With a Hackintosh PC, itâ€™s possible to have the better of two worlds. But with the recent launch of Snow Leopard, the new flavor Mac OS X operating system, how do you upgrade the Hackintosh with a quick and easy install? This installation guide details the building of a Hackintosh system with a Snow Leopard OS from the ground up.
This how-to guides you through a simple click and run installer for Snow Leopard.
- USB thumb drive (minimum size 8GB)
- A copy of the Snow Leopard Install DVD (Optionally use the use the $29 â€˜Upgradeâ€™ disc).
- A Mac system to create the Snow Leopard DVD image on the thumb drive.
- The EP45UD3P Snow Leopard installer package.
The installer package makes it relatively easy to setup Snow Leopard as you get to skip the Terminal in favor of a normal install.
The guide details the three steps (and two post-install tweaks) required with easy to follow instructions and videos. The brief steps are â€“
Step 1: Prepare the thumb drive
A process where you need to format the thumb drive and create the Snow Leopard DVD image on it. The steps are detailed in the earlier Lifehacker post.
Step 2: Configure the BIOS
Some BIOS settings are modified to boot-up the new OS. These screenshots illustrate.
Step 3: Install Snow Leopard
Format the hard drive partition which will hold the installed OS. Installation is dead simple with the thumb drive and the installer package.
Follow the Snow Leopard setup with a simple change in preferences for the sound output. A second tweak involves an installation of a custom bootloader which makes the OS boot from the HD instead of the thumb drive.
The installer based setup of Snow Leopard on Hackintosh makes it easy for the beginner. Itâ€™s also a swifter streamlined approach. Quite apt for an OS named for a big cat.
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