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February 10, 2012

How to install Mac OS X Lion in Virtualbox

We've already covered how to install Mac OS X Snow Leopard on a virtual machine with Virtualbox, which is great practice for installing Mac OS X on your actual computer. That guide focused on the legal method of Hackintoshing, which is to use a retail Snow Leopard installation DVD. However, there's no way to install a retail copy of Mac OS X Lion on Virtualbox, unless you already own a Mac (which is a totally unreasonable requirement). If you want to install Lion on a virtual machine in Windows, you'll have to take a different approach: distros.

February 8, 2012

How to install a Snow Leopard Hackintosh in Virtualbox

We've already covered how to run a Mac OS X virtual machine with VMWare Fusion on your Hackintosh, but that tutorial won't do you much good if you haven't installed Mac OS X on your PC yet. If you need help deciding whether to make that leap of faith, then you can try installing Mac OS X Snow Leopard on Virtualbox, instead. Virtualbox is a virtualization suite that works for Windows-- installing Mac OS X on a virtual machine in Windows before doing it on your actual computer is great practice, and it gives you a chance to determine whether you'd actually prefer OS X over Windows. Read past the break for a full tutorial.

How to enable AirPrint for any printer

AirPrint is a neat feature built into iOS that allows you to print documents straight from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Like many other tools by Apple, it's only designed to work with a small, specific set of hardware, meaning that your printer probably isn't supported. Luckily, with the Mac application AirPrint Activator, you can hack Mac OS X to make AirPrint work with virtually any network-connected printer. 

February 7, 2012

Chameleon Preference Pane makes it easy to edit boot options for your Hackintosh

It's common knowledge that you can set the boot options for your Hackintosh by editing the file org.Chameleon.boot.plist (located in /Extra of your hard drive). However, if you prefer a point-and-click approach, Chameleon Preference Pane offers an easy way for you to edit the options for your Hackintosh's bootloader, straight from Mac OS X's System Preferences.

Quick Tip: Remove all .DS_Store files in Mac OS X

If you have set Finder to show hidden files, you'll notice that .DS_Store files are literally everywhere in Mac OS X. Although there's nothing harmful about these files, seeing them in every single folder in Finder can get rather annoying (especially when you see a .DS_Store file on your desktop). If you just want to get rid of all these seemingly extraneous files, then there's an easy solution for you.

February 6, 2012

Quick Tip: How to show hidden files in Finder

When you're tweaking your Hackintosh, you may occasionally need to view hidden files in Mac OS X. Though the ability to view hidden files is built into Finder, there is no obvious way to turn on this ability.