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  1. So I gave several attempts to this process as explained above by serezha and had no luck, even when I alter the machine type to Windows 10 x64 there's no activity once that kernel panic happens, no way apparently to get past it. I suppose we'll figure it out at some point, ain't in that much of a major hurry to get it working.
  2. That thread has nothing to do with running Catalina in a virtual machine, this one does and is specific to that purpose.
  3. So... Here we go again with a new version of macOS and so far I haven't been able to get it booted in VMware Workstation, just curious if anyone else has either. Same old instructions to create a working bootable ISO function (same as Mojave but change the name of the installer app obviously). It won't boot past the Apple logo, can't boot into safe mode, or recovery either. Made several attempts so far to upgrade a clean Mojave VM using the Catalina installer app, still no joy on the reboot, it just hangs on the Apple logo with zero activity (no hard drive, network, nothing at all). Of course Apple has made some changes, so now begins the troubleshooting and scoping out what's changed and how to work around it and get this thing up and running for some mucking around. I suppose this would be a good thread to discuss all this in so, we'll see what happens. ;)
  4. Currently using VMware Workstation 15.0.3, with High Sierra 10.13.6 fully updated - Mojave has some issues because of changes to how the GUI is drawn so the performance is slower so I stick with High Sierra. But I've noted - over the years this has always been the case with using macOS or OSX in VMware Workstation as a guest OS sitting on top of Windows - that the actual networking performance is pretty lackluster and I've always wondered why. I have a Windows 7 VM that I created for testing purposes, so here's the setup in terms of the physical host hardware: HP EliteBook Folio 9470m Intel i5-3427u CPU (2 cores/4 threads) 12GB of DDR3 1600 (dual channel mode, gets about 22GB/s reads and 21GB/s writes so it's fast enough) Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SATA SSD (540MB/s reads and 520MB/s writes tested and verified regularly, no issues) Intel Gigabit NIC (no issues) Gigabit Internet service (I regularly pull 950-960Mbps without issues) Windows 7 Professional x64 fully updated as of March 15th (no issues whatsoever) Doing a speedtest from my ISP I get ~950Mbps results, downloading large contiguous files from some services gives me 70-90MB/s (that's Megabytes per second) sustained bandwidth during the downloads. For the VM, it's: VMware Workstation 15.0.3 (unlocked with Donk's unlocker) macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 installed from ISO then upgraded to 10.13.6 from App Store 4GB assigned to the VM (of the 12GB physical hardware RAM) 2 "CPUs" assigned to the VM (meaning I just have it set for 1 CPU 2 cores, using the extra two threads from Hyperthreading causes some audio glitches with the VM) VMware Tools installed (latest available directly from VMware) Everything in the VM is "stock" meaning I haven't and probably can't alter the hardware profile. Now, if I go do a download from someplace that I know is fast and can provide significant bandwidth in excess of 50MB/s (that's 400Mbps by the math) like Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, or perhaps some Linux distro mirror site in my region, I end up seeing a maximum speed of about 150Mbps (that's Megabits per second) or about 18-19MB/s. Considering it's a Gigabit NIC being fed to the VM, and Gigabit Internet service, I'd like to think the VM should be showing faster speeds but it's not. No matter what I do, even if it's copying files from a network share to the VM (as a shared folder set up in the VM settings) it still maxes out at roughly ~150Mbps and I can't for the life of me figure out why. Anyone else notice this slow performance? Here's why I bring it up: With the Windows 7 VM I use for testing, as a guest OS on top of Windows 7 itself, I can pull 850-950Mbps in the same speed testing situations. But with the macOS VM, 150Mbps tops it seems. I wonder if there's a reason for this, perhaps the NIC driver in VMware Tools is just crazy inefficient with respect to using macOS on a Windows host which isn't supposed to be done, of course, but we do it anyway because we actually can (thanks to Donk and many others over the years, I have my own storied history as part of The OSx86 Project when it started up long ago). Just wondering if anyone else has ever noticed this issue. It's not a big huge hassle, of course, but it is somewhat irritating knowing the networking for the VM should be significantly faster. When I look at the Network Adapter properties inside macOS it shows a Gigabit link as far as the VMware networking driver is concerned so, again, it's just odd why it's so limited, almost a flat line at ~150Mbps and I've never been able to get it to go any faster. Bizarre... ;)
  5. br0adband

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    A million thanks for you for your efforts, Donk, they are and always have been appreciated. I wanted to check out Mojave the other day and grabbed the installer .app for it, didn't feel like attempting to convert it to a bootable ISO for VMware Workstation booting/installing, so I did a clean installation of High Sierra 10.13.5, then immediately went into the Mojave upgrade process and boy, does performance suck big time now. I think Apple's decision to alter the internals of how macOS handles video displays and content - and yes I'm well aware that under VMware Workstation we have no hardware video acceleration at all of any kind - will alter whether or not people decide to attempt to use Mojave in a VM. The performance of anything related to the UI is abysmal, and I'm using a Kaby Lake CPU with the Intel HD 620 under Windows 10 Pro x64 for the moment. With High Sierra on the same machine and as a VM performance is acceptable, yes it's slow as expected but in overall use it's "workable" - but when I rebooted to Mojave I was rather shocked at how slow the video UI performance was, it's downright molasses in winter. I rebooted the VM a few times with no effect - it just sucks, and I don't think that even a fully clean installation of Mojave - at least at this point - in a VM isn't going to make any difference whatsoever. Maybe as time passes Mojave in a VM (at least on a Windows host, I was going to try it on a Linux host but honestly I don't think that will matter either) will improve but I'm not gonna bet on it. For now, High Sierra 10.13.5 works great, no issues at all, so far so good. Thanks again, Donk, glad to know you're 'retired' now, been that way myself for a long time, not much to do with my free time but mess with computers as I've always done so being retired really didn't change much for me at all. :D
  6. While it's not actually relevant to the subject at hand I suppose, I have to say you really must love OSX/macOS to have gone through all that to get it running and plan to run it for 2 more years. Aside from that, very very well done guide so congrats on that and getting it functional and good luck resolving the last few aspects you're having issues with.
  7. Well it's been some time since I've been around these parts - I check in from time to time just to see what's happening - but I've got an issue here that may or may not be something anyone can help with so I figured it can't hurt to ask. Yes, I've done a lot of research into this but almost every reference to the audio crackling issue is with an OSX Guest in VMware running on an OSX (or even Linux) host ala a Hackintosh or even a real Mac - I can't find any info about such issues with a Windows host OS so again, it might not be something I can do a damned thing about at all. Anyway, I've got a decent laptop these days: a Dell Latitude E6420 with the following specs: - Core i5-2540m CPU @ 2.6 GHz (2 cores, 4 threads) - 8GB of DDR3 1600 (2x4GB) - 500 GB 7200 rpm SATA II hard drive - Intel HD 3000 graphics (not relevant on the OSX Guest since it's just using the VMware VGA driver anyway but the performance is ok I suppose) Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 fully updated is the host OS, using VMware 11 Workstation as the virtual machine client for the OSX 10.8.5 Guest OS (fully updated) - I have no interest in Mavericks or Yosemite so that's why I stick with Mountain Lion. Yes I realize that using Windows as a host OS isn't the preferred method but my days of bothering with OSX and making a Hackintosh are behind me now and well documented considering my history with the OSx86 Project and all. Nowadays, since machines are more than powerful enough to run a Guest OS at full bore with near-bare metal performance that's what I use this setup for. Having said all that, obviously the audio crackling is damned bad. It's not like I really care all that much about it but sometimes I do "stay" in the OSX VM and fire up iTunes for some Internet radio content and it just crackles constantly. I've adjusted the priority of the VM to be Above Normal when grabbed, no effect. I won't push it further than that since it could effect the Windows host OS which is pretty much in constant use as well so that's not a potential solution (High or Real-time priority when grabbed). I've read about situations where the specific audio card that's being emulated might help to some degrees, aka the Ensoniq driver/kext but that didn't seem to work at all, maybe I'm just doing it wrong. Again, since this is a Windows host and I know that's the evil {censored} OS everyone hates I may not be able to do anything about this - 10.8.5 runs great in a VM on this hardware, it really does. If I can get a decent SATA III SSD at some point that obviously should seriously boost performance overall on the Latitude so I should expect screaming performance (as much as can be expected I suppose) from VMs and the host OS too. So, if anyone has any suggestions I might be able to try out to get the sound working a wee bit better than it does right now, I'd greatly appreciate hearing it. Thanks for reading and for any potential help. Have fun, always... UPDATE: Well, I haven't resolved the audio issue but, here's the strangest thing I think I've ever seen with OSx86 or anything related to it. I decided to grab the Yosemite DMG and set up another VM just to see how it would go. Of course, as anyone knows Yosemite is a resource hog unlike any other version of OSX that's ever existed and I'm not really sure why. It consumes like 1.5GB of RAM just to boot and then a bit more - I've been running it (after fully updating it, of course) for a few hours with a few reboots just for good measure to see how the RAM usage will work itself out. I gave it 4GB (of my 8GB) for the VM and it still chugs along. I did discover the "Beam Sync" issue and yes, when I use beamoff it definitely does improve the graphics performance but the OS itself is still damned sluggish in a VM at this point, probably always will be. I also gave Mavericks a go earlier and holy mackerel that is fast as hell and I never even bothered with beamoff - it's just snappy and responsive in a VM unlike what I was expecting: it's even faster and smoother than Mountain Lion is on this Latitude of mine. But anyway, for the strange part: All three OSes exhibit severe audio crackling issues with iTunes, whether I'm playing an Internet radio stream or even playing local content (mp3 files I encoded myself, LAME V0). I don't know if I can resolve this so I figured I'd check out the QuickTime Player a few moments ago (under Yosemite) and try playing a local video file, a movie trailer for "Accidental Love" which was featured on YouTube and I downloaded it using SaveTube (an addon for Firefox). The file is in a Shared folder on the same partition that Yosemite is running from and, well... it plays perfectly, without skipping, and no damned crackling audio... /me shakes his head, how the hell can a full blown video clip (with no hardware acceleration at all) play back with perfect audio sync on the exact same VM that can't even play an audio file or stream without crackling like crazy? See, I told you it was strange. I even tried a higher bitrate video file (still in mp4 format) and it plays just fine as well, no skipping, no dropouts, no audio crackling. Of course because there's no functional hardware acceleration I see CPU usage (measured with MenuMeters on the toolbar) of about 75% across the 4 "cores" of this i5-2540m but I could care less since it's actually playing the video perfectly which was completely unexpected. But the audio issue with iTunes... there's something funky going on there, I just can't figure out what it is.
  8. Well I got bored recently and figured I'd check back into how the world of OSx86 has been progressing over the years and decided to give Mountain Lion a shot inside VMware 8/9 (I have both installed for development purposes). I'm using Ubuntu 12.04.2 x64 as the host OS and my issue is that regardless of of which version of VMware I happen to use I'm finding that I get no audio whatsoever. Now, the thing is that the audio hardware is detected and shows up just fine under System Information (analog/digital/etc) so there's something there being detected as audio hardware, but for whatever reason there's just no actual output going to the host audio adapter. I've tried several methods and several variations of the Ensoniq driver but I've still had no luck whatsoever of actual audible audio output. Figured I'd ask and see if anyone else has had a similar experience (OSX in VMware as a guest OS on a Linux host OS and no audio inside the virtual machine even though the "hardware" is detected and appears to be functional). I'll check back a few times over the next few days just in case anyone has any suggestions or potential solutions. Thanks for any assistance.
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    Yah, it's a great solid laptop, I may end up selling it at some point to get something newer but, it's a rock of a machine hence me pouncing on it when I saw it for that price - they had the wrong price on it and I wouldn't let 'em get away with it so I got pretty lucky with this one. The other aspect that I like about it: it's Broadcom through and through, the Broadcom Gigabit NIC and Broadcom Wi-Fi (BCM4311) so it'll work without issues with OSX. Most current BIOS (A15) patched for SLIC 2.1 also but that's just Windows related, has no bearing on OSX. I'll need to set something up later to do the DSDT creation, don't have a spare hard drive at the moment and I'm not interested in wiping it at the moment - don't have OSX on any Flash sticks either, all I have are DL DVDs I've made or the OSx86 discs of various kinds. I'll drop an email later, thanks for the offer.
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    BLEH. I just got a Dell Latitude D830 in near mint condition at a pawn shop, of all places, yesterday for (get this) $150 + tax. Only problem as far as OSX goes is it's an Intel GMA X3100 based model, but it's loaded with everything else. I can't handle 1920x1200 on a 15.4" screen but this one is 1680x1050 which is my fave resolution for a screen that size. Dammit... after all these years, nobody has yet figured out how to get Snow Leopard up and functional on these that I can tell. I spent hours doing research and grabbed 4 distros of 10.6 and still no go: each of them craps out when it gets to the first dialogue because the screen goes black and you can't see nothin'... ARGGHHHH Been awhile since I've been around here in these parts but, I wouldn't mind getting 10.6 functional on this thing in a dual boot with Windows 7. Guess it's just not going to happen. /me goes off to check pricing on a replacement D830 mobo with an Nvidia GPU on it over at fleaBay... Nice work, olykwon, wish I could test out your efforts but, alas, I'm still dead in the water for Snow Leopard on this thing.
  11. Well that would certainly cover a lot of the bloat, for sure. The opinions being tossed about are that Fusion 3 was simply rushed out too fast, to try and: a) give Macs a better shot for the holidays and steal thunder from Windows 7 coming out - better yet being able to install it on a Mac, or with Parallels 4 out now they couldn't hold it back. Seems most everyone at the VMWare Fusion forum are complaining these days since 3 came out. I've lodged my own complaints there a few times as well. It's just not what it could/should be, I think.
  12. Does the same thing for me with Workstation 7 under Windows 7 and Fusion 3 under Leopard 10.5.8 with the usual mods to get it to boot (SL client, that is, but even SL server sticks). Wish we could get past that but, so far it's not happening. I know I've read that Fusion 2.0.6 is supposed to support SL Server fully but, I've got a legit SL Server install DVD sitting here, same thing: spinning beach ball, stuck. BLEH.
  13. It's because it's checking for a digitally signed file on the installation media that IDs it as the Server version - technically the only allowed usage of OSX in VMWare Fusion is with OSX Server, so... this page has the info to "fix" that little issue and then be able to get Snow Leopard client to install in Fusion 3 (the instructions were created back when Fusion 2 came out but the author of this blog just posted yesterday saying the methodology works with Fusion 3 also and tested it just after 3 was released on Tuesday): http://blog.rectalogic.com/2008/08/virtual...ard-client.html It does boot the Snow Leopard ISO but I'm getting stuck just after the graphical portion starts, I get the standard grey background screen and the spinning ball cursor and it just sits there. I asked the blog author if he could offer some advice but he's not responded yet. You can't use the DVD in the optical drive to do this, you MUST image it to the hard drive as an ISO using Disk Utility or whatever tool you want, just as long as you end up with the ISO because you have to use the touch command as noted on the blog to modify the ISO by creating the Server.plist file that Fusion is looking for. Obviously, you can't modify a burned DVD in the drive, hence you having to make the ISO for this. As stated, it does "work" as far as booting the Snow Leopard ISO; I'm just stuck at the spinning ball point, pre-language selection and I haven't been able to resolve it just yet. The instructions aren't as complicated as they seem, really. I did all of them (just a few lines copied into Terminal from that blog - but make sure you scroll down near the bottom to get the full working commands; the blog author modified them with tips from others). Just remember: the answer here lies in the darwin.iso, in modifying the Snow Leopard installation ISO, and patching the digital signature - none of this has anything to do with the vmx options this time out. Good luck...
  14. Good thing. The links were not functional for several hours yesterday when I was attempting to download them, hence my post, but it seems to be resolved now. Working on creating a Snow Leopard VM in Fusion 3 under OSX that I can then transport over to Windows 7 with VMWare Workstation 7, should work but I keep having issues with SL installing in Fusion 3. Got past the "Server" limitation but the installation just isn't happening... As far as your "links" being copied, they're on a public file hosting site that's indexed by Google so, sorry to tell you this but they're already all over the place, have been since you put 'em up. There's no such thing as 'secrecy' or anonymity anymore. Bleh.
  15. Can someone host the 3 relevant files someplace, as they're not available at any of the links I've found in this thread so far. The files: vmware-darwin-200 vmware-darwin-snowy vmware-darwin-voodoo Would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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