It has become increasingly easier to convert your PC into a "hackintosh" (a PC running OS X) since the switch to Intel-based computers. The biggest hurdle is hardware compatibility. Because only a select few are so daring to take the plunge and become guinea pigs, these users have only a certain amount of hardware that has shown to be completely compatible. So long as you are running the right gear, installing Apple software on your computer is just a matter of formatting everything properly.
Check your hardware against OSx86 Project’s system requirements page. (View the link in Resources.) If your hardware does not match, proceed at your own risk.
Create an image of the Mac OS X install DVD. An Apple computer is needed to perform the first few steps. Insert the OS X disc into your Apple computer and open Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities). Highlight the disc within Disk Utility’s sidebar and select “New Image.” Save the image as “Mac OS X Install DVD.dmg” to your Documents folder. Select “Save.”
Insert a USB flash drive into the Apple computer. Highlight the drive within Disk Utility and select the “Partition” tab. Set the Volume Scheme to “1Partition.” Click “Options” and select “GUID Partition Table.” Select “Apply” to format the drive.
Highlight the USB flash drive once more. Select “Restore” tab. Drag the “Mac OS X Install.dmg” from your Documents folder to the Source box. Drag the USB flash drive from the sidebar to the Destination box. You will be warned of the drives erasure. This is normal; allow the process to continue.
Download the EP45-UD3P utility (see Resources). Run the “.pkg” file by double-clicking. The utility performs a lot of command line work automatically, making the process much simpler and quicker. Select your USB flash drive when prompted from the utility. It will only take a minute for the utility to perform the necessary actions. Once complete, you can eject the drive, and you will no longer need the Apple computer.
Set your PC’s BIOS settings properly. To access the BIOS settings, press the delete key while the PC boots up. Thebackpackr.com has a gallery of BIOS images that detail the necessary changes. Mirror your BIOS settings to the provided images in Resources.
Insert the USB flash drive into the PC and restart. The computer will boot into the drive and open the Mac OS X installation window. Before starting the installation, select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu bar. Highlight the computer’s hard drive and format the drive just as you did the flash drive in step 3 (1Partition, GUID Partition Table). Set the format to “Mac OS X Journaled” and select “Apply.” Quit Disk Utility once the drive is formatted.
Select “Install.” Follow the installation prompts. Once complete, the computer will reboot. Remove the USB flash drive and enjoy your OS X installation. All Apple software will be compatible with your new OS.
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