Building a Hackintosh Computer - Step by Step Guide and Hardware Suggestions
Configuring OS X
Congratulations! You have now installed OS X on your PC! Unfortunately, we aren’t quite done yet. We now have to install a bootloader to the actual boot drive where you installed OS X, and configure the operating system to use the hardware that we have installed.
Before we can do any of that, we will need to boot into OS X before any of this can occur. In order to boot into your new OS X install, once again boot from our “USB” installer, but this time select the “Mountain Lion” drive and hit Enter.
Once Mountain Lion boots for the first time, it will bring you to the standard OS X post-install setup. This process is the same as on a standard Mac, and will create your user account and some system preferences. No tricks here, just follow the instructions (although network configuration may need to be skipped if your ethernet connection is not recognized and does not work at this point).
Before we can configure OS X, we need to download some software. If your networking is working on your system at boot, you can download it through the operating system, otherwise, download it on another machine onto a separate USB thumb drive, as we did.
Download the following software/files from the included links:
- MultiBeast - Once again from tonymacx86, and registration is required
- An altered version of org.chameleon.Boot.plist
- 10.8.2 Supplemental Update
- Patched MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0
We will explain what all of this does shortly, but make sure they are all downloaded and accessible on your Hackintosh before you continue.
First we install MultiBeast with our required options.
Run the Installer and select the options that match your hardware or as we have them displayed in the above screenshot if you are using the same hardware we outline earlier.
All of the different hierarchical categories displayed in MultiBeast represent the different supported hardware so you can easily include drivers for your hardware and software tweaks that best matches your configuration. As you can see in MultiBeast, the community has hacked together a surprising amount of support for different hardware in OS X.
Next, we will change the bootloader configuation (located in /Extra) to reflect our choice in GPU.
To do this, simply open Finder, access the “Go” Menu, select “Go to Folder”, and type in /Extra.
Once in the /Extra Folder, replace the org.chameleon.Boot.plist file with the one you downloaded above.
After the bootloader is patched, run the installer for the 10.8.2 Supplemental update, to make sure our system is up to date.
Once the installer is finished, it will prompt you to restart the system, however, do not reboot at this time. Leave this window in the background and move on.
After the supplemental update is installed, we need to install the patched version of the Macbook Air and Pro Update 2.0 which we downloaded earlier. This update improves support for the Intel USB 3.0 ports, as well as increased support for Kepler GPUs.
When this installer finishes, you are safe to remove the USB installer drive and reboot the machine.
After the machine reboots, you should see the Chameleon bootloader again, but it should automatically boot to your “Mountain Lion” drive and start the operating system.
Now you have a fully functioning Hackintosh!