Snow Leopard boot-132 for VMware Workstation 7 and VMware Player 3


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VMware Workstation 7/ VMware Player 3
Previous boot-132 experience
Retail Snow Leopard 29.99 DVD (as an ISO or pressed DVD)
A pre-made Snow Leopard VMDK (included)
dariwn_snow.iso (included)
Intel Core/i7/i5 (i5 is only supported in 10.6.2) Based Processor with VT-x

Download the VMware image and darwin_snow.iso from here (Rapidshare mirror 1) or here (Mediafire mirror 2) or here (Megaupload mirror 3) (Rapidshare Mirror #4 – thanks iGuru)

More after the jump !

—– Step 1 —–

preparing the image

Open VMware, load the vmx that came with the tbz2


Edit the VMware settings to match your needs (only applicable for Workstation 7)

eg: Extra networking adaptors, shared folders, etc….

Set the darwin_snow.iso as the cdrom media.


Save your settings

—– Step 2 —–


Start up your OS X VM

Hit F8 very quickly on your Keyboard you will be prompted with the following screen

Screenshot-Mac OS X Server 10.6 (experimental) - VMware Workstation

Right click on the cdrom icon and choose settings


Select your snow leopard DVD/ISO

Make sure that connected is ticked

Click Save

Hit “C” on your keyboard to select “Boot DVD”

Hit F8 and enter -v at the boot prompt then hit enter

boot prompt

Install Snow Leopard as normal

If you get stuck with no destination to select

Click on Utilities -> Disk Utility

Click on the VMware HDD on the left

Click on erase on the right side

choose the format type to “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)”

set the name to Macintosh HD

Click on “Erase”

then close Disk Utility and you should be able to continue

Complete the install as normal



FakeSMC causes kernel panics on reboot/shutdown in Snow Leopard in VMware for some reason.  Just ignore the Kernel panics and use the VMware reset button.

— From kenokabe —

If you change smc.present = "TRUE" to smc.present = "FALSE" in the vmx the KP goes away

Thanks kenokabe!

—- Post Install —-

TAKE A SNAPSHOT before updating or making any other changes to the VM.

Use Apple Software Update to go to the latest version


Take a Snapshot

Mount the darwin_snow.iso as the virtual cdrom

Install VMware Tools


—- Installing Sound —-

Take a snapshot of the VM

Extract the file EnsoniqAudioPCI.mpkg.tar.gz from the Snowy_Vmware_files.tbz2 archive

Run the pkg and choose both options


—- Caveats —-

It seems that for some reason it takes about 10 reboots before Snow Leopard will boot normally into the VM.  you will get stuck at the apple logo for about 3-4 reboots, then you will get to the dekstop but only get the beachball of death.  Keep rebooting and eventually you will get to the registration form, once the registration form loads you will be smooth sailing from now on.

If you receive this message “Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Player/Workstation supports hardware virtualization.”

Please go into your Bios and enable hardware virtualization (Please refer to your Motherboard manual for instructions).

— From Coluwyvurne —

I found a sort of fix for those of you that updated to 10.6.2 and find that the keyboard/mouse takes longer to start responding in the guest Snow Leopard.

When Snow Leopard loads into the desktop, press Ctrl+Shift, and either from VM>Removable Devices or the bar along the bottom of the window, disconnect the Universal USB input, and it will disconnect your keyboard and mouse, and reconnect it immediately and become responsive.

Beats waiting for 5 minutes for it to start working.

You will always need to use the darwin_snow.iso to boot your VM but this is a small price to pay for having Snow Leopard in a VM right?

—- How to make the boot-132 cd. —-

You will need to have a copy of FakeSMC for Snow Leopard

First take the darwin.iso from VMware Fusion3 from “/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/isoimages”, modify it to allow booting of OS X client
sed "s/ServerVersion.plist/SystemVersion.plist/g" darwin.iso

Mount the image and copy all the files into a folder on the computer eg: ~/vmware/Desktop/Snow_darwin_iso.

Create an initrd with the following command

hdiutil create -size 5m -type UDIF -fs HFS -layout SPUD -volname initrd initrd.dmg -ov -quiet

Move the dmg to an img

mv initrd.dmg initrd.img

Mount the newly created initrd and the supplied VMware initrd

sudo hdiutil attach initrd.img
sudo hdiutil attach ~/vmware/Desktop/Snow_darwin_iso/.hidendir/initrd.img

copy the contents from the original initrd to the new initrd

sudo cp -Rp "/Volumes/RAM Disk/" /Volumes/initrd/

Now add the extra extensions (fakeSMC) to the initrd

sudo cp -Rp fakesmc.kext "/Volumes/initrd/Library/Application Support/DarwinBoot/Extra/Extensions/"

unmount both of the initrd’s

sudo hdiutil eject "/Volumes/RAM Disk/"
sudo hdiutil eject /Volumes/initrd/

Replace the supplied initrd with the new initrd

sudo cp -Rp initrd.img ~vmware/Desktop/Snow_darwin_iso/.hiddendir/

build the new ISO

sudo hdiutil makehybrid -o darwin_snow.iso ~vmware/Desktop/Snow_darwin_iso/ -iso -hfs -joliet -eltorito-boot ~vmware/Desktop/Snow_darwin_iso/.hiddendir/cdpreboot -no-emul-boot -hfs-volume-name "VMware Tools" -joliet-volume-name "VMware Tools"

you now have a boot-132 cd that will boot a retail SL DVD in VMware
Snow Leopard (Vanilla Kernel/Retail DVD) on Vmware workstation (Linux x86_64)


Thanks to PolishOX for forcing me to do this the right way

159 thoughts on “Snow Leopard boot-132 for VMware Workstation 7 and VMware Player 3”

  1. Jürgen :
    I’ve tried this recipe and several others with little luck. I always get hardware crash after switching to SL Retail DVD. Maybe it is because I am using Xeon processors instead of Core whatever on the host? 2x quad-core 2.8 GHz Xeon.
    I found a solution published for using VirtualBox but OSX VirtualBox hard crashed my host immediately after boot

    Same here with Core i3 M350

  2. Hi,

    Thanx for this tutorial, very helpful.
    I have a question:
    I installed the OS and I had not problem at all, but after updated the OS to v10.6.4 and restart the system I cannot upload the OS. I updated the OS because when I attempted to install xCode 3.2.5 the system asked me to update the OS.
    I modified the mcsmc.present to “TRUE” on the vmx file.
    Any idea how to resolve this problem please…



  3. Oh my gosh I’ve been looking for something like this for months and months. most of what I can find is Intel only or it says it can do amd but there’s nothing to download anywhere it says go here and it’s just a page talking about what to do once you have the file but no link to the actual file. this is the fist place that had the instructions and the files in one place. this is also the only one I was able to get to install on my AMD PC you are the best!!! I did find other systems that also claimed AMD support but none of the others worked on me, I was going to spend money on a cheepy Intel biased PC to try to get mac running on that but now I can use my nice AMD one to do it and save me the money. your the best most straight forward method and the only one that I go to work.
    only sticking point is when I go to shutdown vmware complains the virtual computer crashed but that doesn’t happen while I’m actually trying to use it. here’s the run down on my system for ya:

    MAC DVD used: Snow Leopard 10.6.3
    VMWare Player Ver:3.1.3 build-324285
    Host OS: XP Home SP3
    Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965
    Ram: 3.37GB
    Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8200

    so it you can get it to stop giving me the mac version a BOD on shutdown it would be perfect.

  4. I figured the issue out (just pay more attention to things but issue now is after the mac update no keyboard and mouse; and, your disconnecting the universal USB input doesn’t work for me. Does not show up as an option even when show all is chosen.

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