Those days are over !
Fortunately, tonymacx86 developed iBoot + MultiBeast...
So, let's download what we need:
- tonymacx86's iBoot: This Bootable CD image will let us boot and start the installer from the OS X Snow Leopard DVD.
Depending on our Graphics card, we should pick either the iBoot nVidia, or the iBoot ATI.
It's also possible to use the iBoot Supported, which includes a Vanilla Kernel for supported processors (i3, i5, i7).
- Mac OS X Update: Earlier Snow Leopard disks included the 10.6.0 version, while the last ones ship with 10.6.3.
If yours is the 10.6.0, you'll want to download the Mac OS X 10.6.4 Combo Update, which includes all point releases.
But if you have the newer 10.6.3, you can save some bandwidth, and download the Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update.
- tonymacx86's MultiBeast: tonymacx86's wonderful post-intallation utility.
MultiBeast allows to easily customize an OSX installation, adding needed kexts and configuration files.
- DSDT: One of the advantages of using a DSDT is that it makes your hardware "look" more friendly/Mac-like to OS X drivers, allowing for a more Vanilla (with less extraneous kexts) installation.
You can extract and edit your own DSDT, or download a pre-edited one from tonymacx86 DSDT database.
I contributed edits for the GA-P55M-UD4, so those are readily available in the database.
Let's do it !
- Unpack iBoot, and burn the iso image to a CD-R (Some users reported problems with some CD-RW disks and DVDs)
- Save the Mac OS X 10.6.4 update to a USB Stick
- Unpack MultiBeast, and save it to a USB Stick
- Save the downloaded DSDT to the USB Stick
In Part Two, we'll start the actual OS X installation...