28 December 2010

How to Virtualize OS X 10.6 on Windows

IMPORTANT: This guide is now outdated, a new, easier guide has been written on how to install OS X 10.7 Lion. Click here to go to it.


With newer computers, it is now possible to run two Operating Systems at once, one running inside of another. This guide will describe the process of running Mac OS X 10.6.2 on a machine already running Windows 7 or Vista. This process will likely work on Windows XP but has not been tested.

This will enable you to run all programs for the Mac Operating System on your PC.

Requirements

A laptop or desktop computer that supports virtualization (most newer computers do).
At least 1 GB of RAM (the more, the better).
VMware Player (virtualization software, you will need to create a free account).
Snow Leopard 10.6.2 (Operating System).
Snowy_VM.zip (extra files for installation).

Instructions

Update: A video detailing all these steps is now up:


Before you start, make sure that you have enabled Virtualization in the BIOS of your computer. This is usually disabled by default by computer manufacturers.

1. Unzip Snowy_VM and navigate to the following file: Snowy_VM\Snowy_VM\Mac OS X Server 10.6 (experimental).vmwarevm\Mac OS X Server 10.6 (experimental).vmx.

Double click this file, it will open VMware Player.

2. You should see a black screen now. On the blue VMware bar, press Virtual Machine > Virtual Machine Settings > CD/DVD > Settings.


3. On the left, click Use ISO image file, then click Browse.

4. Now select the Snow Leopard 10.6.2 iso file downloaded from the torrent above. Press OK to close the box and return to the black screen.

 
5.  On the blue VMware bar, press Virtual Machine > Send Ctrl + Alt + Del. The machine will now boot up with the iso file. Once the text appears, press F8 on your keyboard.

This is the screen where you can enter in boot flags. Depending on your computer, you may have a different flag from another computer. Many computers have worked without boot flag, so try that first (just press Enter).

A gray screen will appear. In a few moments, a language box will appear. If it does, go down to step 6.

If this screen doesn't appear for 10 minutes you will need to enter a boot flag. Go to the blue VMware bar, press Virtual Machine > Power > Reset. Press F8 at the same screen again. Now enter -x -v busratio=20 cpus=1 arch=i386 -x32. If you get to the language screen, move to step 6.

If you still don't get the language screen, press Virtual Machine > Power > Reset. Press F8 at the same screen again. Now enter -v at the boot screen. This will allow you to figure out exactly where the problem is computer is freezing. You can then Google your error.

6. Follow the on-screen steps until you reach Install Summary.

7. Here, click on Customize.


8. Select Mac OS_X_10.6.2. Under Kernels, select Legacy_kernel_10.2.0. Under Graphic_Drivers, select GraphicEnabler. Click Done.Click Install. This process should take around 10-15 minutes.


9. Once it's done, the count down from Step 5 will appear, press F8. Then on the blue VMware bar, press Virtual Machine > Virtual Machine Settings > CD/DVD > Settings.

10. Now go to Snowy_VM\Snowy_VM\darwin_snow.iso.


11. On the blue VMware bar, press Virtual Machine > Send Ctrl + Alt + Del.

12. Now wait until OS X 10.6.2 boots up! Just follow the simple setup instructions to create your user account and you'll be on OS X Snow Leopard. If the boot time is extremely long, go to the blue VMware bar, press Virtual Machine > Power > Power off. Then double click the name of your machine in the left column to start it up again.

13. When shutting down the machine, use the X in the top right corner or use the blue VMware bar, press Virtual Machine > Power > Power off.

14. Now to update to the latest OS X version, follow steps 2-4 on this guide:
http://techexxpert.blogspot.com/2011/04/updating-virtualized-os-x-1067.html

15. To enable an internet connection on the OS X machine, see this guide:
http://techexxpert.blogspot.com/2011/02/enable-internet-on-vmware.html

16. To enable sound and get a full-screen native resolution working see this guide: http://techexxpert.blogspot.com/2011/02/change-resolution-of-vmware-system.html 

177 comments:

  1. mate you are brilliant - thank you very much. With a little bit of effort - I've got this up and running on my PC. Only additional steps I needed to add to this were downloading BitTorrent to get the SnowLeopard file and winRAR to unzip it.

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  2. All went well until Software Update tried to install the latest updates for the system. Now it won't start up - the whole VM crashes. Will have to rebuild from scratch. Any thoughts?

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  3. How much hard drive memory will i need for this?

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  4. The downloads take about 6GB of space once expanded.

    The default set up in VMWare is to set up a 40GB virtual HD for the Mac. The OS takes about 6MB of this.

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  5. can't get it to work, it just crashes right at step 5, when the gray screen is comes, vmware just shuts down, and nothing else will happen... what to do?

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  6. Try different boot flags once you hit F8
    for me I had to add
    -x -v busratio=20 cpus=1 arch=i386 -x32

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  7. Here's a useful link if you find your screen resolution limited to 1024 x 768 after going through the above steps.

    http://www.sysprobs.com/increase-screen-resolution-wide-screen-support-mac-os-virtual-machine-vmware-player-workstation

    Only challenge now is to find a Realtek sound card driver

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  8. i have a problem to install the darwin... vmware-player shuts down...
    why?

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  9. try using other flags like sugested in the post 3 posts above, it worked for me.

    now that i got it install every time i run it, it either says that there was a problem with the ip, or it says cpu halted you can now turn off the computer and then shuts down. i only managed to get to a gray apple screen once, but it just has the loading mouse cursor and never gets further

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  10. Great post man
    you help me
    tkns

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  11. dont have hardware virtualization enable cpu
    should i upgrade my cpu
    email me for all your pc questions: rashed97@bellsouth.net

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  12. help
    says cannot install os x on your computer
    what do i do
    i really want it so help me

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  13. I can't get to install Vmware, I still get a blank screen in the setup. anoyone?

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  14. I had the same problem with WMware shutting down after the grey screen.

    "Try different boot flags once you hit F8
    for me I had to add
    -x -v busratio=20 cpus=1 arch=i386 -x32"

    worked perfectly! thanks a ton!

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  15. Could someone please explain the boot flags. My VMware is also shutting down after the gray screen. Typing "?" shows nothing. Got it working the first time but no luck since then.

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  16. When you get the option to choose a start up, type in the boot flags, press Enter. You should then be able to start up!

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  17. Tnx, but I got that part. The thing I still don't understand is what is the meaning of each flag and how are they specific. The ones mentioned above didn't work for me.

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  18. I'm unable to connect to the internet on mine after setting it up. The ethernet and ISP lights are green, Network settings is orange/yellow, and Internet and Server are red and read 'failed'

    Any ideas?

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  19. heres some help for some of the common problems that weren't immediately obvious on how to solve:

    1. Mac OSX not able to be virtualized ... when you try to start the virtual machine in step 1.
    Go to the virtual machine settings -> Options tab -> Change guest operating system from Mac OSX to other.

    2. /com.apple.Boot.plist not found
    This, at least for me, was due to not using the flags mentioned in a comment above when hitting f8 to change the boot flags: try -x -v busratio=20 cpus=1 arch=i386 -x32 if youre on a 32bit windows xp like i am.

    3. You've installed, you come back and /com.apple.Boot.plist not found is flashing on screen again.
    I didn't notice at first that after this you switch back to the darwin.iso and reset the machine.

    Hopefully this helps save some people some time. Thanks for the awesome torrent and comments that helped me get it working! Time to make some apps!

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  20. Thank you for instruction
    Mac os x is great
    But it takes so long to boot up!?!
    Can you help me?

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  21. how can we update to Mac OS X 10.6.4 ?

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  22. @Imran heres your update http://ipodtoucher55.blogspot.com/2010/12/installing-ios-sdk-and-xcode-on-windows.html

    i install the update but when i restart de VM, the OS just freezed in the gray screen with apple logo. (sorry for mi bad english. )
    if make it to work. please tellme wath you do. my email is dvsco_6la3@hotmail.com

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  23. This doesn't work. I keeps going to apple boot screen and then has a bunch of kernel panics. I tried the "boot 10 times" method...It does not work on win7 x64 with 64 bit vmplayer. This is pretty useless even if it will work on 32 bit as it is not worth migrating an entire batch of VM over just for a hack that works on a limited amount of now obscure systems.

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  24. Excellent. Installed on Windows 7 64.
    Is it possible to enable sound? What is in the folder "EnsoniqAudioPCI.mpkg".
    I am not familiar with Apple packages.

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  25. How long does it take for it to boot up? It is taking crazy long!

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  26. After Step 8, it just tell me ...

    Install Failed
    Mac OS X could not be installed on your computer

    I have Intel CORE i5 CPU with 64bit Windows 7.

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  27. Are you supposed to update using apple updater because I did and now it is not opening.

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  28. I've just found out that my CPU doesn't support virtualization. Thank you for the great info anyway!

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  29. Windows 64B, 4MB, i5 proc
    In 127 sec is ready.

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  30. sorry guy . but link of VMware player dose not work plz check it

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  31. Thanks for the comments guys! I've updated the main post with most of your questions or changes.

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  32. HELP!!!

    After Step 8,

    Install Failed
    Mac OS X could not be installed on your computer

    Installer could not install some files in Volumns Macintosh HD

    Any body can help me!

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  33. Help Pls!!!

    I have follow the below steps... but not able to start installation....

    After selecting image file & sending ctrl + alt + del.

    i am not getting next screen.

    can anybody ple help on this!!!!

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  34. hy after step 11 it sais invalid cpu freq 66000000Hz, disabling cpu. Can anybody help ?

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  35. Heh, same here, invalid cpu frequency:/ Is it the specs? I have Dell m6500 i7 920 extreme and 16GB with ATI7820. Any suggestions? Tried bootflag with: -v -x busratio=20 arch=i386 -x32 maxmem=2048
    as i read about problems with too much memory on mobo. -x32 can be a problem - as I work on a Win7 64bit OS. Will try -force64 this time, maybe it will work...

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  36. Those with invalid cpu frequency, boot with this: busratio=20 cpus=1 -x -v

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  37. Help plz, I get this at the step 1, when I turn on the virtual machine.
    "Cannot open file "C:\ProgramData\VMware\dndlogs\dndlog.conf": The system cannot find the path specified.
    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."

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  38. and I cannot download snowy_VM.zip, it downloads a 0KB file. I've tried all the browsers. Please upload a mirror. Thanks

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  39. OK, I found the mirror of snowy_VM.zip here. http://www.mediafire.com/?dhbxnndmznw and started the installation. Now I'm stuck at http://screencast.com/t/P52Y5p8r

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  40. Got it working on Windows 7 64 bit. Installed VMWare tools - now have keyboard and mouse difficulties. Both work intermittently. Any ideas?

    Great instructions, BTW.

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  41. how could u got it work ? i have windows 7 x64 too, i stuck at darwin_snow.iso says invalid front side bus disabling cpu

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  42. Link has been fixed thanks guys!

    If you get stuck on a step, turn off the virtual machine and try again.

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  43. HERE IS HOW TO SOLVE the "invalid cpu freq 66000000Hz, disabling cpu" and other common issues.

    About my processor: Intel Core Duo 2 64 with NO support for virtualization technology according to the Intel and MS tool mentioned in this tutorial.
    I think it should work with your processor too independently of the model if you have the same error.

    I'm posting this here so Google can find it and the LOTS of people who are having trouble with this step in their installation could probably solve it. It took me a lot of time, I read lots of websites, and I have to say that this is by far the most actualized tutorial.

    SOLVING COMMON INSTALATION ISSUES VMWARE Mac OSX Snow Leopard 10.6.2:

    1) First of all: make sure FreeBSD is selected in the options tab in the settings window. If not your system will told you something like Mac OS X is not supported for virtualization. It's a pretty common issue and it's not mentioned here.

    2)Don't forget to enable your CD unit in the blue menu: Virtual machine removable devices/ CD/DVD/connect. Some people loses time in that simple step.

    3) I BURNED the ISO image in a DVD. Then started the virtual machine running it from there. I Read that tip in other webs and apparently worked for me too.

    4)On the step 5 of this tutorial, after pressing f8, boot with: busratio=20 cpus=1 -x -v as deadfire55 says in one of the comments above (THANKS!).

    The FreeBSD installation screen will appear. It's dark with white letters and a lot of contrast between them. You will read the references to the university of California constantly.

    5)The Mac OS installation screen will appear then... Go ahead from step 6, and the rest of this tutorial. The installation took about 1 hour 20 minutes in my case. Don't worry if it appears to freeze in some of the minutes countdown.

    COMMENTS:
    As a comment, I selected 2 CPUs instead of one in the option "number of processors", under the "Processor" division on the "Hardware" tab in the settings window, but I read in ALL the sites that you should use "1", I don't know if this was correct, but worked for me. You could try using only "1" as setting.
    I selected too the option "VMWare Kernel Previsualization" because surfing for a solution I found that even when installed if not selected Mac OS X tends to freeze in the startup. I don't know if that actually had a role in the installation too.

    END. That's how I had my issues SOLVED.

    If you have any questions, here is my twitter: @oscarcb.

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  44. Thanks a lot! Worked like a charm :)

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  45. If you are having problems with the issue: "A virtual CPU has entered the shutdown state" look in google for "iBoot" useful if you have Intel Core i Series (i3,i5,17), and "iBoot Legacy" if you have an older intel procesor, such as Core Duo, etc... you don't need to have hardware virtualization.

    http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/2010/04/iboot-multibeast-install-mac-os-x-on.html

    Open the .vmx configuration file and boot from the "iboot.iso" image file... works like a Charm with all the Mac OS versions...

    Look at that blog, you can even install Mac OS X directly to the hard drive.

    @oscarcb

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  46. Nice, working perfectly. For those of you who have an i7, don't choose legacy Kernel but select Intel Atom at the customizations screen.

    Thanks for the great post :)

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  47. Thanks, works perfectly with this version of Mac OS X..
    However I wanted to use an original version of OS X. Will your method also work for an original version, or are the settings only limited to work with the version you specified (torrent one)

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  48. I updated using Mac OS updater and now it shuts off when I try to open it can someone please tell me how to solve this issue

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  49. Waqar: If you can extract the ISO image off of the CD, it should work.

    Anonymous: The updates from the OS Updater are not compatible, there is a link at the end of the guide on how to update. You will need to start over to get your machine to start working and then follow those directions to update

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  50. awesome! thanks so much!

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  51. Please put a BIG WARNIG at the begining of the article that DO NOT LET THE OS UPDATE !!! My installation worked well and connected right away to the internet and automaticaly downloaded the updates. Now I have to start it over because it's crashing.

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  52. I have an invalid front side bus freq 66000000 Hz when I try and boot from the darwin.iso. Can you suggest a solution to my predicament?

    dmantickets@gmail.com

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  53. My VMplayer is crashing at step 11!! I boot from the darwin_snow.iso the apple logo appears and then it crashes... any tips?

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  54. I got it all working but only after typing in "-x -v busratio=20 cpus=1 arch=i386 -x32" each time at boot. is there a way that this is automatically done.

    If i dont put this in im like everyone else the grey screen comes up for a sec then crashes.

    Im also having trouble with the screen res stuck at 1024x768. I tried suggestion above but this did not work.

    I have also read about editing a file called /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist but this was not there so I just created it and it also failed.

    Anyonwe got any other suggestion on both these issues. Im getting sick of trying in that boot sequence.

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  55. Invalid front side bus frequency. This is my problem. Can anybody help me on this. Please please.

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  56. On step 1 I don't have a .vmx file it is a .vmxf file and when I try to open it it says it isn't a valid virtual machine configuration file. Do I need a different zip program? any suggestions?

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  57. the .vmx file is in Snowy_VM.zip. Look closer

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  58. I got it to work thanks

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  59. Hey so I don't know if there is a different place where this would be but I tried doing an example code and it said when I click the viewcontroller.xib I should get the interface builder but I don't get the interface builder and there are no tools to edit with

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  60. it says my "select a destination" is empty..
    how cant hat be ?

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  61. Awesome....Worked like a charm. Win 7 64bit

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  62. i picked the darwin_snow.iso and restarted and nothing happened..

    it says "please wait for the DVD to load..."

    then give me a boot menu..

    this is after it said i have sucessfully installed.

    what am i doing wrong ?

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  63. loading Darwin/x86
    Invalid fonrt-side bus frequency 66000000 Hz.
    Disabling CPU ...

    now im a noob but that doesnt sound good..
    suggestions?

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  64. I have a probleme: "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."

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  65. HELPPPPPPPP anyone

    HELP!!!

    After Step 8,

    Install Failed
    Mac OS X could not be installed on your computer

    Installer could not install some files in Volumns Macintosh HD

    Any body can help me!

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  66. i am stuck at the accont creation step... It just doesnt accept mouse clicks any idea???

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  67. I got the "Installer could not install some files" error after a botched install. Restart the process from scratch and when you are in the language screen, at the top of the screen, go into the disk utility. You'll be able to erase teh volume there (kind of like reformattinga hard drive but a crap ton faster) you can then start the process from scratch again and everything should install properly. Im up and running on Win64 but Im having some issues with the kernel panic. Any suggestions?

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  68. Is it possible to have virtual machine loaded in windows 7 home basic?

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  69. I am running W7 64bit. I get the same problem as guy some posts above me. I get a shadow screen and WMplayer crashes imediatelly when trying to load darwin iso. I also can't stop the boot to type the flag in, as it does not respond to neither F8 or any other key when I get prompted to do so.

    Any ideas? I think there is a problem with bus ratio as all other parts of the flag can be put in via menu.

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  70. Doesn't work, crashes.

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  71. I got MacOSX running on my Windows Vista, but I can't install VmWare Tools. When I try to install, I will only get a dialog window saying "Could not find component on update server...".

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  72. Installation of VmWare Tools is described in the last step:
    16. To enable sound and get a full-screen native resolution working see this guide: http://techexxpert.blogspot.com/2011/02/change-resolution-of-vmware-system.html

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  73. Hi,
    I tried to open .vmx file and getting following error. Please help

    "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."

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  74. For those of you that actually got this up-n-running; here's a nice guide how to map Windows shortcuts into MacOsX equivalents.

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  75. ...and the link of course:
    http://www.myfirstmac.com/index.php/mac/articles/ultimate-switcher-guide-windows-pc-to-mac-keyboard-shortcuts

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  76. My installation hangs after about ten minutes of idle. It seems to go into some hibernation from which it can't wake up. I disabled the screen saver and increased memory to 2GB but still the same problem. I haven't yet updated to 10.6.7 so that what's next.

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  77. -x -v busratio=20 cpus=1 arch=i386 -x64 Works for me, I have a quadcore and contemplated on chaing the 'cpus=1' to 2 but i don't know, Left the bus ratio and arch but i have my problem at the darwin_snow.iso.

    Everything installed, got to the window, hit F8, changed it to the snow and it broke :\ Ideas?

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  78. i got everything to work up until the update. with the 10.6.7 update i didnt notice the guide on this page so i updated it normally but got a kernel panic saying version mis-matched with kernel and cpu or somtehing like that. then i say the link on this page and i followed it. it works because i dont get the panic.

    however after the grey apple the whole thing just closes. not vmware itself but the virtual machine. its like i pressed the shut down button or something. happened several times and still happening. (not a loop by the way, jst closes then i start it again)

    ANY HELP PLEASE!

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  79. i got 3 different scenarios.
    first i installed by choosing kernel legacy in customization and after installation the grey screen comes and shuts down. i type in -x -v busratio=20 cpus=1 -x32 that dnt work still shuts down. i remove the -x and -v and try with -64 (because my laptop is 64bit) still nothing.

    i read some comment and it said for i7 i should choose intel atom instead of kernel legacy. i did that and installation went fine. it worked perfectly until i closed it then reopened it and now i can do any interface. the mac desktop comes with the icons and the wallpaper and everything, looks exactly like as if its working but i cant click on anything. can move the mouse but no interface

    so i installed it again for the 3rd time with no kernels ticked in the customization. and this works, i works like a charm i got internet connection i can do nearly everything. problem here is, since theres no kernel legacy, when i updated it to 10.6.7 using the guide on this page, it restarts after grey screen and typing all the busratio etc does not work

    any help please!!

    p.s i kind of need 10.6.7 because the whole point of me doing this mac is for the ios sdk which requires 10.6.6

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  80. I've gotten up to step 12. However, VMPlayer will just crash on me after the Apple Logo shows up. Help!

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  81. After getting to install it, before it can calculate the time an error shows up saying " The Installer could not install some file in " /Volumes/Macintosh HD"."

    It tells me to restart it and i have, but the problem still priests.

    Can anyone help me...

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  82. in step 5 when i hit ctrl+alt+del and it shows operating system not found plz help

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  83. error
    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.
    help me

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  84. thanks dude. this vm is actually faster than the Mac Mini I bought for iOS development.

    For those experiencing the "hang" after a period of inactivity, disable all the "energy saver" settings in system prefs.

    Win7/64 bit, 8GB Mem, QX9650 3.0Ghz CPU

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  85. Thanks dude ! My VM works fine.
    Only problem I am facing is I am not able to scroll using my laptop's touchpad. I have to use scroll bar for scrolling. Can anybody help me plz??

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  86. Thanks for this awesome post. It all worked for me.
    The only problem now is iTunes cannot detect my iPhone. VMware shows iPhone connected but neither iTunes nor xCode 4 detects my iPhone 4. Any fix for this issue?

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  87. I cannot download Snow Leopard 10.6.2 (Operating System) but I have the DVD for a normal MacBook Pro Snow Leopard which is from before the i5/i7 Processors were introduced. Will this be enough?

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  88. After sending ctrl+alt+del F8 key doesnt work.
    ive tried several times but F8 key is nt responding.pls help

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  89. Fix for

    "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."

    1) Edit Mac OS X Server 10.6 (experimental).vmx
    2) Change guestOS parameter to "freebsd"

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  90. "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."

    You need to modify the BIOS. There is an option to enable the virtualization under the POWER option.

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  91. It is a great post..and he VM is working as described in the post..and successfully upgraded to 10.6.7.

    I was trying to download the Xcode from App store and taking TOO MUCH time...I don't have the developer program access. So I try to download from app store.

    How do you know the system is downloading the xcode file and which directory is used to store this download file?

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  92. My PC doesnot support virtualization. Is there any way to run the os?

    I've installed MAC os. But when restarting the vm player, installation screen is displayed again.

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  93. How sad... IT DOESN'T BOOT WHAT SO EVER AFTer the darwin_snow.iso it just sits there with that stupid loading circle for ever and ever, no matter what i do or how many times i reboot it.

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  94. WHY does it take 20 minutes to boot?

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  95. Anybody who has run the OS successfully with no virtualization support on PC. If yes please help.

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  96. I get to the step where I boot with the darwin_snow.iso. It says "loading darwin\x86", then it goes to the grey screen with the Apple logo for a second, and then crashes (the VM shuts down and closes).

    When I look in the log file, I see an error that says the VMWare tools couldn't be loaded because it couldn't fine the file "darwin.iso" in the vmware player subdirectory (inside the Windows 7 Program Files directory).

    I copied the "darwin_snow.iso" file to that directory and renamed it to "darwin.iso", but that didn't help. I also tried booting with the renamed iso, and that didn't work either.

    Any suggestions?

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  97. When I select the language for installation, I gen an error message:

    Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer.
    This computer doesn't have enough RAM. For Mac OS X system requirements, see the "Read Before You Install" document on your Mac OS X installation disc.

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  98. I NEED HELP WHEN I TRYED IT IT SAID:

    -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.

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  99. extra file link broken..upload other place plssss

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  100. I have installed everything all right.
    But when I press CTRL+ALT+DELETE, it starts with the countdown, so I press F8, and nothing is happening. It tell me: "System config file '/com.apple.Boot.plist' not found". And I'm sure that I installed the Mac OSX .iso good.

    Anybody?

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  101. Is it possible to raise the Snowy_VM.zip on another site such as MediaFire

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  102. step 11 plz help <<< it just crashes after darwin loded

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  103. Thank YOou! Very good tutorial! worked perfectly now on Snow Leopard!! :)

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  104. STEP 13 IS THE MOST IMPORTANT!!!

    I've done everything and it was working like a charm. Then I chose to shut down from inside the OSX. I saw a kernel panic, and VMWare showed some error message saying that the machine will be rebooted.
    Then, All I saw was "Operating system not found".

    Tried to reinstall, but the installer said that there errors on my hard drive and couldn't continue.

    So I lost everything and had to re-do from the start... :/

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  105. Hi i downloaded and installed successfully Mac in windows following steps.
    Now i need to install Xoode to develop applications..
    How to install..
    Can v install xcode in VMware Mac os..!!??

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  106. Got a problem, help please!
    please!
    please!
    I'm at step 11/12
    When i start up darwin_snow it says:
    6000000hz
    killing cpu
    (or something like that)
    yes i pressed F8 en typted: -x -v busratio=20 cpus=1 arch=i386 -x32
    does anyone know what i'm doing wrong?
    Help please!
    email me on jeroenketelaar@kpnmail.nl

    (my english isn't so good, as you can see)

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  107. Doesn't this approach run afoul of the Apple License?

    2. Permitted License Uses and Restrictions.

    Single Use License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, unless you have purchased a Family Pack or Upgrade license for the Apple Software,
    you are granted a limited non-exclusive license to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-branded computer at a time. You
    agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-branded computer, or to enable others to do so. This License does not allow the Apple
    Software to exist on more than one computer at a time, and you may not make the Apple Software available over a network where it could be used by multiple
    computers at the same time.

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  108. same problem as jeronimo078
    6000000 hz disabling cpu
    little help would be apreciated

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  109. how i can change the deafault 1gb mem to 2 or 4 gb mem in vmplayer with osx

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  110. hello you are just amazing. u r really halpful to me. i was tring installing mac since last 2 weeks. but your guide is just awsome. everthing works as u described. god bless u.
    -- Manj

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  111. Got up to step 8 with no problem, but in the middle of installation I get this error:

    Install Failed
    Mac OS X could not be installed on your computer
    The source media you are installing from is damaged. Try installing a different copy of the source media or contact...

    Any ideas?

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  112. Awesome tutorial. And if you choose the option SHUT DOWN and when you restart, the VM says OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND, don't worry. Go to Settings > CD/DVD and check the CONNECTED & CONNECT AT STARTUP options and you'll revive the VM (at least it worked for me). Greetings from Mexico.

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  113. To solve "/com.apple.Boot.plist not found" issue

    Press f8 then type: try -x -v busratio=20 cpus=1 arch=i386 -x86 (I'm using Windows 7)

    Working like a charm ^_^

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  114. Please, I need help.

    When I get to the language selection screen, I realize my mouse simply won't move inside of VMWare. But when I use the PC (the real one, not the virtual) my mouse will respond to my movements.

    Any ideas on how to solve this?

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  115. I am using W7 x64 and had no major issues - nothing a couple of resets didn't take care of anyway. The one thing I noticed however, is no video. Does anyone else have this problem? If so, how did you resolve it? Any recommendations?

    Everything else has worked like a charm!

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  116. Can we get a direct download? My ISP blocks P2P.

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  117. Awesome tutorial, thanks a lot ma friend, it was very helpful. Great work!

    Regards

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  118. By the way I am new to this area, can anybody tell me how can I access my data on the rest of my hard disk (I mean not on Macintosh HD), as I have available in windows 7.

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  119. I had a lot of trouble with freezing after installation, booting up using the flags - it can be made less ugly by removing the -v (verbose) option. But it still freezes during boot with:

    Ethernet [Intel8254x] Link up on en0 ...

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  120. I having issues that I cannot get past.

    I can fire up SnowyVM and I use F8 and choose OS X and it would crash.

    I then used the Boot Flag you provided and I can mount the Snow Leopard disc and I can all the way to the customize. Then I use the suggested custom settings (Mac OS_X_10.6.2. Under Kernels = Legacy_kernel_10.2.0. Under Graphic_Drivers = GraphicEnablerin). Then I attempt to install and within about 2 minutes I get an error stating: Install Failed, could not be installed. The Installer could not install some files in "/Volumes/Macintosh HD"

    Any suggestions?

    btw: I'm running Win 7 Ultimate 64
    (w/ visualization support)

    Thanks!

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  121. If you don't get an ISO file after you download it from uTorrent then you must have not extracted it properly. When choosing the torrent file, it will ask you to confirm before downloading, just change the rar to an iso at the end of the file. THEN START UTORRENT DOWNLOAD.

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  122. I get "the installer could not install the software because there was no software found to install" message.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks

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  123. install failed "/Volumes/Macintosh HD"

    any ideas?

    thanks.

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  124. If your having trouble with the install, and it tells you your media disk might be corrupt and to aquire a new one or something of the like. Re-extract your disk image. I had problems when i used winrar, but when I used 7zip it extracted perfectly.

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  125. you have got to be kidding me after spending 4hrs on this at the end it doesnt work comeonn why is it saying cannot find boot frequency this is really annoying.

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  126. invalid side bus frequency, at the end of it all nooooooo wehy is'nt it working

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  127. Having problems with step 5... I get to the screen where it says press f8 and i do that then i press enter and it just returns to the press f8 screen again. Then i try to type in the boot flag and it does the same thing. This also happens when I enter -v. What am I doing wrong? Any help would be greatly appreciated

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  128. I installed it sucessfully ! But the graphics card is not compatible. I'm using Geforce 9600GT 1GI (Gigabyte).
    And I can't view pictures instead I can see it thumbnail on the window.

    Can you help me ?

    (sorry for my bad English)

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  129. Hello, i have an AMD Processor. if i did this, would i have to select AMD under customize?

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  130. man this is cool

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  131. How to i get the shared folder of D drive on my Mac.. i m not able to access my d drive.. i have enabled share folder in my vm player

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  132. This Post is really help full...I have installed with the help of this....When "System config file '/com.apple.Boot.plist' " is comming because key stock is not going to vmware. So use ctrl+g to get control of mouse/keyboard inside the mac.then press F8....

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  133. To share folder...Go to virtual machine->removable disc->cd/dvd(IDE)->settings->options->share folders-> add folder u want to share...

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  134. how much time i will wait for the download of the torrent its like 4 GB

    And why it takes that much

    Its saying that it needs four days:S

    are there any solution!!

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  135. FYI - I edited the underlying text .vmx (vmware profile file) to increase the memmax and cpu's and all flies now.

    I have an 8 core i7 so could afford to share some of the love cpu love.

    OSX reports the increased RAM and CPU'S.

    Hope that helps someone.

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  136. I installed and update successfully MAC OS X 10.6.8, sound card driver, set my display to full screen.

    I've captured my process. This is my full clip tutorial follow this post.

    Virtualize MAC OSX 10.6.8 Snow Leopard On Windows 7:

    01 Preparing For Installation
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w5jEQ5lP2M

    02 Installation
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28iesOx0AuI

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  137. Awesome tutorial, in the second try, meanwhile watching the youtube video, everything has been installed perfectly. Full resolution working, mouse/keyboard working, internet working .. sound working.
    Now updating to 10.6.7 and downloading Xcode 4.
    Zillions of thanks !!!

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  138. now updated to 10.6.7 !! can anybody plz provide the link for legacy kernel for OS 10.6.8 (recently released) or will the legacy kernel 10.7.0 work for it as well...

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  139. Hi all..
    I found some solution to some of the problems
    1)mac os x is not supported with software virtualization...
    SOLUTION: Please don't try to change the Settings..DO NOT select FreeBSD (when you open .vmx file in notepad you should find the line guestOS = "darwin10"..not "freebsd").

    It's the problem with the BIOS settings of your PC. Restart your PC, go to BIOS before boot, try to find the option "Virtualization" ...enable it..save the settings..boot to Windows again.
    Open the vmx file using VM player..it shouldn't show the error again..

    Verifying:
    (a) Before installing MacOS..open the VMX file using VM player
    (b) Click "Edit VM Settings", go to CD/DVD, select ISO..click Browse and select darwin_snow.iso from Snowy_VM folder..Click OK
    (c) click "Play VM player"..shouldn't show error.
    (d) press F8 repeatedly, you will get options h-boot from disk c-boot from DVD etc...
    (e) On the bottom bar of VM player window..click the CD image on right, click Settings
    (f) go to CD/DVD options...Under ISO...Browse to Snow Leopard_AMD..iso ...click OK
    (g) Click the CD image again..Click "Connect"
    (h) Now from the options..type "c" the Boot DVD
    (i) you will go to the Installation procedure..follow Step 6 and further discussed in the tutorial of the page..


    2) Disabling CPU...invalid cpu freq error
    sol: i have tried the -x -v.. solution...but didn't work...
    If you follow the steps for error 1 above, you won't get this error..

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  140. Thank you so much! IT all worked.

    I got it installed with internet, sound and video resolution working.

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  141. I got to the point of using the darwin ISO, all i get now is apple logo on a grey screen and total shut down on VM

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  142. im getting an error called syntax error in the line 35 from MAC OS X 10.6(experimental).vmx any solution for this please help me!!!!!!!!!!

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  143. i install the install but when i restart VM, the OS just freezed in the gray screen with apple logo. i am using Core 2 Quard, 3 GB Ram, Graphic Card.
    please send me solution for the same my email is jsingh.virdi@gmail.com

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  144. I'm also stuck with the "killing cpu" problem. I managed to install OS X, tried to open Snowy (step 10) and then I get always the dreaded "killing cpu" and VMWare shuts down.

    I suppose the problems could be in the flags right after F8 (my CPU is Athlox 64 x2 5600 so I think busratio should be 14.5 and not 20, right?)

    Anyway, where is the manual with those flags?

    Thanks in advance!

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  145. hi, i have acer aspire 4520 laptop having AMD Athlone X2 processor. can you tell me is it possible for me to install vmware for virtualization

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  146. I virtualized succesfully Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Retail. Today I make some tutorials about it.

    VIRTUALIZE MAC OS X 10.7 LION ON WINDOWS (VMWARE)

    Part 1 : VMware Patch
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnJxjjaV0ms

    Part 2 : Make Lion Boot Disk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17M246HZYBQ

    Part 3 : Install Lion and drivers
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyZmtaMAIhQ

    Pre-requirement :
    1. Virtualized MAC OS X 10.6.x successfully !
    2. Minimum 2GB RAM for Lion

    Link Download :
    1. DVD Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (Retail)
    http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6553429/Mac_OS_X_10.7_Lion_%28Final_Retail%29
    (download it instead at http://imzdl.com/)

    2. VMware Patch and Driver :
    http://www.mediafire.com/?dlierqssywsyh

    My Blog :
    http://ledinhthi90.wordpress.com/

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  147. This works great. I have an I7 processor. I just started the installation with the boot options provided in the article.

    I didn't customize the installation at all. After the installation, change the iso to the snowy iso, and restart your VM about two or three times, at the end you get your registration form.

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  148. Where, oh where, is the .iso file used @ 2:43 (in the youtube video)? Was there a separate download that I missed somehow? I cannot find it for the life of me.

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  149. Great tutorial, works like a charm.

    But it's so slow, it's unusable. How sad :(

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  150. I got the machine downloaded and the iso file but when i try and run it with the iso file it says no operating system found. Help please?

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  151. works perfectly on my sony vaio f series. thanks so much!

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  152. PLEASE HELP.

    I downloaded the latest Xcode and its demanding i upgrade my snow leopard to version 10.6.6

    BUT installing updates on the VM causes it to crash and die, and ive had to start from scartch to get it working...

    what can i do to get around this??!?!

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  153. Thanks!
    I will try that. I am eager to try developing for IPhone.

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  154. hello,
    i've an Intel Core i3 CPU, 4Gb RAM, windows 7 64-bit OS, and i want to run MAC OS 10.6.2 in vmware version 7.1.5 build-491717, but darvin/x86 isn't loading, the error message is: "Operating SYstem not found", i tried all the above options users have mentioned, with busratio.. etc.
    VT-x is enabled..
    Pls can anybody tell me a solution to fix this problem???

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  155. when i install drawn.iso giving error

    invalid front side bus frequency 66000000HZ
    disabling cpu

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  156. Hi!
    another "invalid front side bus frequency 66000000HZ" error here. I already try several solutionts posted here but FSB error persist. Kentsfield CPU working with an ESXi 4.1 Hypervisor.
    Regards.

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  157. i've "invalid front side bus frequency 66000000HZ" too...
    i have freebsd as guestos (cannot run virtualization without it, i've no options in my bios), i tried all the -x -v -blabla, but it always send me the same problem: cpu killed!

    help :\

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  158. i cant download DVD MAC OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2. check plzz

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  159. Dear All !

    I have a problem right after Step 5. It says Operating System Not Found. I have followed everything by the tutorial, I've tryed to Reset the Guest Operating System and the Send Ctrl+Alt+Del as well.
    But every time I get the same Operating System Not Found.

    Any suggestion?

    Thanks !
    RP

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  160. If you get the /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist error. It means you are doing it wrong. Yep! Me too.

    Start the VM as instructed, click Continue/OK on the CD Rom VM question, Click inside the window and press 'F8' several times. You should get the Boot Menu. At this point DO NOT right click on the VM tab for the Settings. Instead Right Click on the CD icon on the bottom right of the VM Screen and choose Settings. Change the drive to the ISO or DVD drive. OK, the press 'c' to answer the Boot Menu question. It should work now.

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    1. You have to go back to the CD icon and select "connect" after you change to the ISO or DVD drive.

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  161. Dear All!

    I've solved the problem, just downloaded again the Snow Leopard....iso and it worked. I had kernel panic few times but after updating to 10.6.7 Combo it stoped the kernel panic.And instead of -x -v busratio=20 cpus=1 arch=i386 -x32, I typed this: busratio=20 cpus=4 arch=i386 -x64, because I have core i5 and x64 win 7, if you use -x or -v (I'm not sure which one) than the OS starts with Safe Boot, so don't use it. cpus=1 or 2 or 4 or 8 means how many cores your processor has and -x32 or -x64 means which windows you use 32bit or 64bit. Hope I helped a bit for someone.

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  162. Megaupload is down... Any other link for the extra files?

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  163. I just discovered a step that I was missing that may help someone.
    Check out step G. After changing the snow iso. to the retail iso, I never went back to connect. After switching, you have to connect!!

    Verifying:
    (a) Before installing MacOS..open the VMX file using VM player
    (b) Click "Edit VM Settings", go to CD/DVD, select ISO..click Browse and select darwin_snow.iso from Snowy_VM folder..Click OK
    (c) click "Play VM player"..shouldn't show error.
    (d) press F8 repeatedly, you will get options h-boot from disk c-boot from DVD etc...
    (e) On the bottom bar of VM player window..click the CD image on right, click Settings
    (f) go to CD/DVD options...Under ISO...Browse to Snow Leopard_AMD..iso ...click OK
    (g) Click the CD image again..Click "Connect"
    (h) Now from the options..type "c" the Boot DVD
    (i) you will go to the Installation procedure..follow Step 6 and further discussed in the tutorial of the page..

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  164. please provide an alternate link for snowyvm.zip.

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  168. hi...Im student from Informatics engineering nice article,
    thanks for sharing :)

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  169. Download Link of megaupload has been dead!!!
    update live one please

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  170. Snow Leopard 10.6.2 link not working anymore , please help !!!

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