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December 6, 2015

How to use Multibeast 8: a comprehensive guide for El Capitan

Recently, tonymacx86 released Multibeast 8, a version of Multibeast customized specifically for El Capitan, Apple's newest version of Mac OS X. While this new version of Multibeast may seem very similar to its Yosemite-era predecessor on the surface, it actually includes many important under-the-hood changes to improve compatibility. Read on for more details!

October 4, 2015

How to set extra boot flags/options/arguments for Clover bootloader

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.

While we've already previously discussed how to use boot flags on the Chameleon and Chimera bootloaders, which were formally the two most popular bootloaders for PCs running Mac OS X, the release of OS X El Capitan has now shifted attention onto the new and upcoming Clover bootloader. All Hackintosh installation methods for El Capitan, including tonymacx86's ever-popular Unibeast method, now use Clover. Unfortunately, using boot flags on Clover requires a slightly different technique than on Chameleon/Chimera (although most of the boot flags themselves remain the same). That's what this guide is here for.

October 3, 2015

How to install OS X El Capitan on your PC with Unibeast

If you're interested in running Mac OS X, but you don't want to pay ridiculous prices for a normal Mac, then a Hackintosh just might be for you. Right now, the newest iteration of OS X is 10.11, known as El Capitan. Installing El Capitan on a PC is slightly different from installing Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), due to new developments in Hackintoshing tools. This guide will follow tonymacx86's standard Unibeast method, except that we try to cover the process with more detail (and pictures!).

January 16, 2015

How to install OS X Yosemite in Virtualbox with Yosemite Zone

We've previously shown you how to install OS X Mavericks on a virtual machine by using Niresh, which is great practice for installing Mac OS X on your actual computer. And now that Apple has released OS X Yosemite, it's only fitting that we show you how to install Yosemite in a virtual machine as well. For this guide, we'll be using the "Yosemite Zone" distro, which is really just a rebranded version of the old Niresh distro that we used in our Mavericks guide. While we've already shown you how to install Yosemite on your actual computer with Yosemite Zone, it also works great with virtual machines.

January 7, 2015

Hackintosh won't boot? How to use verbose mode to fix it

Setting up Mac OS X on a PC can be an extremely tricky process-- since Apple never intended for the operating system to run on any third-party hardware, Mac OS X can suffer from all sorts of bugs and hangups when you try to start it on your own PC for the first time. If your Hackintosh can't properly boot for some reason, then you'll probably have to turn on OS X's "verbose mode" to diagnose the problem. Verbose mode transforms the standard gray Apple boot screen into a text-based interface, from which Mac OS X will print out every single process that it runs in the background as it starts up. This way, you can tell exactly which process is messing up the startup process as a whole.

However, using verbose mode itself can be very tricky. After all, Mac OS X has to run hundreds of different processes at once to start up properly, so interpreting your results from verbose mode is often extremely complicated. This guide is here to help.