Install Hackintosh (Mac OS X Snow Leopard) Using VirtualBox on Windows or Ubuntu
If you have been intrigued by the hype surrounding Snow Leopard but could afford buying a Mac to check it out. Here is you chance to do it, that too without having to mess with your existing system as we are going to install it using VirtualBox which now with its v 3.2 offers support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard out of the box, without the need for any hacking. You might argue that virtualizing isn’t as robust as dual boot hackintosh, but then you need to remember that you have to work harder to ensure hardware compatibility and getting everything to work on your machine. With VirtualBox almost everything that one typically needs works out of the box.
- You would need at least a computer with Dual Core processor (Intel or AMD).
- At least 10 GB of hard disk space (15-20 GB recommended).
- 2 GB or more RAM (would work for less but the result won’t be satisfactory).
- Snow Leopard Osx86 distro (torrent link to download hackintosh, it contains Snow Leopard as well as the Server, you won’t need to install the server component.)
- Virtualbox (Thank you Sun/Oracle)
- A beverage of your choice to get you through the fun parts (optional).
Install Virtual Box. For Windows installation is straight forward. Ubuntu users look here.
Creation of MacOS X virtual machine. Start by launching VirtualBox.
Click New button to start creating a new virtual machine, and then choose the OS type to Mac OS X Server.
Choose the amount of memory you want to allocate for the virtual machine, at least 1 GB is recommended, my machine has a total of 12 GB RAM so I went ahead with 2 GB.
Now we need to create a new virtual hard drive.
You should be fine by selecting a dynamically expanding storage with at least 10 GB space, I went ahead with 30 GB, which should be more than adequate.
Click next followed by finish to complete the creation of new virtual hard disk. Once the machine is created, click on the Settings button to un-check the Enable EFI option in the Systems tab as shown below
Now go to the Storage tab and browse to choose the Mac OS Hackintosh DVD iso file that you downloaded.
Click Select and then click Ok to save the changes you made. Now hit the start button to start installing the Mac OS X.
Wait for the installer Welcome screen to show up. Click Continue to proceed with the installation process.
Now you need to setup your hard drive to continue with the installation process. Launch Disk Utility as shown below
Now select the hard drive and select the Erase option to format the hard drive with the following settings.
Once the disk erase is completed, exit the Disk Utility and then select the drive you just partitioned and continue with the installation. On the next screen click on customize button. This is important!
The two customization changes that I made were:
- Legacy Kernel from the Kernels drop down
- Latest Chameleon Boot loader from the boot loader options drop down
Click done followed by Install. Installation should progress smoothly and should be over in quick time (5-10 minutes).
After the installation gets over and the virtual machine reboot. Just eject the DVD iso drive from the VirtualBox devices menu and let the Mac Goodness boot, after some user setup related stuff you should see this.
Only thing not working at this point is sound and custom screen resolution. To fix the resolution, look here, and for audio fix (not perfect) look here (just need to download and install the audio driver).
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