Sorry to bump a necro thread on my first post, but since this was one of the first results in a google search, I thought it was a forgivable sin. So to be specific, I found an answer to the missing /com.apple.boot.slist issue when installing ideneb for the first time. Credit goes to : http://www.sysprobs.com/install-update-snow-leopard-hazard-1064-vmware-player After you start the VM, capture your inputs to the VM and press F8 to access startup options when you are prompted to press any key to boot from cd. Add this to the command line : busratio=20 -v If that alone does not work, try this as well : busratio=20 cpus=1 -v busratio sets the FSB , cpus sets the cpu to 1 (obviously) and -v sets diagnostic messages. I've managed to successfully boot without setting the cpus flag, with 1 processor and 2 cores set up in the VM as per my setup. I've included the full command in case others had issue with only using the busratio command. My system for reference sake is a P4 3.0ghz Dual Core 930, 3gb of ram and a 60gb SSD. It's a Dell Dimension 9100 with a i945 chipset.