What is OS X?
It’s an operating system designed exclusively by Apple for their personal computers known as Macintosh and for server machines. OS X is an advanced series of operating system used to expand the technological capabilities and to increase application efficiency.
What is Hackintosh?
Apple has designed Mac OS X so that it can run only on mac. If you try to run Mac OS X installation disc on any other computer, which is not made by Apple, the disc will simply won’t work. Unlike the Linux operating system or Windows, Mac OS X normally requires a specific set of hardware to operate. If you are really interested in running Mac OS X but don’t want to pay such high prices for the normal Mac, then ‘Hackintosh’ is just for you.
Hackintoshing is the process of overcoming these restrictions, by installing additional software with Mac OS X that adds support to a wider variety of hardware. Well, there is no actual cracking or hacking involved! If you want the way Mac OS X runs, or rather prefer the design of OS X to windows, but don’t want to pay money just to buy Mac, then Hackintosh is best option. Also, Mac OS X is not a single version like that of Windows, but a series of a different operating system. There are several iterations of Mac OS X like Version 10.1 Cheetah, 10.2 Puma, 10.3 Jaguar and so on. We will here learn how to install Mac OS X Mavericks Version 10.9 on a PC.
What you need?
- A compatible PC: Hackintoshing is not possible on every computer even you try with the following Unibeast and Multibeast tools. We prefer doing the process on CPUs and motherboards built in 2010 or later. PCs before 2010 are a lot complex to work with. Also, prebuilt or branded PCs would not be the right choice for installing OS X as the manufacturers use their proprietary motherboards and its really very hard to make them Mac compatible. Same goes with Graphics Card, Wi-Fi cards and other peripheral devices. You have to do a bit research on that.
- A separate hard disk: OS X requires its own hard disk (minimum 10GB and recommended 50GB of space). Also, the tools will not work with the hard disk where Windows was first installed. So we recommend a separate hard drive for the process.
- Unibeast: Here comes the tool for performing the process. Unibeast is a free Mac program that alters the official OS X Mavericks installer and copies it onto a USB hard drive. Then you can use this Unibeast USB disk to run the Mavericks installation process on PC. The program is compatible with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and later versions. For downloading Unibeast, you have to register on tonymacx86.com.
- A Hackintosh with Mac OS X Snow Leopard/OS Lion/OS Mountain Lion already installed or Mac OS X installed on a virtual Machine: Sadly, Unibeast is a Mac program, so you will require a computer with Mac OS X to run it. Alternatively, you can also install Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 on a virtual machine (Virtual Box or VMware) and run the Unibeast program there instead. But before using a virtual machine, make sure you install the Virtualbox Extension Pack (If you are using Virtual Box) otherwise you will not be able to view USB drives in the operating system.
- OS X Mavericks: The method described in this article would require that you download Mavericks Installer app. It’s free and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. You can also skip this requirement by tampering your system version. Search on the web for this trick.
- Empty USB Disk: The process for Unibeast requires at least 8GB of free space in a USB. But make sure you backup all the contents on the USB disk as Unibeast will erase all the contents of the disk for installing Mavericks.
- Multibeast: It’s a bunch of ‘kext files’ (Short form for Kernel extension or Mac drivers) your Hackintosh would need to work properly after the initial installation process. You have to download it onto a USB drive but make sure you download the latest version.
Process of installation
Formatting USB drive for installation of Unibeast
First plug in your USB disk into mac OS X and open disk utility (located in Applications>Utilities folder). Click on the USB drive in the sidebar of disk utility; select the partition tab and click on the options button and ‘check’ the partition scheme: it should now be set to “master boot record” as default.
Then you have to create a fresh partition using partition 1. Now set the format to “Mac OS extended” (Journaled). Give the partition a name of your choice and click “apply”.
It will erase and format the USB drive again for the installation of Unibeast.
- After formatting USB disk, download Unibeast and install it, but make sure that Max OS X Mavericks installation app you downloaded from the mac app store, is already inside your applications folder of Mac OS X.
- Select your USB drive as the main installation destination.
- Keep following the Unibeast installer wizard until you are on the selection page. Choose the “Mavericks 10.9“option.
- Click on the next page, there will be two extra options; first is ‘laptop support” if you are installing it on your laptop and the second option is “legacy USB support” if you use the first-generation Intel core processor: if neither of the options is related to you, then just click on “continue”.
- Now you’ll see the installation process bar. At this point, Unibeast will write the Yosemite installer app onto the USB drive. It will also perform a few necessary modifications to make your USB drive bootable on the PCs. Just sit and relax.
- It will take 10 -15 minutes to run but might take up to 1 hour depending on the speed of the USB disk.
Setting up various parts of your PC
Before you begin the installation, follow the steps –
- Firstly, unplug all the USB connected devices from the computer except mouse and keyboard. A defective external USB hard disk can cause your Hackintosh boot loader to give EBIOS errors at the start up.
- Then open unplug all the extra hard drives that your computer have, besides the hard drive that you are installing Mac OS X on.
- If your computer has a discrete graphics card, unplug it from the computer motherboard and instead use the inbuilt graphics on your CPU. Doing this will reduce the chances of failure using this guide, as mentioned earlier that discrete graphics card might not be compatible with Mac OS X.
- If possible, connect the monitor to the DVI port of your computer’s integrated graphics; mac OS X installer sometimes has glitches with HDMI and VGA.
Setting up the motherboards BIOS or UEFI
Basically, the BIOS or UEFI is the main settings page for your computers motherboard. Here you can fiddle how your PCs hardware works- it’s necessary to change few basic settings in BIOS to get mac OS X running. If you are not sure whether your computer’s motherboard has BIOS or UEFI, then you need a quick guide to differentiate between the two. BIOS are usually monochrome and text based, while UFEI has pictures and allows mouse pointer. Now depending on the brand adjust, your setting accordingly.
- To access BIOS/UEFI setup, press and hold delete, while the system is booting up.
- Set USB disk to the top boot priority.
- If your CPU supports VT-d, just disable it.
- If the system has CFG-lock, disable it.
- If the system has secure boot lock, disable it.
- If your system has OS type, set it to other OS.
- Save and exit the BIOS.
Once you finish that, plug in the unibeast USB drive in the computer, and restart.
Booting into Unibeast
If all goes well, your system will boot from the unibeast USB drive instead of booting from the normal hard drive. You will see the unibeast boot menu, at the unibeast menu, select the name of your unibeast USB drive , by using arrow keys on the keyboard , then press the enter key to start OS X installer.
Continue and you will see a page asking you where to install OS X. If you are installing Mavericks on an empty hard disk, the selection box will be blank. Otherwise, choose the hard drive partition where you want to install mac OS X. Mavericks will now install itself; the process will take at least 30 minutes.
After finishing, restart your system and keep the USB drive plugged in. At the Unibeast boot screen, you will see an icon of the hard disk where Mavericks OS X is installed. Select it and press enter, if everything worked properly, then Mavericks will boot. All Done!
As mentioned earlier, Multibeast is a group of kext files that are required for playing sound, accessing internet, high resolution display, and many other things in your Hackintoshes. Different Hackintoshes need different Multibeast setups, though most of the processes are same.
Once all this is done, you’ll be running completely functional copy of OS X on your PC. Enjoy !