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Hello! Yesterday I decided to throw out windows (hate it so much...) and try out hackintosh. I somehow (probably a miracle) installed Yosemite and it almost works (but with random freezes, no sound, graphic card glitches and so on...) but i want to start from the start because going into something this complicated headlessly is a suicide.

So what do I need? I need to start learning but i dont know where. If someone would help me to get into this i would really appreciate it.


Thanks for reading and looking forward for your replies.

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Thanks! I will deffinitely read that stuff.

My setup:

MB: Asus M5A78L/USB3

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965BE

RAM: Kingston 8GB 1600MHz

GPU: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB

Few SSDs to play with

3 monitors (sides on DVI and MiniDP, main on HDMI, all three different)

SoundBlaster Audigy PCI Souund card


Sorry if i missed something.

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Okay, i just finished reading the stuff in the link you posted. Man, there is so much stuff one has to do to get this working... I noticed all the tools needed for this are MAC only, are there some windows alternatives? Also about the DSDT stuff - Do i need it before installation or after installation?

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then export a raw dsdt 

Mac OS X operating system: use MacIASL.app or DSDT Editor.app
Under Windows operating system: use DSDT-Editor or AIDA64

Under Linux operating system: use DSDT-Editor.app


  • AMD CPU, should work without problems, use the latest AMD Kernel for Yosemite 10.10.5
  • GPU: Radeon HD 7770, should work without problems, either by using DSDT GPU Inject or by driver patch --> you'll find a good description on the website of rampagedev
  • Sound card, must read with SystemInfo.app, which is built exactly (vendor-ID device-ID)

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I found a thing called "TransMac", can it be used as an alternative to make install usb? Because in the tutorial there is no way of doing it from windows machine so i guess i have to keep searching....

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Yes! use youtube, there is shown. it is simple

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Well..you need osx system install at some point. Where are you going to get that? If you have a mac machine somewhere why not try making an installer there?

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If i had a mac machine i wouldnt bother to convert a windows one :D

I got myself a Yosemite 10.10.4 DMG file and i restored it to a 8GB USB. Now i guess i need to add the kernels & stuff but from the big tutorial i really dont understand step 5b:

cp "/Volumes/OS X Install ESD/BaseSystem.dmg" /Volumes/Yosemite/
cp -a "/Volumes/OS X Install ESD/BaseSystem.chunklist" /Volumes/Yosemite/
rm /Volumes/Yosemite/System/Installation/Packages
cp -a /Volumes/OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/Packages /Volumes/Yosemite/System/Installation/Packages
mkdir -f /Volumes/Yosemite/System/Library/Kernels

What does it do? Can i somehow do it if i dont have the Mac APP but only the DMG file? What happens if i dont do it?

Also could someone recommend me a tool that makes windows able to read HFS partitions? Otherwise i dont see a way of editing the install (adding kernels)



EDIT: Damn, I just noticed you actualy linked a video tutorial - idk why it didnt show until now...looks like i did it wrong so i have to do it again.

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Spakk left you a great video guide above your post. It has link in the beginning how to do it with one 8gb flash drive. 

Yo need 7zip, Transmac (trial) and Paragon Partition Manager.


If you don't copy BaseSystem.* files, Packages folder and kernel, you won't be able to install OS X. That simple!  :)


Difference between Yosemite and Mavericks installation is in two BaseSystem.* files, name and place of the kernel (mach_kernel vs kernel)

Look here for differences, green is 10.10 and red is 10.9


From this guide .

That guide is for Mac, but you can use it just to compare what are the differences as you follow that YT guide.



Edit: I just saw your edit! :hysterical:

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So cool, after 10 minutes of extracting the InstallESD.dmg 7zip cancels it with some weird error mesage (object disconnected from its clients or something like that) and also i cant install paragon partition manager because when i open the setup it says invalid drive M: - I dont even have drive M, wtf?

It almost seems like windows is trying to prevent me from making an OS X installer...


EDIT: http://i.imgur.com/ZKO1rfV.png WHYYYYYYYYYY

Am i doing something wrong? Its the 5GB installESD.DMG from the yosemite.app shared content but when i open it with 7zip it only has this 8MB file in it...i am just about to give up

Also i dont have enough data for today left so i cant download another copy of OS X (stupid FUP...)

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