This tutorial will show you how to turn your Asus G50V gaming laptop into a Hackintosh running OS X Mavericks. I will show you how I did it and avoided the high price of buying a MacBook Pro to replace my Asus G50V. I used a distribution of OS X Mavericks created by Niresh and followed a tutorial done by the nice people at MacBreaker.com. I decided to make this tutorial so that others with the same system would know what works. Apple has released OS X Mavericks as a free download, so you aren’t going to be bootlegging any software to do this.
What You Will Need
- Asus G50V Gaming Laptop – This tutorial assumes that you have this laptop, specifically, the G50V-X1. If you don’t, I cannot tell you if this will work or not. Also, I know there are a few variations of the Asus G50 series laptop, so this process may or may not work on your Asus G50. That being said, most of the variations were just different processor speeds, hard drive sizes, etc. So there is a good chance it would work on any Asus G50.
- An Empty Drive on your Asus G50V – You will need to have two hard drives installed in your Asus G50V, one for Windows and one for Mac OS X. I was not able to get the installation to work using a different partition on the Windows Drive, it failed every time I tried. I was only successful once I used a dedicated drive for Mac OS X. My Asus G50V has two 1TB hard drives installed, one with Windows 7 on it and one with OS X Mavericks.
- A Windows based system to download and setup Niresh.
- Niresh 10.9 – Niresh is a free “distro” of OS X Mavericks that has been modified to work with PCs. You will need to use a BitTorrent client to download the disk image file, which is a little less than 6 GB in size. You can download Niresh here. There is a nice tutorial on BitTorrent clients here. I use uTorrent, you can download it here.
- An empty USB drive (8 GB or larger): In this guide, you will write Niresh onto a USB drive, and boot your computer from that drive to install OS X Mavericks. The USB drive must be at least 6 GB in size. I recommend that you use the SanDisk Cruzer Fit 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive. You can buy it here on Amazon for $9.23. The reason I recommend this USB drive is because it is super tiny and you will need to use it as your boot drive once Mac OS X Mavericks is installed, you will be able to boot between Windows or Mac OS X Mavericks. I leave it plugged in all the time and it is so small you don’t even notice it.
- Win32 Disk Imager: (Free): If you’re using a Windows computer to set up Niresh, you need to use Win32 Disk Imager to write the Niresh disk image file onto your USB drive. You can download Win32 Disk Imager here.
Create your Niresh USB drive
Here we will use the program Win32 Disk Imager that you downloaded to install the Niresh version of OSX-Mavericks.dmg onto your USB drive. Make sure you have the USB drive plugged in and only the one, this will make sure that you do not accidentally overwrite the wrong USB drive.
Open Win32 Disk Imager
Once you have downloaded and extracted Win32 Disk Imager goto the folder and double click on Win32DiskImager.exe to launch the program.
Select The Niresh Image
Click the blue file icon on the app’s main screen. In the Windows Explorer window that pops up, go to the folder you downloaded the Niresh image to. Here, I put it in a folder named OSX Files. You will only be able to see the file when you select the “*.*” option in the “Files of type” field. Once you can see the file OSX-Mavericks.dmg, select it and click Open.
Write the image to the USB
You should now see the following window showing that they Niresh image is selected and that it will write to the attached USB drive, in my case the D: drive. The program will automatically select the USB drive if it is plugged in. Now click Write to start the writing process.
Once you click the Write button there will be a popup window warning you that you will overwrite the USB. Click Yes to continue.
Progress and Success
You will see the progress bar slowly advance as it writes to the USB. Once it is done you will see the Success window. Click Close to close the window then click Exit to exit the program. You now have a bootable USB Drive with the Niresh OS X Mavericks image installed on it.
Set Up Your Asus G50V
Before you start the process of installing OS X on your G50V, you will need to make sure that you have nothing plugged into the USB ports other than the USB Boot Drive you just created and a mouse if you prefer. The track pad will work, I just prefer the mouse.
You will also need to have a dedicated drive ready for OS X Mavericks. I my setup I have two 1TB drives installed. One had Windows 7 already installed on it and continues to work fine. The other drive was empty and I set it up for Mac OS X. The other option would be to have just one drive and erase it and only have Mac OS X installed. Once again, I tried numerous times to install OS X on a separate MBR partition, but it would install for a while then error out at the end. The error said it could not mount the drive. That is when I decided to use one drive specifically for the Mac OS X Mavericks installation.
Set Up the Bios
You will need to make a few changes to the BIOS to make sure the install works.
Here you will see that I have the latest BIOS installed for the Asus G50V, version 213. If you do not have the latest BIOS installed, download it here and install it before moving forward.
BIOS Advanced Settings
Select the Advanced Tab and you will see IDE Configuration. Select IDE Configuration to check the settings.
Check IDE Settings
Make sure that SATA Operation Mode is set to Enhanced. If not and you have Windows installed, you will have to change this back in order to boot Windows.
Set Boot Device
Set the 1st Boot Device to Removable Device.
Save and Exit
Now select Save Changes and Exit and you are done setting the BIOS.
Boot into Niresh
Restart your laptop and plug in your Niresh USB drive. If things go well, your computer will boot from the USB drive instead of booting from your normal hard disk. You will then be able to view the Niresh menu. Here you can see that I can boot from the USB (Niresh), my Mac OS X Installation or Windows. Simply select Niresh-Mavericks and hit enter. You do not need any special boot flags to launch Niresh on the Asus G50V. If it does not boot to the USB drive, check your BIOS settings.
Agree to the License
You should now see the Niresh License Page. Click Agree to move forward.
After you agree to the license you will see the install screen below. You will be prompted to choose a drive to install on. Do not choose a drive yet, you will need to configure your drive in Disk Utility first. Note: I took this picture after my successful installation, that is why you see a drive with MAC OS X already installed.
Use Disk Utility
At the top of the screen you will see a menu for Utilities. Click on it then select Disk Utility to start the Disk Utility application.
Partition Your Drive
You will want to select the drive you plan on installing Mac OS X on and then partition it. You will want to partition the drive as a GUID partition. In this photo you see that I already have it partitioned as a GUID partition and formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). I named the drive MACOSX for ease of use.
Quit Disk Utility
Once you have successfully set up your Mac OS X drive, simply click Quit to exit the Disk Utility.
Choose Drive to Install OS X Mavericks
You should now be back at the screen where it ask which drive you want to install Max OS X Mavericks on. Select the drive you just set up then click on Customize.
Customize OS X Mavericks
Here you have the option of choosing which settings you may need to set up OS X Mavericks on your laptop. Do not change or add any except the setting under Boot-Loader Flags/Chameleon Configuration/SMBIOS/MacBookPro. This will make your new Asus G50V Hackintosh show up as a MacBook Pro. Once you have made that change click OK to continue on then click Install to start the installation.
You should now see the following screen telling you that it is installing Mavericks on your laptop. This will take at least 30 minutes.
Reboot to Finish Installation
The installer will reboot the laptop when it is done installing and you will need to leave the Niresh Boot USB plugged in. I tried numerous times to get OS X to boot without the Niresh USB, but had no luck. It is just quicker and simpler to leave that as the boot drive. Once it has booted back up you will see the drive you just set up and installed OS X on, listed in the boot options. Select the Mac OS X drive to boot into OS X.
Once you boot to the new OS X drive you will have a few setup screens to configure. Once you get to the desktop, wait for the Niresh post installation scripts to run. These automated scripts are needed for everything to work. This may take some time. When they are completed it will ask you to make a donation to Niresh. I did and if you feel that his work was worth it, you should too.
You should now have a working installation of Mac OS X Mavericks on your Asus G50V. However, there are few things to deal with.
For one, you will most likely have the microphone stuck on and it is loud. Simply go to System Preferences – VoodooHDA and you can turn the microphone down or off.
The built in WiFi card on the Asus G50V is made by Intel and there is no support for it under Mac OS X. You have a couple of options. You can buy a USB WiFi dongle that is compatible with OS X or you can take out the WiFi card in your laptop and replace it with one that is supported by both Windows and Mac OS X. That is what I did and it is really easy t do. You can check out my tutorial on how to do it here.
I have not been able to get Sleep to work properly yet. For now, I simply set it not to sleep at all. If you do not, it will try to sleep and either reboot or freeze on you. The settings are under System Preferences – Energy Saver.
Niresh includes a couple of preloaded apps in the installation. You will see uTorrent, HackStore and Kext Wizard are installed.
I have been using my Asus G50V Hackintosh for about a week now. I have installed several programs, including Office, PhotoShop, Chrome and a few others. The system is fast and easy to use. I notice that it seems quicker than the Windows 7 installation I have on the other drive. I am trying to see which system I want to use as my standard daily use. So far Mac OS X Mavericks is up to the challenge. If I like it enough, I may build a brand new Hackintosh and use it with this 4K TV as a monitor.