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kosakgroove posted a topic in Tutorials (The Genius Bar)Hello fellows of this great community. I bring to you a way to Hackintosh your shiny new PC or laptop. What happens is that when you buy a computer with Windows pre-installed, specially nowadays, it will most probably come with UEFI technology and GPT partition scheme. All is beautiful, yeah, but what if you suddenly feel like doing some Hackintosh stuff? You have a beautifully working Windows installation, with all the correct default drivers.. Possibly you already lost a bunch of hours on that computer and don’t really feel like backing up every single file (specially if you are like me without any USB 3.0 HDD or USB) That was where I was and so I decided to roll up my sleeves and get the job done! Windows 8.1 or Win 10 PCs come with the following partition layout, since it is the one Microsoft recommends: You will have a Windows recovery tool partition 1st, then your EFI partition, then your MSR, which is not really really needed, and then your Windows NTFS Internal Drive’s Partition. Windows loves this setup, it really does like it, but Mac OS X simply cannot stand it. In Mac OS X, drives for a Hackintosh with Clover should be formatted in GUID (which is GPT but with a 200 or more MB EFI partition) So: With MiniTool Partition Wizard or Easus Partition Master you should perform the following operations: - Delete the small partition in the beginning of the HDD if you have it. It can appear with several names, in my case it was called Other. -Locate a partition that should be right beside the one quoted above, and check its size, if it is around 100-170 MB then that is your EFI. Keep it where it is for the moment. -Right beside the EFI you should have a 300MB partition , which happens to be the MSR. You can safely delete it too. -After that is done, move the EFI partition to the beginning of the HDD, and expand it to around 500 MB, that will leave more than enough space for CLOVER, with your kexts and for Microsoft’s boot loader. -Finally you can resize the Windows partition and create a new one in FAT32 format. Mac OS X will thank you (with its great performance over others, at least in my opinion) and love you for all you just did and accomplished. After all the changes are applied and you boot Windows successfully with the new Partition Layout, you should boot the OSX Installer, and format the FAT32 partition you just created and change it to HFS (Journaled) to install Mac OS X on it You will most probably end up with a setup like mine on this laptop, where : NO NAME, that is the EFI partition created by ASUS, I expanded it to 553 MB disk0s2, that is the Windows NTFS partition Then there is my Macintosh HD, as well as a Recovery HD, created afterwards, with Recovery Partition Creator 3.8 and Install OS X Mavericks .app from AppStore That should be about it, let me know if any doubt arises
It seems these days that the best Mac expertise isn't in any Apple forums, but in the hackint0sh community. I have an issue with an OEM Mac Pro that I believe fits perfectly in this forum. I spent hours researching insanelymac and elsewhere and would appreciate a bit of guidance: OSX 10.5.8 boot partition moved from a Mac Pro 1,1 to a Mac Pro 4,1 The old Mac had ATI Radeon XT1900 The new Mac has nVidia GT120 and Quadro FX4800. The GT120 drives dual monitors, the FX4800 is there solely for CUDA computations. First, the partition would freeze during boot, at the gray spinning wheel. If I tried to boot in Safe mode I got a KP. The main culprit from the panic logs was NVDAResman. I moved NVDAResman out of S/L/Extensions, and was able to boot, with only one monitor being recognized. I installed nVidia retail drivers 18.5.2f16 + CUDA, and was able to boot w/ dual screens - but the menu bar is black, one screen runs at 2fps, and I get corruption in some system windows (garbled). I tried clearing boot & extension caches, didn't help. The reason I want the above sw/hw configuration to work is that everything works fine in my other SL partitions - I need this 10.5.8 for legacy purposes, for a limited time. In a couple of months I hope to scrap everything and move to Lion/ML. Is the above OSX + hardware combination supposed to work in the first place? How do I figure out if it's the GT120 or the FX4800 that's causing the problem (ok I can pull it out and see :-) but wondered if there's a software way)? Any ideas how to fix it? Something between nVidia's kexts, boot.plist, com.apple.PCIE? I'm just not familiar enough with those frameworks. Should I install Chameleon on my OEM Mac? Is there an easy way to disable the FX4800 altogether in this partition (and would it help)? I could live without its functionality. GeForce GT120 ven 0x10de devid 0x0640 Quadro FX4800 ven 0x10de devid 0x05fe Thanks!