Posted by Macdayz Poster on 06.28.2009
I assume that most people who want to transfer to a Mac are hindered by myths about the hackintosh. the computer on which Mac OS is installed. Before proceeding directly to the description Mac OS X installation on PC, I will try to dispel some of the myths:
Articles with other installation approaches Mac OS X various versions on PC look in the Hackintosh rubric. There is also hardware information for Hackintosh.
one. Mac OS X is installed only on compatible processors and chipsets from intel, video cards only from NVidia. Most peripherals will not work.
This was once true, but progress does not stand still, more and more patches and drivers come out, the amount of hardware compatible with Mac OS X is growing every day. Now Mac OS is quietly installed on a computer with a processor that at least supports SSE2, but preferably SSE3, for example, AMD or Intel. Many modern graphics cards support hardware acceleration, namely Quartz Extreme, Quartz 2d, Core Image, GL. I think now you understand that nothing supernatural is required from your computer.
2. Installing Mac OS X is hard.
In fact, it’s no more difficult than installing Windows XP, I think it’s even easier if you select the correct kexts and fixes.
3. Mac OS X will not be able to "dwell" on the same physical drive with Windows.
Can! There are 2 options:
– Windows bootloader chain0 (for example, this is how it stands on my computer)
– Acronis OS Selector
So, let’s get down to business.
Step 1. Preparation.
First you need to check your computer for compliance with Mac OS X.
The absolute minimum is a processor that supports SSE2. This can be determined by the CPU-Z program (download free CPU-Z (1.97 Mb)).
The minimum random access memory (RAM) of 256 MB, of course, the more the better.
Not quite an old video card for AGP or PCI-E, starting from GF4.
Next check yourself:
You must understand the “what” and the “why” you are doing.
Your first installation will be the longest in time, it may take 4-6 hours of time.
If your PC meets the requirements of Mac OS X, let’s move on.
Many are advised to download and burn the Hiren’s Boot CD. If there are partitions in NTFS format on the same physical disk where you intend to install Mac OS, then it is better to transfer them to FAT32 (working with a hard disk without a preinstalled OS), because an error may occur when creating a new partition, and the FS will become unreadable, but there is another, easier way. to transfer your data to another physical disk or flash drive.
For ease of installation, I advise you to print this text so that at any time you can see what to do next.
Having finished the preparation, we proceed to the second step.
Step 2. Download the installation disk image.
The first step is to decide which version of Mac OS X we need: the last one at the moment is 10.5. Since our task is to get acquainted with the system, I recommend installing versions 10.4.6 or 10.4.7, because they are usually installed without much difficulty. And then you can upgrade using combo-update. But you can try OS X 10.5. Next, go to torrents.ru and write something like this in the search form:
If the downloaded file is in ISO format, then you can safely burn it to disk, and if in DMG format, you will have to download the DMG2ISO application (download DMG2ISO (12.29 Kb)) and convert the downloaded file to an image in ISO.
Step 3. Burn the image to disk.
You will need a DVD-R or DVDR disc. You can write through Nero or Alcohol 120%. I think you can handle the recording process yourself. After burning a Windows disc onto the disc, several documents of about 150 KB in size will be “visible”, or maybe nothing will be “visible” at all, as it should be.
Step 4. Installation.
We insert the disk you have just written into the drive and restart the computer. While the monitor displays a message about the installation from disk, press F8 or wait a few seconds and enter the “-v” parameter (without the quotes). If you press any other key or continue the installation without this action, the graphic mode will turn on instead of text mode. this is beautiful, but you can only find out about errors in text mode.
There are two common errors:
"system config file ‘/com.apple.Boot.plist’ not found"- there is a problem with the Mac OS X distribution (you will have to download another)
"Still waiting for root device"- most likely, there is a problem with the iron, perhaps some incompatibility.
If the initial download went smoothly, you will see a blue display (not a BSOD) with a wait cursor. Next, you will be prompted to select a language. Choose Russian (or English, if not). Click on the arrow, after which a menu will appear at the top, in it we select Utilities.> Disk Utility and format the partition in which we are going to install Mac OS X into the Mac OS Extended journaled format.
It sometimes happens that Disk utility can not format this partition in HFS or connect it, then this can be fixed by an acronym. To do this, select the manual partition change mode in Acronis Disk Director Suite and create a partition in FAT32 format. Next, in its context menu, select the section type change item and set the value to 0xAFh (Shag OS Swap). Acronis, understandably, things will swear that all the data in this section may be lost and become unreadable, but we don’t have anything there. 🙂 Apply the changes and reboot.
After the disk has been successfully formatted, click Continue, read and accept the license agreement, select the section you prepared for installation. Next, click Continue. Next, click on the settings (Customize) and select the components that you need to install. Particular attention to patches and kexts: you need to install only those patches that are necessary specifically for your system, and nothing more. Do not install patches for SSE2 and SSE3 at the same time! Install only one that matches your processor. Click Continue. Then there will be preparation for installation and disk verification. Installation will complete by restarting the computer.
Step 5. Complete the installation.
After rebooting the computer, two options are possible:
1. Successful system boot (especially if using Acronis OS Selector)
2. b0 error. We boot from the Hiren’s boot CD and use Acronis Disk Director to make the partition with Mac OS X active. Reboot
The system loads safely, and you are prompted to enter this or that information, we enter. The exception is Mac ID. you need to leave it blank (perhaps this will cause a hang)
P.S. The layout is switched with the keys Command Space (ALT Space)
If everything is done correctly, then the desktop boots. Hurrah! Works!
Update! Perhaps you will be interested in the instruction "Installing Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 Retail on a PC".