[AMD Hackintosh] Dual boot Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or 10.6.7

I wanted to try my hand on iPhone development. That can only be done on a Mac. So, I installed it on my AMD Athlon x2 computer. I tried many distros, retail EmpireEFI, iDeneb, Hazard. These are supposed to support AMD x86 architecture, but they don’t.

The only distro that actually supports AMD is “SNOWLEO MAC Snow Leopard OSX86_64” iso.

Yeah, it’s 10.6 but don’t worry we’ll upgrade it to 10.6.6.

Help Needed: I forgot to take the screenshots when I did this. If you are doing this, can you post some screenshots? (Comment)

Note: SATA hard drive is a must.

1) Download Snowleo’s iso. Burn it using ImgBurn.

2) You’ll have to move the DVD drive to a higher priority. This can be done in the BIOS (Press Delete as soon as the computer boots up). Also, set the SATA Hard Drive to AHCI mode.

3) Insert your disc and restart. Your disc should boot up.

4) Now, you’ll have to install your Mac distro in an OSX journal’ed partition. To do that, Go to Utilities –> Disk Utilities. Select a partition other than your Windows 7 partition. Erase it (Obviously, Data in it will be washed away).

Format it to “OSX journaled”. Not the case sensitive one.

5) After that, go back to the setup. Click on the Hard drive. Don’t press “next”. Yet.

6) Click on “Customize”. Make sure these are checked.

These are the settings that worked for my 785g AMD hardware (mostly will work for you as well, unless you have extra addon cards). If they don’t try other combinations. Googling might help.

1. Mac OSX 10.6 (Obviously)

2. Use the Azaila audio

3. ATi_init (If you have an nVidia video card, try nVidia)

4. Chamelion RC5

5. AMD Patch

6. Chocolate Kernel

7. FakeSMC

8. Platform UUID

9. Apple driver for the rt8169 (LAN)

10. legacy apple piixata

Leave everything as it is.

7) Click on Next. The installation should be completed in a few minutes.

8) Reboot and you should be booting into Mac OSX. You ask me, where’s your Windows 7?

Rebuilding the Windows 7 MBR (Master Boot Record)

1) Now, boot with your Windows 7 Installation disc.

2) As the setup starts, click on “Repair my computer”

3) Click on “Repair Boot Problems” or

If you are a little bit geeky, Click on “Command Prompt”

Type in “fixmbr”

4) Restart and you should be able to boot into Windows 7.

Dual booting in Harmony

1) Install a Nice program called EasyBCD on your Windows Installation.

2) Click on “Add New Entry”. Choose the “Mac” tab and select the MBR mode.


Now, you’ll have a perfectly functional Dual boot Windows 7 + Mac OS X 10.6 system.

Upgrading to 10.6.6 or 10.6.7

1) Install the 10.6.6 or 10.6.7 combo update either by Googling or Click on the “About this Mac” icon.

2) Don’t restart. Go to http://nawcom.com/osx86/files/10.6/Kernels/

Here install the 10.6.0 legacy kernel if you have updated to 10.6.6 or

if you have installed the 10.6.7 update, installed 10.7.0 legacy kernel.

3) If you want a better update, similar instructions should follow.

So lazy that he can’t even fill this column out.

  • Pushkar H Joshi

    I followed your steps….
    While selecting boot loader i removed RC4 & tried RC5 ….
    but no result after i found that no bootloader is installed ….

    My mac installation is complete … but it does not boot …
    how to install any working bootloader ….

    I am on AMD 440 X3 & GigaByte : 880GM-UD2H AMD 880 chipset with ATI Readeon HD 4250

  • Umm… I think you have to check both… Did this a long time ago. Let me know if it works.

  • Pushkar H Joshi

    I tried checking both also … Not working …..
    btw I have 3 OS on pc Win 7, Win XP , PCLOS … & Primary boot loader is GRUB 1.5

  • Pushkar H Joshi

    Got my Mac Working with OSX86 ModCD 0.3.1 @ http://blog.nawcom.com/?p=446…..
    But still no permanent solution tried installing Mac 2-3 times ….

  • Bosna

    worked for me 
    phenom x6 1055t
    4 gb ddr 3
    gigabyte 770t-ud3
    everything working exept sound
    sorry for my bad english

  • Phant0mg33k 64

    try busratio=20

  • Chetan

    Its by Default a 32bit boot….. what do I do if I want to install the 64bit version??

  • Curtismanuel

    I can’t get audio or wifi working

  • Saketthatsme

    hi. i tried installing the mac os, unfortunately after installing it says panic and some error comes up and it hangs. i tred manually restarting it and then it came as the bootloader is missing. and in the error it said to take a photo and give it to the devs to understand the problem. i really need your help

  • Jyotiprokash

                  Guys who have tried this version of Snow Leopard and still with no luck to boot into Snow Leopard but the installation goes smoothly you must try ” nawcom’s ModCD v. 0.3″ . I firmly assure you you would be booting into Snow Leopard with almost no issue. After Installation if u get a kernel error or panic still don’t hesitat using ModCD. I had been trying to use this version to boot into my amd athlon 64×2 5200+ pc for a long time but were with no luck , always my installation used to go smoothly but after installation i always get stuck at mac’s apple logo- now i am even writing this comment using Mac Snow Leopard 10.6.0. Wish u enjoy ur mac on ur Amd. 

  • Anonymous


    And if you want full QE/CI acceleration … get a compatible graphics card…. 5770 works flawlessly!

  • Saketthatsme

    i tried this on my phenom 2 x4!! works amazing…. 🙂 thanks man!!
    and for those who cant boot,the best bet is either the mod cd(pain in the ass) or install ubuntu linux after install mac osx… install it inside windows..after installation you should be able to boot smoothly into either of them 😉

  • Plaxofam

    hit the ‘-‘ key in Chameleon to input boot parameters and type ‘-force64’. u can make this permanent if you add -force64 under the line ‘Kernel Flags’ in /Extra/com.boot.Apple.plist

  • Plaxofam

    just wanted to thank you for this guide. Tried 2 different retail images, Hazard 10.6.6i and 10.6.2, iPC and iAtkos before finally getting a working OSx86 using your guide. Never would have found SnowLeo without it, and that distro is the only one that would work with the -force64 flag in legacy kernel (when I used it in all the other distros it would prevent 32-bit programs from launching). You’re a lifesaver Suhas, thankyou 🙂

    AMD Athlon 2 x3 455
    MSI 760G-p23fx board
    nVidia 9600gt

  • Jack

    Why does my pc said bootmgr not found? Cant even load the boot manager.

  • Pratham Kamath

    do we need to install windows 7 1st and then install snow leopard if so how do we set snow leopard partition as active as else it will start booting from windows 7 as chameleon boot loader is loaded on snow leopard partition ? please reply or email me the info @[email protected]

  • Mminhaz93

    After I restart it doesn’t boot .. It goes back to the DVD setup .. Plzz help thxxx. Email [email protected]

  • Jeffjoraj

    getting a (still waiting for root device) message every 30 or so seconds…

  • Phil

    Doesn´t work for me 🙁
    When i want to boot, there´s:
    “Loading HFS+ file: (xxx)”

    And then only my PC reboots and same as before.. need help pleas & sorry for my bad english!


    MAINBOARD:Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-US2HPROCESSOR:AMD Phenom II X4 840 4x 3.2GHz GRAPHIC CARD:ATI Radeon 5770 HD 

  • temur

    io ho un amd ii x2 245 regor,chipset amd 760g,scheda video ati radeon HD,scheda madre M4A78Lt-M.Dici che funzionerà bene?

  • temur

    have a amd x2 ii REGOR 245, amd 760g chipset, video card ati radeon HD-M.Dici M4A78Lt motherboard .You say it will work well?

  • Akhodr21

    I am having the same problem please help

  • Tom Schillemans

    So that flag will force 64bit wouldn’t it? Or do you use it to specify you are using a 64bit system?

  • Kirat

    i have a lenovo pc with amd a10 apu, do i need to use any boot flags also while i am booting into the installation?

  • Kirat

    please help cause i am always facing unsuccessful installation of hackintosh since last 2 months and i am really pissed of snow leopard is my last chance.

  • Stefanus

    where the link brooo?

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