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Hackintosh Apple OS X Installation Tools: UniBeast and MultiBeast

Configuring OS X with MultiBeast

At this point we’ve successfully installed OS X on the hard disk, but the hard disk isn’t bootable (remember that we initially booted off the USB key, then selected the hard disk to continue the boot process), and some features, such as sound, aren’t working. We’ll use MultiBeast to address these deficits.

The Finder is the program that controls the display of the Mac desktop– it’s the Mac equivalent of Windows Explorer. For some reason, its default configuration is not to show mounted devices on the desktop, so the first thing we’ll do is fix that. Select Preferences from the Finder menu:

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You’ll see this new window:

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Make sure the first three check boxes are checked as shown in this image. Click the red “gum drop” at the upper left of the window to close it. You should now see your hard disk(s) and the USB key on your desktop at the right edge of the screen. If you followed the instructions in the previous section, MultiBeast will be on your USB key. Double-click the USB key icon to open it, and double-click on MultiBeast to run it. Click Continue to get past the various copyright and information screens until you see this:

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Click on the “disclosure triangles” by the Drivers and Bootloaders and Customization settings, which will reveal additional options. Make the selections shown in the image below (Note: the MultiBeast settings and edits to the org.chameleon.boot.plist file in this article are specific to the ASUS P8H77-I motherboard with an NVIDIA Kepler-series video card):

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We’re using MultiBeast to do two things:

  1. Install the patched boot loader code to the hard disk so that you can actually boot from it directly, and
  2. Installing audio and Ethernet drivers.

Fortunately we don’t have to worry about graphics since OS X Mountain Lion has native drivers for most NVIDIA Kepler and Fermi family video cards.

Note: If you’re using an SSD as your boot disk, you’d also want to install the Trim Enabler patch under Disk.

Once you’ve made the selections shown, click the Continue button to apply them. The network support is via a third party Realtek driver, which will automatically launch its own installer:

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Fortunately this sub-installer operates exactly as you’d expect: simply click the Continue button, select the “Release Version” (unless you’re feeling adventurous), and click Continue again to install it.

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Once this installer completes, you’ll be back at the MultiBeast screen. Then click the Close button to quit MultiBeast. But don’t reboot just yet…there’s another touch of editing we have to do first.

org.chameleon.boot.plist

MultiBeast created a folder on the root level of your hard drive named Extra.

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Inside this folder is an XML file named org.chameleon.boot.plist. This is a “parameter list” file of instructions that the Chameleon boot loader (which was installed as part of the EasyBeast option you chose in MultiBeast) processes at boot time. We need to make a minor change to this file. Double-click on this file to open it, and make the change indicated here in red:

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We’re specifically disabling the GraphicsEnabler function since Mountain Lion has native drivers for our NVIDIA card.

After you close and save this file, unmount the USB key by dragging its icon on the desktop to the trash can on the dock (which will change to an Eject button as you drag), and then select Restart from the Apple menu at the upper left hand corner of the screen to reboot the system.

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