Can't boot ML from usb to install on PC

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by johnitravolta, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. johnitravolta macrumors newbie

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    hello,

    i'm trying to do something here and i'd be very glad to get your help.
    i followed one if the tuts to make a bootable usb with ML 10.8.4 with the lion diskmaker tool.

    anyway, when i set the bios setting on my HP pavillion to boot from usb - it doesn't boot anything.
    when i insert a windows 8 bootable usb it boots it perfectly.

    so we know the pc is set to boot from usb fine.
    i could not have been mistaken making the bootable usb because i just run the tool.

    what is wrong then?

    when i insert it and loads it on my mac, open up the disk utility and press on the info button - i do see it's bootable. and it's formatted as it should be.

    need your suggestion.

     
  2. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

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    Can you be more specific with what you're trying to accomplish? It sounds like you're trying to install OS X on your HP. This will not work. You cannot install OS X on non-Mac hardware (technically you can, but there's much more involved to it than changing BIOS boot priority).
     
  3. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    Mac OS'es are only directly bootable on a Mac. On PC you need to use a custom boot loader, like Chameleon v2(or whatever the popular osx86 boot loader is these days), along with necessary kexts and other files.
     
  4. johnitravolta thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What else has to be accomplished to be able to install mac on a hp laptop? It has same hardware old macs used to have.

    About the custom boot loader- I will try that and let you know thanks for understanding what I needed.
     
  5. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.tonymacx86.com/home.php

    Dig around on that site and Google "hackintosh" to find instructions/guides. Like I said before, this is not going to be a simple endeavor.
     
  6. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    Possibly, except for the EFI v1.1, which is what Mac uses to boot. On a PC we have a BIOS, which hands over control to a boot loader before the OS can be loaded. On a PC, no boot loader, no booting the OS.
     

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