Build­ing an Ivy Bridge Hack­in­tosh - The In­stal­la­tion

The BannerNow that all the com­po­nents were in­stalled in the case, I turned my Hack­in­tosh on and had to see that the BIOS was al­ways freez­ing right at the be­gin­ning when the GTX 660 Ti was in­serted. I al­ready wanted to give the card back and buy an­other model but then I found out that this is a com­mon prob­lem which can be solved by up­dat­ing the BIOS to a newer ver­sion. Af­ter down­load­ing and in­stalling the firmware ver­sion F9 the boot went just fine.

Installing Mac OS X

As I could­n't buy Mac OS X Moun­tain Lion on the App Store from my old Mac Pro be­cause of some com­pat­i­bil­ity prob­lems which I al­ready men­tioned in my first ar­ti­cle I down­loaded Mac OS X Lion from the App Store first and trans­ferred it onto my USB stick us­ing the UniBeast Lion tool by Tony­macx86 (you have to reg­is­ter on his web­site to get ac­cess to his down­loads). Af­ter plug­ging my USB stick into the new Hack­in­tosh and boot­ing off it by press­ing F12 and se­lect­ing the USB stick, I came into the boot­loader where I could se­lect the Mac OS X Lion in­staller. I booted the in­staller with the boot­flag -x - it dis­ables all ad­vanced dri­vers and ker­nel ex­ten­sions which are not needed for the in­staller to boot - and in­stalled Mac OS X Lion onto my first SSD. The in­stal­la­tion took about 15 min­utes and af­ter that I was able to boot into Mac OS X Lion by us­ing the -x boot­flag again. From there, I could down­load the Mac OS X Moun­tain Lion im­age and re­peat the whole in­stal­la­tion process us­ing the new im­age. Af­ter I booted into Mac OS X Moun­tain Lion, I down­loaded and started Multi­Beast to in­stall the dri­vers needed for all of the hard­ware to work fine with the op­er­at­ing sys­tem. For the op­tions I used tkrotof­f's ar­ti­cle about how to get Mac OS X work­ing with the Z77-DS3H moth­er­board. I also mod­i­fied the BIOS set­tings like he rec­om­mended. The installation options of MultiBeastNow when I turn on my Hack­in­tosh, it boots straight into Mac OS X with­out any er­rors and every­thing works just fine ex­cept for the USB 3.0 ports. I haven't found out how to get them work­ing but that's ok for me as I don't own any USB 3.0 de­vices. It could also be that the USB 3.0 ports only work when a USB 3.0 de­vice is plugged in. This seems to be a com­mon phe­nom­e­non with OS­x86 sys­tems. Now that every­thing was in­stalled I down­loaded and in­stalled the fol­low­ing es­sen­tial soft­ware:

Now I can use my Hack­in­tosh as if it is a real Mac. For me, there are no draw­backs at the mo­ment and I can use it with­out any lim­i­ta­tion. My Mac OS X DesktopAs this is a Hackin­tosh, I wanted to mod­ify the sys­tem in­for­ma­tion page to match my real PC con­fig­u­ra­tion. I found a lit­tle tu­to­r­ial over at the Tony­macx86 fo­rums that ex­plains how to mod­ify the "About this Mac" win­dow. Now my con­fig­u­ra­tion in­for­ma­tion looks like this: My "About this mac" window

Installing Windows

As I also want to play some games on my Hack­in­tosh and run some pro­grams that are not com­pat­i­ble with Mac OS X, I in­stalled Win­dows 8. For the in­stal­la­tion I had to dis­con­nect every hard drive ex­cept for the SSD that I wanted to in­stall Win­dows on as oth­er­wise there would be an er­ror in the setup which would pre­vent me from in­stalling Win­dows. Af­ter the in­stal­la­tion I in­stalled the dri­vers for my nVidia graph­ics card and the GeForce Ex­pe­ri­ence App to op­ti­mize the games I play. I also in­stalled the Star­dock Suite to cus­tomize the look and feel of Win­dows and to bring back the good old start menu but­ton. Now, every­thing is in­stalled and run­ning and my Hack­in­tosh is com­plete. I hope that this ar­ti­cle se­ries helped you a bit on build­ing your own Hack­in­tosh if you tried to. If you have any ques­tions or tips con­cern­ing this ar­ti­cle se­ries, just leave them in the com­ments field be­low.