Install Mac OS X 10.7.2 Using EasyBeast and MultiBeast

Installing Mac OS X on hackintosh hardware involves a bit more than just popping in a DVD, choosing a boot volume, and clicking a button. You'll have to do all of that, too, but there's a bit of prep work involved. Let's get started.

How to Build a Hackintosh and Install Mac OS X 10.7.2 Using EasyBeast and MultiBeast

Step 1: Configure the BIOSP

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  • Disable Quick Boot. You may have to look around for this, but we've often found this in a section titled Advanced BIOS Settings. Just look for a Quick Boot or Fast Boot option and ensure it is set to disabled.P
  • Configure SATA as AHCI. By default, your motherboard will configure SATA as IDE and you'll need to change this to AHCI. In some cases you'll be asked if you want to do this when you boot up for the first time. If so, choose yes. If not, go into your BIOS and look for this setting as you'll need to make the change for everything to work smoothly.P
  • Change the Boot Device Order. Your BIOS will default to a specific boot order, which means it'll look for a startup volume (where the operating system lives) in various places until it finds one. The boot order is the order in which it checks each location. In general, you want to set your optical drive to first boot device so you can easily boot to a disc by simply putting it in the drive and turning on your machine. The second item in the order should be the hard drive or SSD where you're going to install OS X. The order beyond that isn't terribly important and entirely up to you.P
  • Adjust the Hard Disk Boot Priority. Some BIOS settings pages will also have a setting called Hard Disk Boot Priority, which is used to identify which hard drive to try and boot from first if there are multiple drives in the machine. If you install more than one drive in your hackintosh, be sure to set the Hard Disk Boot Priority to the drive where OS X will be installed.P
Once you've made these changes, you'll need to save them. In most cases you'll only need to press the escape key a few times to get back to the main screen, and then F10 to save and exit. Your BIOS settings page will tell you which keys save, exit, and so on, so you should have no trouble figuring out the right keys to press.P

Step 2: Install Mac OS X (Snow Leopard)

How to Build a Hackintosh and Install Mac OS X 10.7.2 Using EasyBeast and MultiBeast
Now we're ready to actually install OS X, but this is going to be a fairly in-depth process that requires a number of tools. Before getting started, be sure you have the following:
  • Both a copy of Mac OS X Snow Leopardand Mac OS X Lion. You'll need a physical copy of Snow Leopard, which you canpurchase through Apple, but you'll need todownload Lion from the Mac App Store later on.
  • iBoot burned onto a CD. You'll need to register for an account to download it from tonymacx86.
  • The Mac OS X 10.6.8 Combo Update, which will be necessary in order to upgrade to Lion (as it provides the Mac App Store).
  • MultiBeast, also available from tonymacx86. There is a version for Snow Leopard and a version for Lion. Get both.
  • The DSDT file for your motherboard of choice. If you followed our hackintosh hardware guide in the previous section, you may already have a pre-edited DSDT file for your motherboard. If not, visit tonymacx86's DSDT database, choose your motherboard from the list—making sure you choose the version that matches your motherboard's firmware—and download it to your hard drive. (Note: You can generally discover the firmware version of your motherboard by looking at its BIOS boot image.)
Note: You'll want to put everything from this list on a thumb drive for later. Everything but iBoot, that is, as iBoot needs to be burned onto a CD.P
Once you've got everything prepared, take your iBoot CD, put it in your hackintosh, and boot from it. It'll take
a little while to get going the first time, but once you see a boot options screen you can eject the disc and insert your Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 install DVD. After a few moments it will show up as an iBoot option. Select it and wait for the installer to boot.
How to Build a Hackintosh and Install Mac OS X 10.7.2 Using EasyBeast and MultiBeast
Before you can begin the installation, go to the Utilities menu and choose Disk Utility. Select the disk you want to use for installation and format it. To format it properly, follow these steps:
  1. Choose the disk in Disk Utility and click the Partition tab.
  2. Set the partitions to one (or however many you want) and their format to Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
  3. Click the options button and set the partition scheme to GUID Partition Table
  4. Click Apply and wait for the disk to finish formatting.
With your destination disk ready to go, you can now run the Snow Leopard installer just like you would on any other Mac. When it completes you might be met with an "Installation Failed" message at the end (or not), but that's nothing to worry about. When the installation is complete, swap out the DVD for iBoot and restart your machine. Now you'll see a new option in iBoot: the volume where you just installed Mac OS X. Choose that and boot everything up.
How to Build a Hackintosh and Install Mac OS X 10.7.2 Using EasyBeast and MultiBeast
Before we continue, congratulations! You just successfully built your own Mac. There's still quite a bit of work to do, but there's no harm in patting yourself on the back for a job well done. You've made it past the threshold.P
Chances are you don't want to have to use your iBoot CD to boot your machine each time, so the next thing we need to do is make your startup volume do that job. We'll also need to update to OS X 10.6.8 since we'll be installing Lion. To get started, launch MultiBeast and then the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Combo Update. Leaving both open, run the 10.6.8 update and wait for it to finish. When it's all done, click through the MultiBeast installation windows until you get to your installation options. If we were only installing Snow Leopard we'd also install our hardware drivers right now, but since we're going to update to Lion after this we'll save those steps for later. The only box you need to check right now is UserDSDT Install. You may also want to check System Utilities because that repairs permissions, etc., and that's never a bad thing to do.P
BUT before you let MultiBeast perform its magic, you need to copy the DSDT file you downloaded earlier onto your desktop. If you've bee
n following along closely, that DSDT file should be on your thumb drive along with MultiBeast. Once you've copied it over, run MultiBeast and restart your computer when it has finished.P

Step 3: Update to Mac OS X LionP

Now that you've got a semi-working hackintosh, it's time to upgrade it to Lion. This process is a little quirky, so you'll need to follow the instructions closely, but it's pretty easy. Before you get started, you're going to need another utility from tonymacx86 called xMove. You're also going to need to purchase and download Mac OS X Lion from the Mac App Store if you haven't already. Once you've got both of those things, follow these steps:P
  1. Launch the Lion installer and run it on your Snow Leopard boot drive. This won't actually install the operating system, but simply the necessary files needed for that to happen. When it finishes, click the Restart button to reboot.
  2. Upon rebooting, it'll seem like nothing has changed. To get Lion set up for a proper install, open Disk Utility, choose your Snow Leopard boot volume, and click the Partition tab. Go ahead and create a new partition that's 8GB in size, naming it Installer. (Technically it can be larger, but that would be wasteful.) It'll take a moment for Disk Utility to live-partition your drive, so be patient while it does what it needs to do.
  3. Open up xMove and run it on the new partition you named Installer. This will move all the OS X Lion install files to the new partition and configure things as needed. Don't interrupt it!
  4. When xMove finishes, reboot your machine and choose the Installer partition from the iBoot menu rather than just letting your computer boot up as normal.
  5. Run the OS X Lion installer like you would on any regular Mac. When it's done, you nearly are, too!

Step 4: Install Your Drivers

Now you've installed Mac OS X Snow Leopard and upgraded to Lion, so you're almost done. Before we can call it a day, however, you're going to need to install your hardware drivers. To do this you're going to need to load the Lion version of MultiBeast that you downloaded earlier. Open that up, click through the install windows, and get to the options page (which should be familiar to you at this point). Here's a look at all your choices and what they do, using our sample build as a guide:P
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  1. EasyBeast Install - Just ignored this.
  2. UserDSDT Install - This is the option that applies your custom DSDT, but seeing as we took care of that earlier you don't need to check it now.
  3. System Utilities - It's always a good idea to check System Utilities as it repairs permissions, runs maintenance scripts, and other helpful stuff like that.
  4. Drivers & Bootloaders - This is the section where you'll be making most of your decisions. You'll have your pick from an array of hardware drivers that will allow everything from audio to Ethernet to function on your hackintosh. All you really need to do is go through this list and select the relevant hardware in your build. If you have Azalia Audio on your motherboard, that generally means selecting ALC8xxHDA and the AppleHDA rollback options. Most graphics cards you use won't require drivers, and so you can often skip the Graphics subsection, but just turning on GraphicsEnabler, which you'll do in the next section. Enabling any of the drivers in the Disk subsection will help provide support for SATA and eSATA hard disks, but they won't be necessary for most users. The miscellaneous sections has a lot of goodies. If your board supports any of them (like USB 3.0, for example), you should check them off for installation. One kext that always seems to make things work better is NullCPUPowerManagement. We recommend installing this as it tends to make a significant difference in performance on some machines. Lastly you have the Bootloaders subsection, which you can skip as the UserDSDT Install process took care of installing the Chimera bootloader earlier.
  5. Customization - If you're following our guide you're using a pre-edited/patched DSDT file, so the only thing you're going to want to do in this subsection is check off 64-bit Apple Boot Screen (unless your hackintosh has 32-bit hardware) to enable your video card in full force. You probably won't need the other options unless you have a special situation or are troubleshooting an issue.
  6. OSx86 Software - You don't really need to choose anything in this department, but if you'd like some handy OSx86 tools installed to your Applications folder you can choose them from this section.
How to Build a Hackintosh and Install Mac OS X 10.7.2 Using EasyBeast and MultiBeast
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you're building a Sandy Bridge-based hackintosh with a motherboard using Realtek ethernet, be sure to check out Lnx2Mac's ethernet driver. It's released separately from MultiBeast and sometimes the version it provides is not the latest. That is currently the case and the latest version supports newer socket 1155 (meaning Sandy Bridge-compatible) motherboards. If you're having trouble with your ethernet, download it directly.P
Once you've made all of your choices, go ahead and run MultiBe
ast. When it's finished, this generally means you're done and can restart to your brand new hackintosh. In some cases you may need to find additional drivers that MultiBeast didn't provide. This may be a driver for a Wi-Fi adapter you purchased or some third-party PCI card. If the driver wasn't provided by the manufacturer or downloadable on their web site, use popular hackintosh forums (like InsanelyMac and tonymacx86) for help. Either way, once you're done with MultiBeast you can install those drivers as well to finish up the job. Congratulations on all your hard work. You now have a functional hackintosh!

Step 5: Update Your Hackintosh to OS X 10.7.2 (and Beyond)

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For the most part, updating is pretty straightforward and you won't run into issues, but it's good to check tonymacx86's blog when updates are released to see what you'll need to do. In most cases you'll just download the latest update from Apple directly (rather than running Software Update), remove Sleepenabler.kext (provided you're using it), and then re-install it and any overwritten drivers using MultiBeast.P
So how do you know what drivers were overwritten? In most cases, the only driver you'll have to reinstall is the AppleHDA Rollback, because that driver needs to be installed directly into your System Library where OS X makes changes. If you made any edits to graphics drivers, the 10.7.2 may overwrite them so you'll need to make those edits to the new, updated drivers as well. Whenever possible, MultiBeast installs special to a folder called Extra on your hard drive and then injects them into the boot process during startup. This method is used to prevent them from being overwritten by system updates, but if you have any drivers/kexts that aren't installed to Extra you may have to re-install them each time.P
Since you've got OS X 10.7 installed and there's currently a 10.7.2 update, go grab it from Apple(direct download link) and run the update. Re-install anything necessary when you're done and test everything to make sure it works. Most updates should go very smoothly, but you shouldalways back up your boot volume beforehand (we like Carbon Copy Cloner for this process) in case something goes wrong. You never know what can happen, and restoring from a backup is considerably less time-consuming than going through this entire process again from scratch.P


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