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UniBeast: Install OS X Mavericks on Any Supported Intel-based PC

Adrian B

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I Have Problem Booting OSX 10.9 Mavericks, Stuck On Apple Logo
If In Verbose Mode ( Blank BLACK Screen , No Error Messages )
I Have Tried All Bootflag Combinations

OSX Yosemite, ElCapitan, Sierra Works Fine, But I Need 10.9 For Some Reason ( ProTools )

My Config Is
6th Gen Intel Core i7-6700
ASUS Z170-K
GSkills RipJaws 16GB DDR4 x2
Your hardware will not work with an older version of OS X like Mavericks or Yosemite as Apple OS X/ macOS only has support if you are using El Capitan (10.11.5) or Sierra on Z170 hardware.

Both Z87 and Z97 hardware is the most recent hardware that is able to use Mavericks:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/build-recommendations-for-older-versions-of-os-x-using-older-chipsets.141225/
 
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Is it possible to "upgrade" my mainboard from GA-Z68x to GA-Z77x ?
Is there an easy way to mount the starting HDD with MacOS 10.9.5 from the "old" to the "new" mainboard and, perhaps, use Multibeast (or UniBeast?) on a starting USB stick to make any necessary changes (perhaps any specific DSDT.aml for GA-Z77x-d3h ???). I am looking for a fast solution - I think not many tried to "upgrade" the mainboard without a complete new install - right?

PS: sorry for asking perhaps a very stupid question: I am currently not sure, where these changes will take place, probably on the mainboard, so it may not make any sense to try this: could I use Multibeast "in advance", I mean still on the Z68x-board, to better make any changes for the Z77x-board. I am currently confused about all this, since it is a while ago that I had setup the Z68 system (and rarely ever worked with it).
 
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I know this is almost 5 years later, but I cannot find a mavericks download anywhere!! Ive got a dell 9010 with the i7 processor. Im on a 2011 macbook pro running sierra
 
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I know this is almost 5 years later, but I cannot find a mavericks download anywhere!! Ive got a dell 9010 with the i7 processor. Im on a 2011 macbook pro running sierra
You can only get Mavericks if you had downloaded it when it was available years ago, before it was pulled for newer editions of the OS. It would then be under your purchased tab in the MAS. You can still get El Capitan if that would be helpful to you.
https://itunes.apple.com/app/os-x-el-capitan/id1147835434?mt=12
 

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The following guide is a complete walkthrough to installing or updating to the latest version of OS X. It requires no experience and all of the necessary installation and post-installation tools are available on tonymacx86.com.

UniBeast is a tool that creates a bootable installer out of your downloaded version of OS X. In order to start fresh, you'll need access to a functional computer running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later. This is a requirement, as you need access to the Mac App Store to download OS X and create the installation drive. To start from scratch, booting the 10.6 Snow Leopard Retail DVD directly, check out iBoot + MultiBeast.


UniBeast Overview

1. Download the OS X Mavericks Application from the Mac App Store
2. Prepare a UniBeast USB flash drive
3. Install OS X Mavericks
4. Install the bootloader and drivers using MultiBeast


Before You Begin

1. Register here at tonymacx86.com. If you don't have a user account, create one!
2. Get our latest MultiBeast and UniBeast tools from the downloads section.
3. Purchase a 8GB or larger USB drive.

STEP 1: Download OS X Mavericks

The full operating system is a free download for anyone who has purchased Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion. 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.

1. Open Mac App Store
2. Log in with your Apple ID
3. Download OS X Mavericks

The Application Install OS X Mavericks will appear in /Applications.

STEP 2: Create a Bootable USB Drive with UniBeast

Take a deep breath and take your time- this is pretty simple, but it's easy to miss things if you rush. Follow each step to the letter.

1. Insert the USB drive
2. Open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
3. Highlight the USB drive in left column
4. Click on the Partition tab
5. Click Current and choose 1 Partition
6. Click Options...
7. Choose Master Boot Record
8. Under Name: type USB (You can rename it later)
9. Under Format: choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
10. Click Apply then Partition
11. Download and run UniBeast
12. Click Continue, Continue, Continue, Agree
13. At Destination Select, choose USB and click Continue
14. If using a Socket 1156 system without Rate Matching Hub (RMH) USB choose Legacy USB Support
15. If using a laptop, choose Laptop Support
16. Click Continue
17. Enter password and click Install
UniBeast will now create the bootable USB drive. The process will only take about 10-15 minutes, depending on system and drive speed, but will show hours. This is normal. Do not unplug or stop during this time.

18. Drag MultiBeast to your completed USB drive.

STEP 3: Recommended UEFI Settings

If you're installing on a recommended CustoMac desktop with AMI UEFI, the options are simple. For other systems make sure to set your BIOS or UEFI to Optimized Defaults, and your hard drive to AHCI mode. Award BIOS settings are listed here.

1. To access BIOS/UEFI Setup, press and hold Delete on a USB Keyboard while the system is booting up
2. Set to Optimized Defaults.
3. (Optional) Set X.M.P. Memory Profile to Profile1
4. If your CPU supports VT-d, disable it
5. Save and exit.

For best results with the latest 8-series motherboards and Haswell CPUs, remove all but 1 stick of RAM for the installation process. You can put back extra RAM sticks after post-installation is finished.

STEP 4: Install OS X Mavericks

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

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device
  • If you have a Gigabyte motherboard press F12
  • If you have a ASUS motherboard, press F8
3. Choose USB-HDD
4. At the Chimera Boot Screen, choose USB and hit Enter

If you have trouble reaching the installer, type -x at the Boot screen as shown below. You can type the boot flags GraphicsEnabler=Yes, maxmem=4096, PCIRootUID=1, PCIRootUID=0, and npci=0x2000 by themselves or together in order to solve boot issues for older graphics cards and machines. Type -v to bypass the Apple boot screen and enter verbose startup mode. For further explanations of boot flags, check out the post here. Also, if you need help with what to use for your graphics card, see the post here.


5. When you arrive at the Installer, choose language.

6. For a new installation of OS X, you MUST erase and format the destination drive according to the following steps before continuing. If you are upgrading from Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion and you want to keep your files and apps, skip steps a-j.
a. In the top menu bar choose Utilities, and open Disk Utility
b. Highlight your target hard drive for the Mavericks installation in left column.
c. Click Partition tab
d. Click Current and choose 1 Partition
e. Click Options...
f. Choose GUID Partition Method
g. Under Name: type Mavericks (You can rename it later)
h. Under Format: choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
i. Click Apply then Partition
j. Close Disk Utility

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

STEP 5: Post-Installation Using 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. In addition it includes System Utilities to repair permissions and a collection of drivers and config files. The installation is complete, but the drive isn't bootable yet. Boot from the USB again, this time choosing Mavericks.

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device
  • If you have a Gigabyte motherboard press F12
  • If you have a ASUS motherboard, press F8
3. Choose USB-HDD
4. At the Chimera Boot Screen, choose your new Mavericks installation.
5. Complete Mac OS X Mavericks setup
6. Open and run MultibeastView attachment 703347. Click Quick Start to choose EasyBeast, UserDSDT, or DSDT-Free
8. Click Drivers for Audio, Graphics, and Network options
9. Click Customize for further options
10. Click Print or Save to back up your configuration
11. Click Build then Install
12. Restart computer to complete installation

Yay! You now have a fully updated bootable version of OS X Mavericks on your CustoMac! And a super handy USB rescue drive. It's easy to get frustrated, but don't give up! If you get stuck, there are many users with similar hardware in the tonymacx86 Forum to provide support. Special thanks to everyone in the community, and our moderators for testing!

If you've had success using this guide, consider a contribution to help keep the sites going. We're constantly updating and tweaking our tools to help you. Good luck and have fun!

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Hi,
I have a dell inspiron 1525 core2duo with 4gb ram and 500gb HD i am trying to get install but i get error on pc configuration ... can you help pl BTW i have installed Lion 10.7.2 on the same laptop. Error Snap attached..
Thanks
 

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Adrian B

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UniBeast is designed for desktop hardware installation. It isn't supported for Laptops. Your hardware (Dell Inspiron core2duo) doesn't support macOS.
 
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