iBoot + MultiBeast: Install Mac OS X on any Intel-based PC

Any OSx86 installation guide can seem daunting at first glance, especially when trying to remember cryptic terminal commands and sorting through volumes of misinformation on the web.  This guide requires no coding, terminal work, or Mac experience of any kind.  You will not need access to a Mac.  In fact, it’s easier and faster for me to install Snow Leopard with fully working components on my system than it is to install Windows 7.  And more fun.

The iBoot + MultiBeast method is designed and tested for any desktop or laptop running the latest line of Intel processors, the Core i3/i5/i7s.  I have had reports of success with older machines as well including CoreDuo, Core2Duo, and even Pentium 4.  However, AMD processors are not supported.

YOU WILL NEED

  • A computer running an Intel Processor
  • A blank CD
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Retail DVD
  • To leave any fear of your computer at the door.
  • Patience and humility- it may not work out perfectly the first time- but with enough tenacity and grit, you’ll reach the promised land.  It’s easy to get frustrated, but don’t give up!  There are a community of users with similar hardware in the tonymacx86 Forum to provide support if you get stuck.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

  • Use only 1 graphics card in the 1st PCIe slot with 1 monitor plugged in.
  • Remove any hard drives besides the blank drive being used for OS X.
  • Remove any USB peripherals besides keyboard and mouse.
  • Remove any PCI cards besides graphics- they may not be Mac compatible.
  • It’s best to use an empty hard drive- you will have to partition and format the drive.
  • Always back up any of your important data.

STEP 1: BIOS SETTINGS
You will need to set your BIOS to ACHI mode and your Boot Priority to boot from CD-ROM first.  This is the most important step, and one many people overlook.  Make sure your bios settings match these.  It’s not difficult- the only thing I did on my Gigabyte board besides setting Boot Priority to CD/DVD first was set Optimized Defaults, change SATA to AHCI mode, and set HPET to 64-bit mode.


STEP 2: INSTALL MAC OS X 

In order to boot the Mac OS X Retail DVD, you’ll need to download and burn iBoot.  For desktops and laptops using unsupported Intel CPUs and graphics, a legacy version of iBoot can be downloaded here.

    1. Download iBoot
    2. Burn the image to CD
    3. Place iBoot in CD/DVD drive
    4. Restart computer
    5. At boot prompt, eject iBoot
    6. Insert your Mac OS X Snow Leopard Retail DVD and press F5
    7. When you see the screen below, press enter to begin the boot process
    1. When you get to the installation screen, open Utilities/Disk Utility.  NOTE: If you cannot get to the installation screen, retry from Step 4, type PCIRootUID=1 before hitting enter. If that doesn’t work then try PCIRootUID=1 -x or just -x which will enter Mac OS X Safe Mode and will allow you to proceed. For some graphics cards, use GraphicsEnabler=No boot flag to proceed. 
    2. Partition your hard drive to GUID Partition Table
    3. Format your hard drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled).   NOTE: The bootloader can only boot from a disk or partition of 1 TB or less.  Partition larger drives.
    4. For the purposes of this guide, name it Snow Leopard.  You can rename it later.
    5. Close Disk Utility
    6. When the installer asks you where to install, choose Snow Leopard
    7. Choose Customize‚ and uncheck additional options.  This will hasten the install process.  You can always install this stuff later.
    8. Restart computer.
    9. Place iBoot back in drive.
    10. When you get to the boot selection screen, choose your new Snow Leopard installation.
  1. View the super-cool Mac OS X Snow Leopard Welcome Video, and set up your computer!


STEP 3: UPDATE TO 10.6.8
If you have a Sandy Bridge system, please follow these specialized instructions to update to 10.6.8.

    1. Open Finder and navigate to your Snow Leopard drive.
    2. Download the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Combo Update
    3. Download MultiBeast
    4. Open MultiBeast- don’t run it yet, just leave it open.  Set up windows as shown.
  1. Mount MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.8.dmg
  2. Install MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.8.pkg
  3. Upon completion, the installer will ask you to reboot.  DO NOT REBOOT.
  4. Switch to the already open MultiBeast.  If it closes, just re-open it.

STEP 4: MULTIBEAST

MultiBeast is an all-in-one post-installation tool designed to enable boot from hard drive, and install support for Audio, Network, and Graphics. It contains two different complete post-installation solutions: EasyBeast and UserDSDT.  In addition it includes System Utilities to rebuild caches and repair permissions and a collection of drivers, boot loaders, boot time config files and handy software.

Choose one of the following options directly following a fresh installation and update:   

EasyBeast is a DSDT-free solution for any Core/Core2/Core i system. It installs all of the essentials to allow your system to boot from the hard drive. Audio, Graphics and Network will have to be enabled separately.  

UserDSDT is a bare-minimum solution for those who have their own pre-edited DSDT. Place your DSDT.aml on the desktop before install. Audio, Graphics and Network will have to be enabled separately.  HINT: Check the DSDT Database for a pre-edited DSDT. 

    1. Run MultiBeast.
    2. If you have a custom DSDT that’s been edited, place the file on your desktop and choose UserDSDT.
    3. All others select EasyBeast 
    4. Select System Utilities.
    5. Optionally, you may install further drivers via Advanced Options to enable ethernet, sound, graphics, etc…  Be sure to read the documentation provided about each installation option.  NOTE: EasyBeast, and UserDSDT install the bootloader by default, so you’ll not need to check that option.
  1. Install to Snow Leopard- it should take about 4 minutes to run scripts.
  2. Eject iBoot.
  3. Reboot- from your new Snow Leopard installation drive.
If your drive doesn’t boot on its own, and you get an error referencing boot0, fix it using the methods listed here.

Congratulations!  You’re done!!

Your PC is now fully operational, while running the latest version of Mac OS X Snow Leopard!  And you have a nice Boot CD to get into your system in case things go awry.  Boot your system from iBoot if you have issues.  You may run MultiBeast as often as you like.

If you can’t boot, try typing -x at the boot prompt to enter safe mode, or just boot with iBoot.  When you get to the desktop, you can make all of the changes you need to.  The best way to start fresh is delete whatever you’re trying to get rid of- including the whole /Extra folder, as most kexts are installed there.  Then you can re-run MultiBeast.  As long as you rebuild caches and repair permissions after you’re done, you can do just about anything you want to /Extra/Extensions and /System/Library/Extensions.  Anything can be tweaked and enabled upon subsequent uses of MultiBeast.

If you’ve had success using iBoot + MultiBeast, consider a contribution to help keep the sites going.  We’re constantly updating and tweaking our tools to help you.

Thanks in advance!

-tonymacx86 & MacMan

55 Responses to iBoot + MultiBeast: Install Mac OS X on any Intel-based PC

  1. Jon White says:

    Hello,

    I’ve got the Snow Leopard DVD installed in theory on a

    P7P55-E EVO with a Radeon HD 5670

    However, it will only start in Safe Mode and there is no USB.

    Is there any other way I can get Multibeast and the other files into the OS? I tried a data DVD, but that doesn’t work either.

    Would greatly appreciate any help or advice.

    Warm Regards,

    Jon

  2. Boot into the Snow Leopard installation and select Disk Utility. Create two partitions on your main drive. The second partition needs to be in FAT format and large enough to store your multibeast, kexts etc. (4GB should be ample). Reboot into Windows and put all the Multibeast files and kext files etc. onto the newly created FAT partition. Reboot the computer and start the Snow Leopard installation and install. Now once you boot all the files you need will be on the partition you created :) You can delete this partition and extend the first partition into the free space once your finished in Disk Utiility :)

  3. aelfwyne says:

    Got everything through the combo update done properly… I had opened multibeast and left it on the first screen. Once the combo update was done, I clicked continue and multibeast CRASHED…. I tried to re-open it and it refused to re-open… repatedly. So following the only thing I *could* do, and the advice on a number of forums if multibeast refuses to load after the combo update, I rebooted and used the iboot CD again… it booted in, so I ran Multibeast with the easy setting. Then rebooted… and stuck on gray apple logo screen.

    I have an Asus P5GC-MX133 and Nvidia 8800gs… this system has successfully run 10.5, but that was with an all-in-one CD… this multibeast, it just does not go according to instructions. Any help?

  4. I believe your graphics card would require an efi string to be able to be recognised by Snow Leopard. To install your NVIDIA video card use EFI Studio to generate a hex device ID, then copy this ID into the file /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist under a new xml key right under the Graphics Mode entry like this:

    Graphics Mode
    1280x1024x32
    device-properties
    ##your-hex-string##

    Note: to edit the file /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist you will need root privileges. This can be accomplished by typing the command: `sudo su` in the terminal, and entering your password. To alter this file you can type the command `vi /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist` to edit the file using the vi editor.

    Now you should have a fully functioning Snow Leopard installation. So far I have had no problems performing system updates or running software and I am using Snow Leopard 10.6.2

  5. Anonymous says:

    where is the iboot i don’t get it please

  6. Mr says:

    Hello, I am attempting the set up. I burned Iboot Legacy, here is my computer specs:

    Intel Core2Duo, 4g RAM, ATi Radeon HD 4650.

    I get to the part where I insert the Snow Leopard install disc and then when I press enter it just shows me the blue/grey screen with nothing else there. I have tried every one of the commands listed under the step, nothing has worked. I do believe it starts to run but my video card isn’t being recognized. If I eject the Mac OSX disc I get the apple logo followed by some text and errors.

    “Panic (CPU 0 caller 0x5600f3) unable to find driver for this platform
    \ACPI\ “n@\ users\ Nawcom\ builds\ xnu-1504.9.26\ iokit\ kernel \ IoplatformExpert.cpp: 1393

    Can anyone offer some help or advice please? Thanks a lot!

  7. PRASADBNRV says:

    HI,
    SIR ,
    MY NAME PRASAD ,INTEL I3 PRO, MOTHER BROAD DH61WW, RAM-4GB , ATI Radeon HD 4650, INSTALL IN MAC SOFTWARE

  8. Anonymous says:

    hello sir my computer show one error (cant find the kernel )what is it mean……………..

  9. maulik chauhan says:

    is it possible to install mac os x snow leopard in earlier version of dell xps 15 which comes with i5,1gb grapics card,500 gb hard disk and win7 home ultimate………plz help me over this

  10. ved prakash says:

    Hello !I install snow leopard but i have to inser iboot for bootSecond thing machin freeze after showin desktop i am not able to click and typeUpdated to new os 16.6.8 and install multibeat also,What option i shoud check in multibeast on intel DH55hc boardPlz help anyone
    ThanxVed

  11. Mishkum Noor says:

    My screen always gets stuck even the circle doesn’t come it just stays there for hour and hours.
    I tried -x, pcirootuid=1 but not workin at all

  12. Dillard says:

    Installed now 3 times everything works until I do the update 10.6.8 with multiboot easy next, it will work until you restart then it sits on the grey screen with the apple logo and the spinner, right before that it shows the iBoot screen with the progress bar moving backwards and then sticking on the grey screen. Never goes any further. No update everything works great. I will not be updating this as its not worth the hassle.

  13. sudhcm says:

    can i install lion downloaded from pirate bay using iboot?

  14. Anonymous says:

    i have a dell laptop with core i3……..when i boot from i boot and eneter the retail dvd it says “this is an unrevoerable error.!! system halted!!” any ideas…?

  15. thedozyone says:

    I’ve just installed this on a Dell Dimension 9150 it has an xfi titanium and Gigabyte 9800GT installed. All seems to work until I do the 10.6.8 update. any ideas?

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  17. DanyelBuzz says:

    Is this method available also for Mac os x lion 10.7?

  18. Anonymous says:

    just keep tryen you get it

  19. stark@vlahaki says:

    I got a panic with missing driver for this platform plz help

  20. nick reyes says:

    I have a dell insparon 1525 with intel pentium dual core and intel accelerated graphics. I installed os x snow leopard no problem but when i try to start up on the hard drive it keeps telling me that i need to restart my computer. Please help

  21. will this work on a laptop and mountain lion
    and pirated mountain lion

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  23. Omar says:

    I installed successfully snow Leopard and even audio and Network drivers are also installed but when i installed Multibeast after installation system boot from Hard Disk but it remove Audio and Network Drivers. even i checked the option in Multi beast for Drivers . what should i Do.? am i missing something ?

  24. Yagnesh says:

    i have installed snow leopard and multibeast in virtualbox on my Lenovo Z-560 core i5 and after installing multibeast when i have start it again its not boot the os

    pleas help me i have urgent..
    Thanking You

  25. tomatto says:

    Hi, can i boot up Snow leopard from Usb flash drive, i don’t have DL DVD? Thank You

  26. Casey Stellar says:

    I followed this tutorial to the letter. Got stuck at -x and PCIRootUID=1 commands. No go once the disc loaded & no go on trying those commands. Any suggestions?

    Intel i7 2760QM @ 2.2 GHz btw…Need more info? Hopefully someone can get back me & then I’ll post as much info as I have. I’ll cross the drivers bridge when I get to it. I’m still moving mountains just trying to get this thing boot.

  27. Amit Kumar says:

    Hello …! I am just a newbie for mac and learning to install mac 10.8 mountain lion on my pc as well as on my lappy. To install on non mac machine is quite tedious so. I am learning to do so. My PC configuration is Gigabyte EP45 UD3R Mobo +Core2Quad +Readon 6670 1Gb+4Gb Ram + 1 TB Hdd+Benq HD2420+Seasonic 620 watt PSU.
    My Lappy Config is i7 2670 +4gb ram+1gb Graphics Nvidia Geforce 520MX+HM65 chipset board. Make ASUS Model No.X53SC-SX223D. Send Me all the links plus video training feeds.

  28. Randy says:

    I wanna find out if it is possible to Install this on an older computer Compact Hp desktop It’s the flat one that the monitor sits on top of the box most likely built around 05 or 06. As an Office computer.. Service tag is ripped off..Information I do Know is It has an Intel Pentium 4- 3.0GHZ with 3.0 GHz of Ram Nvidia Ge Force 9400 GT It also has the Intel on board graphics and sound.. Graphics not being used right now as I’m using the GT Card I run windows 7 without a hitch but would like to run OS X If possible??? would be more the Happy to donate to you guys for any Programs I use of yours or help and information you might be able to provide… Thanks in advance

  29. konghoy says:

    Help me please…..!!!! i first installed multibeast and restart this, now i have a panic error…
    and i cant not enter in my macbook pro… i dont speak english well…
    please help me…

  30. MAC L says:

    Hi All i want to ask what is the best version ( i mean with all or most drivers ) of MAC OS x for my Dell N5010 Core i3 2.13 GH RAM 6GB VGA ATI HD 5470 1GB >> any one tell something useful please ??

    i tried iatkos ml2 10.8.2 :
    vga not working
    sound not working
    wifi not working
    ethernet not working

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  32. Anonymous says:

    When it is installed, does it automatically install the correct network drivers

  33. will17721 says:

    so i boot from iboot, press F5, pressed enter on os x install disk and it restarts, i have tried a bunch of different commands. someone please help me.
    Intel i3-3000 4-Core Toshiba Satellite c655

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  37. I have intel I5 dell Laptop . Provide download information of Multibeast……

  38. Srijan Soni says:

    Hi…………From where can I download the original snow leopard retail dvd to work for this method (there are tons of it on torrent but which one is actual torrent???? Pleazzzz help me!!!

  39. sanjay says:

    I am having two NTFS partions on my harddrive for windows 7. Do i need any of them to be formatted before all installation. ( i mean before booting from OS X). Do i??

  40. Anonymous says:

    Hi there, Is there anyway we can get multiple boot options. Windows next to OS X?

  41. Hi there, is there anyway to have multiple boot options: Windows next to OS X?

  42. cong nghe says:

    Hello !I install snow leopard but i have to inser iboot for bootSecond thing machin freeze after showin desktop i am not able to click and typeUpdated to new os 16.6.8 and install multibeat also,What option i shoud check in multibeast on intel DH55hc boardPlz help anyone
    ThanxVed

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  44. Paul says:

    Hallo everyone! Can some help me with my Asus X51L laptop, 1 gb. ram,i cant setup right my drivers… maybe have some any real instruction for…

  45. Paul says:

    Please people….

  46. Master_T4 says:

    Hi guys… I have acer Aspire E1-571 i5-3230m with intel hd graphics 4000 , 8GB ram
    Can i install mountain lion with the same steps???
    i didn’t try to install mac 10.6 but i have an idea about it

  47. Anonymous says:

    hi I have a asus k55v i7 8gb ram 1tb hdd 2 gb graphic card laptop & I have a original dvd mac os x 10.6 but not boot dvd. my laptop in installed windows 8 so plz help me

  48. vishnu says:

    Pls help me. I can’t install mac is 10.6 on my PC.
    Motherboard – Intel dh61ww
    Processor – i3 2nd gen
    Ram – 4gb
    HD -500gb

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  52. Shamsi says:

    hi
    i have hp laptop
    notebook model : HP G62
    CPU :- Core i3 M350 2.27
    Processor speed :- 2266
    Memory Size :- 2048
    i did delete the hdd ( 320 GB ) using some tool in hirens boot cd 15.2
    i used iboot cd v5.0.132 chimera 1.9.1 r1394
    i put a mac osx snow leopard once it appears i hit enter then apple logo appear and a message pop up , i think its about restarting pc hold power up ????
    someone help
    the bios has no option to change sata mode

    HELP ?????

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