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Although unrelated to systems administration, I wanted to share some instructions for getting Mac OS X 10.9.2+ installed on a specific set of PC parts (mostly the motherboard). Your milage may vary.  I am not responsible for any issues you come across!

This article assumes you have the following components in your PC:

  • GA-Z87-D3HP
  • i5 4670
  • Geforce GTX 660

The type of processor should not be much of an issue (i3, i5 or i7), however, your installation may vary depending on the graphics card.

This article uses TonyMacX86’s guides and software to get everything working properly. You will need a USB drive of at least 8 GB in capacity and a Mac to install the OS installer onto the USB Drive.

If you have more than 1 monitor, unplug the others from your graphics card so you only have 1 in use. (They must be unplugged from the back of the graphics card and not simply turned off or unplugged from the back of the monitor.)

Start by following the guide here up until step 3:
http://www.tonymacx86.com/374-unibeast-install-os-x-mavericks-any-supported-intel-based-pc.html

Make sure VT-d is disabled in the BIOS/UEFI. This is important! If your CPU does not support VT-d, the option may not be shown.

Turn on your PC with the Mac OS X installer USB attached and press F12 on your keyboard when booting up to choose the Boot Device. Select your USB Drive.

Before pressing Enter to get into the Installer, type in:
-x
and hit Enter.

You should successfully reach the installer. If you’re having difficulty, you may need to pass additional flags before starting the installer. There is more information on this in the Unibeast Install guide provided above.

In the top menu of the installer, choose Utilities, then Disk Utility.
Highlight your target hard drive for the Mavericks installation in left column.
Click Partition tab
Click Current and choose 1 Partition
Click Options…
Choose GUID Partition Method
Under Name: type Mavericks (You can rename it later)
Under Format: choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Click Apply then Partition
Close Disk Utility

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

Press F12 to select your Boot Device and select the USB installer again.

Instead of selecting the Mac OS X Installer, select the installation, type:
-x
and hit Enter.

Your computer should successfully boot and lead you to the Welcome setup. Once you reach the desktop, open Safari and download the Multibeast software for Mavericks from tonymacx86.com.

When you run Multibeast, click Quick Start.
Select DSDT Free then click Drivers next to Quick Start.
Select the following:
Audio > Realtec ALCxxx > Without DSDT > Realtec ALC892 (with HDAEnabler)
Miscellaneous > FakeSMC Plug-ins
Network > Intel – hnak’s AppleIntelE1000e v.2.5.4d

Then click Build. When that finishes, restart your computer.

This time, don’t press F12, simply let your computer boot.

If you see a Boot0 error, then restart your computer, press F12 to boot from your USB installer. If your computer boots successfully, then you can skip the following set of instructions.

Select the Mac OS X Installer (not your installation), type:
-x
and hit Enter.

In the top menu of the installer, choose Utilities, then Disk Utility.
Select your Mavericks partition on the left hand side, click Info and determine where your hard drive is. You should either see next to Disk Identifier:
disk0
or
disk1
or some other number. Take note of this number. Close out of the Info window and press Unmount to unmount your Mavericks partition.

Close Disk Utility. In the top menu of the installer, choose Utilities, then Terminal. Type in the following into the terminal. You will need to replace the X with the number you noted early in Disk Utility. Keep ‘s2’ added at the end:

If it was done correctly, you should see:
2+0 records in
2+0 records out
1024 bytes transferred in 0.752319 secs (1361 bytes/sec)
with the seconds and bytes differing from the above. If not, then the command was not entered correctly or you entered the incorrect disk.

Exit terminal (Terminal > Quit), then restart your computer. Your computer should now boot properly without the need to enter any flags. Rejoice when everything appears to be working properly when you are booted into Mac OS X.

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