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  1. Version 11.0.2


    This is the current version of VMware Tools for OS X / macOS from the VMware CDS repository for Fusion 11.0.2 Please note: In the latest VMwareGfx.kext from Fusion 8.5.5 onwards VMware have discontinued the 2D-Acceleration code, and graphics performance is better now, thanks to Zenith432 for the update. To check for the latest version visit http://softwareupdate.vmware.com/cds/vmw-desktop/fusion/. The various VMware Tools downloads are located under the packages folder for each version. Instructions for extracting darwin.iso - Download the file above - Extract com.vmware.fusion.tools.darwin.zip.tar - darwin.iso is located in the "payload" folder com.vmware.fusion.tools.darwinPre15.zip.tar com.vmware.fusion.tools.darwin.zip.tar
  2. Version 3.0.0


    macOS Unlocker V3.0 for VMware ESXi =================================== 1. Introduction --------------- Unlocker 3 for ESXi is designed for VMware ESXi 6.5 and 6.7. The patch code carries out the following modifications dependent on the product being patched: * Fix vmware-vmx to allow macOS to boot * Fix libvmkctl to allow vSphere to control the guest The code is written in Python as it makes the Unlocker easier to run and maintain on ESXi. +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | IMPORTANT: | | ========== | | | | Always uninstall the previous version of the Unlocker before using a new | | version. Failure to do this could render VMware unusable. | | | +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ 2. Installation --------------- Copy the distribution file to the ESXi host datastore using scp or some other data transfer system. Decompress the file from the ESXi console or via SSH: tar xzvf esxi-unlocker-xxx.tgz (xxx - will be the version number, for example, 300) Run the command from the terminal: ./esxi-install.sh Finally reboot the server. 3. Uninstallation ----------------- Open the ESXi console or login via SSH and chnage to the folder where the files were extracted. Run the command from the terminal: ./esxi-uninstall.sh Finally reboot the server. 4. Notes -------- A. There is a command added called esxi-smctest.sh which can show if the patch is successful. It must be run from a terminal or SSH session. The output should be: /bin/vmx smcPresent = true custom.vgz false 38725560 B B. The unlocker can be temporarily disabled during boot by editing the boot options and adding "nounlocker". 5. Thanks --------- Thanks to Zenith432 for originally building the C++ unlocker and Mac Son of Knife (MSoK) for all the testing and support. Thanks also to Sam B for finding the solution for ESXi 6 and helping me with debugging expertise. Sam also wrote the code for patching ESXi ELF files and modified the unlocker code to run on Python 3 in the ESXi 6.5 environment. The code is available at https://github.com/DrDonk/esxi-unlocker History ------- 26/09/18 3.0.0 - First release (c) 2011-2018 Dave Parsons
  3. Verision 3 of the macOS Unlocker for VMware Workstation and Player. Supports versions: Workstation 11/12/14/15 on Windows and Linux Workstation Player 7/12/14/15 on Windows and Linux https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/files/file/963-macos-unlocker-v30-for-vmware-workstation/ https://github.com/DrDonk/unlocker/releases/download/3.0.2/unlocker302.zip https://github.com/DrDonk/unlocker/ readme.txt
  4. Here is a new utility to patch the EFI firmware in VMware Workstation and Fusion to allow the non-server versions of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard) to run. Yoiu will need macOS unlocker 3 if you are using Workstation on non-Apple hardware. I still have to find a way to do this on ESXi as the UEFIPatch utility will not run in the ESXi console. This currently supports: Workstation 11/12/14/15 on Windows and Linux Workstation Player 7/12/14/15 on Windows and Linux Fusion 10/11 on macOS https://github.com/DrDonk/efi-unlocker/releases/download/1.0.0/efi-unlocker100.zip https://github.com/DrDonk/efi-unlocker Please read the readme.txt file for details. readme.txt
  5. Version 3.0.2


    macOS Unlocker V3.0 for VMware Workstation ========================================== +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | IMPORTANT: | | ========== | | | | Always uninstall the previous version of the Unlocker before using a new | | version. Failure to do this could render VMware unusable. | | | +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ 1. Introduction --------------- Unlocker 3 is designed for VMware Workstation 11-15 and Player 7-15. If you are using an earlier product please continue using Unlocker 1. Version 3 has been tested against: * Workstation 11/12/14/15 on Windows and Linux * Workstation Player 7/12/14/15 on Windows and Linux The patch code carries out the following modifications dependent on the product being patched: * Fix vmware-vmx and derivatives to allow macOS to boot * Fix vmwarebase .dll or .so to allow Apple to be selected during VM creation * Download a copy of the latest VMware Tools for macOS Note that not all products recognise the darwin.iso via install tools menu item. You will have to manually mount the darwin.iso for example on Workstation 11 and Player 7. In all cases make sure VMware is not running, and any background guests have been shutdown. The code is written in Python. 2. Prerequisites ---------------- The code requires Python 2.7 to work. Most Linux distros ship with a compatible Python interpreter and should work without requiring any additional software. Windows Unlocker has a packaged version of the Python script using PyInstaller, and so does not require Python to be installed. 3. Limitations -------------- If you are using VMware Player or Workstation on Windows you may get a core dump. Latest Linux products are OK and do not show this problem. +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | IMPORTANT: | | ========== | | | | If you create a new VM VMware may stop and create a core dump. | | There are two options to work around this issue: | | | | 1. Change the VM to be HW 10 - this does not affect performance. | | 2. Edit the VMX file and add: | | smc.version = "0" | | | +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ 4. Windows ---------- On Windows you will need to either run cmd.exe as Administrator or using Explorer right click on the command file and select "Run as administrator". win-install.cmd - patches VMware win-uninstall.cmd - restores VMware win-update-tools.cmd - retrieves latest macOS guest tools 5. Linux --------- On Linux you will need to be either root or use sudo to run the scripts. You may need to ensure the Linux scripts have execute permissions by running chmod +x against the 2 files. lnx-install.sh - patches VMware lnx-uninstall.sh - restores VMware lnx-update-tools.cmd - retrieves latest macOS guest tools 6. Thanks --------- Thanks to Zenith432 for originally building the C++ unlocker and Mac Son of Knife (MSoK) for all the testing and support. Thanks also to Sam B for finding the solution for ESXi 6 and helping me with debugging expertise. Sam also wrote the code for patching ESXi ELF files and modified the unlocker code to run on Python 3 in the ESXi 6.5 environment. History ------- 27/09/18 3.0.0 - First release 02/10/18 3.0.1 - Fixed gettools.py to work with Python 3 and correctly download darwinPre15.iso 10/10/18 3.0.2 - Fixed false positives from anti-virus software with Windows executables - Allow Python 2 and 3 to run the Python code from Bash scripts (c) 2011-2018 Dave Parsons
  6. I have been working for days trying to get VM Workstation 14 on windows 10 to run my hackintosh ssd drive... No matter what I try I get a VMWare error when trying to run the VM.... "Error while powering on: Insufficient permissions." I have tried adjusting permissions, changing VM location, mounting/unmounting, tweaking settings, and running as administrator.... all without any luck. I have a running macOS 14.0 Mojave on a Samsung 970EVO NVMe SSD along with a separate 970EVO running Windows 10. I am using unlocker 2.1.1, VMWare workstation 14, APFS for windows, and Paragon HFS+ for windows. The macOS partition is on a separate NVME ssd than the windows one. I was curious to see if anyone had any ideas. I was following this guide primarily but it is a little out dated.
  7. As in title. Does latest Unlocker unlock version 15 just fine? OR do we stick with version 14.x for now, please? Please let us know.
  8. Here are some new VMX settings that will help you make OS X running in VMware look more like a real Apple Mac. I have only tested on Workstation 10 running on Windows 7, so I cannot guarantee that this will work with other VMware versions and OS. These settings may help overcome some issues such as running the Messages application. If you check the system details before making these changes this is what you can expect to see. Hardware Overview: Model Name: Mac Model Identifier: VMware7,1 Processor Speed: 2.53 GHz Number of Processors: 2 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 Cache (per Processor): 256 KB L3 Cache (per Processor): 12 MB Memory: 4 GB Boot ROM Version: VMW71.00V.0.B64.1308231723 SMC Version (system): 1.16f8 Serial Number (system): VMWVk21tM5F4+1Uty1UOSqjAQ Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-000C292AA301 and from ioreg utility: localhost:~ vmware$ ./system.sh VMware7,1 VMWVk21tM5F4+1Uty1UOSqjAQ 440BX Desktop Reference Platform Let's swap these out for some genuine looking Apple settings. Firstly, you need to have a running OS X guest and a copy of Chameleon Wizard to generate the relevant IDs. I also suggest you take a snapshot first just in case you make a mistake. Step 1 - Create unique identifiers Fire up your OS X guest and run the downloaded copy of Chameleon Wizard in the guest. We are not going to be using the Chameleon boot loader just using the wizard's capability to generate various identifiers such as serial number and board-id. Click on the SMBIOS button Select Edit Select a model and other parameters to generate a spoof ID. In this example I have created a MacBook Pro 6.1 with a re-manufactured serial number. Please do not re-use these but generate your own to make sure everything you do is unique. The 3 pieces of information you need to copy to the host are: Product Name Board Product Serial Now close down the guest ready for the next step. 2. Edit the VMX file Open the VMX file for your guest in a text editor and add the following lines: board-id.reflectHost = "FALSE" board-id = <board-id> hw.model.reflectHost = "FALSE" hw.model = <product-name> serialNumber.reflectHost = "FALSE" serialNumber = <serial-number> smbios.reflectHost = "FALSE" Using the example above: board-id.reflectHost = "FALSE" board-id = "MAC-F22589C8" hw.model.reflectHost = "FALSE" hw.model = "MacBookPro6,2" serialNumber.reflectHost = "FALSE" serialNumber = "RM129481AGW" smbios.reflectHost = "FALSE" Make sure you do not have any duplicate lines or VMware will not load the guest and give you a dictionary error message. The "board-id.reflectHost " is normally added from the new VM wizard and set to trye so make sure you set it to false. Save the VMX file start the guest. Step 3 Check the system You should now be able to use the "System Information" application to see that the guest is using the product and serial number you specified. Hardware Overview: Model Name: MacBook Pro Model Identifier: MacBookPro6,2 Processor Speed: 2.53 GHz Number of Processors: 2 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 Cache (per Processor): 256 KB L3 Cache (per Processor): 12 MB Memory: 4 GB Boot ROM Version: VMW71.00V.0.B64.1308231723 SMC Version (system): 1.16f8 Serial Number (system): RM129481AGW Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-000C292AA301 Attached is a small script file which can be run from Terminal to get all 3 parameters. To use copy to the guest rename to system.sh and make executable with chmod. Here is the output from the script showing the specified IDs. localhost:~ vmware$ ./system.sh MacBookPro6,2 RM129481AGW MAC-F22589C8 Hope this helps. Update 1: Use Apple MAC Addresses Remove or comment out these lines in the VMX file (make sure guest is powered off): ethernet0.addressType = "generated" ethernet0.generatedAddress = "xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx" ethernet0.generatedAddressOffset = "0" Add the lines with a static Apple MAC Address: ethernet0.Address = "xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx" ethernet0.addressType = "static" ethernet0.checkMACAddress = "false" replace the ethernetX.Address line with something from this list http://hwaddress.com/?q=Apple system.txt
  9. Hello, I am attempting to setup a Virtual Machine for Mac Os Sierra and I am having some trouble setting up the operating system to boot on VMware. I had already tried CPU masking which made the kernel panic on the picture and without says the CPU is Disable by the Guest Operating System. I had tried researching this problem but everything dates back to Snow Leopard or it does not work for me. Specs: Intel Q6600 4 Gbs Ram P5G41T-M LX PLUS Motherboard GTX 1050 Ti Vmx file:
  10. I'm running Mac OS High Sierra in VM Ware Workstation 14 Player on a Windows 10 host. While it is possible to copy and paste text from the host to the guest, it is not possible to copy and paste from guest to host when running the virtual machine in fullscreen mode with "vmware-kvm.exe". However, it is working if I run the virtual machine directly in vmplayer in windowed mode. Any idea how to fix this?
  11. Hi, I've just installed Sierra in VMWare from a distro and everything seems to be working fine, except for the graphics performance. I have the newest tools installed and I've tried using the beamoff app. That, unfortunately, doesn't work on Sierra, since Apple has started using Metal instead of OpenGL. Any ideas?
  12. I'm trying to setup macOS High Sierra VM's so that I can develop software for Mac without having to reboot so often. I managed to get High Sierra working in VMware Fusion 10, and am now trying to get it to work in VMware Workstation Player 14 (unlocked). However, the installer boot never finishes. It gets as far as the Apple logo and a little movement in the progress bar, then loops back to a black screen, the VMware logo, and back at the Apple logo, forever. Screenshots: https://imgur.com/a/tHJ94 Any tips on how to fix this? I followed several different online tutorials, even patching my VMware with the unlocker, specifying `smc.version = "0"` in the VMX, and so on, but the darn VM still has trouble booting. Also posting this to Reddit, Stack Exchange, tonymacx86, and osx86.net in case those communities can help, too!
  13. Hello everyone I have a problem setting the virtual OS X to display the screen's native resolution(1600x900). When the machine first boots up, it displays the right resolution then after the logging in by a few moments the screen displays a wrong resolution(800x450 HIPDI) which is a quarter of the resolution. I have macOS High Sierra (10.13.1) on VMware Workstation 14 Pro version: 14.0.0 build-6661328. My laptop has i5-4310U CPU with HD graphics 4400 which has 128mb dedicated video memory and a 1600x900 screen. I have installed VMware tools that was created on 14 September 2017 and VMware unlocker version 2.1.1 made by DrDonk. When logging in the background isn't the blurred wallpaper and the dock isn't transparent as it should be, or at least from what I saw on the internet. Here is what I have tried up until now: 1) Changing the resolution from the system preferences. 2) Using sudo /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Tools/vmware-resolutionSet 1600 900 Which displayed this output: Requested resolution: 1600x900 Effective resolution: 1600x900 Without any result. 3) I tried setting the screen's native resolution in the Display settings of VMware, still nothing. 4) I also tried to change virtualHW.version from 14 to 10 but it also did not do anything noticeable. The only thing that changed is that the blurred wallpaper was in the background when logging in. One thing to note is that it runs correctly up until 1366x768. I think the problem may be that the OS tries to load kexts after the logging in that interferes with the VMware tools, but I am not sure or that there is a hardware limitation, but I do not know a way to test it. Does anyone know how to fix that?
  14. Hello to all, I have a problem with the installation of Os Sierra on vmware virtual machine. I see the error: "The CPU has been disabled by the guest operation system", and the O.S. doesn't start. How I can fix it?
  15. Hey guys so this is my first post, I apologize if I leave something out or this has been answered, but I cant seem to find it. So I have been trying to get os x 10.9.4 or later installed on my PC. Specs Windows 7 SP1 X64 AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8 GHz Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H DDR3 4GB Ram ATI Radeon HD 4250 AMD High Definition Audio Device I installed VMware Workstation 10 and used the Unlocker 1.3. Added the VM for OS X 10.9, Removed the "firmware = efi" when I attempt to boot using the .vmx IDE torrent "os x mavericks 10 9 retail vmware image" I get to Loading Darwin/X86 screen and it just keeps spooling. I don't know how to get past that screen and get to the installation. I installed Virtualbox 4.3.12 and used the Niresh ISO. I finally got OS X installed using the amd64 flag and added the graphics for 1080p. It runs pretty slow in Virtualbox but at least it boots. When I try to upgrade to 10.9.5 uding the app store, the purpose of having OS X is to use Xcode which needs 10.9.4+, it boots to the Guru Meditation error. I am really lost here and have been reading forums and install guides for the past week. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for everything so far guys. P.S what is the fasting more stable software to use VMware or Virtualbox? Can I install OS X 10.9.5 on either one using AMD?
  16. Having a black screen while playing video , even after installing the Perian codec, any suggestions? I'm running MacOS Sierra VMware image on Intel i7 4th Gen
  17. 1st i want to say please know that im in a hurry i just want to help y'all im a old member in this forum i mean i just signed up now thats why i didn't do quiz 2 to post everywhere cause im in a hurry i tested this in windows 8.1 and it should work on win xp/7/8/8.1/10 so please copy this and paste it there \\\ to slove the when win-install.cmd crashes you just see 'Administrator privileges required'' really fast , even if you run it as Administrator still doesn't work right ? well just delete this from win-install.cmd net session >NUL 2>&1 if %errorlevel% neq 0 ( echo Administrator privileges required! exit ) then run it as Administrator and whalla there u go , u welecome i also will attach unlocker208 just in case someone can't download it unlocker208.zip
  18. Hi, please advise with the following, I've never installed a MacOS before, also I don't have any Apple devices. I've installed VMware Workstation Player 12.1.1 build-3770994 on Windows 10, applied a patch Unlocker 2.0.8, created a 80GB VM with HW ver.12 and specified a smc.version = "0" by applying to a vmx file, Installed vanilla 10.11.1 from a bootable ISO without specifying an Apple ID, installed VMware tools under it, then I've downloaded and applied an update to 10.11.5 through App Store. I would like to proceed with Clover EFI bootloader installation for a couple of reasons. The problem is that installed MacOS is almost unusable for me in spite of auto detecting the host display settings in VMware and "Default for display" resolution under MacOS system preferences: every objects are too small! The height of upper menu is almost half of my mouse cursor. I think it is caused by a host system which have 13.5 inch display with 267 dpi (3000 x 2000), as far as I know this called a HiDPI (Retina) displays, Windows 10 default display settings size of objects are 200% on my system. Please suggest if there are some suitable and "right" solutions because I couldn't easily find any. Also I'm interested, if it's possible to pass a real DPI parameter to a guest system because anyone can decide to connect any additional display with a different DPI and while VMware window can be resized anytime, I think it should pass the DPI of current host display to guest system.
  19. Hi, I'm going to attempt installation of 10.9 inside VMWare on an AMD laptop. Firstly, before asking for help, I have one major doubt. All AMD piledriver CPU's have all the instruction sets present on Intel Sandy Bridge CPU's, inclusing SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, and SSSE3. Why do I still need a patched kernel to run OS X 10.9 on an AMD CPU? Does the kernel check the CPUID string before booting? If so, will merely fooling the kernel by bypassing the CPUID string check make mavericks run without any issues, or is there more effort involved in Kernel patching? Secondly, coming to what I'm attempting. I have the 10.9 dmg from Apple. I'm using MyHack to create a bootable pendrive. I'm using the "BSA R9 Kernel", which is supposed to support SSE4. My plan is to follow the steps here, http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/294868-guideamd-athlon-x2-x6-with-mavericks-1091/ , but with this updated kernel. What command line flags do I need to set for it to work? Has anyone tried this before? I'm trying to create a Hackinstosh like the Souldev Team. Sorry if this post seems like a noob asking to many stupid questions Peace, Shawn
  20. Come da titolo, non riesco ad avviarlo in virtual machine, usando VMWare Player, opportunatamente patchato (con l'Unlocker) per permettere l'avvio di OS X. Il problema è il seguente: VMWare avvia OSX, dopo 1-2 dall'apparizione del logo Apple, VMWare si chiude improvvisamente e senza preavvisi di crash o roba varia. Ho provato cambiando i settaggi della CPU (la mia è una AMD Phenom X3 però supporta alla perfezione la virtualizzazione hardware) e della RAM della virtual machine, ottenendo un altro risultato: dopo 5-6 secondi dall'avvio, la 'CPU guest' viene disabilitata e quindi l'avvio del sistema non si rende possibile. Anyone disponibile ad aiutarmi?
  21. I am new to this forum and mac osx.... but just wanted to share info. vmware workstation on windows: config(host pc): core i5, 4gb ram, win 7 64 bit mountain lion audio is lagging, choppy....(clicking sound more in bass frequencies) tried everything ensonique etc.. nothing worked.... Tried on another laptop: dell inspiron 15 core i3 4th gen 4010u 1.7ghz, 4gb ram(expanding to 8 gb), haswell series, running ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit(Legacy mode.. NOT UEFI), vmware workstation 10, osx ML vmware image used... 150 gb, 3 gb ram, running under vmware 8.x compatibility(otherwise keyboard does not work), installed vmware tools(1366x768) but only 32 mb but graphics is just ok. installed ensonique driver... edited the vmx file. device is "hdaudio" not "es1371" , surprisingly worked in both modes. Guess es1371 uses virtual device hence the lag due to timing issues. filename changed to "front: card=PCH,DEV=0" taken output from the command aplay -L. Now audio is clean vlc tested all bit rates. going to try Logic Pro X finally...
  22. Hi, I installed Mountain Lion on VMware on a Ubuntu 12.04 host but the sound is really choppy, how can i solve this issue? Host (Asus A55VM): Linux Ubuntu 12.04 8GB RAM Intel i7 3610qm, 6M cache up to 3.3GHz 1TB HDD 2GB nvidia gt630m Guest: OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Processor cores: 4 (2 processors x 2 cores) 150GB HDD Audio device: default 4GB RAM It seems to be a OSX only issue, i also have a windows VM under the same linux host and the audio works perfectly Is there a way to solve this?
  23. Hi all! I have recently installed Mac osx 10.6.6 to my computer using vmware and it is running perfectly!!! I can do system updates, browse the internet, download from the mac app store, etc. But i wanted more. So i decided to go get myself a $50 itunes gift card and update to 10.7 Lion via the mac app store. When i click on the "Buy" button for Lion, i get a message stating: "We could not complete your purchase Mac OS X 10.7 Lion requires a Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor." The funny thing is, my physical computer is a Core i7. i even fiddled around with the processor and core allocation in vmware workstation and changed it, i went back into osx and it had changed it under System Profiler to: "Quad-Core Intel Xeon" for the Processor name. So I am unsure what to do and need some help! Here is a screenshot in vmware and osx of the system profiler: Thanks Alex
  24. Hi Everyone, I'm finally coming back to OSX86. I've endured Windows 7's bugs and shortcomings for too long and I beleive OSX is the way forward for me. But I still want to enjoy my windows games at near native performance without having to dual boot. So I'm rebuilding my rig with this new spec: i5 3570 3.4Ghz (Not the K version, so Vt-d is available) Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H (I checked is fully working with 10.8.2) 12gb RAM Vertex 4 120gb for OSX install, HDDs for VMs. So I gather the Intel HD 4000 should be working well enough for the standard OSX experience, I won't need it for anything too graphics intensive. I've just been looking at graphics cards for PC gaming and want to get the Radeon HD 7770. I know that card isn't currently supported in Mountain Lion but that shouldn't be a problem for Vt-d. I could go for the 6870 with higher power requirements and compatibility with OSX if needed, but it wouldn't be ideal. A side question - how likely is it looking that the 7770 will be supported in the future? I've read some conflicting past speculation. I plan on trying both Parallels and Vmware for my Windows 7 VMs. Does anyone here have experience in assigning a graphics card to a VM for near native 3D gaming? I read on TomsHardware someone got this working very well on Linux (I will link if you'd like to see). If I'm not mistaken it doesn't matter whether the graphics card is compatible with the host OS or not, the Vt-d will assign the IO direct to the VM. Am I also correct in assuming no monitor needs to be attached to the graphics card directly? Thanks for your expert advice! I can't wait to get started. Alex
  25. Hello there, I currently have Mac OS X (10.7 Mountain Lion) running under VMWare Workstation 8 on Windows 7. I have 16GB of RAM and I dedicated 4 to MacOS X At first I wasn't very happy with the video performance. But after getting some SVGA II drivers here at Insanely Mac, I reckon the video performance is alright considering is a Virtual Machine. What I am looking for is a VM that would give me a fair 2D and at least some general audio playback capability (something tells me running Logic Pro under a VM would never be a good idea). I can't stop but wonder whether VirtualBox would be better than VMWare, mainly because with virtual box there aren't any hacks I must do in the virtualization software to run Mac OS X. I mean, with VMware I had to "unlock" Mac OS X as a guest OS option. Plus, perhaps I am wrong but I believe that it would also be easier to get audio and video? working at a better performance, since I reckon that Oracle thelselves would be working to provide decent drivers for Mac OS X under Virtual Box. Before I venture into trying to run Mac OS X under VirtualBox just for the sake of comparison (and risking wasting some precious time when I could be doing something more productive, like playing The Witcher 2 or diablo 3 ) I would rather "hear" what the community here has to say. What do you guys reckon? Also I never ran ######. on my Mac OS X VM as I thought this is only really necessary in "physical" (as in non-VMs) Mac OS X installs. But I have a feeling that I might be terribly wrong Any suggestions / recommendations are greatly appreciated. I am a total "noob" in the hackintosh scene. So my appologies in advance Cheers! P.