How to Install Lion OSX in a PC

Herbalist Dr MziziMkavu

JF-Expert Member
Feb 3, 2009

I'll show you how to Install "Lion OSX" into a PC. It's quite kinda easy to install Mac OSX, the most difficult part is to get the correct or right "Bootloader" that will allow us to run the OS. I had installed Lion in all my computers, even some friends and it runs pretty smooth. For instances, I've installed it in my Toshiba Satellite L305 and everything Works flawlessly, even the Wireless card worked out the box.

You won't need any patching files thru this installation, Just the bootloaders and some kexts in the Chameleon Bootloader Extra folder (I'll provide the links in the bottom of the page).

One thing you might want to know before you read or start installing Lion OSX, is that you don't need Mac OSX 10.6.8 to install Lion OSX in a drive, unless you want to upgrade from it. But if you have an empty drive and wants to use it to install Lion OSX, you can do it straight up without having to install Snow leopard OS 10.6.8. The only things you'll need is Lion OSX install in a partition that can boot it up and make sure that the same partition has Chameleon for Lion install, along with some kexts. Nothing Else is needed.

Things you'll need to install Lion operating System in a PC:

- Lion OSX image
- Computer running MAC OSX
- 2 partitions (one save in you desktop for easy access and the other-one for The actual Lion OSX installation.)
- Some Kexts needed to be install in the Installer drive. (Those kexts has to be install in the "Extra Folder" inside Chameleon Only, there's no need for installing them into the "Extensions" Folder in the Mac OSX System)
- PCEFI 10.6 Lion+Snow.pkg
- Chameleon for Lion OSX. (Link to download it is on my forum). By the way, Thanks to all the people that worked in making Chameleon for Lion. Always be support of their work...!
- Again, If you're just upgrading from 10.6.8 to Lion OSX no need to create any new partition, just use the same one that 10.6.8 is using, you won't lose anything!.

The 2 partitions that I had mention above is to use 1 and extract and modify "BaseSystem.dmg" and replace the shortcut from "Packages" for the actual folder. Otherwise you won't be able to modify it. and the second partition is to Transfer all the datas from the modified "BaseSystem.dmg" to a bootable partition. So, basically you will need those 2 partitions o if you prefer, you can use a partition created from your hard drive and a USB pen or portable drive. Whichever way you chose you'll need to create an image and "restore" BaseSystem.dmg and later transfer all those files via restore (again) to a new drive or partition. it might sound complicated but is not, just follow the directions below.

Note: If you're just upgrading from 10.6.8 to Lion OSX you don't need to create a new partition when you're installing Lion OSX, just chose the main partition as the drive you wants to install it. But you might experiences some issues if you have installed modified kexts. that said, if by any chances you're having issues with some hardwares you're better off by installing Lion OSX from a clean install.!

Ready to start? just follow the instructions below:

Open "Disk Utility" app and create a new image as shown in images below:



Using Disk utility restore BaseSystem.dmg on The New image Lion.dmg (that one you saved in the desktop). The Restoring will change your image name from Lion.dmg to "Mac OS X Base System". rename it again "Lion.dmg" so you won't get confused. (rename it using Finder).



Delete packages link inside /System/installation from the new image (that one you named Lion.dmg) and Copy Packages folder from InstallESD.dmg to Lion.dmg inside /System/Installation/ folder



Install Chameleon and PCEFI on Lion.dmg (Before we restore or transfer Lion.dmg to the partition that will install Lion OSX).

Now is time to restore Lion.dmg (Which you saved in your desktop) and transfer all the files via "Restore" to the Lion OSX Boot drive. You can use either a Portable drive, USB pen or a Partition from your main hard drive. Either way the partition has to be
GUID + HFS+ journaled format and after it's created and formatted name it "Lion OSX boot" or whatever you like. This is only so you can have an idea what steps to take.


after Disk utility finished "Restoring" Lion.dmg (from your desktop) to the partition you had named "Lion OSX boot", you'll need to copy

- Mach Kernel from InstallESD.dmg

Once you have done that, is time to install into "Lion OSX Boot" (that one that will install Lion OSX into your PC)

- Chameleon Bootloader
- PCEFI 10.6 Lion+Snow.pkg

Also you'll need to install a few kexts into the extra folder in Chameleon so that the hardware can work. such as fakesmc.kext, NullCPUPowerManagement.kext, ElliottForceLegacyRTC.kext, AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext, ApplePS2Controller.kext, VoodooBattery.kext, etc. To get my card reader worked I had used " IOAHCIBlockStorageInjector.kext".

I had swap "Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN" for "Aria Extreme N" wireless card in my Toshiba Satellite L305 and it worked out of the box (The wireless card works with Atheros Kext)


Next step is to create a partition where you wants Lion OSX to be install, or you can create it once Lion OSX is loaded and use "Disk Utility" app from the Installation.

So, Restart you computer and make sure you boot up the partition that has Lion OSX.

After "Lion OSX" has been restarted you need to install "Chameleon for Lion" and some kexts into the "Extra folder" of it, so that Lion will boot up from the partition you had chosen to installed Lion OSX. So, Chameleon have to be install the following times (along with the kexts in the extra folder of it):

1)- In the new image (that you remained "Lion.dmg". 2)- In the partition or USB drive/Pen where you had restored/transferred all the files of "Lion.dmg" image. 3)- In the final partition where you had installed Lion OSX. Or you if had just upgraded from 10.6.8 to Lion OSX, just installed using the same drive/partition.

Note: If you have any trouble Replacing The Packages files from Lion OSX to the new image.dmg make sure that the new image the you had created has 4.6 GB (DVD-R, DVD-Ram) of size (as is shown in image 2), otherwise it won't let you replace them and you will get an message saying that you don't have enough space available. Always double check the instructions above.

Links for Kexts and Bootloader"

fakesmc.kext, ElliottForceLegacyRTC.kext, NullCPUPowerManagement.kext, etc.

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PCEFI 10.6 for Lion (From Netkas) You won't need it but if you have issues loading Lion then you can install it to boot up. So, don't use it unless such issues comes up.
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How to Install & Dual Boot Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.6 Snow Leopard


Mac OS X 10.7 Developer Preview can be installed and ran alongside Mac OS X 10.6 on the same drive, all you need to do is partition your existing boot disk and I’m going to show you exactly how to do this in a step-by-step guide (alternatively, you can run it in VMware too).
Why do this? Having two separate installations of Mac OS X has several advantages over installing Lion atop your existing 10.6 installation (the default method), here are the primary reasons I recommend dual booting instead:

  • Installing future 10.7 Lion releases will be easier
  • You are free to uninstall Lion at any time – without dual booting this requires a system restore from a 10.6 backup
  • You don’t have to use Lion as your primary operating system – remember it’s a developer preview and not intended for every day use
Now I’m going to assume you already have Mac OS X 10.7 Lion downloaded (grab Developer Preview from Apple) and ready to go, and that you’re currently running Mac OS X 10.6.
Important: Make sure you have a backup of your existing Mac OS X installation and disk before continuing with this guide. Time Machine makes this very easy. Any time you edit a drives partition table or install a new operating system there is always a small chance something could go wrong, so just be safe and have a backup ready.
Let’s get started!

1) Create a partition for Mac OS X Lion

You can create a new partition on your hard drive with Disk Utility, this does not require you to reformat the drive and you should not lose any data (besides, you have that backup just in case something goes wrong, right?).

  • Launch Disk Utility
  • Select your hard drive from the left hand side
  • Click on the “Partition” tab at the top
  • Click on the “+” icon to add a new partition, name it ‘Lion’, or chimichanga, or whatever you want
  • Set the partition size for Lion, I chose 20GB to make it easy
  • Click on ‘Apply’ to create the new partition, and you’ll see a message like this one:

  • Click on “Partition” to create the partitions as indicated
You’ll now see two partitions on your boot drive in Disk Utility, one that has your existing operating system (Mac OS X 10.6) and the newly created “Lion” partition, which is where you will install Mac OS X 10.7. It will look something like this:

Now that you have the partitions squared away, we’re on to step 2.
2) Install Mac OS X 10.7 Lion on the new partition

Now it’s time to install 10.7. The key here is to install Lion on the newly created partition and not the default which is atop 10.6. This is what will enable you to dual boot between 10.7 and 10.6:

  • Launch the Mac OS X 10.7 Installer and when it asks what drive to install on, choose the options to specify your own
  • At the “Install Mac OS X” screen, click to select the partition that you created in Step 1, I named it Lion as you can see in this screenshot:

  • Optional step: Want to install Lion Server? Click on “Customize” and select the checkboxes for Lion Server
  • Click on “Install” and let the installer do it’s business
Once the installer is running, you’ll see a screen like this:

Just let this be as it runs. You’ll see a preparation window and then your Mac will reboot into the full installer. Due to the fact that you are installing from your local disk to another partition, the whole process is much faster than it would be to install from a DVD. On my MacBook Air 11″ the entire Lion installation took about 15 minutes.
When Lion is finished installing, your Mac will now automatically boot into 10.7.
3) Set your default boot drive: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or 10.6 Snow Leopard

Now that Lion is installed, your default boot drive is set to 10.7. You can adjust this to be 10.6 too:

  • Launch System Preferences
  • Click on “Startup Disks”
  • Select your default boot drive and operating system

That’s really all there is to it.
4) Dual Booting: Select which Mac OS X volume to load on boot

If you want to boot into a different Mac OS X installation than the one that is set as your default in the previous step, you can hold down the Option key during reboot. You will then see a boot loader like the image at the very top of this tutorial, where you can select which Mac OS X version and volume to boot from.
This is dual booting at it’s finest, and this is the best way to run the Lion Developer Preview. Remember, this is a developer preview for a reason, it’s not meant to be a stable operating system for daily use. Many have installed 10.7 Lion on top of their existing 10.6 Snow Leopard installation, and while this may be the easiest method it can’t be directly undone and instead requires a complete system restoration to uninstall and revert back to Snow Leopard. That’s a huge pain, just give Lion it’s own partition and make it easy on yourself.

Source: How to Install & Dual Boot Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.6 Snow Leopard

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