If you ever want to program an iphone app, nothing you can do but to have a Mac system. But the problem is you can not buy a Mac. The solution is either you can install OSX on Virtual Machine using VMWare. I used to install on VMWare numerous times, it help me much. But the problem is too much eat my resources and become heavy. Another way is to install OSX right onto your PC or laptop. Last time, i successfully installed OSX Lion on my AMD rig and a ATI Radeon connected to HDMI Cable. You should read it here in my blog also if you want.
This time i want to guide you to install Hackintosh OSX Mavericks on ASUS A46CB laptop from USB Drive / Flashdisk. ASUS A46CB / K46C Series is a great laptop with a decent specification. This laptop is medium gaming laptop. I choose this laptop because of this reason. While i am stuck on my programming code, i sometimes play online games, such as WarFare and DoTa 2. With graphics setting almost high-enabled, this laptop has nice graphic result.
Asus A46CB specification:
Processor: Intel Core i5 – 3337U, 1.8GHz
Dual graphics: Intel HD4000 and NVIDIA GEFORCE 740M
ODD: DVD Sup.MTI
Now lets go with our installation.
First, we must prepare our weapon to install this. You need to have this before you go with this installation:
1. Flashdisk/USB Drive, with a minimum size 8GB or more.
2. Niresh Mavericks 10.9.0 image DMG file. You can download it from their official website. Why you need DMG file and not ISO file? Because you need this to make a bootable USB Drive / Flashdisk. Official site: http://www.niresh.co/hackintosh-downloads/file/75-niresh-mac-os-x-mavericks-109-with-amd-intel-usb/
3. Win32DiskImager to copy DMG file to USB Drive.
4. BACKUP YOUR DATA, we do not have responsibility if you loose your data during this Mavericks installation to your PC or Laptop. *Do it with your own risk*. I use My Book Studio from WD to backup my big data. It also compatible with Mac OS X as time machine backup.
Preparing USB Drive / Flashdisk
Plug in your USB Drive and format it. You can use any other Operating System to format. In this tutorial i use Windows. The idea is the same.
First you need to go to Disk Management tool. You can just type “partition” in Run window (press Windows button + R).
Format and name it as you want.
Writing OSX image to USB Drive/Flashdisk
Once USB Drive have been formatted, next step is to copy OSX Mavericks DMG image into USB Drive. Run win32DiskImager , choose the image file and device. And press “Write” button. Wait till it finish.
Once done, you are ready to start Mavericks installation. But, i remind you again to check and backup your data. *Do this with your own risk*
Starting Mavericks Installation
Go to your BIOS Setup. Please check your manual how to get into BIOS Setup. Make your 1st boot option to your flash disk/ USB Drive, save and exit, boot. If you follow the step above carefully, you will then get into bootloader window.
If there is no other OS detected, you will only see one option. Just enter (better to use -v bootflag to see if an error happen and what cause it).
To enter bootflag option, press any key while progress bar showing up.
Luckily, for my ASUS A46C Series didnot need any other bootflag option.
This is some bootflag combination if you have problem to enter the installation step try this one or more combination.
-v GraphicsEnabler=No npci=0x2000
-v -f -x
Post on the comment below if you need any help, and post the error message.
Then, you will be brought to Mavericks installation window. Follow the instruction. Choose Niresh Mavericks.
Preparing device to be installed OSX Mavericks. Choose Disk Utility.
If you want to make more than 1 partition it is up to you. In this tutorial my laptop will only has Mac OSX only so i had it 2 partitions.
After that, choose the device target. The advantages of Niresh Mavericks Distro are you will not need to search and install kext for the approriate one for your laptop. Niresh Distro will handle that for you. They have bundled it with universal kext driver, that mostly run well. If your laptop specification is supported by OSX , then it will be much easier.
On below picture, there a customize button to customize your installation if you want. But the default option is fine.
Waiting the installation…
Once done, you will ask to restart. Press any key to restart or leave it to restart automatically in several seconds.
Go into BIOS and set your Boot Priority to your HDD again. Save and Exit.
You will then will see the chameleon bootloader as default bootloader.
Choose boot from your HDD. In this case my HDD is OSXMavericks.
Include -v bootflag option to check if there is any error. Check some list of error on bottom of this tutorial.
Once any error has solved. You will then will be bring to welcome message. Follow the instruction to finish.
Done. You have hackintosh running smoothly in ASUS A46C series / K46C Series.
Some Known Error / Kernel Panic and How To Solve it:
1. Stuck at IOBluetoothHCIController
You need to remove driver for Intel HD and Nvidia: AppleIntelHD* GeForce* NV*
Boot with -s bootflag
then you will bring to root terminal window
mount -uw /
mv /Volumes/OSXMavericks/System/Library/Extensions/AppleIntelHD* /Volumes/OSXMavericks/backupfolder
mv /Volumes/OSXMavericks/System/Library/Extensions/NV* /Volumes/OSXMavericks/backupfolder
mv /Volumes/OSXMavericks/System/Library/Extensions/GeForce* /Volumes/OSXMavericks/backupfolder
2. Blank Screen
It causes mostly by your VGA card. Start with GraphicsEnabler=No
That’s all the problem that i experienced. If you have any trouble to install it please post it below.
Next, i will post about post installation of Mac OS X Mavericks on Asus A46CB:
1. Enabling Intel HD 4000 full QE/CI enabled.
2. Disable Nvidia GeForce 740M so it can save battery more longer and reduce heat.
3. Fix Sound for ALC270 chipset