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How to easily build a Hackintosh

19 August 2011 107 Comments

Many of you have asked me to build a guide on making an Hackintosh computer (Hackintosh is a computer with typical PC components on which you run the Mac OS X) and I made an in-depth video guide on the same, I also discuss some of the things that are needed to make a Hackintosh.

To build an Hackintosh I use the procedure and tools by tonymacx86 also it is better to have a dedicated graphic card than using the integrated graphics on your motherboard it is better to first check your graphic cards to make sure it is compatible with the Hackintosh.

Again the success of your Hackintosh will depend upon the parts that are used, generally I found that motherboard based on Gigabyte and Asus work great and in particular Gigabyte motherboards, so before starting to make a Hackintosh I suggest you do a search with your particular Motherboard model to see if that works, after making the hackintosh you can do software updates like a regular Mac but before doing major software updates it is advisable to check tonymacx86 forums to make sure that a particular update does not break things as sometimes after major update you might need to again run Multibeast utility.

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  • umran89 said:

    is it necessary to use retail copy ? can i use a backup copy?! like a burnd copy? cz i have also tried wit retail copy of leopard not snow it never got workin :( i have tried it lik zillion times :(

  • jazbajunoon said:

    very informative

  • jazbajunoon said:

    very informative

  • geekyranjit said:

    @umran89: I always used the retail copy also what type of graphic card are u using…… that also is important generally you need a dedicated graphic card internal graphic cards i.e of motherboard are problematic….. check the tonymac forum with specific info about your motherboard and other devices.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @umran89: I always used the retail copy also what type of graphic card are
    u using…… that also is important generally you need a dedicated graphic
    card internal graphic cards i.e of motherboard are problematic….. check
    the tonymac forum with specific info about your motherboard and other
    devices.

  • umran89 said:

    @geekyranjit i m using intel i7 930 proc with an ATI 5850 HD , i hav check it apparently ppl say its compatibly n using a wx58bp motherboard

  • umran89 said:

    i m using intel i7 930 proc with an ATI 5850 HD , i hav check it apparently ppl say its compatibly n using a wx58bp motherboard

  • shademims said:

    hi this video is really nice to install mac os can i install on intel pentium d processor and can i install mac os on AMD processor also pls reply

  • Akarsh Shuban said:

    hi this video is really nice to install mac os can i install on intel
    pentium d processor and can i install mac os on AMD processor also pls
    reply

  • geekyranjit said:

    @shademims: I think so pentium D might work with iboot legacy personally not 100% sure….. but AMD processo no.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @shademims: I think so pentium D might work with iboot legacy personally
    not 100% sure….. but AMD processo no.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @umran89: Actually yes you need a Retail copy coz the disk that come with a Mac for example iMac or Macbook Pro they are just for that hardware hence a retail copy of Snow leopard is required.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @umran89: Actually yes you need a Retail copy coz the disk that come with a
    Mac for example iMac or Macbook Pro they are just for that hardware hence a
    retail copy of Snow leopard is required.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @umran89: yeah that intel board must be the issue as it is a workstation board not a normal consumer class chipset motherboard.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @umran89: yeah that intel board must be the issue as it is a workstation
    board not a normal consumer class chipset motherboard.

  • lyricallysikh1 said:

    Hey Ranjit you should do a review on SSD drive vs HDD drive explaining maybe which one is worth buying over one another and for what purpose?

  • lyricallysikh1 said:

    Hey Ranjit you should do a review on SSD drive vs HDD drive explaining
    maybe which one is worth buying over one another and for what purpose?

  • geekyranjit said:

    @lyricallysikh1: yep I need to make a video regarding that, infact I did a detail write up article on my tech2buzz website about SSD.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @lyricallysikh1: yep I need to make a video regarding that, infact I did a
    detail write up article on my tech2buzz website about SSD.

  • JazGr3wal said:

    or you can jus buy a macbook

  • Jaz Grewal said:

    or you can jus buy a macbook

  • Jaz Grewal said:

    or you can jus buy a macbook

  • umran89 said:

    @geekyranjit any recommendations?to get it working?

  • umran89 said:

    any recommendations?to get it working?

  • Umran Sheikh said:

    any recommendations?to get it working?

  • geekyranjit said:

    @umran89: I doubt if no one has made it with your chipset, you can try this site insanelymac add dot com to see if someone has luck with your motherboard.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @umran89: I doubt if no one has made it with your chipset, you can try this
    site insanelymac add dot com to see if someone has luck with your
    motherboard.

  • umran89 said:

    @geekyranjit actually i did try goin tht forum once upon a time, and they told one person had exactly same specs as mine xcept the gfx card, and it did work!! ..issue was lik i had dis core 2 duo lappy too from HP pavillion series it never workd in there too :( den i found dis guy in mumbai he s got 100%succes rate in installin hackintoshes, i contact him , but then its kinda stupid he was chargin lik 6k for installin it now thts heavy !

  • umran89 said:

    actually i did try goin tht forum once upon a time, and they told one person had exactly same specs as mine xcept the gfx card, and it did work!! ..issue was lik i had dis core 2 duo lappy too from HP pavillion series it never workd in there too :( den i found dis guy in mumbai he s got 100%succes rate in installin hackintoshes, i contact him , but then its kinda stupid he was chargin lik 6k for installin it now thts heavy !

  • Umran Sheikh said:

    actually i did try goin tht forum once upon a time, and they told one person had exactly same specs as mine xcept the gfx card, and it did work!! ..issue was lik i had dis core 2 duo lappy too from HP pavillion series it never workd in there too :( den i found dis guy in mumbai he s got 100%succes rate in installin hackintoshes, i contact him , but then its kinda stupid he was chargin lik 6k for installin it now thts heavy !

  • geekyranjit said:

    @Kabookster: Go to tonymacx86 DSDT database section and download the DSDT for the motherboard make sure you download the appropriate BIOS version….. use Multibeast and place that DSDT file on your desktop and use the same and restart…….. I must have done something silly coz I had to then manually enable the sound option and network again from multibeast and everything else worked fine on other kexts were needed.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @geekyranjit: I forgot to mention the big issue was updating to 10.6.8 as it was crashing after reboot earlier and it was due to my nvidia card hence after running the 10.6.8 combo update I had to run the nvidia update before rebooting you can download the patch from Nvidia site and I then I ran multibeast and did the above steps.

  • Kabookster said:

    Hey Ranjit, can you tell me what post installation steps you took after installing Snow Leo on your Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3R-B3 ?

  • geekyranjit said:

    @Kabookster: Go to tonymacx86 DSDT database section and download the DSDT for the motherboard make sure you download the appropriate BIOS version….. use Multibeast and place that DSDT file on your desktop and use the same and restart…….. I must have done something silly coz I had to then manually enable the sound option and network again from multibeast and everything else worked fine on other kexts were needed.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @geekyranjit: I forgot to mention the big issue was updating to 10.6.8 as it was crashing after reboot earlier and it was due to my nvidia card hence after running the 10.6.8 combo update I had to run the nvidia update before rebooting you can download the patch from Nvidia site and I then I ran multibeast and did the above steps.

  • glitchak said:

    Hi, is there a way to install lion without snowleopard?..i dont have cd with me rite now..its in india and im aboard. so i was wondering if i could buy
    lion using my macbook and then use it some how. if not i will have to wait for almost a month till i get my hands on the SL cd:(. thnks

  • glitchak said:

    Hi, is there a way to install lion without snowleopard?..i dont have cd with me rite now..its in india and im aboard. so i was wondering if i could buy
    lion using my macbook and then use it some how. if not i will have to wait for almost a month till i get my hands on the SL cd:(. thnks

  • geekyranjit said:

    @glitchak: I personally did not try it there is a method to install it from the new launched USB Lion disk that were introduced a couple of weeks back see tonymac website for further instructions regarding the same, but as of now the preferred method is using SL retail installtion disk.

  • glitchak said:

    Hi, is there a way to install lion without snowleopard?..i dont have cd with me rite now..its in india and im aboard. so i was wondering if i could buy lion using my macbook and then use it some how. if not i will have to wait for almost a month till i get my hands on the SL cd:(. thnks

  • geekyranjit said:

    @glitchak: I personally did not try it there is a method to install it from the new launched USB Lion disk that were introduced a couple of weeks back see tonymac website for further instructions regarding the same, but as of now the preferred method is using SL retail installtion disk.

  • My new computer a Core i7 a Hackintosh - Tech2buzz.com said:

    [...] Update: I have made an an step by step video guide on how to make an Hackintosh [...]

  • mattysmarshall said:

    Mine crashed while trying to install the combo update. I started it back up, but it goes back to the grey screen with the apple logo. I haven’t found anyone having this issue. Has anyone encountered this?

  • geekyranjit said:

    @mattysmarshall: Visit tonymac forums there should be a work-around for the same if your motherboard is supported at times on some system you would need to go to 10.6.4 update first and from there proceed to go with 10.6.8 combo update, personally even for me updates went fine till 10.6.7 for 10.6.8 I had to manually edit some files before I could update otherwise it would crash It was the nvidia graphic updates that I had to do, please check the tonymac forums.

  • mattysmarshall said:

    Mine crashed while trying to install the combo update. I started it back up, but it goes back to the grey screen with the apple logo. I haven’t found anyone having this issue. Has anyone encountered this?

  • geekyranjit said:

    @mattysmarshall: Visit tonymac forums there should be a work-around for the same if your motherboard is supported at times on some system you would need to go to 10.6.4 update first and from there proceed to go with 10.6.8 combo update, personally even for me updates went fine till 10.6.7 for 10.6.8 I had to manually edit some files before I could update otherwise it would crash It was the nvidia graphic updates that I had to do, please check the tonymac forums.

  • gmukharji said:

    i have sucessfully installed mac os x 10,6,8 on intel HD67BL mobo, using i7-2600k,and gforce gtx 210,,,tonymac guides
    happy macintoshing

  • gmukharji said:

    i have sucessfully installed mac os x 10,6,8 on intel HD67BL mobo, using i7-2600k,and gforce gtx 210,,,tonymac guides
    happy macintoshing

  • Ranjit (author) said:

    If everything is working fine on your Hackintosh do not forget to clone it to another HDD for a safe backup see my video on the same http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b55sOi4Z4Q

  • gmukharji said:

    i have sucessfully installed mac os x 10,6,8 on intel HD67BL mobo, using i7-2600k,and gforce gtx 210,,,tonymac guideshappy macintoshing

  • chrestian said:

    So Multi-beast is the only way to get the latest drivers for GPU, Network & Audio cards?

  • chrestian said:

    So Multi-beast is the only way to get the latest drivers for GPU, Network & Audio cards?

  • Asif said:

    Ranjit,
    You mentioned in Aug in few weeks you will workout the issues with OS X Lion 10.7x and update. Were you able to install the 10.7.x aka Lion on your System?

  • Ranjit (author) said:

    You can install Lion if you hackintosh is running 10.6.8 but personally I did not like Lion coz some of the apps I regularly use do not work fine, in fact I removed Lion from my Macbook Air and went back to 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

    So I am not planing to install Lion right now on my Hackintosh may be a couple of months who knows but right now no.

    Cheers,
    Ranjit

  • chrestian said:

    So Multi-beast is the only way to get the latest drivers for GPU, Network & Audio cards?

  • Ravneet said:

    Any pointers on the hardware list that you used for this one? I am trying to get components for a i7/i5 build, would be helpful if you can supply/publish the components that you used.

  • Ranjit (author) said:

    @Ravneet: All the parts that I used to make the i7 hackintosh http://www.tech2buzz.com/hardware/my-new-computer-a-core-i7-a-hackintosh

  • LordNEcro said:

    hey, i use the amd x2 phenom(black edition) with a gigabyte processor (i dont rem the name, but it is mid end, will update the name soon too)
    amd 6450 hd gpu
    4 way colling unit
    4 gb ddr3 (2×2)ram and planning to add one more 2 to that

    but again there is no chance for amd users is there ?

    and btw, you have some amazing info out here (appreciate it)

  • jetenderghuman said:

    I am so doing this……

  • jetenderghuman said:

    I am so doing this……

  • geekyranjit said:

    @jetenderghuman: Cool Jetender :)

  • geekyranjit said:

    @jetenderghuman: Cool Jetender :)

  • Anay said:

    I dont have a graphic card can I do this still?

  • Ranjit (author) said:

    @Anay: It might work but you will be stuck on a low resolution and no graphic acceleration etc will work, hence a dedicated compatible graphic card is recommended.

  • Riyaz Khalifa said:

    ACPI:System State [S0 S3 S4 S5] (S3) plz halp

  • riyazkhalifa said:

    ACPI:System State [S0 S3 S4 S5] (S3) plz halp

  • Riyaz Khalifa said:

    ACPI:System State [S0 S3 S4 S5] (S3) plz halp

  • gcjackofalltrades said:

    My I7 Mac OSX Lion Hackintosh If anyone interested in buying go to my channel for the link!!!

  • Swapnil said:

    Hi Ranjit.can i use this method on my dell laptop ???can i use same method on vmware or virtualbox?

  • DroidChat said:

    Can you download iBoot on a PC????!?!

  • DroidChat said:

    Can you download iBoot on a PC????!?!

  • 786asker said:

    can i install it on 2gb ddr2 ram

  • 786asker said:

    can i install it on 2gb ddr2 ram

  • 786asker said:

    can i install it on 2gb ddr2 ram

  • MrLOLFTW said:

    I need to ask as i have not found much answer about, Can i install it on my little HP Netbook with an AMD yes, AMD not Intel processor? I have an iMac and a gaming rig but ide like my little HP to run Mac instead of windows. Is there any way i could install OS X on it? Its got ATi Graphics and An AMD processor. Ide like some clarity on this please :D

  • geekyranjit said:

    Sorry the procedure I showed you in this video does not work with AMD processor, there are way to make it work with AMD processor but I haven’t tried it and it is a bit tricky to make it work.

  • MrLOLFTW said:

    I need to ask as i have not found much answer about, Can i install it on my little HP Netbook with an AMD yes, AMD not Intel processor? I have an iMac and a gaming rig but ide like my little HP to run Mac instead of windows. Is there any way i could install OS X on it? Its got ATi Graphics and An AMD processor. Ide like some clarity on this please :D

  • MrLOLFTW said:

    Ah i see, well thanks for that response then, looks like ill stick with my iMac for Mac related things then! Thanks

  • geekyranjit said:

    Sorry the procedure I showed you in this video does not work with AMD processor, there are way to make it work with AMD processor but I haven’t tried it and it is a bit tricky to make it work.

  • MrLOLFTW said:

    Ah i see, well thanks for that response then, looks like ill stick with my iMac for Mac related things then! Thanks

  • starrwoman1 said:

    Very well done on the video, this will help me with my hackintosh when the time comes. Thanks again on the video.

  • starrwoman1 said:

    Very well done on the video, this will help me with my hackintosh when the time comes. Thanks again on the video.

  • andimandiproductions said:

    Hey Ranjit, great video, very helpful. Needed some advice,
    I have the following specs for my PC, wanted to know if it would support a Hackintosh:

    Intel i3-2100 – 3.1 GHz
    Intel DH67VR Motherboard
    4GB DDR3 Corsair RAM
    Intel HD Graphics 1000 (GT1)

    I’m desperate to build a Hackintosh and am on a very tight budget. Can arrange a Nvidia 9600 GT 1GB GPU. Do you think it’ll work with the above config. Is it worth giving it a try on a separate 80GB HDD lying around?

  • Mehta Amit said:

    Hey Ranjit, great video, very helpful. Needed some advice,
    I have the following specs for my PC, wanted to know if it would support a Hackintosh:

    Intel i3-2100 – 3.1 GHz
    Intel DH67VR Motherboard
    4GB DDR3 Corsair RAM
    Intel HD Graphics 1000 (GT1)

    I’m desperate to build a Hackintosh and am on a very tight budget. Can arrange a Nvidia 9600 GT 1GB GPU. Do you think it’ll work with the above config. Is it worth giving it a try on a separate 80GB HDD lying around?

  • andimandiproductions said:

    Hey Ranjit, great video, very helpful. Needed some advice,I have the following specs for my PC, wanted to know if it would support a Hackintosh:Intel i3-2100 – 3.1 GHzIntel DH67VR Motherboard4GB DDR3 Corsair RAMIntel HD Graphics 1000 (GT1)I’m desperate to build a Hackintosh and am on a very tight budget. Can arrange a Nvidia 9600 GT 1GB GPU. Do you think it’ll work with the above config. Is it worth giving it a try on a separate 80GB HDD lying around?

  • andimandiproductions said:

    Hey Ranjit, great video, very helpful. Needed some advice,I have the following specs for my PC, wanted to know if it would support a Hackintosh:Intel i3-2100 – 3.1 GHzIntel DH67VR Motherboard4GB DDR3 Corsair RAMIntel HD Graphics 1000 (GT1)I’m desperate to build a Hackintosh and am on a very tight budget. Can arrange a Nvidia 9600 GT 1GB GPU. Do you think it’ll work with the above config. Is it worth giving it a try on a separate 80GB HDD lying around?

  • Mehta Amit said:

    Hey Ranjit, great video, very helpful. Needed some advice,
    I have the following specs for my PC, wanted to know if it would support a Hackintosh:

    Intel i3-2100 – 3.1 GHz
    Intel DH67VR Motherboard
    4GB DDR3 Corsair RAM
    Intel HD Graphics 1000 (GT1)

    I’m desperate to build a Hackintosh and am on a very tight budget. Can arrange a Nvidia 9600 GT 1GB GPU. Do you think it’ll work with the above config. Is it worth giving it a try on a separate 80GB HDD lying around?

  • Mehta Amit said:

    Ranjit, would appreciate if you could reply to my earlier question. Thanks in advance.

  • andimandiproductions said:

    Ranjit, would appreciate if you could reply to my earlier question. Thanks in advance.

  • Mehta Amit said:

    Ranjit, would appreciate if you could reply to my earlier question. Thanks in advance.

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    Also! Also! Also!

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  • tyuchiha21 said:

    K I just got ilife 09 on my power mac and I did not know if I restarded it that It would no boot so if I used iboot will it boot

  • tyuchiha21 said:

    K I just got ilife 09 on my power mac and I did not know if I restarded it that It would no boot so if I used iboot will it boot

  • tyuchiha21 said:

    K I just got ilife 09 on my power mac and I did not know if I restarded it that It would no boot so if I used iboot will it boot

  • warrior17a said:

    Where can i get snow leopard?

  • warrior17a said:

    Where can i get snow leopard?

  • saurav jha said:

    hi Ranjit
    can u tell me how do i get the OS x because i don’t have a mac to download it from mac app store
    plz do help

  • saurav jha said:

    hi Ranjit
    can u tell me how do i get the OS x because i don’t have a mac to download it from mac app store
    plz do help

  • dashmit5 said:

    hi ranjit i wanna ask 2 things i have a i3 processor 2nd generation can we install this hackintosh on any motherboard which supports ahci mode cause in the other video u told ur using sum gigabyte z68 motherboard ty and ill wait for ur comments and yes if u have a integrated graphics card on ur motherboard as sum motherboard do have it do u still need to buy a seperate graphics card ?

  • dashmit5 said:

    hi ranjit i wanna ask 2 things i have a i3 processor 2nd generation can we install this hackintosh on any motherboard which supports ahci mode cause in the other video u told ur using sum gigabyte z68 motherboard ty and ill wait for ur comments and yes if u have a integrated graphics card on ur motherboard as sum motherboard do have it do u still need to buy a seperate graphics card ?

  • Chinmay naringrekar said:

    will it work with my intel e5700 pentium dual core 3ghz
    gigabyte g41 combo motherboard
    4gb ram
    i dont have a optical drive i prefer installing os from usb flashdrive like i did for win 7 and win 8
    just like you i m tiered of doin baby siting with windows
    please help me sir

  • Chinmay naringrekar said:

    will it work with my intel e5700 pentium dual core 3ghz
    gigabyte g41 combo motherboard
    4gb ram
    i dont have a optical drive i prefer installing os from usb flashdrive like i did for win 7 and win 8
    just like you i m tiered of doin baby siting with windows
    please help me sir

  • vinay mehra said:

    i made it on pentium !! without graphic card :) it works fine 1.5 gb ram , no overclocking :)

  • LV Protocol said:

    I’m not able to get the bios settings on my dell n5010 Inspiron

  • LV Protocol said:

    Please help

  • Siddhant Medar said:

    from where can i download mac os x


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