Mac OS X has been run on non-Apple computers before, but today we’ll show you a pretty impressive new port a developer has reported on tonymacx86. He has been able run OS X Lion 10.7.2 on his Samsung Series 7 Slate, or as he calls it now: HacPro Touch. The catch is that an external monitor such as a TV is needed to run Lion successfully.

Samsung Series 7 OS X Lion

Before we begin we’d like to warn you that tinkering with the inner workings of any device is a complex process that requires at least a basic understanding of computer software and programming. The port is also a work in progress, currently only allowing Lion to be booted from a USB drive. Proceed at your own risk.

Now that we have that disclaimer out of the way and if you’d like to repeat the process with your own Samsung slate, read on!

To get started you’ll need an 8 GB (minimum size) USB Lion Key. This requires a purchased copy of the OS X Lion software and the UniBeast utility, which you can download here. The download page may require a sign up for an account at tonymacx86.com for the download link to work. Once downloaded, create the USB Key by following the instructions found here. Be sure to also create a second folder on your USB drive with the downloaded MultiBeast file as well. You’ll need it to configure audio options later.

You’ll also need:

  • mini-HDMI to HDMI adapter and HDMI cable
  • USB Keyboard
  • USB Mouse

Step 1: Connect the Samsung Slate to a TV using the mini-HDMI to HDMI adapter and HDMI cable

Step 2: Hold down the windows home button and press the power button.

You’ll know see the BIOS options on your slate. You can toggle through each tab by holding the button below the power button and use the volume keys to move across.

Step 3: We’ll go through each of the four tabs and make sure the settings are as follows:

  • Sys Info: No changes
  • Advanced: Everything should be ‘Enabled’ except for AHCI Mode Control, which should be set to ‘Manual’
  • Boot: Select ‘Option 1. USB Key’ on the Set Boot Priority
  • Exit: Save and Restart

Step 4: Press ‘enter’ on your keyboard when you see iBoot load up and show USB

Step 5: Use the Disk Utility to partition the internal SSD to Mac OS Extended. Choose the following option: GUID Partition Table

Step 6: Install Lion, then restart

Step 7: iBoot will load up once again, but show Lion now. Press ‘enter’ on your keyboard

Step 8: Run MultiBeast to select Audio. Select the following option: Drivers & Bootloaders > Audio > Universal > VoodooHDA 0.2.7.3

Step 9: Shut down

Step 10: Power back on then select Lion. There are some glitches, so you may want to wait while they all get worked out. For one, a few restarts may be necessary for Lion to boot up normally. WiFi is also not worked out quite just yet.

You can see what the developer has accomplished so far in the video below!

Following these steps will allow you to use the Lion OS through your slate on your external monitor.

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