Mac OS X Snow Leopard on Intel i3,i5 and i7 Processors With VirtualBox

Snow Leopard on Intel i3,i5 i7 processors

Installing Mac OS X Snow Leopard on latest Intel i3 and i5 processors with VirtualBox is slightly difficult job than installing on older processors. Our readers reported several failure attempts by earlier methods on i series. Already two posts published to solve this issue. This post just to summarize the both methods to install Mac OS X Snow Leopard on Intel i3,i5 and i7 processors with VirtualBox on your desktop or laptop computers.

I’m not showing any installation steps here, but existing articles will be useful here. As you must aware, VirtualBox doesn’t support Mac guest officially. It’s built-in EFI loader doesn’t work with original retail installation medium. Therefore, we have to use third party boot loaders to start up the installation and boot OS from installed disk normally. When these boot loaders unable to identify or communicate to physical latest Intel processors , we get problem.

The following steps go with two latest boot loaders specifically designed for i3,i5 and i7 processors to install Snow Leopard on desktop or laptop.

Get the original Snow Leopard retail DVD

1) Install with iBoot Boot loader for i3 and i5 processors.

This is a famous boot loader to install Snow Leopard physically on local hard disk, which will allow to have multi boot option with other existing Operating Systems on i series processors. Here, we use the same iBoot to install on virtualization platform. It works better.

The developer of this products confirms it works on i series. The original boot loader available for download with more information here.

I have explained step by step to use iBoot with VirtualBox to install Snow Leopard on i3 and i5 intel processors. This can be updated to 10.6.4 also.

Snow Leopard on Intel i3,i5 i7 processors

MultiBeast to be installed after the OS X installation to boot directly from installed hard disk.

Snow Leopard on Intel i3,i5 i7 processors

More steps available here.

2) Install with EmpireEFI boot loader.

Developer released updated version for Intel i3 and i5 including mobile processors. Older EmpireEFI worked well on core2duo and dual core processors. You can try this if above method one fails. There are some issues on this installation which mentioned in this post.

Snow Leopard on Intel i3,i5 i7 processors

Installation guide is available here.

3) This is an optional and I’m not sure it will work.

Please share your experience on this.

The above two methods can be used to install vanilla kernel (original Snow Leopard installation) without any hacks or hackintosh versions on i3 and i5 computers. This method is available to install hackintosh version of Snow Leopard 10.6.2 Intel AMD by Hazard on VirtualBox. This ISO works without any boot loaders, which means, you do not need to use iBoot or EmpireEFI. The built in VirtualBox EFI boot loader managed to start up the installation from ISO and boot the OS from installed hard disk later.

Therefore, this may work on i3, i5 and i7 processors as longs as VirtualBox EFI boot loader works well. I suggest to use this way only if the above two methods failed.

desktop virtualization software

Read the original post to use Hazard on VirtualBox

Unfortunately, I can’t test and confirm any of the methods on Intel i series processors, because I don’t have it. But, comments from these posts and developers’ blogs shows these methods should work mostly.

Feel free to share your success and failure stories. Let’s help others by specifying your system configuration also.

Have Fun.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

21 thoughts on “Mac OS X Snow Leopard on Intel i3,i5 and i7 Processors With VirtualBox”

  1. Have successfully installed snow Leopard Hazard 10.6.2 on Virtual Box 3.2 on my Dell 8100 with i7 processor. No problems with standard install.
    Alas no sound and standard screen resolution 1024 *768 yet, but will keep trying.
    Will also try update to 10.6.4

  2. hi all…
    I just installed the Vanilla Kernal Mac OSx 10.6.0 through iBoot
    it just went well. after installation i updated to 10.6.5 and i installed Multibeast , then restarted it boots and works welll…

    I still have two problem on it
    1.that is head set audio output is not there
    2.when i shutdown it shuts down no problem , after shutdown it switching on automatically after 10 seconds..

    my machine configuration are

    Intel i3 530
    2Gb ram
    Intel 55TC mother board
    NVDIA G force 8600 GT 512 MB graphics card

  3. i would like to install mac osx in to my intel i5 650 MY mothrboard is dh55tc, 4GB RAM. 500GB HD,HOW can i do it

  4. I don’t understand. I got the Snow Leopard DVD and installed on VirtualBox and it works flawlessly. All I did was unchecking “Enable EFI” box. My pc is dell xps w/ i7 processor. Why should I need iboot loader?

  5. I installed snow leopard 10.6.1 on virtualbox 4.0.4.
    its working fine, but cant find solution to few problems
    1).cant access any of my USB devices
    2).does not detect my inbuilt webcam and mic
    3).display is fixed to 1024×768

    please tell me how to solve these peoblems

  6. Actually, you can install OS X (up to 10.6.8) on the Lenovo G560 (i3 Core) so you don’t need Virtualbox for it. I found instructions here:

    After I made it work on the laptop I dumped Windows 7. Now it’s only OS X Snow Leopard.

  7. I am at a loss, I believe I have tried every tutorial on this website and still cannot get Snow Leopard running via VB, I have an HP Touchsmart Tm2 with I3 intel core. to my knowledge I meet all the hardware criteria, have downloaded all the appropiate software, have an original retail install dvd, all for nothing right now…

    Can anyone shed some light on this for me?

  8. Thank you very much… last night I tried this tutorial on my i5 Sandy bridge Series(i5 2400) PC with iBoot 3 on vb 4 and it’s just go fine. I’ll try on my notebook latter 🙂

  9. I’ve successfully run the procedure using MultiBeast, on the following configuration:

    – Vanilla Snow Leopard 10.6
    – VirtualBox 4.1.x
    – i7 2720QM on a Lenovo W520.

    I’ve specified the “magic string” (pleasedontsteal…) in the virtual machine configuration.
    The system runs fine, with a 64-bit virtual machine, with 4 cores.

    Updating the machine to 10.6.2 completely broke the system, though (even re-installing MultiBeast).

  10. I installed Mac Lion with Chameleon on my PC ( Intel i7, nvidia Gt 420M 1GB, 4GB ram) in VB and it installs and said reboot PC to complete installation. When I closed VB and stated it again it still comes up with need to reboot to finish installation.
    Help would be appreciated.

  11. i have dell inspiron n5010 with i3 ,320 gb hard disk and 3 gb ram can i install mac on it…………
    if so can anyone give me the setup link plz

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