For certain circumstances it might be handy to have an instance of Mac OS X running in a virtual environment, for example in Oracle VirtualBox. It might be a little tough – be here’s a small guide to achieve this.
What you need?
- About an hour spare time
- Desktop/laptop with VT-support and 64-bit environment (I’m using Linux Mint 14)
- A Mac OS X iso file (sadly the original DVD’s don’t work well) – buy one to original in the store if you feel a sad about piracy
- Hackboot 1 & Hackboot 2 iso files
- MultiBeast 4 (which will help you get audio and other things working correctly)
Config a new instance in VirtualBox with the following properties:
Mount Hackboot 1 and start the instance:
Mount the Mac OS X iso file and press F5:
Now press enter and the setup will run:
Follow the next steps:
So no diskdrive right? Yes – that’s correct – you have to open the utilities and the disk utility:
Press erase, give the disk a name (Macintosh HD) and erase:
Now select the disk to continue and install:
Mount Hackboot 2 when the setup is finished:
Press Macintosh HD and you’re ready to go:
Don’t forget to take a snapshot ;)
It’s possible to boot the instance next time without the Hackboot 2 iso file. Go up in the finder and search for:
Find the following file and delete it:
Unmount the iso file and reboot
You’ll need to install MultiBeast 4 first from the above link (be sure to allow running apps from untrusted developers).
Now find the following file:
And add your resolution above the “Graphics Mode” line:
You might even need to change to change your local system:
vboxmanage setextradata "Mac OS X 10.8" "CustomVideoMode1" "1360x768x32"