Archive for October 2012

System requirements for Windows 8

If you want to run Windows 8 on your PC, you need at least:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 [...more]
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch [...more]
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
  • Internet access (ISP fees might apply)
  • Secure boot requires firmware that supports UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B and has the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in the UEFI signature database
  • Some games and programs might require a graphics card compatible with DirectX 10 or higher for optimal performance
  • Microsoft account required for some features
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software [...more]
  • Windows Media Center license sold separately [...more]
  • BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive (Windows 8 Pro only)
  • BitLocker requires either Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 or a USB flash drive (Windows 8 Pro only)
  • Client Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system with second level address translation (SLAT) capabilities and additional 2 GB of RAM (Windows 8 Pro only)
  • A TV tuner is required to play and record live TV in Windows Media Center (Windows 8 Pro Pack and Windows 8 Media Center Pack only)
  • Free Internet TV content varies by geography, some content might require additional fees (Windows 8 Pro Pack and Windows 8 Media Center Pack only)
To check if your PC meets these requirements, you can run the Upgrade Assistant.

Kakewalk 4.5 : The easiest way to install Mac OS X on your PC

The easiest way to install Mac OS X on your PC.
Now with support for Mountain Lion.

  • Kakewalk (Free): Kakewalk is a Mac app that basically works in two parts. First, it modifies the official Mac OS X Lion installer, and writes it onto a USB drive. You can then use this Kakewalk USB drive to run the Mac OS X Lion installer on a PC.

    Secondly, once you install Mac OS X Lion with your Kakewalk USB drive, Kakewalk will install a bunch of Hackintosh-specific kexts and configuration files in the background. This will enable your Hackintosh to work with full functionality, immediately after the initial installation of Lion.

  • A PC with supported hardware: Here's the catch: Kakewalk only works with a very small number of Gigabyte motherboards (barely 30 of them). In comparison, the standard Unibeast method supports several hundred different motherboards. The Kakewalk website includes a compatibility list, but it's missing a few motherboards; the easiest way to find out whether your motherboard is supported is to actually download Kakewalk, start the app, and check.

  • An existing Mac OS X installation:  Kakewalk is a Mac app, so you need a computer with Mac OS X to run it. You could use a real Mac, if you own one. 

  • Mac OS X Lion ($30 or $70): The method used by this guide requires that you have a copy of the Lion installer app ($30) from the Mac App Store, or in the Lion USB Thumb Drive ($70) sold by Apple. The Mac App Store is available in Mac OS X version 10.6.6 or higher.

  • An empty USB drive (8 GB or larger): The USB drive used for Kakewalk must be at least 8 GB in size. Since Kakewalk will erase all of the files on your USB drive, make sure to back up its contents first. You can reuse this USB drive for normal stuff after you finish installing Lion.

1. Run Kakewalk
Download Kakewalk, and unzip the downloaded file (by double-clicking it). Inside the Kakewalk folder, start "". It will ask you for a password. Enter your password for Mac OS X. Then, if you haven't already, plug your USB drive into your computer.

At the Kakewalk start screen, choose the option "Create install disk".

The setup screen for Kakewalk is pretty straightforward. In the first box on the setup screen, Kakewalk will ask you to "Locate Lion". Using the "Browse" button, find the Mac OS X Lion installer app that you downloaded from the Mac App Store. This installer app will probably be located in your Applications folder. In the next box, select the motherboard that your Hackintosh uses, from the dropdown menu. Lastly, in the third box, select your USB drive (in the example below, my USB drive is called "Cheese").

Once you have chosen the appropriate settings on the Kakewalk setup screen, Kakewalk will begin to make your Lion installer USB drive. This will take at least 15-20 minutes to run, though it may take up to an hour, depending on how fast your USB drive is.

2. Settings up the parts of your PC
I covered these steps in my Snow Leopard guide, but they're worth mentioning again: Open up your Hackintosh, 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.

NOTE: If your computer is more than 2 years old, it probably won't have any 6GB/s SATA ports.
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.

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.)

3. Setting up your motherboard's BIOS
The BIOS is basically a settings page for your motherboard. To enter the BIOS on a Gigabyte motherboard, press the delete key when it boots (before the operating system starts).

If your Hackintosh doesn't already have Mac OS X Snow Leopard installed, follow the BIOS instructions from Step 2 of my Snow Leopard guide. Otherwise, the only thing you'll need to change in the BIOS is the Boot Priority, so that USB drives have highest priority. This way, your computer will boot your Kakewalk USB drive when you start your Hackintosh.

Go to "Advanced BIOS Features" and set the first boot device to "USB-HDD". You should then set "Hard Disk" as second boot device.

Keep in mind that the BIOS does not support using a mouse, so you'll probably have to navigate through the BIOS with the arrow keys on your keyboard. Press "Enter" to change a selected option in the BIOS. Press F10 to save my changes.

After you finish installing Mac OS X Lion, you should change the first boot device back to "Hard Disk" (this optional, but it will speed up your Hackintosh's boot time).

4. Boot into Kakewalk
Restart your Hackintosh, and plug in your Kakewalk USB drive. If things go well, your computer will boot from the USB drive instead of booting from your normal hard disk. You should see the Kakewalk bootscreen.

If you do not manage to reach the Kakewalk bootscreen, check your motherboard's BIOS settings to make sure that the changes you made in Step 2 were properly applied. If they were, but you still cannot boot from the Kakewalk USB drive, unplug your USB drive, boot into your Hackintosh normally, use Disk Utility in Mac OS X to reformat the USB drive, and run Kakewalk again. If all else fails, try using a different USB drive for Kakewalk. Some USB drives simply don't work.

Once you reach the bootscreen, Kakewalk will automatically start the Mac OS X Lion installer in a few seconds.

In the worst case scenarios, instead of loading the Mac OS X installer, you may end up at a dark gray screen that tells you to restart your computer (a kernel panic), or you may end up with a small crossed-out sign (a loading error). If you get a kernel panic/loading error (or if the Mac OS X installer simply won't start within 30 minutes), you'll need to enter some boot flags.

To enter boot flags, manually restart your computer by pressing your computer's power button. Then, once you've booted back into the Kakewalk bootscreen, try typing any necessary boot flags before pressing the enter/return key. Check out this list of common boot flags for reference ( PCIRootUID=0 and -x are two popular boot flags).

5. Install Lion
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.

Mac OS X Lion will now install itself. This will take at least 20 minutes.

Restart. You can unplug the Kakewalk USB drive. You should see the Kakewalk bootscreen again. In a few seconds, Lion will start to boot, and you should eventually be led to the Mac OS X setup screen. Fill it out, then mission accomplished!

Once again, if you get a kernel panic/loading error when you try to boot your new Lion installation (or if the installation simply won't start within 10 minutes), you'll need to enter some boot flags.

6. You're done! 
Normally, the post-installation process for Hackintoshes involves running Multibeast. With Multibeast, you would have to install a bootloader, a DSDT file, and a bunch of kexts. However, Kakewalk lets you skip over this step. With Kakewalk, Mac OS X Lion should be completely functional from the start-- no post-installation necessary. Congratulations!

7. "Upgrade" your installation [OPTIONAL]
When you first install Mac OS X Lion, it will probably already be on the newest version. You can check what version you have by clicking on the Apple icon on the upper left-hand corner of Mac OS X, and clicking "About This Mac".

If your Hackintosh needs to be updated, all you need to do is download the combo update for the newest version of Mac OS X Lion, and install it. Apple does not directly link to the combo updates on its support site, but you can easily find these combo updates through Google. For instance, if you're looking for the combo update for Mac OS X 10.7.3, simply Google "10.7.3 combo update" (without the quotation marks). The official Apple page will be the first result.

When the combo update finishes installing, don't reboot. Instead, start the Kakewalk app. Your Kakewalk USB drive will include a copy of the Kakewalk app; if you don't have your USB drive available, you can just redownload Kakewalk from the internet. Once Kakewalk is open, click on "Upgrade Installation".

From here, select your Hackintosh's motherboard, and then select the hard drive that Mac OS X is installed on.

Click "Install", and give Kakewalk a few minutes to run. It will automatically reinstall all of the kexts and configuration files that your Hackintosh needs to work correctly. After that, you're pretty much done. Reboot, and your Hackintosh will be updated.

The myHack: another way to install Hackintosh

What myHack is:

The myHack makes it quicker and easier for both novice and experienced users to create a functional OS X system and the myHack OS X Installation Disk that it creates is an invaluable resource for troubleshooting and repairing your system when/if something goes wrong. [...more]

Kakewalk 4.5 : The easiest hackintosh solution

The easiest way to install Mac OS X on your PC.
Now with support for Mountain Lion.

About Chimera and Chameleon [News]

The most popular branches of Chameleon update every few days. Chimera updates every few weeks. You're probably not going to notice the difference. In fact, once you get your Hackintosh up and running, you won't have to update your bootloader ever again, whether or not you're running Chameleon or Chimera.

Just install whichever one is more easily available to you. Chimera still supports a slightly different set of graphics cards than Chameleon. [...more]

OS X 10.8 ML bootable USB for Intel PCs

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Use "SUSE Studio Image Writer" to write bootable USB from Windows.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion bootable USB for Intel PCs
Image size: 5.020.384.768 bytes (need at least an 8 GB pen drive)
MD5 (OS X 10.8 Install USB.raw) = 4251f2d2866417add966ffcec848cc4f

OS X Mountain Lion GM Seed (Build 12A269)

MD5 (InstallESD.dmg) = 8b4869920cd740414fe6b7e3f0b1be3e

Modified files:

Added files:
boot (Chameleon v2.1svn r2003)

Preboot.dmg contents:

Extensions.mkext contents:

OS X 10.8 ML bootable DVD for Intel PCs

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Image size: 5.020.352.512 bytes (dual layer DVD needed)
MD5 (OS X 10.8 Install DVD.iso) = 161b4ff7674a6a1d8f8967708fec686e


OS X Mountain Lion GM Seed (Build 12A269)
MD5 (InstallESD.dmg) = 8b4869920cd740414fe6b7e3f0b1be3e

Modified files:

Added files:
usr/standalone/i386/cdboot (Chameleon v2.1svn r2013)

Preboot.dmg contents:

Extensions.mkext contents:

Mac OSX Disk Maker [Must have]

Disk Maker is an application programmed with AppleScript that you can use with Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and OS X 10.8 to burn a DVD or build a bootable drive from Mac OS X Lion or OS X Mountain Lion Installation program. As soon as you launch the application, it tries to find the OS X Install program with Spotlight. Then, it proposes to build a DVD or create a bootable install disk.
To burn the DVD, you’ll need a SuperDrive and a writable DVD (single layer, 4,7 GB for Lion, or dual-Layer, 8,5 DVD-R). To build a bootable disk, you’ll need an 8 GB (minimum) USB thumb key drive, a USB or Firewire drive or an SD-Card.
WARNING! Lion DiskMaker will erase the volume or the drive you chose, according to the options you chose. Don’t forget to backup your data first!

New FakeSMC Plugins and Hardware Monitoring App for ML [M5.x]

MultiBeast 5.x now includes the FakeSMC branch from kozlek with a new set of plugins and a new version of This branch is fully compatible with Mountain Lion and adds significant new features such as access to more sensors and a customizable Menubar monitor.

To install, simply check the FakeSMC Plugins in MultiBeast to install the Plugins and the app. Reboot, then run the HWMonitor app in /Applications. You can then install the Menubar extensions to have access to the dropdown. The new app also has display preferences with nice checkboxes, buttons and sliders [...]

Apple Issues Special OS X 10.8.2 Update

Apple has just released a special 10.8.2 Update called OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Update for 13" Macbook Pro with Retina Display, 21.5" iMac (Late 2012), Mac mini (Late 2012). We'll be poking around it to figure out if it includes special new drivers for the fusion drive or any different or new graphics drivers. 

"This update is recommended for all 13” MacBook Pro with Retina Display, 21.5" iMac (Late 2012) and Mac mini (Late 2012) systems. It includes all features and updates from OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 plus system-specific enhancements and fixes for Late 2012 systems."

Windows 8 Launching Worldwide for $39.99

Microsoft's new operating system Windows 8 will be available worldwide at midnight tonight (25-10-12). The dual-boot process will most likely be very similar to past versions of Windows. We will be installing it and testing for any changes and differences. For now, it's safe to say that this will be a simple update from any version.

Feeling a bit of price pressure from Apple's OS X Mountain Lion, Microsoft has priced the Windows 8 update at $39.99 for existing users of Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 via download or $69.99 via DVD. The download for upgrade existing PCs in more than 140 markets and 37 languages goes live at Midnight local time at For those lucky enough to live or work near a Micro Center they are offering the Windows 8 Professional Upgrade DVD for $38.88 in-store, and can be pre-orderedhere.

UniBeast 1.5: Install OS X Mountain Lion on PC

Installing or updating to the latest version of OS X on a PC is simpler than ever. This guide requires no programming or coding experience.

UniBeast Overview

  • Purchase the OS X Mountain Lion Application from the Mac App Store 
  • Prepare a UniBeast USB flash drive
  • Install OS X Mountain Lion 
  • Install the bootloader and drivers using MultiBeast

          Actualizar OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 A 10.8.2 [video]

          Information about the upcoming iATKOS ML release

          - It is 64bit only.

          - Main system version is 10.8.2 for now.

          - Release will be a stand-alone bootable compressed read-only dmg image, just like our previous releases.

          - The image can not fit into 4.7GB DVD, it is BIG. So, a Dual Layer DVD or a Blu-Ray disk will be needed to burn it, or a USB flash memory/hdd with a partition bigger than 6gb to restore the dmg.

          Apple presents the new iPad Mini


          A beautiful display, powerful A5 chip, FaceTime HD camera, iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, ultrafast wireless, and over 275,000 apps ready to download from the App Store. iPad mini is an iPad in every way, shape, and slightly smaller form.

          iATKOS ML Hardware Compatibility

          Hardware Compatibility Information of iATKOS ML:


          - Intel Core2Duo and newer processors are supported.

          - 64bit capability a.k.a. EM64T is required for Mountain Lion which means that Intel Core Duo and older 32bit-only Intel processors are not supported.

          - I did not add support for Atom CPUs because of the unsupported GPUs of Atom CPU computers.

          - AMD CPUs can not be supported. Maybe another release, maybe another lifetime.


          - Please read with attention and do not continuously ask about your motherboard compatibility issues.

          - Simply, chipsets from 945G to X79 are supported. Common chips are 945, 965, 975, P35, P43, P45, G31, G41, G43, X58, H61, HM65, H67, P67, Z68, Z77 and X79.

          - Besides the main chipset model, a motherboard has many components. Every component itself may or may not be compatible and even may be problematic for Mountain Lion. Also, BIOS of the motherboard may be problematic to run Mountain Lion. Because of these reasons, some motherboards will not be able to run this OS easily, some of them will need hard efforts in order to make it partially work and some of them will never run it.


          - Intel Graphics HD 3000 and HD 4000 are supported, the rest are not. This means Intel HD 2000, Intel HD, X3100, X3150, X4500, GMA950 is not supported.

          - nvidia gpus from G80 core to the newest kepler series (LINK) are supported on 10.8.2. This does not mean that all of them will work of course but most of them will work OOB with iATKOS ML.

          Some of them will work with issues (some are known issues and some may not be) and some of them may not even work. You will have to try and see it yourself.

          Device id injection to Apple's stock Mountain Lion drivers will be needed for many nvidia cards and iATKOS ML includes this operation automated. However nvidia's drivers released for Mountain Lion does not need that injection (also included in iATKOS as a choice).

          - About ATI, for now 7xxx is not supported. Most of the ATI 6xxx/5xxx/4xxx cards work with modified drivers and the users will have to take the additional steps to use such cards after installation.