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Snow leopard on ubuntu using virtual box

Virtualization once upon a time was only meant for running servers for serious development , but now is very common and easy to use. Today´s post is about running a MAC snow leopard under virtual-box.

Virtualization can be done using VMware or virtualbox but in my experience virtualbox is the best software for doing it.

There are several reasons why not to use Snow Leopard on VMWare and go for Virtualbox.
Who doesn’t love Open Source? And when a Open source product is better than a paid application, we adore it. So is the case with Virtualbox. Virtualbox 4.6 is an amazing platform for Virtualization, It’s not only free, but also much faster than VMware in Disk I/O, Network I/O, RAM optimization, CPU Usage,  Hypervisor level operations. Hats off to Sun-Oracle.
Before you begin, make sure you have enough CPU, RAM, Disk resources to share for the virtual machine.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Processor: Any Intel Processor or AMD.
  • RAM: Anything above 1 GB, Recommended 2GB or higher
  • Disk space: 10GB (minimum)
Software Requirements:

How to Install Snow Leopard OSx86 on VirtualBox

Step 1. Create a new Virtual Machine with name “OSX”

On the next page Configure RAM you wish to allocate. would recommend anything near 1GB.

Step 2. Create Virtual harddisk
Anything near 20gb Dynamic should suffice most requirements but you are free to change it to something higher and click finish.

Step 3.  Configure settings in the left pane and uncheck Enable EFI.

Next  click on the Storage button on the left. From there click on Empty under the OSX.vdi, then click the folder with the green arrow on the right (next to “CD/DVD Device”).

At this window click the Add button at the top. Then find and add the OSX86 ISO you downloaded earlier. Then highlight it and click Select at the bottom. Then click OK, and hit the Start button on the left side of the main VirtualBox window.

Step 4. Starting up Mac OS firstboot

While it boots, click inside the window and hit F8. At the boot: prompt type –v.Next, Setup should boot into installation just  fine. Run the Disk Utility by going to Utilities in the menu bar.

Click the Erase tab, and click the Erase button on the bottom right of the window and then quit it.

Step 5: Proceeding with installation

Select the drive you just partitioned and continue

Step 6. Customizing the Installation(very Important)
On next window, Click the Customize button and select checkboxes:
AMD Users:
Any Updates included at the top.
Drop down Kernels and choose Legacy kernel.
AMD option below System support.

Intel Users:
Any Updates included at the top.
Drop down bootloaders and check the newest Chameleon.
Drop down Kernels and choose Legacy kernel.
Then click Done and hit the Install button. You can skip Disc checking and  speedup the installation. It should take anywhere between 15- 40 minutes.

Step 7. Setting the Chameleon Bootloader
When the installation completes, before restarting Click on Devices at the top of the VirtualBox window, hit CD/DVD Devices and click Unmount CD/DVD Device. Next you’ll see the Chameleon loader and then OS X will begin to boot

After this you would have a MAC snow leopard running under Ubuntu O/S, but if you have any trouble with sound and screen resolution then try these patches: 

 FOR RESOLUTION :http://www.sysprobs.com/increase-mac...-vmware-player
 AUDIO SOUND :http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=30843


Gagan Singh said...

i wonder what you'd have to change to get 10.5 leopard to work under virtualbox
also where did you find the iso, looks like a kaloway hackintosh to me

Srinivas Gowda said...

Its leohazard iso. but it can be done using retail version of snow leopard too...

Gagan Singh said...

thanks for adding the dl link man
3.66gb this might take a while :p

Gagan Singh said...

one last question do the guest additions work with it, i'm i'd be really cool to get it to work under seamless mode

Srinivas Gowda said...

leohazard iso consists of required kernel drivers and binary patch's to run in fullscreen or seamless mode but if that doesnt work then you will have to install guest additions, and if its a retail version of MAC then guest additions are a must to be installed.

Unknown said...

when i try to update the system it crash

Srinivas Gowda said...

there is an alternative for upgrading leohazard MAC, your system crashed because you have tried to update from Apple MAC server which will conflict your translated MAC and thus results in crashing your system, for updating on leohazard MAC you will have to download the leohazard updates manually and patch it..for further info... http://download.3rr0rists.com/macintosh/leo-hazard.html

Bhagwan said...

it doesn't need the graphics card as a hardware requirment

Anonymoous said...

Works! Needs more RAM to work properly, but Works!

Cy said...

It didn't work for me. :[
It said something about VT-x/AMD... ?

But my laptop's processor's Intel.

Genuine Intel (R) CPu 585 @ 2.16GHz

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