Hack Attack : Dual Boot Leopard and Windows Vista

by Karthik on March 5, 2008 · 1,212 comments

Here is a complete guide to get a Dual boot setup with Windows Vista and Leopard running side by side. Please note this is a complete tutorial and if followed exactly you should be running Leopard and Vista side by side without any problems.


Yes, this guide has taken over a month for me to write and I have tried this out every possible combination of hardware setup I could possibly test, and I can assure you that if followed correctly you can easily have Leopard and Vista in a dual boot setup.

Loads of readers have sent me emails, dropped comments on my previous guides on installing Leopard and here is the guide for all you guys who waited so long patiently.

Disclaimer : This Guide is for educational purposes only, I suggest you buy yourself a original Mac. Also please do not post links to the Torrent’s as they will be removed.

Well before we proceed with the guide, here is the stuff that you will need for a successful dual boot setup.

  • Vista Already installed on your Primary Hard Disk.
  • iATKOS v1.0 DVD. (Do not ask me where you can download this)
  • Windows Vista Boot DVD (Just incase something goes wrong)

Well now that you have everything ready, lets get started then. Please note this is going to take sometime so I suggest you have some Music playing near by and grab yourself a cup of coffee while you do this. Sit tight, here we go……….

  • Install Vista on the First Partition of your Hard Disk. I am not going to elaborate into How to install Windows, I hope everyone knows it. If you already have it installed then read on..
  • Right click on My Computer and Click on Manage. Select Disk Management. Now Create a new Volume for OSX by shrinking an existing volume. You need atleast 5GB of space and the new volume should show up as Unallocated.
  • Make sure that the partition shows up as Unallocated, else repeat the previous step.
  • Now restart the machine and boot into the Leopard DVD that you burned using the iATKOS v1.0 DVD Image.
  • Press F8 as the countdown begins and type -v at the prompt and hit enter.
  • You should see scrolling text on the screen now. If it stops anywhere then drop a comment and I’ll try to help you out.
  • After a while you should be looking at the Leopard Installer. Follow the instructions on Screen.
  • Once the Loading Bar vanishes Select Utilities -> Disk Utility .
  • Select the Volume you created previously and format it as MAC OSX Journaled Extended. Once the formatting is done the volume is ready for installation.
  • Now Close Disk Utility and Select Utilities -> Darwin Boot. Type Y at the prompt.
  • At the prompt when it asks for the Disk Number enter 0. For the Partition Number if your Leopard Partition is 2nd on the disk, then enter 2 and so on.
  • Accept the following prompts and you should see a success prompt saying that so many block of data were written successfully.
  • Now get back to the Leopard Install Screen. Choose the partition that you made in the beginning and follow the instructions on screen.

    Please don’t select any patches etc during the installation, this is normally the reason for most failed installations. Just the plain install would do.

  • Once the Install is done, reboot with the DVD in the drive. Press F8 at Darwin Boot Loader and type -s and press enter.
  • Execute the following commands :

    fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
    flag 1

  • Now before the PC restarts remove the DVD. At this point you should be able to boot into Vista normally.

    Note: If you are unable to log into windows, because there is an error which says ‘winload.exe’ correupted.! Relax. Just insert the Windows VISTA boot DVD into the drive and restart. Click on ‘Repair computer’ once you are inside the DVD and it will automatically detect if a problem exists and suggest ‘Repair and Restart’. Press the same, and remove the DVD once the PC is about to restart. You should now be able to log in to vista without any problem.

  • Now that we have almost everything running fine, lets proceed with the dual boot setup.
  • Boot into Vista. Copy the chain0 file from the Leopard DVD to C:
  • Open the ‘Command prompt’ with ‘Elevated Admin’ privileges from the Start Menu.
  • Type the following into the prompt

    bcdedit /copy {current} /d ‘Mac OS X’
    bcdedit /enum active
    bcdedit /set {GUID} PATH chain0

    In the first command type {current} as it is, literally..nothing else..just {current} with the brackets. In the 3rd command however, replace the {GUID} with the alphanumeric GUID you see in the enumerated list under MAC OS X. You can see this list on your terminal as soon as you type the 2nd command above.

  • Close the Command Prompt and Restart Vista.
  • You Should now be looking at a screen with two options to boot into Mac OSX or Vista.
  • Select Mac OSX to see if you can boot into it. You should see the familiar Darwin boot Loading screen with the timer going down. If you dont do anything, then it counts to zero and again shows the menu screen with Vista and MAC OSX options. Dont panic!

    Again select MAC OS X, and now as the timer counts down, Press F8. You would see a list of partitions on your disk with their names. Select the partition with MAC OSX installed by using up/down arrows and press ENTER.

  • Voila!! your Mac should be booting up as you read this..

See it was that simple. No more HFS+ and Blinking Cursor errors. Just follow this guide step by step and you should be able to dual boot Windows Vista and Leopard in no time. If you have any questions just drop in a comment, I’ll reply at the earliest.

For Drivers and Patches I suggest you look at the InsanelyMac Forums. This guide would have been nearly impossible without :

  • Uphuck Forums
  • InsanelyMac Forums
  • OSX86 Wiki.

If you are looking to Install Leopard on an AMD based machine follow the instructions here to patch your iATKOS v1.0 Image. Special Thanks to I Am Nihilist

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{ 1195 comments… read them below or add one }

Riddham March 5, 2008 at 11:32 pm

I suggest you use iAtkos v1.0i R2 instead of iATKOS v1.0 as selecting the boot loader in v1.0i R2 is easier than v1.0.


bob March 6, 2008 at 1:12 am

does this work with xp or just vista?


Mike Ryan March 6, 2008 at 1:16 am

I just got my new lappy back (dont worry about Cairo, it will be yours) but I plan on following this guide.


Luc March 6, 2008 at 2:22 am

Would this work with WinXP instead of Vista?


Tyson March 6, 2008 at 4:20 am

Thanks for the guide. I did this awhile ago and decided that i didn’t want Leopard anymore, so I deleted the leopard partition. When I start up there is still an option to either boot into Vista or leopard. Is there anyway to delete the leopard option?



bob March 6, 2008 at 4:56 am

just after running with -v, the text stops shortly after mac framework successfully initialized. any help?


Karthik Kastury March 6, 2008 at 5:40 am

This guide was written with Vista in Mind. But it should work with XP, Only the last 5-6 Steps need to be modified for this to work with XP..

@Bob, Could you tell me your hardware configuration


bob March 6, 2008 at 7:37 am

sure thing. intel p4 2.8 ghz, 512 ram. windows xp sp2


Mike Ryan March 6, 2008 at 8:00 am

Do you know if there is any iAtkos releases that fully supports AMD processors yet?


Karthik Kastury March 6, 2008 at 8:05 am

@Bob, Please give a little more details about your configuration. For example the details of Motherboard, Hard Disk, Graphics etc… would help.

@Mike, No I’m not aware of any iATKOS release for AMD Yet.. But there is a patch that you can use to make your install work with AMD.. I will update the post with more details on that in a moment..


Mike Ryan March 6, 2008 at 8:09 am

Thanks Karthik! This sounds incredibly easy to use, and I cant wait to get it working ;)


Karthik Kastury March 6, 2008 at 8:12 am

@Mike, All the very best. Hope it works for you. If you have any problems do let me know. And yeah any news about the iPhone?


bob March 6, 2008 at 8:30 am

Its a laptop, sony VAIO pcg-k23.
HD: 120gb WD scorpio 5400 rpm eide, GX: radeon IGP 345M 64Mb video ram, MOBO: ATI RADEON IGP 345M


Infectedco March 6, 2008 at 10:39 am

How would you delete one of these boots if you accidently made a spelling mistake.

Also I can seem to get mine to work it comes back with this when I try to type the GUID:
The element data type specified is not recognized, or does not apply to the specified entry.
Run “bcdedit /?” for command line assistance.


Tyson March 6, 2008 at 10:57 am

Is there anyway to get rid of the Leopard boot option at startup, or at least make the Vista the default?


AlbinoAsian March 6, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial,
a couple questions though,

any problems with a tri boot? I’m thinking of getting rid of my XP install anywayz, but just wondered if there was any problems it would cause (Vista is set as primary)

has anyone had to use the DVD to fix up there Vista boot? just want to get a feel for the likelihood of it happening.


Karthik Kastury March 6, 2008 at 7:02 pm

@Albinoasian : I don’t think there should be any problem with a tri boot setup..

@Tyson : I’n not sure how you can do that, but I know that it is possible. Look into the OSX86 forums..


Dan March 6, 2008 at 10:00 pm

OK, I got a chance to try this out last night. Thanks for the tutorial!!!

First I tried it out on my desktop. It started scrolling all the text and got to the part where it appeared to be looking for hard disks/partitions. Each line said something about waiting 100,000ms. This machine has a hardware SATA RAID-5 card at the moment and no regular IDE drive. I had setup an external USB drive with the unallocated space realizing that the RAID-5 card was probably not supported. I thought USB drives were supported?

I then tried my laptop (P4 3.x Ghz), 2GB RAM, etc. This got further. It went to a baby blue background after getting through the same steps that my desktop had jsut stopped on. Then it just sits there….I could leave it there for an hour or so and it is still just a baby blue background….nothing else.

Any ideas what I can do in either situation? I’d love to be able to run Leopard on one fo these machines.


Desktop System Specs:
EVGA 680i SLI Motherboard
EVGA 8800GTS x 2
PhysX card
3ware 4-drive SATA RAID-5 controller
Intel Q6600

Laptop System Specs:
Gateway MX6650


Win Vista March 6, 2008 at 10:52 pm

I have ubuntz and xp on my laptop (ASUS G1S AS022G) I wanna keep both of them and install osx as a third os.

Is it possible ro insrall os x on this laptop and if this is possible is it possible to make a triboot. Os x ubuntu and xp.
if that works, what os do i have to install first? And how do i do the last fev steps on ubuntu or xp?


Reg Braithwaite March 6, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Hi, I’ve got meself a partition and SS3 processor, and can get as far as Darwin loading up – I type in “-v”, Darwin loads, comes up with about 7 lines of text, then the computer reboots rather than continuing to the leopard installation… any ideas?


SmilinBob March 7, 2008 at 2:10 am

So far I have prepared the partition, restarted the machine and booted into the Leopard iATKOS v1.0 DVD, I have pressed F8 and typed -v at the prompt.
My problem is that immediately after this step I see scrolling DOS style text which freezes up and never progresses. It displays the message:
“com.apple.driver.AppleACPIPlatform” has immediate dependencies on both com.apple.kernel and com.apple.kpi components:
use only one style.


Reg Braithwaite March 7, 2008 at 3:44 am

Hi, I’ve got as far as Darwin loading up, but having typed in “-v”, rather than going to any further installation screen, it comes up with a list of 7 or so items, before restarting the computer. I’ve definitely got an SS3 processor and have partitioned the drive correctly (as far as i’m aware): is there anywhere else I’m likely to be going wrong?


RobertCr March 7, 2008 at 3:58 am

Any suggestions on a tri boot system with XP Pro, Vista, and Leopard on a RAID 0 machine? I could do this if it weren’t for the RAID array.


RobertCr March 7, 2008 at 4:02 am


I have used the Vista DVD to do a repair when I set up dual XP, Vista with Vista installed first. If you need to do it, it is a piece of cake.


RobertCr March 7, 2008 at 4:03 am

DOwnload a program called EasyBCD, you should be able to select and delete the OSX option from that program.


Win Vista March 7, 2008 at 4:58 am

i can only find iATKOS v1.0i

is it the same thab iATKOS v1.0 with out the i ?


AlbinoAsian March 7, 2008 at 5:03 am

robertcr: oh my laptop doesn’t have a Vista DVD, just a recovery DVD that would take it back to an original state, not really what I want.


Mio March 7, 2008 at 5:25 am

Hi! I tried to install iATKOS v1.0i (aprox. 2.44 GB) on my Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook (Core2Duo T7200 processor).
After the line
localhost DirectoryService[51]: Launched Version 5.0 (v514)
the installer stopped with no error message.

Could you, please help me.
Thank you!


giovanni March 7, 2008 at 5:54 am

okay everything goes fine until i get to the grey apple screen. it freezes and after 3 mins it shows a circle with a line going across. what do i do? please help me thanks!


Simon March 7, 2008 at 8:17 am

Thanks for the guide. I’m downloading right now, but have a question before I start installing… I have 2 hard drives in my laptop. My C drive which houses Vista and all my programs… And then a secondary D drive which is usually just for backups, images, music, etc…

Am I able to parition part of the D drive for the OSX install and boot from there? Or must it be on the same hard drive as Vista?



marnix March 7, 2008 at 11:15 am

After I typed -v the text scrolls and then begins to repeat ‘Still waiting for root device’ many times and apparently the root doesnt show up. Any ideas?


marnix March 7, 2008 at 11:24 am

Guess I should also post my computer stats:

Intel Core2 Duo E6750 @ 2.66GHz
4gb ram
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3P Rev 2.0 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX
Vista 32-bit

thanks for any help in advance


AlbinoAsian March 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm

I have a question about

bcdedit /copy {current} /d ���Mac OS X���
bcdedit /enum active
bcdedit /set {GUID} PATH \chain0

what does the /d relate to?


AlbinoAsian March 7, 2008 at 6:23 pm

I got it installed, now just to get ethernet etc working =)


marnix March 7, 2008 at 7:05 pm

I would like to update that eventually I did get it to work past the ‘Still waiting for root device’ by plugging both the HD and the DVD-ROM into the same SATA (0) as master and slave, previously they had been hooked into different ones (0 and 2)


Win Vista March 7, 2008 at 9:24 pm

i cant install this. It stops when the text flow over the screen and it doesen’t continue for half an hour, what can i do?


giovanni March 7, 2008 at 10:17 pm

AHHH im at the same question again i keep getting stuck at the grey apple screen and after 3 mins. i get a circle with a line going across. please help.


Peter March 8, 2008 at 12:07 am

I want to Dual boot Leopard and XP.
So far I’v installed Leopard and it works, but I cant get the boot.ini to work.

I use 1 disk and it’s called C and C got 2 partitions XP is installed on Part. 1 och Leopard on Part. 2.
I’ve flaged part 1 so that XP works.

I’ve googled this a lot, but I can’t get it right.


Robertcr March 8, 2008 at 1:44 am

You should be able to install on a partition on the separate HD. Once you set the BCD order, it will boot into where the OS was placed.


Pc-kopat March 8, 2008 at 2:14 am

Hi all..
when I type -v and it starts to scroll texts it stops after “mac framework succesfully initialized”, when I wait more a text appears writing “Still waiting for root device” and it repeats that. Can any one help me please?


Timothy March 8, 2008 at 4:40 am

Everything has worked smoothly so far, and i didnt partition my drive instead, i installed my own harddrive to my computer. The mac install went fine and i created the boot loader but when i choose mac os x, it gives me “chain booting error” What do i do?


John Igalsky March 8, 2008 at 4:46 am

Got the DVD, started it up, and the boot stops on the following message:

“localhost DirectoryService[51]: Launched Version 5.0 (v514)”

Any ideas? Thanks so much for your help.


AlbinoAsian March 8, 2008 at 5:11 am

those that get past the apple and then get a circle with a line in the screen, it could be a graphics card / driver issue. My guess anyways


Meep March 8, 2008 at 3:47 pm

I got a DVD from my friend, but dont know its iATKOS v1.0 or not.
whenever i try to install MAC (only for testing), the screen with the apple sign comes and after a little while, a small sign with a circle and a cross on it pop ups. after that, it just goes on like that.

i tried pressing F8 and then -v, and may be the error i got was ” still waiting for the host file” or something like that.

is the same iATKOS v1.0 image or some other.

Sorry, i am a newbie and this question might seem a bit silly.

Thanx in advance



Meep March 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm


Well, i guess it cant be any graphics issue as i am able to install that using VMware.


Robertcr March 8, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Took 2 days for the download, and I get file errors transferring the iATKOS to the DVD. Must have been a corrupt download. Oh Well. Looks like a lot of issues here in getting Leopard running on a PC. I guess if I plan on doing this, I will be buying a copy of Leopard, but researching further the woes of putting leopard on an Intel based machine. And checking elsewhere whether I can even do this in a RAID 0 set up. I might not even be able to do this at all.


Dustin March 9, 2008 at 3:36 am

Everything is working so far but when I get to “Select the Volume you created previously and format it…” but I cant find the unallocated partition that im suppost to install leopard on? HELP!


John Igalsky March 9, 2008 at 3:42 am

Turns out that to fix the problem above with ���localhost DirectoryService[51]: Launched Version 5.0 (v514)���, I just needed to boot with these options:

-v -legacy


BB March 9, 2008 at 7:01 am

I’ve been searching the internet but i can’t seem to find a guide that directly addresses a dual boot system between Leopard & XP.

You mentioned that the last few lines of your guide would have to be changed, but can you please be a bit more specific?



Karthik Kastury March 9, 2008 at 7:07 am

@BB :

Yes you could dual boot XP and Leopard without much trouble. Instead of using the command line to enter the stuff using bcedit, all you need to do is edit the “boot.ini” file to add a new bootloader entry and then dual boot XP and Leopard.

For more details on how to edit the “boot.ini” file please search google, meanwhile I am planning to write a guide for Windows XP as well..


infectedco March 9, 2008 at 7:51 am

Ok I have done everything and the dual boot is perfectly running on my dell. Now the only problem is that it does not accept my laptop as a laptop but a desk top meaning I have no battery icon and no power management for a battery. Also if I use mail with google IMAP it doesn’t give me any of the options of viewing my trash. If I load the cd instead of the dual boot way I get all my options running leopard with all the features including the battery icon running.

So my question is how do I get the boot off my computer to run the same way as the boot off the cd?


marnix March 9, 2008 at 7:52 am


I couldn’t find the unallocated partition either, I just created a partition with no format and used the Disk Utility to format it to Mac OSX Journaled. Make sure it is the last partition on the drive or the utility will screw up everything afterwards. Vista CD was able to repair this for me but it takes a while and is a pain.


JPI March 9, 2008 at 7:54 am

GIOVANNI I have the same situation here, when it is starting I just get a grey screen with an apple in the middle and the circle. If I wait for more minutos it seems to be doing something else, sometimes. One time I saw the welcome but extrematly slow. It seems that the CPU or HD is freezing.


Dan March 9, 2008 at 1:20 pm

I’m having this same issue is there a fix?


So far I have prepared the partition, restarted the machine and booted into the Leopard iATKOS v1.0 DVD, I have pressed F8 and typed -v at the prompt.
My problem is that immediately after this step I see scrolling DOS style text which freezes up and never progresses. It displays the message:
���com.apple.driver.AppleACPIPlatform��� has immediate dependencies on both com.apple.kernel and com.apple.kpi components:
use only one style.


Abu-Dun March 9, 2008 at 3:17 pm


thank you fpr your great tutorial! But i have a problem: Everytime i insert the iATKOS DVD at boot and press anykey or press “F8″ and “-v” my PC (CPU-Z log: http://tinyurl.com/2nlxnz) restarts. Where is the problem? Teh first steps works without a problem… i hope you can help me.




Peter March 9, 2008 at 4:20 pm

@ Karthik Kastury
I’ve been trying to edit the boot.ini. But I’m getting 2 error every time I try.
1 error: “Can’t not find windows/system32/hal.dll
2 error. “Chain0 boot error.

I don’t get those error att the same time, I’ve to change the boot.ini.

The XP system will run on HD 0 partition 1 and the Leopard will run on HD 0 partition 2.


[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Windows XP Professional” /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\CHAIN0=”Mac OS X” /fastdetect


Eli March 9, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Hi. I am working on a machine in which i would like to not have to make a new partition, but I do have an external USB hard drive. I know what different to to do when it asks for disk number, i would say 1 and it then wouldnt say the thing about the partition. But when it says:

Execute the following commands :

fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
flag 1

I noticed it sayed “disk0″. Do i need to change that? Thanks.


RMcLeod March 9, 2008 at 7:03 pm

Everything is fine up until Disk Utility which fails to see my hard drive. It’s a SATA on Intel ICH in RAID0 configuration. Any ideas?


Win Vista March 9, 2008 at 8:51 pm

can anyone answer my question from zhe 7.3.08


Maz March 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm

I tried it everything went fine, all is good, except that when i select Mac OS X at the boot i get an error message indicating chain boot error….any help would be appreciated…



Faizal March 9, 2008 at 11:04 pm

Hi Karthik,
I had xp installed on harddisk 1 & I installed leopard on hard disk 2
The installation went smoothly
but when I reboot it, instead of either asking for boot option or directly booting in xp, the screen gets an apple logo and the moving circle and it gets stuck

pleae help as it is my main pc

your kind help is despeartely awaited




Dual XP-Vista booter March 10, 2008 at 8:19 am


repair your XP with your install CD. your boot.ini was prolly corrupted. if you dont have a cd just get a torrent one from your friend or something


Morten March 10, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Hi Thanks for great work.
I’m using the Atkos v1.0i R2 and i cant find the darwin bootload after i’ve been Disk Utility.please help me.




Maddy March 10, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Hey all,

Did anyone of you try it with AMD Athlon XP 2000+ system.

Yes I know it is old but it is for testing. It has 640MB RAM & 128MB Graphics Card.

I currently have Win XP (C:\) & SUSE Installed in it.

How to install OS X Leopard on AMD based system.


Peter March 10, 2008 at 7:26 pm

I figured that if you use the later iATKOS v1.0 DVD, r2 or something…you have to install darwin boot manually, I did this, and I just added
c:\CHAIN0=”Mac OS X” to the boot.ini file, and now it works, before I installed darwin boot I got the “Chain boot error”, now i loads MAC OS X insteed.

I dont know if this is the right way to do it, but it is a way that work. I will probably reinstall everything when the new Dual boot Leopard and XP guide is done.

Now I just got all the non compatible hardware problems…But my DV2222 runs Leopard:)



Niall March 10, 2008 at 8:54 pm

***Chain Booting Error***

Excelent Tutorial, I’ve followed right down to the letter.

I’m on my 2nd attempt at loading this on as the 1st time I ruined my Vista Partition, my bad… But using the CD in the drive Leopard booted and ran great [apard from the lack of NIC connectivity]

I’m doing this again, and I now have both Vista and OSX installed but only Vista is Running.

I’ve set up my boot loader and can successfully choose either MacOS or Vista.

When I do select OSx i get

Chain Booting Error.

I ahve copied the Chain0 file over to the root of C: and also into c:\windows for good measure.

Now OSX will not boot from the CD either, Using Disc Utility all health checks come back fine.

Please Help… i’m off to trawl google!



antony March 10, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Hi PETER can you explain step by step how you installed atkos in dual boot with xp?
Can you copy and paste your boot.ini file?
Thanks a lot


BB March 10, 2008 at 10:21 pm


Can you specify how you manually installed darwin boot in XP?


Peter March 11, 2008 at 12:34 am

I did everything in the guide except the Darwin bootloader part.
But i chosed to customize and marked “Darwin bootloader” as an optional istallation file. Followed the rest of the guide and instead of doing “BCDEDIT” thing, I changed the boot.ini file to something like this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
C:\chain0=”Mac OS X Leopard”


Infectedco March 11, 2008 at 12:44 am

Wow thanks for the tutorial. I have been running leopard great before this tutorial, but now it is easy to load leopard without the cd, but I have only one problem. Loading leopard off the cd gets me laptop controls, full use of Mail and chat, while booting off just the bootloader on the comp gets me to use leopard with less advantages such as no battery icon, no bluetooth unless i use -v at start up and less privelages in mail and chat.

So my question is how do I get the boot off my computer to run the same way as the boot off the cd?


Cody March 11, 2008 at 1:28 am

So i got the file iATKOS v1.0i and I make a partition on a hard drive in my computer (its actually the whole hard drive, i have 2) and I boot the cd from startup, press f8, and then type -v. Text starts scrolling and it stops at

Kernel version:
Darwin Kernel Version 9.1.0: Sat Nov 17 02:56:34 SCT 2007; made by ToH:xnu-1228.0.2~1/BUILD/obj/RELEASE_I386


Valy March 11, 2008 at 1:56 am

I have Vista already installed…. I would like to try a tri or quad (!) boot with Vista-XP-Leopard-(and eventually Ubuntu 7.10). Do I ask too much? ^_^’
For a ‘simply’-tri-boot :-D must I install all WindowsS before Leopard or can I try Leopard now and add XP later?


Josh March 11, 2008 at 2:22 am

What are the laptop system requirements for this dual boot


Cody March 11, 2008 at 3:27 am

I have since fixed my previous problem and got to the partition part and did that fine. But when I go to Utilities Darwin is not an option. What’s wrong?


Rodrigo Sieiro March 11, 2008 at 8:56 am


I had the same problem, and fixed by setting my SATA to Native in the BIOS… And in the installation, I selected all the EFI drivers.

Everything is working perfectly, I’m using Leopard right now :D

Oh, thanks for the great guide, Karthik!


Luis March 11, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Hey thanks for this.. but for some odd reason once the text strats to go down it stops at

Error: FireWire unable to dertermin security-mode; deaulting to full-secure
jettisoning kernel linker

I am lst at this point if any one has any ideas please let me knw
Thank you all


tj March 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm

How is the tutorial on dual booting xp and Leopard coming on…?
It would be very helpful.



andy March 11, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Sliminbob and Dan – I have the same problem as you: namely,

���com.apple.driver.AppleACPIPlatform��� has immediate dependencies on both com.apple.kernel and com.apple.kpi components:
use only one style.

I have a Pentium C2D @ 3.0GHz, 2x250GB Seagate HDD under RAID 0. I’ve tried without the RAID and still get the same problem.


CEYOS March 11, 2008 at 8:51 pm

I too followed exactly your guide and I am stuck at the point, when I can choose between Vista and MAC OS X on boot screen.
I get the damn “chain booting error” thingy.

Anyone got a fix for that? (Google and search doesn’t make me happy :( )


andreimg March 11, 2008 at 9:21 pm

The only problem I have is that the Installer doesn’t recognize/see the hard-drive in the drive utilities nor the installer(SATA WD hard drive).
Yet if I boot on a PC with a WD ATA drive, the drive is recognized as well as the partitions.

My machine: Fujitsu-siemens laptop, Amilo Li1718, Intel dual-core 1.8, 160gb SATA WD hard drive, ati radeon 200m, 2gb Ram.


Gery Vessere March 11, 2008 at 11:35 pm

I have the “chain booting error” problem here too. The letter case for chain0 is different in the tutorial and the disk. I’ve tried changing the casing on the file renaming it from c:\CHAIN0 to c:\chain0, mac os still doesn’t boot.


Johnny March 12, 2008 at 12:50 am

Hi, I am not trying to install a dual boot option but I am using the Kalyway 10.5.1 option. I have it burnt to disk and I get to the point where I press F8 and type -v

very shortly afterwards the whole thing hangs..

Abit – IP35
Intel Q6600
ATi x1800XT 512
Samsung sata SH-S203 (just bought this because dvd wouldnt boot with an IDE DVD drive.

Please help. Appreicate it if you can.


ROMAN March 12, 2008 at 1:55 am



“Select the Volume you created previously and format it as MAC OSX Journaled Extended. Once the formatting is done the volume is ready for installation.”




Auggie March 12, 2008 at 9:12 am

I would prefer to buy a copy of OS X and install in on my Core Duo SS3 machine. Does anyone know if I can just install a legit copy or does this only work with the Hacked version?

I have 4 computers and really don’t want to spend $3,000 on a MackBook Pro. I’ve set my machine up to dual boot with various other OS, Ubuntu, Xandros, etc. OS X just looks better.

Anyone know for sure?


Chris March 12, 2008 at 11:33 am

I get to the screen when you first load up the iATKOS dvd and type -v. It runs a few lines and then my computer just restarts. Im running windows vista 64, with 2 raided harddrives, a EVGA 680i mobo, intel core2 quad q6600 processor EVGA 8800 gts 640mb and 4 gigs of ram. Any ideas? I was thinking about trying it with less ram installed.


JOHN EVANS March 12, 2008 at 5:32 pm






infecetedco March 12, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Re: Roman

Wow guy are pretty smart. Knowing how to make unallocated space and all that. But genius, you have to create a partition from that unallocated space. Duh! That is the only way you will see a disk to format.

Again the same question I have asked twice: does any one know why loading from chain0 on my comp disables laptop options while loading from the cd gives me full control (meaning leopard knows I am using a laptop and not desktop)? Also is there a way to fix it?


Lucas March 12, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Hi Karthik !

After I type “-v” scrolling text stops at the line “IOAPIC: Version 0×20 Vectors 64:87″

I’m usign a notebook Acer Aspire 5672

Intel Duocore 1.66mhz
ACPI x86 – based PC
Ati Radeon X1400



infecetedco March 12, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Re: John Evans

Uhm I think that you just suck with computers or just plain retarded. I have done this countless number of times on my dell e1450 with many different configurations even tried updating to 10.5.2 which worked but I lost all my wifi, ethernet and sound.

Try installing with no additonal patches and make sure you go to utilitie and install the bootloader


Brent Arnold March 13, 2008 at 7:02 am

ahh, so close…
Made all the way to the end and saw my options to boot from Mac OS X or Vista, I chose Mac OS X and it loaded vista. I am stumped. Any ideas?


Brent Arnold March 13, 2008 at 7:32 am

I should give some more info. I think the problem may be in Windows Boot Loader… here it is…

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {default}
displayorder {default}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {default}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Microsoft Windows Vista
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {46c83b94-f099-11dc-8dc4-afcbbf16b96f}
nx OptIn

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Mac OS X
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {46c83b94-f099-11dc-8dc4-afcbbf16b96f}
nx OptIn

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {fa7bd3c5-f07f-11dc-931c-0018f300b22d}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Mac OS X
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {46c83b94-f099-11dc-8dc4-afcbbf16b96f}
nx OptIn


Auggie March 13, 2008 at 7:42 am

OK, I’m downloading the hack copy. WOW is this slow! ETA is 8 weeks! Where are all the seeds? If no one has any help, I’m ready to go by OS X and try to install it on my machine. Maybe I just need to find out what specific hardware Apple is using so I can swap out a mini PCI card etc.

Any ideas?

I could buy a used Macbook on ebay and have it delivered faster!


Valy March 13, 2008 at 8:36 pm

I tried a tri-boot…. well I installed fisrt Vista then XP and I got XP running -without letting me choose (no boot menu)-. Then I restart with !ATKOS v.1.0i (I downloaded the image where I read ‘use this, the others have problems….’ at the bottom of the web page) in dvd drive but…. well…. it does not even begin countdown: what’s the problem? I have several seconds of the ‘VAIO’ screen and then XP boots. I tried to push all F[n], Canc or similar but nothing. The one that makes the bios start, if I have the DVD insert, makes the system block on a ‘push F2 to start….’ ?_?
Any suggestion?
My pc is a Vaio TZ21MN/N notebook. Thanks :-)


Kalifax March 13, 2008 at 10:46 pm


I have the same problem, when I go to Disk Utility, it cant find anything.
Did you find a solution?

I have a Hitachi ATA drive.

Answers, please!


Kalifax March 13, 2008 at 11:55 pm


Did you get it working?


Brent Arnold March 14, 2008 at 12:22 am

Ignore my last post (I used the wrong GUID)

Now I am getting the same error as Timothy, Maz, Peter, Niall, Ceyos and Gery Vessere….
Anybody figure it out? Please share.


Gery March 14, 2008 at 3:38 am

I fixed my problem by making sure I use the “customize” button when i install using the atkos dvd. You need to make sure to select the x86 bootloader. Then following the posted instructions should get you to boot properly.


kungfumaster007 March 14, 2008 at 6:05 pm

I couldn’t wait for the XP tutorial so I just went ahead and tried to install Leopard on my XP Desktop but I’m getting errors.

I have
Gateway GT5036J
Windows XP Home SP2
Intel Pentium D 930

I have XP installed on C: drive and installed Leopard on D: drive using iAtkos v1.0i R2.

I copied CHAIN0 to C:\ and changed boot.ini to:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=���Microsoft Windows XP Home��� /fastdetect /noexecute=optin
C:\CHAIN0=���Mac OS X Leopard���

and I got Chain booting error.

Then I copied CHAIN0 to D:\ and changed boot.ini to:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=���Microsoft Windows XP Home��� /fastdetect /noexecute=optin
D:\CHAIN0=���Mac OS X Leopard���

and I got “Cannot find windows/system32/hal.dll” error.

What do I need to do to fix this? Please help.


luigidelisi March 14, 2008 at 10:41 pm

hi i wanted to know if this process will work on an Hp laptop pc with
1Gb RAM, 70Gb hard disk and a intel “celeron m” processor????


Johnny March 15, 2008 at 2:20 am

Mine hangs after pressing
F8, -v

says waiting for root device and just repeats that forever.


sata hdd
sata dvd
abit IP35

kalyway 10.5.1

Really want help


Rob March 15, 2008 at 6:14 am

I’ve been having the same problum for a long time now with several different leopard downloads. I have XP and Vista installed on my computer with Vista as primary. I would like to do a tri boot. Here’s the problum, when ever I load up disc everything goes okay untill after the white scrolling stops and your supposed get a colored screen where normaly a little colorful circle shows up and spins. I get the colored screen but it just hangs there I dont get the little pin wheel circle thing (showing loading). Any help, much appricated.


Budgeo March 15, 2008 at 10:26 am

I’ve installed iAtkos 1.0i R2 to an external USB Harddrive. I activate the drive, and follow the steps to get MAC OS X in to Vista’s bootloader, but when trying to boot MAC OS X I get the error ” CHAIN BOOT ERROR”. Is there some way that I must edit the bootstring so that it will acknowledge the USB harddrive.


FAZE March 15, 2008 at 10:55 am

When I try installing OSX, I get to the Darwin Boot step, and when I enter the information, I get this error:

hdiutil:unmount:”s2″ failed to unmount due to error 2.hdiutil:unmount failed – No such file or directorystartupfiletool: opendev(s2): No such file or directorydd: s2: Read-only file systemhdiutil:mountvol failed – No such file or directoryYou can quit the terminal.osx.Turk teamlogout[Process completed]

The result being that Vista’s boot record get’s messed up. I fixed it from the Vista install DVD once but the second time I had to completely restore. I make a new unallocated partition in Vista that is 10 GB’s, and then mount it in Disk Utility and format it. I checked it’s “Information” after I formatted it and it says Disk 0 partition 5. When Darwin Boot asks me for the disk I enter 0, and when it asks for the partition, I enter 5. I’ve also tried the disk as disk 1, partition 5, and get the same message as above, but that time I had to totally restore my computer. What could I be doing wrong that would cause this?


Priyan March 15, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Like someone above did, i too went ahead installing Leopard with XP. I faced the same error as Faze when using Darwin Boot Step. I added the line

C:\Chain0=”MacOSX LEO” and in next boot when in select this, it errors …

“Chain Boot error”

Can anybody here help on this.


Antonio March 15, 2008 at 8:05 pm

hi, i was wondering can my system install this.

acer 8215

- Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz (4MB L2 Cache)
- 2 Gig RAM
- 160 Gig 5400 RPM Drive
- ATI x1600 Mobility 256M DDR3 Memory (512 w/Hypermemory)
- Realtek HD Audio


Philip March 15, 2008 at 11:25 pm


I encountered the same problem as you do.

I redo the installation selecting the Darwin x86 bootloader under Customize. This solved my problem. Good luck.


BP March 16, 2008 at 12:56 am

I am going to try using EasyBCD to solve my Chain booting error problem, I heard someone else fixed theirs that way. But if anyone wants to try this, report back please so i can try.


Kevin Gould March 16, 2008 at 3:13 am

I am having the same problem as FAZE posted today. Is there a method of loading the darwin boot loader manually in a Vista environment?


Samip March 16, 2008 at 3:57 am

is there any way to make the partition you make for leopard smaller after you have already installed leopard?


Flutlicht March 16, 2008 at 7:45 am

Hi there!
I got some problems by the bootstep…
After pressing F8 and typing “-v” where comes 5-7 Lines…dont know what :D , after that my Laptop restarts…
Whats wrong ?!


Asus F5 Series
CoreDou 2ghz
2048 DDR
ATI x1000 Mobility


FAZE March 16, 2008 at 7:46 am

I’m still looking for a solution. I’m afraid to try it again for fear of having to restore yet again.


Antonio March 16, 2008 at 9:13 am

just after running with -v, the text stops shortly after mac framework successfully initialized. any help?
i dun neo why. i tried 8 times. always hang there.
my specification is
acer 8215

- Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz (4MB L2 Cache)
- 2 Gig RAM
- 160 Gig 5400 RPM Drive
- ATI x1600 Mobility 256M DDR3 Memory (512 w/Hypermemory)
- Realtek HD Audio


Kelly March 16, 2008 at 11:21 am

I just installed my copy of iATKOS 1.0i R2 on a Asus F3JV laptop. One thing that was missing from the above steps is that just before you install, you need to add Darwin Boot Loader from the Customise screen, even though the guide told you not to change anything.

You need this to avoid having the Chain0 error, as you will be using the Darwin boot loader instead of the windows one.

You need to make sure when you create your unallocated space for the Leopard installation you create it as a primary partition, and set it to active. That way when your system restarts after installation it will use Darwin boot loader, which detects your windows (XP) installation on the other partition.


jon March 16, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Having this error any solution?

Error: FireWire unable to dertermin security-mode; deaulting to full-secure


Bkram1 March 16, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Hey I’m having the same problem as Luis with the firewire thing can anyone help?


Nick March 17, 2008 at 12:08 am


Everything was running perfectly until I rebooted after install. Now I am stuck at the gray apple logo screen with the spinning circle. Any ideas?

Please help!


David March 17, 2008 at 9:42 am

Im having the same problem as Morten posted on March 10th. Im using iATKOS 1.0i R2 and am not seeing the Darwin Boot load option under Utilities. Help with this would be greatly appreciated.


Dev March 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm

What will be the process to have tri boot (vista, xp and os x) ive installed xp and vista.. and have the both boot cd’s too, Ive just downloaded ‘iATKOS v1.0ir2′. Is there anyone here used this ‘iATKOS v1.0i r2′ and succeeded please tell me the methods about the booting part then.

Comp Specs:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E6850 @ 3.00GHz
RAM: 3GB (1gb x 2 , 512mb x 2)
Display Card: XFX nVidia 8600gt @ 256 mb
HD: 320gb (6 partitions),(32mb buffer speed)
[PS. I dont know anything about the RAID part how do i configure this ?]

Thanx, in advance..

Im sure you’ll not loose anything if you help a helpless.


R2G March 17, 2008 at 4:47 pm

u guys all seem to e ignoring the one ques about 5 dif ppl asked earlier………………………the installer cant read the hard drive!
it cant read mines either an its a fijitsu also or w/e it name lol


Evan Bixler March 17, 2008 at 10:09 pm

when doing the Vista dual boot, it gets to the scrolling text and stops at
“Waiting for root disk” and says it over and over. Any ideas


usuf March 18, 2008 at 4:03 am

I foloow all the stepts but i cant find my unallocated 20gb partation that i have created in vista for the osx


Rob March 18, 2008 at 7:33 am

I have a Compaq Persario V4125CL with XP and Vista installed.
My problum is I’m having a problum booting from the dvd. After the white scrolling, it freezes and stays at the blue screen no matter how long I wait. I’ve had this problum with other Leopard downloads. Although I tried booting the dvd on desktop I have and the installer loaded up great. Wats wrong and is their anything I can do to fix it.

Any help appricated


SlimJim March 18, 2008 at 8:45 am

KARTHIK, where are you? It seems there are a lot of questions about your guide to which no body else can answer!


Dan March 18, 2008 at 11:21 am

I am trying to do a tri-boot w/ vista xp and osx. I got osx installed using this guide, but now when I reboot without a cd all that comes up is Unable to Load Operating System. I can’t load any of them. I tried using the vista dvd to fix the startup but it said that nothings wrong. Now I can’t do anything… I really can’t afford to lose the data on any of the partitions because I have things I need for work. If anyone knows a solution please help. And if you could throw me an email about it at bartystewart@gmail.com that would be great.


Dev March 18, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Im facing the same problem as usuf.. :(

after shrinking and repeating the process the same results r comming.. its only showing ‘free space’ not the unallocated space :(

i tried inserting vista nd xp’s cd/dvd and unpartionising.. but still did not work.. :( please help me..


Dan March 18, 2008 at 12:07 pm

I just saw the comment left by FAZE. I had those same errors with the Darwin Boot. I really don’t want to have to wipe everything. Is there a way around that?


meunier March 19, 2008 at 12:25 am

Hi , I’m french (sorry for my bad english) ! when i use your guide to install mac OS x , the installation stop after i typ “-v” ( i see the text scrolling and it stop), more over i haven’t got HCPI mode , is it a probleme ??
Thank You !


Dan March 19, 2008 at 12:51 am

Not sure why, but when i booted with an Ubuntu Live CD and erased the Partition for Mac my Vista boot is working again. My XP isn’t working and I’ve tried a repair install off of the disk, but nothing. I am now having the same problem as usuf. I created a 20g unallocated partition and when i go into the Disk Management utility all I see are the two partitions with windows. When I click on the hard drive and select partitions It can see that there is free space, but all of the options to do anything are grayed out.


John March 19, 2008 at 1:05 am

Hey man,

Just dropping by to ask a quick question. I know its probably been asked but, here goes…

I know where to get the ISO img from and all, but was wondering – is this a legal thing to do? I mean, downloading it, then installing it – is it legal? please either, a) reply back here or b) email me : geekforhalo2-at-gmail[dot]com

Many thanks!


FAZE March 19, 2008 at 4:17 am

DAN, that’s what happens to me also; all the options are greyed out, and when I try to “mount” the partition, is says that it cannot be mounted. I don’t even have a “format” option unless I click my whole hard drive. If I just click the partition itself, I only get options to check and repair the disk. There has to be an extra step somewhere that we aren’t doing that was left out of the tutorial.


Dan March 19, 2008 at 4:34 am


Is your partition showing on the left side of the disk manager?


FAZE March 19, 2008 at 4:47 am


Only if I format it through Vista first. Then, it shows up in the list with my other partitions under my hard drive, but I can’t do anything with it; the only way I can see an unallocated partition is if I choose to “partition” my main hard drive, in which case it shows up unallocated, but has no option to format.


Dan March 19, 2008 at 4:49 am

Alright well at least we are on the same page. I also tried it on a couple of computers… so maybe we are missing a step somewhere? Anyone got any ideas to help us out?



FAZE March 19, 2008 at 5:46 am

I may try to find a utility that will format for Mac OS X Journaled inside of windows, so I can skip that disk utility step, and go straight to darwin boot, but I’m going to install sp1 and make an image of my computer in case I can’t boot into vista again.


Dan March 19, 2008 at 5:52 am

What’s the best way to make an image of you computer?


FAZE March 19, 2008 at 6:04 am

Acronis True Image (50 dollars for a license).


DEV March 19, 2008 at 1:55 pm

For all those who are having the problem of undetectable unallocated space!!

Try using linux partition editor boot in the linux redhat or wateva cd.. then delete the desired volume you wish to load maac into.. then exit from the editor or simply reset ur machine booting in the iATKOS dvd.. now after the first few steps ull be abl;e to see ur hd in the disk utility prt,, and if u still dontsee it.. then use the iATKOS V1.0ir3 patch.. for iATKOS V1.0r2..

AND YES AFTER DOING ALL THE STEPS IAM HAVING A ‘BOOTCHAIN ERROR’ :| im using iATKOS V1.0r3 can any one gimme the solution y..?? plzzz.. im begging.. :(


DEV March 19, 2008 at 3:27 pm

yeah im trying a triboot ihave copied the chain0 as given in the steps.. nd i did boot editing in winxp.. nd cant understnd how to edit the boot thing using boot mgr.. in vista..
plz help!!


Jay March 19, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Hi I do everything upto the part where you type -v
it gets like 4 lines down then restarts no many how many times i try it keeps restarting from same place




crystal March 19, 2008 at 11:55 pm

can you use the normal apple bought leopard CD instead of the iATKOS v1.0 one?


DEV March 20, 2008 at 2:32 pm






JoeyB March 20, 2008 at 6:08 pm

My sound & ethernet does not work :(
Intel Pentium D 2.80 GHz
Ram: 1gb
Network: Intel Pro/100 VE


JoeyB March 20, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Pls help. You can email me triggermanjoey@gmaildotcom


Bengt March 21, 2008 at 9:13 pm

dears all,

i’m not sure doing everything right. but untill now i didn’t get it work.

as describe in the howto after loading iaktos (not sure about my version) i used the disk utility but could not find darwin boot in the menu utilities. even though before i didn’t see the difference betwenn letting the system autoboot after pressing f8 the iaktos disk or following the howto. i always said x86 darwinboot after counting down. anyhow i did it the one or the other way the iaktos started and the installtion was easy but then nothing works out like the howto says. even after taking out the disk no system at all was found.

meanwhile i got the computer this fare back that it accepts the iaktos again and maybe through this i will be abel to start again from vista.

otherwise if there are some changes in the howto with a never version of iaktos i could or must say would be thankfull for some help.

here are my system facts for notebook msi vr601ne.

Processor & Cache: Intel�� Core 2 Duo/Celeron Processors
Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista�� Home Premium
Chipsets:Intel�� GL960+ICH8-M
System Memory: 3GB, is more than supported but does work with vista
LCD Display: 15.4″ TFT AVC WXGA display
Graphics & Video Module Intel�� Grpahics Media Acceleator (GMA) X3100
Audio HD Audio, 2 speakers (1.5W)


Optical Drive: COMBO/DVD Super Multi

Communication Port

Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN and Modem Module
Built-in 802.11b / g WLAN Card
Built-in Bluetooth (optional)

PC Card Slots

PCMCIA 2.1, Type II x 1

Card Reader

4-in-1 Card Reader, MMC/SD/MS/MS Pro


Built-in 1.3M pixel webcam (optional)

I/O Port

VGA out (15-pin, D-Sub) X 1
USB2.0 Port X 4
Mic-in Port X 1
Headphone/SPDIF out X 1
Modem Port X 1
LAN Port X 1
S-Video Port X 1
Line-in port X 1
IEEE 1394 Port X 1


Abs March 22, 2008 at 3:26 am

wow amazing guide! thanks a lot. recently though the ToH rc2 seems to be a more popular osx to download. which do you recommend? the iATKOS or the ToH version plus what are the differences? thanks alot


joker March 22, 2008 at 6:58 am

i cant boot in to it
and can u descrribe what GUID is and where to find it


Keith March 23, 2008 at 12:08 am

Cody (and anyone else with this as the final thing you see when you install with -v):
Darwin Kernel Version 9.1.0: Sat Nov 17 02:56:34 SCT 2007; made by ToH:xnu-1228.0.2~1/BUILD/obj/RELEASE_I386

How did you make it go away so I can continue installation?


Samip March 23, 2008 at 3:12 am

i have been stuck at the message “still waiting for root device” for over 2 hours. any suggestions?


andreimg March 23, 2008 at 8:16 am


Nope, I’m guessing it has something to do with the laptop’s hard drive-dvd drive configuration, because if I just click next where it prompts me choose a disk, the dvd drive is the only option (again..absolutely nothing shows up in the Disk Utility).

Hope there will be an XP version to this guide, to install on a pc where the disk is displayed correctly.


hem March 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm

I have tried this many times but got it work just for a single time … i installed leopard got installed but can’t boot into it…

i followed the mentioned steps but got HFS+ partition not found error.. dunno why… wasted my lots of hours


Royboy303 March 24, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Hey guys im new to this! BUT im not a n00b. I have high experiance with computers and am able to do advanced stuff…

I recently purchaced a sony vaio VGN-CR35 running windows vista.
It just came with a “recovery partition ” which i turned into DVD’s…

It has Ati graphics card and intel duo core 2.1 ghz chipset..

will this work on it?
If something goes wrong will i be able to restore my system?

ALSO can someone make a video tutorial? that will be Awesomeness!


Anis March 24, 2008 at 5:20 pm

hey found a solution to boot chain error in install costumizing you have to select the EFI MBR V8 option

and your mac partition must be primary
look to your mac partition with EditHexa utility : check wether your partition has a valid boot sector … The last two bytes should read “AA55″.
Else, the boot sector of the partition won’t be accepted by chain0.

it works!!!!!!!!!
beautiful mac OSX
made it work with amd prossessor


Mercury March 24, 2008 at 11:18 pm

When i boot DVD disk (Burned with nero) I press space when I see text. Then its starts copying etc. Darwin file. The first file, and after 3 – 5 seconds my computer restarts.
I have Pentium D


person March 25, 2008 at 4:14 am

can you maake a video tutorial
that would help out a lot


SlimJim March 25, 2008 at 5:12 am

OK, I made it past the “BOOT CHAIN0 ERROR”. I had to rename my drive to “MAC_OSX” and reinstall the OS using the “Customize” option and selecting the “EFI Bootloader” only with NONE of the other options listed with that selection. I didn’t select the x86 Bootloader either. But, all is not well. I get to the grey Apple screen with the Apple logo and the progress circle and then it hangs. I am going to reinstall with the EFI Bootloader (no options) and the x86 Bootloader and see if that makes a difference. I tried installing with ALL of the bootloader options selected and that just kept cycling through the boot process. I will post my results from my next experiment as soon as I have them.


wes March 25, 2008 at 9:53 am


Im on windows xp home.

intel celeron 2.6 GHz. about 1g of RAM

ehh the old emachines pc. fairly decent.

sorry but im being lazy.

i really want to get dual boot working with xp and tiger.

notice this is for leopard but i bet u can get tiger too. i hope.

i have the mac os x image dvd burt its the current JaS patcher.

i watched the vid and made a seperate partition on here with

acronis disk director. i boot from cd and i get to the darwin bootloader part. i press f8 it goes down the list and i get to “still waiting for root device.” errrr

i noticed you use mycomputer > manage > unallolacated for vista.

i also noticed this was a freshly updated blog.

pls help if you can ill check back if you need any more info. :D D


james March 25, 2008 at 1:24 pm

mine hangs at date localhost directoryservice[51] launched version 5.0 (v514). this is with iatkosv1.0
always hangs and i cant even get the kalyway10.5.1 to boot. any suggestions? if i dont use the -v command it hangs on the white bg with grey apple symbol indefinetly. how long should that page last?


Jason March 25, 2008 at 7:06 pm

This guide seems great! Hopefully I can get it to work on XP.

I’m using Partition Magic 8.0 to repartition my drive since I don’t have VISTA. How do I setup up the partition using this software? Specifically, I am lost at making sure the partition is ‘unallocated’.


Jason March 25, 2008 at 7:32 pm

I guess I spoke too soon, because I just figured it out. Incase anyone else is wondering (with Partition Magic 8) you need to click ‘Resize a Partition’. It will ask you which drive you want to resize, then enter the new size. (the current size minus the amount you want unallocated). The next step asks which partition to give the unused space to. This is where you have to make sure all the boxes are unchecked and then click next. The screen screen will show you unallocated partition.


john March 25, 2008 at 9:05 pm

what type of Partition magic are u using? (legal or cracked?_)


Puffi March 25, 2008 at 9:08 pm


Hi guys, I have read all the comments and I wish to give my feedback.

For some reason the Utility -> Darwin Boot option is missing from my installer. I got away by skipping that step and by adding the utility using the customize menu.

The problem is that I can’t really get the dual boot working. I get the ���BOOT CHAIN0 ERROR���

I am trying to reinstalling and using different DARWIN BOOTS (EFI and x86) but still get that error. Apart from installing the tool do I need to do something like running it?

There is any way to boot into my Mac OS X without the boot loader? There is an option I can use from the CD to load my Mac OS X installation (not the installer)?


Jason March 26, 2008 at 7:09 am

It’s a legal copy.


Bill Gates March 26, 2008 at 10:57 am

Now you know how I feel. Welcome to the club Jason!


james March 26, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Does it have to be vista or can it be xp?


S059 March 26, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Been trying this for 2 weeks…
I type -v then see scrolling text on the screen.
Then it stop on

localhost DirectoryService[51]: Launched version 5.0 (v514)

Any idea how can the installer continue? Help!


S059 March 26, 2008 at 7:29 pm

JAMES, I got the same problem too.
For 2 week s,the installer just stops at

localhost DirectoryService[51]: Launched version 5.0 (v514)

and refuses to continue.

Any idea how can the installer continue?


Fredrik March 27, 2008 at 2:03 am

Is it possible to install leopard on a separate hard disk not a partition?

See the same question asked, but can not fin any answers?


Alain March 27, 2008 at 3:04 am


Have pressed F8 as the countdown begins and typed -v at the prompt and hit enter.
The text was scrolling on the screen, and then it stopped.
Thanks to help me out here.

Kind regards


WES March 27, 2008 at 4:58 am

aye guys. im back and not tired. i have a way that will work for all of you. first of all when installing os x on a machine with an os system already it will be alot slower when installing. but dont give it more than 7-10 minutes if you think it has frozen. give it a little bit of time and it will work.
you need:

jas os x iso about 4 gb.

im not totally sure but im pretty sure its says up there that if you want leopard you have to get tiger first so here is what else you need.

VMware Workstation 5.5 (works best)
dont go on their site because they will have you sign up and stuff
and you wont get a fully working program unless u buy it.
its an amazing program and its on torrents too !

so go find the torrent of
it. it will be just under 80-95 mb .
dont start dloading it if its like 300 mb or something

then go to the wiki

still too tired for links. :P

then here.
VMware Install Guides.

i recommend using vmware instead of dual booting.
wouldn’t it be ridiculous if you said my computers broken
and they said why and you said because i tried to install mac
on it. if your not completely confident that you can do it use this method.

note. that the installation of mac on vm will be slooow. but after you get it installed you will be able to share cpu between systems and it will be just fine. o and unplug your internet cable when installing it is known to find your internet and deny you… hah!. as long as its not saying waiting for root device in the boot sequence in darwin your fine ! you should hit the blue screen in no time.

if your pc is an average one you will need to turn off your
running apps in xp. try fullscreening vmware. its nice.

ah and dont go telling every sing one of your buddies about this because soon it will hit big and everyone will be doing it. you know how that is.

i drank lots of kronic energy drinks so im ok for today. i sleep alot.

hope this works for you toomany confused ones on this page.

i wont check back so go to my webpage if you need anything.
or maybe


RandomMan March 27, 2008 at 5:53 am

Will this work on my laptop?

Product Name dv2402ca Product Number GA483UA#ABA Microprocessor 1.6 GHz Intel�� Celeron�� M Processor 520 Microprocessor Cache 1 MB L2 Cache Memory 1024 MB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) Memory Max 2048 MB max supported Video Graphics Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (shared) Video Memory Up to 224 MB Hard Drive 120 GB (5400 RPM) SATA Hard Drive Multimedia Drive LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD��RW with Double Layer Support Display 14.1″ WXGA High-Definition BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800) Fax/Modem High speed 56k modem Network Card Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector) Wireless Connectivity 802.11b/g WLAN


jassy March 27, 2008 at 5:54 am

dear All,
i have a veird question i have 4 sata drives on a PC
1) win xp
2) vista
3)Leopard 10.5.2
All these os i multiboot from vista bootloader but the 4th..
4)Leopard 10.5.1 i can boot independently but i cant add to the existing vista boot loader i tried different ways but without success. please help me


Gerald R March 27, 2008 at 6:51 am

Alright, hit -v and it scrolled with the text, stops as:

BSD root: disck1s3, major 14, minor 6


JASSY March 27, 2008 at 11:22 am

I was just kidding !


Pieter March 27, 2008 at 4:36 pm

I tried installing iAtkos i r2,
when the text start scrolling it stops and the last message says

MAC Framework succesfully initialized
using 10485 buffer headers and 4096 cluster IO buffer headers
Extension “com.apple.driver.ACPI_SMC_PlatfotmPlugin” has immediate depencies on both com.apple.kernel and com.apple.kpi components; use only one style
I hope someone can help me


ghiblii March 27, 2008 at 5:43 pm

I tr to install macOSx 10.5. (leopard) but get the error message


Younes March 27, 2008 at 8:05 pm

how to create a multi boot for Win xp and Mac Os ?


Younes March 27, 2008 at 8:08 pm

So about my machine
An intellstation Z PRO IBM
Dual Core 2 (3.06 x 4 )
2.5 Go Ram
and 512 VGA
i think it s ok no ?


Chinar March 27, 2008 at 8:33 pm

Hi Guys,

I installed MAC OSX 10.5 Leopard using Leo4all.iso. Everything was going perfect. I was using Leopard. But then my new Mac warned me about the new updates. I said “install and restart” and instaled the updates but now I can’t pass the boot screen any more. I dont see the mac desktop. whats the reason? what happpened?


Salman Khalid March 27, 2008 at 8:50 pm


I was wondering just the other day what a bummer it was that i wouldn’t be able to use the Apple iPhone SDK and then found this today. Though looking at what the hype is all about has its own fascination, i am more than hoping that it’s exactly what i need to get the iPhone SDK working…

I started the download of the image from Mininova a few minutes back and bought a brand-new hard-drive to install it to. I even felt juiced up enough to buy a 3D card that i’d been planning on buying since forever!

Thank you for the guide… hopefully won’t run into any problems with installation or setting it up. Since i will be installing it on my second hard-drive, but dual-booting with Vista, i suppose when i enter the hard-drive numumber i put in 1 instead of 0 – granted that the hard-drive is second in the bios as well?

Best Regards.
Salman Khalid.


Dale March 27, 2008 at 11:39 pm


Did anyone get Leopard and Windows XP in a dual boot working yet?

I’ve read some people commenting on their boot.ini here, but I understand no-one got it working?


Let us know (how), thanks! :-)


Kar March 28, 2008 at 2:39 am

Hi, first I wanna thank you for the great work you did here !
But I have a problem right a the beginning: when i boot from the DvD and type in -v after pressing F8, about 4 lines scroll down and then the PC reboots. I never got into the Installer… what can I do not to make this happen ?
Thanks !


deadroute March 28, 2008 at 3:39 am

will this work on a quad core pc?


FAZE March 28, 2008 at 5:52 am

For those of you that are having a problem with only so much of the lines loading after typing in -v, try re-burning the .iso at the SLOWEST possible rate your computer will do. Normally programs default to burning at the fastest possible rate, so manually make it slower. If that doesn’t work, try re-downloading the .iso and burning it at a slow rate. You may have had a bad download. If those don’t work, you may have a piece of hardware connected to your computer that the loader doesn’t agree with. Try unplugging all non-necessary components of your computer before trying to load it.


Jason March 28, 2008 at 9:24 am

I just NOW completed downloading the ISO file. Took forever, my ISP sucks. Anyways, my HD is repartitioning as I type, I’ll let you know if I get it to work right with XP.


Salman Khalid March 28, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Still downloading…


kungfumaster007 March 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Does anyone know what this command means?

fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
flag 1

If I’m installing on a second hard drive, do I have to change it to rdisk1? or does it matter?
I’m trying to dual boot with XP and haven’t been successful at all.


Jason March 28, 2008 at 5:37 pm

So… I burned the ISO, booted the DVD and it froze at a blue screen. I rebooted, went back into XP and noticed the DVD was only 542k… that can’t be right. I burned it again thinking it was a bad burn… but the same thing happened. I wondering if I have a bad ISO copy. The ISO file itself is 2.2 gigs, but only 542K burn to DVD. Anyone?


Jason March 28, 2008 at 5:41 pm

BTW, I downloaded iAtkos v1.0i R2 through a torrent site.


Salman Khalid March 29, 2008 at 1:43 am

When you access the DVD from Windows, it’ll show you that size. Unrecognizable format or something to that effect.


Salman Khalid March 29, 2008 at 1:45 am

That command is to set your Windows partition to be active, so that you can start back to windows… And assuming you have XP installed on the first drive – obviously – use the command as it is.


Salman Khalid March 29, 2008 at 1:53 am

Download Completed… Burned… and installed.

When i clicked on ‘Utilities->Disk Utility’ all the partitions (NTFS) were listed, but not the unallocated space.

Since i was installing on a secondary hard-drive, i recreated the partioning on that (2 partitions, one free space – which i later formatted as NTFS from windows and the other to Mac OSX Extended Jounraled)

Other than this, no hangs or problems at all… the setup went as smooth as possible.

Anyways… am starting up Mac OS X for the first time. hopefully will start without any problems.


Salman Khalid March 29, 2008 at 3:09 am

BOOT CHAIN0 ERROR!!!!!!!!!!!



Dan March 29, 2008 at 3:16 am

Has anyone been able to solve the Boot chain error? I’ve been looking everywhere on google and still can’t fix it…. I tried easybcd and that was no help.


kungfumaster007 March 29, 2008 at 4:53 am

Salman, Thank you.
I don’t have any problem booting XP with or without the command though. I wish booting into OS X was that easy. I’m still having Boot Chain0 Error like everyone else.


Jason March 29, 2008 at 5:40 am

@Salman Khalid, what did you use to burn the DVD? I am using Nero. I’m wondering if NERO doesn’t recognize the files in the ISO. The reason is because when I burned the DVD it only took 15 minutes. I have a hard time believing 2.2 gigs takes only 15 minutes at 2x burn speed. The first time I went to work and let it burn, so I didn’t notice. I understand why the files wouldn’t show in Windows and why the size is wrong… but 15 minutes seems like a short time to burn that size ISO.


Salman Khalid March 29, 2008 at 6:02 am

I used Roxio and it burned at 4.0x which took approx 9 minutes. So 15 minutes sounds just about right.

Are you experiencing any problem specifically? Maybe i can help out.


Salman Khalid March 29, 2008 at 6:06 am

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m IN!!!!!

After re-running the setup for the fifth time, got it to work. I’ll post confirmation once i start Leopard completely along with what i did to get past the Boot Chain 0 Error!


Salman Khalid March 29, 2008 at 6:23 am


Ok… so what you need to do to ensure that you don’t run into the Boot Chain0 Error is to hit Customize before beginning install with default settings, and checking the Bootloader from the tree. You can select the Drivers as well, but it led to the MAC being hung during startup which led me to reinstalling again.

There are a few things extra in the tutorial above… but if you follow it close enough – with the exception of checking Bootloader from the components to be installed where as the author of this blog said to install the default package – you’ll have MAC running on your PC soon enough.

I will post what i did in detail soon…

Best Regards.
Salman Khalid.


Nguyen March 29, 2008 at 9:34 am

@ Salman Khalid

Can you write down the details that you did quickly !!! Thank you very much…….


Jason March 29, 2008 at 10:44 am

I was getting a frozen light blue screen after all the text went by. Loading it again, I forgot to type -v and hit enter instead. The Mac screen showed and I had to head back to work. When I got back… I saw the installation screen. (intriguing). But when it asked where I wanted to install the OS, no drives came up.

I resized my partition using Partition Magic 8, the partition was unallocated.


Jason March 29, 2008 at 10:48 am

Oh I’m dumb. I didn’t read the directions carefully! I missed a step. I wish there was ‘delete post’ button! Ok…I’m going in for another try!


Salman Khalid March 29, 2008 at 6:25 am

One very important must-have utility, especially if you’ve made a lot of entries in your Boot Menu with most of them not leading to anything…

It’ll let you remove all the unwanted items from the Bootloader menu. You could use the command line, but the GUI makes things much much simpler.

Best Regards.


Dan March 29, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Still having troubles.

When i go to Darwin Boot after entering the HD and Partition info and saying Yes to the prompts i get this:

hdiutil: unmount: “s2″ failed to unmount due to error 2
hdiutil: unmount failed – No such file or directory
startupfiletool: opendev(s2): no such file or directory
dd: s2: Read-only file system
hdiutil: mountvol failed – No such file or directory

you can quit the terminal.

Does anyone know what I am doing wrong? I know thats the correct partition and drive. Any help would be appreciated.


Midoe March 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Boot Chain0 Error =(
Any solutions?


Jason March 29, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Well I must have missed my chance because now I can’t get back into the installation. Everytime it hangs at the blue screen. I’ll try to do some investigating.


Salman Khalid March 29, 2008 at 7:52 pm


Read my comment made on March 29th… Comment no. 19019 on this page.

I got the same error but successfully bypassed it by making a slight customization to the install package.


Salman Khalid March 29, 2008 at 7:54 pm


Try deleting the partitions entirely – if you have a seprate drive, then delete it completely and recreate partitions; i ran into trouble over previous installations that were resolved after re-doing the partitions.


Salman Khalid March 29, 2008 at 7:57 pm


I am tied down with some work, but will post what i did exactly to get it to work later.

Other than RESTART (shutdown works perfect, but restart closes everything and goes to a load screen, but doesn’t restart) and problems with setting up the Network card (i have an intel onboard ethernet card) eveything else is just perfect.

I found a solution to installing the LAN card on it and will give it a go as long as they approve my registration (so that i can download the driver info). So hopefully will be up on the internet in MAC as well. Also got Office 2008 for MAC OSX and iLife 8.0 on DVDs and am gonna try installing them to see if they work or not.

BTW – my windows partitions are 100% accessible via MAC OS X!


Salman Khalid March 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Hi guys,

I just re-wrote this guide in my own words, with the changes that i made to get it to work and to bypass the Boot Chain0 Error. I hope that helps you guys out.


Best Regards.
Salman Khalid.


Midoe March 29, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Salam Salman,
I read ur post but didn’t know what customization to change (what package to add). I installed it without any packages (iATKOS v.1) which means that it should be working perfectly. I think that you have to install the Darwin bootloader X86 from the customization menu only if u have iATKOS v1.0ir2. I had the other version so I didn’t change anything but it didnt work.

As for the partition. The Mac didnt recognize it when it was unallocated so what I did is that i changed it to allocated by choosing the size of it. I didn’t format it though nor assigned a letter for it so that it doesnt show up when I click on My Computer in Windows.

Best Regrads,
Ahmad Marafi (Midoe)


Midoe March 29, 2008 at 10:28 pm

I’ll try to install it with iATKOS v1.0ir2 now considering adding the Bootloader from the customization menu. Let’s hope things work..


Midoe March 29, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Guys, use iATKOS v1.0ir2 and before installing it click on customize and add the EFI bootloader Package (Darwin EFI + 2 Stock Items)
It’ll work right away..

Im stuck with no drivers though.. i’ll look for them sometime soon..


FAZE March 30, 2008 at 6:09 am

Glad all of you guys are getting it installed right, but how in the world are you getting it to see your unallocated partition?


Midoe March 30, 2008 at 6:24 am


you have to create a volume with a certain size (5 Gb at least) but don’t format it or assign a letter to it. Just leave it the way it is. You’ll be able to see it.

Basically, It’s not unallocated.. It’s a Volume!


kungfumaster007 March 30, 2008 at 11:47 am

MIDOE, I tried EFI thing but didn’t work for me. I found this website (http://maconpc.distinctlyjordan.com/2008/03/20/how-todual-boot-xp-and-leopard/#comment-72) and followed the instructions there, and worked on the first try.

I have the same problem with you though. I don’t know how to install drivers. Does anyone know?


Salman Khalid March 30, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Wsalaam Midoe,

Thanks for the info


Salman Khalid March 30, 2008 at 12:35 pm
Salman Khalid March 30, 2008 at 12:46 pm


So probably a dum question… but this is the full Leopard, wrong? The image was 2.5 GB in size… the original MAC OS X is over 5-7 GB in size…


Kar March 30, 2008 at 9:07 pm

After typing -v this Error appears: Extension “com.apple.driver.iTunesPhoneDriver” has no explicit kernel dependancy; using version 6.0.”
What��s the problem here ?
Thanks !


SlimJim March 30, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Well, I followed the kungfumaster007′s link, used the kalway version and it worked the first time. I am installing the iPhone SDK right now to see if ti works, I have the same driver issues but will work that out later.

check it out here: http://maconpc.distinctlyjordan.com/2008/03/20/how-todual-boot-xp-and-leopard/#comment-72


Salman Khalid March 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm


I installed Office 2008, iLife 08, and a bunch of small Mac softwares on mine and everything’s working fine. Had to restart download of the SDK (after 80% completion) as i lost power and the UPS wasn’t charged, and though i was using firefox to download, it wouldn’t resume later! :(

Leave a note if you get it working.


Salman Khalid March 30, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Is it just me or the MAC extremely simple? I mean… in comparison to Windows which seems kind of huge!

The interface of Vista, i like better than MAC OS X. But there’s no denying that MAC OS X is way faster. I love the way the Folders/Setups are shown (autoruns have icons rather than buttons – sort of)

Furthermore… i just love the interface of Office 2008 on MAC! And the mail client is faster than Outlook – though lacking some features but Microsoft should include that as well in the Office suite for windows as a light version to outlook.


SlimJim March 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm

OK, the iPhone SDK installed without a hitch. Now, I have to figure out these drivers to get my ethernet card working.

Salman, any ideas or direction you can provide here? I found a collection of drivers in the news groups but not sure where to go from there.


Midoe March 30, 2008 at 11:00 pm

I need the drivers for my Gfx card :( Couldnt find it..
Nvidia GeForce 8700M GT (512MB) that comes with the M15x Alienware laptop


JcL0289 March 31, 2008 at 1:11 am

when i restart my comp with the disk in, i go through all the steps, and it does everything, then stops at

ERROR: FireWire unable o determine security-mode; defaulting to full secure

then it says

Still Waiting For Root Device

and it keeps saying that.


Rinn March 31, 2008 at 3:14 am

hi guys, im having trouble too….

well im trying to install Leopard on a second partition of my hard drive(other partition has vista on it) and im using the iATKOS 1.0i dvd and when i booted it, i hit F8, and typed -v, then it looks like its doin its thing and then it stops here:
Extension “com.apple.driver.itunesphonedriver” has no explicit kernel dependency; using version 6.0

and like every 2 mins it will say “Still waiting for root device”
it gets me thinking, i have an ipod touch(very very close to iphone) and it says “itunes phone driver” hmmm….but my ipod wasnt plugged in…i have the cord to plug it in thats plugged in, but the ipod isnt attatched to the cord….soooo does anybody have any idea on how to fix this?


Bryan March 31, 2008 at 8:40 am

Intel DP35DP board Intel Q6600 processoe,
4x1024mb DDR2-5300, WD SATA II 500,
WD SATA II 320, nVidia 8500GT 512mb PCI-e,
2xSamsung SATA DVD+- RW Drives.

I am getting a hang somewhat. It is in a loop after the disc runs. I forget the actual msg but I think it has to do with my hardware.

would version R2 Work better?


Bryan March 31, 2008 at 8:49 am

I am getting the ‘Still waiting for root device’ problem on my
Intel DP35DP Q6600


Salman Khalid March 31, 2008 at 8:50 am


No luck with that yet. I have an Intel on-board ethernet card (Intel Pro v/100) and i guess its highly unlikely for me to find any drivers for that for MAC.

I’m going to try and use a USB Wireless receiever that my brother used on his previous laptop… if that is detected and installed by MAC OS X then since i already am running my DSL over a wifi router, i won’t have any problems connecting to the internet.


Salman Khalid March 31, 2008 at 8:53 am


Try their website… i had no trouble finding the MAC drivers for the OS x from their site…

I am still looking for Creative soundblaster audigy live drivers for mac. Anyone?

Best Regards.


SlimJim March 31, 2008 at 9:45 am

OK, I am up a running. I have my LAN card working, sound is working, and I have added several apps. Here’s how I did it.

I installed per the guide contained here:

I then get a copy of a driver utility file at this forum here:

I then followed the instructions for editing the .plist file to recognize my LAN card here:

This worked for my Yukon 88E8050 PCIe card.

Hope this helps some others out there struggling with this. I have been working on my machine every weekend for a few weeks now and it’s a relief to get it to finally work. Good Luck!


Jason March 31, 2008 at 3:07 pm

I was able to install using iATKOSv v1.0 r2, but when it was all said and done, during the OS loading I got a message saying I had to reboot. So no go. I wiped everything and tried again. BTW, for those who say their screen freezes at a blue background when booting from the install DVD… keep trying. I’ve noticed that I can get it to load the installer once every 6-8 tries. Sometimes more. One time I had to reboot 20 times before the installation screen booted correctly.

Once I installed again (followed Salman’s Blog), my computer now just reboots. It reboots too fast for me to read the message before hand. I’m thinking of following this guide… http://maconpc.distinctlyjordan.com/2008/03/20/how-todual-boot-xp-and-leopard/#comment-72 using Kalway 10.5.1 My connection is somewhat slow, so it will take a few days to download.


Salman Khalid March 31, 2008 at 4:31 pm


I’ve heard that Kalway is more stable than iAtkos… furthermore includes more drivers and apps than the iAtkos build. (You can even tell by the 2GB+ size over that of iAtkos)

I haven’t started download yet, but if am unable to get the LAN or sound, etc. working on iAtkos, might think about giving Kalway a shot. Moreover, there is something wrong wiht iAtkos’s restart on my system, as it hangs rather than restarting!


Salman Khalid March 31, 2008 at 8:30 pm

After giving up on the problems that i was having with iAtkos (Restart not working, and Shutdown not working sometimes, sound card drivers, Ethernet, and so on) i’m going to give Kalyway’s Leopard OS X a go.

Furthermore, the iAtkos is a bit too hacked for my taste. (just go into “About this Mac” dialog and you’ll know what i mean. I’d like it to be just perfect!)

True that i may not be able to get my ethernet card working on Kalyway’s Hacked Leo but i could always go for a cheap card that it does support, and i am sure i could find Soundblaster’s drivers given the time. As for not being able to use my ATI R3650 to its full capacity, its not like i’ll be playing any games on the MAC OS X, besides ATI has a few OS X drivers up on their site which i haven’t tried out yet.

I’ll let you know once i get it working.


doomer March 31, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Hey, I have Windows XP, Vista and Debian installed in my pc.

Is the Darwin boot loader compatible with the Grub boot loader (which loads Windows boot loader if I select Win Vista in its menu)????

If not, what should I do to make all OSs availible?

Thanks in advance,



Midoe April 1, 2008 at 2:20 am

@ Salman

Unfortunately, Nvidia doesn’t provide any drivers for Mac OS X :(
and my gf isn’t supported by their website because its a laptop gfx not a desktop one.


Salman Khalid April 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm


I can understand their lack of drivers for MAC OS X… but they should have support for the Graphics Card on their site regardless of it being a laptop one.

Oh wait… i have Nvidia 8400G M in my laptop. When i go to NVidia’s site it tells me to grab the latest drivers from my Laptop Vendor’s site (i.e. HP) however if i proceed ignoring the warning and download the drivers, they work fine as well.


mark April 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm

I am having problems : (

motherboard Asus p5n-e sli
intel core 2 quad processor
8gb of ram

vista is on my primary of 320GB and the other is showing up as unallocated 145GB

hit f8 during countdown type -v hit enter, gets upto about 6 lines of darwin then restarts, press any key to install osx then: loading darwin/x86 i see a white background for a split seccond then the computer restarts again asking me to hit any key to install mac osx splash screen, then shuts down AHHHHHH! its like groundhog day, as far as i know i am following the instructions properly and the harddrive was shrunken properly… anyone have any ideas whats going on?

any help is greatly apreciated!


john April 1, 2008 at 8:06 pm

is it possible to instal leopard on pc by not removing xp like two os in one pc is it possible


Salman Khalid April 1, 2008 at 10:06 pm
SlimJim April 1, 2008 at 10:42 pm


What drivers did you install to get this message? I wok up this morning to find the same message on my screen but restarted and everything appears to be working fine, I am posting this from my Hackintosh now.


Salman Khalid April 2, 2008 at 9:25 am


I don’t really recall which site i downloaded it from. Could you point to where you downloaded it from? (Do have an on-board intel ethernet card?)

I got the message continuously for like 15 times at-least before i gave up on it. Tried again now but didn’t work.

Kalyway download completed and am about to burn it to DVD. Will be installing it soon now.


Salman Khalid April 2, 2008 at 9:39 am

Ooooo! seems kalyways comes with a set of drivers. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!



SlimJim April 2, 2008 at 9:46 am



SlimJim April 2, 2008 at 9:50 am


I got the drivers for my onboard Marvell Yukon Ethernet 88E8050 card here:

There are multiple drivers in this file that you can select from, not sure if Intel was one of them. Kalway had the drivers for my sound card as part of the install and all I had to do otherwise was update my video card driver.

It’s working great so far with no problems to report. Have installed numerous apps as well as networked it with Windows machines.

Good Luck!


jcl0289 April 3, 2008 at 6:00 am

when i restart my comp with the disk in, i go through all the steps, and it does everything, then stops at

ERROR: FireWire unable o determine security-mode; defaulting to full secure

then it says

Still Waiting For Root Device

and it keeps saying that.


Zippo April 3, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Plzz need help, i can��t get iAktos v1.0 iso work don��t now what to do.

My system is:
p4 3.6Ghz,
4gb of ram,
Gigabyte 8500gt,
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3 Motherboard,
Visa 64bit Ultimate SP1
The harddrive for mac is WD partiton 20 GB 7200rpm 8mb.


Zippo April 3, 2008 at 3:11 pm

You should see scrolling text on the screen now. If it stops anywhere then drop a comment and I���ll try to help you out.

I��t don��t appear any scrolling text, after that it only says press any key. and then the mac logo appears, and nothing happens, after a while, it appears a symbol on the mac logo. what to do :S


play4fun April 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm

now i already install Mac OS X on my laptop…
but the problem is….
when i type tis into the command prompt
bcdedit /copy {current} /d ���Mac OS X���
bcdedit /enum active
bcdedit /set {GUID} PATH \chain0

the command prompt dun hv any respond??
any1 can help me??
i using windows XP…


Ameds April 3, 2008 at 6:11 pm

ei guys, help here! I keep on getting stuck in the prompt that says “waiting for root device” what could be wrong? Thanks!


nodisc2 April 3, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Hi i have a problem when i want to install leopard i get “waiting for root device” can someone help me please


Josh Man April 4, 2008 at 4:01 am

I am using iAktos v1.0 R2.
When ever i try to boot into vista my system just restatts. The problem is not that my vista partition is inactive.
I got as far as after I execute the fdisk -e…… Commands to darwin. Vista wont start so i cant continue.
Help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.


Salami April 4, 2008 at 7:47 am


the installation of iAtkos stops at MAC Framework successfully initiallized

my system infos:

Intel Core2Duo E6600
MSI G31M mobo
Nvidia 8500GT 512mb 128bit DDR2
2GB DDR2 800
80Gig Samsung SATA II HD (XP&Vista)
160Gig Seagate IDE (should be mac OSx)
Samsung 20X writemaster w/ lightscribe DVD-RAM/RW

hope you can help me…



Midoe April 4, 2008 at 7:53 am

@Josh Man

execute the fdisk -e commands.. they’ll activate the vista partition..
if ur keyboard doesnt work and u cant type anything just keep restarting ur pc and start iAtkos with the -s command over and over until ur keyboard starts working..


Josh Man April 4, 2008 at 7:59 am

I already did the fdisk -e commands. My vista partition is active. My keyboard works too. When I boot up my vista reinstallation cd, it says that drive C:’s size is 0 bytes and won’t give me information about it.
Thanks for the help anyways
Josh Man


Midoe April 4, 2008 at 9:07 am

Ouch.. did u erase it by mistake?


Midoe April 4, 2008 at 9:08 am

Guys .. I’ve found the drivers for my gfx card and it works great now..
trying to find the drivers for my network card now
Broadcom NetLink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet


Salman Khalid April 4, 2008 at 1:16 pm

@Josh Man

Try using the Vista installation DVD and repair. See if that works for you.


Salman Khalid April 4, 2008 at 1:19 pm


I finally got the time to install Kalyway’s OS X Hackintosh… and it is just awesome! Unlike iAtkos it shows MAC OS X 10.5.1 in the About dialog and so on.

furthermore so far no problems, like restart and shutdown works like a charm.

However, i have been unsucessful in installing the LAN drivers for my Intel Pro V/100. Tried a lot of drivers and methods but no luck yet. Will try again over the weekend. But overall, the Kalyway works much better than iAtkos.


Aassem Askari April 4, 2008 at 1:48 pm

I noticed in the steps that you say to choose 0 for the disk number. However, on my computer, I have two independent hard drives, and I want to install leopard on the second disk (Disk 1), which, would most likely change the number I enter for “Disk Number,” right?
Also, would any other 0′s be changed to 1 as well (particularly in the inputting of the commands “fdisk -e/dev/rdisk0″ as well as “bcdedit /set {GUID} PATH \chain0)?

Thank you.


Josh Man April 4, 2008 at 4:55 pm

@ Salman
The reinstallation DVD wont recognize the vista drive. Therefore it says ot cant find any vista operating systems.
I didnt delete it.


kungfumaster007 April 4, 2008 at 8:13 pm


I used kalyway’s and it worked great but I need the same driver for network card as you do. I’ve tried a few but nothing hasn’t worked either. Let me know if you find a driver. I’ll keep trying, too.


Salman Khalid April 4, 2008 at 10:06 pm

@Aassem Askari

For your first question; YES.
But for the other commands such as ���fdisk -e/dev/rdisk0��� – NO.

The fdisk command is to point to your Vista Partition, not the OS X one.


Salman Khalid April 4, 2008 at 10:08 pm


Ditto to you as well… i will try and locate the drivers tomorrow or on Sunday. Can’t risk looking for them tonight, as it is often time-consuming and i have tons of work to wrap up.


cat9988 April 5, 2008 at 3:46 am

cant get it to work


Aassem Askari April 5, 2008 at 9:28 am

Well, I started to try and install Leopard about 10 minutes ago, but when I get in, and type the “-v” it starts up, but instead of a bunch of scrollign text, I just get:

System config file ‘/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist’ not found

And then, after about 15 seconds or so, a white(ish) band appears about a quarter way down my screen, and consumes the leftmost fifth of my screen horizontally


Mr. Yum Yum April 5, 2008 at 9:47 am

HP Pavilion dv6458se
AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60
160GB hard drive; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM

I downloaded the iATKOS v1.0ir2 iso and burned it to a dvd for install on an unallocated partition on my hard drive along with Vista which is currently running. As soon as the disc boots up the countdown starts and I press F8 to enter “-v”. Whether I do this or not, I get the response “/Library/Preferences/SystemConifguration/com.apple.Boot.plist not found” and then the countdown restarts.
I was wondering if there is something wrong with the iso I downloaded or if the install I have is just wrong altogether but I can’t even get the actual installation to begin.

I was hoping someone would know what the problem is and have a possible solution. Thanks!


Tim Kunz April 5, 2008 at 11:38 am

When I go to the disk utility screen to install leopard I don’t see any partions or hard drives to install to. Ive tried several differect configuations including assigning the unallocated space a letter, formatting it, and leaving it as unallocated space. Anybody have any suggestions or answers?

Im currently running:

AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology TL-50 / 1.6 GHz
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
120 GB – Serial ATA-150 – 5400 rpm


Salman Khalid April 5, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Aassem Askari,

I would advice using the Kalyway DVD instead of the iAtkos one.


Salman Khalid April 5, 2008 at 2:06 pm

@Mr. Yum Yum

Did you burn at the lowest burn speed? (My Roxio software burned at 2x i think – at lowest possible)

Try re-burning the image, but if it doesn’t work still, then try re-downloading. I would advice Kalyway DVD.


Lemon8 April 5, 2008 at 9:10 pm


I have two questions:
how does ist work, when i want to install OS-X with Windows XP Professional (x64), instead of Windows Vista?
I need to know the part, where you copy the file “chain0″ to C:. With XP you don’t have the Boot-Configuration-Tool BCDEdit…

my second question:
I’ve downloaded “iATKOS v1.0ir2″ and at the installation i’ve had no “darwin boot” under “utilities” and so i missed this part. How can i catch up this point?

please help me with my problems!
Thanks, Lemon8


Donut April 6, 2008 at 2:28 am

Thanks a lot for the guide! This works great! As soon as I get drivers for my wireless card I’m all set.

My only issue was in Darwin I, instead of selecting drive “0″ (which, when I did so, failed to mount the Darwin Boot files), I had to use drive “1″. Other than that, everything works exactly like you said it should! I don’t know why all these other people are having so much trouble…..n00bs! lol


Aassem Askari April 6, 2008 at 3:21 am

@Salman Khalid

Would the fact that I have an AMD machine be an issue in using the Kalyway DVD?


Primer April 6, 2008 at 4:17 am

Where would i get the Kalway DVD? What would be the difference between using iATKOS and Kalway? What should i search to find the Kalway DVD, and what is the difference between iATKOS v1.0 and iATKOS v1.0ir2?


Yasser April 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm


I downloaded the iATKOS (2.44 GB) .. i followed the steps here and it worked fine.

I have some questions/problems though:

1. I couldn’t find the unallocated partition in the list. so i had to go to Windows XP and format it as NTFS, then i went back to the Mac installation and reformat it to the correct partition.

2. Also, I couldn’t find the Darwin Boot option in the utilities. Why? I had to go installing without this option. is this a problem?

3. After rebooting, and after the Windows XP started, I can’t edit the boot.ini .. or i don’t know how to edit it to make both mac and windows work! i haven’t tested my Mac installation yet ! :)

Can anyone help?


Zakay April 6, 2008 at 6:19 pm

I managed to install Leopard .. But when i get to choose between VIsta / MAc OS X … I choose Mac .. and then nothing happens..

I can see the darwin countdown .. 5,4,3,2,1 and then i get the same screen as if i pressed F8 … i choose the partition i Installed Leopard on, i hit ENTER .. nothing happens. .. i get the same screen .. again i can choose the partition .. i tried some commands but they don;t work ..

I must say .. the step where : SELECT UTILITIES > DARWIN BOOT etc.
I didnt have that option .. so i just installed without those steps .. is this crucial for Mac to work ? ..
if so .. how to fix ?


NPMAX April 6, 2008 at 11:21 pm

I am currently stuck at -v command, it stopped at “root filesystem is read only; skipping kernel link data generation”. it also said that “secondary PCI IDE is Disabled” .
“Can’t add repository”
“firewire unable to determine security mode; defaulting to full secure”
Please help me how can i fix this??
Thanks a lot.


odd April 7, 2008 at 3:27 am

Do vista and osX have to be on the same disc with to partitions, or can they be on to different discs


Nathan April 7, 2008 at 6:50 am

After i do -v it says

Error: FireWire unable to dertermin security-mode; deaulting to full-secure
jettisoning kernel linker

I’m stuck there…
Please help i want OSX soooo bad…


edward enriquez April 7, 2008 at 11:23 am

Hello, let me just say I have little experience working with mac’s so i would like to try it out first on my notebook before i go out and buy one. My question is this, i have a hp dv2415nr it has a amd processor 1.8 and was wondering if the above steps would work with an amd processor (it has Vista). If not, i also have an intel p4 2.8 w/ xp on it. How would i do it with xp?

Your contribution is greatly appreciate and hopefully i can successfully install it on my notebook or desktop. By the way, i figured a way to convert any windows vista os default language(english) to any target language. If you have not discovered how to complete this i can help you out.


HumFran April 7, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Hi there
I installed the MAC in a dual boot with Vista but if I start Mac normaly it freezes in the first screen … to start it I must use the safe mode command (-x). Can U help me, please. I have a Acer 5920. Many thanks. Best regards.


deadlinex April 7, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Are you working on dual boot with XP? Please is very important…


wael April 8, 2008 at 2:10 am

same thing that happens with Nathan happens with me i have 2 different copies of iatkos same result, one gets stuck at the grey screen with the apple logo and the spinning thing and stays there forever and the other finishes the spining process and then a blue screen shows for seconds then followed by a blank grey screen which fades to a black screen and it gets stuck there forever. plz help i totally have my hands tied now. thanks


mike April 8, 2008 at 2:49 am

ok i’ve done everything.

except i had the same problem w/ not being able to see my hdd, so partitioned it w/ iatkos and that worked well, but everuytime i start leopard, it goes to the gray screen then freakin restarts

what is the solution!!!!!


mike April 8, 2008 at 2:49 am

and what i mean is everythign installed 100% and worked well

and whenever i boot up and choose mac os x it goes to teh gray apple logo, spins around the nrestarts


jcl0289 April 8, 2008 at 2:56 am

@ nathan

my computer keeps doing the same thing. i could not find any one who knew how to fix that. i was told it was a problem with the OSX i downloaded, but i tried another one and it did not fix it. if you fnd any thing else out let me know. i will keep looking.


Akasha April 8, 2008 at 10:15 am

Hi, I have three separate SATA Hard Drives. I would like to avoid partitioning and having two OS’s on one drive. I would like to have Vista on one, Leopard on the other, with my third drive being for file storage. What exactly would I need to change about these instructions to get that working, are there any guides to dual booting Vista/Windows and Leopard using two separate drives? Cos I cant find any and believe me ive searched, all i can find is people asking this same question. Please can someone help me out on this im desperate. Someone please please help me out with this.


Salman Khalid April 8, 2008 at 5:43 pm

@Aassem Askari

I don’t think it’ll differ for AMD. But try a search over at osx86 forums…

Best Regards.
Salman Khalid.
P.S. Sorry for the delay in response, i got tied down with office work.


Salman Khalid April 8, 2008 at 5:46 pm


“Where would i get the Kalway DVD? What would be the difference between using iATKOS and Kalway? What should i search to find the Kalway DVD, and what is the difference between iATKOS v1.0 and iATKOS v1.0ir2?”

I downloaded from MiniNova. Do a search on “Kalyway” and you’ll find it. Though seed count may seem low, it downloaded quicker than iAtkos! Even though it’s larger in size!

iAtkos is a really good hack of MAC OS X, and they let you know. Go into About after installing i Atkos, and it says iAtkos and their version not the MAC OS X logo or anything. Instal Kalyway, it’s the perfect MAC OS X system – other than modding MAC OS X to work on Intel, they changed nothing else!


Salman Khalid April 8, 2008 at 5:50 pm


If you are downloading iAtkos then download iAtkos 1.0ir2, not 1.0. IR2 release had a few issues fixed.

However, i would recommend downloading KALYWAY instead of iAtkos. I don’t know the exact differences, but KALYWAY is definitely better and i haven’t run into any problems with it so far. With iAtkos problems always existed, startup problems, or restart not working, and so on. But with Kalyways, its working perfectly.

Search using the keyword “Kalyway” in Mininova and you’ll find the image. Trust me, its better than iAtkos. I will post instructions for installing using Kalyway on my blog later tonight – msalmank.blogspot.com

Best regards.


wael April 8, 2008 at 10:31 pm

k, got that i did already start kalyway download. i’ll c how it turns and reply. thnx


L1 April 8, 2008 at 11:39 pm

hi i have a DELL Latitude D620 Laptop

Intel Core Duo T2500 2.00Ghz
it says it can accept MMX,SSE, SSE2, SSE3.
1 Gig of Ram (DDR2)
100Gb Hardrive
Motherboard: Dell OTD761

would it work? im supposing so.

but what i would like to know is at the start do i make 2 partitions initially or just the one partition when installing vista

eg. split the 100gb to two 50gb

or 100gb with vista installed.

thanks :D


L1 April 9, 2008 at 1:53 am

btw. the scrolling text stopped at

AppleHDA.kext failed to load: unable to locate ‘layout-id’ properly

it then after say 45 seconds said waiting for root device

is this because im using the Tiger version 10.4.8?


Primer April 9, 2008 at 5:01 am

When i searched Kalway on mininova no results came up. Is there a way to dual boot vista/Kalway, I doubt it, but just wondering.


.iNiz April 9, 2008 at 8:41 am


Just managed to finally install iAtkos v1.0ir2, I have to admit, Salman Khalid’s tutorial on his blog is just amaazing. Very clear, concise.

Thank you soo much!

Now for drivers….


Salman Khalid April 9, 2008 at 2:24 pm


You searched for “KALWAY”. It is “KALYWAY”

You missed the Y after the L – in the middle.


Salman Khalid April 9, 2008 at 2:25 pm


Oh and you can dual boot with Vista just like with iAtkos. I have it working perfectly against Vista.


Jason April 9, 2008 at 3:30 pm

I can’t wait to join the “it was a success” bandwagon too. I’ve been downloading Kalyway for 5 days at about 5k/sec… slow slow slow. I’m still only at 50 percent. By the time I get the full download I’ll have saved enough money to just by a Mac! LOL. The first time I downloaded Kalyway only took about 4 days but the file was corrupt, so I choose another torrent. Let’s hope this one works. Wish me luck!


Salman Khalid April 9, 2008 at 5:28 pm


“I���ve been downloading Kalyway for 5 days at about 5k/sec��� slow slow slow. I���m still only at 50 percent.”
NO WAY! Really? It took me approx. less than 2 days to download the whole thing and i thought i was getting it slow…

“The first time I downloaded Kalyway only took about 4 days but the file was corrupt,”
You didn’t happen to delete it, did you? If it was a winzip file and when you used Windows built-in compression to unzip it or used even the latest WinZip and it said something about the size being corrupt or not extracting the actual image file (in case of windows compression) then don’t worry!

USE WINRAR! When i extracted using Windows Compression, it extracted all but the image file. When i extracted using latest WinZip, it threw an error at the end of compression saying that the size of the uncompressed file didn’t match according to what the compressed file had – and deleted it. But when i used WinRar, it unzipped perfectly.


Jason April 9, 2008 at 7:08 pm


I will try WinRar and see what happens. The program I first used to extract it would just delete the iso file every time after finishing. No error message. I was like WTF? So, I tried using Windows’ built in extractor and it gave me an error message. So I thought all was lost. Thanks for the tip, I hope it works!


peter April 9, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Hi, had to set 2 partion with the leopard, than use vista to format the 1@ partition, installed the vista and then the Leopard, f/u the instructions, show dual boot, vista booting fine, but when I tried to boot the Leopard, give me message of Chain booting error
thanks for the help


Ray April 9, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Hey there, I am trying to install the iatkos on my toshiba and am getting a media error message when I attempt to boot from the disk. Then it boots normally with vista… What am I doing wrong?


Salman Khalid April 9, 2008 at 11:34 pm


You need to hit customize before installation begins (of OS X) and select the bootloader. I’m afraid you’ll have to re-install the OS X to do this now. (assuming you are talking about iAtkos)


Salman Khalid April 9, 2008 at 11:40 pm


I can pretty much imagine how you felt at that point! :D
I’m positive that it’ll extract with WinRar…


.iNiz April 10, 2008 at 12:04 am


are you going to create a tutorial for Kalway? … I can’t wait…seriously..


Salman Khalid April 10, 2008 at 1:41 am

For those who have an AMD machine, there is a different torrent of Kalyway targetting AMD machines, and it is 10.5.2!


Salman Khalid April 10, 2008 at 5:07 am

Guys… visit my blog at msalmank.blogspot.com.
Posted a little information about Kalyway there.


Salman Khalid April 10, 2008 at 3:55 pm


I was going to write a full-fledge tutorial, but i realized most of the process was what i did to install iAtkos (as explained on my blog). So i wrote a new post detailing what differs and needs to be taken care of to install iAtkos.

visit my blog; msalmank.blogspot.com


Yaroub Raba April 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm

i have a pvilion600 (dv6439nr, ram2048 mega,cpu amd athlon 64 x2 ) will the 10.5.2 leopard work with it?


Salman Khalid April 10, 2008 at 5:05 pm


in my previous post, i meant; “…what differs and needs to be taken care of to install Kalyway” not iAtkos.


.iNiz April 10, 2008 at 9:15 pm

@ Salman.

Thanks alot!! and yeah I got what you meant :)

Once i get Kalyway on my hands i’ll give it a shot.”



Salman Khalid April 10, 2008 at 10:38 pm

@Yaroub Raba

Since you have the AMD processor, i advice you to download the Kalyway 10.5.2 image as that targets both intel and amd processors.

I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work on your laptop.


Ray April 10, 2008 at 10:57 pm

@ Salaman..this is Ray again.. I have partitioned the hard drive and allocated 10gig of space for the mac os. I sent the information from the torrent to dvd-r and restarted my system. I push f12 to go to the boot menu and select boot from cd/dvd. My computer acts like things are fine, then a prompt reads out “media read error”. How am I supposed to burn the information to the disc from iatkos. I think my error is in how I wrote the disc because vista can’t open the file on the disc… help


Ray April 10, 2008 at 11:43 pm

what is “this media test failure, check cable”… i think i’m losing my mind!


Stefan April 11, 2008 at 12:09 am

How do you do the second step where you create a new volume by shrinking the existing one?


Salman Khalid April 11, 2008 at 12:57 am


After burning iAtkos or Kalyway or any other hacked OS X, don’t look at the size of the DVD in Vista/XP and think it didn’t write correctly. Because most of the DVD files are in a format unknown to windows and thus the size is all wrong. It is mostly the size of the files visible within Vista usually.

Secondly, since you are getting that error when trying to boot-up from the DVD, don’t assume that there is anything wrong with the image. For some reason, iAtkos requires you to burn at the minimum speed possible! In Roxio my max speed is 16x or 8x, but the minimum was 4x. Before burning i set it to 4x (it is usually set to the fastest speed possible by default). Re-burn the image at a slow speed and try again.

If doesn’t work, re-download. But like before, i recommend downloading Kalyway instead of iAtkos.

Best Regards.
Salman Khalid.


kungfumaster007 April 11, 2008 at 2:59 am

@ Salman

I upgraded to Kalyway 10.5.2 but no luck with the Intel Pro/100 Network card. It still doesn’t work.


Salman Khalid April 11, 2008 at 3:25 am


Same here… upgraded to 10.5.2 but no luck with the Pro/100 card. So many solutions out there, and so far none has worked!

I’m downloading the full version of Kalyways 10.5.2 as well… am going to give that a go. I am thinking of going out and purchasing a card that is supported by MAC OS X… Modem cards are pretty cheap here; from Rs. 100 to 300 – that’s like $2-$5.


Salman Khalid April 11, 2008 at 3:25 am


Same here… upgraded to 10.5.2 but no luck with the Pro/100 card. So many solutions out there, and so far none has worked!

I’m downloading the full version of Kalyways 10.5.2 as well… am going to give that a go. I am thinking of going out and purchasing a card that is supported by MAC OS X… LAN cards are pretty cheap here; from Rs. 100 to 300 – that’s like $2-$5.


pete April 11, 2008 at 5:36 am

thanks Salman Khalid
I went with your instructions, installed everything, but when I choose to boot with the mac os, it reboot the notebook, no problem to load the vista.
Any ideas what is going on?


golfchords April 11, 2008 at 6:48 am

Ok, i installed the iATKOS v1.0 but my it stops somewhere along the text. these are the last 3 messages i am gettting, can anyone help?

Apr 10 13:12:25 localhost kextd[47]: can’t add repository (not a directory)
Resetting IOCatalogue.
Apr 10 13:12:25 localhost kextd47]: root filesytem is read-only; skipping kernel link data generation
Apr 10 13:13:26 localhost DirectoryService[51]: Launched version 5.0 (v514)

please help, thanks.


wilson April 11, 2008 at 7:57 am

When i hit -v the text scroll stops at :

Kernel Version 9.1.0: Sat Nov 17 02:56:34 SCT 2007: made by toH:xnu-1228.0.2~1/BUILD/obj/RELEASE_1386


Jason April 11, 2008 at 8:08 am


WinRar did do the trick, but when I burned it, I got an error that the length didn’t match. I ignored the error, but after I burned it the DVD wasn’t bootable. So I’m guessing there really is something wrong with the file.


CP April 11, 2008 at 8:16 am

well no one told me anything about needing a SATA DVD drive in order for the installation to work. That’s what i found out on the insanyMac forum.

I’m using a IDE DVD drive and upon boot the first and only error stop me from going forward. <>

I tried using a IDE to SATA plug but my motherboard just won’t detect the DVD drive (i think its the drive duo its not that old).

Please someone tell me how to install with a IDE DVD drive without using the convertor. I read on the insanyMAc forum that it is possible but no one wants to teach, and i can’t post topic nor reply on that forum even after i registered (really sick of it).

Please help, i am using a copy of iATKOS 1.0 ir2, with a IDE Samsung DVD drive, a 250GB IDE HD (1partition windows/2nd leaving for MAC), and my motherboard is an ASUS P5k.



wilson April 11, 2008 at 8:40 am

I get stuck at

Kernel Version 9.1.0: Sat Nov 17 02:56:34 SCT 2007; made by ToH:xnu-1228.0.2~1/BUILD/obj/RELEASE_I386

could anyone tell me what this means? am i able to run the hack on my cpu? thanks in advance


Salman Khalid April 11, 2008 at 1:35 pm

;Hmmm… which software did you use? I used Roxio… and remember to burn at the lowest speed possible.


Jason April 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I used Nero. I burned at 2x.


CP April 11, 2008 at 3:12 pm

i use MAC’s toast8.0 to Burn my first copy. And to confirm, i burn my 2nd copy on a PC with Nero at 2.4x the slowest speed. Both are the same…..

This really sucks *** i wan to have mac and vista on 1 system….. :(


Salman Khalid April 11, 2008 at 11:10 pm

I don’t understand… it could be an image problem which you downloaded?

So far i’ve been pretty lucky in this regards; downloaded iAtkos, no problems creating a boot DVD from that… downloaded Kalyway 10.5.1 and it worked. Downloaded Combo Update for kalyway 10.5.1 to 10.5.2 and that worked too!

And am downloading the new 10.5.2 Kalyway full DVD (am giving that a go cos i still haven’t gotten my LAN working) and hopefully won’t have any problems with that!


.iNiz April 12, 2008 at 12:18 am

I got Kalyway 10.5.2, followed the instructions properly and got it to work. But, my my gfx is messed up, i only see a black screen, and when i fix it with mount uw/ and /movevideodrivers, i still get the same error..
is there anyone in the same boat as me?

Also, 10.5.2 fixed my lan card.


Aassem Askari April 12, 2008 at 2:05 am

Well, i managed to get it installed successfully, but I have a bit of a problem. When I select to boot leopard, what happens is that I get to a white screen with a grey apple logo in the middle. Under it, there is a loading wheel (very similar to the firefox wheel), and it spins. After about a minute and a half, theres a small circle with a line through it (like the no-smoking signs, except without the cigarette) appearing between the stem.leaf of the apple logo and the apple part. Leopard does not boot.

Also, when I was doing the bcdedit commands, I screwed up a bit, so I have a few extra options when I boot up. How would I go about deleting them?



Salman Khalid April 12, 2008 at 4:25 am

Aassem Askari,

Hmmm… i had a similar problem once, but when i reinstalled, it didn’t happen again. (I’ve probably done over 15 successful installations in the past week – most of the time the OS X becoming unfunctional due to some file that i try out to get my Intel LAN card to work – i’m planning to install 10.5.2 full release of Kalyway once it downloads completely (as of now, its downloaded 74.3%) and sticking with that, even if my LAN doesn’t work.)

Anyways… for your boot menu problem, i mentioned on my blog this utility; Vista Boot Pro… download that (its free) and it’ll let you remove your unwanted boot menu options…


Salman Khalid April 12, 2008 at 2:48 pm


99.9% of Kalyway 10.5.2 downloaded…. Am going to start up roxio to get ready to burn it…

will post how this goes later.


Jason April 12, 2008 at 5:44 pm


Which torrent did you downoad? Is it “kalyway leopard 10 5 2 dvd intel amd 4122511 tpb” from mininova? I might try to download that one too, see if it’s faster. I’m at 80% right now with 10.5.1 I think this is day 7!


Salman Khalid April 12, 2008 at 5:56 pm


Yes… that’s the one that i downloaded. took almost 2.5 days for it to download.

7 Days! Yikes thats a lot. Did you try stopping the torrent and starting it back up? (i do that sometimes and it connects back to more seeds most of the time)

If you do download the 10.5.1 one completely, then also grab the 10.5.2 combo update from mininova to update the 10.5.1 system to 10.5.2 after you have it installed.


Salman Khalid April 12, 2008 at 5:57 pm

I got it burned and it is booting from the DVD… will install it later tonight.


scott April 12, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Its unable to find any hard drives/volumes/etc. I created an unallocated partition in Vista and everything. If anyone has any ideas let me know. Thanks a lot.


Mark April 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm


Extension “Com.apple.driver.ACPI_SMC_PLATFORMPLUGIN” has immediate dependencies on both com.apple.kernel and com.apple.kpi components; use only one style

What does this mean, what do I do?


wilson April 12, 2008 at 10:22 pm


I get stuck at

Kernel Version 9.1.0: Sat Nov 17 02:56:34 SCT 2007; made by ToH:xnu-1228.0.2~1/BUILD/obj/RELEASE_I386

could anyone tell me what this means? am i able to run the hack on my cpu? thanks in advance


Salman Khalid April 13, 2008 at 12:49 am


Did this error occur after installation was done? or during installation? Or did it occur before starting?

If it occurred after or between, then check the components you selected. Uncheck any matching the error…


Salman Khalid April 13, 2008 at 12:51 am


I’m afraid that doesn’t make any sense to me. Could you tell me your machine’s specifications, and the image that you are using?


Dslioncub April 13, 2008 at 2:34 am

Thanks for your instructions. I have a little problem with booting Mac. As I am typing -v it starts scrolling but soon comes to:
MAC Framework successfully initialised using 15728 buffer headers and 4096 cluster IO buffer headers
Extention “com.apple.driver.ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin” has immediate dependancies on both com.apple.kernel and com.apple.kpi components;
use only one style

after this test I can’t do anything to my laptop, just turn off.
Any ideas?


Jason April 13, 2008 at 2:59 am


Try formating the partition as Linux instead of leaving it unallocated.


Aassem Askari April 13, 2008 at 7:29 am

One more problem (hopefully).
When I try to boot into Leopard (verbose mode, so I can see its progress), it gets to the point “unknown SIGSEGV code 0″ and freezes.
What do I do?


pete April 13, 2008 at 7:58 am

found this instructions, finally is working after 3 days


Aassem Askari April 13, 2008 at 8:19 am

fixed my sigsegv error, but when i boot leopard, it gets to the grey screen, plays that (strange strange) music, but then it stays at the grey screen, and the loading cursor is all that I see, and it doesn’t really go anywhere from there


Aassem Askari April 13, 2008 at 9:56 am

actually, that only happens when I boot with the cd in the drive.
If teh cd isnt there, the text stops at “InterfaceNumber: timed out waitng for IOKit to quiesce”


Paul April 13, 2008 at 10:41 am

Install stops at

diskarbitration: coreRAIDsomethingorother failure… or something.

Running a Dell XPS, nVidia 6800 gfx card, Creative X-FI sound card, 2GB RAM, Windows XP. Got my unallocated space all ready to go.

ONCE, it made it into a gray screen with a spinning colour wheel for the cursor… but the wheel froze, as did everything else.


wilson April 13, 2008 at 11:54 am

Salman, regarding my previous question about the text stopping on installation.. I have a Toshiba satellite a105 s4201

intel core solo T1350 1.86 ghz
1.5 gb ram
vista home premium with partitioned unallocated volume for installation

i read that a couple of other guys had the same problem when soon after typing -v the text scroll stops at

Kernel Version 9.1.0: Sat Nov 17 02:56:34 SCT 2007; made by ToH:xnu-1228.0.2~1/BUILD/obj/RELEASE_I386


wilson April 13, 2008 at 11:56 am

sorry and im using iatkos v1.oiR2 boot disc


Jason April 13, 2008 at 1:16 pm

hi, Thanks for the guide,
I’m having problems though.
I type ‘-v’ and everything and get the scrolling text, the text stops at the line:
“Apr 13 19:29:55 LocalHostDirectoryService [51] Launched version 5.0 (v514)”
And it just stops, not sure where to go from there.

I have a BenQ joybook R55
1.66Ghz intel core 2 duo processor
1 gig of ram

if any of that helps.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Aassem Askari April 13, 2008 at 2:38 pm

wow, I’m really unlucky with problems..
Now, when I choose to boot leopard, my computer gets through about 8 lines, and then suddenly restarts on me.


GT April 13, 2008 at 3:14 pm

I GET THE ERROR “firewire unable to determine security-moDE;defaulting to full-secure”
and after a while appears “Still waiting for root evice”
help please.


Salman Khalid April 13, 2008 at 3:48 pm

@Aassem & Wilson,

A guy Pete posted the following link: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=39253&st=0

Check if the problems you guys are having are mentioned in that with a resolution.


GT April 14, 2008 at 2:19 am

is iAtkos v1.0i R2 compatible with AMD ATHLON? ?


Paul April 14, 2008 at 3:54 am

Cheers for the guide.

I’ve got leopard installed on my vaio laptop but get the chainboot error.

When i go to the command propmt none of the bcdedit commands listd work.

I need to change the path to c:\chain0 as suggested but it’s erroing out with “an unknown command was specified”

I have entered bcdedit/ set{5d134b8e-073b-11dd-a1de-a27ad10ab714}PATH /Chain0

What am i doing wrong?


Jason April 14, 2008 at 6:06 am


Do you have Vista or XP?

If you haven’t already, I would recommend reading through the previous comments. I believe your question has already been answered.


hiren April 14, 2008 at 2:42 pm

I have AMD Athlon 3200 processor and vista installed i had make secon portion on hdd in vista and also installed osx 10.5 successfully but after restart at Darwin Boot Loader i press -s and try to enter

fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
flag 1
but when i enter fdisk -e/dev/rdisk0 it show that not a command or path found error and also not booting in any operating system not even vista


Paul April 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm

@ Jason.

I’ve got vista home premium.

I’ve had a read and cannot find an alternative to the bcdedit commands. I’ve read elsewhere i can boot osx using darwin but that only takes me to the install setup?


Salman Khalid April 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm


If you entered the command as you wrote in your post;
“bcdedit/ set{5d134b8e-073b-11dd-a1de-a27ad10ab714}PATH /Chain0″

then that would not work! If you wrote;
“bcdedit /set {5d134b8e-073b-11dd-a1de-a27ad10ab714} PATH /Chain0″
then that ought to work.

As for the bootChain error, you’ll have to re-install, and before installation begins, hit Customize and check the Boot option selected. Make sure you have the MBR one selected and remove the GUID one. That ought to remove the Bootchain error.


Paul April 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Cheers for the advice. I’ll try the reinstall.

Interestingly if i enter the bcdedit command as admin it returns the error unknown command but if i run as normal it says access to botstore denied.

I have been entering as you suggested was just a typo before. D’oh.


Salman Khalid April 15, 2008 at 2:30 am


Still no luck with the Intel Pro v/100.
Anyone who had luck with getting that to work?


Aassem Askari April 15, 2008 at 4:22 am

Just got my Kalyway working, thanks everyone for all the help. :D


Paul April 15, 2008 at 4:27 am

I have now gotten as far as getting leopard to start booting but it gets to a screen which says i need to reboot my pc (in three languages)

Anyone else had this and got past it?


Jason (the first one) April 15, 2008 at 11:51 am

Well, I’m back where I started. I finally finished downloading kalyway 10.5.1, installed it, and I get the frozen blue screen again. I got it when I was trying to install (just like with iATKOS) and had to reboot about 10 times before the installer finally loaded. Everything went smoothly (again just like with iATKOS) until I rebooted after installation…. that damned blue screen. I rebooted about 4 times, but I just don’t have the patience right now to see if it will finally load like the installer did. Maybe I will try again later. 10.5.2 is 66% downoloaded so I will see if that proves better results. But I don’t have high hopes.


Salman Khalid April 16, 2008 at 2:03 am


Looks like you chose some component that didn’t bode well with your system and thus OS X is skipping out on you. In the Customization screen, don’t select anything else other than the default selections but the MBR Boot option (removing the GUID option).


Haxor April 16, 2008 at 2:47 am

Seems cool

Its a bit like Cross Dressing though .


Paul April 16, 2008 at 5:54 am

Hi Salman,

Got it booting to osx by installing as you suggested and then -x ing from darwin.

Means i can’t use net,sound etc but now i know it works (and fast) i’ll give kalyway a go.

If i don’t boot in safe mode in verbose mode it hangs at a message about the kernel i386 (i’ll post exactly when i get chance to note it down)


Gary Kind April 16, 2008 at 6:28 am

I basically have the exact same system as Dan:
ASUS 680i SLI Motherboard
NVIDIA 8800GTX x 2 (768Mb each) SLI
2, 10K RPM 150Gb Raid-0 WD hard drives.
NVIDIA SATA RAID-0 controller
Intel Q6600 quad-core
I just bought 2 640Gb 7200 RPM SATA drives I want to RAID-0 and install Leopard on. Leopard will be on separate drives than Vista, which is on the 2, 10K RPM RAID-0 drives. Can I do this instead of shrinking an existing drive and partitioning?


Brent April 17, 2008 at 4:07 am

What can i do if my comp automaticaly boots to leopard and i can’t boot into vista?


Paul April 16, 2008 at 11:59 pm

I’m having trouble working out what to add to get a working leopard.

I’m installing on this

And my mother board is an intel from what i can work out,


Jimmy April 17, 2008 at 7:18 am

Uhm, when i start up the darwin boot installer or anything it doesnt show any drives on my computer at all. I dont know what the problem is or how to fix it. I have tried a few things but nothing at all seems to be working. Anyone help me out here?


sudesh April 17, 2008 at 7:19 am

After successful installation of Leopard, none of the USB devices worked.I tried searching the solution and and here is a solution I found for it.


Hope this will be helpful if you face similar problems


helpless April 17, 2008 at 7:21 am


i m having trouble of installing.. after install when i reboot my lepoard dvd.. i suppose to type
fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
flag 1

but it doesn’t work.. can some one help me wif it?


hiren April 17, 2008 at 12:30 pm

I have AMD Athlon 3200 processor and vista installed i had make secon portion on hdd in vista and also installed osx 10.5 successfully but after restart at Darwin Boot Loader i press -s and try to enter

fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0 ( error not valid command or something like this)
flag 1 ( command not found)
but when i enter fdisk -e/dev/rdisk0 it show that not a command or path found error and also not booting in any operating system not even vista
error operating system not found even if i install only single leopard still same problem


paul April 17, 2008 at 1:55 pm

I use g parted and just right click the drive I want to boot go to manage flags and change it.


Salman Khalid April 17, 2008 at 4:43 pm


I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on that! Are you using iAtkos? Or Kalyway 10.5.1 or 10.5.2?


paul April 17, 2008 at 6:43 pm

the only one I haven’t tried is kalyway .5.2

I’ll give it a bash


Daniel022 April 18, 2008 at 8:40 am

Anybody found a fix for the ���unknown SIGSEGV code 0��� error?



TERI April 18, 2008 at 9:46 am

hey guys, to everyone that has been having trouble with the Disk Utility not recognizing their partitions…make absolutly sure your hard disk is in ACHI mode before you start it. I had the same problem found a forum post saying that you should tey that, i did it and it worked


Kev0n April 18, 2008 at 1:45 pm

I got a wierd problem. i have installed Kalaway 10.5.1 on my pc, and when i came to the welcome screen, the mouse and keyboard lags (freezes every second, sorry for my bad english) but when i installed the kalaway the mouse and keyboard workt just fine. what can it be?

Intel Pentium D 3,0Ghz
2GB ddr2 667mhz


kungfumaster007 April 18, 2008 at 7:53 pm

@ Salman

Do you know which network cards have drivers for Mac? I got a corega gigabit network card but it didn’t work either. If I know exactly which one works, I’ll go out and get that one.


Salman Khalid April 19, 2008 at 4:29 am


Unfortunately i haven’t had the chance to find that out myself either. I have been planning on buying a LAN card that would install on the MAC OS X… but been extremely busy at the office lately.

Will try to get it tomorrow. I have a perfect MAC OS X running. The only problem is my sound card (i need Creative Sound Blaster’s drivers) and the LAN card….


Carpz April 20, 2008 at 6:56 am

thanks for your guide to dual boot, but my question is b4 I start the process, I already have Vista installed on my comp, with all the programs and settings I like, If I were to dual boot would I lose this data?
Also if something does go wrong in the process can I just put in the Vista DVD and repair without losing any data, becuase my father would be very upset if all his files were deleted, and all my music would be gone too.
I could back them all up, which I probably will. But I dont want to go through the hassle of having to install all my programs again, and stuff like that.
Thanks again



Xygnus April 20, 2008 at 7:18 am

I tried to install the iatkos v1.0r2 leopard and everything went ok until I select the MAC from vista bootloader. My computer just restart until i select the vista option, which takes to vista. Any suggestions?


drock April 20, 2008 at 8:42 am

When I get to the part where I have to boot up vista and replace the GUID with the GUID under “mac os x” in the command prompt, the “mac os x” part doesn’t show up. Only the windows part shows up. Anybody know why?


Paul April 21, 2008 at 12:21 am

Finally got it working using kalyway 10.5.2

Just need to work out how to use my wifi and i’m good to go.

It’s an intel(R) wireless wifi link 4965AGN if anyones got a suggestion. :)


crowyourboat April 21, 2008 at 7:09 am

hey getting pretty much the exact same problem as smilinbob and dan;

So far I have prepared the partition, restarted the machine and booted into the Leopard iATKOS v1.0 DVD, I have pressed F8 and typed -v at the prompt.
My problem is that immediately after this step I see scrolling DOS style text which freezes up and never progresses. It displays the message:
���com.apple.driver.AppleACPIPlatform��� has immediate dependencies on both com.apple.kernel and com.apple.kpi components:
use only one style.

what should i do?


elkhal April 21, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Please, HELP ME!

Leo4all installed without problem, when I reboot to finish the installation (user infos) and select OS X Partition ( dual boot XP -OS X under xp) I only have 4 or 5 lines which rapidly succedes and my PC reboot immediately.

Any suggestion, plz! thx!


ryan April 22, 2008 at 7:03 am

sorry, this might be a noob question, but is C: the harddrive of your computer? and if so, where do i have to copy the chain0 file? i heard in the root of it, but where is that? (on vista) please, anybody, give me an answer as soon as possible.


Martin April 22, 2008 at 12:41 pm

hey i just got it and i erased my harddrive to mac ext. journal but when i close diskutiity and go back to utilities..i dont have DARWIN BOOT?



Mike V. April 23, 2008 at 12:47 am

i did every thing listed above and when i select to boot in to leopard it boots in to vista. if any one can help please email me at vikemi3@gmail.com

Thanks so much..


Blogitforu April 23, 2008 at 1:02 am

Sometime is so hard to understand because window is not legal in installing it to a Mac Machine, it���s just a thought. A day after Apple release Leopards on the market, hackers have managed to create a patched DVD for everyone to use without buying a copy of this software to install on a PC Machine. Please be aware that this instruction is not on its own capacity for a perfect install, it is still an experimental and things may not work the way you wanted it. Now let get into the real deal, and dirty of this software phenomenon.


slyfer April 23, 2008 at 2:23 am

i tried to dual boot vista and mac but i am faced with a problem
when i boot into the atkos dvd it starts the countdown and works fine when pressing f8.
but thats where theres a prob
when i press -v it reboots and it does not show the mac set up screen
what should i do?


CARPZ April 23, 2008 at 2:24 am

Ok so I installed Leopard successfully, and it botts fine, but then I wanted to go back to Vista to do some other stuff, and when I click Vista in the bootloader it goes to Darwin bootloader ( is that supposed to happen?) and then when I select the partition that vista is on it say’ boot into foriegn OS’ so I click ENTER ad the screen goes black and then it goes back to the beggining bootloader with Mac and Vista options.
So basically Vista doesnt work and I need it to work, because I have all my programs on there, and leopard was just for fun stuff. I know I havent deleted the partition or anything on it, becuase when I veiw the partition on leopard it still says that there is only 81 GB remaining, just like it was before.
What can It Be???!


Mike Richards April 23, 2008 at 3:48 am

Also having problems with firewire. It hangs at “jettisoning kernel linker” after trying to load the firewire…. any help would be appreciated.


Andre Da Costa April 23, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Installed successfully – Kalyway 10.5.2 AMD_Intel SSE2/3

But it stops at the following line:
cs_invalid_page: p=86[lssave] clearing CS_Valid

Acer Ferrari 5000
2 GBs of DDR RAM
AMD Turion X2 Processor (64 bit)
ATI 256 MB Card x1600
160 GB Disk

During installation, I selected the AMD 10.5.2 patches and my video card and thats about it.


Mr. Dee April 23, 2008 at 9:17 pm

OK, so I just reinstalled, minusing the AMD patches and video drivers. Now its at the Apple logo. But the pin wheel is spinning rather slowly, is this normal?



Carlos April 23, 2008 at 11:37 pm

I��ve got installed Leopard and made the dual boot with no problems, but when I select the leopard on the boot screen the system starts to load and get a black screen right after. I��ve tried to install probably 5 times and I always get the same error. Anyone knows what could it be? I��m using iatkos v1.0r2, selecting darwin boot x86. My computer is a laptop Dell Latitude D630, intel core 2 duo T7100 with 2gb ram.


EL_Klaumi April 24, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Ive got some problems too. I start the patched version for AMD and it works all great till the part where i have to chose the partition i want to install it on. But the Macinstaller does not recognize any harddisk..
SO it wont let me install leopard.
Im using the oatched version of iAtkos v1.0i
AMD +6000×2
4gb Ram
geforce 8800GTX
enough HDD-For Leo


Amit April 25, 2008 at 1:05 am

Salman Bhai,

I know its a stupid question (and i think I know the answer) but when I try to boot I get the option for “Press F8 (secs timer)” thing but when I press F8, i get :


From here, I type -v, but then it says some file/s cannot be found, and goes through the process again (F8->Boot:)

Any ideas? (I was thinking its a faulty copy… download the torrent again and burn another copy??)


DOS April 25, 2008 at 2:46 pm

El_KLAUMI’s problem..same..
My HDD isn’t detected.
I have SATA HDD.


Paul April 25, 2008 at 11:17 pm

Anyone had any luck getting a marvellyukon 88e8039 ethernet working with kalyway 10.5.2?

I checked it in customizations but it no worky


Quan April 26, 2008 at 4:45 am

Hi, I finished installing iATKOS on my second partition. I was able to follow through all the instructions. However, after choosing the partition for Darwin Bootloader to boot from, a white screen with apple logos appear for 1-2 minutes and then my computer automatically restarts. I tried to do boot Leopard again and the same thing happened. Does anybody know how to fix this problem?


Rob April 26, 2008 at 12:09 pm

When it it scrolling through the text it gets stuck at Kernel Version: Darwin Kernel Version 9.0.0: Tue Oct 0 21:35:55 pdt 2007; root:xnu-1228`1?RELEASE_1386 any ideas as to whats wrong?


Shamus375PA April 27, 2008 at 11:06 am

I get the following error on my machine:

Block 4302328 Sectors 64

I can add my machine details if that matters.


Anon April 27, 2008 at 2:01 pm

So many people having problems. Doesn’t seem like this really works for most people…


JEFF April 27, 2008 at 8:16 pm

hey i installed no problems but i finally got around to dual booting, when i was trying to dual boot i copied CHAIN0 file to C:


went through the command Lines after the second command i was confused with which numbers to use for the {GUID} there were 2 under and above Mac OS X


When i use the top one it says Chain Error or something and if i choose the second one it boots vista



digiguy April 28, 2008 at 11:43 pm

can anyone please help me with this error.

after darwins boot i get this error msg

System config file ���/com.apple.Boot.plist��� not found
please help
I even tried this win virtual pc that i have already installed on my vista Ultimate, it says system resets due to some error.


hiren April 29, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Hi I have amd 3200+
Nvidia A8nVM-CSM Mother board with nforce chips
nvidia network card on board
sound max sound card on board
Nvidia 7600GS Graphics Card
80 GB ATA HDD as System drive
200 GB SATA for DATA
I am using Vista Home Premium on in i have make two partition on systemdrive and installed kalyway 10.5 installation works fine and after installation i found error hfs partition error but when i installled Free BSD on my vista and i am able to boot in both os but my osx don’t have boot screen or logon screen it show some numbers or then suddenly open desktop of osx while vista work fine and also my sound card is not working and my network card detected in process but not able to connect my broadband and my broadband is pppoe and it takes ip and dns automatically please give me solution for boot screen and logon screen and sound and networking
my id is heeren_tri@yahoo.com


luke1708 April 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm

please seed!!!


globi April 29, 2008 at 5:43 pm

i have the problem with firewire to:

“Error: FireWire unable to determine security-mode; defaulting to full secure”

please help me :(



Andy April 30, 2008 at 6:06 pm

I tried installing it
and it keep stopping at this

“MAC Framework succesfully initialized”
“using 16384 buffer headers and 4096 cluster IO buffer headers”


MATTCOADY May 1, 2008 at 4:07 pm


You’re doing it right, choose the top one. I had the same problem. When I installed it again, I choose checked the box next to bootloader under customize and that seemed to fix it.

Now I’m getting the problem of the circle with the line through it. It gets to the screen with the grey apple on the grey background with the spinning loading circle. After about a minute a box appears on top of the apple (around the stem) with a circle with a line through it, like the no smoking sign.


MAT May 2, 2008 at 5:45 pm

When ever i select the MAC OS X its starts to the Apple icon then it reboots be itself


paul May 3, 2008 at 1:44 am

got kalyway working 10.5.2

for those of you having trouble with getting online due to lack of driver support get a ralink or zdyas wifi dongle or a ethernet to usb adapter.

Either should work out of the box and are cheap as chips on ebay. :)


Praveen May 3, 2008 at 4:41 am

hey how about uninstalling mac

and the site u have provided for drivers is not working plz help


Coconut May 3, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Hi, I’m trying to follow the steps but when I get to the place where I’m supposed to press F8, and I press it, there’s no place to enter a command. It goes to a screen where the choices are “repair your computer”, “safe mode”, “safe mode with networking”, “safe mode with command prompt”, etc. What should I do??


Seraph May 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm

I followed the steps using iATKOS v1.ir2, but when i reach the place where im suppost to (Click the button to continue) part, my computer freezes and i cant continue. What seems to be the problem?

The MD5 of my .iso file is 7c63eed3dfb5d17256fc5fd3a16efed1.
Did all of you get the same Checksum?


ray350 May 4, 2008 at 9:56 pm

During bootup, when there is a choice to select either MAC OS X or Vista, both options will lead me to boot up to vista. I think it has to do with the fact that i skipped the fdisk step (cos don’t have the darwin boot under utilities menu)

Is it possible to solve this using EasyBCD?


Joseph May 5, 2008 at 1:22 am

I’d just like to know:
*** is it possible to install Leopard on a second HD?
*** if yes, do I need to change any steps to do so?


Praveen May 5, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Here is a complete guide to get a Dual boot setup with Windows Vista and Leopard running side by side. Please note this is a complete tutorial and if followed exactly you should be running Leopard and Vista side by side without any problems.


Yes, this guide has taken over a month for me to write and I have tried this out every possible combination of hardware setup I could possibly test, and I can assure you that if followed correctly you can easily have Leopard and Vista in a dual boot setup.

Loads of readers have sent me emails, dropped comments on my previous guides on installing Leopard and here is the guide for all you guys who waited so long patiently.

Disclaimer : This Guide is for educational purposes only, I suggest you buy yourself a original Mac. Also please do not post links to the Torrent���s as they will be removed.

Well before we proceed with the guide, here is the stuff that you will need for a successful dual boot setup.

* Vista Already installed on your Primary Hard Disk.
* iATKOS v1.0 DVD. (Do not ask me where you can download this)
* Windows Vista Boot DVD (Just incase something goes wrong)

Well now that you have everything ready, lets get started then. Please note this is going to take sometime so I suggest you have some Music playing near by and grab yourself a cup of coffee while you do this. Sit tight, here we go���������.

* Install Vista on the First Partition of your Hard Disk. I am not going to elaborate into How to install Windows, I hope everyone knows it. If you already have it installed then read on..
* Right click on My Computer and Click on Manage. Select Disk Management. Now Create a new Volume for OSX by shrinking an existing volume. You need atleast 5GB of space and the new volume should show up as Unallocated.
* Make sure that the partition shows up as Unallocated, else repeat the previous step.
* Now restart the machine and boot into the Leopard DVD that you burned using the iATKOS v1.0 DVD Image.
* Press F8 as the countdown begins and type -v at the prompt and hit enter.
* You should see scrolling text on the screen now.

after this i get a Grey screen with a colored circle as the mouse pointer and after 25 min my sys gets shutdown plz help me out

i have

2GB ram
265MB nvidia 7300 le graphic card
duel core processor
Vista Ultimate Installed

And Can you please provide driver files


Will May 5, 2008 at 10:52 pm

so i tried formatting and installing leopard on an external usb device…because i thought it would do the least amount of damage if something went wrong…. well i was wrong….it started installing osx on the external and then told me it could not “install osx on this computer”, and to restart…when i went to restart i got an hfs+ partition error, and i cant do anything after that…actually i can boot back into iATKOS v1.0i, and start again, but thats it. should i just grab my vista disk and repair or what?


jack May 7, 2008 at 12:17 pm

i didn’t work for me i tried twice it says when i try to load it says
no operating system detected
my computer is:
nvidia 8500gt
gigabyte s2 ga 945gcm-s2l series
intel core 2 duo
vista home premium sp1


Michael May 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm

i didn’t do the startup -y option. Mac is already installed. Now is all i need to do flag my drive in order to boot vista again. Is this the same or different as setting it as active? P.s. If you don’t understand what i’m saying or can offer more help. Email me preferably a phone number and i’ll get back to you with mine. If not, an instant messager Screen Name would be the next best. If that still doesn’t work out, email correspondance is still fine.


NOaH May 9, 2008 at 7:20 am

I just got a gateway laptop with:

AMD Turion��� 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-56
1.8 GHz | 512 KBX2 L2 cache
Chipset ATI RS690T
SDRAM: 2048 MB 667 MHz DDR2
video card; ATI Radeon�� Xpress 1270M
VIsta Home Premium 32-bit with anytime upgrade dvd

I my friend has the actual leopard and tiger operating system disks and i was wondering
1. if i could dual boot with the real cd
2. if my cpu is compatible with the system
3. if i can install final cut pro and run it without problems.
4. if it would be better(safer) to dual boot with tiger because more of the hacks for the drivers are out there

Thank you for your time


Markus May 10, 2008 at 2:01 am

On my DVD image is the option “Darwin_boot” in the “utilites-menu” missing.

Can I install this part “by hand”? Via Terminal?

Sorry, my English is not so good.


MaKuMo May 10, 2008 at 2:29 am

Hi! I’ve tryed to boot the iAtkos but computer will reboot endlessly. After Typing -v at the prompt it writes some lines and then reboots. This is all I can get :( Any suggestion?

Core2 Duo


Jay May 11, 2008 at 9:34 am

Howdy, I was wondering where I could find a Vista boot disc. I really want to give this a shot, but I want to be really sure before I do.


Tiago Cruz May 12, 2008 at 6:48 am


I have a problem with dual boot MAC OS and XP.

I did the installation following this steps:

1) Created an unallocatted partition on C:
2) Formated NFTs
3) Reboot with MAC 10.5 Leopard ToH X86 9a581 RC2
4) Formated the partiton with MAC OS journaled extended
5) Then i installed MAC OS Leopard (plain install)
6) Reboot again click F8 and type -s
7) Then in prompt i executed

fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
flag 1

8) Reboot again and enter in Windows XP
9) Copied Chain0 from Leopard DVD to C:
10) I was not able to execute this below on prompt (don’t know why…can’t accepted bcedit…):

bcdedit /copy {current} /d ���Mac OS X���
bcdedit /enum active
bcdedit /set {GUID} PATH \chain0

11) Edited boot.ini to:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
C:\chain0=”Mac OS X X86″

12) Reboot and see option to choose XP pr MAC


When i choose MAC OS i get a message like:

CHAIN0 error…..

HOW can i fiz this????



brownykid May 12, 2008 at 10:41 am

will a volume work with a portable 160 gb hard drive? like installing it on the portable harddrive then running.


Markus May 13, 2008 at 12:31 pm

bcdedit is not part of Win XP.

Its only included by Win Vista.


papwilly May 13, 2008 at 12:56 pm

any help on the “chain booting error” yet?


andrew foster May 13, 2008 at 3:21 pm

will this tutorial work if i have an original mac os x 10.5.1 disc??



Markus May 13, 2008 at 7:14 pm


I have installed the iatkos v1.0 r2 Version on my PC, but there is a problem with the followiung step:

Again select MAC OS X, and now as the timer counts down, Press F8. You would see a list of partitions on your disk with their names. Select the partition with MAC OSX installed by using up/down arrows and press ENTER…..

When i press F8 i can see 3 partitions:
1. My Recovery Part.
2. Windows Vista
3. rdisk0s03 ->here i have installed Mac OS

When i select the third partition and press enter the only thing that happens is that the Darwin Bootloader loads itself….

Have anybody an idea about that?


Marcel May 13, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Hi, i’ve made a second partition, and bootet with iAtkos. My PC bootet and i type -v and press enter. Then it loads over a few lines and then it shows up an error message and I have to restart. I’ve tested iAtkos r2 also but the problem is the same with the both.
I’ve made a picture of the error message.

[URL=http://s6.directupload.net/file/d/1428/lxgoh46y_jpg.htm] [IMG]http://s6.directupload.net/images/080513/temp/lxgoh46y.jpg[/

Thank you for help
bye marcel


Ben May 13, 2008 at 9:49 pm

hey, how can i install Leopard on an AMD laptop – you said you would update the post, but there is nothing that i can see along the lines of a patch…



Patrick May 14, 2008 at 11:03 am

So, I’ve made shrunk the volume (It does show up as “Unallocated”), and I’ve booted into the DVD, and I’ve gotten into the Leopard installer. But when it tells me to pick my install location, I get nothing. Zip. Zero. Nada. All I get is the “iATKOS v1.0i” but it says it can’t install into that volume.



Lenux May 14, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Why can’t I make a partition bigger than 4gb?


SERAPH May 14, 2008 at 6:34 pm

At last i manage to solve the freezing problem
Now i have another problem,my hard drive wont show up in the Disk Utility! Help required badly. I really want to try it out.


Praveen May 15, 2008 at 3:38 am


So, I���ve made shrunk the volume (It does show up as ���Unallocated���), and I���ve booted into the DVD, and I���ve gotten into the Leopard installer. But when it tells me to pick my install location, I get nothing. Zip. Zero. Nada. All I get is the ���iATKOS v1.0i��� but it says it can���t install into that volume.


hi patrick

after u have shrunk the volume u have to make it as a new partition. Then boot the DVD ok ;) . All the best with your installation


djscipio May 15, 2008 at 4:10 am

Could you please make a windows XP guide?! :) thx


Patrick May 15, 2008 at 6:54 am

All right, thanks for the tip. Leopard is now installed, but I’m having some trouble with the command line.

I think it may have something to do with the fact that my laptop has two hard drives, and Leopard is installed on a partition of the secondary drive (Drive D).

I was dubious if I should copy the chain0 file to :C or not, so I decided to follow the instructions.

So, should I copy the chain0 file to :D (On a partition of which OSX is installed) and replace every instance of “c” in the command line commands with “d” or something like that? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for the help, btw, Praveen.


Patrick May 15, 2008 at 7:25 am

Okay, new problem:

I downloaded EasyBCD and deleted the previous Mac OSX entry because I got a chain boot error. I also deleted the chain0 file off of C and put it on D, and did the command line entries again.

I restarted my computer and I got the “pick your OS” screen. I chose Mac OSX, and I got a loading bar that said “Windows is loading files”. The bar finished, and I got the small cycling loading bar that said, “Microsoft Corporation” so I thought Vista was starting up. Then, I got a blue screen and something called the Startup Repair opened.

Help! How can I boot with EasyBCD and use the Mac OSX installation? If someone who knows how this works/has had this problem too, please let me know.

When I choose Windows Vista, it boots into Vista just fine. I only have trouble with OSX.

I think it might have to do with the fact that I have it on my D drive. Should I do a clean install of OSX? I’ll try doing a clean install of OSX on my D drive, and I’ll get back to you.


Pierre May 15, 2008 at 9:06 am

Man i have done everything that u said but when i want to initializa mac os, i get Chain booting error message, what i hava to do?


Sam May 16, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Ive installed it im up to the

“execute following demands

fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
flag 1

But it doesnt understand “flag 1″ can you help please?


Smother May 16, 2008 at 10:42 pm

pls. help i’ve done the DiskManagement blah blah, and rebooted now on iAtkos cd, ok i stop on this meassage, after the The Regents of University so on is this:

MAC Framework successfully initialized
using 6553 buffer headers and 4096 cluster IO buffer headers
Extension “com.apple.driver.ACPI_SMC_PaltfromPlugin” has immediate dependencies on both com.apple.kernel and com.apple.kpi components; use only one style.

that’s is, so what should i do, did i missed something



DrEaDz May 18, 2008 at 10:57 pm

I followed the directions step by step and it boots into vista on both entries. I then installed easybcd and on the mac entry it says chain loading error, it still boots to vista ok, what should I do to get the mac partition to boot?


Danny64X2 May 20, 2008 at 12:37 pm

I’ve made Unallocated space, it stated like that.
But, why Leo4All on Acer Aspire 4520 (Disk Utility)
could not detect that space?
Its only detect the NTFS partition.

Please, help me.



boyan May 20, 2008 at 4:06 pm

what means ‘with ���Elevated Admin��� privileges’ ?


ailen May 21, 2008 at 12:09 am

may anyone in here can help me it’s really hard to me


Dan H. May 22, 2008 at 8:33 am

does mac os x require drivers for the sound card and lan, and graphic card etc. or does it auto configure or something


Pauluz NL May 24, 2008 at 4:19 pm

Everything went fine. Leapard boots up.

Only during the boot a black screens shows noting for 3 minutes or so.

Is there any way to speed things up?


Jonno May 24, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Hey ok there is a few things i need to ask, please help ok 1st can we go on the internet when using MAC OS X Leopard? and second when i set up the duel boot part in windows it shows at my boot menu…

Windows Vista

When i choose MAC OS X it just boots Vista any help please??


Pauluz NL May 24, 2008 at 11:13 pm


Yes and Yes. Im running it right now. Even system updates worked with me.

Bootmenu is excactly how you put it.


Mike May 25, 2008 at 3:21 am

I have the same problem as Jonno

whenever i go to boot into Mac OS X it boots right into vista.
Could Someone please help


Jonno May 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm

If anybod finds out how please contact me and tell me how i have it runnin but i have to f**k around to get it to boot by changing the partition to boot etc etc im also available on MSN messenger jonno_greenday@hotmail.com


shareef May 27, 2008 at 9:54 am

I have tried to install using many different patched os x dvd’s, but still no luck.
i am using a SATA dvd rom and an IDE hard disk.
Mother board is asus P5N-D
graphic card is asus nvidea geforce 8800GT 1gb
2gb ddr 2 ram.

can anyone of you let me know whats the problem.
it always get stuck at the loading screen. thats right after we click the round arrow at the first screen…

btw…i have tried with IDE Dvd rom and SATA hard disks too…


Sebas May 28, 2008 at 5:55 am

Hi there! Nice tut! Just wondering, is it the same to download the iAtkos v1.0i, iAtkos v1.0ir2, iAtkos v1.0ir3 or the iAtkos v2.0i? Which one should I install?
I’ve got an HP Pavilion dv6379us, Intel Core 2 , T7200, 2.00GHz with 2GB RAM.
Please, just throw me a few lines.


Daren May 28, 2008 at 6:20 pm

Hi, nice 1 for all this, i’ve got it all done just can’t edit the bcdedit.exe

This is were i’m stuck !

bcdedit /copy{current} /d
Also if the partition is on drive E will that change the d to e lol.

Just keep getting the same thing unknown command, i’m not the best with dos so could you give us a clue,

Thanks and keep up the good work.


Ezra May 28, 2008 at 6:24 pm


I have the same problem!

Could someone please help?


pedro May 28, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Only a few seconds after the initial reboot (after the allocated partition created) I get a “IOATAController device blocking bus.” message.

It then continues “Still waiting for root device” (on and on).

From forums I get that this is a disk problem, but my windows vista is running smoothly and no problems in the hard drive detected.

Any help?


jozedwardo May 29, 2008 at 3:22 am

So, the Mac OS leopard is included in the iatkos, how can this be?, the iatkos DVD is only 2.6GB, the leopard is a lot bigger. would it work with:

Dell XPS M1530
256 Nvidia Geforce 8600GT



jozedwardo May 29, 2008 at 7:19 am

woops, forgot, Core2 duo 2.4ghz 3mb cache


ALex May 29, 2008 at 7:50 am

When i go to disk utility no disks appear!

it just says “select a disk, volume, or image”

what do i do?


hashem May 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm

please help
after the scrolling text shown another creen appear full of words
and it just stop
what shall i do?


jakal May 30, 2008 at 3:28 am

can you use a legit copy of lepord?


hashem May 30, 2008 at 4:13 am

please please help me
i’m about to lose my mind i don’t know why it stop even before any thing happen just the scrolling text then another screen at its with some error after intilizing mac frame work
if u nedd any pics or else tell me please but help me man i spent 2 days partitioning and having problems with my hard and it all for nothing or wat


Ezra May 30, 2008 at 4:55 am

Why are none of these questions being answered????


HMD May 30, 2008 at 12:09 pm

will it work on my PC?

- Intel P4 3.06Ghz with HT Technology
- MSI P4M900M2 MOBO, supports Intel C2D as well
- MSI nVidia 8600GT 256MB DDR3
- Maxtor 300GB IDE HDD
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit

i hope that i could work on my PC so that I can use Leopard instead of Linux on my PC. anyway, i already have a MacBook that I bought last year


javier descalzo May 30, 2008 at 4:32 pm

I have been trying to install os x86 on my compter for about a week to no avail. I have an asus mobo, m2n-e amd 4200+ with a raptor ata drive as the primary and a maxtor 60gb ide drive, a radeon x1650 pro video card. every time i attempt to install it upon boot it says it is going to jettison the kernal something or other because a volume is not detected. I tried the method of shrinking the partition and creating a secondary on the main ata hd, but it attempts and comes up with an error. I am running windows Vista 64 bit if it makes any difference. Let me know if you need any more info.

Also I attempted to install on my old system using a just the ide h-drive unallocated fromat, and it gets to a point where it says it is waiting for a root sector which is further than i had gotten on the first system. THe second system is an asus k8v-se deluxe with 3200+ 64 bit processor, similar video card just an agp instead of pci express. It is my understanding for that system that you need to write the image file onto a HD and run the installation from the disk it’s self. I tried various programs and methods, and to no avail. some kind of walkthrough on imaging an ISO of the installation onto a hard drive would probably help me in my quest between the two options I have attempted. Let me know.



Tom May 30, 2008 at 6:05 pm

I have a Gateway MT6821 Intel Core2 Duo 1.6, 160GB SATA HDD, 4GB RAM, Vista Ultimate.

When I hit F8 and type -v it begins to scroll text and gets to the following item:
Loading HFS+ file: [mach_kernel] from 4230450.

It stays on that for about 5 minutes and gives the following error:
EBIOS read error: Device timeout
Block 6598912 Sectors 64

Has anyone seen this before or know how I should proceed?


me4music May 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm

I have it up and running. Using iAtkos v2. I had the issue of not finding the partition I created in Vista… I went back into vista and right clicked the partition and then created a ‘simple volume’ this was then discovered. You then erase, which appears to be the same as format, this partition in OSx Disk Utilities.

I have a problem. Pressing F8 does not go into the Darwin boot loader. It is loading straight up to Leopard and I can’t get continue these instructions and get Vista to Load.


Daren May 31, 2008 at 2:09 pm


Hi there can you not get your Vista Disk to boot into it,

I’ve got stuck with a chain booting error LOL

And a note to all, i donk think posting will get a reply but if any1 gets theres going after reading the same probs on here please post your own solutions

Thanks, and try upchuck loads of stuff on there


Marlon June 1, 2008 at 5:56 am

mine stops right where it says kernel version on my hp nc6400
any help?


Marlon June 1, 2008 at 8:14 am

i got it to work
but it messed up my vista cant be repaird for sum reason


Manuel Quinaz June 2, 2008 at 4:01 am

I’ve dot the “chain booting error”.
I can’t find help anywhere for this!


Ezra June 2, 2008 at 6:20 am

I get this error:

Extension “com.apple.driverACPT_SMC_PlatformPlugin has immediate dependencies on both com.apple.kernel and com.apple.kpi components; use only one style.



Rajesh June 2, 2008 at 7:00 pm

I was installtin Mac OS X on my E8400+ABit IP-35E+4GB RAM+8800GT and a 22″ Samsung LCD Monitor, I was able to install it successfully but the resolution was by default set at 1024*768 and there was no way I could change it to 1600*1050 and also there was no Sound. Any help?


Felix June 5, 2008 at 1:19 am

Where the heck can I get a leopard DVD before I can even burn it?


Dave June 6, 2008 at 12:39 am

I am having the same problem as Cody, Rob and Keith…
Cody says he got around that problem how?
When it it scrolling through the text it gets stuck at Kernel Version: Darwin Kernel Version 9.0.0: Tue Oct 0 21:35:55 pdt 2007; root:xnu-1228`1?RELEASE_1386
Can any one help


Dan June 7, 2008 at 1:31 am

When I once i get into the mac installation my keyboard doesn’t work. My mouse works fine but the keyboard is unresponsive. I have tryed an usb keyboard instead of my laptop keyboard but still nothing.
Model: Gateway Orion
Vista Business
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU


Brandon June 7, 2008 at 7:54 am

Ok when I try and boot it gets to the scrolling text and then stops when it reaches “USBF: 1.474 AppleUSBOHCI check sleep compatibility OHCI controller will be unloaded across sleep” can anyone please help me with this if they could it would be a ton of help thanks.


Heej June 7, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Hi, when I attempt to install the iATKOS v1ir2 or the iATKOS v2.0…. something along those lines I get the error message:
“System congif file ‘com.apple.Boot.plist’ not found”
This is for both installations.
What can I do to get around this message.
(This error comes just after typing in the -v at the prompt step.


Andrea June 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm

The guide is PERFECT!, but I can’t install it!!! When I try the command -v it goes with a long list of lines, but when it finishes instead of begin the install process,it restart the pc!!
Please help me!!




Anjana June 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm

My hard drive has 3 partitions (C,D,E). Windows Vista is install to partition C and I want Mac OS X Leopard to install to partition E. How can I install Leopard to partition E in the installation progress?

Please Help


Luka June 8, 2008 at 8:55 pm

my computer is:
p4 2.8
768 ram
120 + 160 HDD
3x DVD writer
motherboard is QDI P4I865 (at least that says on manual)
i’m having problem with booting. i downloaded Kalyway Leopard 10.5.1 SSE2 SSE3 but i can’t instal it. it just stops when i type -v and press enter, then is doing a little work with a lots of code, and then it simply restarts. i tried disabling boot CD option after the first boot, but it just boot’s me in vista. help needed


Ibrahim June 8, 2008 at 10:10 pm

okay everything goes fine until i get to the grey apple screen. it freezes and after 3 mins it shows a circle with a line going across.

whats the problem ?

C2D 2.33 4MG
7800 GTX Express
320 HD


Toni Almeida June 8, 2008 at 11:54 pm


Noooo, why me =(

It stops at Darwin Boot, it display the terminal with green square symbol, but the all the install stop, even the mouse, it’s the second time it happens.

My system configuration:
HP Laptop, Core Duo 2.33Gz, 2Gb Ram, DVD-RW, (don’t know the grafic card)

Please Help me to promatik at gmail dot com, I would be very gratefully. Thanks from Portugal


^_^ June 9, 2008 at 5:22 am

Hi, i have a laptop whith an intel celeron M 1,6GHz, 1GB of ram and an ati radeon xpress 200M, winsows XP home sp2 and i was wondering if i can instal (by this steps) this mac OS.
Tank’s for the time (sorry my english)


Jezus June 9, 2008 at 9:38 pm

i cant get it on my xp to dual boot, i also used this guide, but nothing helps (http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=39253&start=0)

its always the same problem….

media test failure,
exiting intel boot agent.

anyone has the same problem?
please help


Jezus June 9, 2008 at 9:50 pm

please help


Ryan June 9, 2008 at 10:00 pm


when i try to install i get passed -v, and while the text is scrolling down i come to “Still waiting for root drive” does anyone know how to get around this so i can move on the the next step.



JC June 10, 2008 at 2:37 am

hi, for some reason i did everything on here it worked fine until i got to the part where it says select drive to install leopard too, since i have 2 hard drives, i booted into vista DVD and deleted the partition for my 2nd drive, which made it Unallocated space. so then i restarted and went into the iATKOS dvd, did all the instructions here and it cannot detect a hard drive. is there something else i need to do?

i have

Intel Q6600 CPU, ASUS Striker Extreme Motherboard, 4GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer 800MHz RAM, Segate Barracuda 500GB 7200.1 SATA II Drive (Primary – Vista), and a Western Digital 250 7200 SATA II (Slave, want to install Leopard), and my current OS is Windows Vista Ultimate x64 (and yes its 100% Legal OEM Edition)

need any other info let me know


JC June 10, 2008 at 2:56 am

forgot to mention i had an GeForce 8800GT


mark June 11, 2008 at 11:24 pm

I gladly stumbled upon this and am hoping to install osx on my toshiba satellite specs:
Intel Core Solo T1350 @ 1.86GHz
1 gig of ram

I’m running windows XP with SP2
and would like to dual boot.

I only want Leopard to develop some iphone apps for myself after seeing how easy it is with the SDK

I am downloading the file as directed but after doing a search on compatibility i’m not sure if my laptop will support osx

Any help would be greatly appreciated and willing to compensate someone for getting it up and running via pay pal


vicky June 12, 2008 at 3:42 pm

hiiii……this is vicky…
am totally new in mac world….
so i want to try mac….
so am trying to install mac on my pc…
my pc config is as follows….:-
intel core 2 duo e4500 @ 2.20 ghz
a dvd writer
intel 965 classic series mother board…
160 gb ata hdd
1 gb of ram…
and am using vista now….
so i want to ask that can i use this tutorial to install mac on my pc…??? or is there any other way to install it…


Edjuh June 13, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Hey this tutorial looks really nice, im gonna give it a shot once im done painting my new house :-)

All the steps looks pretty basic.


Matt June 13, 2008 at 7:13 pm

I have installed it, run the commands and rebooted.
After choosing the Mac OS X option at the boot menu, I press F8 and then choose the correct hard drive partition that has the Leopard installation on it. Then the white screen with the apple appear. After about 10 second the loading ring appears. The after about 30 seconds a dark grey screen descends down the page and it says I need to restart in several different languages. I do this but it just takes me back to the boot menu and its starts again from there. Anybody know what the problem is and how to fix it?


Jezus June 14, 2008 at 12:56 am

@Matt – try google, you wont get help here, and there is a lot of other info about this subject, i dont even get to choose which os to run and tried many times with different tutorials, even foolproof tutorial didnt helped me, so i guess i dont have compatible pc, i got quad q9450 and some new motherboard, fuck it, ill have to save to buy mac just for Logic8


brittonson June 14, 2008 at 11:44 pm

I posted on the Uphuck forums to try and get some help. I am having the same issue as a bunch of you where it will just halt after the ���com.apple.driver.AppleACPIPlatform��� has immediate dependencies on both com.apple.kernel and com.apple.kpi components: use only one style.” thing. The reply I got was to go into the BIOS and disable hyperthreading. I can’t find a way to do this with my motherboard and since I am using a core 2 duo I believe that it is impossible, but maybe that will help someone out there.


Matt June 15, 2008 at 12:40 am

Cheers man,
I wanted it for that reason too ha
yeah, i mean my laptop isnt up to that standard but its pretty new and quick, plus i have no money ha
have you been able to take the install off your comp?


Shashank June 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

Hi. Thanks for the great tutorial. I was following your steps with IATKOS1ir2, and hit a roadblock at the disk formatting step.

I’ve got a 20 gb partition that’s labeled unallocated, as required. Besides this, I’ve got my C:, about 201GB, and HP Recovery D:, about 11 GB. But when I go to my disk utility, I don’t see any option with the 20 gb partition. I see three options. The first option is the name of my hard disk – Hitachi HD… . It shows up to be about 230 GB, the actual size of my harddisk….., then under that, there are two options, ones for the C: with capacity ~200GB, and the D:, about 11 GB.

In the Hitachi HD… 230 GB option, I went to partition, and it has all three components, including the 20 GB free space. But it doesn’t show under disk utility. I wish I could provide screenshots. Any solution here.

Thanks. :)


Zain June 15, 2008 at 1:29 pm

I am using Sony Vaio VGN-NR160E, it has

Processor:- Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5250 1.50GHZ
Memory(RAM):- 1.00GB
Hard Disk:- Hitachi 160GB

Brother please check rest of the config on internet, I just wanna ask you if ALL drivers availabe for my laptop. If yes only then i’ll install Leopard, cauz i have deleted my recovery partition n also i don have a bootable Vista Home Premium DVD.
Also u have told to use iATKOS v1.0 but i have downloaded iAtkos v1.0i r3 instead will that work?????????
Give me some trustworthy links for the drivers please plz plz plz

Please reply as early as u can


Jezus June 15, 2008 at 5:21 pm

@Mat, no way – after the msg, there wasnt anything to choose, didnt even found my wins, so i just formated disks and newly installed xp, np there coz i have xp on seperate partition just for os, but it gets kinda frustrating installing both os the 5th time :(

anyway i saw that no one else had the same problem so there must be prob with compability, but im fed up for now even to check wiki list for all compatible parts


rob June 16, 2008 at 10:38 am

got a chain booting error when i try to boot to mac from windows loader please help!


Danny Crossley June 16, 2008 at 2:35 pm

I’ve downloaded and burned the iATKOS_v.1.0 iso image to a DVD with no read errors. I freed up 5GB on my hard drive. I tried to boot from the DVD and it came up with a message that a restart was required, but the only way I could restart it was to switch off the power by the power button.

When it next booted up, I got as far as the command prompt, typed -v, then after a few lines it stopped. Something about a panic debugger and an “FPU segment overrun in kernel thread context” at line 547 of /SourceCache/xnu/xnu-1228/osfmk/i386/fpu.c. What does this line of code do? The file isn’t on the installation disk. Is there any way to install without a fpu option, if it’s somethihng to do with the fpu?

I’m running XP on an unknown OEM motherboard with 2.4GHz Celetron CPU. I’m using AMI BIOS dated 2003 and an 845 chipset.

If I just start it up with no options, it keeps coming up with the same message telling me to restart my computer again and again.


Danny Crossley June 16, 2008 at 3:18 pm


I’ve tried the Dawnin bootloader with -x, -f and -legacy switches, but still get a message asking me to reboot.


Jezus June 16, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Danny go to:

Uphuck Forums
InsanelyMac Forums
OSX86 Wiki.

More precise instrunctions there.


Danny Crossley June 16, 2008 at 3:54 pm


Thanks for those suggestions. I’ll look at them and let you know if I find a solution. I suspect my hardware’s not compatible, being OEM.


Saraansh Tandon June 17, 2008 at 1:33 am

hey i tried to do this mac dual boot thing..
as i began..the screen hung up after i pressed -v and some text loaded but later it kept showing “STILL WAITING FOR ROOT DEVICE” …please tell me what to do… later i tried to run darwin boot loader by hitting enter….then it showed a “NOT” symbol and hung up again…
my pc config is..
intel core2quad q6600 2.4ghz
wd 250gb hdd
2gb ram
nvidia 8800gt gpu
with 2 optical drives,,,
plz help me…QUICK…!!!


Saraansh Tandon June 17, 2008 at 1:45 am

hey btw…i have a asus p5k motherboard ( intel p35)…incase there’s a problem related to this…


fortmyerspolice June 17, 2008 at 3:47 am

What about us raid guys? I have the driver on a diskette but don’t know how to install mac now, no drives show up.


luka June 17, 2008 at 1:07 pm

my computer is:
p4 2.8
768 ram
120 + 160 HDD
3x DVD writer
motherboard is QDI P4I865 (at least that says on manual)
i���m having problem with booting. i downloaded Kalyway Leopard 10.5.1 SSE2 SSE3 but i can���t instal it. it just stops when i type -v and press enter, then is doing a little work with a lots of code, and then it simply restarts. i tried disabling boot CD option after the first boot, but it just boot���s me in vista. help needed


Brittonson June 17, 2008 at 11:45 pm

Go into your bios and disable hyperthreading. It should at least get you to the installer.


luka June 18, 2008 at 12:48 am

so, if i disable this, it “should” work?
will try, and will report tomorrow


Elliot Bridgewater June 18, 2008 at 12:32 pm

The ‘Darwin Loader’ Utility isn’t available!

I am using iATKOS v2.0 and I am trying to dual boot iATKOS and Windows Vista.

What can I do?


Remy June 19, 2008 at 3:32 am

i need help which volume do i shrink…do i shrink my primary volume or the other volume….the other volume is hard drive C…while the primary volume is hard drive D


Brittonson June 19, 2008 at 6:10 am

Whichever you want to take space away from. You are just creating another partition. Once it becomes unallocated, don’t forget to actually make it a partition, just don’t format it. That’s one thing this guide leaves out.


Brecht June 20, 2008 at 11:21 am

Hello, everything works just fine. When I boot my laptop I get the choice between vista and OS X. But with both options vista starts up. what can I do? I’ll keep working on this and keep y’all posted if I find out more.


Brecht June 20, 2008 at 12:03 pm

@Elliot Bridgewater

For this guide you’ll need iATKOS v1.0i.
I googled v2.0, but all i could find were the words “trouble” or “start downloading v1.0″


Sean June 20, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Hi, I have been trying to dual boot Leopard and Vista with the iATKOS v1.0i r2 dvd and i can not get the Leopard installer to appear. The scrolling test pauses after it say “MAC frame work install successfully” and “use only one style”. Can any one help?


Testant June 20, 2008 at 9:56 pm

If anyone is having problems with the Disk Utility failing to recognize their disks then I’m just in the middle of it all, overcomnig MANY problems and on my laptop, there’s a bios setting called SATA Controller Mode and when I changed that from ‘AHCI’ to ‘Compatibility’ the disk and partitions show up. I hope it helps. Now on with the quest to make it work… :-)


EricO June 21, 2008 at 3:33 am

Please Help! I am using iAtkos v1.0i R2 and i am not able to see the DARWIN BOOT option under UTILITIES.
Needless to say I was not able to continue the install successfully.



Ignacio June 21, 2008 at 7:29 am

hey, will you write a guide for xp and leopard?


Somayaji June 23, 2008 at 12:40 am

Hi. I tried installing this with the patch that you provided the link for. I didn’t even get to the leopard install. I got to the scrolling text and after a while it said.

“Still waiting for Root Device” or something along the lines of that.

I’d be really grateful if you could help me.


trixx June 23, 2008 at 11:15 am

On mininova, there is now an iATKOS 2.0i BS Release. Is this official, useable, and safe like 1.0i?


joseph June 23, 2008 at 12:06 pm

i’ve successfully installed MAC OS X, and i could see a Vanilla boot selection and i’ve started to boot to mac os x, but suddenly the CPU stops reading, I could only see the animated loading lines and the Apple logo with vanilla background ,waited for two hours but nothing happens


Aaron June 24, 2008 at 12:04 pm

after i type -v in the prompt it says stuff about kernels then the computer restarts and does the same thing with the coutdown then asks me to type -v again and so on.


chenc June 25, 2008 at 5:47 pm

I have found iAtkos v2 0i RERELEASE FROM BROKEN STONES online. Will this work with your tutorial as well?


ivan June 25, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Well I got it to install great on an acer 5710 problem occurred when setting up the the boot loaded, could not boot back in to vista.

Try all the fdisk and whatever i have read, not luck

use gparted to see my drive and behold I see the leopard partion as active and boot but my vista is now “unallocated”

any suggestions post a reply please


ebles June 27, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Quote from EricO

“Please Help! I am using iAtkos v1.0i R2 and i am not able to see the DARWIN BOOT option under UTILITIES.
Needless to say I was not able to continue the install successfully.”

I have the same problem – Though i seem to be able to choose a partition from the UI and the install seems to work ok.
However, I’m not able to perform the step involving:

Execute the following commands :

fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
flag 1

In the end my computer would not boot any operating systems (Bios claimed “Missing Operating System”

Maybe because I already had XP and Vista on dual boot..?

Any ideas/pointers would be greatly appreciated.


Ivan June 27, 2008 at 7:52 pm

UPDATE: I have wipe my whole drive but its working now

TRIPLE BOOT Vista, Ubuntu, and Mac


Brecht June 28, 2008 at 4:45 am


I see y’all have much problems installing Leopard on a PC. I’ve had problems myself, but i solved them all. In this post I will tell you how I solved them. I’ve worked a lot on this, so I hope this is usefull. Excuse me if my English is not that good, ’cause i’m a 16 years old boy from Belgium :P

If you still have problems after trying this, please leave a comment here and I’ll try to help you out. I will need to write a tutorial as well for one of the “much-seen” problems, but I don’t know where to post it yet. So be pacient ’till i found a place to post it.

I will read more of your posts to check if I can help you, but y’all have to know this takes time too.
If you want a tripple boot like me, just let me know and i’ll write a tutorial for it (maybe there already is one out there)

PROBLEM 1 — iATKOS v1.0ir2 –

Only one thing will help: start downloading iATKOS v1.0i
The r2 version does not have the darwin boot option in “Utilities” menu, so you can’t do some of the steps in the guide.

PROBLEM 2 — “Missing operating system” –

It is possible that you have vista, xp or another OS installed on your computer, (even with a dual boot) and you still see “missing operating system”. This is becouse you don’t have a working bootloader. You can solve this problem by installing Ubuntu (linux distro, only takes 2 partitions, one of 4 GB, and one of 1 GB). Ubuntu will use GRUB (bootloader). Then you’ll have a dual boot configuration of ubuntu and vista (or xp)*

*If you had already a dual boot config, you will now have a tripple boot config

ADVISE 1 — Other versions of iATKOS –

Please search for the right version. Don’t download somthing else. If you want to use another version of iATKOS, go search the web for a guide regarding that version.

PROBLEM 3 — Chain Booting Error –

In this guide, when you have to tell the darwin tool on witch HDD* you will install Leopard, and witch partition you will be using, you have to type 0 for your first HDD, 1 for your second, and so on. You have to do the same for the partition.
Instead of typing “0″ for your first HDD, type “1″.
If you use your second HDD, type “2″, and so on.
Do NOT do this for the partition selection. Only if you still got the error, you have to do this for the partitions as well!

Go on with the installation and follow the steps in this guide. Once you get to the step where you have to boot into vista, get back here.

Ok, let’s boot into vista and open the command prompt. Type the fllowing:

bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Mac OS X”

What you just did, is verry simple; you copied the windows boot profile (of the bootloader, the OS you’re using right now, witch is your current), and you changed the name of that profile.. Now type this:

bcdedit /enum active

Now you will see all the active boot profiles you have. The first one will be the bootloader itself. The second will be windows (and the one we’re using now, witch you can check by the identifier; sould say “current”). An finally we have the third. This one sould have “Mac OS X” as description.
If you check the third profile with your current profile, you should see everything is the same, exept the description. If that’s true, restart your computer.

You sould get the bootloader already. Choose “Mac OS X”. Windows should boot up.

Once logged in, go open the command promt again. Type this:

bcdedit /enum active

Again, you should see three profiles. Same as before, the first one is your bootloader, the second windows (but not your current) and finally, the third, Mac OS X. There you should see “Current” as identifier now. If that’s true, type in this:

bcdedit /set {current} PATH \chain0

!!attention!! Make sure you type {current} instead of the alphanummeric GUID we used to type!!

Now reboot your computer and choose mac os x in your bootloader. Leopard should boot now.

* HDD = Hard Disk Drive


– If the problem is NOT solved yet, please leave a comment, because there ‘s another way out!
– if you still boot into vista, leave a comment or try the original way of the guide

So, I will take the time to make a tutorial for my other way to solve the 3th problem. I hope this post was helpfull.



Evan June 28, 2008 at 8:06 am

After I type -v at the countdown and it goes through the scrolling list, it just stops. The last two messages are “Firewire unable to determine security mode;defaulting to full secure”

Then it says on the line under “still waiting for root device”

It continues to post this message repeatedly after say 20 or 30 seconds pass.


lloid June 28, 2008 at 10:37 pm


i tried with the iATKOS dvd
but after the disk formating i closed UTILITY
then again opened it
but ther is no DARWIN BOOT option in the UTILITY
can you please make me a little more clear?
i am a newbe here
so this question may be a dumb for you
i tried with Kalyway, Leo4all and iATKOS
but couldnt find darwin boot in diskutility
should i restart again
whats wrong with me?
hope you can point out
mine is an intel core2duo 2.2 processor with 2 GB ram
intel motherbord
vista ultimate running


Somayaji June 29, 2008 at 5:13 am


I have the same problem. I would really like some help on this issue.


Brecht June 29, 2008 at 5:19 am

I bet you have iATKOS v1.0ir2. this is the wrong version of iATKOS. Please read the comments. Especially the big ones



Somayaji June 29, 2008 at 6:05 am

I am quite sure i downloaded iATKOS v1.0i. I followed the instructions on how to patch it with the link that was provided.


Brecht June 29, 2008 at 6:35 am

My comment was a reply on LLOID. I’ll try to help you to solve your problem, but give me some time.



Somayaji June 29, 2008 at 6:50 am

Oh sorry. And I hope you can help me



Evan June 29, 2008 at 11:12 am

Brecht, I do have iATKOS 1.0i. Any other ideas? Thanks.


lloid June 29, 2008 at 12:25 pm


so you are telling its an another version!!!

but i think its not

anyway i am downloading V1.0i(again!!)

will be back after the downloading

thanks BRECHT

hope we will meet again :)


Brecht June 29, 2008 at 9:49 pm

make sure you got the right one this time. Hint: Mininova, 2.09GB



lloid June 30, 2008 at 9:55 am




lloid June 30, 2008 at 10:21 pm


now i am finishing the download

BRECHT, can u please tell me which patches should i use during the installation?

mine is an intel core2duo cpu E4500@2.20GHz
Intel 82945G express chipset family
no other graphics cards

vista ultimate 64 bit running


Brecht July 1, 2008 at 12:25 am

Finish the installation WITHOUT patches. Sould be the safest way to finish successfully.



Daren July 1, 2008 at 3:11 pm


Hi nice 1 for getting back to us all…. your a big help

I got all the way boot on the dual boot i can get in vista but when i try the mac i get the chain boot error.

I did the dawin boot stuff b4 the install and bcd bits, but keep getting stuck on the chain boot lol.

please help mate.

running a toshiba satelliite pro A200
core 2 duo t7300 @ 2ghz
2 gig ram
ati radeon HD 2600
250 sata hd



lloid July 1, 2008 at 4:16 pm



now i am having a dual boot

thanks once again

now everything works perfect exept the internet and mic

can you give me a solution?
mine is a intel PRO/100VE

hope you can help me


lloid July 1, 2008 at 4:20 pm

and i got this thread


but coudnt understand how to get into kext

sorry :( i am a newbea

can you explain it ??
or will there be any other links??


Brecht July 1, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Hi all,

I’m trying to help you all, but it takes time, because I have to try to GET the error myself.

So, These are the problems I’m currently working on:

PROBLEM ONE — Text stops scrolling with root device error –

It’s very hard to solve a problem, that I don’t have myself. So you have to help me by doing this:
–> boot into vista and log in (of course)
–> insert the iATKOS DVD and open it in Windows Explorer.
–> Write a comment and type the content of the DVD. (sould be a few files)
–> Wait for my reply to proceed :p

PROBLEM TWO — Chain Booting Error –

First I need to knwo witch step is not working for you. Do you have problems with the command prompt in Windows?
–> Tip: Before I’m gonna help you individually, I want you to make a backup of your Boot configs. This can be done by typing the following command:

bcdedit /export “C:\bcdbackup”

This should have created a file on your C drive. We can use it later as backup.

PROBLEM THREE — Network, Sound, Display, Etc. problems –

I have some of those problems myself. I believe it’s all about mac drivers, but where can you find mac drivers for PC? I’ll help you out. But first I want to try it myself before telling you, ’cause if somtn goes wrong… :)

So, that’s my help post for today, and remember: I’ll help y’all, but be pacient.



Brecht July 1, 2008 at 8:42 pm

@ IVAN (June 25th)

Try installing Ubuntu (Linux distribution) on a new partition.
You can make a new partitions in the ubuntu installer itself, so no need to download gparted (linux based too :P ).

You will need two partitions for installing ubuntu. Make a partition with a size of 4 GB, and Ext3 (just follow the instructions on the installer screen of ubuntu) as filesystem, and a little partition (about 1 GB) formatted as Swap.

Make sure you got those partitions and continue installing Ubuntu.

Just follow the steps on the screen. When that’s finished, you can try to backup what’s important from your harddrive. Normally you can access almost every type of partition formats (such as NTFS, FAT32, EXT3, and so on) on Ubuntu.

When you’ve got backups of everything that’s important to you, reboot your computer, use Gparted or somtin’ to erase evrything, and make new partitions. recommendet:
an NTFS partition for Vista
an NTFS partition for mac, but we cannot format this to the right format yet

Then install Vista. I think the Vista installer is clear enough, so i’m not gonna explain any of that.

After installing Vista, try again installing Leopard, and make sure you do it right. Also make sure you have the RIGHT version of iATKOS. See my hint above.

To be 100% safe, do NOT install any patches or drivers during installation.

Make sure you do EVERY step in this guide, and check my long post above too.

So, everything should go smoothly. If you still have trouble, drop a comment, and tell me exactly what happend. otherwise I can’t help.

So! I think I sould get to type the black messages :P



Shifty July 1, 2008 at 9:01 pm


I’m stuck on the dual boot setup part. I’m doing it exactly like it says in the guide, but when I try to boot the Mac OS X option it just boots into windows. Any pointers you guys can give me?



Gabriel July 2, 2008 at 12:15 am

Hola, intentare instalar MacOs en una maquina con WinXP… Luego les cuento si lo logre y como hice.
Excelente trabajo “Karthik Kastury”, muy bueno, te felicito!.


ivan July 2, 2008 at 2:14 am

@Brecht July 1

Hey I got it working, I used EasyBCD and they I wrote the Darwin boot loader to the partition that mac os was installed and that fixed it.

The only problem I have, is I have no ethernet or wireless
Ethernet is a Broadcom Netlink Gigabit Ethernet
the wireless us intel 3945 abg wireless.

I need to get the lan at least working so i can do the updates, unless someone has all the updates in a giant installer package.


Brecht July 2, 2008 at 7:47 am

@ Shifty

I already wrote a post to solve this problem. If you have a problem, please read the big posts before asking questions. I’m sure in most of the cases, you’ll find an answer. My first big post contains another way of setting up the bootloader. Try that. If that doesn’t solve your problem, i’ll try to help you out.

@ Ivan

I’ll try your way to solve the problem out, and type it in the next troubleshooting post I write. That way, others can try it too.

@ Gabriel

Can’t understand a word of what you’re saying. please try to retype your problem in English, or find someone to do it for you :)



Liam July 2, 2008 at 4:43 pm

I just wanted to thank you for this very well worded and well put together guide. I was freaking out when I finally managed to install leopard and couldn’t come back to vista.

Thanks to those “DON’T PANIC” signs you put on the guide I was able to keep things going, lol.

Thank you so much!


Ryan July 2, 2008 at 9:59 pm


I have completely installed everything and i can boot into Mac OS in safe mode but if i try to boot in normally it gets to the gray screen with the apple and then freezes. If anyone could let me know if they got a solution to this that would be great.


Eric July 2, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Hi Brecht,

Thanks for helping us newbies out. You’re doing a fantastic job!

I was able to get a copy of iATKOS v1.0i and got the following errors:

When I am in the Darwin Boot process, my keyboard stops working BUT I am able to continue by using COPY and PASTE the characters to answer the prompts. However, I still have a problem with the Chain Booting (Sorry, but your explanation on how to use the Darwin tool to select the partition was a little unclear.)

My notebook HDD has three partitions, the third one I created for OS X. When I use the Darwin tool to select the drive, I used the following settings:

HDD = 0 (for disk 1)
Partition = 3 (for disk partition 3)

Darwin says I will install OS X on “disk0s3″. Is this correct? Because using this setting I received an error message in the Darwin terminal window that says unable to locate the partition.

However, I am still able to continue the installation and notice the OS X installation progress bar. Then I reboot with the DVD inside, press F8 and then -s. All I get is a page of scrolling text and then it stops. Thats as far as I got

When I reboot, I get a NO OPERATING SYSTEM FOUND message.

Can you help? Thanks again.


Tr3sy July 3, 2008 at 1:32 am

hmmm..i cant find the unallocated partion that i created to format it. HELLLP!!


Gabriel July 3, 2008 at 2:54 am

I will try to do my bes with english! DVD burned and Partition created success! But when i try to install macOs (Pressing F8 and tiping -v) i can see the scrolling text on the screen, after some seconds the pc restarts…. I have a Core 2 Duo desktop with Sata raid 0 (2 HDD). I cant solve this trouble, i dont know what to do! Thanks u very much!!


Brecht July 3, 2008 at 4:51 am

@ Tr3sy

format the unnallocated partition as NTFS. The leopard installer should show this fileformat.

@ Gabriel

Boot into vista. insert the dvd and tell me witch files are on it. This can be done using Windows Explorer.



Brecht July 3, 2008 at 5:26 am

@ Ryan

The only advise I can give you now is to reinstall Leopard. Maybe you better delete the new bootconfig of Mac OS X first. This can be done by following these steps:

–> Open Cammand Prompt in Vista
type the following commands:

bcdedit /enum active

this displays all the profiles in the store

bcdedit /delete {profile identifier} /cleanup

This command deletes the profile from the store. Type the alphanumeric identifier instead of “profile identifier”. That value can be seen above, (that’s why you typed “bcdedit /enum active”) and should be the first value in row.

type again:

bcdedit /enum active

this is only to chack if the entry is gone.

@ Eric

Thanx for your compliment. I think I can help you out. Do the following:

–> The fact that your keyboard is not working is very strange. Il’l try to find out how to solve that one. If you have a keyboard with a PS/2 connector (not USB), I suggest you try a keyboard with a USB connector (try this first?). For now, continue pasting :P
–> once in the darwin utility, press “1″ for your first HDD, instead of “0″. this should solve the partition problem. Continue the installation.
–> If the keyboard problem is not solved when running Leopard, reainstall Leopard, but check (by clicking the checkbox :P ) the driver package using the “custom install” option in the Leopard installer.

!! ATTENTION !! You should do these steps ONLY if you have problems with your keyboard. Otherwise you can have an unsuccessfull installation! (had one myself)

And Eric, remember this: A few weeks ago, I was a newbe to this myself :P



Tr3sy July 3, 2008 at 10:58 am

WOW! thanx! now i cant find the “Darwin_Boot” option in the utilities drop down menu after i format it n everything..UGH!


Omni July 3, 2008 at 12:09 pm

I fixed the Chain Booting Error :)

When you get to:
# Once the Install is done, reboot with the DVD in the drive. Press F8 at Darwin Boot Loader and type -s and press enter.
# Execute the following commands :

fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
flag 1

Do the Following instead:
# Once the Install is done, reboot with the DVD in the drive. Press F8 at Darwin Boot Loader and type -s and press enter.
# Execute the following commands :

fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
flag 1
cd /usr/standalone/i386/
startupfiletool /dev/rdiskXsx ./boot
dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdiskXsx bs=512 count=1
dd if=boot0 of=/dev/rdiskXsx bs=400 count=1

This solved my problem of chain loading :) Hope this helps someone else :D

PS: just as above guide says, replace X and x with appropriate locations of your hard drive and partition :)


Brecht July 3, 2008 at 12:15 pm

This is the last time i’m gonna tell this:

If you don’t have the darwin boot option in the utilities drop down menu, you have the wrong version of iATKOS. I bet you have version 1.0vir2.

Please READ the pig comments before asking!



Rahul Dhaka July 3, 2008 at 5:32 pm

hey mac osx is asking for usb keyboard after installation won’t a ps2 keyboard work?


Brecht July 3, 2008 at 7:18 pm

@ Omni

Cool, this looks like a better way. I’ll try this just for phun :p .

I thought of another way too:
Using GRUB instead of windows bootloader. working on it now. The more options to solve problems, the better :D



Kc July 3, 2008 at 11:12 pm

wow this tutorial sounds great…only problem is everyone seems to be screwing up there systems and no one answers any questions here, all they do is just ask another question. great support!


Brecht July 4, 2008 at 11:49 am

So, nobody is aswering huh? I’m busy all day long trying to GET the problems you guys have, trying to solve them, getting back on them, and nobody seems to be taking care of your problems? Did you read any of these comments? It would be much easier for me to leave y’all alone with your trouble. I got it working fine, so no need for me to post comments anymore.

I’m sorry if I don’t comply to your needs. I just don’t like your comment.



Joe July 4, 2008 at 12:26 pm

when i try to install it i press -v and enter and then it gets up to

“Loading HFS+ file: [/system/library/extensions.mkext] from 4230450″

it doesn’t even spin like it’s trying to do something it jsut stops :s

Help anyone? more of a guide for dummies would be nice, thanks – Joe



Eric July 4, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Hi Brecht.

I think what that guy was trying to say was that nobody is listening to you when you say that iATKOS v1.0i is the proper one to use and NOT ANY OTHER VERSION.

You have a lot of people on this thread (including myself) that appreciate your support.

Keep up the good job!!!


kerv July 5, 2008 at 8:55 pm

its says “still waiting on root device” after i Press F8 at Darwin Boot Loader and type -s and press enter.


Brecht July 6, 2008 at 5:47 am

@ Joe
Give me some more info about your system, and folow the tips for installer-boot problems.

@ Eric
Thanx for your reminder :)



Somayaji July 6, 2008 at 8:56 am

Hey. Sorry if I sound annoying, but if you have the time, can you please solve my problem. It is posted a few posts up.


Brecht July 6, 2008 at 9:48 am

Already gave solutions for your problem. posted that a few posts up.

And remember: you’re not alone here



Computer Repair Service July 6, 2008 at 7:33 am

Dual Boot Leopard & Windows Vista. Interesting subject. My son has wanted to setup this configuration for a long time. After all, it is very hot here in Gilbert, Arizona. It is better to sit inside trying to complete this computer installation project, instead of resting in a chair in the hot sun. By the way, you have a great blog site. I will have to link to it! Your remote technical support is perfect. Forget the complainers. Just keep up the good work. Think of all of the people visiting your site, because of your ingenious idea.

Take Care,


Brett July 6, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Ok… I have downloaded and burned iATKOS versions 1 and 2 and neither of them will enter setup correctly. On version 1, I cannot even get passed the Darwin screen where you are supposed to enter “-v” to launch verbose mode. I enter “-v” and the Darwin just restarts. On version 2, I can get as far as “Click the button to install…” After I do that, I get a Mac logo and a blue/white striped loading bar that is animated for about 30 seconds and then just stops. At that point, I just left the computer for a while and came back, roughly an hour later, and it was still stuck at that screen. I also tried, with versions 1 and 2, to run the install using “-v -legacy” and on both versions, I got the same behaviors. Any suggestions? Has anyone else experienced this? If so, how did you get passed it? Thanks a million for any assistance!!!



Somayaji July 6, 2008 at 9:29 pm

I can’t find that solution….I tried it again and it still said “still waiting for root device”


Brett July 6, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Hey, Brett again… :) I forgot to list my PC specs. Here they are.

CPU–Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 1066 FSB (8MB L2 Cache)
Mobo–eVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX
Audio–Integrated Audio (Realtek HD)
RAM–4 GB Crucial Ballistix PC8500 DDR2 @ 1066 FSB Graphics–eVGA GeForce 9600 GT 512 DDR3
HardDrive–Western Digital 1TB HD SATA 300 Gbs



Brecht July 6, 2008 at 9:40 pm

You used google, didn’t you :P Search in these comments. I wrote the post. I’ve been posting since June 20th 2008, so you really don’t have to look that far. I just don’t want to type everything 10 times.



Sean July 6, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Hey Brecht,

I have been reading your post and they have been really helpful so far. I was reading some of your earlier post and you said that if i ran into the problem with the scrolling test stopping to post the details of the iATKOS cd I am using.


BOOT 55kb File
BOOT.CAT 2kb Security Catalog
BOOT0 1kb File
BOOT1H 1kb File
BOOT1U 7kb File
BOOTEFI 59kb File
BOOTHELP.TXT 2kb Text Document
CDBOOT 58kb File
CHAIN0 1kb File

Thanks for your help.

- Sean -


whitefang888 July 8, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Hi! im new here. just want to ask if its possible to install osx in a phenom x4 9750 pc.

my full spec is.


Model MS-7376
Total amount of system memory 8.00 GB RAM
System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 4


Total size of hard disk(s) 410 GB


Display adapter type ATI Radeon HD 3870
Total available graphics memory 3579 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 512 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 3067 MB
Display adapter driver version 6.0.6000.16386
Primary monitor resolution 1280×1024
DirectX version DirectX 9.0 or better


Network Adapter Realtek RTL8168B/8111B Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0)
Network Adapter Microsoft Tun Miniport Adapter

Pls. need help how to install mac os in my pc. any suggestions?


Brecht July 8, 2008 at 8:24 pm

@ Sean

Still checking for you. But I don’t think the problem has to be found on your disk, ’cause I think you’ve got all the files you need on your disk.

@ whitefang888

This guide is for Intel computers only. Since Apple’s computers are based on intel, I don’t know there is somtin’ like this for AMD. I saw a download of iATKOS of AMD too, but i’m not sure if it works. I don’t have an AMD PC, so I can’t help you on this.



Brecht July 8, 2008 at 8:32 pm

@ Brett

I don’t know what’s wrong with this site, but some comments appear a day after a comment I wrote, before me.

Anyway, I had this once, but the problem was solved when I rebooted. I guess this doesn’t help.

I’ll need some more info about the following things:
– System specs? (CPU & mobo is enough)
– DVD content? (like above)
– witch speed did you use to burn your disk?
– How big is the iATKOS file?


– Sometimes I write “//PSPro”, this is because my nickname on another forum is PSPro. I’m just used to type this :P


Zlash July 8, 2008 at 8:33 pm

In the tutorial iATKOS v1.0 is used. Will it be the same or better to use iATKOS v2.0? Or will that be a major compatabilty issue?


Danny Crosley July 9, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Has anybody got this working on an Intel 845 chipset? I’ve tried iakos versions 1 and 2, ToH and Kalway on two different computers with i845 and one AMD chipset and none of them complete the Darwin bootup but throw loads of erros and grind to a halt.


Zlash July 9, 2008 at 3:50 pm

I thought I’d go for the iATKOS v1.0, instead of v2.0 since it’s in the guide. But here’s my first problem in this long and tiresome journey: I can’t seem to get through the Darwin loading. I press F8 at the countdown and I type “-v” and hit enter and what happens next is that the computer reboots. I tried without the “-v” command line, but that didn’t work either. Help is appreciated!


Danny Crossley July 9, 2008 at 5:20 pm

That’s what happened to me. It just kept rebooting and/or freezing.

Are you using an 845 chipset by any chance?

This page has more questions than answers. It doesn’t seem to have been tested properly on different computers.


Zlash July 9, 2008 at 5:28 pm

I have no idea. I’m not really an expert when it comes to what’s deeply inside the computer. That Brecht guy seems to have answers to many questions so let’s hope he can help us out


Brecht July 9, 2008 at 6:33 pm

@ Zlash

I already posted 2 times, that only version 1.0i can be used. The file should have the size of 2.09 GB. Please read the big comments (starting Jun 20th) and you’ll find many answers to problems you might have. For the unsolved problems, please be pacient, ‘caus I’m working on it.

@ Danny Crossley

Please read those comments too. I’ve posted before that this only works on Intel machines. Anyway, I see you’ve got another problem too. Ill check that one out.



Zlash July 9, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Yeah sorry about that version thing. I didn’t see your posts about that before I had already made a post. And thanks for helping!
- Zlash


Danny Crossley July 9, 2008 at 6:50 pm

I’ve read those comments but the do not solve the problem. I have tried it with version 1, the 845 is an Intel chipset so it is an “Intel machine” and it stops here:

544 if (get_interrupt_level())
545 panic(“FPU segment overrun exception at interrupt context\n”);
546 if (current_task() == kernel_task)
547 panic(“FPU segment overrun exception in kernel thread context\n”);

with this panic message in this file:



Brecht July 9, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Oh, I thought you wrote somin’ about AMD too, sorry. Well I’ll see what I can do.



David July 10, 2008 at 4:31 am

hi I am running Windows Vista Basic on an HP Compaq presario c502US (crappy I know). I have the partition and all set up.

so i press f8
then -v
and it innitializes, but stops when it comes to:

Darwin Kernel Version 9.2.0: Sun Mar 2 00:11:08 SCT 2008; made by ToH:xnu-1228/BUILD/obj?RELEASE_I386

-by the way I am using Kalyway… It should work though


Brett July 10, 2008 at 6:48 am

@ Brecht

–CPU and MoBo specs are in a comment above. If you need more information, lemme know.
–I burned the DVD at 4X, the slowest possible
–The iATKOS fil size is: 2,559,968 KB (2.56 GB)

Thank you so much for helping!



Sean July 10, 2008 at 7:45 am

Hey Brecht,

Thanks for your on going help, you seem to really understand what is going on. If you think all of the files are on the iATKOS_v1.0 dvd i will try re-burning it. I burned a an .iso file iATKOS that was 2.09 GB at 4X.

If it helps here are the specs of my computer.

HP Pavilion m9150f:

Mother Board:
(base board) ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
(chipset) Intel Q35/Q33/P35/G33

Chip: Intel Core Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40 GHz

Video Card: NIVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

Thanks again.

- Sean -


John July 10, 2008 at 10:08 am

hi i was wondering if this would work on my machine or if i need to look at the patch for iATKOS v1.0 Image for AMD based machines, here are my specs:
HP a1710n
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+ 2.20 GHz
3 GB DDR2 Ram
32-bit operating system
320GB HD
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE

i am running windows vista


John July 10, 2008 at 10:35 am

here are some better specs:

Athlon 64 X2 (W) 4200+ 2.2 GHz 2000 MT/s

GeForce 6150 LE

Asus A8M2N-LA

motherboard name: NodusM3-GL8E



Arun Kumar July 10, 2008 at 11:30 am
Brecht July 10, 2008 at 9:23 pm

@ David
Never tried kalawai (or somtin’ like that) before, and I never will, so I can’t help you on this

@ Brett
Everything looks normal, except for the size of your iATKOS image. I used the 2.09GB version, and I think most of us did.

@ John
Don’t try this guide on an AMD based machiene. Try the paches for AMD, that’s the only way to figure out if it’s possible.



Zlash July 10, 2008 at 9:28 pm

So Brecht. Any progress in solving my problem? Is it a new and unheard issue? I appreciate your help!


Jeff July 10, 2008 at 11:17 pm

Hey i tried the iAtkos 2.0 and i follow all of your steps, however, the text stops scrolling. It stops at the paragraph where it says..

“MAC Framework successfully initialized
using 2621 buffer headers and 2621 cluster IO Buffer headers
Extension “com.apple.driver.ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin” has immediate depen…
nents; use only one style.”

so idk if that helps but hope to hear from you soon!
Thanks, Jeff


Zeke July 11, 2008 at 1:31 am

Does iATKOS v2.0 work on an AMD machine?


Lochlan July 13, 2008 at 5:25 pm


I tried this but after the scrolling text i got another screen with more text and it never got to installation text


matthias July 14, 2008 at 2:33 am

Hi! some one pls help me…my scrolling text keep stopping at loading HFs+ file… then the changing symbol stop moving…after it will show timeout…anyone pls help


artysx July 17, 2008 at 1:45 am

Some months ago this solution works for me, but now…

I have had a working leo 10.5.4 on 3rd partition, and vista on 1st(non working), so to load in vista i used a backup image to repair vista.
In vista i made everything is needed and take reboot…
Than where i expected to see darvin boot menu, i’ve got a “Blinking cursor error”:(((

here is bcdedit /enum log:
������������������ ���������������� Windows
�������������������������� {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale ru-RU
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
displayorder {current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

���������������� Windows
�������������������������� {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Microsoft Windows Vista
locale ru-RU
inherit {bootloadersettings}
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {ed498bd7-5000-11dd-a580-9d774cf67439}
nx OptIn

���������������� Windows
�������������������������� {d8ba5662-5351-11dd-bd7c-001e4cddc02b}
device partition=C:
path \chain0
description Mac OS X
locale ru-RU
inherit {bootloadersettings}
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {ed498bd7-5000-11dd-a580-9d774cf67439}
nx OptIn


Where am I bad?


El July 17, 2008 at 7:38 pm

fortunately I manage to pass through the darwin boot in iatkos v2 installation, after I’ve gone through the disk utility and the darwin boot loader setup, the system then begin installing but It stop at the halfway (about 20%) of the installation saying something about the intel package couldn’t be installed T_T, I tried again but its the same

any help or advice would be very helpful or should I go with the iatkos v1?

my hardware spec is Dell E1505 with core duo n X1400

ps: for those who don’t know how to start the darwin boot utilities
in iatkos v2, you simply go to Utilities>>Terminal then type in “darwin boot” to start it


Vishal July 18, 2008 at 11:29 am

Yeh im getting the same problem. It gets to the installing stage and the gets to about 5% then says “Installation failed” “The installer could not verify the ‘Intel 10.5.1′ package”.

Please help!

btw my specs are:
Foxconn 945G7MD motherboard
Pentium D 3GHz
2GB Ram
80GB maxtor HDD


Tory July 18, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Hey i downloaded Kalyway 10.5.2 and burned it to a DVD. I think i burned it to fast cuz u cant boot from it, when i put it in nothing happens.
so im gonna try and burn it again. But i have a important question.
Does anybody know how i can customize my AMIBIOS for kalyway?
it doesnt have any of the options i got from lifehacker, and i dont know
how to upgrade the bios. (its from 04)

also if needed my specs:

Pentium 4 CPU 2.80GHz
1024GB of RAM
Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2
40GB Hard drive



Brian July 19, 2008 at 2:18 am

I got passed the “Still waiting for root device” message. I shut down the computer and unplugged one of my ATA DVD-ROMS and one of my SATA hard drives so I only had one of each plugged in. After starting up I was able to continue and install.


Rafael July 19, 2008 at 4:53 am

about these commands…

bcdedit /copy {current} /d ���Mac OS X���
bcdedit /enum active
bcdedit /set {GUID} PATH \chain0

I’m not sure which one is the GUID. there are two sets of numbers, one on the top of the Mac OS X section, and one at the bottom of it.


A.J. July 19, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Thanks for the guide, i think it will really help me, but before i start i just wanted to know is is possible to use a second hard drive or external drive and boot OS X from there, or do both OS’s have to be on the same HD??


Morgan bleck July 20, 2008 at 7:22 am


I shrunk my Vista partition so there is now 30 GB unallocated… but when I boot to the DVD and go into the Disk Utility the buttons and format dropdown box are grayed out and disabled.


Aassem Askari July 20, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Hi All.
A few months ago, I had successfully installed leopard onto my system (with a few hardware issues, but tahts not important). However, my computer had to go in for repairs, and I have recently had it returned to me. My question is, seeing as I have ben out of the loop for quite some time now, is Kalyway 10.5.2 still teh best way to go, or has some new releases been created in the last, say, 3 and a half months or so, which are better?

thank you


antonio July 20, 2008 at 2:44 pm

i followed teh guide however when i boot os x it starts fine with the grey screen and the circular loading icon but then it just goes completely grey and hangs.. wat could it be?


Phillip July 20, 2008 at 6:29 pm

My install seems to get stuck on “Waiting for Root”?

Any help would be appreciated, I’m assuming it means my hard drive??

(This happens during the scrolling just after initalizing the Firewire)

Thanks in Advance


Brecht July 20, 2008 at 10:39 pm

@ Zlash
There are too many questions for one person to solve, so I can’t follow. Please don’t keep asking if your problem is solved, because there are a lot people who need help.

@ Jeff
Please read some big replies of me. If you’ve read them, you should know by now you need the iATKOS v1.0i (2.09 GB) file. Not version 2

@ Zeke
Same as above. Read. This doesn’t work on AMD, and you need v1.0i. It is possible that v2.0 works, but there are many problems installing it, and I don’t want to try it.

@ Lochlan
Your comment is completely useless to me. How can I solve a problem if I don’t have information?

@ matthias
Unclear. what do you mean, give me info, etc…

@ artysx
Looks like a new error. Give me some more info. I’ll check your bootconfig out.

@ El
Thanks for the tip about how to start darwin boot in v2.0. I didn’t know that. Further, I recommend you download v1.0

@ Vishal
I don’t need your system specs to solve this. Witch version of iATJOS did you use?

@ Tory
This guide is about iATKOS. Not about Kalyway. I’m not gonna test Kalyway, just to help you. I’m sorry. I suggest that you ask this question on macforums or somtin’

@ Brian
Thanks for solving this problem. I’ll type it in my next big post, so people can find it.

@ Rafael
The one below.

@ A.J.
Doesn’t matter. Just make sure you tell the installation program on witch hard drive you want to install Mac OS X.

@ Morgan bleck
Unknown issue. Please give me some information about your system, version of iATKOS, etc…
Please keep checking this site, ’cause I might need some additional information.

@ Aassem Askari
Again, this guide is about iATKOS. I recommed you use iATKOS v1.0i, but if you really want to use Kalyway, ask this question on insanelymac forum, or macforums.

@ antonio
No idea.I’ll see what I can do.

@ Phillip
Read before you ask. Not even 10 comments ago this problem was solved.

People, I’m alone here to solve your problems. Y’all keep asking and asking. Please read and search before asking questions. Sometimes I’m just wasting my time reading about problems that already have been solved, and responding on them. This topic isn’t the only thing in my life.



Alex July 21, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I have tried with just 1 dvd drive and 1 HD, and it still hangs on
“Still Waiting for Root Device”

My system specs are:

Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
AMD 6400+ X2 @ 3.2ghz
3gb RAM
DVD Drive
HD – Samsung 750gb (vista partition 1, blank un-formatted partition 2 (for leopard), 250gb back-up, 500gb data.
GIgabyte 3870


Alex July 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Im also using iAtkos v2.0i


Brecht July 21, 2008 at 11:17 pm

This is what I hate, Alex. You just ask, you don’t searh. If you’ve read the big comments above, you should know, that you have to use v1.0i, and that this doesn’t work on AMD machines.



Alex July 22, 2008 at 12:07 am

Sorry, but i did search for my particular problem with “still waiting for root device”, didnt know it could boil down to the version i was using. Also i thought an AMD patch/update could be implemented for leopard to work on amd machines after the installation.


Morgan Bleck July 22, 2008 at 12:14 am


I am using iAKTOS v4.0i on a Dell Inspiron 1720M. I had 5 partitions on that drive already… I swiched to a different drive, and now it starts booting up, but when it gets to the white apple logo screen with the circle loading thing it stops loading and a gray circle with a line shows up in the middle of the screen.


Andy July 22, 2008 at 4:55 am

It stop @

Darwin Kernerl Vertion 9.1.0


diigimatrix July 22, 2008 at 11:22 pm

i had this problem with my setup, i downloaded leo4all.iso. installed with no problems. Hope this helps. it’s not hard to find.


A.J. July 23, 2008 at 4:07 am


Thanks. Knowing that helps alot.


MReda July 24, 2008 at 4:43 am

hey there, thanks alot for this, i followed all the steps u said but i dont get the prompt that asks the disk number and partition number. i choose the partition i formatted by using the mouse, however, after the installation is complete, i boot into darwin and type -s but it stops at a command and the keyboard does not work all the time��� please help

i run a 2.16 centrino duo with 1GB DDR2 ram and 512MB VGA atiX1600��� its a LG S1 laptop���

thanks again


raymundo July 24, 2008 at 6:51 am

hey sorry but i have a problem with this i burn the iAtkos v2.0 and putting in the pc i typ -v and stops at stil waiting for rot device can you help me


Vishal July 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm

@ Brecht

Its v1.0 but i’ve managed to get around that problem but i cant boot into leopard after the install. Its says something about a chain error or something like that.


Julius D Souza July 26, 2008 at 3:01 am

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.
I have 2 HDD installed in my desktop. I have followed your instructions step by step without any error.
I loaded Mac OS X on Disk1 as i had Vista loaded on Disk0.
After the entire install process I get to choose between Mac OS X and Vista. When I select Mac OS X It boots straight into Vista. I dont see the Darwin loaded at all.
What is that i have done wrong. What should I do to boot into Mac OS X.
Please help!


Morgan bleck July 26, 2008 at 5:31 am

@Julius D Souza – When the computer is booting up, you can choose to boot to the second hard drive.


grigor July 26, 2008 at 7:40 am

hi i followed the guide and vista works and i get the window to choose to boot into vista or mac os x but when i choose mac os x it just boots into vista please help ive been trying to get it to work for 2 days


grigor July 26, 2008 at 8:13 am

I fixed my other problem and now when i start it goes to darwin boot, if i select the windows one it boots to vista just fine. I���ve got as far as Darwin loading up, i typed ���-v���, rather than booting it comes up with a list of 15 or so items, before the screen flashes and the computer reboots. if i dont type -v and just press enter, the apple loading screen comes up, it shows the same thing it does when i type -v, just over the apple boot screen then flashes and restarts the computer.


smt July 27, 2008 at 8:05 am

Has anybody figured out the “no drives detected thing” yet. Come on there’s like 20 postings about this and noone has an answer. SOMEONE GIVE AN ANSWER even if it’s “dude, It’s not gonna work, man” PLEASE. FOR THE LOVE OF JEBUS (and that is not a typing error).


Brecht July 27, 2008 at 10:09 pm


You’ve reached my sense impolite. You leans on the back of someone else for your problems. You complain to the people who answer questions, while doing nothing yourself. I knew a month ago nothing of this. Why don’t you search for your own solution? I can not solve all of your probelms, and to be honest, I’m starting to get tired of this.

So no, I don’t have a solution for this problem, and it will take a while ’till I’ll search for one.


ali July 28, 2008 at 9:58 am

i am trying to install iATKOS 1.0i with amd patch but every time i go to disk utility, there is nothing there. i have tired to format, recreate the partition in every way i can but still nothing comes up. any help thanks


carlos July 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm

I could not use the iatkos v2.0 DVD image to install to my system, instead, i used the leo4all v.2 DVD image and it worked. However, i have 3 partition in my hard drive: in partition 1, i have vista installed previously. partition is just for data storage. and partition 3 is the one i installed mac os x. my problem is: after i finished the installation of mac os x, i could not boot into vista anymore. i try to use the vista DVD to recover it, buy it does not see the original OS. How COME? Any help please?

my system:
intel duo 2 quad q6600
MB: asus p5q pro
GPU: ati 4850
HD: hitachi sata 750G


nabil July 29, 2008 at 9:04 am


i am using windows xp on intel 1.7 GHz processor with 512 mb ram. now is it possible to install mac leopard beside windows xp?


Spasticus July 29, 2008 at 10:45 am

To get it to detect a drive, I had to format it first (I used ext3) with another application.


Kalifax July 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm

To all of you who have the problem with DISK UTILITY NOT RECOGNIZING YOU HARD DRIVE.

i had the same problem with Aitkos and kalyway.

No I downloaded LEO4ALL and it works! Recognized my drives and It fucking works baby!!

So fuck this aitkos shit and get LEO4ALL.


Thomas July 30, 2008 at 1:14 am

I instaled a IDE device with master jumper on, IDE DVD as slave and booted with -x -v -f flags. No problem with still waiting for root device.
But the setup stopped in a line saying CODE SIGNIG: cs_invalid_page: p=129[ssave] clearing CS_VALID
What it means?


Andrew July 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm

im trying to dual boot with xp.

everything goes great until this step:

“Select the Volume you created previously and format it as MAC OSX Journaled Extended. Once the formatting is done the volume is ready for installation.”

the problem here is that i cannot select the volume i created (the unallocated space) because it’s not there. i partitioned my 400gb hard drive to 160gb for xp and the rest is unallocated space. after i boot from the leopard disk, and go to disk utility, all i see is my hard drive, and the branch under it for xp, which is 160gb. i cannot select the unallocated space as it does not appear in the disk utility. please help.

my specs are:
3.8ghz pentium 4
2.0gb pc5300
asus p5p800 mobo
segata barracuda 400gb sata 150
evga 6600gt


Alex July 31, 2008 at 4:06 am

Hi there,
I’m getting an error after i press F8 and “-v” and then enter; the error says: “system config file ‘/library/prefrences/systemconfiguration/com.apple.boot.plist’ not found”

Any ideas what’s wrong?


Lechat July 31, 2008 at 5:11 am

Haven��t been able to install beacuse when I get to the point of formatting with Disk Utility, the app cannot see any discs. I have on C windows Vista and the rest is unallocated. Also tried on Vista Disk managemente to assign letter D but no format and it didn��t work. I��m using Aitkos V4i.

I��ll appreciate any help.


Harry August 1, 2008 at 6:40 am

This version have support to AHCI? I think this is my problem. When booting, it came a “prohibited” signal above the Apple logo and freeze on it. Anyone else had that problem? I’m using a Sata II 250Gb HD with AHCI Bios enabled. If i disable it on BIOS, my Windows won’t recognize my disk anymore. Any answers?


Will August 1, 2008 at 12:00 pm

I have installed it fine I just can’t seem to get it to boot. I have to boot loader with both options but both go to vista! I think i entered everything in correctly but not exactly sure where the {GUID} was so I entered the long number/letter sequence. Any tips?


Will August 1, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Ok I finally got it to start the gray screen load(AFTER iAktos is installed) and every time it tells me it needs to restart! Any tips or help?


The_Saint August 1, 2008 at 4:20 pm

I come to when it checks the dvd and when its done with that which goes just fine. The installation prepares to start and then it says Installation Failed could not create some file and that i should restart my computer and try again.
I think it might be that i can��t choose darwin boot from utilities but i dont know


Harry August 2, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Hi. It works now, even with AHCI actived. Well, the problem is i just can`t make the iWork 08 and the Toast work!!! I don`t known what is going on. The Toast 9 just can`t load. Start to load, but disappear and nothing happen. With the iWork 08, all the applications, make my CPU usage goes to 100% and freezes (Keynote, Pages and Numbers). Tried to download a lot of times again. Any Help?


themurph August 3, 2008 at 8:28 am

Hey, i started this process and partitioned the drive to another 50GB and it said unallocated, i then put the atkos 2.0 disk in and restarted, boot options came up i hit f8. Then typed -v and it did its scrolling text. when i got to the apple screen and hit utilies and disk utility i selected the hard drive and it didnt show my second partition just the original one with vista and it was missing the 50GB that i shrunk from it. i then turned off my computer to try to get back into vista and now my Computer wont even POST. Anyone got a clue what is going on? pls help.


LOU August 3, 2008 at 11:55 pm



AppleNForceATA: found 0 units
last repeating rule:: stll waiting foor root device

processor amd athlon 64 x2 5200+
mainboard:m2nbp-vm csm
mem: ddr2 2048

Hoping you can advise me.


Harry August 4, 2008 at 5:01 am

Something else: i can’t play any game. Nothing runs on this OS.

themurph, try to put your HD on another computer and see if your data is all there. Just a clue.

LOU, i don’t know if it works on AMD processors. You need to check this out first. And something else: when my sata disk was with AHCI enabled, i had some problem, something like that. If you have this enabled, try to disable it first.


mpsteen2 August 4, 2008 at 6:51 pm

OK, so I downloaded iATKOS and burned it to a dvd (r+) and then I booted it up after I made an unallocated partition on the Hard Drive of 28 GB. Then I press -v at the boot screen for the DVD and it goes through scrolling for a while, then it says still waiting on root device…
then i tried downloading two other iATKOS versions, with no luck, then I tried some other Mac Installer programs with no luck…

PLEASE can someone help me?

Operating System: Windows Vista��� Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000)

System Manufacturer: BIOSTAR Group
System Model: TF7025-M2
BIOS: )Phoenix – Award WorkstationBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+ (2 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
Memory: 3582MB RAM
Video Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT


eric August 4, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Why can you people not use the Search function? This guide WILL NOT work with AMD CPUs, Kalyway images and any iAtkos release besides v1.0. Please try to follow Brecht’s suggestions for installation and STOP ASKING THE SAME QUESTIONS OVER AND OVER.


Nick was NOT here August 4, 2008 at 10:22 pm

how would one go about installing it on a second hard drive? i have two as well as intel dual core in my laptop.

anoth prob: i downloaded the torrent from The Pirate Bay because there were more seeders. but now when i boot from the dvd, and i accept the terms of service it brings me to a screen with no text.

i entrer the installer. i accept the terms of service, and ove on to the next window, which is the destination window. i figured i could put it on my d-drive that way. but there is no text in the window. there are the buttons, but only the “go back” one isn’t frosted over.
any help?


Brecht August 4, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Thanks Eric, happy to see someone else who thinks like that. I simply don’t reply on already-asked questions anymore. I stopped working on this for a while, because I currently don’t have the courage to read all these comments and list every different one to solve.



Sam August 5, 2008 at 8:01 am

ummmm, so ive been looking for a way to do this for a while now, ive backed up my entire c drive to an external hard drive so im not too worried, i just dont want to shred vista off my machine, i have an hp pavilion laptop, its got an AMD turion 64bit proccessor, umm 250 gig hard drive, 4 gig ram and whatnot, ive just run into some worry reading this and seeing that almost everyone is running intell preccessors, should i just go ahead with this even tho im on an AMD or will that burn out my hardware or something? or is there an iAtkos v1.0i R2 version for AMD thats been tested and works? would i have to do anything different from this guide if theres another version, im new to this bizz, so any help would be vastly appreciated, maybe a rundown on how to do everything, someone i can email for help if i mess this up big time… that sort of thing, one other question i had, is os x going to see all the music i have on my hard drive? like can i import all my files into it?


Need to know August 5, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Ummm. I was just wondering, If I install Lepoard onto my machine, will it still have the bootcamp feature. THat would simplify everything 4 me cause I want to custom build a new machine but I dont want to buy XP HOme OEM with it. Anyway any help would be much appreciated. Cheers


David Guinan August 9, 2008 at 4:08 am

Thanks a lot gonna have fun with this iv installed this sucessfully on a 20 gig hd i had kicking around i put in as a slave for this is there an easy way to replace with a larger one if i feel the need to
Thank you again


Andrew Devadas August 9, 2008 at 7:59 pm

i tried this guide completely. i finished all the procedures and created the dual boot option, but when i select the mac os x during boot it gives me an error saying “chain booting error” pls help…


David Guinan August 10, 2008 at 2:04 am

as i said above i have sucessfully installed this i have decided not to dual boot i just boot from the dvd as my kids use the comp and dont want to create confusion is yhere anyway to create a boot usb disc so i just plug it in before i switch the comp on as its a pain starting it to put the disc in and restarting thank you in advance


hans unterm topf August 12, 2008 at 5:28 pm

I had the “chain boot error” too and I found the error for my problem.

“At the prompt when it asks for the Disk Number enter 0. For the Partition Number if your Leopard Partition is 2nd on the disk, then enter 2 and so on.”

at this step you have to enter “1″ and then “2″ when you installed mac on the disk0s2..
leopard is now starting – but hey nothing is working.not even the ethernet card or the soundcard..
what’s the point of installing mac when nothing is working?
cant find the drivers I need on the net.
so I would better have a good working vista on my computer than a not working mac os!!



David Guinan August 13, 2008 at 12:10 am

hans unterm topf

i had same problem i went to my hardware device manager in vista got the names for all hardware and went to InsanelyMac Forums typed in the hardware names i needed and there was guides there on how to sort everything it just a matter of changing your kext files


Eric August 13, 2008 at 1:46 pm

hey, I am having a problem installing this. I am up to the point were you want me to

“Now Close Disk Utility and Select Utilities -> Darwin Boot. Type Y at the prompt”

I don’t see this option available at all, any suggestions?


Ric August 14, 2008 at 3:32 pm

I have downloaded and burned the iso iATKOS. I have prepared the partition to take Leopard. When the DVD run, press F8 and -v. Soon an error occurs “BSD root: disk1s3, major 14, minor 4″

Any suggestions?


max August 14, 2008 at 10:14 pm

hey im so close…
i think its the darwin loader thats the problem…
i can never seem to get it to install correctly…
always tells me that the drive is already unmounted
and then just a bunch of fail messages…
i got all the way to dual boot
i click on Mac OS X and it looks like it loading
then i get a grey screen and it tells me i must restart
do you know what needs to be done?


taarst August 18, 2008 at 1:22 am

hey, im trying to install, but i have the same problem as everyone else:

at the point where “Once the Loading Bar vanishes Select Utilities -> Disk Utility” comes up, I do not find utilities!
its just one option there, and that is to reset the computer to an other time. :/

Karthik Kastury, you’re help would be much appreciated. but i see you have not posted here in many months so..



Lan August 21, 2008 at 9:22 pm

I tried to boot the iATKOS_v1.0ir2 and the screens saids “missing operating system. I don’t know what am I doing wrong.


Cody August 22, 2008 at 1:03 am

APCI_SMC_CtrlLoop – pmCPUControl (PMIOCSETPSTATETABLE) returned 0x3ed2fc0 I’m stuck here can anyone help please thank you


Zev August 26, 2008 at 1:34 am

Hi, I got a legitimine copy of OSX Leopard from my macbook, does that change the whole process?


isaac August 26, 2008 at 8:49 am

hi, thank you for the excellent web site, i currently have two hard drives, one with vista and the other with leopard, so i was wondering how to put the leopard os on the vista bootloader, i have it on there right now, however, it loads to vista because it thinks that leopard is on the “c” drive, an help would be greatly appreciated…


Dan H. August 27, 2008 at 1:30 am

can a hp dv9926nr dual boot vista and leopard


Shmuxel August 28, 2008 at 1:25 am

Hey, I’ve just finished installing iATKOS, All was fine, dual boot works, but when i boot Leopard, it shows the apple booting screen and…. it freezes!!!!

Please help..

(Intel p4 3.0ghz, 1gb RAM, 2 HDD (Vista on 0, iATKOS on 1)


dustin August 28, 2008 at 7:43 am

ok, i have burned the iso to a dvd, i place the burned iso dvd into my dvd drive and restart the computer. When my computer reboots, i press f8, and then type -v at the command prompt. There is text that goes down the screen about half way, i believe the very last line says “Starting Darwin” and then my computer restarts. Any ways to fix this?


dharmakid August 31, 2008 at 5:35 am

maybe if we tried using the new iATKOS 4i. and what happened to the xp/leopard dual boot guide?


Richard September 1, 2008 at 11:19 am

I installed iATKOS v1.0i on my Windows XP Laptop successfully. My laptop is:

- Intel Core2 Duo 1.66 Ghz
- on 20GB unallocated partition

The above steps were very helpfull while installing iATKOS. But after the installation the above steps are not compatible with Windows XP.

As bcedit is not compatible with Windows XP, I add following line to the boot.ini file:
C:\chain0=”Mac OS X”

Now when I rebooted, I got two options at boot. One is Windows XP and other is Mac OS X.

Windows are working fine, but if I click to select Mac OS X at boot screen, it does not do any thing and takes me back to the same boot screen.

Does anyone from you have ever faced the same situation?
PLEASE help me on this..

I am desperate to see the Mac OS that I have installed successfully.


chris September 2, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Ok i burned the kalyway 10.5.2 iso to a dvd and when i restart my computer and try to boot into the DVD nothing happens. I changed the boot order to boot from cd/dvd drive first and it does that but automatically goes back into windows vista. Can anyone help me with this problem. thanks.


Frustrated September 3, 2008 at 5:09 am

My boot-up of Leopard took hours. I did everything correctly.


Kasper September 3, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I made it work yesterday. On my XP.

I followed the guide, but chose to install the patches as well – it worked fine.
Also I chose the bootloader x86 from the customizemenu.

I used iAtkos v1.0 r2

In boot.ini I just added this in the bottom:

C:\chain0=���Mac OS X���

Hope that this will help some of you guys.


Hyper September 3, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Very nice tutorial but I have a question,
I want to do this tomorrow but you say you need v1.0 and not Leopard. Don’t you also need a Leopard disc or something to install it?


Hyper September 3, 2008 at 11:40 pm

Oh, and could somebody help me find iATKOS v1.0i R2 (or any other iATKOS) Cause t0rr3nts dont work for me..

Again thanks for the great tutorial :)


Alex Anderson September 4, 2008 at 9:14 am

When I try to boot Mac OS X I get a chain load error. I have not been able to boot it yet. I used the top set of Alpha Numeric things. The bottom set caused me to boot to vista (ultimate). What should i do?


Ra2000 September 5, 2008 at 12:25 am

I keep trying to install it. I burned the iso image into a bootable disc using roxio easy media creator but when I restart my computer and try to boot it, it gives me an “missing operating system”. I can’t figure it out. I followed the instructions and made an unallocated partition. I am using iATOKS_v1.0ir2. I can’t figure what I am doing wrong. Can someone help me PLEASE.


Veddernick September 5, 2008 at 4:17 am

thanks man from bogota


mac_reaper September 6, 2008 at 12:47 pm

hello all.. i am having the same issue as many people on here with CHAIN LOAD ERROR.. there doesnt seem to be ANY answer on how to fix this? could someone PLEASE HELP!

Mitch! :)


mac_reaper September 6, 2008 at 12:48 pm

oh AWESOME TUTORIAL! GJ MATE! worked perfect except load error:) :D


Vanessa September 6, 2008 at 5:47 pm

hi,thanks for your tutorial at first. But i have problem , after type -v at the prompt and hit enter and seeing scrolling text on the screen now but it stops at [waiting for boot volume at uuid 33840500-A52F-346A-BED0-8675851A0E79]. I have waiti for about an hour still nothing different. Please help me out of this..thanks a lot.
My laptop is hp tx2100,window ista home premium,amd turion x2 ultra 64x, ati radeon graphic card,4gb ram,320 memory.


Ruben September 8, 2008 at 8:30 pm


thanks for this awesome tutorial, I am trying to install this at my laptop with the iATKOS 4.0 version.. but when I boot it from the dvd and type -v it stops and sais : “Unable to mount /dev/disk1″

anyone know how to fix this?



raul September 9, 2008 at 12:31 am


first of all read the tutorial again…..DOES IT SAY iATkoS VERSION 4.0?


raul September 9, 2008 at 12:36 am

Guys i do not know if i belong here…but i have used the kalyway for leopard release it boots up fine but no sound or internet…..everything else seems fine…i have ultimately given up on the hackintosh


Asus leonite motherboard
Nvidia 8400gs Graphics
3gb ram
700 gb HDD
core 2 duo 2.0ghz


imi September 9, 2008 at 6:23 pm

hi mate. i m having problem after hiting -v everything works fine until “mac framework successfully initialized…. use only one style” it stops there. can anyone help me with this. thanx


Emilio Blanco September 10, 2008 at 12:48 am

Can i install it on my laptop using…
Nvidia Geforce 8700M GT
Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo



Hyper September 10, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Why can’t I see the partition I made in the left columb at the installer???
I only see C: and D: (this one is grey) but I made a new one X:.
How do I use X: ??

Thanks to all :)


Jonathan September 12, 2008 at 8:21 pm

Okay, So i followed your instructions up to the GUID part.
I can’t understand which is the GUID, your cryptic remark “under”, does it mean really Under? Anyways, now I have two Mac Os X entries, my questions are:

1) how to remove the incorrect entries
2) how to insert a correct entry

Please help me, BTW i think your guide is great, i’m just confused.




armando September 13, 2008 at 10:30 am

when I type -v at the prompt it doesnt do anything. It says that is not a comand. What do I do?


andy September 13, 2008 at 11:03 am

Hi All….
I want to try to instal Leo4All3 on my Laptop Asus F6S
Dual core T2370,
160GB, 2048 RAM, Nvidia 9300.
I want to dual boot with my vista OS…
But when i want try to install there are problem…

After this message:

Darwin/x86 boot v5.0.132
2047 memory
Vesa v3.0 14mb (NVIDIA)

Loading Darwin/x86
Loading kernel mach_kernel
Loading HFS+ file [mach_kernel] from 422d690
Loading HFS+ file [mach_kernel] from 422d690
LoadDrivers: Loading from [/system/library/extensions.mkext]
Loading HFS+ file: [/system/library/extensions.mkext] from 422d690
Loading HFS+ file: [/system/library/extensions.mkext] from 422d690

My computer automaticaly restart by it self….
when i try to do again..the same problem is occured..
Is there any one know what happen..
and what wrong with this???

when i see the size on my dvd, there only 486 KB
but the iso file is about 4.37 GB.
I am very confused why after burning into dvd the size is very small only 486 KB…

Thx all for help…



Chris September 14, 2008 at 12:53 am

So I’m running a Sony Vaio Intel Laptop. Everything went great as far as the install goes. I did run into the “winload.exe” problem though. That’s where my troubles are. Since I have a Vaio laptop they don’t offer ‘recovery discs’. They have a recovery HD partition that is used to fix the system should something go wrong. So I tried using a friend’s Dell OEM of Vista to use the repair function. I got to the screen needed and everything. I chose repair and then it says cannot repair, shutdown or restart. Help!

I am presented with the option to boot into either Windows or Leopard when I boot my laptop up though. I can and am running Leopard fine. My only issue is I cannot go on the internet. Can anyone provide me assistance on how to get Leopard to recognize my ethernet card and wireless connection?


Chris September 14, 2008 at 10:55 am

Ok, here’s my situation:

I have a Sony Vaio laptop, intel based running Vista. I followed guide EXACTLY and everything went smooth until…I got to the part where you are supposed to remove the dvd and then Vista boots fine. Of course, mine did not boot fine. I got the “winload.exe” error. Now I have no recovery discs to speak of just a partition on my HD to use if something happens. So I got a hold of a OEM copy of Vista from a friend. When I boot into the recovery console it asks me to load an operating system but the box is blank.

There are two buttons, “load drivers” or “next”. I don’t know what “load drivers” means so I click next which takes me to the basic screen with the options to system repair, windows hardware test, command prompt, etc. I choose system repair but it always says “system cannot be automatically repaired”. So I tried a fixboot.exe /fixboot command from the command prompt. That didn’t work either.

Funny thing, I CAN boot into and run Leopard but it gives me the error for “winload.exe” if I try to boot into Vista. Does anyone have any ideas that could help? I’d appreciate any advice or suggestions cause I think at this point I’m going to have to just reformat it all. Help?

And about Leopard, it runs fine except for no sounds at all and I cannot get internet working at all. Can anyone offer help or ideas for that too?



Al September 14, 2008 at 9:56 pm

I have a HP laptop with AMD CPU, 2GB ram. I am trying to install the Leopard using your instruction, but it STOPS right after I push F8 and enter -v without any message. Would you please advise?


Mike September 15, 2008 at 12:36 am

Trying to do this, I only got as far as typing -v
The text came on the screen, but got stuck, giving me a “sam multimedia read or write fail”

Is there a fix?


Mike A September 15, 2008 at 12:41 am

Just tried this now, and I got as far as typing -V and got an error
“sam multimedia read or write error”


Harry September 15, 2008 at 5:07 am

Any news about iWork 08 and Toast 9 running?


Hyper September 15, 2008 at 1:11 pm

seriously, why can’t I use a partition to install this on??????? I can only use complete disks!! I use XP and partition magic..


Meijer September 16, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Ok, this turorial is written with iATKOS v1.0 in mind. Everybody seems to have problems with the all the versions of iATKOS, even v1.0

Since v4.0 is the latest.. are there users who succesfully installed OS X using v4.0? And could someone help the rest with a new tutorial..


Brecht September 16, 2008 at 8:44 pm


I don’t know if you guys read the whole guide + comments, or just the guide. A while ago i’ve posted some solutions to solve some problems. But because everybody kept asking the same questions, without reading anything I stoped searching for solutions. I’ve been through 70% of your problems and solved most of them. It took a lot of time. So, my advise is: start reading all these comments, especially the big ones.

I’m negating those who ask things about other versions of iATKOS or Kalyway. This is about iATKOS 1.0i.

I have to study for the next few weeks. I’m about to get my diploma. After that I’ll try to solve the whole driver thing (get sound, network, etc working)


Thomas September 17, 2008 at 11:17 am

is there anyway to do this with a legal copy of OSX and just use the regular DVD that came with it?


Noah September 18, 2008 at 6:17 am

I did everything as said except for the 6th step to the 8th step.
The option for Darwin Boot wasn’t in the utilities drop down. I’m using iATKOS v4i


Agamoose September 18, 2008 at 10:13 pm


Could you please help as i would love to give this a try.

After the F8 -v part i get the said scroll but it hangs after :-

Mac OS version:

Kernal Version:
Darwin Kernel Version 9.1.0:

My system specs are as follows:-

Intel core 2 duo 2.6 cpu
BFG nvidia 680i mobo
BFG nvidia 8800 gtx 768mb video
C-Media 8738 sound
4 gig ram
2x SATA hdd
1x IDE hdd


Xavpheous September 19, 2008 at 10:24 am

“If you are looking to Install Leopard on an AMD based machine follow the instructions here to patch your iATKOS v1.0 Image. Special Thanks to I Am Nihilist”

So do I just patch the iATKOS v1.0 image with the AMD patch and follow the instructions here or do I follow the complete instructions over there?


peter 12 September 20, 2008 at 8:34 am

does this hack work with amd processors?


Bart Moens September 20, 2008 at 7:27 pm


i’ve downloaded the Iatkos iso file and burned it on the dvd.
When i try to boot it by pressing F8 and -V it gets stuck at “IAOPIC: Version 0×20 Vectors 64:87″

Can anyone help? i wan’t to try it, but i’m not an expert. I have nog idea what things like “-v, vanilla, -s, kernel, ….” stand for.

I have an Acer Aspire 5670.

I like to try the mac OS befor actually buying an Imac



agamoose September 20, 2008 at 10:15 pm

hey guys sorry after trying the same thing on my laptop it went further through the process and i noticed it was iatkos v4.0 so i managed to find iatkos v1.0i now i have tried this version on my pc and when i type -v my pc just restarts


Jacob September 20, 2008 at 11:16 pm

can mac os x 10 leopard run on a computer with following specifications:
256MB ram
32mb Nvida riva tnt model 64
40 GB western digital harddisk
intel pentium 4 (not HT) 2.2ghz
gigabyte motherboard 8ID533


Salman MAnji September 21, 2008 at 11:06 pm

hey salman, (the other one)
i am downloading the torrent iATKOS.
what else do i require.


Don September 22, 2008 at 12:06 am

i installed it, did all the steps, when it loads, all it has is the apple logo on a gray screen and nothing loads, it stays like that what can i do?


Richard September 22, 2008 at 10:12 am

Dear Don,

Try to use -v at boot loader screen (press F8), then let us know where your screen hangs (the last command line)


Nick September 23, 2008 at 10:36 am

When I’m in command prompt nad type in: bcdedit /copy {current} /d ���Mac OS X���, it says “A description for the new entry must be specified” I thought that this could be normal so continiued, but I can’t find the GUID for mac os x, when I type in the second command, it comes up with Windows Boot Manager and some details and then Widnows Boot Loader and details “Windows Vista Home Premium ”

Any tips?

Thanks in advance


Nick September 23, 2008 at 10:40 am

Hi again, sorry to be annoying, but it fixed itself, I tried once more and it worked. Sorry for the nuisance, but I’m a newbie.


mike September 23, 2008 at 10:20 pm

I go this to work (finally) using a combination of two different guides (I installed 10.5.2). I used this guide for the dual boot, and it has worked perfectly. So far, the only issues I’ve run into are that I can’t use my laptop’s display, I have to hook up an external monitor to use OS X, I can’t get OS X to recognize my PC’s wifi hardware.


McGeezle September 23, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Is it possible to boot linux, vista, and osx?

i have 2 HD and one runs linux, my main one has a linux partition as well as a vista partition… how will installing this affect the GRUB loader of linux


Crimson September 26, 2008 at 6:16 am

this is the easiest way to get dual boot xp and lepoard.
never had a problem with it.
btw has anyone got a triboot xp-lepoard-ubuntu working?


Crimson September 26, 2008 at 8:17 am

Oh wait I’ve got it working lmao
Ill make a write up for it when i get a chance


mike September 26, 2008 at 9:20 pm

When I installed os x 10.5.2 and vista on my laptop, I had to connect an external monitor any time I wanted to use os x. For some reason, I was only getting a blue screen. If any one else is having this problem, the way I fixed it was by reinstalling os x, and selecting “customize” at the install screen. There, you can select video drivers. I installed os x with the right drivers for my chipset (Intel GMA 950 for Acer Aspire 5610). This solved the problem. I now have a working, portable os x and vista dual boot laptop. The wlan card still isn’t working on os x, but I’m still working on fixing that.


Arjun September 26, 2008 at 10:56 pm


I was able to install Mac OSX succesffuly, but wasnt able to get onto the internet…

any ideas on how to fix it?


debopriyo September 28, 2008 at 7:28 pm

i am using an amd turion processor 64 bit with win vista home premium as the os, i wish to use leopard through dual boot. is it possible if so how?


max_fok October 1, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Hi i’m new installing Mac OS.. so i have no idea wha to do..
my pc contains a cpu Quad Core 2.6GHz 6600, mothrboard asus P5K, 2 GB RAM DDR2, for graphics an ati radeon 3870 and 2 hard drives 500GB each. As i read above a made an unallocated part in my primary disk to dual boot Mac n Vista. I have also the DVD iAtkos V1.0 so i rebooted my pc to start from the dvd..pressed f8 and -v as i read.. but many lines later :) it stucks and says “STILL WAITING FOR DEVICE” has anyone any idea??
thanks a lot..


max_fok October 1, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Hi i���m new installing Mac OS.. so i have no idea wha to do..
my pc contains a cpu Quad Core 2.6GHz 6600, mothrboard asus P5K, 2 GB RAM DDR2, for graphics an ati radeon 3870 and 2 hard drives 500GB each. As i read above a made an unallocated part in my primary disk to dual boot Mac n Vista. I have also the DVD iAtkos V1.0 so i rebooted my pc to start from the dvd..pressed f8 and -v as i read.. but many lines later :) it stucks and says ���STILL WAITING FOR ROOT DEVICE��� has anyone any idea??
thanks a lot.. sorry for posting twice but i forgot the ROOT word :|


Nadim October 2, 2008 at 1:19 am

hi there, i got the file and burned the image, but when i restart and boot it from the cd, then press f8 and type -v, it shows 2 lines and then goes back to the first line (press any key to install mac os x or press f8 for more options). ive tried doing it again but it does the same thing. i went back to windows and tried it through microsoft virtual pc and it did the same thing. then i thought that it might be the burnt cd so i tried capturing the actual image. same thing. is this a common problem or is there a problem with the image?


Clint October 3, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Having trouble after this step

bcdedit /copy {current} /d ���Mac OS X���
bcdedit /enum active
bcdedit /set {GUID} PATH \chain0

When I reboot and select Mac OS X it boots into windows.

I try again and now have multiple Mac OS X lines in the boot up prefs. So I need 2 remove the 2 lines that don’t work and add one that does.


daren October 5, 2008 at 1:00 am

Hi all

Right all stop and DL leo4all v2


Will give you all the info on this

I have tried loads of software and this works the best out of them all !


If you want to watch some1 else do it lol !!!

Please let me no if this helps

Thanks all


kuroshi October 5, 2008 at 5:06 am

Ok, here’s my problem (if you’re answering these anymore, it doesn’t look like you’ve been here since around March. Don’t tell me you’ve abandoned us.)

I’ve installed it with no problems, except everytime I boot into it, it says I have to restart my computer. When I try to boot with -v, it stops at loading the NTFS driver.

Any ideas?


Sidhartha` October 5, 2008 at 7:10 am

I have a Gateway M-6846 laptop running Windows Vista Hom Premium with SP1. The RAM is 4 gB and the hard Drive is about 320 GB. tis a 64 bit OS and has a Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T5550 @ 1.83 GHz 1.83 Ghz processor. I also have the two installation disks for 10.5.4 OS X. what sould I do? Any body? plz resopond ASAP


kuroshi October 6, 2008 at 9:13 am

I just tried Leo4All (I think it was v3, though I’m not sure) and it fails at roughly the same place (NTFS driver, loading the login screen). Could it be something I’m not installing that I need to install?


daren October 7, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Hello again

You all need a boot loader to dual boot without probs.
it might work for a bit but it will go funny without 1.

There are many out there have a look, i used
disk dir 10.5

Start with a fresh install on both…….vista and mac

follow the instructions on the site that made your .iso

i used leo4all v2…. v3 did’t work for me but might for you.

It all depends on your pc’s setup. It will work for you it’s just hard work and keep at it, I will try to help were i can.




Sam October 7, 2008 at 11:14 pm

I am trying to dual boot iATKOS V 1.0i and xp on two separate drives.

so my xp is on the main HD or C: drive, and then Leopard would be on D: on a partition.

When i put the dvd in and boot to it. i go through all the steps and then in the utilities menu i don’t have the darwin bootloader. so i can’t follow the steps above.

i was just wondering if someone could point me in the right way.

I am on a Dell E520.

any other info you need, just ask :D .



danish October 8, 2008 at 12:18 pm

i hav vista home premium preinstalled on my laptop. it has configuration – 2gb ram, 2.4ghz, 256 nvidia 8600GT. AFTER booing frm cd containing iatkosv.01 .i did as u told . since i hav vista installed on c drive .should i shrink the volume frm c drive or my other drive d .also tell me after shrinking how to make it unallocatted . i am not able to do it. once it is done clicking on disk utility does not show any drive , so i hav to quit the installation. EMAIL ME AT MY EMAIL ADDRESS


Dec October 8, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Hey i’m having trouble, have a NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 405, after i insert the cd and press -v in darwin i get about 6-7 strings of code and then my pc resets, any help would be greatly appreciated :)


Brian October 9, 2008 at 4:52 am

Help me
every time i type -v after i press F8 my computer Restarts

whats wrong?


Joshua Ray October 9, 2008 at 10:28 pm

I have followed this guide to a T. I am running Vista Ultimate 64-bit on a Toshiba Satellite laptop with an AMD Turionx64 processor running at 1.9 Ghz with a 200G HD, and 4G of RAM. I patched the .iso with the .ppf, burned it to a dvd and booted to it. I have a 20G unallocated partition set up on my HD. It will not see the Volume. Any thoughts? It is 1.0i.


Klecka October 10, 2008 at 6:59 pm

I’ve a problem!
I boot from the DVD as I’m told and everything works. The text scolls and after that a grey screen with that Apple sign appears. After that the machine reboots and everything starts from the beginning. What can I do?



Viet October 12, 2008 at 12:11 am

I can’t see the Unallocated volume that i created when i prepare to erase it!!!

Can anyone help me?



jan October 12, 2008 at 3:02 pm

hi, after typing -v in darvin nothing is scrolling and the message is “System config file ‘/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist’ not found… do you have any recomendations?

I did the AMD patch also


Madced October 12, 2008 at 8:38 pm

hi.For me installation doesn’t work.it stop at the scrolling text.Please help


Nigel October 13, 2008 at 3:01 am

Hey i think his looks like a great tutorial but i have a few questions before i begin,

My current Hard drive is configured with RAID 0 (Striping) and was wondering if this will still work?

Does this work with Quad core intell processors?

have an HP pavilion elite,
3gb ram
Intel q6600 Quad core processor
320gb x2 Harddrives, cureently in RAID 0


WOM October 14, 2008 at 12:47 am

I typed -v and it ends with saying something like use only one style. I tried to boot it without typing -v, and it shows the Apple and the loading, but so far I’ve waited for an hour and it’s still loading, also I realized the boot disk isn’t being read.


Blue October 14, 2008 at 3:45 am

I’ve downloaded the iAtkos v1.0 and tried installing leopard, everything works fine, but i keep receiving the unable to mount disk /dev/d0s1 warning. When i click on the Disk Utility i am not able to see any volumes or disks on the left part? I have a 230 GB disk drive and Windows vista installed. I have 20 GB of unallocated space for Leopard. Any clues why i can see my volumes or disks. Could it have something to do with graphics card? Thanks!


ezd October 14, 2008 at 2:11 pm


try these site 1st

iaktos v1 will not work use v2

I used leo4all but v2 this worked for me without problems on my satellite pro, but you will need a bootloader

I used disk dir v10 find this on mant torrent sites

my advise to you is when you get to the point were it ask you which drivers to use if yours are not there ! or if there is only 1 or 2 things that your system has, there is a good chance its not going to work,

I would check 1st and if your on a desktop think about an upgrade that will give you what the Mac OS is looking for.

i.e. wifi cards, ati,radeon cards that sort of thing coz if there not going to work there is no point trying to do this

thanks to all that have tried and the 1s still going



bentheone October 15, 2008 at 6:05 pm

i had the chain booting error all the time.
i fixed the problem 4 me, but now when i try to turn into mac, my pc simlpy restarts and thats all …. i��m now trying to install mac without any patches and drivers but i think that nothing will change …. lets see …
if somebody can help me pls answer me!

mfg Ben


bentheone October 15, 2008 at 6:11 pm

ok, the install without anything works better … but i get a screen that says: “please restart your computer blah blah blah, hold the power button etc….”
now i��m confused … well pls help me if there is anyone with a solution!

//sry 4 my bad english :P


bentheone October 15, 2008 at 6:36 pm

the error that i get is a cpu error i think…
in the promt: panic(cpu 0 caller 0x001A8387): Kernel trap at 0x2e1a992c, type=page fault, registers: …. and so on…
Error code: 0×00000003

is here any expert? i dont understand this error …


Scott Windingland October 16, 2008 at 6:35 am

when i go to format the unallocated partition, i can’t view that drive
i see the main hard drive with partition_1 and the recovery, but not the unallocated. what do i need to do to view that?


Leorinex October 17, 2008 at 11:57 am

I get the following error after -v at boot:

Block 4302328 Sectors 64


Block 4302336 Sectors 64

I’m running on Vista Business, Dell E520, Dual 2 Core, 3 GB RAM, with 5GB space shrinked (Unallocated).

Pls help. Thx.


Leo October 17, 2008 at 12:25 pm

I get the following errors after -v at boot using Darwin Bootloader:

Block 4302328 Sectors 64


Block 4302336 Sectors 64

I’m on a Dell E520, 3GB RAM, Vista Business, and 5GB space shrinked volume (unallocated).

Pls help. Thx.


ScienceOfThePS3 October 18, 2008 at 8:48 pm

I found that v4 is already out. I installed it and it works great! Remember, Google is your friend!


George October 19, 2008 at 12:28 am

Do i loose all of my data when I do this?, please respond


ZMan October 19, 2008 at 9:16 am

Will the wireless internet connection still work?


moche October 19, 2008 at 6:33 pm

after the scrolling text the process get stuck on
“kernel version:
darwin kernel version 9.1.0″ and the date
what to do?

my dell inspiron laptop config is based on a intel core duo cpu T2450@2.00ghz with 2gb memory



Gabe October 20, 2008 at 3:46 pm

I installed iAtkos v4i just fine and i know its working but I am unable to boot it. I followed what you did in the command prompt and it said it was successful but when I checked where the bootloader’s path was its targeted towards the wrong partition. How do I fix this???


Rui Santos October 21, 2008 at 1:04 am

Helo!, I have the same problem, I installed iatkos 1.0r2 and when i choose mac os x boot my computer restarts. I resolved other errors like boot chain error, but now it’s the only problem.



Gabe October 21, 2008 at 1:48 am

Okay. Now I fixed everything, but I get a chain booting error when i try to boot OSX.


Rui Santos October 21, 2008 at 2:17 am


My system reboot’s when i choose Mac os x in boot screen, I’ve installed iatkos 1.0R2. Any help?



Kane H October 21, 2008 at 8:31 pm

If I use the v4i image, can I follow the exact same procedure?


Daniel October 21, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Hi, I have shrunk the hard drive and made 50GB of space for this. The scrolling text stops and says:

Error: FireWire unable to determin security-mode; defaulting to full-secure
AppleForce ATA: found 0 units.
Still waiting for root device

What can I do to make this work? Does this problem occur because im using v2.0 and not v1.0


paynemaster October 22, 2008 at 1:51 am


installation was also succesfully but when I tried to start iAtkos form hard disk in the boot menue I got also a chain boot error….how to fix? please help


Rui Santos October 22, 2008 at 11:19 pm


Before installing, choose customize and select efi patch, boot chain problem resolved. Read other post’s.



Valdez October 22, 2008 at 11:47 pm

im trying to dual boot with xp and when i complete the step where i press f8 and -v i get to the message that says:

“MAC Framework successfully initialized using15728 buffer headers and 4096 cluster IO buffer headers”

any ideas why it stops?


Henry October 24, 2008 at 7:44 am

Hi guys, I need help installing atkos 4i in a Dell E1505, anyone knows the configuration of the installation, cuz i have try few times already , it keep failing…thanks


Mihai Toader October 26, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Hello, i want to install leopard on my asus machine.
Everything goes perfect untill selecting the HardDriver (i shrink the partion and i have 12gb unalocated space), but leopard don’t find any hard drive.
i search and i’ve been told that i musy change the setting for ahci in Bios, but unfortunatley i didin’t find the option.
i hope you could tell me what to do…
thenx a lot.


adil hussain October 27, 2008 at 1:53 am

hiya all,!
i have an problem,
i have run into the winloader.exe thingy,
i put my vista dvd in the drive an restarted my machine.
he then loads the dvd, but i only gety to see ‘install vista’ nowhere is writtin’ ‘repair’ or ‘fix problem’ help me what do i do?
i cant boot into vista neither in mac,
i need my computer hard for school man 28 october ( 2 days left) will my school start and i need to use the computer very hard man plz help me yaar!

Greetings Adil Hussain


ramin October 27, 2008 at 9:18 am

question: if i have the actual mac os dvd should i need to path it too and how can i find the drivers softwares


Fila October 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm

When I insert dvd with leopard and when it loads darwin boot loader, a message always comes ���Still waiting for root device���
What should i do?


rudresh October 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm

i had done all thing as per ur suggesttion. But Mac is not booting up without the help of DVD leopard…. please help me out…..


Oliver October 31, 2008 at 2:04 am

Hey how can you install vista on your hard drive??
I have windows vista home premium and it came on my laptop.


Johnny November 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm

does this work for 32bit processors or just 64 bit processors


paynemaster November 3, 2008 at 10:32 pm

hi Rui Santos

thanks for the tip but the error isn’t resolved with this patch. i tried it and it dosen’t work. i just got the chain booting error again.


Joshua November 4, 2008 at 3:16 am

will i need to do anything differently if i install osx on a different hard drive than vista? i have 2 in my system. i would like to keep 1 just for vista and use the other for osx. thanks


Dante November 5, 2008 at 5:01 am

Can you please post a triple boot guide also? I want to use mac windows and linux.


mardez November 9, 2008 at 8:31 am

Hello,I have a problem here…

I installed iATKOS v2.0 on my PC and success for the first step.My problem is why my PC won’t boot if there no DVD installer of iATKOS on my DVD ROM? but it can boot if I inserted my iATKOS DVD on my DVD ROM.

then I follow your step to make multiboot of Mac and Vista, the menu appear but if I choose Mac,it boot on Vista not the Mac.
Please give Me a detail instruction because I’m a beginner..



mardez November 9, 2008 at 11:55 am

help . . help. . help…

anyone help me?

Im still stuck on “Error loading chain0″

please gimme a detail way to solve that problem(with step by step instruction and familiar language because i’m beginner on computing device)

thanks B4


branden November 11, 2008 at 1:00 am

ok i have v1 of atkios and when i go to boot from the disk and type -v it gets though like four lines and brings me back to Boot: and i type -v again and it does the same thing can anyone help do i need a more current version?


dell java November 11, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Hi, when i try to install i have this message:
warning:ATA drive claims FLUSH CACHE EXT Feature Support but does not claims Extended LBA Feature support
Still Waiting For root device

Any one can help me
thank you


iron lasts November 12, 2008 at 4:20 pm

The ‘select a destination’ on where to install th ToH Mac os Leopard is empty… what should i do? thanks


Jerry November 13, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Hey can someone help me, when i get to the step to format the previously created volume as MAC OSX Journaled Extended, i DONT see the drive i shrunk. I just see my original HD and the HP Recovery that were always there.

Help what do i do!


DELL JAVA November 14, 2008 at 12:36 am

Thank you iron lasts
but what you mean exactely how i can select the destination before installer is started
thank you
note: i have already shrinking partion for MacOs X leaopard.


Sameo November 14, 2008 at 4:04 am

ya imgetting the same problem as IRON LASTS, when i go to disk utility nothing comes up.
Can someone please help!!!!
thanks in advance.


ramin November 14, 2008 at 10:51 am

I’ve got a problem that when i open the utilities on mac os x installer it cannot find the unallocated partition that i made from my C drive


ramin November 14, 2008 at 12:53 pm

i went trough all the steps but in vista on Elevated Admin when i type that the prompt it show a message that say ‘an unknown command was specified. Run “bcdedit / ?” for command line assistance


dell.java November 16, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Any one know what mean this:
ATA drive claims FLUSH CACHE EXT Feature Support but does not claims Extended LBA Feature support


Khalaf November 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm

my computer isn’t even booting into the iAtkos image….I burned it onto a dvd and it was 500KB so i tried doing it with macdrive 7 and it worked (even though there were no files on the DVD when i opened it, it said 2.2GB used) where did i go wrong?


Khalaf November 17, 2008 at 11:46 pm

forget my last comment…the dvd worked..normally how long does the screen with the apple logo and the loader stay on?


Nevin November 19, 2008 at 9:40 am

Hello I have a stupid question

when i get to the commands i have to type into the prompt I tells me it can’t find it

also with Vista its easier to partition and format and then reformat in OSX

if anyone would email me hocnev7@aol.com

i could use more help thank you


Khalaf November 19, 2008 at 3:13 pm

i got the circle with the line through it aswell :( will it differ if i use the kalyway image?


Steve November 20, 2008 at 3:02 am

Hi, I have a question. I want to make sure that I don’t screw up my computer from this. If I follow the steps and something goes wrong and I need to re-install vista, can I just use a system recovery to a time before I started this or do I need to use the vista dvd which I do not have? And if I use the dvd will any of my files be erased? Also I have a AMD Turion x2 64 processor, will this work with the iATKOS.V1. or do i need a different one? Thanks.


Steve November 20, 2008 at 11:09 pm

Hi, I was wounder before I did any of this if something goes wrong and I can’t boot into Vista, could I just use the system restore or do I need to use the dvd? If I use the dvd will any of my files be erased? Also will the iATKOS_v1.0i work with an AMD Turion X2 64 processor or do I need to get a different version or a patch for it?
Thanks, Steve


EDGARD November 21, 2008 at 1:07 am

if u have 3 or more partitiions (c:\ vista, d:\documents, e:\MAC OS, f:\ubuntu).. u have install in the same order, first Vista, Second MAC OSX, and the last UBuntu (or other linux).


EDGARD November 21, 2008 at 1:13 am

I complete all steps for install dual boot (vista and MAC OSX).. but, when i choose the MAC OS X, boot option, the OS dont work.. only show the white screen with the logo apple…, but the other partitions (vista, and ubuntu). work perfect.
i try change options before to install (install drivers,. dont install, install darwin… dont install. etc)… any have one solution???
my configuration
DD. 160GB


Tom November 21, 2008 at 2:05 am

After everything done (I couldn’t do Utilities ->Darwin Boot Y)
When I want to start mac it shows Bad chain boot…


dell java November 21, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Please any one know about this error
ATA drive claims FLUSH CACHE EXT Feature Support but does not claims Extended LBA Feature support


Khalaf November 22, 2008 at 10:46 pm

STEVE: u have 2 use iATKOS V4.0/1a

Make sure there’s the a (AMD) not i (INTEL) at the end…I’m gonna try v4.1i because of the incompatible hardware thing..don’t think it’ll make a difference but i hope it works. Wish me luck :p


Henry November 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm


I followed the steps but it doesn’t work!!!!
I can see two options when my computer restarts but when I choose Mac OS X, he always load Windows Vista!!

Any tips?



Al November 23, 2008 at 7:14 pm

i’m having a problem with iATKOS v1.0i . When i try to boot it by pressing F8 and -v it gets stuck at

���MAC Framework successfully initialised
using 10485 buffer headers and 4096 cluster IO buffer headers
Extention ���com.apple.driver.ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin��� has immediate dependancies on both com.apple.kernel and com.apple.kpi components; use only one style.
IAOPIC: Version 0��20 Vectors 64:87���

please help me

my laptop specs (acer aspire5572nwxci) :

core duo T2300E 1.66ghz
2gb ram ddr2
intel gma 950
western digital 250gb hdd



Al November 23, 2008 at 7:18 pm

i’m using vista ultimate n home premium in 1 hdd(4 partitions)
oh, and mu iAKTOS v1.0 is 2.44gb in size. Is that any problem with that?


Al November 23, 2008 at 7:21 pm

i’m using vista ultimate n home premium in 1 hdd(4 partitions)
oh, and my iAKTOS v1.0 is 2.44gb in size(referring to computer management b’coz the drive in my computer shows its size is 542kb only. Is that any problem with that?


Khalaf November 24, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Nope, that all sounds right 2 me it should show up at about 500kb in my computer, there’s lots of errors than can happen. When i tried v1.0 it said i have a hardware incompatibility issue then when i tried 4.1 everytime i boot in -v mode it hangs or in gui it said please reboot. I’m going to try 2.0i, my final attempt…


lemtargatwing November 25, 2008 at 12:59 pm

I have an HP DV6736NR laptop.
2Gig Ram
2?0 Gig HD (too lazy to look)
Dual boot between Vista and 7
AMD processor
Every time I boot into iAtkos DVD (4.1 I think) it can’t find my HD
I have the unallocated space, but it still can’t find it. I tried mounting it and none of the commands worked. Is there something I am doing wrong?


Danell November 25, 2008 at 10:57 pm

I found a other way. Install Mac on a other harddrive or partition your harddrive and before you install Mac, install Acronis Os Selector. There you go =)


luke cutforth November 26, 2008 at 6:31 pm

i have tried this guide wice and followed tyheparts wih command prompt 5 times.
nowhve on my selection screen, Windows Vista and 5 Mac OS X’s, none of which work
They all lead me into Vista,
I Have two questions,
1. How do i get rid of all those Mac OS X links which dont work, and also do u have any ideas as to why it doesnt work? Thanks


Nick November 26, 2008 at 7:55 pm

I downloaded iAtkos 4a, will that work?
It’s 2.63Gb


Muhammad November 27, 2008 at 1:42 am

I have Dual-Boot on my Machine, with MediaDirect (Dell’s Media Software). I have a 48GB Partition s unallocated – initally it was under an extended partition. I then changed/moved my partition that the 48GB is a partition in itself that is unallocated.

Problem: Mac OS X Disk Utilities can not see the 48.5GB unallocated. It can see 4 partitions, 47MB (assume something with MediaDirect), 200GB (NTFS-XP HOME), 50GB (NTFS-VISTA), 2GB (MediaDirect). Hard drive reads as 298 (320GB Drive) on the Disk Utilities Page, but I don’t see an unallocated space which I have left for Mac OS X.

Please help!!

Muhammad Rashid


Khalaf November 27, 2008 at 1:53 am

It should if u’ve got AMD


noble713 November 27, 2008 at 3:16 am

Hi, I’ve been scrolling through the posts and have seen a few things on usb external drives, though i only went through the first 250 posts I didn’t see anything on whether just installing on a new 2nd internal drive would work. Then you could just boot from whichever drive for whichever os u wanted to run. ??? Was just wondering if that was possible :)


dhc November 28, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Everbody’s dropping comments about trying to install this stuff. Has any of you actually installed it perfectly and used Mac OS X on your PC? If yes, do comment.


Harry November 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm

hay i was wondering what version of iATKOS will i need if i have:
3.2ghz core 2 duo
gigabyte motherboard
hd 4850 or x1950 pro graphics card (ati)
2gb ram
windows xp
500 gb hard drive



Master-Of-The-Vamps November 29, 2008 at 1:54 am

I Got To Prompting “-v” And Scrolling Text Stops At Error:

SAM Multimedia: READ or WRITE failed, SENSE_KEY= 0×04, ASC = 0x3e, ASCQ = 0xff


Nov 28 12:16:02 local host kernel [0]:

I Am Running iATKOS v4i And My Laptop Is A Samsung R700..

HELP PLEASE!!!!!! =)


Khalaf November 29, 2008 at 2:10 am

I just tried using v2.0i and it didn’t work…the computer just crashes less than a second after the gray logo comes up…If i use the kalyway image, will i be able to follow the same instructions? Or does kalyway not work for dual booting?


Perk December 1, 2008 at 5:09 am

What about the Mac drivers for my laptop?


khalaf December 1, 2008 at 10:20 am

i just tried kalyway, even that isn’t working!!!! wat is it with this stupid computer!!! i guess it’s not meant to be :(

I get this message everytime i boot “UNABLE TO INITIALIZE UIM”


“hey, we are moving backwards” which i find very creepy..


Brandon December 2, 2008 at 6:35 am

HELP!!!!THIS IS SSSSOOO FRUSTRATING!!! I shrunk my c drive and have 7gb sitting there it says unallocated but IT DOESNT SHOW UP IN DISK UTILITY WHEN INSTALLING!!!!!!!!! HELP PLEASE!!! I’ve searched google and read the comments above, called compaq and IT family members!!! HELP!!! UGH i’m running vista on a compaq persario sr5050nx please help!!

Thank you sssooo much!!!!


stant December 3, 2008 at 11:07 pm

my install stops after a while and says

SAM Multimedia: READ or WRITE failed, SENSE_KEY = 0×02, ASC = 0×04, ASCQ = 0×01



Martin Fryer December 3, 2008 at 11:30 pm

hi iv got to the stage were u said “You should see scrolling text on the screen now. If it stops anywhere then drop a comment and I���ll try to help you out”

mine stopped so im dropping a comment so u can try and help me ;-)

it keeps saying;

SAM multimedia: read or write failed, SENSE_KEY = 0*02, ASC = 0*04 ASCQ = 0*07

and it says this lots of times before stopping so can i help me plzzzzzzzzzzz

email me on 927@live.co.uk or something



Darkened December 4, 2008 at 12:48 am

I’ve used the -v command fine, but after that, i get an error:

EBIOS read error: Devive timeout
Block 4302392 Sectors 64

Can you help me out with that?


Khalaf December 4, 2008 at 1:15 pm

The writer’s obviously not answering anymore…There’s lots of unanswered questions here and they just keep piling on. I give up, i love windows now :-)


Manu December 10, 2008 at 7:25 pm

@Boot Chain0 Error

This error comes for atleast iATKOS v1.0 r3 and i think r2 too.
The actual error is that the boot file for mac is not there on hard disk. That’s because Darwin bootloader has not been installed.
To install it you need to choose customize option in the window having Install button.
Now choose that darwin bootloader from the options. There are actually 2 bootloaders I choosed the second one ECI(not sure about the exact name) and installed it. And from the next time your system will start booting from harddisk no more DVD required.


John December 11, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Mine didn’t get very far. Running Intel Q6600 on a Biostar XFX MB with no expansion cards, the install only output these 7 lines before rebooting:

Loading Darwin/x86
Loading Kernel mach_kernal
Loading Kernel mach_kernal
Loading HFS+ file [mach_kernel] from 4230450
Loading HFS+ file [mach_kernel] from 4230450
Load drivers loading from [System/Library/Extensions.mkext]
Loading HFS+ file [System/Library/Extensions.mkext] from 4230450
Loading HFS+ file [System/Library/Extensions.mkext] from 4230450

Any ideas?



Steve December 11, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Ok everyone, this is a great idea but everyone is having problems with it. I found these guides on how to get tiger and leopard to work as a virtual computer. This way is a lot safer and I actually got it to work for tiger…I’m still trying to get leopard to work, I just did something wrong the last time I tried but I should get it to work.




Jorge December 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm

For what it’s worth, I tried to “adapt” this guide to install iAtkos V2.0i into a USB HArddisk (MyBook Essential). Installation went fine, everything OK, but I wanted to try out and used the boot menu to “boot from USB”. I got until the nice white screen from Apple, but then just small squares on my screen, no reaction at all. I don’t know in which disk I should change the MBR with fdisk, because I surely don’t want (yet) to destroy my Windoze partition, so…

Any suggestions (I have the feeling I’m so very close to get it, but…)
My system is a DELL XPS420, external disk a MyBook Essential.


Jorge December 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Maybe as a help to some (Brandon and others): The unallocated partition did not work, I defined it as a RAW in Windoze and then reformatted it as mac journaled extended with the disk utility from the iATKOS 2.0i installer. At the end I failed somewhere else, but maybe that works for some.


sachin :) December 12, 2008 at 9:09 pm

thanks for the guide…
i was having problems initially.but installed it correctly.but now i cant get into internet and running all other stuffs.please tell me where can i find all the needed drivers for it.


bryson December 14, 2008 at 6:28 am

just after running with -v, the text stops shortly after mac framework successfully initialized.


The Cleg December 19, 2008 at 1:23 am

hey guys,
i��m going to try your great tutorial but before i start i have a question:

is it possible to install the dual-systems on RAID-0?

thanks a lot


Jimmy Head December 19, 2008 at 7:31 pm

so has anyone actually got this to work or are they loads of problems and errors?


austin December 20, 2008 at 4:20 am

hello i need help the screen is stopping at
BSD root: disk1s3, major 14, minor 3

and i don’t know what way it is scrolling but something else like this is showing
dsmos: initillizing
dsmos: starting

please help and sorry for my spelling

i really want this on my computer e-mail me as soon as possiable


austin December 20, 2008 at 4:24 am

please help me

i forgot to minson what kind of computer

it is a dell dimension 4600 windows vista ultimate

1.25 gb of ram and 160 gb of unallocated hard disck space for instiallation

i’m not new at dual boot and i purposly made this drive unallocated with my other 160 gb hard . that is the one with vista the second one has absolutly nothing on it

please excuse my spelling.


austin December 20, 2008 at 4:25 am

please help me!


Ernes 90 December 20, 2008 at 6:23 am

hi everyone.
i use this guide to install leopard in one partition of my disk, everything goes well, i guess… but anyone knows about some patch for try to activate the enthrenet card… i know that the sound and wifi card doesn��t work no matter what you do… i have a gateway mx6943m…


Daniel B December 20, 2008 at 6:49 am

Hey! i need a lil help here, cus dont wanna ruin my pc lol =p. ok here go’s.

My Spec’s: it’s a Laptop: Toshiba equium with a 3.1ghz intel daul core, intel gma955(grapics card), and 60gb 7200 hd, will it work on my pc?


Daniel B December 20, 2008 at 6:51 am

oh and 2 gig of ram, and vista home premium,


Doggy December 20, 2008 at 9:31 pm

if you get SENSE_KEY = 0*02, ASC = 0*04 ASCQ = 0*07 a lot it means you need to slow the burning speed.


ahklefe December 21, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Hi I would like to know if I can do on my HP Pavilion t3717.fr with 1GB Intel Pentium 2.8GHz Windows Vista Ultimate
As I’m french I have a few male and especially write a follow even if there is the translation.


KuWait December 22, 2008 at 4:11 am

I did it dual boot with xp.
Installed osx in one partition, xp later….load osx dvd and installed darwin boot in osx partition…load osx dvd with F8 and -s then run:

fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
flag 2

rdisk0 is the 1st disk (in my case)
2 is the osx partition (in my case)

That is it.


Bobbo December 23, 2008 at 10:07 pm

I have unsuccessfully tried repeatedly to install iATKOS_v1.01 using your guide. I run into the same problem. Help!

System information:
Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 6200
1,022.84 MB (I know I should have more but it works fine)
Windows Vista Ultimate
Motherboard Vendor: MICRO-STAR INC.
Motherboard Model: MS-6788
Version: 10A
BIOS Vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
BIOS Version: V1.0 on 07.00T

Event sequence:

Enter bios to select boot from DVD drive and
Boot from DVD

Darwin/X86 Boot v5.0.132
1023MB memory

Press any key to install MAC OS X or press F8 to enter startup options(10)

If I press any other key then:

Loading Darwin/X86
Apple icon and circling icon and nothing else

If I press F8 or nothing then:

use ���arrow up or down��� keys to select the startup volume.
Hd(31,1) iATKOS v1.01

Press Enter to start up Darwin/X86 with no options or you can:
type -v and press Enter to startup with diagnostic messages
type ? And press Enter to learn about advanced startup options
I fill in -v and enter then:

scrolling screen leading to:

ERROR: FireWire unable to determine Security-mode; defaulting to full-secure.
Square unblinking icon

Any thoughts, suggestions or questions would be appreciated.
Thanks for your help.


UnknownOne December 24, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Damn Im on 32bit so I wont attempt this as theres stories of many errors
But great going


Jim December 25, 2008 at 1:33 pm

For all of you having trouble with your unallocated space not showing up…Format the unallocated space to FAT32, then when you boot the leopard disk, go to the disk utilities, and select the FAT32 partition, and erase it. Make sure that you set it to format the partition to MAC OS Journaled Extended though, before you erase it. Exit the disk utility after that, and hit the continue button!
If anyone has solved the problem of booting into the grey screen and getting a circle with a line through it(like a warning sign) plz help me!! Thanx!


Docotr_IP December 26, 2008 at 6:33 am

Hello there, when at the darwin prompt, press f8 and then type in -v. there /will/ be debugging information in the end of it.




Syson December 26, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Hi, i tried iATKOS v1.0i and v1.0i r2 with no success:( Then i tried iATKOS v5i. Well the installation process went well. I was able to log in to Vista as well. I executed the commands “bcdedit /copy…” etc with no problem. When i start the system and select ‘MAC OS’, it tries to load the system but then a pop up appears (MAC style with a power button logo in the background) saying “You need to restart your computer. Hold down the power button for several seconds or press Restart button.”
Another thing i want to mention: behind the pop up there are some commands. one of them (1st on top of screen) says
‘panic(cpu 0 caller 0x1FBA6C65): “unsupported cpu\n”@/SourceCache/AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement/AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement -39.2/cstatecpu.c:632′
‘debugger called: ‘

Any help, suggestions, ideas


Ash December 27, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Hi i have tried to boot from the iATKOS DVD that I created from the download and when the Darwin Bootloader comes up i press F8 and then -v but the scroling text stops after it initalizes succesfully I have got an Acer Travelmate 2410 with an Intel Celeron Processor with 2GB of RAM 40GB Hard Drive Intel GMA 900 Graphics Card etc. Can you please help me thanks.


AUSTIN3 December 28, 2008 at 1:04 am

Hey! I’m running an AMD laptop, and whenever I load the .iso, I run into a “Local APIC version not 0×14 as expected” message that freezes the computer.

Anyone know why? (I’m using iATKOS AMD v4, but am trying the v1 in this guide shortly. v4 had more seeds =P)


justinclev December 28, 2008 at 6:47 am

hey i made the partitions and i did the commands but i only get to
USING ACPI RSDP revision 2 found at 0x000fe020 and then it stops
i have a hp pavillion dv5
with 3 gb of memory and a amd Turion(tm) X2 Dual-Core Mobile Rm-70 processor


sarah chavez December 28, 2008 at 7:15 am

To whom this may concern:
I am trying to install leapord via Kalyway. I press f8 and do the -v thing, but then it goes all the way done then it stops it shows a blinking box and i can type on the blinking box.


Chris December 28, 2008 at 11:45 pm

It Stops around the 5th line everytime…Why is that?


buzz December 29, 2008 at 5:05 am

Just a note (at least in 5i), if you leave the partition in Windows as “unallocated” like the tutorial says, it won’t be usable in the osx86 disk utility. After you created the unallocated space, right click “create simple volume” (or something) and give it a drive letter, and don’t format it. It should now say primary partition or something, but have no file system. Select that in the osc86 disk utility and format it as osx journaled extended and continue as instructed


Richard December 29, 2008 at 3:33 am

Hey guys, I have had this problem when using -v command:

Hope I can get some help here, thank you!


prashant December 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm

i need higher resolution for 20″ LCD display which i am getting 1024×768. How will i get fine resolution for 20″ LCD monitor

Please help


daniel December 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Hi i have tried to boot from the iATKOS DVD that I created from the download and when the Darwin Bootloader comes up i press F8 and then -v but the scroling text stops when it get to the bit where it says who made it. i hope you can help me

Daniel Hopkins


Mathu December 31, 2008 at 1:23 am

im having trouble finding the unallocated partition through the Disk Utility, I shrinked the volume which has my Windows on it and it showed as unallocated, just as it should do, but on the Disk Utility it on shows the disk0s1 which is my windows vista partition, doesn’t show the unallocated 60GB that i created.

Does anyone know why this might be?
Would really appreciate it if someone could help.


Mike December 31, 2008 at 10:51 pm

I installed it on my external hd, but when i try to boot it dosent work at all it just sits there with the flashing cursor until i turn it off (if i go and choose to boot from usb device) but if i click on OSx like before it starts to boot it will just load vista again


Matthew Ryan January 1, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Hi! Is the leopard image d original mac one or the kalyway? Could you possibly supply the file name?



Matthew Ryan January 1, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Please dont mind my other comment but is it the same as the one in the one step procedure? (iATKOS v1.0i) How to update to 10.5.6?


tom January 2, 2009 at 7:15 am



Mohammed January 2, 2009 at 10:51 am

Works for me one Dell Inspiron E1505. The tutorial is inaccurate and it cost me a few hours extra.

First, you have to allocate the Unallocated space to something, otherwise you won’t be able to format. So free space shouldn’t really be free space.

Second, Better to remove the partition that has EISA configuration and the Recovery partition and merge them into one single partition. I used Linux for that. VISTA seemed unable to remove the EISA partition

Third, when in Darwin during the installation if Info says disk 0 partition 2 then in Darwin utility use disk as 1. The tutorial is wrong (unless it’s different for different hardware), otherwise you’ll get something like “hdiutil: unmount: ���s2��� failed to unmount due to error 2″ and usually along with that, your partition table is irrecoverably messed up. I had to restore using clonezilla

Fourth, the tutorial says in Darwin (after installation is done), use “flag 1″ make sure you change that depending on where your windows installation resides. On my computer after removing recovery and EISA partitions, the Leopard was installed on partition 1 while Vista on partition 3 so I typed “flag 3″

Make sure you clone your hard drive since errors will mess up your partitions and it was unrecoverable for me using the Windows CD. I used clonezilla to duplicate my hard drive before messing with it.

It can take a number of boots before it successfully boots. I am not sure what is causing it to do that. With the -v I see there’s SIGFPE. It will boot fine once every couple times, but once in I don’t see problems.

Never use Sleep or shutdown. Only restart works for me. Sleep made my system unbootable, I had to disconnect the battery.

Wireless drops quite frequently.

Karthik, please update your tutorial!!! but definitely thanks for the other correct instructions



Taleh Aliyev January 3, 2009 at 11:53 am

First of all thanks for a great tutorial, and i thought that it came all the way through for me but alas i havent been able to boot OS X yet. The problem is when i reboot computer even though it shows OS X as a boot option it does not boot it but vista instead, do you know what might be the problem? Is there any chance i might have messed up something somewhere? maybe the GUID thing? if so i’m not sure how to do it exactly, can someone elaborate please?


Matthew Ryan January 3, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Can i use IATKOS 5i?


RYAN G. January 3, 2009 at 1:30 pm

will this work on a HP Pavilion dv4-1023tx? If however i failed but i created the partition, can i install Windows 7?


dan k January 7, 2009 at 12:30 am

The iATkos and Leopard is to big to fit on 1 DL DVD(when I try) how did you all accomplish this?


Rex the Strange January 11, 2009 at 10:47 am

KC is an asshole. As far as I can tell you’re doing this for love, not money so if he wants support perhaps he should hire a professional. I haven’t tried this yet, but I think this talk-through rocks and I can’t wait to try it.

A message from the stranger for anyone else who feels this doesn’t meet their needs: disconnect from the Internet and work it out yourself, you ungrateful turd.


Patrick January 12, 2009 at 12:07 am

2 Questions

1. Do you need a copy od Mac OS X to do this?


2. Could I Tri-Boot Using X, Vista and Windows 7


Ronald Baars January 12, 2009 at 5:03 am

hey there.. i have the same problem as rafael:

“about these commands���

bcdedit /copy {current} /d ���Mac OS X���
bcdedit /enum active
bcdedit /set {GUID} PATH \chain0

I���m not sure which one is the GUID. there are two sets of numbers, one on the top of the Mac OS X section, and one at the bottom of it.”

please sent me the answer [a]

thank you sooo much :D


gioabelix January 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm

i have a Windows Vista OSx64 can i install leopard on this machine?and can i do dual boot????


luke January 13, 2009 at 11:53 am

@Dan K;
You probably just need to buy bigger disks. For example I have a bunch of 4.7GB disks that will fit it easily, since its usually only about 2.2 gigs.


Shravan January 14, 2009 at 7:04 pm

hi Mathu,

Even i had same problem, i made the partion primary by booting through Vista DVD and then selecting inatall operating system , then quit Vista install. now i have come back to OSX install and it did recognize….



Brett January 16, 2009 at 7:38 am

I have a had some prolems with this. It boots up fine and i hit -v. It thens is doing it thing but stops at “Still waiting for root device”. My comp has NVIDIA nForce 430, AMD Athlon X2 4800+, NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+


Steve S January 18, 2009 at 9:39 am

When booting from the DVD and try to type in “-v”, enter, I get this message:
System config file ���/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist��� not found

Also the .ISO file size reads 2GB but when the files are extracted and you add all the file sizes up it’s way less than 2GB.

Any help?


RYAN G. January 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Hey! I used iATKOS 5 and it doesnt have a Darwin Bootloader in the Utilities menu. Can anyone help?


DO NOT USE!! January 18, 2009 at 5:04 pm

It is NOT a good solution!! If you attempt to install this, it will not work. This is only for a specified hardware and is not for all hardware. If you do suceed, you’re just lucky. If you suceed but needs to REINSTALL vista, youre just like my friend. I failed and I needed to reinstall vista.


Josh H January 19, 2009 at 3:12 am

So yeah It stopped after the -v and some text. It said some stuff about dependencies. I think it was like “apple.kernel.somethin…” and some other variant of the same thing


ERIC January 19, 2009 at 3:14 am

K, i have a problem…
When i boot into the program. I pressed F8 and then typed -v
it goes for like five seconds, stops at
Loading HFS+ file: [mach_kernel] from 4230450
Then it takes me back to where i have to push F8
How do i fix that?


kouchikoji January 20, 2009 at 2:37 am

hey, I used iATKOS 5i and everything went fine until the end. Like other, I just get the apple logo and the loader circle until after a while, I circle with a line through it shows up. I’ve looked through all the comments but have not been able to find a resolution.

I’ve tried -v but the screen hangs after the Firewire cannot find secure…. yadda yadda and then it says “still waiting for root”


iceman January 21, 2009 at 4:52 pm

just after running with -v, the text stops after Apple 16X50CPI1:Identified Serial Port on ACPI Device+UAR1.please help!


phil January 21, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Hey, i was wondering how you can uninstall leopard? i want to try it, but I wanna make sure that I can remove it and have my old computer back the way it was before i tried installing mac. If i ever decide that i dont like leopard, how do i uninstall it? thanks in advance


David January 21, 2009 at 9:38 pm

coul i use the iATKOS v5.0 DVD instead? I’m guessing it’s a newer version?


david January 23, 2009 at 6:14 pm

it freezes on apple16x50uartsync1: detected 16550af/c/cf fifo=16 maxbaud= 115200


Joe January 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm

everytime i try and shrink my primary partition it says acces denied. can some help me


Michel January 25, 2009 at 7:35 am

I followed the guide, half of the HDD for Vista and half for Mac, but was not able to setup a boot option at first and start the computer in any OS.

I then re-installed Vista. It shows me only one partition :C, the partition for MAC being invisible. I can see it though if I use Disk management.

If I start from the MAC DVD, I can also see the 2 partitions, one is :C and the other I called MAC.

I redid the bcdedit commands which gave me the dual option at start-up. When I choose Vista, I boot with no problems. When I choose Mac OS X, the dual screen comes back again. I pressed the F8 key, selected the partition for Mac and pressed Enter as indicated in the guide, but I still can’t boot in Mac.

What should I do?


kirk January 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm

“hey, I used iATKOS 5i and everything went fine until the end. Like other, I just get the apple logo and the loader circle until after a while, I circle with a line through it shows up. I���ve looked through all the comments but have not been able to find a resolution.

I���ve tried -v but the screen hangs after the Firewire cannot find secure���. yadda yadda and then it says ���still waiting for root���

i am having the same problem, PLEASE HELP


djackson3693 January 26, 2009 at 6:29 am

i’ve tried everything and it still doesn’t work. i have a brand new dell inspiron 1318 with nothing on it. i deleted the restore partition that dell puts on and tried to then boot off the leopard disk, but when i do that it says “non-system disk….press any key” and when i hit keys it just beeps and beeps and doesnt go anywhere. I am not using a burned copy of leopard, I am using the actual leopard cd from a friend’s mac. is that the problem?


Dan Jackson January 26, 2009 at 6:31 am

i’ve tried everything and it still doesn’t work. i have a brand new dell inspiron 1318 with nothing on it. i deleted the restore partition that dell puts on and tried to then boot off the leopard disk, but when i do that it says “non-system disk….press any key” and when i hit keys it just beeps and beeps and doesnt go anywhere. I am not using a burned copy of leopard, I am using the actual leopard cd from a friend’s mac. is that the problem?