Running OSX on Virtual Machine

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by cryingrobot, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. cryingrobot macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2008
    Since my octocore 1,1 is no longer officially supported anyway, i am thinking my next upgrade will be permanent bootcamp and running osx as a virtual box. This way, I can be 64 bit, run all the PC games and still use OSX for email and synching etc. I currently run w7 in virtual box and have been impressed with the stability.

    Anyone else trying this? Would like to hear about your results running ML on virtual box.
  2. mslide macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
    I wanted to do this as well for other reasons but I got discouraged, and gave up, when I read that you can't use the standard Mountain Lion download from the app store (like you can for a hackintosh) and instead have to use a pirated bootable dvd. I hope that article was wrong. I'd still like to do it.
  3. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    What about making a bootable DVD from the downloaded ML distribution? Not sure if it'd work, just "thinking out loud".
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    You can virtualize Lion and Mountain Lion at least with Parallels and VMWare Fusion without either having to do any "hacks" or even violating Apple's license agreement.
  5. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    It does have to be from the right host OS. You can virtualize OSX ML on a ML host and the same applies to Lion. You can't do it from Windows or another OS.
  6. cryingrobot thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2008
    Simple in concept but this project is running into some serious obstacles. Firstly, its interesting to note that its impossible to install Windows 7 (maybe 8 as well) from an external optical. Since I had long ago removed the internal superdrive and replaced with SSD, I cant even install W7 on bootcamp. There appear to be some work arounds but results seem to be mixed. In addition, the older hardware of the 1,1 does not allow a USB W7 install...the option which appears on the new macbooks is not even available.

    The simple solution seems to be to buy a new internal optical but its pretty much impossible to find the IDE drive I need. I dont think they even make these anymore. Yes, I can try to connect the SATA from the motherboard but this would require tearing everything down just to reach the connector on the 2006 1,1. Ive done it before and its not fun.

    It really does seem to be the end of the road for the 2006 1,1. No longer supported by ML and I cant even use this as a Windows machine. I have not even hit the "hack" part of the upgrade which is running OSX ML as a virtual machine.

    I find myself running into the old philosophical questions I really want to start gaming again? Fallout Vegas will take away precious time from my life and the painful sunrise after an all night gaming session. Not to mention the motherboard will no longer benefit from faster GPUs.

    Sure, I can run Office fine in a virtual machine and I like OSX but my 1,1 and I have been abandoned and unsupported by Apple. Yes, its lasted 6 years but it would cost me about 6k to get another comparable Mac Pro machine that will last 6 yrs. Imac would seem the obvious choice but the GPU will be obsolete in 3 yrs. Its looking more and more like a PC rig again.

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