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Hello friends, here is my guide that took me 20mins to install SL on an external USB2 drive.

You must have another version of OS X 86 to do some patching, this is a minus as the most of the guides, but it's fast.


I have to remind you that this is up to you, I don't take any responsibility if you damage your data or your hardware. To build a "Hackintosh" needs practice and A LOT of time to waste for research and files, so sit back, print this page and use it as a quide that you agree to use "As is" there are no warranties :(


1. Follow this guide and make the cdboot (thanks flashGX)


2. Burn the CD, but you won't use it yet :)


3. If you have the .dmg image of Snow Leopard, mount it.


4. Open Terminal and write:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
	  killall Finder

This command, shows all files in finder, we want that cause we will install

Snow Leopard from the .dmg image (faster than DVD and cheaper :D )


5. Now while you have mounted the image with the Mac OS X Installation DVD, go to /System/Installation/Packages and run OSInstall.mpkg when you're done, put this on Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
	  killall Finder

it will hide again your system files.


6. Install OS X as you would normally.


7. After installation, go here and grab Chameleon 2 RC3 Installer (thanks Dr. Hurt ) also go to the following link and grab some files that we'll use soon. (h t t p://chameleon.osx86.hu/articles/chameleon-20-rc3-with-snow-leopard-and-large-disk-support)


8. Reboot and insert the cdboot you created above in step 2.


9. Choose on the BIOS to boot from DVD, boot, when you're on Chameleon screen, select the disk where you Installed Snow Leopard, and write: -v arch=i386 -x32 and press Enter.


10. Takes awhile to load the Snow Leopard Account Creation screen, while you're there, complete the steps and continue.


11. When you'll reach the Desktop, install Chameleon 2 RC3 and then go to the folder "Extra" on the partition where Snow Leopard is installed. Put inside the files you grabbed on step 7 and put the right text on com.apple.boot.plist, mine is this for example:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
	  <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
	  <plist version="1.0">
		  <key>Kernel Flags</key>
		  <string>arch=i386 -x32</string>
		  <key>Graphics Mode</key>
		  <key>Instant Menu</key>
			  <key>Legacy Logo</key>

Also inside the "Extra" folder, put the file smbios.plist


12. After you're done, reboot without the CD, choose from BIOS to boot from your drive (in my case USB 2 external) and hopefully you'll boot to OS X without any problem.


My configuration is:

Motherboard, MSI P965 Neo-F V2

CPU, Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz

Memory, 4GB Corsair 800Mhz DDR Dual Channel. (4x1GB)

Storage. 2x500GB WD SATA HDDs

Graphics Card, ATI HD 2600 Pro 512MB PCIe


I am able to connect online with my WiFi card (Atheros)

The screen resolution is stuck at 1600x1200 and it's annoying on my 24" monitor where it's default resolution is 1920x1200...

No sound on my ALC888 on board card


I hope some of you to find this guide handy :P

Total time spent, 20mins


Good luck to all, don't forget to READ before you ask and SEARCH on the links I've provided above on each step.


Thanks to all the community for their contribution :)

I hope Netkas, soon to provide driver for my ATI HD2600 Pro and also to find the right .kexts for the sound.

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FYI, I just updated to 10.6.1 and everything went OK. No problems to boot or anything :P


If anyone finds out how to make sound to work and to be able to see my internal SATA HDDs, let me know.

Also I'm still waiting for a solution regarding my ATI 2600 Pro PCIe card, can't change resolution and this is

what System Profiler appear:


ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro:


Chipset Model: ATI,RadeonHD2600

Type: GPU

Bus: PCIe

PCIe Lane Width: x16

VRAM (Total): 835 MB

Vendor: ATI (0x1002)

Device ID: 0x9589

Revision ID: 0x0000

ROM Revision: 113-B2250F-207

EFI Driver Version: 01.00.207



Resolution: 1600 x 1200

Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)

Main Display: Yes

Mirror: Off

Online: Yes

Display Connector:

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If CHameleon 2 RC3 can be installed on MBR, then I don't think why not this will work ;)

Try it and leave feedback. But be advised to install on MBR partition that is empty with no data, cause maybe will need to format it. So, take the chance and try it ;)


Good luck!

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thaaaaaanks , i read all of those major guides but non of them worked but yours ROCKS , im now typing inside the Snow Leopard !!!!


thaaaanks your the BEST

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I'm glad it worked fine for you my friend :angel: I think this guide will work on most of the PCs, without any limitation to motherboard.


You used GUID or MBR? Do you have sound? resolution change? kind of graphics card you got? you see your internal hard drives and if so, are they SATA? Let me know to add more info and maybe some .kext you used in case everything works, so will be solution to the rest who try this :)


Thanks and cheers!

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hello I can not install it on my MBR Partitions? Please Let me know if there is any fix for this!


Confirmed to work fine on MBR drives too :rolleyes:

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