User Guides Guide: Install Mac OS X Mountaion Lion on your PC - Step by Step Hackintosh

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  1. DirtDiver

    DirtDiver New Member

    You could read this guide on my blog at Mac OS X Mountain Lion Hackintosh Guide « Understanding Existence .net

    Check out other write ups on technology and freethought at Understanding Existence .net

    Note to the moderator: Many of the screenshots are too big to be properly viewable here. Thus I included a link to my blog. My blog is freely hosted at so I have no way or any interest in earning anything from it.:)

    This guide uses the same Unibeast + Multibeast technique as the OS X Lion Hackintosh Guide does.
    If you are interested in running Mac OS X on your computer but want to do it on a PC which is more powerful than the comparable Mac and built for a little over half the cost then a Hackintosh just might be for you. Click here to know what a Hackintosh is. This guide follows tonymacx86′s method, but it also attempts to explain every part of the process in detail, from beginning to end.
    Things you would need:

    1.) A compatible computer: Not every computer will work with Mac OS X, even with the help of tools like Unibeast and Multibeast. You could use Google to check if your motherboard and CPU are Hackintosh compatible. There are (incomplete) lists of compatible motherboards and CPU’s maintained at OSx86 wiki and tonymacx86 wiki. But a good rule of thumb is that if your Motherboard and CPU are post 2010 then most likely they will be compatible. Note: A very large number of desktop motherboards are compatible but in case of laptops the compatibility list is very thin.
    2.) Unibeast Mountain Lion Edition: This a small tool from tonymacx86 which modifies the installer of Mac OS X Lion and writes it onto a USB drive. You can then use this USB drive to install Lion on your PC. Click here for tonymac download page.(You will have to create an account first)

    3.) A Hackintosh with OS X already installed OR a real Mac OR or a Mac OS X virtual machine: Unibeast is a Mac application. Thus, for it to run and to modify the installer of OS X Mountain Lion you need run Unibeast in OS X. You could use my guide to install Mac OS X Lion in a VM and then use it to run Unibeast to prepare your hackintosh install USB.
    4.) An empty USB drive (8 GB or larger): The USB drive used for Unibeast must be at least 8 GB in size. You can reuse this USB drive for normal stuff after you finish installing Lion.
    5.) Multibeast Mountain Lion edition (5.0 or newer): Multibeast is a collection of kextsthat your Hackintosh will need to run properly, after the initial installation. Download it onto a USB drive from the downloads page of
    6.) OS X Mountain Lion: This guide requires you to have a copy of the Mountain Lion installer app from the Mac App store, or the Lion USB Thumb Drive from Apple. Wherever you get your Mountain Lion installer from, just make sure that your file has ‘.app’ extension. Note: doesn’t endorse piracy. Although it is possible to get your copy of Mac OS X Mountain Lion installer app from torrents, I don’t recommend it.
    The Guide:

    1.) Prepare your pen drive for Unibeast:

    Plug in your USB drive into OS X. Open Disk Utility, located in ApplicationàUtilitiesthen follow the instructions in the attached image to prepare your USB drive for Unibeast.
    2.) Put your Mac OS X Lion Installer app in your Applications folder.

    Simply paste your Mountain Lion Installer app into Applications folder.
    3.) Download and install Unibeast:

    Download Unibeast Mountain Lion edition from the downloads page of tonymacx86. Run Unibeast, press continue, agree to their terms and get to the following screen and follow the instructions in the screenshots.
    Finally the Unibeast will start modifying and copying the Mac OS X installer onto your pendrive.
    This could take a very long time(30min to 2hrs), depending upon the speed of your USB drive.
    4.) Setting up your PC hardware

    Open up your PC, and make sure that the SATA cables for your hard drive and your DVD/Bluray drive are plugged into the 3GB/s SATA ports on your motherboard, not the 6GB/s SATA ports (these should be labeled on the motherboard). On Gigabyte motherboards, the 3GB/s ports are blue while the 6 GB/s ports are white. The 6 GB/s SATA ports simply don’t work well with OS X. Usually 3GB/s SATA ports are light blue in color.
    Unplug all USB-connected devices from your computer before you begin the setup (except your keyboard and mouse). A faulty external USB hard drive can cause your Hackintosh bootloader to give you EBIOS errors on startup. After successful hackintosh, you can plug everything back again.
    Also, unplug any extra internal hard drives that your computer has, besides the hard drive that you’re installing OS X on. (Just unplug the hard drive SATA cables from your motherboard.)
    5.) Change your Hackitosh BIOS settings:

    Go to the BIOS of your Hackintosh. Then, Advanced—>S.A.T.A Mode, make sure that the SATA Mode is AHCI Mode. Also, change the boot priority, making your Mac OS X USB as the first boot device. Save and exit BIOS.
    6.) The bootloader:

    After exiting BIOS, when your PC restarts, it should load the bootloader.
    In case this shows more than 1 option, use your arrow keys to select your Mac OS X installer USB drive, use any bootflags, if required and press enter.
    Note 1: In case you don’t see this bootloader screen, then most likely your boot order was not correct. Restart. Go to BIOS, make sure that the Lion installer USB drive has the first boot priority. Save changes and reset. If you still don’t see this screen, reformat your USB drive and redo the previous steps with a different drive.
    Once at the bootloader screen, select your Mac OS X installer USB and press return(enter) to start installing. You may have to type extra command line flags to reach the installer. If you get a black screen, white screen, or flickering, reboot and try one of these options. In order to apply a bootflag, simply type it in(at the bootloader screen, shown above). When done press enter. You can type or hit arrow-down to access boot even more options. But fi
    Here are some common bootflags:
    Asus Motherboard + NVIDIA Graphics – type PCIRootUID=0
    Unsupported graphics or NVIDIA 6xx Series – type GraphicsEnabler=No
    Boot in Single-user mode – type -s
    Boot in Verbose mode – type -v
    Boot in Safe mode – type –x

    7.) Install Lion:

    If all goes well, your Mac OS X installer will start. You will see the following screen.
    Continue, and you will eventually come up to a page that asks you for a "destination" for your Mac install. Select the hard drive that you want to install Mac OS X Lion on, and continue.
    In case you are installing Lion on an empty hard drive, or its your first attempt to install Mac OS X on a hard drive, then the hard drive selection box will be blank. You’ll have to erase that hard drive and format it in Mac OS X journaled format using the Disk Utility located in the utilities menu. Mac OS X installation will begin, it would take around 20 minutes. Restart.
    At the boot screen, use the arrow keys to select the icon for the hard drive where you installed Lion. Press "Enter". If you fail to boot successfully, restart and now try with bootflags.
    Note: Asus motherboard + NVidia Graphics card should Always boot using the ‘PCIRootUID=0’ bootflag.
    Finish the last remaining part of your Mac OS X install. You are done!
    This was the ‘easy’ part. Now comes the post install!.
    8.) Post install with MultiBeast Mountain Lion edition:

    Multibeast is a collection of kext files that you’ll need to install for your Hackintosh to have sound, internet, a high resolution screen, and more. Kexts (or also known as Kernel Extensions – that’s how it got its name from Kernel + Extensions), are actually drivers on Mac OS X. Now one problem here is that unlike windows which is designed to work with seemingly infinite variety of hardware and thus has incredible driver support built in, OS X has support of only those (internal) hardware components which apple makes thus getting all your Hackintosh hardware to work can be challenging. But Multibeast makes this process easy.[​IMG]
    Different Hackintosh builds require different Multibeast setups, though most setups are very similar. Use Google to find out what kexts you need for your setup. Google ‘your motherboard name here Multibeast setup’.
    Also check the user DSDT section at here to see if you have a pre made set of kexts for your motherboard that would make Sound, Bluetooth, Graphics card work. To make the user DSDT work, download the file, rename it DSDT and put in on your desktop. Now open Multibeast and select user DSDT option, install and you are done. Its important to note that user DSDT is specific to a Motherboard and its BIOS number. You will have to upgrade or downgrade your BIOS version to match that of the user DSDT. DSDTs are basically collection of kexts custom packaged for your motherboard.
    I have ASUS P8P67 Pro, and I have everything working(Sound, Bluetooth, Graphics card). Ill be posting its post install guide soon.
    That’s it. You are done. Enjoy your Hackintosh!
  2. kuduku

    kuduku Well-Known Member

    Good guide , but can you compile dsdt ? If you can i would request you to do it for my laptop Lenovo Ideapad Y560P . I have ML with everything functioning except sleep . I have installed sleepenabler kext , it goes to sleep but doesnt wake up . I have tried everything . The present dsdt i am using is not correct it seems
  3. OP

    DirtDiver New Member

    Nope, haven't ever compiled a DSDT. I managed to get everything working on my desktop PC with just Multibeast. Its great that you managed to get everything working. Not waking up from sleep is a problem on a laptop, but not as big as no wifi connectivity. I haven't been able to get WiFi, graphics working on my dell 14r. So im thinking of getting hp pro book 4430s as I have heard it hackintoshes very well.
    Thanks for liking the guide!:)
  4. kuduku

    kuduku Well-Known Member

    Yes HP Probook all parts work OOB . Its in Osx wiki also under portables . Dont change the laptop just for WIFI , buy a compatible WIFI card or if your card is compatible but kext or device id issues then add the device id and make it apple compatible . Generally it work fine for Broadcom cards and use the prasys guide and rebrand it . Dell generally uses broadcom cards only and 1510 works fine . Theres a detail post somewhere which i have bookmarked which lists all card and device id which works in laptops . Its not wiki but actual user guide with pics . I am soon going to buy one dual band agn mini pci card for my lenovo Y560P from ( US seller and not chinese ones )
    My intel Wifilink 1000 bgn is the most useless card with no osx support and as such piss poor speeds , range and disconnection issues
  5. umesh_boogy

    umesh_boogy Active Member

    First of all thanks for the guide :)
    Need bit help of yours I downloaded VM image but i am VM is stucked at apple logo screen tried google but no help :( any suggestions?
  6. kvikram

    kvikram Well-Known Member

    A much-needed tutorial on TE. :) A great thank you. Got to get around to doing this when my lazy bum gets the mood. :p
  7. coolraghav

    coolraghav Well-Known Member

    If i have windows 7 installed , can I install this osx together with it ? without disturbing my windows 7 installation neither reinstalling it or anything whatsoever.

    Like i get option in startup, which one to run.
  8. OP

    DirtDiver New Member

    Yes. The easiest way to do this would be to install OS X on a separate physical hard drive. Once you have successfully established your hackintosh. Then every time you power on your PC simply tap F8(its usually F8) to select which HDD to boot from. From that menu, select the HDD which has windows to get to windows and vice versa for OS X.
    When attempting to install OS X on a HDD, disconnect all other hdds connected to the PC. Reconnect after successful OS X install.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I have a separate virtualization guide of OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion. With which image are you having this problem? The Lion VM is much more robust. So try using that in case the attempt with Mountain Lion VM fails. The Mountain Lion VM may even take almost 20 min to boot(depends on hardware).

    Other Hackintosh related resources/guides from the blog:


    What is Hackintosh?


    GUIDE: Running Mac OS X Lion in a Virtual Machine

    GUIDE: Running Mac OS X Mountain Lion in a Virtual Machine


    GUIDE: Install Mac OS X Lion on your PC - A Hackintosh guide

    GUIDE: Install Mac OS X Mountain Lion on your PC - A Hackintosh guide

    GUIDE: The Definitive ASUS P8P67 pro based PC's Hackintosh guide

    Note: In case of any questions/doubts, the quickest way to contact me would through the comments section of the appropriate article on my blog. As I check my blog daily, but don't get a chance/time to come to techenclave forums as much as I would like.

  9. buddingwhizkid

    buddingwhizkid Active Member

    Thanks for the article . i Was just wondering if i could install MAC OS X Mountain LION or LION on my AMD PC . The specs are in my signature .
    Thank you
  10. OP

    DirtDiver New Member

    For AMD, a hackintosh is a no go, but even with AMD its possible to run Mac OS X in a VM. The virtual machines I have posted in my guides are very snappy and well optimized. Check em out.

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