOS settings in place. In the course of figuring it out, I made a lot of different small tweaks, so to ensure I didn't miss any, I've taken pictures of every relevant BIOS screen. If you're using the same board as me (an Asus P5W DH Deluxe), just go through screen by screen and make sure that your BIOS settings match mine. If you're using a different board, these settings could still serve as a good guide, but they may not perfectly match up to yours. (I'm having a tough time remembering every BIOS setting I tweaked, so if you're using a P5W DH Deluxe, your BIOS settings match mine, but you're having trouble, let me know and I'll try updating the gallery with more BIOS screens.)


Click Apply. boot with the disc. I used GUID. You can choose the partition scheme as either Master Boot Record or GUID (in my previous instructions you needed to set it as MBR). When the installation is complete (it'll take a little while). name it whatever you want (I called mine Leopard). Now click the Options button to set the partition scheme. When you're all set. and you've already prepared your BIOS. If you're going to pursue this I'd still recommend purchasing an actual copy of Leopard. agree to the terms. let your computer restart. and sit back in wonder as Leopard runs on your PC in full 10. The disc boot up can take a few minutes. Download it and burn it to a DVD—it's what you'll use to install Leopard. let's hear how it's worked out for you so far in the comments. it's time to install. Before you go ahead with the installation you need to format your hard drive.Now that you're BIOS are set. and choose the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format. you'll find a disc image called something like Kalyway Leopard 10. then go to the Partition tab. and one very well supported board is the P5W DH Deluxe I used in the original build. so you'll need to be patient. you're ready to install.5.1 SSE2 SSE3. select it. Install OS X with the Kalyway Install Disc Floating around the BitTorrents. you've got the Kalyway disc. just click the screenshot above for a look at all the settings you'll want to use if you're installing OS X on that board. . So assuming you've built your computer using the original instructions. If you've been living the Hackintosh life since our first guide. and then be sure to hit the Customize button before proceeding with your installation. This install package comes with individual settings that match specific motherboards. Here's where the point-and-click magic of this installer comes in. Basically this DVD contains the Leopard install disc along with the EFI software that lets your hardware work with OS X using the vanilla kernels—which is a big part of why you don't have to do any of the command line hacking this time around. Find the hard drive in the sidebar you want to install Leopard to. let it complete the partitioning. and select a 1 partition volume scheme. go to Utilities -> Disk Utility in the menu bar. Rather than telling you which checkboxes to tick. You just install the disc and voilà—everything boots up and upgrades normally (or at least that's been my experience so far). click Done and then go ahead and Install. First. so once the disc boots. Hit Continue at the Welcome screen. pop out the install disc. and then quit Disk Utility and head back to the Installer.1 glory.5. but you won't need it here.

a total of 4GB of RAM (four sticks at 1GB each).Build a Hackintosh Mac for Under $800 If the high price tag for Apple hardware has kept you from buying a Mac but you're willing to roll up your sleeves and get adventurous. and a community hacking project called OSx86 launched with that goal in mind. Since then. If you can build a Lego set and transcribe text. but I knocked $110 off the price tag due to a couple of mail-in rebates—so "Under $800" it remains. here's how to install OS X on your Hackintosh PC. (You may notice that the total price is listed at around $850. 1GB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive. so you may be able to experiment and come up with a better selection of parts than I did. OSx86 has covered major ground. For $200 more. To make things as easy as possible. and a completely upgradeable case for expanding your setup in the future. After you build your system using the hardware I've listed in this article. you can build your own "Hackintosh"—a PC that runs a patched version of OS X Leopard. . however fudgingly. so be ready to dedicate time to this project. you've got all the basic skills required. I've put together my entire hardware setup as a wish list on Newegg. UPDATE: Building your Hackintosh just got a lot easier. you say. a GeForce 7300GT (the same basic video card that comes installed in the default Mac Pro configuration).5. I'll show you how to build your own high end computer running Leopard from start to finish for under $800. a 500GB drive. Today.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. from the hardware I used to the final patches I applied to the Leopard install. your Hackintosh can boast a 2. However. I'm going to lay out how I built my Hackintosh from start to finish. To make things easy. Right now the cheapest Mac on sale at the Apple store is a $600 Mac Mini sporting a 1. No Hacking Required.) The build consists of a 2. a 500GB hard drive.2GHz proc with 4GB of RAM. Apple's move to Intel processors in 2006 meant that running OS X on non-Apple hardware is possible. Building a DIY Mac requires some work on your part. The Hardware There's no definitive best bet for a Hackintosh hardware configuration. I can guarantee that Leopard will (or at least has) run successfully on this hardware setup. What?!. an ASUS P5W DH Deluxe motherboard. making it possible for civilians—like you and me!—to put together their own Hackintosh running Mac OS 10.83GHz proc.

close it up. but it's a good practice and generally means better performance. The card we're using is a PCI Express card and should be installed in the top (orange) PCI slot. Just connect one of the power supply's SATA power cables to the drive and then connect the drive to the red SATA connector on your motherboard (it's labeled on the board as SATA1). so if you're not ready to troubleshoot if a problem arises. so rather than cover that ground again.a DVD burner. like the FireWire connector for the back of the case). you're ready to get started with the pre-installation. If the computer won't boot. Luckily doing so is pretty simple. I should note that at this point of my installation. Either way. When you've finished putting everything together. consult your motherboard's manual and the manual included with your processor. You could probably tweak a lot of the other hardware without many complications. This isn't strictly necessary. the pairs that come in the same package—in like colored slots. you'll need to tweak your BIOS settings to properly work with the Leopard install. I'll outline the process with links to our previous instructions. and an Antec Sonata case (which I've always liked for its looks and quiet fans). but if you stick with this motherboard and follow the installation instructions. 3. 2. Tweak your BIOS: The first thing I did once my build was finished was update my BIOS. We've detailed every step of the computer building process at one point or another in the past here on Lifehacker. I ran into a bum power supply unit (PSU) in my case. (You may install other features of the motherboard if you prefer. Unfortunately that meant that I didn't know whether the PSU was bunk or my motherboard was fried. as soon as you're able to boot into the BIOS. but the heatsink and fan installation. always remember to be careful of static electricity and always keep yourself grounded and your board unpowered until you're finished. be sure to read your hardware manuals before you begin—particularly from the motherboard—to get to know your hardware before you start the installation. and then download . in particular. Follow the same basic instructions to install your DVD drive but plug the drive into one of the other SATA ports (I used the SATA4 port). The Build Now that you've got all the parts. be sure that your RAM is properly seated. 1. is a touch different. First. Rather than hooking the heatsink to your motherboard. If the computer boots into the BIOS (by pressing Delete when prompted). 4. you can and should be prepared to run into snags. you're ready to move on. Second. it's time to start putting your Mac together. Among other things. you need to patch the Leopard DVD to install on your newly built Hackintosh computer. Also. To make sure everything's working properly. As always. Pre-Installation There are two things you need to tackle to prepare your computer for installation. your open case should look like the nearly completed image below. The point is that when you're building a PC yourself. the included Intel heatsink pops into place. plug it into a monitor and keyboard and power it up. you may want to think twice before trying this. Install the motherboard and CPU: You can follow these instructions almost without variation. Install the hard drive and DVD drive: Your hard drive is an SATA drive. Just head over to the ASUS download site. since the default BIOS wasn't properly recognizing my processor. you may have to open the case back up and double-check your installation. which is just a more general way of looking at your video card. narrow down. I've built several PCs in the past and this was my only major snag in the course of a build. and since I don't own a voltage meter it took an extra trip to Fry's and some troubleshooting to get to the bottom of it. since the patches we'll apply later are tailored specifically for this motherboard. which is not the type of drive installed in the instructions (though they do address SATA drives). Install the video card: These instructions actually detail how to install a PCI card. For a more detailed description of how this works. In that picture. so it's also very likely that your build could go off without a hitch. you shouldn't see any major complications. I've yet to install the hard drive and DVD drive and I still need to connect the case power and other connectors to the motherboard. The motherboard is the most important element. Install your RAM: The only thing you need to keep in mind when you're installing the RAM is that you should install the matched pairs—that is. That said. shell script in your favorite text editor. The second method requires patching a Leopard DVD yourself. try freeing up some hard drive space and trying again. UPDATE: We've removed direct links to the forum post containing the patch files on the OSx86 Scene Forum. The easiest is probably to download an already patched version using BitTorrent (I can attest to having seen the patched version floating around before Demonoid went under.669. You can get this in two ways: Either by downloading the image—again with BitTorrent—or by buying and then ripping a Leopard DVD to your hard drive. mine would look like: APDIR=/Users/adam/Desktop DMG="/Users/adam/Desktop/osx-leopard105. but it's probably available elsewhere as well). then enter your administrative password (your login password). In the IDE config. You've been working your ass off up until this point.iso file in the sidebar. Now it's time to get patching. but I'm pretty sure the patch took at least an hour on my MacBook Pro. so kick back and relax for a file as well. Then boot up your build and enter the BIOS setup. you're finally ready to proceed to the installation. When the patch has successfully completed. and then hit Enter. find the BIOS file you downloaded. you're ready to get into some nitty gritty preparation. when you're finished you should place the ripped installer on your desktop and make sure that it's named osx-leopard105. select EZ Flash2. To execute the patch. Either way you choose. just stick the file on a USB flash drive. replace XXX with your username on your Mac (so that it reflects the path to your current desktop). When the BIOS has updated. you need to grab the patch files (created by the resourceful OSx86 forum member BrazilMac. power on your computer and hit Delete when prompted to boot into the BIOS. it's time to patch the DVD. type sudo -s. you should see a new file on your desktop: Leo_Patched_DVD. Once downloaded. In the Advanced section go to "Onboard Devices Configuration" and set "JMicron SATA / PATA Controller" to Disabled. insert a blank DVD. If you plugged in your drives like I suggested during your build. Keep in mind that you'll need plenty of space on your hard drive to perform the patch. If you decide to go the first route and you find a pre-patched version off BitTorrent.698. To burn the image. We'll need these files for the post-installation patch that we'll apply later. which you can download from one of many sources here under the "FILES FOR THIS GUIDE" section at the top of the page. Now we've got to burn this image to a DVD. you want to set "Configure SATA As" to AHCI.the latest BIOS for your motherboard. you can skip to the next section. arrow to the Tools tab of the BIOS.056 bytes. Next hit Escape once to go back to the Main screen.dmg.) Arrow down to IDE Configuration and hit Enter. let's get down to work. though I'm sure you could get away with less. I had around 20GB of free space when I did it. To do and hit Enter. Copy the patch files that we just unzipped from your desktop to a USB thumb drive and name the drive LeopardPatch. select the Leopard_Patched_DVD. But just one more thing before you do. At the top of the file./9a581-patch. (Don't worry about the fact that your hard drive isn't listed as the Primary IDE Master.dmg" While we're at it. . unzip the archive and drag all of the contents of the archive to your desktop (it should contain two files and three folders in total). just enough to fit on a single-layer DVD. Patch Leopard for your Hackintosh: There are a couple of different ways one could go about creating a patched Leopard DVD. who bundled the patch files and whose instructions I followed for the installation). Like I said above. let's edit the 9a581PostPatch. Done? Then you're ready to move onto patching your Leopard DVD. and then click the Burn button. This time. Now choose your flash drive by tabbing to the appropriate drive. Now that you've updated your BIOS. and install it. Now you're ready to apply the patch. Now hit the right arrow key to move to the Advanced tab. your computer should automatically restart. I didn't have a clock on it. Open up Terminal. Luckily the patch removes lots of unnecessary files so we've shrunk the almost 7GB install DVD to 4. Go to "Boot Device Priority" and set your DVD drive as priority one and your hard drive as priority two. you should see your hard drive and DVD drive listed in the BIOS as Third IDE Master and Fourth IDE Slave. Finally. which isn't really as hard as it sounds.38GB. open up Disk Utility. The patch will now execute. If you have trouble with the patch and you've got less free space. Once it's finished. To patch the Leopard install disc. Otherwise. Then type cd Desktop and hit Enter. you'll need a Mac and a pre-patched image of the Leopard installer on your desktop. Now you need to arrow over to the Boot tab to configure the boot priority (which tells your computer what order you want to boot off devices in your computer). Now open the 9a581-patch.iso weighing in somewhere around 4. edit the fourth and fifth lines at the top of the file to look like this: PATCH="/Volumes/LeopardPatch/leopatch/" # path to the patched extensions LEO="/Volumes/Leopard" # path to Leopard installation Save and close both files. After you've downloaded the zipped patch files. which means you've got some time on your hands. For example. Once you're there. type: .

so are you. Once Disk Utility fires up.Installation If you've followed all of the steps up to this point. (Don't ask me why. You'll be prompted to press any key to start the installation or hit F8 for options. but there's one thing we need to do first: Format our hard drive so that it's prepared to receive the Leopard installation. leaving you with just one more step before you're running with the Leopard. Then. It's time to apply the post-install patch. Click install and grab a quick drink. So insert the thumb drive you copied the patches to and. Now you're ready. Leopard should have installed. and X11. Again.. you should now be ready to fire up the patched Leopard install DVD. Don't be alarmed. It's time to boot into Leopard. type: . In around 10 minutes.) You should now see lots of text scrolling over your monitor. insert the DVD. 2. click the Options button and choose Master Boot Record as the partition scheme. but this is the only way the install DVD would boot for me. you can still access the menu bar from the keyboard). before you make that final click on the Install button. the graphical Leopard installer should be staring you in the face. your installation of Leopard will automatically boot up. Click on the tab labeled Partition. go to Utilities in the menu bar and select Terminal. Now that your drive is ready. After several minutes. Last.and hit Enter. just let it continue. 3. These components were removed so we could fit everything on the patched DVD. Select your hard drive in the left sidebar. so we won't be installing them now. When it does. enter v -x at the boot prompt and hit Enter. You've done it! . You'll now see the boot: prompt. Install Leopard: This really is the easiest part—just follow the on-screen instructions and choose your newly created Leopard partition as the install destination. name the volume Leopard. you'll be prompted to restart your computer. When the DVD prompts this time. Select a 1 partition Volume Scheme. just like last time. When the install disc finally loads. your computer will automatically restart. So power on your Hackintosh. Here's how: 1. You may even see some daunting errors. So go to Utilities in the menu bar and select Disk Utility (if you don't have a working mouse yet. it's time to format the drive. OSx86 on Your Hackintosh Let your computer reboot. and choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the format. right?).sh . just like when you patched the install disc. Unfortunately you're not ready to boot into Leopard just yet—you've got one thing left to do. Post-Installation After the installation completes. type cd /Volumes/LeopardPatch at the prompt and hit Enter to navigate to the patch directory.. but be sure to leave the install DVD in the drive. Enter -v -x and press Enter. and let the boot process begin (you did remember to set the DVD drive as the first boot device. When your computer reboots this time. hit F8 when prompted by the DVD. just let the countdown time out. The script will move and copy files about (answer yes when prompted)./9a581PostPatch. 4. you're ready. click Customize and de-select Additional Fonts. and when it's finished. Now. Not using these options caused the boot to hang indefinitely every time. Language Translations. Hit F8. Format the install drive: I know that you're raring to install now that you're finally here. When terminal loads.

I haven't tried Time Machine yet. here's how to upgrade to OS X 10. You'll be jubilantly welcomed in a handful of languages as if Steve Jobs himself is shaking your hand for a job well done. so building a Hackintosh was a perfect fit. networking. Address Book. Spaces are rocking. but it's an annoyance. let's hear them in the comments. . Mail. I'll be sure to post an update.From this point forward. I've found one post suggesting a workaround at the OSx86 forums (near the bottom of the first post in the thread). to be sure.1 (the first update to Leopard) in just a few simple steps. UPDATE: After you complete your install the first go round.5. you're running Leopard on your PC just as though you were running Leopard on a regular Mac. On the software front. but it reportedly works. How Does It Work? I'm still stretching my legs in this new build. UPDATE: I moment is that it won't boot without the Leopard DVD in the DVD drive at boot— meaning that every time you reboot you'll need to make sure that the Leopard DVD is sitting in the DVD drive. and Quick Look is previewing. and I'm planning on bringing some benchmarks to the table soon so you have a better idea how this machine matches up to its Mac counterparts. If and when I do. and CDs and DVDs read and burn just as you'd expect. but I haven't tried it yet. Check out the benchmarks here. But Really. It's a chore to set up. Stacks are stacking. If you've got any experience building a Hackintosh of your own or you've got any questions. And that's that. and video will all work off the bat. All of your hardware should work exactly as you'd expect. but so far it's running like a champ. Firefox is browsing. but it's also the most powerful Mac per dollar I've ever used. iTunes. The only problem with the install at the Adam Pash is a senior editor for Lifehacker who loves a good hack and cherishes his Macintosh. Your sound. (I haven't tested the motherboard's built-in wireless yet. benchmarked my Hackintosh against a Mac Pro and MacBook Pro and it stood up very well. It's not a dealbreaker for me by any means. Quicksilver is doing its thing. His special feature Hack Attack appears every Tuesday on Lifehacker.) Your iPods will sync flawlessly. Cover Flow is flowing. Subscribe to the Hack Attack RSS feed to get new installments in your newsreader. but the patch we used reportedly works with Time Machine as well. and everything else I've tried so far work flawlessly.