[Mac OSx86] 10.4.8 VMware Installation Guide

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Note: This is different from PearPC.
PearPC emulates
a PowerPC processor, while VMware
emulates a direct x86 platform.
System Requirements:
Processor supporting SSE2 or SSE3 instructions (Use CPU-Z for Windows to check)
Windows 2000 or higher/Linux (Mandrake, SUSE, or Red Hat)
512MB of RAM (strongly recommended)
6GB minimum hard drive space
8MB of VRAM
DVD-RW drive if you are burning the ISO
Software Requirements:
VMware Server (Free) or VMware Workstation 5 (commercial, recommended) or higher.
VMware 6 is recommended.
Note: VMware ACE Editions apparently have problems with networking in Mac OS X.
Attention Vista users: VMware Workstation 5.5 will not work. You need Workstation 6 VMware Workstations 6.0.1 and 6.0.2 are NOT recommended. It is recommended you use Workstation 6.0 build 45731 Mac OS x86 ISO; For test purposes ONLY, in this guide the "JaS Mac OS X 10.4.8 Intel/AMD SSE2 SSE3 PPF1+PPF2" ISO will be used. Mac specific DVDs cannot be used.
Burning software to burn the ISO to DVD (optional, recommended)
Blank 4.7GB DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD+RW disc (if you are burning)
Daemon Tools or Virtual Clone Drive (if you are not burning the ISO)

Step 1: Install software Install all the software that is required. VMware is mandatory. If you are going to burn the ISO file to a DVD (recommended), you will need burning software such as NTI CD/DVD Maker or Nero Burning ROM. If you aren't going to burn the disc, then you will need drive emulation software such as Daemon Tools or Virtual Clone Drive.

Step 2a: Burn the ISO (if you are burning) Use your favourite burning software to burn the ISO image to DVD. Insert the bruned DVD into your optical drive.

Step 2b: Mount the image (if you are not burning) Mount the OS x86 DVD ISO file in Daemon Tools or Virtual Clone Drive (You can use Alcohol 120% if you want). You cannot mount the ISO directly in VMware because VMware cannot properly read HFS+ images (thats the format the Mac OS ISO is in)

Step 3: Configure VMware Note: In this guide, VMware Workstation 6 will be used. VMware Server or Workstation 5 can be used, but Workstation 6 is strongly recommended.
Launch VMware On the home page, click "Create new virtual machine" to bring up the dialog below:



Click "Next"


Make sure "Typical" is chosen and click Next Important Note: If you are installing directly to a physical drive or partition (ignore this tip if you don't know what this is, its an advanced option) choose the Custom option and when you get to the screen that deals with hard drives, set VMware to access a physical partition or disk 

Choose Other as the Guest OS and choose Other for the version. Click Next
Note: There are several Guest OSes that you can choose for Mac OS X. The best are:
- Other , Other
- Linux , Other Linux
- Other , FreeBSD
- Windows NT (works well if you are getting ACPI errors but make sure your virtual hard drive images
are IDE, not SCSI)


Give the machine a name. Click Next Speed-up tip: Store the virtual machine in a partition or hard disk that is separate from the current partition/hard disk that you are currently using. This will make the virtual machine
somewhat faster.


Click "Use network address translation (NAT)" if you are using a official legal copy of OS x86 or "Use host-only networking" if you are using a hacked ISO image (for test purposes, of course :) to prevent Mac OS X from registering itself during installation



Choose a disk size (6GB is minimum). If you choose 6GB, you will have 1.5GB of space left after installation for your own programs. Any size is OK as long as you have the hard drive space. Check the "Allocate all disk space now" checkbox (not necessary, but it improves speed). Choose "Split disk into 2GB files" if you are putting the virtual machine on a FAT32 partition. Click Finish and wait till the virtual disk is created.


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Click VM >> Settings


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Click on "Floppy" and click Remove (You don't need floppies for OS X)
Click on "Memory" and on the right, adjust the memory amount to about half your actual system memory.


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Click "CD-ROM (IDE 1..." and on the right, select your virtual image drive/physical drive from the drop-down menu. Click OK to return back to Home. Close VMware Workstation or Server. If you wish, you can click "Add" to add a USB Controller (not tested)

Step 4: Edit VMware config file Navigate to the folder where you placed your virtual machine Open the "VMware Configuration File" with Notepad Add the line: paevm="true" to the end of the file Note: For networking in 10.4.8, add the line ethernet0.virtualDev="e1000" to the file Note: Sometimes, the line scsi0.present="TRUE" won't work. Change it to scsi0.present="FALSE".
However, on the test machine, this was not required.
Speed-up tip: set the guestOS line to "guestOS = "darwin"
Save the file. The end result should look somewhat like this:


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Note: If you make any changes to the virtual machine in the VMware interface after editing the file, all changes will be lost

Step 5: Configure VM BIOS This is not exactly necessary, but it will make the VM a lot faster
Go back into VMware and click the green triangle to start your machine
Quickly click inside the VM window (this lets you control the VM)
Quickly tap F2 to enter the BIOS

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Use the keyboard and Disable "Legacy Diskette A:"
Go into the Advanced tab >> I/O Device Configuration


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Disable all Serial ports, Parallel ports, and Floppy Disk controllers
Press F10 to save and exit. The machine will reboot.

Step 6: Partition/Format the hard drive If you have mounted the ISO/inserted the DVD, the machine should boot to the DVD.It prompts you to press any key to continue Mac OS X installation. Click inside the screen and press a key to start the installer
Note: If you are using a JaS 10.4.8 image without PPF1, the image will not boot in VMware. After a long log/script of commands, the friendly installer screen will come up telling you to choose a language. Choose a language and click the Arrow to Continue The DVD will prepare the installer and the main screen will come up In the Utilities menu, choose Disk Utility In Disk Utility, choose your VMware hard drive from the left. In the main area, click the Partition tab Set the "Volume Scheme" to one partition Give the partition a name Make sure the format is set to "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" Make sure all the hard drive space is used Click Partition, Partition


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Once the process is done, click the red X button to close Disk Utility and relaunch the installer Note: If you are using a JaS 10.4.8 image that is not patched with PPF2, the new partition will not be usable. Get a new image OR use a previous version image (10.4.7, etc.) to partition.At the main installer screen, click 'Continue' Choose you newly formatted virtual HD and click Continue again 

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This part is a bit tricky: The Printer Drivers and the Hardware support are useless. You can install the Language Translations and Additional Fonts if you use a language other than English. You can install X11 if you want to (It lets you run Linux packages). Finally, choose the patch that is right for your CPU (AMD or Intel). Choose everything you need and click Install Wait for the installation to complete At the end, the virtual machine will restart.Note: If you get a Kernel stack error in VMware after installation, ignore it and click OK After the machine restarts, if all goes well, Mac OS X should boot! Here's a screenshot to prove it: 
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Speed-up tip - After installation, go to System\Library\Extensions and delete AppleTPMACPI.kext if it exists\
Speed-up tip - Disable Dock Magnification

END OF INSTRUCTIONS
Press Ctrl + Alt to toggle between host and guest OS VMware Tools is currently not available for OS X so you cannot run the VM at high resolutions. Some hackers are working on a way to use the Linux VMware Tools image to install it on OS X The processor speed is equivalent to that of a low end G3 The VM is usable, and more responsive than PearPC

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