Recently, tonymacx86 released Multibeast 6, a version of Multibeast customized specifically for OS X Mavericks, Apple's newest version of Mac OS X. Unlike previous versions of Multibeast, which were really just glorified installer packages, Multibeast 6 has been recoded as a standalone OS X application. The selection layout has been drastically revamped, and all Mountain Lion-specific options have been removed. Unsure what to do? This guide is here to help.
Multibeast, by tonymacx86, is a essentially an installer bundled with a lot of kext files for Hackintoshes. When you're setting up Mac OS X, it can be a huge time saver. By using Multibeast, you don't have to find, download, and install every single kext file that your Hackintosh needs, one by one. Multibeast has it all. However, the problem with Multibeast's all-in-one method is that there are simply too many options to make sense of. In this guide, I'm going to explain the function of several important options in Multibeast.
NOTE: You have to register on tonymacx86.com to download Multibeast and related apps. After installing anything in Multibeast, you should reboot your Hackintosh to see if the changes worked.
Quick Start -> Easybeast/UserDSDT/DSDT-Free
When installing UserDSDT with a DSDT file, make sure that your motherboard has the right BIOS version, or the DSDT file won't work. For example, a DSDT file for version F4 won't work if your motherboard has version F1. Read this to learn how to update your BIOS version.
DSDT Free is the best option if you have a newer Gigabyte-brand motherboard that uses UEFI instead of BIOS. For these motherboards, you don't need a DSDT file. You can just install DSDT Free in Multibeast without doing anything else beforehand. If you have a non-Gigabyte motherboard that uses UEFI, it's the same deal, except that you will have to install a patched version of your motherboard BIOS in addition to DSDT Free.
Easybeast is similar to UserDSDT, except it tries to remove the need for a DSDT file by installing some extra kext files. If your motherboard doesn't have a DSDT file available for it and isn't a motherboard with UEFI, try installing Easybeast instead. Easybeast will break sleep mode and speedstepping (CPU power management).
Drivers -> Audio
Once you've found your audio codec, choose the corresponding option in Multibeast. Each codec as two different possible setups: one for Hackintoshes that use a DSDT file, and one for Hackintoshes that don't. On my own Hackintosh, I used a DSDT file, so I would choose ALC889 under the "With DSDT" section to enable audio.
If you have a motherboard that doesn't use the Realtek audio codec (or it has an unsupported codec version), you'll have to go with the VoodooHDA kexts. VoodooHDA enables sound for a wide variety of motherboards, but it's not very reliable. Install just one of the versions and reboot to see if it works well for you. If not, remove the kext by going to /System/Library/Extensions in your hard drive and deleting VoodooHDA.kext. Then try another version.
Drivers -> Disk
For example, on some Hackintoshes, your hard drives will show up as orange external drives on your desktop. Install IOAHCI Block Storage Injector to fix that (this kext should be unnecessary on Hackintoshes that use UserDSDT or DSDT Free).
You can also install TRIM Enabler to enable TRIM in Mac OS X, which is a critical feature for SSD drives.
Drivers -> Graphics
graphics card guide for more details.
Right now, the only thing in this section is the Intel Graphics Patch for Mixed Configurations. Intel's 2nd-generation "Sandy Bridge" processors are compatible with their 3rd-generation "Ivy Bridge" motherboards. The same is true the other way around: Ivy Bridge processors are also compatible with Sandy Bridge motherboards. However, building your Hackintosh with these mixed configurations prevents your processor's integrated graphics from working properly in Mac OS X. You need to install this patch to fix the problem.
Drivers -> Miscellaneous/System
The FakeSMC Plugins are a set of plugins that enable system-monitoring apps to read your Hackintosh's CPU temperature and GPU temperature.
Installing USB 3.0 - Universal enables USB 3.0 support on Hackintoshes. In the past, USB 3.0 was a rather hit-and-miss feature for Hackintoshes: it worked for some people, and caused booting errors for others. Support has gotten better over time, however. These days, you can usually expect USB 3.0 to work as long as you install these drivers.
If you're using an older mouse or keyboard that doesn't connect to your Hackintosh with a USB port, install PS/2 Keyboard/Mice.
Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 removed support for X58 motherboards, making Hackintoshes that use these motherboards unable to boot without help in Mountain Lion, even after installing UserDSDT, DSDT Free, or Easybeast. 10.6.8 Rollback for ASUS X58 System fixes these booting problems.
Also, many non-Gigabyte motherboards encountered booting problems in OS X Mountain Lion version 10.8.2 due to driver incompatibilities. If your Hackintosh cannot boot normally after updating Mac OS X, boot into OS X with the help of your Unibeast USB drive (or whatever installer USB drive you used), and install 10.8.1 Rollback.
Drivers -> Network
If your motherboard uses the Realtek 8100 series of Ethernet controllers, try installing Realtek - AppleRTL8169Ethernet first. If that doesn't work, try installing Lnx2Mac's Realtek driver instead, which works better for some people. Meanwhile, Shailua's ethernet kext works on motherboards with an Atheros AR8100 series ethernet controller, and hnak's ethernet kext works on motherboards with an Intel 82500 series ethernet controller.
Customization -> Boot Options
make all of these changes manually. Check out our list of common boot options for more details.
If you want your Hackintosh to let your choose your own hard drive at the bootscreen instead of just automatically loading Mac OS X, you can install Instant Menu to fix that.
Customization -> System Definitions
Generally, any system definition will work. The only exceptions are the the Mac Pro (4,1) and Mac Pro (5,1) system definitions, which cause booting problems. If you insist on installing either of these two system definitions, be sure to remove AppleTyMCEDriver.kext and AppleGraphicsPowerManagement.kext from /System/Library/Extensions beforehand (the system definitions mess up these two kexts).
If you want to enable the built-in HD3000 graphics of your Intel Sandy Bridge processor, the built-in HD4000 graphics of your Intel Ivy Bridge processor, or AirPlay mirroring, then you should install the Mac mini system definition.
Build -> Install
Remember, Multibeast does not allow you to uninstall options. If you want to uninstall any of the kexts from Multibeast, you will have to manually remove them from /System/Library/Extensions in your hard drive. As a corollary, you do not have to reinstall your previously-installed options every time you run Multibeast-- since Multibeast cannot uninstall anything, its effect is cumulative.
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