[intro] Okay, I've realised alot of people have had many troubles trying to boot the OSx86 DVD's, don't have DVD burners or blank DVD discs available. So, doing it through VMWare is an easy option to take. This quick guide/HowTo shows you the basic steps needed to create a Virtual Machine that can handle OS X, what needs to be selected, etc... You can then go ahead and install it to a physical HDD (partition or separate), and boot off it!
I wrote this because of the amount of problems people were having, and the fact that I wanted to give something back to the community that has helped me ever so much! I love you InsanelyMac / OSx86Project! [/intro]
From VMWare to Native Guide
Please note: I am no longer providing support for this guide (as of 2nd March '07). This guide should still work fine with the latest version of VMWare, however, due to simpler installer methods (booting from the DVD) I have decided to stop working on this guide. This is still very useful and informative for people who lack DVD-RW drives or discs.
Time to set up (once all required files are downloaded and installed): 15 Minutes. Time to install OSx86 through VMWare: 20 - 30 Minutes. Total: Approx. 45 Minutes.
You will need:
- A Working 10.4.3/4/5/6/7/8 x86 Bootable DVD Install Disc (I cannot provide a link)
- VMWare Workstation
- Daemon Tools (or another virtual drive making software, e.g. PowerISO)
Hardware Requirements (more will be added later):
- SSE2 capable processor. Use CPUz to find out.
- At least 4GB of available space, on a separate partition or hard disk drive. Recommended: 10GB or more.
- Recommended: At least 512MB of physical RAM.
- A working Microsoft Windows Operating System Installation (Recommended: XP Pro/Home)
Open Daemon Tools. Right-click the D-Tools task icon in the System Tray, make a Virtual CD/DVD-ROM, and mount the ISO image (set number of devices to 1, then select the device, and mount the ISO on it):
Load up VMWare Workstation. Create a new Virtual Machine:
File => New => Virtual Machine.
Options you must select:
Custom | New - Workstation 5 | Other - Other | Virtual Machine Name (Optional) / Location (Optional) | Memory - 256MB or above is preferable | Do not use a network connection | SCSI - Buslogic | Use a Physical Disk (Press OK/Continue on the warning that appears) | Select appropriate Device (as in the HDD you want to install onto), Usage - (Optional - for me it wasn't. I had to install OS X onto a full HDD, not a single partition... Not sure why...). | Disk file (Optional).
Once made, edit the Virtual Machine's Configuration, and change the CD-ROM drive to the Virtual CD/DVD-ROM drive we made earlier (Drive [ D:] in my case). You cannot point the drive directly to the ISO file, as it won't work. This is becuase VMWare ISO Emulation doesn't work too well with hfs+ filesystems.
You must also change the disk to an Independent - Persistent one (thanks to xtraa for this part! ) As it says on the VMWare site:
To configure a disk as an independent disk, choose VM > Settings, select the disk in question, then click Advanced. On the advanced settings screen, select Independent, then the mode for the disk. You have the following options for an independent disk:
# Persistent — changes are immediately and permanently written to the disk. All changes to an independent disk in persistent mode remain, even when you revert to the snapshot.
# Nonpersistent — changes to the disk are discarded when you power off or revert to the snapshot. Choose this option if you want to run a virtual machine where the virtual disk is stored on a DVD-ROM or CD-ROM, or if you want to lose any changes made to the virtual disk since the snapshot was taken when you revert to the snapshot.
Start the Virtual Machine.
NOTE: You must left click in the portion of the VMWare window that is being emulated in order for it to detect your mouse and keyboard!
Press the ESC key on your keyboard, and select to boot off the CD-ROM Drive. Hopefully, you should see the Darwin Bootloader. Then, you should be on your way to a clean install. If you encounter any problems, enter "-v" at the Darwin Bootloader prompt, and put the error / screen capture here...
Once installed, restart your computer and follow the particular guide that came with the ISO/DMG file you got, i.e. Maxxuss' Instructions Post-Installation. If you used the 10.4.4/5 PrePatched ISO DVD then you should be good to go! Just restart, and boot the HDD you installed onto! (you may need to change the HDD Boot Order in your BIOS)