First Hackintosh Project – OS X ElCapitan

As you know I’m an engineer so I’m using windows as my primary operating system and a lot of 3D modeling softwares are not available for Mac. I started editing videos few months back for my YouTube channel and some clients so I thought that maybe I should try the OS X with Final Cut Pro and see how the rendering times are as compared to Premier Pro on Windows. I also wanted to install some 3D Rendering softwares on Mac for speed and rendering time comparison. Unfortunately I didn’t have a Macbook Pro at that time. So Hackintosh was the only possible way I could get all these software packages.

SYSTEM SPECS

Intel Core i7 4790K MSI Z97S Krait SLI Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 GamingCorsair 16GB DDR3 Intel SSD 128GB  Transend SSD 370 256GB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Seagate 1TBDELL P2314H

Pre requisites

1. Register at tonymacx86! If you don’t have a user account, create one!
2. Get latest UniBeast and MultiBeast tools from the downloads section.
3. Purchase a 16GB or larger USB drive.
4. Do a full backup of your system. Use a separate HDD or SSD for installation.

UniBeast is a tool that creates a bootable installer out of your downloaded version of macOS.

Note In order to start fresh, you’ll need access to a functional computer running OS X Lion 10.7.5 or later. This is a requirement, as you need access to the Mac App Store to download macOS and create the installation drive.

Complete Guide for Installing OS X El Capitan

STEP 1: Download OS X El Capitan

The full operating system is a free download for anyone.

Download the Application from the Mac App Store using your Apple ID on any Mac or functional computer running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

Open Mac App Store
Log in with your Apple ID
Download OS X El Capitan

Note The Application Install OS X El Capitan will appear in /Applications.

STEP 2: Create a Bootable USB Drive with UniBeast

Insert the USB drive
Open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
Highlight the USB drive in left column
Click on the Partition tab
Click Current and choose 1 Partition
Click Options…
Choose GUID Partition Table
Under Name: type USB (You can rename it later)
Under Format: choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Click Apply then Partition
Download and run UniBeast
Click Continue, Continue, Continue, Continue, Agree
At Destination Select, choose USB and click Continue
At Select OS Installation screen choose El Capitan and click Continue
At Bootloader Options screen choose UEFI Boot Mode or Legacy Boot Mode
(Optional) At Graphics Configuration screen choose the appropriate graphics option for your system and click Continue.
Verify installation options, then click Continue, enter password and click Install
UniBeast will now create the bootable USB drive. The process will only take about 10 minutes, depending on system and drive speed. Do not unplug or stop during this time.
Drag MultiBeast to your completed USB drive.

 

Clover Note  UniBeast delivers basic bootloader support based on our testing on recommended CustoMac systems. For further bootloader customization, download and run the official Clover package. Advanced users may also compile Clover by downloading the full source.

STEP 3: Recommended BIOS Settings

Note If you’re installing on a recommended CustoMac desktop with AMI UEFI BIOS, the options are simple. For other systems make sure to set your BIOS to Optimized Defaults, and your hard drive to AHCI mode. Here are standard MSI AMI UEFI BIOS.

To access BIOS/UEFI Setup, press and hold Delete on a USB Keyboard while the system is booting up
Load Optimized Defaults
Disable VT-d
Disable CFG-Lock
Disable Secure Boot Mode
Save and exit.

STEP 4: Install OS X El Capitan

You’re almost done! All you need to do is boot from the USB drive and install!

For best results, insert the USB in a USB 2.0 port.

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device (F11)
3. Choose USB
4. At Clover boot screen, choose Boot Mac OS X from USB
5. When you arrive at the Installer, choose language.

If you have issues reaching the installer, first make sure you’re using a USB 2.0 port. If you’re using a NVIDIA graphics card you may need to enter the extra boot flag nv_disable=1 to reach the installer. For instructions on entering boot flags see Clover Basics and Switching Advice.

6. For a new installation of OS X, you MUST erase and format the destination drive according to the following steps before continuing.

a. In the top menu bar choose Utilities, and open Disk Utility
b. Highlight your target drive for the El Capitan installation in left column.
c. Click Erase button
d. For Name: type El Capitan (You can rename it later)
e. For Format: choose OS X Extended (Journaled)
f. For Scheme: choose GUID Partition Map
g. Click Erase
h. Close Disk Utility

7. When the installer asks you where to install, choose El Capitan, or your existing install.
8. Upon completion, the system will automatically restart.

STEP 5: Post Installation with MultiBeast

MultiBeast is an all-in-one post-installation tool designed to enable boot from hard drive, and install support for Audio, Network, and Graphics. The installation is complete, but the drive isn’t bootable yet. Boot from the USB again, this time choosing El Capitan.

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device
3. Choose USB
4. At the Boot Screen, choose your new El Capitan installation.
5. Complete OS X El Capitan setup
6. Open and run MultiBeast. If your system requires installing Clover to the root of the drive, such as Gigabyte 6 Series and X58 systems, skip to STEP 6.
7. If this is a fresh installation, click Quick Start. UEFI Boot Mode is recommended for 7/8/9+ Series CustoMac desktops and all UEFI capable systems. Legacy Boot Mode is recommended for 5/6 Series CustoMac desktops and all BIOS based systems.  (Check FAQS)
8. Choose the appropriate audio and network options for your system:
9. Click Customize for further options
10. Click Print or Save to back up your configuration
11. Click Build then Install

If using a NVIDIA ‘Maxwell’ GeForce GTX 750, 750 Ti, 950, 960, 970, 980, 980 Ti, or TITAN X graphics card, OS X graphics drivers are not natively supported. Alternate NVIDIA drivers are required.

12. (Optional) Download and install Alternate NVIDIA Graphics Drivers
13. Reboot

You now have a fully updated bootable version of OS X El Capitan on your CustoMac! And a USB rescue drive if something goes wrong.

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