This article is guid for how to tweak BIOS setting, installing macOS and post installation setup with Clover Bootloader for installing Mac OS (X) on PC (Hackintosh) using vanilla method. This tutorial is mainly for PC with legacy BIOS, but just be creative if you’re UEFI BIOS user.
[Important!] Before install Mac OS on PC, backup all important data especially in drive that you decide to dedicate for installing Mac OS.
Make sure you’ve made a working bootable Usb drive too! You can read HERE for how to make a working bootable Usb drive for Vanilla Hackintosh.
Before we start, first make sure to plug your usb bootable drive into your PC.
Setting BIOS for Hackintosh
Okay! When everything is ready reboot your PC, and press ‘Del’ key to enter BIOS setting.
Set BIOS to ‘Load Optimize Defaults’
And then go to Advanced BIOS Features > CPU Feature
Find for similar configuration settings like this;
- Execute Bit suport (Enabled)
- C1E Support (Enabled)
- Set Limit CPUID MaxVal to 3 (Disabled)
- Intel (R) Virtualization Tech (Enabled)
And then set it like this, see screen shot
In BIOS Chipset Feature:
- HPET (Enabled)
Last.. set your USB Flash Drive as First boot device in ‘Boot Sequence’
Then press ‘F10’ key to Save and Exit Bios Settings.
Your PC will reboot automatically.
Installing Mac OS
It’s time to installing Mac OS, after setting the BIOS your machine will reboot automatically, then it will boot from Clover EFI partition in your Flash drive, because we have set it as first boot device in boot sequence settings.
In clover boot screen you will see all of your drive, use left ⬅ and right ➡ ‘arrow’ key to choose Mac OS X Base System (or whatever you give a name your MacOS installer partition)
Click or hit ‘Enter’ key to open it.
When MacOS installer appear, go to menu bar click on “Utilities” > Choose Disk Utilities select drive you want to install Mac OS click Erase (Partition)
Name it Macintosh HD
Format to “Mac OS (X) Extended (Journaled)”
Scheme select “GUID Partition Map”
Click Erase (Apply)
[Important!] Disk Utility in Sierra,EL Capitan, and Yosemite are different. If you want to dual boot with Windows you can add two partition but make sure Mac OS Partition is on top.
Close Disk Utilities Select drive you have formatted for Mac click continue, it takes about 15 – 20 minutes depend on your computer speed, when finish your PC will automatically restart.
One more time enter into BIOS setting by pressing “Del” key in your keyboard.
This time choose Macintosh HD In Clover boot loader menu
Wait for Mac OS System to boot for the first time.
Then set up your preferred Language, Date and time, internet etc. If you stuck in internet setup just choose “My Computer doesn”t conect to the internet, You can always setup it again later.
Setup your User Name and Password.
Set your Timezone Information etc, and click continue and continue to finish the setup.
When you are lucky, now you should be in the promised land!
But wait! don’t get too excite yet! we need to install Clover boot loader, but this time we install clover in the same drive you have install Mac OS in this case the drive is (Macintosh HD).
Post installation with Clover
Now for “Post Installation” download the latest version of Clover boot loader.
Before you install clover its better to copy config.plist and all kext from usb flash drive. Put it on desktop and then eject usb drive.
Install Clover in Macintosh HD (See Pic below)
When finish, close clover installer, and we continue to the final trick.
The Final Trick
Here is the final trick! when you finish installing clover, add some essential kext, config.plist etc to EFI Partition. Just exactly the same like when you make macOS installer bootable Usb Drive. But this time to put it in Macintosh HD or whatever you name it.
DOWNLOAD or copy config.plist that you have copied from usb installer in your desktop earlier.
And paste it to mounted EFI partition in finder-sidebar click on EFI > Clover > EFI > CLOVER and replace existing config.plist there.
Also copy all kext to Clover > EFI > CLOVER > Kext > Other (for OS Sierra) 10.11 (for El Capitan) and so on.
See picture below.
When done restart PC and one more time enter BIOS setting, set Drive that has Mac OS installed as 1st boot device in Boot Sequence settings.
Save and exit BIOS setup. Once again your PC will automatically reboot.
And.. congratulation! now you are ready to fly on.
You may now want to customize your new Hackintosh.
Yeah! sometimes things won’t work like it should be. So if you face with problem while boot from usb installer, this may solve the problem.
In Clover boot screen, instead of hit ‘Enter’ key on Mac OS X Base System (Installer partition) use the ‘Space’ key, it will open this page.
Use Top-down arrow to scroll down and up and use ‘Space’ key to check for specific boot option:
- With Injected kexts
- Safe mode
If you want to see what is going on behind the Apple boot logos, you can also check for Verbose with this option you can see what the problem occur.
When you done, scroll down and select for Boot Mac OS X with selected options and hit ‘Enter’
Make sure to unplug any external devices such as wifi adapter, Ethernet, another usb drive beside usb installer etc.
For conclusion and you to taking note! that every Hackintosh thing is only for FUN and Educational purpose only, If you really love Mac OS X system you should buy a Real Mackintosh by Apple.
Hope this post will help you! And don’t feel hesitate to leave your comment below if you have anything to ask. Ehem! And if you feel this article is useful and you think that I deserve for a cup of coffee. You can donate with PayPal here: Buy me coffee
Good Luck & Regards!
Special Thanks to: myhack.sojugarden.com & osxarena.com for such inspiration how to make a clean and safe vanilla hackintosh.