Hackintosh Guide Oct 2017

Running Mac OS on a non-Mac computer can seem like a daunting task, if not impossible.
Luckily, ever since Apple moved to Intel based systems years ago, a Hackintosh can actually be a pretty reliable computer.

A common question to this might be, “Why not just buy a Mac?” and in most cases this would be the correct move. Bootcamp is perfectly capable of handing PC based tasks that dont require hardware expansions, such as an advanced graphics card. But for all of the PC gamers out there who also need access to certain Mac features or programs, hacintoshes are the way to go.

The first thing to know before getting started is that access to an already working Mac or Hackintosh is required. The second thing that building a hackmac requires is a very specific combination of hardware. Outlined here is one of a few combinations.

  1. Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 motherboard. The ethernet, USB, audio, peripheral ports all work almost natively with OS Sierra, with just a few exceptions.
  2. Intel i5 6600k 4 core processor. Although most i5 and i7 models with LGA1151 sockets will work.
  3. Zalman CPU cooler. This is known to work best with the temperature sensors built into OS Sierra.
  4. An 8GB+ flash drive

Everything else can be less specific so long as its compatible with the motherboard. Such as RAM, PSU, SSD, etc…

As mentioned before, access to a working Mac is a must. The reason for this is that Apple provides their most recent OS version as a free download from the App store. However, Apple doesnt simply allow us to throw this install file on a USB and do a boot/install.

Truthfully, most of the “hacking” is done via third party software, most notably ‘Unibeast.’ Unibeast is what allows a Sierra install file to become something that is recognized in a bios as bootable software, thus enabling it to be installed to a blank hard drive or partition.

To get started with this, plug in that flash drive to that currently working mac.
Through Disk Utility, format the flash drive as Mac OS Extended Journaled and name it simply “USB”. Adding the Sierra install to the flash drive is going to require some work in terminal. Luckily Ive taken some of the headache away; simply copy and paste this into bash.

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia — volume /Volumes/USB — applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app — nointeraction

Now is the time to thank the gods that other hackers have developed this Unibeast software- available from tonymacx86.com. 
The three options you need to choose are the ones in the picture above (although it might say ‘High’ Sierra).
It will take a while for Unibeast to finish, be patient. Once it’s done, simply download (tonymacx86.com) Multibeast and drag it to the same USB.

Remove the flash drive and insert it into the “will be” hackintosh. Upon boot, press whichever button your motherboard says to push in order to enter bios (usually delete or F13).

If you see ANY of these options in your bios settings- make sure you set them as noted here:

  • Secure boot mode: disabled
  • VT -d: disabled
  • XHCI Handoff: enabled
  • OS type: ‘other OS’

save bios changes. Restart and boot from USB.

This time the USB will give a prompt to install Multibeast. Multibeast will provide clear instructions and will eventually restart the computer once it has done it’s job. And then…

Hooray! You booted into the Mac OS. Congrats! Technically, everything should be working at this point, but some small bugs can arise depending on how the wind blows that day. Rest assured, there solutions to every problem. It’ll just take some forum digging. Happy hacking!

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