I’ve been wanting to write about creating a Hackintosh for quite some time now. But since I never quite did a Hackintosh I never could write about setting one up. Back during the good old days of Mac OSX 10.3 I was able to port the Mac Kernel over to my Linux System, with little effort. But I never got around to actually installing the full Mac OSX system. Porting the Kernel over wasn’t that difficult even though it was for the G4 CPU. The hardest part which I was never successful with drivers.
In early 2006 Apple introduced the Intel Processers into the Apple Family of computers. This opened the doors to hackers to easily be able to try and get Mac OSX onto an Intel PC. Since then Hackintoshes have been hobby for many people. However setting up Hackintoshes always seemed to have some types of stability issues unless you used the proper hardware to achieve this goal.
In July of 2012 Apple released Mac OSX 10.8 code named Mountain Lion. This caused alot of problems for Mac users. Mainly because Mac users running certain Apple computers where going to be forced to buy a new Mac. The reasons for this was because with this new release Mac OSX 10.8 would no longer support 32bit CPU, VGA graphics and many other things. However with these changes the Hackintosh communities started to love Apple even more.
The new changes in Mac OSX 10.8 meant that it easily be installed on any Intel based PC made with in the last 6 years. Hence any PC made between the dates of July 2007 to present would be easy to install Mac OSX 10.8 on.
For my Hackintosh I chose to use a Dell Inspiron 530S which my neighbor gave to me. After researching the hardware that this PC had I had doubts that I would be successful at installing Mac OSX onto it. But I finally did. The Hardware of this PC is listed below.
- Intel Pentium Dual Core 64bit
- 2GB RAM
- 400GB SATA Hard Drive
- DVD Drive
- Intel 825xx (Wireless Card)
- RealTek ALC888 HD Audio
Please note that depending on your PC different peaces of hardware will need to be looked at differently. In my case I needed to primarily focus on the Sound Cards and the LAN Card. The reason is because the first time I installed Mac OSX on the Dell I didn’t get sound or internet.
Preparing to Install
You will obviously need a few things to install Mac OSX 10.8 onto your PC one of which is the Mac OSX 10.8 Installer. The legal way and the recomended way is to purchase Mac OSX 10.8 from the Apple App Store. There are other ways of getting the installer. One of which is using a Mac OSX Distrobution. A distrobution is a version of Mac OSX that has been modified by third party specifically to set up a Hackintosh. There are two distrobutions to look at. One is the Niresh Distrobution and the other is the iAtkos Distrobution.
All three installers I have mentioned above have both upsides and downsides to them. The upside to the official Mac OSX installer is that it is 100% legal to setup a Hackintosh with it. However the downside is that you need to put alot more effort into actually installing it.
The upsides to the Niresh Installer is that it is small enough to fit onto a regulair blank DVD. It also has support for AMD processors as well. What this means is you can easily copy it onto a blank DVD and boot strait from it. The downsides is that it is an illegal copy of Mac OSX. And because it has been modified it has it’s own little bugs.
iAtkos is to big to fit on a standard single layer DVD which means you will need to have a burner that can burn a dual layored DVD. It only supports Intel based processors.
Now we will also need to look at some of the other tools we will need to install Mac OSX onto a PC. Please keep in mind I used the Niresh Installer and the only extra tool I needed was Multibeast. Which I used to get my internet and sound to work. However below is a list of all of the tools you may or may not need to have a successful install of Mac OSX on your PC.
- Bridge Helper
- iBoot Ivy Bridge
- iBoot Legacy
- MultiBeast Mountain Lion
- USB Flash Drive 8GB or more
- Blank CD’s
- Blank DVD’s
- Blank Dual Layered DVD’s
You may or may not also need to creat custom Kext files if you need to, and use MultiBeast or KextBeast to install them.
Installing The Sucker
If your using the official Mac OSX Installer you will need to have a USB Flash Drive that is at least 8GB in size. You will need to copy the official Mac OSX Installer which will be in a DMG format onto your Flash Drive. You will also need to download Unibeast and depending on your hardware you may or may not be required to copy it to a CD or DVD. With Some hardware you will need to make changes to your BIOS. With My Dell Inspiron 530S a default BIOS setup worked fine. Here is the link the official guide to installing Mac OSX Mountain Lion on a PC.
If your using Niresh just download the Niresh ISO image to your computer and burn the image to a Disk. Make sure to read the Read Me file for special boot commands. In my case I didn’t need to use any special boot commands. After burning the ISO image to a DVD pop it into the PC that your going to turn into a Hackintosh and boot off of the DVD. Follow the Installation instructions.
Note that Niresh their seems to be bug that will sometimes skip the account creation process at post install. If this happens you can login using the root user account. The root user name is obviously root and the password is niresh. I would highly recomend changing the root password by using the terminal and typing passwd root and typing the new password in. Also while in the root account if you haven’t already created a user account you should do that as well, then log into it.
After the installation of Niresh you can use the MultiBeast tool to fix any features that aren’t working. For me it was the sound and the internet.
If you have setup your Hackintosh correctly then Apple wont even know if your using a PC or an Apple. There for you will have no problem recieving system updates, using iCloud or the App Store. As far as Apple knows you have an Apple computer.