February 4, 2012
If you're interested in turning your PC into a Hackintosh, but you have no idea where to start, this is the right guide for you. Though installing Mac OS X Snow Leopard on a PC is a rather simple process in theory, it can be a lot more difficult in practice. Tonymacx86's iBoot+Multibeast install guide is a good start, but it's very basic. This guide on installing Snow Leopard attempts to explain every part of the Hackintoshing process, from start to finish (with pictures, courtesy of Virtualbox).
When you install Windows on a hard drive, it automatically sets the partition scheme of your hard drive to MBR (Master Boot Record). Unfortunately, Mac OS X doesn't support that partition scheme, so you usually have to erase your entire hard drive, including your Windows install, before you can begin Hackintoshing with it. However, it's possible to install OS X on a hard drive without erasing Windows, by using nawcom's ModCD.
February 3, 2012
February 1, 2012
January 30, 2012
Parallels Desktop has always been my virtualization suite of choice for Mac OS X. If you're looking for a way to boot your Hackintosh's Windows partition in a virtual machine, I can't recommend it highly enough. Best of yet, Parallels Desktop is now available for $49 (normally $60 on Amazon) in the Mac SuperBundle.
The Mac SuperBundle bundles Parallels Desktop along with two other popular Mac apps, iStat Menus Pro and Little Snapper. Also included are several less well-known apps: Flux 3, iStopMotion Home 2, Fantashow, Video Converter 2, SyncMate Expert 3, and CuteClips 3.
This SuperBundle is touted as a 89% discount. If you're only interested in Parallels Desktop, $49 is still nearly twenty percent cheaper than Parallels' $60 price on Amazon, and nearly forty percent cheaper than Parallels' standard $80 price point. This bundle lasts a total of 10 days, meaning that it will end on February 8.
I'm also obliged to give a quick shout-out to VMWare Fusion ($40), which has always been Parallels' main competitor. VMWare Fusion has its own advantages: it's more competitively priced than Parallels, and you can use it to create a virtual machine from your retail copy of Lion (Parallels only allows you to create virtual machines with the server edition of Lion). But in my experience, VMWare can't match Parallels in terms of performance or user experience. If you've been interested in virtualization for your Hackintosh, or if you've already pirated Parallels and you want to go legit, now's the time.
SOURCE: Mac SuperBundle
January 29, 2012
Starting up Mac OS X for the first time on your Hackintosh can be a very tricky process, which often requires you to set special boot options through the use of boot flags. For those of you who don't know, boot flags are "arguments" (pieces of data that you enter) to change the way that your bootloader runs. The bootloader is the program that boots Mac OS X. Boot flags can set the boot options for iBoot, Chimera, Chameleon, and any other boot CD or bootloader for Hackintoshes. Read past the break to learn how to use boot flags.