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MacOS X on VirtualBox

Friday, November 5th, 2010

I've been trying to get MacOS X working on VirtualBox for a while now, and it never worked due to some ACPI problems. The latest versions of VirtualBox have added MacOS X Server as a guest possibility, and it also seems to have fixed some problems with running the normal Mac OS X.

I got this working on the following hardware/software. If your hardware/software differs, your mileage may vary:

Here are the instructions:

Okay, now you'll have to through the settings and match them to the following settings:

The rest of the settings do not seem to matter, at least for getting MacOS X to boot succefully. To recap:

IMPORTANT: You MAY have to boot Mac OS X with the -v boot option. Directly after starting up the Virtual Machine, hit enter and at the boot: prompt, enter -v. I had to do this the first time to get Mac OS X successfully booted. After the first successful boot, it doesn't seem necessary anymore. Safe-mode may also help in case of problems.

The Mac OS X image I linked to at the top of this post has its language set to Russian. Here's a nice blog post about how to change it, including screenshots.