Everybody likes to work with Mac OS X on a normal computer without buying the Mac Hardware. If you are one of them, you reached the correct place. This article explains how to install Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard on VirtualBox. We do not need to buy any additional hardware or software for this purpose. This method is only for testing purpose. Do not use as a permanent and production solution.
Mac OS X 10.5.5 installation DVD is not required and this method will work with AMD and Intel processor X 86 computers as well.
If you like to try this VMware preinstalled image on VMware workstation, try this method which we published earlier.
I wanted to try the same Mac OS X image on VirtualBox but faced below two issues.
1) The VMware Image did not boot.
2) Mac OS X admin password did not work once it booted.
I will be explaining how to fix the above issues and install properly in the below steps.
Note: This post originally published back in year 2010 with the older version of VirtualBox and macOS. If you have the latest computer hardware, VirtualBox and macOS, then you can find the updated guides in our this page.
Required Products for Mac OS X 10.5.5 installation.
- Oracle VirtualBox
- Mac OS X 10.5.5 VMware image
- Intel and AMD processor virtualization utility
1) Download the Mac OS X VMware image here. ( it’s a torrent download & size is approx 1.9 GB)
2) Extract the downloaded image by WinRar.
3) Now, Open VirtualBox. Create a new virtual machine with the following configuration.
Operating System – BSD
Version – FreeBSD
MotherBoard Extended Features – Select Enable IO APIC,
Processor Extended Features –Select Enable PAE/NX
Acceleration Hardware Virtualization – Select Enable VT-x/AMD-V
If you can’t see Acceleration tab under system settings, it means hardware virtualization is not enabled on motherboard BIOS. This Mac OS X VMware image works only with hardware virtualization enabled computers.
Allocate memory – Minimum 1GB
Hard disk – Select Existing hard disk and add extracted Mac OS X VMDK file. You can see the hard disk size as 30GB. When adding the Mac VMDK file, attach as ICH6 or PIIX4 only. If you select PIIX3, Mac will hang with booting screen.
4) Here we go; we are ready to start Mac 10.5 VM. Don’t start the virtual machine, because it will not work now. After configured following settings, close VirtualBox application completely and change the XML file. Add the string mentioned in the below step.
5) VirtualBox creates and saves virtual machine’s configurations in an XML file. Normally location is user profile ->.Virtualbox -> machines -> machine name.
Edit the XML file and add
<ExtraDataItem name=”VBoxInternal2/SupportExtHwProfile” value=”on” />
My Mac OS X XML file looks like below,
If you are facing difficulty to start Mac OS X after above changes, open the XML file and make sure the added line exists. Because sometimes when the VirtualBox services are running, the XML change will not be saved properly.
6) If the Mac OS virtual machine booting screen stuck as below, I’m sure something wrong with hardware virtualization.
7) Mac admin password with for Mac OS X Vmware image is Xelabo, as hinted below.
8) Now start the virtual machine, I’m sure you can see a working Mac OS X 10.5.5 leopard on VirtualBox.
9) As you could see in the above screen, the network is working fine within the image. I can ping to my host Windows computer from Mac OS X. I set up ‘Host-only’ network.
To use this method, the hardware virtualization in BIOS and Acceleration Hardware Virtualization – Enable VT-x/AMD-V in VirtualBox should be enabled.
You can verify the enabled hardware virtualization in motherboard BIOS here.
That’s it. Installation is done. Unfortunately, we can’t install the VirtualBox guest additions or change the screen resolutions.
Problems and Solutions
I demonstrated these installation steps on my PC which was with the following configuration (Remember: it was done in 2010).
- Intel Core2duo 2.66GHz
- 3GB RAM
- P35 Intel Chipset.
If the VM stuck with Mac logo (without loading arrows), then check the following settings.
- Enable IO APIC and VT-x
- Enable PAE/NX, make processors numbers 1
- You can Try Enabling Nested Paging. (it worked for me without enabling it, but one user said it worked for him after enabled)
- IDE Controller ICH6
- Close VirtualBox completely and open the XML file to make sure extra string is there.
- Still, it hangs? Shutdown the virtual machine and restart several times. It will work (Don’t ask me why).
If stuck with Mac logo (with loading arrows), then check the following settings
- Enable VT-x
- Check BIOS whether hardware virtualization is enabled.
- Run virtualization detecting tools to make sure that host OS is detecting hardware virtualization. Because in some PCs, even when VT is enabled in BIOS the OS will not detect.
- Close VirtualBox completely and check the XML.
As this guide was done with the older versions, you can use the same VMware preinstalled image of Mac OS 10.5.5 without modifying ting the XML file on latest Oracle VirtualBox. It is better to virtualize and use the latest version of macOS rather than trying 10-year-old product except you have some specific reason for that.