Today was a loooong day. Started the day with a meeting with @farry till late in the afternoon and went back to the office to do some more work for Android. Coupled with 3 very bad experiences in 1 day from XL, it's a long and complete day. I thought why not make some fun by building a hackintosh?
I have 2 unused PCs at home and I'm not wasting them. I decided to make a hackintosh from one of them. The specs for the PC I'm using are:
- ASUS P5QL SE Motherboard
- 2 x 2 GB DDR2-800 RAM
- Onboard PCIe Gigabit LAN
- Nvidia Geforce 9400 GT 1024 MB DDR2
- ALC 662 Onboard Sound
- Benq 18.5" LCD
That's just about it. What worried me the first time was the motherboard. Only 1 posting I know in InsanelyMac.com forum that uses an ASUS and it's not the motherboard I'm using. For this project to happen, you will need some files which are:
- Retail Snow Leopard DVD - BUY IT! I have 2 of them actually. One for my laptop and the other for my hackintosh. Buy the upgrade version, it's IDR 300.000. Well worth every Rupiahs you spend - Restore the DVD to an external hard drive.
- Boot132 CD - get it from here. Follow the forum posting directions and you'll be fine.
- USB Keyboard and Mouse. You can use PS2 but it will be easier when you don't.
- A spare hard drive will be convenient - for this case i'm using just that.
- Free time to tinker.
The real steps are here:
- First off, insert your Boot132 CD and boot from your DVD drive. With my motherboard, when the bootup ASUS logo appeared, just press F8.
- Plug your external USB hard drive.
- When you get to the OS choosing screen, choose your USB hard drive labeled Mac OS X Install Disc.
- When you put the cursor on it, press the bolded characters -v -x -f and press Enter. It's telling to boot verbosely so you can see all the console outputs, boot into safe mode (no kexts loaded) and force full reload off all the available kexts.
- Wait until you get into the Installation routine.
- When you do get to the Installation routine, don't start yet. Click the Utilities menu on your top bar. Choose Disk Utility.
- You will see your hard drives listed on the left menu. Choose the Hard Drive you want to restore to.
- On the right panel, choose Partition and 1 Partition at the Volume Scheme drop down box. Just below the hard drive space box, click on Options and choose GUID Partition.
- Close Disk Utility and now you're back on your installation routine.
- Click NEXT all the way until it starts to install. Grab a coffee, it's gonna take some time.
- The installation will say it failed installing Mac OS X in the end. Don't worry, just reboot with the Boot132 CD still in the drive.
Ok that's just about it for our Part 1 of the tutorial. Leave a comment :)