Can You Install OS X on a Toshiba Satellite?
This is a common question asked by groups of people daily, with few ever finding an actual answer. Can the Mac OS X operating system be loaded onto a Toshiba Satellite laptop? While not legally acceptable according to Apple, it can be done. Satellite A205-S5804 models running an Intel chipset now have the capability for nearly full running of the Mac OS X software.
This is a difficult process, so novice computer users should have an advanced computer user help with the process. For the setup, one cannot actually use a retail version of the Mac OS X installation disc and therefore will need a modified one (see Resources section).
Once that has been acquired, obtain the drivers (see Resources section) and a Kalyway 10.5.3 Combo Update with Kernel package. To start the setup, go into the BIOS options, or boot settings when the computer first starts up, on your Satellite and set the boot device to your DVD drive. Then put the modified disc into the Satellite’s DVD drive and reset your laptop.
Upon reset, it will ask to boot from CD-ROM or press F8 to enter setup. Press “F8” and type “-v” and click “Enter.” Mac OS X will now start up; after selecting your language, go to “Utilities” and “Disc Utility” before clicking “Continue” (this will be located on the top bar). Select your hard drive and click “Erase.” Then choose “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and click “Erase.” Then confirm it.
Choose the Master Boot Record and apply it; you will need to confirm this creation by clicking the button. Now exit out. You are ready for installing.
Click through “Continue” and “Agree” to the stipulations, along with what hard drive to use. Before installing, customize your settings in the “Customize” tab. Choose the following packages for the Satellite to run smoothly: Azalia Audio for audio, 9.2.0 sleep for Kernal, Apple SMBIOS 667 for SMBIOS and GMAZ3100 for video. Choose “All” for the applications and remove the FireWire. Select “Power Management for laptops” and “About this Mac,” then click “Done.” Click “Install” and the Apple discs will do the rest.
Upon the restart, hit “F8” at the start-up screen and type in “-v -s” and click “Enter” to enter the boot mode for Mac. At the “root#” screen, type in the following commands: “/sbin/fsck -fy” and hit “Enter,” then type “/sbin/mount -uw /” and hit “Enter” again. After that script has run, you will lastly type “touch /var/db/.AppleSetupDone” and click “Enter” to finish the setup.
Now your Toshiba Satellite is a “ToshiMac.” However, there are a few more steps to get full usability.
Drivers and Startup
The following will not appear, which is where those drivers will come in handy. Using Kexthelper, which was in the drivers file, open the following drivers from the folder.
“IOATAFamily.kext_V1.1” will be the driver to recognize the DVD player; for the Wi-Fi, install “rtl8187b.” For fixing the Wi-Fi, go to the extensions folder in System/Library and find “rtl8187.kext” and run it using Textmate. Find the line “33161” and replace the numbers with “33175” to make it Satellite-compatible.
Regarding startup, you will have to select “F8” at the startup screen every time and type in “-v -s” and click “Enter” every time. This is the only way to allow Mac to boot, because Mac and Windows have different startups, and the Toshiba will otherwise not be able to handle it.