First you need to visit your machine's Bios settings to ensure there's nothing there to frighten away Snow Leopard. Switch off any Pata functionality, set HPET (High-Precision Event Timer) to 64-bit, and make sure that AHCI (Advanced Host controller Interface) for SATA devices is enabled. Set the boot priority to CD/DVD, and disconnect all hard drives except the installation target, which is recommended to be on Sata 0.
Another tip is to have no more than 4GB of RAM in the system for the installation. You can always add more once the installation's done.
I didn't take my own advice to disconnect other drives. iBoot has detected a couple of Windows partitions as well as the target Apple drive.
At this point if you just stick in the Snow Leopard distribution disk you'll have no luck. The trick is to prepare a bootloader CD that sets up the correct EFI environment, then swap that mid-boot for the official Apple disk. I first tried the iBoot bootloader from Tonymacx86's web site.
It didn't work.
Booting with the standard iBoot disk resulted in a "kernel panic" that sprays the screen with arcane failure reports. The standard kernel is known to fail with Sandy Bridge - it doesn't recognise the CPU. But any sufficiently interesting problem in the open source community gets solved, and work from open source codesters nawcom, Anv, Azimutz, qoopz and others has provided an alternative kernel, the "legacy kernel", that will run on a wider range of processors and motherboards - including the new Sandy Bridge.
There's no mistaking a kernel panic at installation time. Subsequent KPs may be more inscrutable, merely informing you in multiple languages that you need to reboot your machine.
Tonymacx86's alternative "iBoot Legacy" disc includes this legacy kernel, and this time I achieved lift-off. The boot screen appeared and I swapped out the iBoot disk for the official Snow Leopard installation disc. Hitting F5 refreshed the screen, and when the Snow Leopard disc showed up I selected it, hit Return... and there, after much whirring of the DVD, was the official Mac installation Welcome Screen inviting me to choose my language.
Getting to this point means the installation disc feels at home with your hardware. Niggles may subsequently arise over what kexts will work, and some kexts may even panic your system. But these are details. The basics are solid. You'll find the full steps for using either of the tonymacx86 boot disks here.
Next page: Juggling Disks
"You agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-branded computer..."
One could "agree" to anything in an EULA - like "agreeing" to only install Apple Software while performing un-anaesthetised self-circumcision, and it thankfully it wouldn't make a blind bit of difference to the legal status of the software. If an EULA were to have the legal status of a contract, it would for one thing have to comply with contract law and that means, among other things, that you can't just throw in arbitrary conditions to the detriment of one party.
There's a reason why these things never really get tested in court - when they got slapped down as is only right and proper, companies wouldn't be able to continue the pretence that they actually are contracts.
I suspect anyway, that non-commercial hackintoshing provides a net benefit to Apple through people upgrading to real machines, so it's win-win situation as-is.
Convinced this is perfectly legal
I'm not legally qualified, but am convinced this is perfectly lawful. You have bought a piece of software. Whatever anyone says, the transaction is a sale just as much as the purchase of a book or chisel or CD is a sale. The seller wants to restrict what you do with it after you have bought it. I don't believe any UK court is going to uphold this.
In the first place its going to fall foul of consumer protection legislation which restricts what conditions you can impose in cases where the balance of power between consumer and supplier is heavily in favour of the company - which in this case it is.
Second, you have not consented to the restrictions, nor had them made clear to you, before purchase of the product.
Third, post-sale restrictions on use which do not originate from public interest concerns are not generally enforceable. If its a matter of forbidding any but the supplier to refill a certain kind of fuel tank, and there is a genuine health and safety issue, it will probably be enforceable. If its just XYZ saying you shall not play this CD on players made by ABC, no way.
Basically, they have sold you a copy. What you do with it is up to you. They have not sold you 'the software' any more than a bookseller has sold you 'the book'. What they have sold you is one copy. If you want to read this copy in the bath, that's up to you.
This article is full of win
What's happened to El Reg?
It's like you guys have just improved like a quantum leap just this past week or so with great stuff (Lester's Sci Fi thing, the < 100 quid ebay thing, this... oh wait, we need more playmobil though)
Keep it up!