creating preconfigured installation image for easier installation?

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  1. ashleycox

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    Mar 11, 2013 #1
    ashleycox

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    Hi all,
    Since I built my i7-based pc (ga-Z77X-UD3H, i7 3770), i've wanted to build a hackintosh. However, I'm completely blind, which makes completing certain steps difficult.
    Therefore I was wondering... would it be possible to create a mountain lion preinstall image that contained all the necessary kexts, drivers, etc etc for my system, that would simply boot right up and install? I know that there are several OSx86 distributions available for older versions of OSX, so would it be possible to create something similar for this system?
    if so... where do I start?
    Thanks for any help/suggestions!
     
  2. seerwright

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    May 6, 2013 #2
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    I'm sure that would be possible given very specific hardware, but the nature of osx86 is such that you *must* do at least some tinkering. It's one of those things where it would be worth a smile and two raised eyebrows if it worked, but you shouldn't expect it. (And I don't know where you would get a prebuilt image.) That said, if you go with the most compatible hardware and follow the steps on this site, you should have success without too much frustration. Then again, I can't imagine what it would be like to use a computer blind, let alone try to install one from scratch - kudos to you for being able to do this.

    In case it helps, here is an overview of the steps along with my opinion of the frustration involved:
    1. Making a boot USB with OSX. This works like a champ. Buy the OS, get Unibeast, find a 8GB+ thumb drive, and wait for the thing to run.
    2. Boot up and install. I've seen posts where people run into trouble booting, but I've never had a problem. I think this is low frustration for most people.
    3. First time booting to OSX. As long as you remember that you don't have a bootloader, you're good! Just hit DEL (or whatever) to get to the boot menu and choose USB-HDD. Then select your computer when presented with an option with where to boot. It's easy if it works. But you might get a kernel panic, in which case you've got some research to do. I think this is also where you'll have the most trouble with a prebuilt image.
    4. Once you're in, do post-install with Multibeast. The big things here are getting network, audio, video, and App Store working.

    Being blind, I'd think step #3 would be the hardest just because you might be out of the comfort of a GUI and any accessibility tools you use for getting around the machine. I'm clueless there though. Maybe that's not an issue at all.

    Good luck with your foray in osx86. I have to say it is very rewarding actually getting it working. I've been using my machine for well over a year as a daily computing machine. I do development, office stuff, watch movies, play games, etc. It's great.
     
  3. beelzebozo

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    May 6, 2013 #3
    beelzebozo

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    Please read the forum rules:

    http://www.tonymacx86.com/faq.php

    Then read this:

    http://www.tonymacx86.com/43-simplest-mac-os-x-installation-guide.html

    You would need to do something similar in this guide in order to have a system that we can help you with.

    http://www.tonymacx86.com/340-snow-leopard-mountain-lion-ivy-bridge-installation-video-guide.html
     

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