Installing Mac OS X (Snow Leopard) on VirtualBox 4.2 (with an external bootloader)

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8 Responses to “Installing Mac OS X (Snow Leopard) on VirtualBox 4.2 (with an external bootloader)”

  1. Daniel Says:

    Does all this procedure work for recent MBP retina with ML ?

  2. Darryl Says:

    also curious about success on MBP 17 with Lion…have SL working on partition, but hate having to reboot just to use one stinking app.

  3. quangchien Says:

    I encountered an error after refreshing (F5):
    Darwin/x86 boot v5.0.132 – Chimera v1.11.1 r1394
    Build date: 2012-08-11 13:04:39
    2047MB memory
    EBIOS read error: Error 0x0c
    Block 0x18a96a Sector 0
    EBIOS read error: Error 0x0c
    Block 0x18a96a Sector 0
    (20 such EBIOS error messages in total)

    I wonder if there is any problem with the installation DVD (10.6.3). Has anyone experienced this?

  4. dave Says:

    me too… no work with installation dvd… only works with iso file…

    • quangchien Says:

      Apple might have done something to these new DVDs to disable this iBoot method… The DVD is only ~700MB. Not a full OS. What is this “installation DVD” then? Seems that OS X must be already there in order to use this DVD. Too bad, I think I just have thrown away $20.

  5. James Says:

    When I followed these procedures exactly, my virtual machine didn’t work. After attempting over and over, I accidentally didn’t install the legacy kernel, and every thing seemed to work as expected.So, if your vbox doesn’t work, try excluding the install of the legacy kernel.

    Running Intel i7 Quad Core 8GB Ram

  6. h Says:

    F5 doesn’t work for me, can’t get past there

  7. Scott Sheppard Says:

    Try F6 instead of F5. That worked for me.

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