How to Upgrade a Hackintosh to Mac OS X Lion (Apparently)

Because it doesn't necessarily make sense for filmmakers to upgrade to OS X Lion just yet, I haven't done any testing of this myself. But if anyone running a hackintosh is itching to get their hands on OS X Lion, by partitioning your disk and following these instructions, you should be able to transition to Apple's latest. If and when you do, please report back with your results. Here's how:

  1. Download OS X Lion from the Mac App Store
  2. Head over to tonymacx86 and follow their instructions for using xMove (pictured below)

As I said, I haven't done it (thus the "apparently" in the title), but thanks to the hackintoshing experts at tonymac, there's already a clear set of instructions out there. Anyone have results to report?

Link: xMove + MultiBeast: Install OS X 10.7 Lion on any Supported Intel Core 2 or Core i based PC

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I've done it on my Hackintosh, an i5 system on Gigabyte P55-USB3 and GTX 460. OS works fine but Premiere CS5 won't load. After Effects is fine so far.

Adobe seems to be saying it's caused by CUDA drivers, and there's a thread which describes problems similar to mine here:

July 23, 2011 at 12:47PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Hooray, it's now working for me! For anyone that's in the same boat, you need to make sure you've enabled the 64-bit kernel. Details on the thread above.

July 25, 2011 at 12:22PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Works like charm. NO more fermi freeze with Lion!!!

July 28, 2011 at 9:32PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I got it installed on z68-ud5-b3 with i7, but also had the premiere crashing on startup problem. Tried the fix to boot into 64 bit kernel, but Lion still keeps booting into the 32 bit kernel, with both the terminal command and when holding down 6 and 4 on startup. Is my system just not able to run the 64 bit kernel?

I'm reverting to snow leopard for now, but would be interested if anyone knows how to resolve..

August 4, 2011 at 5:27AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Is this problem only present with NVIDIA cards?

August 18, 2011 at 11:40AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


@ Sam

May be too late, but try booting with the flag -force64

October 3, 2011 at 9:10PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM