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Install Snow Leopard 10.6 on AMD PC Hackintosh


What you’ll need:

  • A Gigabyte AMD (890X maximum) or nForce motherboard, ASUS AMD (790X maximum) or nForce motherboard.
  • An empty harddisk, the used filesystem does not matter at the moment
  • A retail Snow Leopard DVD
  • An empty cd or DVD
  • Patience!

What’s in my pc?

Before proceeding with this guide, please make sure you have collected all of your system’s hardware information. The Windows application CPU-Z can help you with this.

This guide is seperated in two different methods, one for AMD chipsets and one for Nforce-based chipsets. Follow the method optimized for your system.

Please read the guide in advance! If you encounter anything unfamiliar or see something you don’t quite understand, feel free to ask in the forums.

The installation

1) Configuring the BIOS

The first thing you’ll need to do is to adjust some settings in your motherboard’ BIOS. To access yours, press the key that corresponds to the BIOS settings when you power on the system. This is mostly something like F12 or the Delete-key (DEL).

The good thing here is that most AMD and Nforce BIOS’s are similar but not always the same. That’s why we can’t tell the exact naming of some things, but we can tell you what to look for. Here is a list of things you should adjust to make your hardware Hackintosh-ready:

Change the SATA-mode to AHCI. By default, it is configured as IDE, so you’ll need to change it to AHCI. Don’t change this when you have a working Windows-installation, it will break it!
Configure standby mode to S3. Some manufacturers already have this mode as default. If this is not the case, change it to S3 or S3 (STR).
Adjust Boot Device Order parameters. The first steps in installing OS X on your machine require booting from a cd. Make sure your optical drive is set as the first boot device. The second item in the order should be the hard drive where you are going to install OS X on.

2) Getting to the installer and preparing your hard drive

The first thing you’ll need to do is downloading and burning Nawcom’s ModCD onto an empty cd. You can download the .iso file from here. When the burning has been finished, reboot your computer and let it boot from it. When it is booted, follow these steps to iniate the installation:

  1. If everything went well, you should be greeted with the bootloader.
  2. Now, swap your ModCD with your retail Snow Leopard copy. Give it some time to read the disc and press F5.
  3. When the icon saying “Install Snow Leopard” appears, press your Enter-key. Some text will appear, Wait until the line “Press any key to continue” appears. Press any key to continue.
  4. For a period of time, the only thing you’ll see is a bunch of white text scrolling down on a black background. This is the retail DVD trying to boot the installer. This could take a while and don’t panic when it seems stuck.
  5. After a while, the installer should come up. You may press Continue.
  6. Accept the license and click the button Utilities found in the menubar. A drop-down list will appear. One of the options there is Disk Utility. Click on it and the window will appear.
  7. We can manage and format our hard disks with this tool. On the left side, you’ll see all of your hard drivers. Select the one where OS X will be installed on and click on the Format-button. Select “Mac OS X Formatted (Journaled) as filesystem and give it a pretty name.

3) Customizing your installation

We are getting closer to actually installing OS X. What we need to do now is to select the right kexts for your chipset. Pay attention now, because this is where the guide will be divided in two. One for each type of chipset, AMD and Nforce.

  1. A dialog will appear where you can select where you want to install Snow Leopard onto. In the bottom left corner is a button called Customize. Click it.
  2. A list box will show up. Click the arrow next to Custom options. You’ll need to select certain things here, which are different for each chipset. Follow the steps for your chipset.
  3. AMD chipset

Select the following options:

  • Legacy Kernel
  • AppleATIATA
  • VoodooHDA

Networking should’ve been detected automatically and do not select GraphicsEnabler and Sleepenabler!

Nforce chipset

Select the following options:

  • Legacy Kernel
  • AppleNForceATA
  • VoodooHDA

Networking should’ve been detected automatically and do not select GraphicsEnabler and Sleepenabler!

4) The actual installation

When all options are selected, we can proceed to the installation. Press OK on the list box and click Install.

Installation can take up to 20 minutes! If it seems stuck after a couple of minutes, move the mouse and in most cases it will work again.

5) Post-installation

Hooray! You are getting closer and closer to have a working AMD Hackintosh! You’ll just need to follow these last steps to make your installation boot on it’s own, and make it safe for updates that will be installed in the future.

  1. When the installation is done, the system will reboot itself. Swap your retail Snow Leopard copy back for the ModCD.
  2. Let it boot until you reach the bootloader. Select your own Snow Leopard partition here with the direction keys and press Enter when you have selected it.
  3. Have patience here as the first boot always takes a lot of time. Probably will take between five and ten minutes.
  4. When booted, fill in the forms given by OS X. This can be a bit sluggish, that’s because the graphics card is not yet installed.
  5. Now we need to install a bootloader, so that our system can boot on it’s own. Something like Chameleon v2.1 will do. The one we’ll be using can be found here.
  6. Extract the file using the built-in unarchiver. You’ll end up with a .pkg file. You can execute it by double-clicking on it. Follow the steps given in the installer and finish installation.
  7. Reboot your system and eject the ModCD. Your Hackintosh can now boot on it’s own.
  8. If everything went well, you should be greeted with the OS X desktop. There are still a few things missing, including graphics acceleration. We’ll fix that in the next chapter.

6) Some graphics acceleration for you, sir?

Graphics acceleration is absolutely needed for having the perfect OS X experience. Without it, everything will be pretty sluggish and slow, and certain applications won’t even work. This is one of the reasons why it is necessary to have read this guide before doing the actual installation.

However! Nowadays, most (modern) graphics cards are supported due to the updates Chameleon has got in the recent years. The following steps can be applied to most graphics cards; if it does not work out for you, let us know in the forums! That way we can search a solution for you!

GraphicsEnabler is an automatic graphics card injector built into your Chameleon bootloader. It has got more compatible with different cards over the years, so chances are high it will work with your system too!

  • Most cards from Nvidia: from the 7xxx series all the way to the modern 5xx cards (although not always stable)
  • Modern cards from AMD: HD5xxx to HD6xxx are out-of-the-box, older cards are trial and error.

To check if it works with your current setup, simply type in GraphicsEnabler=yes when in the bootloader. Chameleon then will boot with that given parameter. If it works (eg. you have a transparent menubar), follow the next steps so we can make it permanent.

  1. Open Finder and click on the Go option in your menubar. A dropdown list will appear with the Go to folder option. Click it and enter the following: /extra
  2. A Finder window will appear. There will be a file called org.chameleon.boot.plist. Click and drag the file to your desktop, to make sure it is editable.
  3. Open the file and underneath the last line, type in the following:
  4. org.chameleon.Boot.plist
  5. <key>GraphicsEnabler</key>
  6. <string>Yes</string>
  7. Put the edited file back so it overwrites the previous one.
  8. Reboot OS X and enjoy your working GPU!



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  1. BigZ February 5, 2013 Reply

    Where is the post ?
    the post isn’t showing for me too…

  2. Chris September 10, 2012 Reply

    the post is not showing for me 🙁

  3. misache August 8, 2012 Reply

    y have:ga-ma770t-ud3,rev 1.5,update bios to f10;amd II phenom 550[after deblocking is athlon triple core];ati radeon 5550,1024mb,4x4gb ddr3;and y want to install apple sistem,can you tell my how is the good variant is good for my configuration,i”m dawnladed snow-leopard by hazard .thanks

  4. Hozey May 8, 2011 Reply

    Can’t find OSInstall.mpkg. Pacifist says it’s there. So, why won’t it pull up on the install dmg?

    It appears no one answers questions on here, so I’m not expecting a response, but just in case please eMail me at ghozey44@gmail.com


  5. remixerone April 28, 2011 Reply

    braulio said:

    Hello, i need help please, i press Windows (Command) + Shift + G and dont appaer a new windows, only error sound. Please help !

    The “COMMAND” Key in win keyboard are “ALT” not “Window” key.

    good luck

  6. braulio February 27, 2011 Reply

    Hello, i need help please, i press Windows (Command) + Shift + G and dont appaer a new windows, only error sound. Please help !

  7. nlj3162 February 13, 2011 Reply

    installing this from a virtual machine hope it works cause i’ve been doin this all weekend

  8. andrei February 8, 2011 Reply

    well , i inserted the cd with snowleopard , the installation was fine , succeded , but after restart the pc , there is no boot .

    i have the apple screen and is loading , but never saw the desktop image .

    m4a785 mobo
    hd 4850
    3gb 1333
    x4 630 II 2.8

    i know that i will never recive answer ,
    anyway thanks for the tutorial .

  9. Dan_D_Man February 6, 2011 Reply

    At all the lazy incompetent,
    People who ask here if there system is supported to run this…
    Secureable (free)
    to test your hardware if it supports vizulisation (vt-x)

    also great (free) software to check all your computer specs: its important that your system supports
    SSE 2 (Minimum) preferably SSE3 for better-smoother operating.
    Im fortunate that my
    Samsung R505 has
    Athlon AMD 64 x2 QL-62
    SSE (1,2,3)X86-64 AMD-V 😀

    I will try this guide out very shortly… currently installing leopard to a hard drive.

    @ Anyone asking where to get a copy of osx s.l
    Try this torrent MAC OS X 10.6.3 Intel Snow Leopard RETAIL.dmg
    (uploaded by PirateJFK)
    on a site called _ _ _ _ _ _ bay

    Many thanks to the author of this publication very handy indeed 🙂

  10. Ally January 12, 2011 Reply

    Sooo I’ve got a problem. I can’t even do step 1 because I can’t get osx onto my harddrive. No boot discs will load–my machine just keeps restarting. The only option I can even come up with is to take my hdd out, put it in an enclosure and find someone with snow leopard already to format the disk properly and boot from there…but this doesn’t really seem like a viable option. Are there any guides written for people that are very concise, clear, step by step, assuming the person is an idiot? –because apparently I am if none of the other guides seem to do the trick…

  11. Marco January 10, 2011 Reply

    Hey, i’ve installed everything, Snow Leopard is running normal. My only problem is when it restart the computer i need to boot from an CD, “The Empire EFI” what do i need to boot from the hard drive.
    my specs are the following

    2.21ghz Sempron
    40GB ATA Hard Drive
    2gb RAM
    motherboard- GA-M61PME-S2P

    used 10.6 image, installed through external hard drive, followed all your steps.

  12. Jamn November 6, 2010 Reply

    I got phenon amd quad core 2,66.
    ecs black series motherboard
    2gb dual chanel ram mem.
    a partitioned HD fat 32 with 70 gb for mac os.
    with a geforce 9600 GO …

    I just need to install any version of mac X to dual boot with my win XP …

    I tried iPC 10.5.6, snow leopard hazzard 10.6 and ideneb … Just succeeded with virtual box sun. But it takes too much resources from my pc. And i have serious limitations on my graphics memory. I am trying to use to develop iphone apps with xcode and unity… I cannot use unity cause these limitations of virtual machine.

    Any opinions i´ll thank for.

  13. Macgyver October 18, 2010 Reply

    The main part that isn’t discussed is how to get the pre installed OSX on your PC. Can anyone explain the procedure?

  14. ptesone September 28, 2010 Reply

    Thanx for this tutorial!

    I use this for all my Snow Leopard installs
    1. cos it’s easy to remember and 2. it always works
    3. cos I have an AMD system

    I also updated successfully to 10.6.4 using the apple combo update and applying the 10.4.0 XNU Kernel for INTEL/AMD by qoopz/nawcom/AnV/BlackKnight/mucha patch from InfinteMac

    Snow Leopard Retail 10.6 up’d to 10.6.4 , legacy_kernel-10.4.0, Chameleon V2.0 RC4
    Mobo: XFX nForce 750a
    CPU: 2.21 GHz AMD Phenom Quad-Core 9500
    RAM: 4GB DDR2 1066MHz
    HDD: 500GB WD SATA
    DVD: Sony DVD+RW DRU-840A
    Video: nVidia GeForce 9600GSO PCIe 768MB (added EFI String with UInstaller)
    Display: 2x Acer V173 17″‘s
    Audio: onboard (AppleAzaliaAudio modified)
    LAN: onboard (Yukon88E8056)

  15. tokajak September 17, 2010 Reply

    Congratulations on an excellent tutorial. My install worked very well and 10.6.3 is booting without a problem.

    I don’t yet have kext for the Radeon HD or ASUS PCI-G31 ( RT2561 ) but I will continue searching.

    When I ran tha DSDT Patcher, it reported a failure and I wonder if this is common.

    AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
    ASUS M4A88T-M-USB3
    HIS Radeon HD5750 1GB
    G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL (2x2G) DDR3
    Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB ST31500341AS
    ASUS PCI-G31 54Mbps 802.11b/g Wireless PC

  16. John September 8, 2010 Reply

    the mediafire link for the smbios seems to be down. anyone have a copy of the file?

  17. carstenrubel September 1, 2010 Reply

    Hi guys, I have this PC :

    AMD Phenom II X6-1055T,
    4 GB DDR3 – 1333 MHz RAM
    ASUS M4N68T-M Mainboard (Chipset:NVIDIA nForce 630a)
    EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX465 Overclocked Edition
    1,5 TB S-ATA II HDD, no OS installed yet

    I’m not a tech expert so I’m so confused by all the different terms that are used in the guides and I can’t figure out what to do. So if anybody here could drop me some hints, i would really appreciate it.
    Please help

  18. oscar August 30, 2010 Reply

    Hi and thanks for the excellent effort.
    But I Must point out some important notice that must be clarified.
    You are supposed to follow this instruction from a computer already running a previous installation of an older osX. not from a mac.(?)
    :Run from an AMD computer
    Why is that important?
    “Step Six). Now launch EFiStudio and look for your Video Card through the drop down menu. Click add device and you will see some alphanumeric numbers, copy these numbers. Add the following code to yourcom.apple.boot.plist in /Snow/Extra.”
    This makes no sense if you look for your video card on your mac computer, right!. What do i do then?

    next problem:
    “Step Seven). Final Step open SMBios.plist and change the UUID with volume UUID With the UUID of your Snow volume. then place the SMBios.plist in to Extra/Extensions. Also place the UUID in the PlatformUUID.kext its located on PlatformUUID.kext/content/info.plist.”

    *change the UUID with volume UUID With the UUID of your Snow volume ?? do you mean this?

    *Also place the UUID in the PlatformUUID.kext ?? With witch editor can you open file “PlatformUUID.kext”
    * its located on PlatformUUID.kext/content/info.plist. ?? No it is not.

  19. alex August 21, 2010 Reply

    hello all of you..
    ive a problem with install mac osx on my laptop,i used:

    Hp(compaq) presario v3000,model v3155au
    CPU:AMD turion 64 mobile MK-36
    CPU Instructions:MMX(+),3DNow!(+),SSE(1,2,3),X86-64,AMD-V
    Grafic card:Nvidia Geforce Go 6150
    but 1): i dont know can i install mac osx on my own laptop or not?
    and 2):if i can do that ,which type of mac osx i can install?
    before i tryed to install iATKOS V7 but during installation i got a error
    mean can not install on your laptop,only for Intel cpu.
    please help me,because i dont like waste my time,im realy tired of trying .

  20. Ajay August 17, 2010 Reply

    where we dawnload snowleopard

  21. 10Pieces May 27, 2010 Reply

    It works!

    It took me about a week to figure everything out but it works.
    Just no onboard sound for the moment but ill get that up and running since it worked with the kalyway 10.5 i used to install this. Oh Just checked my ide dvd drive is not recognized but who uses those things anyway 🙂

    So far pretty stable but lets try editing some uncompressed quicktimes in fcp 🙂

    k9n neo V3
    ddr2 800
    sata disk
    athlon x2
    nvidia 8600 GT

    ps: it is a bit unclear what you should do with the kernel but you should replace it
    pss: this is no noob guide and the little bit of linux i know did help me understand

    Awsome sauce everywhere!

  22. Juan May 10, 2010 Reply


    I dont understand what u mean by a “pre installed” hard disk. I have two 160GB HDD so I was planning to try this guide on my AMD AM2+ phenom @2.8GHz, AUS motherboard. I got the snow leopard DVD.

    Please explain me what u mean by the preinstalled disk.

    Thank you,


  23. Hobbyplayer April 26, 2010 Reply

    when i try to start OSInstall.mpkg and when th window is opened there ia an error message saying only “Alert” and “OK” when I klick on OK the installation programm closes, how can i override this?

  24. Neil April 13, 2010 Reply

    For somereason, the link for Snow_leopard_AMD_Support_Files.zip does not work on rapidshare, of course. Anyone know of a different link?

  25. Brut_Pitt April 8, 2010 Reply

    Adding for A8N-SLI mainboard…

    This link solve a my problem: “reset CMOS after reboot”.
    (change dsdt.dsl and recompile)

    This drive works for A8N-SLI integrated network (nForce4):

    This drive works for Realtec ALC-850 integrated audio:

    Now all works fine!

  26. Brut_Pitt April 8, 2010 Reply

    Great guide!

    I have installed 10.6 on on Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe, AMD x2 3800+, NVidia8600GTS and it’s run OK.

    I made some changes because, on first boot, I had the message “still waiting for root device”:

    I have installed the file:
    in the /Snow/Extra/Extensions and then I have rebuilded “step five”

    I have modified the dsdt.dsl file, changing _NVRAIDBUS in NVRAIDBUS… and recompiled.

    And now it’s ok.
    (I have a PATA HD… I’ll try with SATA in future)

    Network and audio don’t works, for now, but I need to install the drivers.

    Thank so much.

  27. Tyler April 6, 2010 Reply

    Where to download Mac OSX 10??????????????

  28. Jaypee April 5, 2010 Reply

    can i just go straight installing snow leopard instead of installing first tiger then leopard?

  29. Sean April 3, 2010 Reply

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I followed it exactly and had very few problems. I had to add an AppleNForceATA driver and also use boot option memmax=4096 (I have 6GB ram in at the moment). Otherwise booted up no problem. Also- for anyone who has an nvidia 7000 series (mine is 7600GT) you may have to use the CoreVidia driver in 10.6 even if NVInject worked under 10.5.

    As others have mentioned: the kernel in the download is named mach_kernel.test7. Remove the .test7 and before you do the copy remove the existing mach_kernel (or overwrite it, whatever pleases you). Easiest way is to do sudo cp -R PATHTOFILE/mach_kernel.test7 /Volumes/Snow/mach_kernel. That way you copy and rename in one step- otherwise you have permission problems when trying to rename a kernel. For those of you having problems- take it to the insanelymac forums. It’s too hard to troubleshoot via comments.

  30. Dinos March 28, 2010 Reply

    I also gave -x32 -f -x -v and cpus=1 -f -x -v and they both gave me Kernel panics. Please help!! Thank you very much in advance!

  31. Dinos March 27, 2010 Reply

    I instaled the Mac OS X Snow Leopard following all the steps but DSDT patcher failed and when i am trying to boot, the Apple logo appears and then i get a message which telling that i have to restart my computer. Please help!! Here is my specs:

    AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition
    MSI 790FX-GD70
    8GB Super Talent DDR3 1600MHz
    2TB Western Digital Caviar Green SATA II
    ATI Radeon HD 4350
    ASUS Xonar D2X

  32. anTss March 24, 2010 Reply

    hi there ive installed SL 10.6 on my pc. but after installation is done it connot boot to SL on hard drive, it always boot on the optical drive. it cannot continue to tha next phase.

    can yo tell me about this!! plzz

  33. Mahmoud March 18, 2010 Reply

    This guide is freaking epic Thanks I’ll Talk With ya later When i’ll be Ready to apply Your Steps

    Thanks in Advanced

  34. Duncan March 18, 2010 Reply

    So I’ve followed the instructions here several times. When I reload, it says that it “cannot find mach_kernel”. If I rename mach_kernel.test7 to mach_kernel, it recognizes, but has a kernel panic. Any ideas as to what I might be doing wrong?

  35. Butthead no Beavis March 17, 2010 Reply

    The other thing is this article is just taking bits from the Intel Install, doesn’t mean he actually installed on an AMD.

  36. Butthead no Beavis March 17, 2010 Reply

    Buy an Intel Motherboard and CPU and all should be less painful and less work. More Kexts to use from the pool of kexts.

    Apple uses Intel and Nvidia

    AMD will continually have problems because the architecture is different over all. Less kexts and lots of customization and DSDT doesn’t always compile even forced.

    Buy Intel and solve your problems

  37. Ashok R March 16, 2010 Reply

    I had downloaded Mac OS X 10.6.2 in rapidshare. It is Working in Intel Based Systems. But in AMD at the time of CD Booting for Mac Installation. It is restating. But in Download Session it is Mentioned as ( SL10.6.1-10.6.2_SSE2_SSE3_IntelAMDbyHazard.iso ). Please tell me the procedure to install Mac OS in AMD Pc and any one send me the Details how to install the Mac OS X 10.6.2

    my config is
    AMD Phenom 8450 x3 Processor
    2GB DDR2-800MHZ RAM
    500GB HDD

  38. raj March 8, 2010 Reply

    Hey, i wanna try out snow leopard…but i don’t have pre-installed and i don’t have MAC comp as well. I’m tryed it but the pc dosen’t boot with snow leopard.

    Can you suggest me a way to do it?

    my config is
    AMD Phenom 9650 x4 Processor
    4GB DDR2-800MHZ RAM
    500GB HDD


  39. raj March 8, 2010 Reply

    Hey, i wanna try out snow leopard…but i don’t have pre-installed and i don’t have MAC comp as well. I’m tryed it but the pc dosen’t boot with snow leopard.

    Can you suggest me a way to do it?

    my config is
    AMD Phenom 9650 x4 Prosesor
    4GB DDR2-800MHZ RAM
    500GB HDD


  40. alay March 5, 2010 Reply

    i am getting the same message as some of the other guys:

    The installer could not install some files in “/Volumes/SNOW”.Contact the software manufacturer for assistance.

    everything copies over then error pops up. Anyone know what we are doing wrong?

    It is an AMD system if that helps..

  41. Manny March 4, 2010 Reply

    Hi, do you need to use Marvin’s AMD Utility? I did the DST patch then rebooted, booted fine. I then did the Marvin AMD Utility and Kext thing, and when I rebooted I got a kernel panic related to CPU information.

  42. mayank March 3, 2010 Reply

    compaq notebook F739 AU
    amd athlon 64 x2
    160 gb hdd sata
    3gb ram
    nvidia nforce 700

    i am install mac os x hdd is not show in disk utility.

    Plz help for this………

  43. roguegeer February 25, 2010 Reply

    asus M3A78-EM
    amd 5050e cpu
    4gb ddr2
    sata HD

    asus eah4350 vid*

    installed using retail disc and this guide from existing 10.5.8 purely so i could try and get vid card to run (usually run 3650 in 10.5.8 due to no kext’s for 4350 in 10.5)

    step 4, had to force compile
    step 6… didnt attach device info because i was running the wrong vidcard during install (trying to use this guide to get it to work: http://www.xhackintosh.com/ati-radeon-hd-4350-snow-leopard-qe-ci.html)

    had to start with -x (safe mode) then ran sw update to 10.6.2, messed with my ati2000x.kext (used new version from 10.6.2) can now boot in normal mode, but vid not working yet.

    tried loading ALC888 (audio) via injection, no dice so far, running onkyo usb audio device anyway. so no big deal.

    bonjour still doesnt work (trying pystar v1.04 R1000) didnt under 10.5 either, so no surprise.

    so “works” but still requires quite a lot of tinkering to be usable at this stage. if you have an easier vid card, should be good.

  44. Harox February 19, 2010 Reply

    my pc

    asus P5Q turbo motherbord

    ati 4870 1gb vga

    intel core 2 cord q8200

    4GB ram

    500Gb hard

    i want to install mac OS X 10.6 snow leopard somone help me plzzz

  45. John Jo Perry February 18, 2010 Reply

    not working for me!!!

  46. cbgugu February 14, 2010 Reply

    found this trick on another site same mobo has you. Deselect languages,printer and fonts in the custom install window. It worked for me.

  47. Joe February 7, 2010 Reply

    Just curious if anyone has any advise for the “install failed” situation.

    That’s where I’m stuck at. I’ve tried it using two different Snow installers, so I don’t think it’s a defective install disk.

    Jean: I had the same issue about not being able to unmount the drive that the failed install went onto. I found I could after a restart, or in one case, after leaving it alone for a long time (left it on overnight).

    I suspect I have something wrong in my BIOS settings since I’ve also always had trouble with restarts and shutdowns just with Leopard.

    I’ve got an AMD Phenom quad core cpu on an ASUS mobo (Asus M3A78-EM).

    I installed Leopard 10.5.6 using IPC (Voodoo, Chameleon, Seatbelt), but have had no success trying to update to 10.5.8. After I install the updater, I can’t run anything else (like kext changes), and the restart always fails in a KP.

    I’ve read everything I can find on the BIOS settings, but I suspect I’ve got something wrong. Even regular start ups usually take several tries.

  48. skypete January 30, 2010 Reply

    can someone please explain step number 3 please

    Step Three). The most important step, Place the new kernel in the root of volume, Root means in Snow drive where you installed the Snow leopard.

  49. carmelo January 19, 2010 Reply


    I have installed SL 10.6 on my AMD Athlon 64 PC …

    But at boot I have a KP (I can boot into safe mode) :

    here is my KP : http://c.ingrao.free.fr/kp.jpg

    I have deleted (in safe mode) AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext but still same problem ..

    Can you help me please ?

    thanks !


  50. fr3qnast3 January 14, 2010 Reply

    Rebel EFI (AMD) and SNOW LEOPARD 10a432.

    I used a rebel EFI CD, and I copied SN to a thumb drive.

    It installs and boots, but my video card is a 4670, and its tricky to update to 10.6.2, which has 4670 support…

    reach me thru my youtube if you have questions regarding THIS EXACT INSTALL.

    Have a nice day!

  51. Kalyan December 19, 2009 Reply

    hey ppl,
    got the below config. dont hav a mac

    my config is
    AMD Phenom ii x4 3GHz 940black
    ASUS M3A78EM
    2×2GB DDR2-667
    NVIDIA 9400GT 1GB

    please help me out..

  52. sasinth December 11, 2009 Reply

    hi guy i dont ve a pre installed mac hard disc how to install os x

    my config is

    AMD turion 2x
    2GB ddr2 RAM
    nvidia geforce 9400 card

  53. chris gard December 6, 2009 Reply

    i have followed instructions to the letter trying to install on amd eeepc 1005 HA but it hangs on uptime ***nanosecoconds please help

  54. Richard December 2, 2009 Reply

    can my comp run this?
    Specs: DEll insiron 1501 amd sempron 1 gig ram ati graphics card

  55. tim November 29, 2009 Reply

    what should I search on google

  56. aakarsh November 29, 2009 Reply

    i’m not having pre installed mac os x
    i tried to install but there was an error that

    “could not update platform uuid”

    can you give me a guide to install snow leopard directly…or some solution to install kalyway 10.5.2

    my computer configuration is

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ With Gigabyte motherboard with Nvidia 6150 SE Onboard graphics

  57. Jim Williams November 21, 2009 Reply

    I believe it would be the hex code in the bottom window.

  58. vinay November 20, 2009 Reply

    if stuck at can ot find boot device u cant install

  59. vinay November 20, 2009 Reply

    hey, first of all post comment with hardware configuration.that can u found in system properties or device manager,then i can help u all

  60. bausard November 20, 2009 Reply

    hi guys i’m new here. May you please re-explaine me how clearly do this :
    “change the UUID with volume UUID With the UUID of your Snow volume”

    thank you for you coming help and BRAVO for your great Guide

  61. manoli November 19, 2009 Reply

    what the hell???? all this is chineeeeeeeeeese i need to know where the heck to get the mac, from an apple store? a torrent? and the rest is like hibrou!!!! :(:( i realy wanna do this but i dont exactly know howww this guide doesnt help me, plsssss make a video guide thingy so i can know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙁 please

    p.s. send me the easy stuff i asked for at manoli_sevdalis@hotmail.com
    p.s im only 10 years old i guess why i cannot understand any of this weird stuff!!!!!! plsssss

  62. Nathan November 11, 2009 Reply

    ok take that back. rapidshare was down that day. still i am stuck on the part with EFI Studio. want code do i have to copy? the Huge long code in the bottom box or just the actual property’s number?

  63. Kyle November 11, 2009 Reply

    Hey so far everything is going smoothly. I installed Snow Leopard via USB connection to a 3.5″ Western Digital hard drive. My problem, however, is that I am unable to install the Chameleon software on a hard drive “not running Mac OS X.” It tells me the only area I can install it to is my Macintosh HD hard drive on my MacBook Pro itself. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

    Being an externally connected hard drive, I am unable to boot into it to attempt to install the Chameleon from that drive.

  64. ajstrobus November 10, 2009 Reply

    I noticed a discrepency in your folder names, your other guide says to put the smbios.plist in the /snow/extra folder & this one says /extra/extensions I got a kernel panic after following this one, that may be why badkid had kernel panic as well.

  65. Feferefe November 9, 2009 Reply


    I have one questions.

    1. When I copy the kernel to the root, Did I have to delete the Old or rename it?

    The other thing is when running the DSDT patch, it end with error. I try renaming the kernel to the original name but when reboot, it’s doesnt come out from the apple logo screen. By the way the apple logo have a folder icon above with a censored watermark.


  66. fr3qnast3 October 29, 2009 Reply

    its a little tricky, but im trying to do it…

    dell sc1435
    2x2ghz opteron
    4gb ecc ram
    broadcom sata and ether
    ati es1000 (will replace with ati4760 after install)

    will report results after a few more days of trials

  67. Damani14 October 28, 2009 Reply

    Hi! every one
    Can anyone advice me what to do.. I have a original dvd of mac os x snow leopard 10.6 i want to install it in a clone itel Coomputer but the thing is its not boot even if i choose dvd rom as first boot.
    can anyone help me???

  68. Henry White October 24, 2009 Reply

    When I reboot into Snow Leopard how do I get to single mode?

  69. david October 24, 2009 Reply

    hi everyone. I have a problem and hope someone can help me please I downloaded ipc for my amd toshiba a305 and when i try to install from dvd it just runs up to the gray window with the apple logo and the driver stops and that’s all i can do. Please someone tell me what i did wrong

  70. zeke October 20, 2009 Reply

    is it possible to install a drive with 2 partitions. one with preinstalled leo and the other for snow leopard?

  71. jean October 17, 2009 Reply

    i have no idea wat happen to my disk
    i have 2 sata disk 1 500 GB another 1 with 1 TB(new one)
    i have my hackintosh running on the first one while i tried to install snow leopard on the second one with GUID but if failed( no idea why)
    After the installation failed i cannot erase the drive and the an error msg appear :Could not unmount the disk [what’s going on???]
    could somebody tell me what’s going on with my disk?


  72. hackme October 16, 2009 Reply

    here is my specs:

    Asus M3a78-em
    AMD Phenom 8650 X3
    4 gig of OCZ Ram PC2 8500
    Sapphire HD 4830 512 mb with HDMI, DVI, VGA output

  73. hackme October 16, 2009 Reply

    I followed all the instruction and i get error in dsdt patch…it says build flag…anyways i continued the rest of the procedure and when i finally start snow leopard….after loading some drivers there’s a part where it encounters error and it says pausing for 5 seconds and after that all i get is black screen……

  74. astroboy October 14, 2009 Reply

    I try it but i get apple then nothing happens, its my video card or my mobo

    Nvidia 9600 gso
    amd 4 core
    Asus Mobo

    will try with my pentium 2 due laptop

  75. Nikola October 14, 2009 Reply

    It works perfectly for me, i had just to put nforce kext to /Extra/Extenstions, unless then i had still waiting for root device on boot.

    Thanks for the guide.

  76. Nikola October 13, 2009 Reply

    I did everything from guide, but getting still waiting for root device? Anyone?

  77. Dylan October 11, 2009 Reply

    Just wondering if my PC is able to install it.
    I have a

    AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3500+
    2.21 GHz, 2.00 GB of RAM

    Please email so I know for a fact i am able to do this.

  78. Kenderrr October 9, 2009 Reply

    all installed nice, but first boot and still waiting for root device. any know solution?

  79. kext October 5, 2009 Reply

    Sorry für die blöde frage, aber was ist die Wurzel eines Volumens?
    Da steht das dieser Schritt am wichtigsten sei :”Place the new kernel in the root of Volume.”Habe den AMD Kernel 432 per Drag and Drop in das Snow Laufwerk gezogen aber hat nicht gebracht.
    Kann mir einer helfen!

  80. Shakthi October 1, 2009 Reply

    Hi! great post! i was wondering if you can boot this with a usb drive?
    im going to try it as soon as the snow leopard downloads 🙂

  81. NZ September 27, 2009 Reply

    Sorry for silly question but: do I need hard disk with Leo after SL is installed? Can I boot directly from second (GUID partitioned) disk?

  82. Bearwood September 26, 2009 Reply

    Mat: Partition is normally Journalled HFS (Mac) you also need to set Guid partition – see the post, also look at the other install methods available on this site and others.

    For what it is worth the Apple update to 10.6.1 has been out for a few weeks now. On my machine I just installed the dmg as normal and it’s now 10.6.1.

    Also I wouldn’t be in too much of a rush to install Snow Leopard if you plan to work with it. It is ok for web surfing, IM , email can be flacky when attachments are involved. You will most likely have problems saving work from a huge list of programs. I can not save any photos in Photoshop, Pages. This an Apple problem and it really sucks worse than anything MS has put out. I am a long time Debian user and beleive me Apple has stuffed up big time this time. I am sure it will be a great OS when they finally get it sorted. Stick with 10.5.8 til “It just works”

  83. mat September 21, 2009 Reply

    hey guys,
    one question when formatting the partition where snow leopard should be installed on – should you format it in mac file system or in FAT or in NTFS(by formatting it on the pc firstt) ? thx a lot….

  84. maarten September 20, 2009 Reply

    not working for me again

    My plan was 2 go for triple boot i got one win 7 part one windows xp and unlocated partition for mac os x

    system specs:
    amd phenom II2 x4 955 black cpu
    4 gb buffalo ddr 3 1333 ram
    vapor x – ati radeon 2gb ddr5 trough a 256 mb bus gpu
    samsung spinpoint f1 hardrive
    and my mobo is a 785 chipset
    bios ami 8 mb

  85. Stef September 18, 2009 Reply

    Hi, i tried to do the Install too, but got exactly the same crap as MAGO…

    I did the chown cmd and i think it worked well. 😉
    I also use diffrent HDD for the running Leo and the Snow-Install.

    If someone has any ideas what could be the problem i would be glad to hear.

  86. Rakurai September 18, 2009 Reply

    You can also see your UUID by opening Disk Utility, clicking on the volume you want to know about, and clicking the ‘i’ button on the top left.

  87. MAGO September 18, 2009 Reply

    Hi there..
    I followed the instructions , but the Snow Leopard installation ends with the following message:
    Install Failed
    The installer could not install some files in “/Volumes/SNOW”.Contact the software manufacturer for assistance.

    THe Volume SNOW is already partitioned and the chown command is done too.
    any idea ?


    • Vinay September 18, 2009 Reply

      You can’t install OSX and Snow on a same drive, either google for modified OSI.mpkg or try it on another drive (external or internal)

  88. EazySnatch September 14, 2009 Reply

    I have a question what is UUID ?

    Open Terminal
    sudo su
    enter password

    sh-3.2# diskutil list
    #: TYPE NAME …..

    sh-3.2# diskutil info disk1s2 | grep UUID
    Volume UUID: 01868341-39A3-3CC4-84F8-B6EAP9A119D

  89. pkjne September 13, 2009 Reply
  90. Bearwood September 12, 2009 Reply

    This works fine. You guys- Google is your friend.

    I installed this last weekend with no real problems, however I have been forced back to 10.5.7 as Photoshop CS4 doesn’t work well with SL (Can’t save any work!) Also had some problems with print drivers for Epson R800.

    None of my problems are/where related to the instructions on this site. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
    Google will answer most of your questions – if your care to look. You are dealing with a hacked OS and thus you should expect a learning curve.

  91. pkjne September 11, 2009 Reply

    I try it !

    First you mast remove the printer drivers and the other Languages to install the SL.

    I have a question what is UUID ?

    it boots and I’m pressing -v
    after the 2 first lines the screen goes black and nothing happens
    any ides ?

  92. setu September 10, 2009 Reply

    Hey, i wanna try out snow leopard…but i don’t have pre-installed and i don’t have MAC comp as well.

    Can you suggest me a way to do it?

    my config is
    AMD Phenom ii x4 3GHz 940black
    ASUS M4A78 PRO AMD 780G
    2x2GB OCZ DDR2-1066
    Msi Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16


  93. badkid September 6, 2009 Reply

    Hey, i tried ur method, prasys method and one given on inifitemac/insanelymac.

    the problem with me is the kernel panic. with Mobdin test7 kernel

    my Rig is.

    AMD Phenom 2.6 GHz 9950BE
    2GB Corsair Ram DDR 800
    n Biostar TA790GXB A2+ v6.0 ( SB 750 and ALC662 ) –
    Nvidia 8600GT 512 ( Working with injectors provided in 10.5.4 Disc ).

    Everything working 100% in leopard ( LawlessPPC 10.5.4 patched with SB700 Kexts by me, updated yo 10.5.8 ), Even ALC662 works 100% .. shows in System profiler .. n all ..

    I just want to know if Mobdin Test7 kernel supports AMD ( specially mine one ).
    Please mail me ..
    m also available most of the time on
    irc.osx86.hu – in #hackint0sh and #snowleopard.

    Thanks in advance.

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