Thursday, November 29, 2007

Installing OSX 10.5 Leopard

  1. Obtain a ISO or DMG of Leopard (I've heard "Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard [ToH]-RC2 SSE3/SSE2 Intel Only" works great and is available on something called "bittorrent"
  2. Burn the downloaded DMG file to a DVD (ofcourse)
  3. Configure your EEE pc to boot from USB by pressing F2 at boot and configuring the BIOS
  4. Connect your external CD/DVD drive to the EEE pc and power on.
  5. From the boot screen the EEE press F8 for more options.
  6. From the boot prompt type "-v -x" without the quotes and press enter
  7. Wait 15-20 minutes for the graphical installer to start

This part is stolen word for word from Adam at Lifehacker:

Format the install drive: I know that you’re raring to install now that you’re finally here, but there’s one thing we need to do first: Format our hard drive so that it’s prepared to receive the Leopard installation. So go to Utilities in the menu bar and select Disk Utility (if you don’t have a working mouse yet, you can still access the menu bar from the keyboard). Once Disk Utility fires up, it’s time to format the drive. Here’s how:

Select your hard drive in the left sidebar.
Click on the tab labeled Partition.
Select a 1 partition Volume Scheme, name the volume Leopard, and choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the format.
Last, click the Options button and choose Master Boot Record as the partition scheme.
Now that your drive is ready, so are you.

Install Leopard: This really is the easiest part—just follow the on-screen instructions and choose your newly created Leopard partition as the install destination. Then, before you make that final click on the Install button, click Customize and de-select Additional Fonts, Language Translations, and X11. These components were removed so we could fit everything on the patched DVD, so we won’t be installing them now.

That should be it, please keep in mind that all things do not work, if you really want OSX on your EEE you should some research before committing to it.
Some information was taken from Dan at


Anonymous said...

that's great, BUT journaling filesystem on am flash drive seems to be not a good option.... or am i wrong?

Nick said...

You are correct but modern SSD have a functionality built in that will spread the file writes out over the drive instead of rewriting information over and over onto the same sectors this allows the drive to last much longer than they did in the past. It is still a valid concern though and if your interested more information can be obtained at

letstalk said...

Can you put the DMG or ISO file onto a flash drive and load it onto the EEE that way, rather than burning to a disc and utilising an external cd/dvd?

Peter in Japan said...

Any updates? I am really suspicious of all the silence over this over the past month. Few updates, no real data, no video of anything on youtube. It's quite fishy, and I wonder if there isn't some saber rattling going on behind the scenes from our favorite fruit company?

robeee said...


I tried to install on a SD, and it looks like all went OK, but the damn eee does not want to boot OS-X from a SD card. Any solution out there?

Marco Lechner said...

Is it really possible to install Leopard on eeePC? Would that also work with Tiger ??? I can hardly imagine the built in memory would work . I have a $g with add 4Gb Sd and 2GB RAM... has someone tried Leopard or Tiger on that?

Thank you!
Best regards

Anonymous said...

I would like to try on An Eee Top, has anyone tested already?

AIMERDEE said...

Hi, this thread's been dead a while, so good to see someone else still checking here. ;-)

My friend has tried os-x on a desktop eee, and it worked fine, video out was a little strange (driver I think) but it worked, fine.

I use OSX on an 8Gb SD card and recently tried to put it on a 16GB SD (for more file storage space). Now I can't seem to get it to boot from the 16GB drive, but the 8GB works perfectly. Following the exact same process.

Is there something I'm doing wrong here or can the eee not boot from a disc larger than 8GB?

crazy I know but has anyone tried it on a 16 with any success?

Anonymous said...

hope u get busted

to cheap to buy a mac?

Alan said...

Question: How much space would it be necessary to install to a Flash Drive to boot from?

Also, would it be possible to install it on an EEE 701 (early version) preinstalled with linux on a 4G SSD?

Anonymous said...

Curious if these instructions are valid for a 900A?

Anonymous said...

my harddrive broke while restoring can i use mac os x without a hardrive

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