Screenshots of OS X's installer / Virtualizing Mac OS X

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  1. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    I'm trying to get a series of screenshots of the steps of the Mac OS X installer for support purposes, but I can't figure out how to get them. The installer itself won't take the shots, Mac OS X can't legally be virtualized (or practically, from what I've been able to find), and I don't have any hardware to translate a raw video signal into an image/movie.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  3. BlueRevolution thread starter macrumors 603

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    Thanks, but that's not actually what I'm looking for. I want to take screenshots of the Mac OS X installer, that is, what you get when you boot to the Mac OS X DVD. I can take screenshots within a full copy of OS X using command+shift+3. That's not an issue.
     
  4. BlueRevolution thread starter macrumors 603

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    I guess I'm SOL then, huh? I even tried PearPC on my Boot Camp install, but I couldn't get it to run.
     
  5. ventro macrumors 6502a

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    I thought Parallels 4.0 could virtualize OSX?
     
  6. BlueRevolution thread starter macrumors 603

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    I haven't tried Parallels, but VMware will virtualize Mac OS X Server but not the consumer version. Virtualization was only explicitly allowed in OS X Server's EULA with Leopard, and apparently VMware doesn't want to strain their relationship with Apple, so they've deliberately crippled functionality. I heard Parallels was the same, but I'll take a look anyway. Thanks!
     
  7. BlueRevolution thread starter macrumors 603

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    Nope, Parallels can only do Mac OS X Server as well.
     
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    I've had some success in booting from the install disk after going through the second set of steps described in the article linked above. It'll go through the boot sequence, but hang with a colour wheel on the Leopard aurora desktop before the installer itself appears. But I managed to get this:
     

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  9. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Are you installing from the restore disc or a retail DVD?
     
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    Damn, I was hoping you'd say restore ... I don't know what to tell you.
     
  12. BlueRevolution thread starter macrumors 603

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    Sorry, already thought of that one. ;)

    Oh well, I'll keep attacking it and maybe I'll have an epiphany. VMware has presets for 10.5 and 10.6 Server, both 32- and 64-bit. You can hack the program to make it accept the consumer version, and I'm getting further than last time, but...

    The odd thing is that as far as I can tell all four OS X Server presets behave exactly the same way.
     

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