|Hackintosh OS X Software Installation|
|Articles - Featured Guides|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 10 April 2013|
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Hackintosh OS X Software Installation Utilities
A supplemental guide for Hackintosh builders - included within our Budget Hackentosh PC Build Project tutorial.
OS X and UniBeast
To get this Hackintosh computer running, we'll be using the UniBeast and MultiBeast utilities from tonymacx86.com. This is one of the premier Hackintosh sites on the web, and these two utilities, which are constantly refined and updated, are the reason building a Hackintosh has become so much easier than it used to be. Download both of these tools (at the time of this writing the latest versions were "UniBeast Mountain Lion 1.7.0" and "MultiBeast Mountain Lion 1.5.2". We'll use UniBeast to create a specially formatted USB key from which we can boot to install OS X Mountain Lion, and we'll use MultiBeast to install the drivers and tweaks to get things like Ethernet and audio working after the initial OS X installation.
Obtaining Apple OS X
Until the release of Apple OS X 10.7 "Lion", you could easily buy a copy of the OS X installation DVD for $29, either in person at your local Apple store, or online from Apple or another vendor. But starting with Lion, Apple only offers OS X as a download from the App Store, and the only way to download it is with the App Store on an existing Macintosh or Hackintosh. Still, it's only $19.99, so find a friend with a running system and buy a copy.
Note: When you buy Mountain Lion from the App Store, it will start running as soon as the download is finished, and, if allowed to run to completion (updating OS X on the machine it was downloaded on), will delete itself when the update is complete. So if you're buying a new copy of Mountain Lion, be sure to quit the program when it begins to run. UniBeast expects the Mountain Lion installer to be in the Applications folder of the host Mac, and to have the default name of "Install OS X Mountain Lion".
For this step you'll need:
The first thing to do is to run Disk Utility (located in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder at the root level of the hard drive) on the host Macintosh and format the USB key. Click the Partition tab and select "1 Partition" from the Partition Layout menu. Next, select your USB key from the list at the left, and under Partition Information, give it whatever name you choose and select "Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the Format menu as shown below:
Next, click the "Options" button in the lower middle of the display. Select "Master Boot Record" from the options and then click the OK button:
Now click the Apply button, and then, in the warning dialog that appears, the Partition button. After the partitioning and formatting operations are complete, quit Disk Utility and run UniBeast:
Click the Continue button and proceed through the Read Me and License screens. Select the USB stick as the destination:
Once you click Continue, you'll be offered the options to install Legacy USB Support and Laptop Support. Don't select either of these options, and enter the Mac's system password when prompted.
Installation will take some time. UniBeast might initially estimate that it will only take a few minutes, then bump the estimate to an hour or more as shown below. Your time will vary dramatically depending on the speed of the Mac you're using as well as the speed of the USB key. Note: I've never been able to bring up a Hackintosh with a USB 3.0 key plugged into a USB 3.0 port, for what that's worth, so you might as well stick with a USB 2.0 key.
Once this process is complete, drag a copy of MultiBeast to the USB key. It's not needed for the installation of OS X but it will be handy to have it here.
It's time to install OS X!