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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Run Mac OS X on a PC

Running Mac OS X on an emulator enable one to run Mac OS natively on PC hardware. Using PearPC, a free, architecture-independent PowerPC platform to install and run Mac OS X Panther on your PC.

PearPC is an architecture-independent PowerPC platform emulator capable of running most PowerPC operating systems.
PearPC Homepage

Before installing Mac OS on PC with PearPC method make sure you have lots of free hard disk space and ram with a powerful processor.

Steps in using PearPC to install Mac OS X:
Downloading PearPC
Download the PearPC PowerPC Architecture Emulator. Once it's downloaded, extract its content to a folder, say, [Desktop]:\PearPC.

Hard disk images

To install Mac OS X on the emulator, you need a hard disk image.
Download preformatted hard disk images here:
Two disk sizes are available: 3GB and 6GB.

3 GiB disk image
6 GiB disk image a Python script to efficiently create empty disk images

If you plan to install the full Mac OS X, then use the 6GB image. If you have limited disk space on your hard drive, use the smaller, 3GB image. Be aware that the default install of Mac OS X takes up a little more than 3GB, and so you need to unselect certain components during installation if you use the 3GB image.

The disk images come in two formats: BZ2 and RAR. Supposely one use the 6GB RAR disk images. You then need to uncompress the disk image before you can use it. To uncompress the RAR image, Download WinRAR here. Uncompress the image and save it in the [Desktop]:\PearPC folder.

Making images of your client OS

To install Mac OS X on your hard disk image, you need to make copies of your Mac OS X installation disk in ISO format. You can use ImgBurn or any other disk utility to save CDs or DVDs in ISO format. In any case, you would save the images in the C:\PearPC folder. You may named the first disk Panther1.iso.

Note: You need to have Mac OS X in order to run Mac OS X in PearPC.

Configuring PearPC

Once you've taken the previous steps, you're ready for the final step: configuring PearPC to use the all the relevant disk images. To do it, you need to create a configuration file. You can find the instructions on how to create one manually here. Or you can download a Windows application that does all the hard work for you. In this case you may use the PearPC Control Panel to help you manage your Mac OS X emulation.

Launch PearPC Control Panel and click on the Create New Configuration File icon. Click on Continue to proceed to the next step.
In the next screen, you have to supply a few pieces of information First, specify the location of the PearPC emulator. In this case, it is [Desktop]:\PearPC\ppc.exe.

Next, specify the location of the hard disk image; that is, [Desktop]:\PearPC\macosx_6gb.img.

Note: Be sure to replace [Desktop] with your own desktop path.

Also, set the amount of memory you want to set aside for Mac OS X. (Suggest to allocated 512MB or more if you have ample memory to go round.) Click on Continue.

In the next screen, you have the option to specify the screen resolution and color depth to use. Click on Finish when done.

Give a name to the configuration file and save the file in the location specified Name it Mac OS X Panther and save it in the location [Desktop]:\PearPC\macosxpanther.cfg. Click on Finish.

You should now see the icon for your Mac OS X Panther in the PearPC Control Panel. You need to complete one final step before you start installing Mac OS X on your PC--check the "CD-ROM device is installed" option and specify the location of the Mac OS install disk image. In this case, it is [Desktop]:\Panther1.iso. This is the image that will be used to boot up the emulator.

That's it! Double-click on the Mac OS X Panther icon and you should see the PearPC 0.3.0 window pop up). Your Mac OS X installation should start soon afterward. Once the OS is installed, you will be asked to restart the machine. For subsequent attempts to run Mac OS X on your emulator, you should uncheck the "CD-ROM device is installed" option so that it can boot directly from the hard disk image.

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yashpal961 said...

I trying to install Mac on My amd athlon installed successfully but

the problem is driver.

My drivers r not loaded.

If you have anything solution then please tell me.

I got instruction to install mac on pc from this site.

Thanks in advance.

festiva said...

Check the links below. They may help.

How to Install Snow Leopard (10A432) on PC Hackintosh

Mac OS X USB Debug Kits Downloads

Hardware Drivers for Macs

How to load OS X on a PC

Install Mac OS X Snow Leopard on a PC using VMware

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