Niresh Osx Mavericks .ISO fails at install boot on VBox4.3.6 with Win8.1 host
no matter which boot flag I choose.
Install boot always stops at the "bluetooth transport" error message (so the issue seems to be related to the graphical virtual hardware, being the next to be loaded at boot)
Seems on VB official forums talking about OsX support is taboo/forbidden.
Yesterday I ended up installing VmWare Workstation 10.0.1 (with a pirated serial) and a preconfigured mavericks-VM (from the PirateBay)
It's a VM with 150GB thin provisioned vmdk (actually less than 8GB space effectively used on host physical harddisk).
There was just to run a batch (I inspected) to automatically move the .iso of the mavericks vmware tools to the right directory and to modify a couple of RegKeys
Plus to use a HexEditor to edit a .dll because of a issue with wmware website (just have to add a "/" in the end of url used to check for updates)
I was able to flawlessly use iTunes/AppStore to upgrade to 10.9.1 and install free iWorkSuite ("legit", no hack to do this)
There are guides to create an iTunes account without credit card and this is needed to install the iWork suite update (just download&install the old iWork9 suite from softpedia and you'll get a free upgrade)
NB upgrade to OsX 10.9.1 needs reboot: if you just care of the vm display it seems to crash during reboot, but just trust the virtual hard disk blinking green led to realize indeed it's workring even if you just see a smashed screen in the vm
Finally I added vmware-tools and SVGA-II driver from opensource project.
Actually the VM takes only 15GB on my physical harddisk, but indeed its just 2x ~8GB (I made a snapshot of the pre-configured and running Mavericks vmdk before going further with the software installations and Apple's upgrades....I'll wait a couple of days to delete the old snapshot)
OsX Mavericks guest inside VmWare Workstation10 on Win8.1 host ADVANTAGES:
- procedure works and is easy and fast
- OsX-vm runs like a charm (fast)
- no extra configuration/hack needed for hardware support (es. audio works by default)
- Time it takes: 2 hours (plus the time to download the torrent)
VmWare Workstation DISADVANTAGES:(compared to VirtualBox4.3.x or VmWare ESXi5.5)
mostly due to little virtual hardware options compared to ESXi or VBox:
- limited virtual graphic card===> Apple's Apps (es. Maps) needing OpenGL support crash. Even you have to disable hardware acceleration within Flash player plugin for Safari (download the plugin with your Windows PC as far as mavericks-vm's Safari crashes on Adobe website.)
- no usb passthrough
- no multitouch/gestures support for modern touchpads
I don't like to overhead the Windows Host with so many hyper-visors (I use VMs to run Windows8.1 nested in Windows8.1 as My main Os just to be free to make messes and easily revert to a previous snapshot).....but seems VmWare Workstation and VBox can coexist. Even the virtual network interfaces of the hyper-visors are not messing around with my numerous tap network interfaces (without having to configure anything manually).
Seems nobody on the internet was able to install Mavericks on a VM in VBox with Win8.1 host.
The matter is...considering how taboo it is to write about OsX support in the official VBox forums....I think VBox will hardly support OsX guest on Win8.1 hosts....