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but we've also broken up the video next to the accompanying text in each step below. of course. What You'll Need Before you get started building your Hackintosh. You can watch the video in its entirety below. to make things really easy on you.How to Build a Hackintosh Mac and Install OS X in Eight Easy Steps How to Build a Hackintosh Mac and Install OS X in Eight Easy Steps Building a Hackintosh from scratch—that is. The Full Step by Step in Video Form Best viewed in 720p. 2 of 10 . need a few supplies. Background music by Pex "Mahoney" Tufvession. and the final product has never performed better. installing Mac OS X on non-Mac hardware—has never been easier. Here's how it works. we put together a video walkthrough of the entire process. This time. you will. Note: This is our third and most recent Hackintosh build (here are the now-outdated first and second).
hit up our first-timer's guide to building a computer from scratch. skip the SSD and the second set of RAM. I've put together a list of the hardware I'm using and that I can guarantee runs like a dream (or at least it does for me).SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory x 2 (for a total of 8GB). the subtotal on Newegg for all that hardware is $1. OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3. RAM.5" SATA 3. Instead. graphics card.5TB 3. 3 of 10 . Seagate Barracuda 7200. the amount of RAM you choose is optional. and you've still got a solid machine for an even more reasonable $828.92. you can still build a Hackintosh using other hardware. and you can find plenty of hardware that will run OS X using this or a similar method.123. but in our opinion. storage and optical drive. you'll need to assemble your computer.Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support In all. the installation process below is tailored to this hardware.92. SSDs are one of the best upgrades you can make.Bulk . and plug in all the necessary cables. Once you've got all your hardware. Here's all the hardware I bought off Newegg for this Hackintosh build: Antec Sonata III Case with 500W Power Supply ASUS P7P55D-E Pro ATX Intel Motherboard EVGA GeForce 9500 GT 01G-P3-N959-TR Video Card Intel Core i7-860 2.11 1.How to Build a Hackintosh Mac and Install OS X in Eight Easy Steps The Hardware There's no such thing as a definitive Hackintosh build.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor G. but this installation process may not work 100%. You mount the motherboard to your case. install your CPU. Also. but we're not going to dive into every possible option here.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive LITE-ON DVD Writer . It's always a good idea to read over your motherboard's instruction manual.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD): This SSD isn't strictly necessary. but if you want a little more help. Putting together the hardware for your Hackintosh is just like building any other computer from scratch.
find the MultiBeast download link on this page below step three) Other post-installation files I'd suggest downloading everything you need now. Now it's time for the fun—and easy—part. All the rest should work fine. Install OS X on Your Hackintosh At this point you should have assembled your PC.6 Install DVD (which you can buy from Apple) MacOSXUpdateCombo10. and have all the software you'll need to install OS X on your Hackintosh. you'll need to download some files that'll contain the tools that let you install OS X on your machine. I've added direct links to the downloads below. find the iBoot download link on this post below step two) MultiBeast (also from tonymacx86. and it's really great. and putting MultiBeast. The process this time around is surprisingly simple.6. but I'll still walk you through the process step by step. the Mac OS X Combo update. you'll need a few things. but all credit goes to tonymac for the dead-simple tools. The method I'm using to install OS X on our Hackintosh this time around is a new one by a guy called tonymacx86.How to Build a Hackintosh Mac and Install OS X in Eight Easy Steps The only thing you need to know is that you shouldn't plug your SATA drives into the off-white SATA ports at the bottom of the board. and the post-installation files on a thumb drive.4 package (free from Apple) iBoot (from tonymacx86. The Software On the software end of the spectrum. Apart from the obvious (the Snow Leopard install DVD). A Mac OS X 10. Step One: Burn iBoot to a Disc 4 of 10 .
Now it's time to burn the file to a CD or DVD. If you haven't already. Note: At the time of this guide. Finally. Burning the disc shouldn't take more than a minute or so.ROM. Hit Enter. and click Burn "iBoot. and power. Step Two: Adjust Your BIOS Now that you've got the iBoot disc ready.) In Windows: Insert a blank disc.iso. 4. (It's a small bootloader. arrow down to the entry labeled Storage Configuration. 2. Select your disc burner in the next Windows prompt. 3. you'll need to make a few adjustments. hit Enter on Boot Device Priority. it's time to turn on your soon-to-be-Hackintosh and adjust the BIOS so your computer's OS X-friendly.How to Build a Hackintosh Mac and Install OS X in Eight Easy Steps Above I told you to download iBoot from tonymacx86. arrow over to the Advanced tab. Press Escape. so a CD will work just fine. and click Burn disc image. then set your second boot device as your primary hard drive.iso. On the first BIOS screen. 1. then arrow down to the section labeled Onboard Devices Configuration. arrow over to the Boot tab.iso. Hit F10 to save your changes and exit the BIOS. and hit Burn. I'm using the latest BIOS for this motherboard: P7P55D-E-PRO-ASUS-1002. Press Escape once. right-click iBoot. Next. On OS X: Insert a blank disc. and fire it up. Now arrow over to the Power section and set Suspend Mode to S3 only. and set it to AHCI. press the Delete key to open up your BIOS. Once inside. When you get to the first boot screen. unzip iBoot. and set your first boot device to boot first from your DVD drive. find the Marvell 9123 SATA Controller entry.zip and extract iBoot. right-click iBoot. So make sure you've plugged in a keyboard. and change "Configure SATA as" to AHCI. hit Enter. Step Three: Boot from iBoot into the Snow Leopard Install DVD 5 of 10 . and iBoot should be ready to go.iso" to Disc. monitor.
insert the Snow Leopard install DVD.) Once it does. put the iBoot disc you burned above into the DVD drive. the iBoot disc in the center should be replaced by a new disc labeled Mac OS X Install DVD. eject your iBoot disc. In few seconds. and your computer will boot into the Snow Leopard installation wizard.How to Build a Hackintosh Mac and Install OS X in Eight Easy Steps When your system restarts. (If it doesn't right away. hit Enter. and press F5 on your keyboard. Step Four: Format Your Disk and Install OS X 6 of 10 . When you get to this screen. Assuming you set everything correctly in your BIOS. iBoot should boot into the screen below. wait a few seconds and hit F5 again.
and set the Format to Mac OS Extended (Journaled). you should be looking at the Snow Leopard installation wizard. select Utilities -> Disk Utility. however. Select it and hit Enter. So. name the volume whatever name you want. Before you get started with the installation. Set the Volume Scheme drop-down to 1 Partition (unless you have a reason for wanting otherwise). The installation is completely straightforward. In twenty seconds or so. iBoot's Chameleon bootloader will give you the option to boot into your new installation. click Partition. Once Disk Utility loads. When the installation finishes (the time will vary—it always claims it'll take 30+ minutes. Just click restart. Step Five: Update but Don't Restart 7 of 10 . but is normally done in 10 to 20). your drive should be formatted and you'll be ready to install OS X. you'll most likely see the Install Failed screen pictured below. and this time. from the file menu at the top of the screen. When you're prompted for confirmation. Now click the Options button and ensure that GUID Partition Table is selected as the partition scheme. when your computer restarts. Quit Disk Utility. so just follow along with the default settings. put iBoot back in the drive.How to Build a Hackintosh Mac and Install OS X in Eight Easy Steps After a minute or two of loading up. Don't panic! This is all part of the process. click on your hard drive in the sidebar and select the tab labeled Partition. hit Apply. you'll need to format your hard drive so you can install OS X. and continue with the installer. Now that everything's set. Select your language and continue.
during which you'll enter in your username. you'll see Snow Leopard's fancy welcome video. Step Six: Run the MultiBeast Package Remember the MultiBeast download from tonymacx86 that we grabbed earlier and stored on a thumb drive (along with other post installation files)? It's time to use it. Once you're finished with the setup. you're finally at your new Hackintosh desktop. At the time of this writing.6. you'll want to update your Hackintosh before adding the finishing touches. OS X will walk you through the setup wizard. double-click on the DMG. Don't reboot your computer—at least not yet. you'll be prompted to reboot. You've got one thing you need to do first.6. Since you probably want to use the most up-to-date release. we told you to put it on your thumb drive?). location. grab the MacOSXUpdateCombo10. etc. so if you didn't already download the update package above (remember.4 package from Apple. Make sure you've plugged your thumb drive into your Hackintosh (or just re-download the files if you forgot to save them to a 8 of 10 .4 is the most current release. When the combo update finishes.How to Build a Hackintosh Mac and Install OS X in Eight Easy Steps The first time OS X loads. 10. and run the installer. Just follow along. Once that's done.
As I mentioned above. Enter your password when prompted.kext. Step Seven: Copy Custom Kexts to Extra Folder. you can just type Cmd+Shift+G. In a separate Finder window.kext and RealtekR1000SL. you're ready to restart your computer. Now drag all the files from your thumb drive's Extra/Extensions folder into your hard drive's Extra/Extensions folder. I've added a handful of startup applications to my login items. When the EasyBeast installation completes. When my system boots. and let Finder replace any files that already exist. eject the iBoot disc and restart your computer. Inside you'll see three files: An app named Kext Utility and two kext files named VoodooHDA. A Note on Performance and Other Loose Ends I've been using this system for a couple weeks now.kext onto Kext Utility. If you're interested in benchmarking. navigate back to the Post Install folder on your thumb drive. navigate to the /Extra/Extensions folder at the root of your drive (in Finder. you can quit Kext Utility (click Cancel). everything's been working like a charm. Finally. tick the checkboxes next to EasyBeast and System Utilities. 9 of 10 . This tool will allow you to boot from your hard drive going forward.How to Build a Hackintosh Mac and Install OS X in Eight Easy Steps thumb drive) and open MultiBeast. especially on startup. here's how my build fared on Xbench (spoiler: the total score was 303. So dive into the folder named Post Install and open the folder named Extra/Extensions. Manually Add Sound and Ethernet Kexts Using Kext Utility Now it's time to use those other post-installation files you downloaded earlier. Drag and drop VoodooHDA. and press Enter). all of my startup applications are running before my desktop fades in from blue—it feels more like resuming from sleep than rebooting.kext onto Kext Utility (enter your password when prompted). Once it says Done. and then this time drag and drop Realtek R1000SL. type /Extra/Extensions. and in all my testing.) Step Eight: Restart and Enjoy! Now that you've updated and installed a few extensions customized to your hardware. (Basically this installs custom audio and Ethernet extensions to your system so they work as you'd expect. boot directly from your hard drive. including apps like Chrome. Once you've rebooted. but the system with the SSD is fast. then click Continue.38). so you don't need to use iBoot every time you want to boot up OS X. you've got one more step to go. On the Install MultiBeast screen. and you'll see a window like the one above. you don't need to buy a pricey SSD (a regular hard drive will work fine). and enjoy your new Hackintosh.
and can't bring himself to buy what he can build himself for less. to tonymacx86 for his great tools and work. the author of this post. and Davide. or follow @adampash on Twitter. 10 of 10 . Archives Advertising Legal Report a Bug FAQ Original material is licensed under a Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution. but it's a superficial issue. but I won't go into that here. and to the Hackintosh community. at tips+adam@lifehacker. you'll likely want that iBoot disc on hand for troubleshooting.How to Build a Hackintosh Mac and Install OS X in Eight Easy Steps Another thing to note: About this Mac identifies the processor as i5. Huge thanks go out to my Hackintosh-helping pals Onetrack. to videographer extraordinaire Adam Dachis. Stellarola. In the event something does go flaky. Send an email to Adam Pash. especially if you end up having any problems booting directly from your hard drive. You can find his work daily on Lifehacker. Adam Pash is the editor of Lifehacker. loves to tinker. keep your iBoot disc handy.com. You could manually edit the text file that populates those fields. Finally.
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