posted by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th May 2004 19:51 UTC
IconWell, I can say it truly is a miracle. I never thought I would be able to install Mac OS X 10.3 on my supposedly "inferior" x86-based AMD machine. Well, for most of you mac-zealots, you were wrong. It actually does. And I've got the proof right here!

The installation was not really that hard; the PearPC website has done an excellent job in providing you with information. And, just days after the 0.1 release, websites all around the world posted howto's and installation guides. I'm not going to explain how it is done in this article; that is not the purpose of this article. The purpose of this article is to simply show you that it can be done, and I will do this through a number of screenshots.

After generating .iso's from the Mac OS X install disks, it is time to boot PearPC by issuing a simple "ppc config.txt" command. PPC itself does not really have a GUI (only the "change CD" button) so the first GUI stuff you'll encounter is the Installer:

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My hart actually skipped a beat; I never really thought it would work; not necessarily because I thought PearPC was vaporware, but more because my computer is getting kind of, well, old.

Of course everything was not running very snappy; on their website they warn you: the emulated processor is about 40 times slower than the host processor. Still, I was amazed at what I saw: it worked!

After a painstaking process of creating a bootable "harddisk" (grab a bootable .img file from the website; it saves you a lot of time), the installation started.

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It took, in total, more than 5 hours. And that was just the first cd. Since I had nothing else to do (PearPC took 99% of my processor and all the RAM it could possibly find), I actually started to clean my bed/computer room. Thank you, PearPC.

After the installation of the first disk, PearPC had to be restarted with the harddisk image file as the master, and the second install disk as slave. This was a point of frustration; Mac OS X would not boot. Luckily, I was not the only one having this problem. It turned out that the installer put the Mac OS X partition in third, while it should be in second place. Again, take a look at the PearPC website, the solution is out there.

After the installation of the second disk was ready, I was finally able to boot into Mac OS X 10.3, Panther. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a very strange moment. I now know what all those people must have felt when they were abducted by aliens (not that I believe in those stories, but still).

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