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How to install Snow Leopard in VMWARE 7 and Windows host ? Virtualization of Snow Leopard (Client) is not officially supported/allowed by any virtualization solution. However a few modifications to the .vmx file and use a modified install disk as this will save a lot of trouble. Let me clear Apple licensing does not allow for the virtualization of OSX Client on any hardware and only allows for the virtualization OSX server on Apple hardware. Anything else is in violation of the license agreement. This article is for informational purposes only, you can never achieve full utilization of Mac OS X on VMWARE. So if you like the Mac then go ahead and buy a Mac.

Also Check — Snow Leopard in VMWARE Post Installation Fixes and Tweaks for sound, graphics related mods after installation.

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  • VMWARE 7 and Windows XP, Vista or 7
  • Retail DVD of Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6
  • Intel Based Machine, AMD isn’t supported.
  • Patience, a Cup of coffee or Energy drink whatever you like.
  • A pre-made Snow Leopard VMDK, dariwn_snow.iso Download (Rapidshare), (Rapidshare 1)(Mediafire) Or (Megaupload)


Step One : Launch VMWARE Workstation and load the .vmx that came with the package you downloaded above. Now edit virtual machine settings for advance options.

SL_VMW_1 Step Two : Edit the VMWARE settings eg: Memory, Processor, Networking Adaptors etc. Select CD/DVD drive options and in Connection select Use ISO image file and browse the Darwin_Snow.iso

SL_VMW_2 Step Three : Now power on the virtual machine and keep your finger on F8 key.

SL_VMW_1 Hit F8 very quickly on your Keyboard you will be prompted with the following screen


Step Four : Like Boot 132 method now you need to replace the boot cd with the Snow Leopard Retail Install DVD. Right click on the CD icon in bottom of the VMWARE windows and click on Settings option.


Now change the options from ISO image to use physical drive and make sure you have Retail DVD already installed.Capture 2 Save and Exit

Step Five : Now navigate to boot screen and press “C” on your keyboard to select “Boot DVD”, again press F8 for advance options and type -v at the boot prompt then hit enter for booting with verbose mode.

Step Six : Now wait for 2-3 minutes and your Installation screen will appear. Now you can install Snow Leopard as usual.  Before choosing the destination open Disk Utility and erase your Vmware HDD in to “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” format type. Under customization deselect printer drivers and language translations for trouble free installation.Once installation finishes your virtual machine will reboot automatically.

Step Seven : Follow Step Two again “Select CD/DVD drive options and in Connection select Use ISO image file and browse the Darwin_Snow.iso” now you can boot in to Snow Leopard you may need to force restart 2-3 times if Kernel Panic happens, once machine boot successfully you can set your preference etc.asdd


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Known Issues

  1. Some .dmg aren’t opening
  2. Kernel Panic on every shut down so just force shut down after every kernel panic.

Also Check Snow Leopard in VMWARE Post Installation Fixes and Tweaks for sound, graphics related mods after installation.


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  1. Duncan December 30, 2012 Reply

    Hey so if I do this, will it mean I can install Mac osx games and play them in while in windows 7?

  2. Yeppa December 20, 2012 Reply

    Hello for 1buprofen and the others with the problem :

    “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz” when I start the install.

    – Launch on darwin
    – Fast press F8
    – Select H: (HDD) to boot
    – Fast press F8
    – Enter the command “-v busratio=20 maxmem=4096 -force64”

    Enjoy !

  3. Ammar October 10, 2012 Reply


    I was trying to run Mac OS X Snow Leopard on my system, but it stucks on the initial screen i.e. the gray screen with apple logo. Can anybody provide mw with a solution for this problem ?

  4. Patrick September 17, 2012 Reply

    At step 3 when I am supposed to hit f8 I keep getting a repeated error message: “EBIOS read error: Error 0x31 Block 0 Sectors 4” The boot
    menu still comes up and i can continue to step 5 when I punch in -v to start with diagnostic message but when I do it starts to load and VMWare has a error message pop up that says “A fault has occurred causing a virtual CPU to enter the shutdown state. If this fault had occurred outside of a virtual machine, it would have caused the physical machine to restart. The shutdown state can be reached by incorrectly configuring the virtual machine, a bug in the guest operating system, or a problem in VMware Workstation.Click OK to restart the virtual machine or Cancel to power off the virtual machine.” I have tried for a few months to get this to work with no avail. Does anyone know what to do?

  5. Ben August 13, 2012 Reply

    This worked great for me! Thanks 😀 I got a DMG of Max OSX 10.6 retail and converted it to an ISO and then mounted that after darwin instead of the DVD drive. Worked fine 🙂 Though Vmplayer crashed after it “restarted” so I had to re-open it and change the initial CD drive back to Darwin, then it worked 🙂

  6. sushruth August 3, 2012 Reply

    I dont knw hw to erase dat vmware hdd in to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) type, the options there are inactive and when i give continue, it doesn’t show any destination….someone pls help

  7. Ren May 11, 2011 Reply

    Thx guys for the support here! I’ve resolved the problem with the error message “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization” on my machine. My CPU is a Core i7 620m and though the setting for VT was enabled in the BIOS, it didn’t work. After disabeling VT in the Bios, saving it, and re-enableing it, it worked just fine. Hope this helps some of you guys!

  8. machismo May 11, 2011 Reply

    I am having the same problem as MDH. Here are my steps:
    1. Open Mac OS X Server 10.6 (experimental)
    2. Set the CD/DVD drive to the darwin_snow.iso file.
    3. Power it up, hit F8 to get the boot options
    4. Click on the cd icon in the bottom right corner, then Settings
    5. Set the CD/DVD drive to my CDROM drive and set the device status to “Connect” (I have my Snow Leopard 10.6.3 disc in the drive at this point).
    6. Exit Settings, type ‘c’, hit f8 when it prompts me and then type ‘-v’ and hit enter.

    At this point it runs a bunch of code and then gives me the following popup:
    “A virtual CPU has entered the shutdown state. This would have caused a physical machine to restart. This can be caused by an incorrect configuration of the virtual machine, a bug in the operating system or a problem in the VMware Workstation software. Press OK to restart the virtual machine or Cancel to power off the virtual machine.”

    If I restart it gives me ‘Operating System not found’

    What am I doing wrong? I have a Toshiba R835-P56X with an i5-2410M processor on Windows 7 64bit.


  9. CoderB May 2, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the step-by-step. Got burnt by the ACPI thing, like a lot of folks here – but there’s enough tips here to get through it.

    Thanks all!

  10. AVis April 29, 2011 Reply

    awesome awesome awesome

  11. Blackknight April 5, 2011 Reply

    Tried all ways to convert .dmg image file to .iso… even if it converts it does not open.
    Please help me out in making an iso from dmg file…

  12. vossler April 4, 2011 Reply

    I installed on Dell latitude E5400 with Intel core2 duo and 2GB of memory, yes, only 2 GB, 512 MB for Windows Xp, and the rest for Snow Leopard (original dvd).
    I installed last updates, Xcode & IOS SDK, and it all works. Thank you very much everyone for your help. I only had to make a manual change, in the .vmx file, I change this line
    smc.present = “TRUE” and change “TRUE” to “FALSE”

  13. MDH March 18, 2011 Reply


    I have a fairly new Sony Vaio laptop. Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, 8GB RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 video card, Intell quad core i5 CPU M580 @ 2.67 GHz. So I think it should be able to run Snow Leopard 10.6.3, which I bought. I’m using VMware Workstation 7.1.3 build-324285. I am not able to get past step 5. When I try that step it begins the verbose install for a few seconds and then it stops with the following error:

    “A virtual CPU has entered the shutdown state. This would have caused a physical machine to restart…”

    Is my problem that this setup is for 10.6 but I have the 10.6.3 retail DVD? I have gone into the BIOS to make sure the virtualization function was enabled, btw.

    Help is appreciated!

  14. Xiyu February 27, 2011 Reply

    Hi, I have enabled hardware virtualization in the BIOS, and the Securable shows hardware virtualization locked on. However, I am still getting the error “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports hardware virtualization.” Do you have any ideas? Thank you!

  15. Rick February 27, 2011 Reply

    Hi all,

    I wanted OSX so I could try doing some dev work for the ipad. Unfortunately I don’t have cash for a new Mac so this was really my best option.

    I’m running Workstation 7.1.3 build 324285 on Win7 x64. My processor is an i7-930 and I have 12GB of RAM installed.

    First try was from a DVD I had burned from an ISO, no dice. I tried a DMG file converted to ISO, no dice. I tried a DMG burned to disk by a friends Mac, no dice.. I then bought an actual retail disk and BOOM the installer started working..

    However I got a kernel panic near the end of the install.

    I went back and read the directions and realized I needed to kill off the printer drivers and language packs. BOOM install complete.

    Then I got the ACPI-SMC error that everyone has mentioned. Thank you so much for that fix guys. I’m rockin and rolling now.

    My retail OSX version is 10.6.3.

    Next up is to go through all the tweaks listed here and elsewhere…

    As of this posting, version 10.6.6 is available. I’m going to hold off on upgrading until I hear that it is safe…

    Thank you so much for these instructions.

  16. marcellus wallace February 4, 2011 Reply

    For all Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz problems go and see here :

  17. greg February 4, 2011 Reply

    to those stuck at the Mac boot circle thing, try editing your processor settings, check the VMware kernel paravirutalization. Worked perfect for me!

    Intel core i5 450M processor, 4GB RAM

    I got a question though, how can you make it work faster, I increased the RAM and all but it’s still a bit slow. I installed the VGA driver and the Sound drive as well 😐 got any tips?

  18. eclipze February 2, 2011 Reply

    Just to share with you guys,

    There are 2 perspective I tested:
    1) Windows 7 64bit as Host run VMWare Workstation – Virtualize SnowLeopard 10.6 using the darwin-iso
    Followed the instructions given in this guide and quite successful.

    2) SnowLeopard 10.6 as Host run VMWare Fusion – Virtualize SnowLeopard SERVER 10.6 directly.
    Very straight forward and quite successful.

    A few problems which many people will have using VLC player. I think you cannot do it. You have audio and then black screen.
    I tried using Quicktime 7 and using “Perian for Quicktime” to view .avi files. That means you use Quicktime to view AVI. FLV and Mkv, I don’t think it is possible.
    I believe those using pure macs or hackintosh often use VLC Player to view various video files.

    It is still not that good for Quicktime and there are some issues of video sometimes in slow motion.
    The video is not very clear as it does not handle the refresh rates.
    It is not good in fullscreen and you should view it like 640 size or around there.

  19. Jonathan W February 2, 2011 Reply

    @ AJ … thank you ! I now have VMware Tools working.

    “WOW, it really was that simple!!!” Hours of frustration have now turned into extreme excitement/happiness! 🙂

  20. Marshall January 31, 2011 Reply

    Teresa, this will only work with the Snow Leopard retail DVD, not the one included with your Mac.

  21. Teresa January 28, 2011 Reply

    I got as far as “Preparing Installation…”, then it
    returns the following error with two buttons “Restore From Backup”
    and “Restart”. Mac OS X can’t be installed on this computer. If you
    want to restore your system from a Time Machine backup, click
    “Restore from Backup”. I have the Snow Leopard DVD that came with
    my Mac Mini. I followed all the steps. Anyone else had this
    problem? How you fix it?

  22. Helge January 24, 2011 Reply

    Should this work on windows XP also?

    I have run the wizard successfully – but it is very unstable. Is it expected to be more unstable on windows XP??


  23. Jimmy January 23, 2011 Reply

    Does anyone know how to get the vmware tools to show up on the mac desktop? I have read that they are supposed to show up for installation. I confirmed that they are in the Darwin_Snow.iso, but they don’t show up on the desktop. When I click to install it on the bottom it says, “Could not find component on update server. Contact VMware Support or your system administrator.” Any ideas?

  24. mette January 21, 2011 Reply

    I changed to the leopard iso and pressed f8,typed -v and pushed enter. After some lines of code he tries to start darwin and then he restart with the message:

    operating system not found.

    Someone an idea?

  25. DT January 9, 2011 Reply

    How can I change the display to anything else, right now I can see only one option – 1024×768?

  26. Ata January 6, 2011 Reply

    Hi, I tried this and everything goes find, but during the installation (25%) I got an error, reading the log I found this line:

    failed to verify basesystem.pkg
    failed to download package from file://localhost/System/…/BaseSystem.pkg

    Does anyone know why it happens??

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  27. Roman December 24, 2010 Reply

    uhhhm…. and those who get the software-virtualization error: go to http://ark.intel.com/VTList.aspx and check if your cpu supports vt, if it does activate it in your bios

  28. Roman December 24, 2010 Reply

    for all those who get the FSB-Error (CPU turns of because of FSB 6600000 or something):

    just open the “mac os x 10.6 serber (experimental).vmx” with an editor and change the value “GuestOS” from “freebsd” to “darwin” or “darwin64″(depending on if you use the 64 or 32 bit mac os.

  29. Leon December 3, 2010 Reply

    Hi, i’m experiencing the following error >

    “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports hardware virtualization.”

    Some of u guys suggested to check the seting in the BIOS under h/ware virtualization, but the problem i’m facing is that under my BIOS there is no Hardware Virtualization. Pls advice.

  30. sicga December 1, 2010 Reply

    I had Mac OS running on VMWare workstation, I updated the OS version and now it won’t recognise either the mouse or keyboard. I went back to an earlier version but still have the same problem. Does anyone know how to get the mouse and keyboard working again inside the guest OS?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  31. RObert November 28, 2010 Reply

    I want to use this without going to a physical drive, but going to an ISO.
    It doesn’t seem to work changing to an iso from the darwin iso. System not found…

    Any ideas?

  32. Hugh Capper November 26, 2010 Reply

    Hi All,
    I just upgraded to 7.1.3 build-324285 and VMWare is telling me that Mac OS X Server 10.6 (experimental).vmx is not a valid virtual machine configuration file. Has anyone experienced this also? Is there a fix?


  33. Prasoon October 6, 2010 Reply

    get the error

    “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports hardware virtualization.”

    i am trying it in windows service pack 2 can u help me to get a host file for it

  34. Alexandros October 5, 2010 Reply

    I have all the time the same message “Invalid front-side bus frequency 66000000 Hz.
    Disabling the CPU”
    I have Mac box set and the dvd with leopard OS has installation file(boot camp).Is that the problem ?

  35. Joe October 4, 2010 Reply

    You need to click the little CD and hit connect in order to make it so the darwin sees the DVD (or iso). I had trouble with that.

    Also, in order to enter commands into the virtual OS, you need to first click in the window..or else hitting f8 won’t do anything. lol..

    G2G now see if i have virtualization enabled in bios now.

  36. Bearthazoid October 2, 2010 Reply

    Managed to install by:
    1-load with Dawin.iso
    2-change CD and CONNECT to load ISO
    3-Use: Busratio=20 -v on the boot screen
    4-Install MAC Leopard
    5-Reboot and change CD back to Darwin.iso
    6-Stuck on Apple grey screen with darker apple in the middle and the circulating bar underneath it.It never finishes or comes on to main screen.
    7-I disabled USB/Printer/Soundcard/Webcam.

    Ideas suggestions ?

    I don’t how to even google the problem anymore.

  37. DDS October 1, 2010 Reply

    Everything works for me except sound (Mac OS does not find any sound devices).
    Took 4 reboots to get unstuck from the Apple boot screen and now everything seems to run fine (except sound).
    If you get stuck at the Apple boot screen, try rebooting the VM several times.

  38. Arash September 28, 2010 Reply

    The following fixed the Kernel panic when shutting down or restarting the VM.

    1. Shutdown the VM
    2. Open the Mac OS X Server 10.6 (experimental).vmx in a text editor
    3. Look for a line that says smc.present = “TRUE” and change “TRUE” to “FALSE”
    4. Save the file
    5. Restart the VM

    not worked…..?!!!

  39. Hybrid September 20, 2010 Reply

    I can’t seem to get it unstuck from the gray apple loading screen with the circulating bar underneath the apple

    Any ideas?

  40. OneFox September 10, 2010 Reply


    I have the same problem like budluv,

    My question like many others on here is why after loading the .iso file does it not load and loop with:
    insert CD

    You should eject this CD and insert an OS X disc
    Do you wan to continue booting this CD (probably won’t work)?

    I tried and tried.
    I have a .img file.
    Have no one a resson for that?

  41. AJ September 3, 2010 Reply


    After your snow leapord is all set, and you are able to login, click on the cd icon at the bottom of the vmware window and select connect (basically you are connecting darwin_snow.iso as cd again, once connected, you should see a prompt for vmware tool installation on your screen.

  42. AJ September 3, 2010 Reply

    Ok after lots of struggle figured out how to install vmware tools

    After your snow leapord is all set, and you are able to login, click on the cd icon at the bootom of the vmware window and select cd (basically you are connecting darwin_snow.iso as cd again, once connected, you should see a prompt for vmware tool installation on your screen.

    Yes it is that simple.

    Good Luck

  43. Felipeless August 30, 2010 Reply

    and after all this stuff there is people who love mac ….

  44. Raul August 18, 2010 Reply

    Works fine under ubuntu 9.10 congratulations

  45. Phil August 12, 2010 Reply

    Can anyone help, when I go to load this with -v it says “Loading darwin x 86” but then reboots, seems to be in and endless reboot loop…

  46. Hozey July 22, 2010 Reply

    Is there any way to install Mac OS X as a virtual machine without a processor that supports VT-x? I’d prefer to use Virtual Box, but would be happy with VMWare under Ubuntu 10.4. Thanks.

  47. MM July 22, 2010 Reply


    The following fixed the Kernel panic when shutting down or restarting the VM.

    1. Shutdown the VM
    2. Open the Mac OS X Server 10.6 (experimental).vmx in a text editor
    3. Look for a line that says smc.present = “TRUE” and change “TRUE” to “FALSE”
    4. Save the file
    5. Restart the VM

  48. GG May 31, 2010 Reply

    for all who get the error

    “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports hardware virtualization.”

    I had the same problem and I fixed it activating the “hardware virtualization” in the BIOS

    I hope this help you too

  49. Vinkie May 27, 2010 Reply

    I have installed 10.6.3 (Leopard) in a VMware Workstation 7 VM and have the strange behaviour that I cannot boot from my Virtual Hard-disk. It requires the VMware tools image (darwin.iso) to be mounted and booted from there. It ejects (disconnects) this image after a successfull read.

    If this image (darwin.iso) is not mounted I get ‘Operating System not found’ i.e. the hard-disk is not bootable.

    I have used the fdisk tool in a telnet session with the root account to re-write the MBR. I also used the Disk Utility with no success.

    How do I transfer the boot partition to the hard-disk? I have only one disk with no additional partitions.

  50. willmann817 May 23, 2010 Reply

    Hey Mine worked I took a snapshot after installing the sound driver (I have sound working) and after I changed my resolution to one that pleased me. Now I want to update to 10.6.3 so do I still need to update to 10.6.1 then 10.6.2 then 10.6.3 with a snapshop inbetween after i get each one working?

  51. Al May 12, 2010 Reply

    oh forget the question, i got it, mine is not retail cd….its restore >.>

  52. Al May 12, 2010 Reply

    i am getting error of Mac OS X cant be installed on this computer. it boot to installation but refuse to install. Any ideas?

  53. facilus93 May 9, 2010 Reply

    I’ve same error “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports hardware virtualization.”

    i’ve try to enable the option of hardware virtualization in BIOS but i dont found it, i’ve PC Asus N61VG Series

    is it possible to enable it with other ways ?

  54. Leo Snow May 8, 2010 Reply

    Tried the process out and after a little research and tid bit of tweaking it is working great. Mind you of course I’m still getting the shutdown Kernel Panic but I can deal.

    And for the record;
    Resource whores like Final Cut Pro are not exactly the best thing to run in a VM, mainly due to simple math. If your machine is already taking on the toll of running windows 7 as well as a 2nd operating system Final Cut Pro might be the process that brakes the camel’s back.
    Granted I have seen the motherboards that support up to 32 Gigs of RAM though if you were going to throw that much money into it, you might as well just buy an iMac or Mac Pro that way you don’t have the added fear that the next update will render your system obsolete.

  55. Mr Test April 30, 2010 Reply

    How about a Sun VirtualBox Image?
    Let’s ask the real question.

    What does it really take to run Final Cut Pro in MAC OS on iNTEL or AMD Sun VirtualBox?

    What Processor(s) and up specifically. e.g. an 8080-80186 with 1k of gold ram vs a 68000 with 64k (okay I am kidding.. uh, q6600 or AMD xx bla you know the drillz drilz)

    How much ram specifically for that _specific_ processor(s)
    (answer in a combination or dont’ answer at all)
    What motherboards have you been using with it?
    (optional I guess – relevant if your HARDWARE is working though!)
    Of course some information is better than no information, and a lot of folks these days seem to be snobby little snits, as much as I hate the iPad I don’t wish bad for apple, on the contrary, I’d like to see it hardened to the core.

    Perhaps like the PS3 it’s impossible.

    for extra credit: Why did the PS3 get crippled? Couldn’t have been the brute force cracking ability could it? Could it?

    (Mods: No I don’t want “cracked software” Buy your stuff! But know what I am saying for many reasons on many levels.)

  56. Jonathan April 29, 2010 Reply

    Says on the top: ■Intel Based Machine, AMD isn’t supported.

    Any versions that support AMD Quadcore 64 bit?

  57. budluv April 28, 2010 Reply

    Hi folks i just tried this method and am having some problems after loading the darwin iso,
    When i select the .iso image of OSX and click connect it just asks for a cd to be inserted over and over again?
    The version im using is OSX snow leapord 10.6.2 and it is an .iso file.
    I have tried mounting this with a number of different tools and got various results.
    Virtual cd – mounts cd but does not show up under windows and wont work to install

    daemon tools lite- will not mount the image for some reason throws a windows error.

    poweriso- mounting the image does not work it simply says the disc is not a supported format? if i click open and select the iso image i can see the contents of the disc???

    My question like many others on here is why after loading the .iso file does it not load and loop with:
    insert CD

    You should eject this CD and insert an OS X disc
    Do you wan to continue booting this CD (probably won’t work)?
    or the cd drive disconnects.

    What is the problem here nobody has answered the question and this is the only problem im having, is it my .iso image or do i need a .dmg file?

    VM WS 7.x
    intel core2 QUAD 6600

    It would be nice if someone could post an answer on this problem

  58. metaone April 27, 2010 Reply

    On ubuntu with vmware player:

    After install and one first reboot the system hangs before showing graphical interface. Make the install without X11 support (with only “base system”) to solve this issue.

  59. Saj April 24, 2010 Reply

    Hey guys,

    I have done the same as said in the tutorial, but when i try to power on thru VMWare 7, it boots and stops on the grey apple screen with the circle below moving round n round…

    am i doing something wrong i have enabled all the virtualization option in BIOS of a DELL LATITUDE e6400 ….

    can someone help me from here
    if i am doing something wrong, i even change the CD/DVD back to Darwin_iso

    still no luck.


  60. The_Master April 21, 2010 Reply

    hey guys.. to those who have the problem of “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz Disabling CPU”

    i think the problem that is making this error is the the cpu doesn’t support VT-X mode (VIRTUALIZATION)

    in my opinion.. it will not going to work on your pc.. u need to change the cpu; however, it will not harm to try to find a solution about this so if any one found any solution plz tell us.

    good luck 😀

  61. Aaron April 17, 2010 Reply

    Okay guys, I started this from the Snow ISO file i got off the net, used the other file provied at the start

    I DID NOT I REPEAT I DID NOT need a disk. I just used the ISO immage, i tried in magic iso and it did not work, Got Demontools Lite, and hit it, at first it keept saying insert disk, i got pissed off and hit a about 10 times in a row to force it, After about 10 times it booted… Its installing now … Hope this helps…

  62. Phil March 24, 2010 Reply


    you have to check the box connected after you choose your physical drive

  63. Emil March 18, 2010 Reply

    Tried on two different Fujitsu Siemens pc’s.
    – One pc has Intel p4 3.06GHz CPU with host operating system Windows XP Professional.
    – The second pc has Intel Core Duo 2.0GHz with Windows 7 Ultimate.

    I’ve tried install Mac OS X 10.6.2 Snow Leopard DVD from iso image (don’t know if it’s the retail or whatever it is but found it from this page http://mahmood1.com/Vmware_Virtualization_Windows.aspx and with the help from Mac OS X Darwin version 2.0 from the same page.

    Been useing VMware Player 3 and VMware workstation 7.0 build 203739.
    Also tried with Sun VirtualBox latest build.

    In the case when useing VMware following ocure:
    “Invalid front-side bus frequency 66000000 Hz”
    CPU has been disabled by the guest operating system

    When useing Sun VirtualBox almost the same happen:
    “Invalid front-side bus frequency 45 Hz”
    CPU has been disabled by the guest operating system

    If there is’nt any simple solutions in how to solve this CPU problem when makeing an install from scratch, there probably wont be anything else to do than try get one copy from one already installed virtual harddisk to continue with – perhaps the cpu issue might disapear

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  65. Neal March 17, 2010 Reply

    I don’t want to buy the Snow Leopard. I also tried downloading it from a torrent but they weren’t working. Does anybody know what file should I download in order to get this work on my VMWare on a 64x i5. I tried downloading 5-6 things but they all weren’t working. I think one of them was .dmg but when i browsed it, it had windows files in it(like some .exe files and a couple folders). Can anyone help me downloading the real OS X Snow Leopard file.


  66. Unrealkid March 16, 2010 Reply

    im trying to do this with a normal Leopard install disc(not snow), should that cause issue? i sit at the spinning rainbow ring? i have tried using 1 cpu and 1 core. i guess im wondering if it will work at all without being snow leopard.

    setup = win7 64bit, vmware 7, i7 920, 8gb ram.

  67. cdfagonde March 12, 2010 Reply

    Hi, guys.

    As I said before, everything is working, except mic and webcam. I tried to begin with the camera, but till i found no way to begin. And everything goes worse because i’m a very beginner in mac os, so my only friend is the online help.

    i gotta say that i found no place where to install new hardware -something like Windows Device Manager. Does anyone know how do i do to install my microphone and webcam, or at least where to start from?


    i did nothing but the instructions. the only difference is that i had no retail DVD, but the ISO image of it.

  68. ks March 5, 2010 Reply

    what i did is following,
    installed workstation 7, got retail version for testing, and booted with image. (enabled VT in bios). then modified the vmx file with “darwin10-64” and then booted from image. then changed the dvd.. n finally through the issue of cpu disabled..
    i hope rest will be fine too..

  69. Neo February 22, 2010 Reply

    Como instalo adobe master collection en Leopard mac con este vm ware???

  70. jetm February 20, 2010 Reply

    @psyntium, @Nick, @Jerry, @Jono, @Evinho, @Eric, @Colin:

    I have the same problem, I uncheck all controller serial, parallel and floppy in the BIOS VMware. Don’t know why, but work.

  71. RiZnO February 18, 2010 Reply

    Ok, it works, i have mac on VMWare.
    The solution
    “1 – You leave 1 processor but you put 2 cores by processor.” is good and for ‘-v’, you can used it, it’s not the problem.


  72. Homer February 16, 2010 Reply

    “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz” problem:
    set guestOS = “darwin10″ in the .vmx file in the directory/partition you installed your OSX VM</

    Thanks for that – it worked for VMWare Player 3.0.0 build-203739 (very recently installed) 🙂
    However, it’s now stuck on the grey apple logo screen 🙁

  73. diote February 13, 2010 Reply

    Thanks for this guide! All working fine except Aperture 3 which does not like the emulated video card. Any way to get this working?

  74. Kelvin February 10, 2010 Reply

    I did everything correctly, at least I think I did….

    I’m stuck on the beachball….and it hasn’t changed.

    Here’s what it looks like: http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs133.snc3/18062_473956025267_506505267_10757874_2343522_n.jpg

    I’m using VMWare Workstation 7 on Windows 7.

    Running Core i7 mobile Dell XPS16

  75. Random February 10, 2010 Reply

    Can you guys get video acceleration? I can get full resolution, but I can’t run programs that require video acceleration, even iWork doesn’t work well. Can someone guide me on how I can go about solving this?

  76. Mark Twain February 10, 2010 Reply

    Is anybody here having as much fun as myself with the Boot Menu?

    c: Boot DVD
    h: Boot first Hard Disk
    e: Eject DVD
    your choice: c
    You should eject this CD and insert an OS X disc
    Do you wan to continue booting this CD (probably won’t work)?

    WTF?!? We’re talking an original Apple Mac OS X disk. The one I point at in VMWare after the initial F8.

    Any clues on how to overcome this bizarre behavior? Will VMWare only take .iso files or copied disks? 😐

    Best of luck to you all… Above is all the kick I’m getting with Apple.

  77. au10tic February 10, 2010 Reply

    for those who are getting the this message;

    “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Player supports hardware virtualization.” {note: it says vmware Player, cus i am using that app.}

    just edit the .vmx file called Mac OS X Server 10.6 (experimental).vmx to reflect this guestOS = “freebsd”

    when left as guestOS = “darwin” is when you get that error mssg.

    Now, i am stuck at “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz Disabling CPU…” after the Loading Darwin/x86 screen. I’ve tried the below boot options by pressing F8 with no luck,

    -v -cpus=1 or
    -v busratio=10 -cpus=1 {busratio varies on cpu}

    Any ideas?

  78. etii February 9, 2010 Reply

    Will this also work with Mac OS X 10.5.1 Leopard (I bought the full version (not retail)).

  79. Johnny February 9, 2010 Reply


    Like @Fabozzi , i also push c after booting up initially with Darwin iso to boot from DVD. At this stage i change the disc to point to the iso for leopard 10.6.3 within VMWARE WK 7. it then just goes back to the same menu with no green circle light over the CD icon in the systray for VMWARE.

    WTF is going on??? all i want to do is build an iphone app – i cant get my MacBook til April !!!!



  80. namtrig February 8, 2010 Reply

    I installed on Dell XPS 8100 with Intel i7 8 cores and 8GB of memory. Followed the directions exactly for this page and fixes and tweaks page. It all works!!! It is amazing fast! Video, sound, everything. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!

  81. ZipZapp February 6, 2010 Reply

    And… will it ever work if cpu does not support hardware-virtualization? Only Software-Virtualization does not work?
    Anyone knows this? Thanks! (My cpu i dual core T3400 does not support H-V)

  82. ZipZapp February 6, 2010 Reply

    Just one question: will this work only under 64-Bit OS?
    Having W7 home premium 32bit on an Acer Aspire 8730ZG.
    Still stuck at the front side bus error like others above….

  83. kelly February 5, 2010 Reply

    Sorry forgot to add my PC details:

    Dell XPS M1730 (4GB, quad core, GeForce 8700m GT)
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit

  84. kelly February 5, 2010 Reply

    Worked for me! Thanx. For those looking for a little more detail:

    –make sure to turn on the virtualization in your BIOS (if available)
    –to edit the vmx you need to open it with Wordpad

    Thanx again!

    Now if I could get the Hackintosh to recognize my built in webcam and mic….

  85. Tomas February 5, 2010 Reply

    Will this work with OS X 10.6.2?

  86. indi89 February 4, 2010 Reply

    I’m sorry for double posting, I forgot to mention that there is no option in BIOS to enable VT.

  87. indi89 February 4, 2010 Reply

    “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz” Same error.

    I have a question, I have an e5200 CPU, supposedly it doesn’t support Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x), but I am able tu run VMware 7 to run Ubuntu, Windows 7, and XP, what gives?

    Is it that virtualization for x64 guests it’s not supported with my CPU? If my CPU doesn’t support VT, then how can it run VMware 7 with x86 based SO’s? (I thought Ububtu was x86 and x64, no so clear on that)

    Thanks for any help.

  88. FreddiePhuzz February 2, 2010 Reply

    This worked GREAT. This has been by far the easiest way to get OSx86 up and running. I am still tying to figure out how to get my sound going and I am trying to figure out how to install to one of my host drives but as far as out of the gate this was on the money. Thanks for the help!!


  89. DK February 1, 2010 Reply

    Perhaps a mod can remove all my previous posts… to solve all my problems only 3 real things needed to be done:

    “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz” problem:
    set guestOS = “darwin10” in the .vmx file in the directory/partition you installed your OSX VM.

    Hanging on AppleATADISKQUEUEManager:
    converted the dmg to an ISO using PowerISO and it was fine from there.

    Mouse not working:
    In VMware I had to right click on my Snow Leopard VM and click settings, then the options tab then devices, and then I had to add a USB controller.

    After that, it’s all good and runs a treat. Here’s a tip if you want higher res:

    Set the following in your vmx file:

    svga.maxWidth = “1920”
    svga.maxHeight = “1200”
    I used the native resolution of my monitor, I suggest you guys do the same.
    Then you power your Snow Leopard VM and open TextEdit (just type it into finder) and then file->open and navigate to /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist
    Add the following lines (you should be able to tell where to put them):

    Graphics Mode

    obviously you can set a different string if your monitor has different resolution.

    Save the file to your desktop, make sure you add the .plist extention and ignore the warning that says you should save it as .txt
    open /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration and drag your modified com.apple.Boot.plist into it, you’ll have to enter your password.

    Restart and voila, native resolution in full-screen mode 🙂

  90. Bassie February 1, 2010 Reply

    Installed snow leopard last weekend and it’s working like a charm. Thanks for the guide. VMware tools is also installed without any problems. Using @ core i7, 1920×1200 with sound and networking.

    Confirming update from 10.6.0 > 10.6.1 > 10.6.2 is working. But as said before in the comments, don’t use the updater within OS X but download the separate packages from the apple website.

  91. martin January 27, 2010 Reply

    For those who are getting “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz”


    guestOS = “darwin10-64”

    on your VMX file. And be sure you have enabled VT in the BIOS.

    And for those who get stuck with ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin::start, do the smc.present = “FALSE” trick and try another bootloader. I could boot with EFI for AMD but not with others.

    Good luck!

  92. @June8 January 25, 2010 Reply

    @June8 keep trying… it worked for me.
    Try several times and if nothing change reboot your computer and then try again.

  93. jnov January 25, 2010 Reply

    I would like to suggest that the author include the bit about enabling hardware virtualization in the BIOS. The problem was not probably not run into by him because he probably already had it enabled in BIOS from previous tinkering for other projects. But other users may not have it enabled and it is not immediately obvious what the problem is.

    Other than that, fantastic post!!!

  94. June8 January 24, 2010 Reply


    I’m stuck at pink wallpaper with running colored circle. The installation sreen doesn’t come up.
    Resolution down to 1024×768 and/or disabling 2nd. 7″ touch screen monitor doesn’t help.

    Any advice

  95. casper January 23, 2010 Reply

    TO ALL WITH “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports hardware virtualization.” AND “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz” USE LINUX OR A VERSION OF VMWARE BELOW 7.0.0 build-203739

  96. p-k January 22, 2010 Reply

    i was using iso too gay thing didn’t wana boot it up but i got the cd from my friend first it was keep repeating the same menu to boot from dvd

    so i ejected the cd and put it bk in and it worked lol

    thanks for the guide now i will be able to make iphone apps

  97. papgo January 22, 2010 Reply

    Hey i installed is but i can hear anything, then check an their is on output or input visible in “System Preference\Sound”.
    Plz Help!!!!

  98. Random January 21, 2010 Reply

    Okay, first of all, thank you! It works just fine! I can use Mac OS X, have sound, have internet, etc! Secondly, I’ve got questions:

    1. Can we install VMware Tools?
    2. I installed iLife, but I can’t seem to view the workplace, the place on the right, where I see my work. It’s just plain white. When I try to run a full slideshow, I get an error, saying insufficient VRAM. Anyone?

    Thank you!

  99. Random January 21, 2010 Reply

    Okay, grey Apple loading page fixed! I restarted my Host, and then I managed to get into Mac OS X again. Also turned off screensaver and energy saving in the Mac OS X.

  100. Random January 21, 2010 Reply

    Crap, all of a sudden, my Mac OS X doesn’t wanna boot up anymore. It’s stuck now at the grey Apple loading page! :S 🙁 Anyone?

  101. i7 January 20, 2010 Reply

    I got the AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement error, help please!

  102. nx3d January 19, 2010 Reply

    Great, thx fpr this 😉


    turn off cpu virtualizion, then it should run

  103. Max January 18, 2010 Reply


    Thanks for the excellent instructions. I upgraded to 10.6.2 without a problem and installed iLife and iWork.

    The only problem I have is that I can’t get iMovie to run. I get the error message “QUARTZ EXTREME REQUIRED”.

    Does anyone else have this problem? How can I fix it?

  104. Random person January 15, 2010 Reply

    Hello, I’m with iso and dmg files for Snow Leopard.

    I converted the original dmg file, as well as the expanded version, to iso, but they both ended up as similar files.

    And I tried to run the Snow Leopard Disc as a virtual drive, but it does not work, at the menu when they ask you

    boot from
    1. disk
    2. hard disk
    3. forget what’s supposed to be here

    then you press some letter (i think c is for the disk drive), whenever i press c i keep getting the same menu repeating itself, coz it can’t find the disk.

    Why is it like that?

    Oh btw, I am using a Pentium 4 processor…

  105. Terence Law January 14, 2010 Reply

    I success to upgrade 10.6.1; no problem at all. I downloaded the patch file from official Apple website.

    Upgrade to 10.6.2; some problems… same as the others… the USB Razor mouse click doesn’t work anymore. I have a bluetooth set keyboard and mouse which is keyboard 7000 by Microsoft. They are working fine. I can’t find bluetooth device setting in 10.6.2 . Anyone help?

  106. Robb January 13, 2010 Reply

    To all with “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz”

    Try setting at the boot prompt busratio=XX -v

    replace XX with the ratio i used 20 idk if thats good or not lol but it worked

    busratio=20 -v

  107. kornhash January 13, 2010 Reply

    Renaud’s post regarding ACPI_SMC timeout resolution by editing your vmx file and changing the smc.present = “TRUE” setting to “FALSE” worked for my setup. Thanks! VM is working great, but did have an issue with the screensaver causing the VM to freeze. Disabled saver, but still get things freezing up when the VM has been inactive for a while. Disabled power management and will see if that fixes the issue. Will be trying to get sound and printing to work now.


  108. carlo January 12, 2010 Reply

    does anyone has tried successfully to take a screenshot of the desktop from Snow Leopard?
    In my experience, when I press the key shortcut Command (⌘)-Shift-3, I hear the “click” meaning that photo has been taken but after that nothing is saved on the desktop.

    Any ideas please?



  109. Renaud January 11, 2010 Reply

    for all people who have ACPI_SMC timeout, open your vmx file et change smc.present = “TRUE” to smc.present = “FALSE” and normaly the sytem will boot, and even you can shutdown et reboot without hang up ! (it works for me)

  110. Justin January 11, 2010 Reply

    Great post, got this running. A few notes that might help some people.

    I too got stuck at the AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement but after a few reboots it booted correctly. I can’t really reproduce this reliably and I’m not sure why it sometimes doesn’t work. It seems that after you finally get it to boot successfully it doesn’t happen on subsequent reboots. However after updating OSX from 10.6.0 – 10.6.1 it happened again. Once again it eventually came up, however when I updated to 10.6.2 I could no longer get past this error. I tried safe mode, clearing the kext cache a few other tricks to no avail. I’d recomend not updating to 10.6.2 without first making a backup or snapshot if you’re seeing this same error. For now I’m gong to stick with 10.6.1

    Regarding screen resolution you can edit /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist and add
    a key called “Graphics Mode” and a string of the resolution you want like 1280x1024x32@60 then save the file and reboot. This will force the resolution you want on restart. It’s working great for full screen res on my machine

    As for performance I’m getting very good results on Win Xp using Vmware Player 3. My desktop is about 2 years old, it’s a custom rig with a 3.0Ghz Intel E8400 processor and 2GB of RAM. With my OsX virtual machinge only having 1GB of ram available to is, this outscored my macbook pro with 4g and a 2.2ghz core duo in Xbench.

    All and all the UI is snappy and responsive, applications open quickly and run well. I was able to use 64 bit handbrake to rip a dvd about twice as fast as my MBP can so I’m pretty happy with the results.

    The last thing I’d love to resolve is the lack of sound so I can test out Final Cut. Anyone solved the sound issue?

    Thanks again for a great post.

  111. Junoty January 7, 2010 Reply

    If I already installed snow leopard on my pc with dual boot with win 7. Is it possible to load that snow leopard install using vmware so that I can either boot up into snow leopard regular OR use the same snow leopard install within windows using vmware?

  112. Bob January 7, 2010 Reply

    Stuck on teh AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement thing here myself.

  113. A Lz January 7, 2010 Reply

    Gracias por la informacion. Instalacion exitosa, y trabajando muy bien el OS X.

    PC: VAIO FE750 core 2 duo, 2 GB RAM, 1280×800 (modificando BIOS.plist). Windows XP
    Activar VT-x en BIOS por symcmosc ( Registro. 0195 -> 0001)

  114. Matt January 6, 2010 Reply

    Still getting the “Invalid front-side bus frequency 66000000 Hz” error message.

    T2500 Core Duo 2.0 ghz virtualization locked on, 32 bit processor <- does this make a difference?

  115. Jam3s January 6, 2010 Reply

    ahaha I have figured out how to fix the program with

    “Invalid Front-side bus requency 6600000Hz”

    CPU has been disabled… etc

    If you use VMware 6.5 it doesnt detect the darwin, so I select other OS and changed it.

    I upgraded my VMware to 7 and redownloaded it and it works fine.

    Only thing I changed was set it to 1 CPU and 1 core. But it might work with more than that, just wanted OS X really.

  116. mxarun January 5, 2010 Reply

    Thank you all for such a great idea to run MAC on PC. I was able to install Snow Leopard on my HP laptop fine. It supposed to have created “mackintosh_HD” 40 Gb drive some where.
    I Installed the MAC OS from my ISO image and it went just fine.
    After finishing up installed, it asked me to restart and I did. But now it says “cannot find Operating system.”
    What can I do?
    Any ideas please?
    i cannot find that “mackintosh_HD” drive too.
    Please help.
    So close.

  117. Fabozzi January 5, 2010 Reply

    I’ve got .DMG and at Step 4 I try to use virtual drive (Daemon Tools). When I press ‘C’ it says “You should eject this CD and insert an OS X disc. Do you want to continue booting this CD (probably won’t work)?” and after pressing ‘Enter’ the same boot menu appears.

    Any suggestions?

    @Jeffk: When I conver DMG to ISO using PowerISO, it says “No conversion is needed.” How did you manage to do this?

  118. Jam3s January 5, 2010 Reply

    I’m getting the same error as Russel and 1buprofen…

    “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz” when I start the install.

    =[ If it makes a difference as nobody has posted their CPU yet, I have a Q9450.

  119. Umar January 4, 2010 Reply

    Hell yeah installed this shit and works like a charm. Just the problem as a starter is I only have 1 res i.e. 1024×768 how to change that??

  120. JayG January 4, 2010 Reply

    Thanks for the instructions!!

    @miki – I also applied the Software Updates and got the gray wheel of death under VM Workstation 7. BUT when I ran the VM under VM Player if works!!!! Dunno whats the difference but it does, so dont care!!

    Also noticed Spotlight does not work.

  121. Jeffk January 4, 2010 Reply

    Hi for those who dont wana waste a DVD dual layer use Power iso to convert snow leopard DMG to iso and install from it,

    open power iso and click tool from the menu and click convert…

  122. Fish January 4, 2010 Reply

    Is there a difference between having a processor that supports virtualization and one that is accelerated using Intel VT? I have run XP before in a VM, but I’m getting the error many have gotten and couldn’t find the BIOS setting that @aatkco mentioned. Any explanation for this?

  123. jhonka232 January 3, 2010 Reply

    Same error as Astol, Russel, and 1buprofen…please help!!!! Error happins after loading CPU APCI kext

  124. bedros January 3, 2010 Reply

    for those who got ACPI time out message and stuck at it after a reboot after a complete installation; do the following

    press F8 after a reboot
    press h to reboot from hard drive
    press F8 again for boot options
    at boot prompt enter


    then Enter; it worked for me. I have to enter it once, then now every reboot works without entering anything.

  125. mo rock January 3, 2010 Reply

    Do you actually have to have the snow leopard install dvd and choose the dvd option? Or can i just have an iso of the install dvd and choose the iso instead of the physical drive option?

  126. Sam January 3, 2010 Reply

    I am also getting this error:
    “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz”
    what do i need to do?

  127. Mija24 January 2, 2010 Reply

    If you’re stuck at the circle of death try using only 1 CPU

  128. Sully January 1, 2010 Reply

    I am stuck on step 5. I see the screen from step 4, i switch the CD drive to the physical drive with the Snow Leopard Install disc, then when I hit the “c” key to boot from DVD it says insert CD. I don’t know what i am doing wrong.

    I have the same issue.

  129. Eric January 1, 2010 Reply

    @Christian Delgado: Thank you — My bios needed to be updated for my new processor.

    Has anyone been able to do this using a virtual disc instead of physical disc for OSx? I have a OSX 10.6 retail dmg on my desktop and tried renaming it to a ISO. Will I have to burn it? I don’t have any dual layer discs around the house.

  130. Thomas January 1, 2010 Reply

    I talked to prasys and he told me that if you want to update to 10.6.2, you first need to update to 10.6.1 (find it in the support section on the Apple website) and then you can update to 10.6.2. Also, it is always a good idea to take a Vmware snapshot between updates in case something goes wrong. If it does, you can just revert and its will be just fine. I did the incremental update and I seem to be having no problems

  131. miki December 31, 2009 Reply


    If you have it running fine after the initial install, don’t use software update. I applied the apple updates and now my VM doesn’t start up anymore. It just hangs at the grey screen with the apple logo

  132. Astol December 31, 2009 Reply

    I’m getting the same error as Russel and 1buprofen…

    “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz” when I start the install.

    i have successfully got tiger working in a VM, but would love to have snow leopard.

    looking in the log: (and summarizing)
    the CPU has been disabled by the guest operating system. you will need to power off the vm at this point

    will post full log if need be

  133. Anil Samuel December 31, 2009 Reply

    The vmware log might help vmware gurus to diagnose the issue.

  134. Jeff Thomson December 31, 2009 Reply

    I downloaded the package but can’t see any .vmx file. Is it on the iso image? What am I missing?


  135. Thomas December 31, 2009 Reply


    I downloaded the file and put it in my root folder (which I believe is just “/” on the file location, right?) I then went into terminal and put exactly what you had. When I shut down it gave me the kernel panic, but I expected that. However, what I did not expect is that when I restarted, on the screen with the apple logo, it gave me a message saying:

    Please contact the Voodoo Kernel dev-team with a photo of the information printed below, along with a description of your system configuration and what you were doing at the time the kernel panic occurred. I will attach a link to a screen shot of what happened.

    My system config is 4096MB of RAM, 250GB Virtual expanding Hard Drive, 1 CPU with 4 cores. Other than that, everything is unaltered from the original setup.

    Here is the screenie: http://tinyurl.com/ygfn469

  136. Emil December 31, 2009 Reply

    What is “Hardware Virtualization”? I mean – what technology ? So my cpu ( http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=29761 ) support VT-x virtuaization , what is type of that virtualization technology ?
    Because I m little flustered .

  137. Thomas December 31, 2009 Reply

    I built my computer a year ago in hopes of making it a Hackintosh. I chose the wrong hardware and ended up making it just a PC. This is the first method I have seen that actually worked with my setup. Thanks! Now, is it possible to install VMware tools?

  138. StationStops December 31, 2009 Reply

    I wonder how many people were immediately stopped in their tracks by being pointed to a bz2 archive to start a windows project.

  139. zeros December 31, 2009 Reply
  140. Sam December 31, 2009 Reply

    I have enabled the virtualization feature in my bios put i still get the “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization” error. My PC is
    Studio XPS 17, 6GB RAM, Intel 2.9 GHz Duo, Win7 Ultimate (64-bit). what am i doing wrong?? please help

  141. vodka357 December 31, 2009 Reply

    Anyone else getting this error: ‘/library/preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist’ not found

  142. v-tec December 31, 2009 Reply

    this is awsome!

    got it goin on a Dell Studio XPS Laptop

    running resolution 1920*1200!!! on a dell monitor

    sound is working great too!

  143. PetSUS December 30, 2009 Reply

    after restarting 2 times it boots up! Thanks for your tutorial.

  144. PetSUS December 30, 2009 Reply

    I did everything as described in tutorial but my setup can`t boot up after setup. It`s stops on a line:
    ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin::start – waitForService(resourceMatching(AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement) timed out
    It will be very nice if someone could help with that 🙂

  145. aatkco December 30, 2009 Reply

    To fix the issue “software virtualization you have to rnable this feature on bios settings like this :

  146. Swift Kick December 30, 2009 Reply

    Thanks for your walkthrough of the Snow Leopard install process.
    I tried it and it worked like a charm. Here’s a screenshot of my running VMware machine.

    I’m curious to see if it’ll install successfully when the virtual machine is configured with more than 1 processor. I may try it soon.


    Swift Kick

  147. Ash McConnell December 30, 2009 Reply

    I tried zero’s voodoo drivers suggestion, but I get a kernel panic “unable to find driver for this platform: “ACPI” “. Any idea of how to fix this?


  148. Ron Alden December 30, 2009 Reply

    Is it possible to change the resolution? Only option is 1024×768

  149. miki December 30, 2009 Reply

    I’ve followed your guide and it has turned out great.

    Hope someone can figure out how to increase the resolution soon. I’ve tried to do it in the VM settings but when I go back to the mac settings, it still only has one resolution to choose from.

    Also has anyone updated the system (apple updates) or will this mess things up?

  150. Christian Delgado December 30, 2009 Reply

    For those that keep getting the “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Fusion supports hardware virtualization.” error. I was having the same thing, it means your processor does not support virtualization, you would probably get the same thing on if you try to use virtual pc with xp mode on windows 7. So I was really curious why my intel core 2 duo processor did not support it. Then I was checking out my BIOS Settings, and the virtualization feature was off on my BIOS. WOW!! I did not even know it had that option, so try to see if that fixes your problem, if you don’t have any setting about virtualization it could be because your processor does not support it. As I am writing this post MAC OS X 10.6 is installing as a virtual machine, hopefully it works. THANK YOU!!!!!

  151. Colin December 30, 2009 Reply

    I’m getting the same error as many above:
    “‘Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports hardware virtualization.”
    It seems this is a common problem. Does anyone know the answer?

  152. Kamakzie December 30, 2009 Reply

    Okay got this working on my windows 7 PC and it boots in like 15 seconds on my SSD. However no sound. How do I fix it. I have an onboard Realtek card.

  153. 1buprofen December 30, 2009 Reply

    I’m getting the same error as Russel:

    “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz” when I start the install.

  154. Anil Samuel December 30, 2009 Reply

    i am trying this on a 13″ Dell Studio XPS from Windows 7 and VMWare Player. I opted to boot with -v; all looked good till it switched to Graphics mode as seen at http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4063/4226731468_dfb18b1eeb_o.png. It remains so forever. Anyway I can remain on verbose mode or to check the log files ?

  155. smokes December 30, 2009 Reply

    Is it possible to use the Snow Leopard disc that came with my Macbook? Or possibly make a Retail Disc from that disc?

  156. Bryan December 30, 2009 Reply

    @ Notlolo

    Thanks! I feel stupid for not doing that.

    @ zeros

    “get this file

    get it in your mac environment on the root”

    where is on the root? i have downloaded the file and unzipped it in my Macintosh HD, but should it be in a specific folder?

  157. Eric December 30, 2009 Reply

    I’m getting “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports hardware virtualization.”

    VMware Workstation 7.0.0 build-203739
    Windows 7 Professional X64

    Any help? For those of you that this has worked for, what VMware client and version are you using?


  158. Bob December 29, 2009 Reply

    I told the machine to boot my existing 10.6.1 system (on an MBR partition), and it worked, flawlessly! I’m amazed. I wonder if it’s because VMWare 7 just works, or you tweaked the VMX file.

  159. Ben Onono December 29, 2009 Reply

    Installed this easily on i7 920 W7 Ultimate 64bit. however, how can I increase resoltuion to 1920×1080 ?

  160. Evinho December 29, 2009 Reply

    if u get the virtualisation problem is because your CPU doesnt support hardware virtualisation and you’re out of luck?

  161. Notlolo December 29, 2009 Reply

    @ Bryan

    For your problem, after choose the original CD of Snow Leopard, clic on CD icon and select “Connect”. (Like Step Four)

    Ok ?

  162. :P December 29, 2009 Reply

    Worked for me. Fun stuff. But I couldn’t get the screen resolution to anything but 1024×768

  163. todd December 29, 2009 Reply

    Can anyone comment generally on what performance is like? I did this recently under Ubuntu 9.10 on a quad core box with 8G of RAM and performance was pretty poor. I can see using it for occasional testing, but not for everyday use. What’s been your experience?

  164. Hemick December 29, 2009 Reply

    No idea why, but after trying repeatedly to get mine to boot with zero success rate, booting with the -v option has allowed me to boot every time without issue.

  165. Jono December 29, 2009 Reply

    I get a ‘Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports hardware virtualization.’ error when I try to power up the machine…what am I doing wrong?

  166. Nick December 29, 2009 Reply

    Anyone know if this is possible with VirtualBox? It seems viable just wondering if anyone has had success with that.

  167. Jerry December 29, 2009 Reply

    I’m attempting this now and I keep having problems with the step involving the f8 key, regardless of how many times and when I push it, I keep getting the same “Mac OSX isn’t supported with software virtualization”

  168. Nick December 29, 2009 Reply

    i’m getting the following “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports hardware virtualization.” when trying to boot off the darwin snow image.

  169. Blogger Den December 29, 2009 Reply

    Really nice post! I appreciate the share, this should be really useful and I know some of my friends who would be happy to use this information. Thanks!

  170. psyntium December 29, 2009 Reply

    Hi.. I’m getting this when booting up the first time:

    “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Fusion supports hardware virtualization.”

    I’m not able to do anything..

    Any suggestions??

  171. Russell December 29, 2009 Reply

    I’m getting an error when I start the snow leopard install:
    “Invalid front-side bus frequency 6600000 Hz”

    VMWare then says the CPU has been disabled by the guest operating system and I need to power off.

    any ideas?

  172. Scott Brothers December 29, 2009 Reply

    Excellent write up – thanks for the information. I’ve wanted to “test drive” OSX for a long time.

  173. NiteCrawla December 29, 2009 Reply

    I was wondering… .If you do this would you be able to run things such as Imovie or final cut pro?

  174. seth December 29, 2009 Reply

    I am thinking of using this to sync my iphone under ubuntu. Does anybody know if the usb drives work correctly with this setup?
    Thanks lazyweb.

  175. Bryan December 29, 2009 Reply

    I am stuck on step 5. I see the screen from step 4, i switch the CD drive to the physical drive with the Snow Leopard Install disc, then when I hit the “c” key to boot from DVD it says insert CD. I don’t know what i am doing wrong.

  176. colin December 25, 2009 Reply

    it aint finding my snow leapord disk am i missing something

  177. aatkco December 25, 2009 Reply

    As i told you on twitter there are other issues :
    1. Doesn’t always load , stuck at the circle of death , you have to restart a lot .
    2. After upgrading to 10.6.2 it took 15 minutes to load snow leopard .
    3. many people who upgraded can’t control the mouse anymore , it moves but doesn’t click ( happened with me but after upgrading safari to latest version )
    4. It never shut down or restart successfully from the system you have to shut down from vmware .
    i think that this version works more stable on free Vmware Player 3 .
    i also hope you can share how to force quit the system .
    Thanks for the tutorial .

  178. Peter December 25, 2009 Reply

    Works fine under ubuntu 9.10 also, with workstation 7. Thnx for the how-to

  179. zeros December 25, 2009 Reply

    I wrote how to do this on another site a couple months ago, you need to get a kernel and edit a file to stop the dmg error and the kernel panic

    get this file

    get it in your mac environment on the root

    then open the console and put this in
    sudo pico /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist

    Make it look like this
    <key>Kernel Flags</key>

    now your dmg files will open and you can even run pwnage tool

    (previous post removed all the <> signs

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