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I'm looking for a software (I know VirtualBox doesn't support Mac OS X - only the server) that will be able to run on Windows 7, and supports Mac OS X.

I plan on picking up a copy of Snow Leopard this weekend, and wanted to know if there is any (free or paid) software out there that is able to run it.

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All VM software only support Mac OS X Server out of the box, because Apple doesn't allow for the client version to be virtualized.

There are several workarounds for VirtualBox, VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion etc. But you'll always be confronted with those until Apple changes their EULA.

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Last time I checked none of the VMs supported graphics acceleration in OS X so if/when you do get it running, it'll be pretty slow.

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Yeah, we had one running and it was so slow we sprung for a Mac Mini instead.

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Interesting..

All VM software only support Mac OS X Server out of the box, because Apple doesn't allow for the client version to be virtualized.

There are several workarounds for VirtualBox, VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion etc. But you'll always be confronted with those until Apple changes their EULA.

That makes sense, but it isn't to run as a primary, or a secondary for that matter, operating system. Just for testing / coding.

Last time I checked none of the VMs supported graphics acceleration in OS X so if/when you do get it running, it'll be pretty slow.

I'm not looking for a gaming rig or high performance operating system. I'll gladly use it, if it isn't laggy. I just want a stable, smooth install of Mac OS X Snow Leopard so I can code some things on it and run tests ect.

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I just updated my Hackintosh VirtualBox machine to 10.6.6 yesterday. No speed demon by any means, no virtual machine is, but most definitely usable. I certainly wouldn't use it as my primary OS (not a Mac fan), but for testing in a VM, it works just fine. Just need to make sure it has enough memory to run comfortably without clobbering the host system. I don't do anything remotely gaming related on it, but it's regular desktop UI is very responsive. Running under Win7, gave it 2GB to work with. This is Snow Leopard, the client desktop, not server. (I know, taking the chance that the Apple police won't kick down my door.)

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I'm running 10.6.6 in VMWare Workstation. It needs an iso to boot, but it definitely works well.

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That makes sense, but it isn't to run as a primary, or a secondary for that matter, operating system. Just for testing / coding.

The EULA doesn't take that into account.

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Got 10.6.6 working fine in VirtualBox. :)

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Not really, its a laggy mess. More reasons I'll never support Apple.

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Has anyone been able to install any programs in OSx in vmware. I been trying to get fcp working but no luck.

Only tried a few myself, but they did run pretty well. (VirtualBox, not VMWare) Haven't tried FCP though, but haven't had a desire to try, got plenty of Winders alternatives that do the job just fine for my needs.

Not really, its a laggy mess. More reasons I'll never support Apple.

Eh to be fair, it's a virtual machine, it's not going to be as fast as the real thing. Even if you got enough memory to pull it off properly, you're still running two OS's at once. Going to get a performance hit, guaranteed, plus you're running with sub-optimal virtual drivers and the like as well. I used to have it installed with a "proper" Hackintosh setup, performance was actually pretty decent. Toyed with it a couple hours, and pretty quickly fell in hate with it. Relegated it to a VM instead soon after.

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i did this lastnight to my laptop so i could jailbreak my iphone 4 using greenpois0n and i couldn't get it to jailbreak it. its was strange cause itunes in the virual server saw my phone but green pois0n didn't... should this work?

thanks

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I'm not looking for a gaming rig or high performance operating system. I'll gladly use it, if it isn't laggy. I just want a stable, smooth install of Mac OS X Snow Leopard so I can code some things on it and run tests ect.

It will be laggy. Remember that OS X is a fully graphics accelerated operating system so without that, it has to do it in software on the CPU which is slow. Everything feels laggy including the dock magnification, window moving, window loading, scrolling inside windows.

In-fact if you want to know what it will feel like simply run a VNC server on a normal OS X machine that is pretty close to how a VM of OS X feels (e.g. laggy as **** and completely unusable).

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Not really, its a laggy mess. More reasons I'll never support Apple.

It's not Apple who should bring OpenGL support to virtualization software.

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It will be laggy. Remember that OS X is a fully graphics accelerated operating system so without that, it has to do it in software on the CPU which is slow. Everything feels laggy including the dock magnification, window moving, window loading, scrolling inside windows.

In-fact if you want to know what it will feel like simply run a VNC server on a normal OS X machine that is pretty close to how a VM of OS X feels (e.g. laggy as **** and completely unusable).

Are we talking minor lag, or full blown lag, which just angers you on how slow it loads?

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It's not Apple who should bring OpenGL support to virtualization software.

Is that really what you need? Because... doesn't VirtualBox support OpenGL?

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Are we talking minor lag, or full blown lag, which just angers you on how slow it loads?

For me, it's minor.. feels like I'm running Vista on a slightly inadequate system if you get me. It all depends on your system of course though and how much memory you throw at the VM. (OSX is anything but light, in both memory and size.. and they call Winders bloated lol) If you can dedicate a couple CPU cores and a few gigs of memory to it, great. If you run it on a single core system and you only have 2GB total of memory total.. it's going to be significantly worse. The overall UI is fairly responsive, at least for what I'm doing with it. The video acceleration in VirtualBox is rather good as well, especially with a Linux distro.. Compiz Fusion in a VM actually runs absurdly well.

If anything, try it. The worst you can lose is time. If you don't like it, blast it and move on. The virtualized version is not 100% perfect, and I certainly don't like the OS in general, but it suits my testing needs anyway.

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I have Snow Leopard installed in Virtualbox and its pretty quick for an OS running virtualised its certainly very usable not much lag (i have core i5 machine). Get iboot iso from http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com (its open source darwin loader so dont kill me admins) make an iso of your own Snow Leopard disk, set up a VM using the Mac OSX Server profile make sure you disable EFI because i couldnt get it to work, boot from iboot iso, then switch to your snow leopard disc and install, remount the iboot iso and every time you want to boot choose your HDD from the bootloader and it will load fine.

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I just updated my Hackintosh VirtualBox machine to 10.6.6 yesterday. No speed demon by any means, no virtual machine is, but most definitely usable. I certainly wouldn't use it as my primary OS (not a Mac fan), but for testing in a VM, it works just fine. Just need to make sure it has enough memory to run comfortably without clobbering the host system. I don't do anything remotely gaming related on it, but it's regular desktop UI is very responsive. Running under Win7, gave it 2GB to work with. This is Snow Leopard, the client desktop, not server. (I know, taking the chance that the Apple police won't kick down my door.)

I've been trying to get OS-X installed on a VirtualBox machine for several days with very limited success. Several sites describe the process in detail but when I've tried to duplicate them I keep getting stuck with either an unbootable system or one that hangs with a spinning color wheel. The options I see during the installation don't quite match the descriptions I've read online, or there are not enough details to determine exactly what options to choose during the installation. I finally got a bootable VB system running OS-X 10.4 but it's ungodly slow and got stuck with the spinning wheel trying to check for software updates. I bought a retail copy of OS-X 10.6.3 but this system is so slow I doubt it would ever manage to complete an update in my lifetime.

Could you give some details about how you got your system up and running? Which version of VirtualBox, settings for the virtual machine, and your host system would help. I'm running VB 4.02 on a Win 7 64-bit host, Core 2 duo 6600 processor with 4 GB of RAM. I set the guest system to have 1500 MB of RAM, 128 MB video memory, on a 25 virtual GB hard drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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