Updating Your Hackintosh to 10.7.3

June 19th, 2012

Lion, OS X Updates

Updating Your Hackintosh to 10.7.3

Hi all! This should bring your hackintosh all the way to 10.7.3, with all base system updates perfectly fine to do (minus 10.7.4, of course.) The only problems I’ve had with the build are sound on occasion and sleep. Hopefully, though, all goes well for you. :)

Well, before I begin, I should say that the base tutorial/steps I had nothing to do with, I just found all the necessary stuff and compiled it together. I should also say that you need a working OS X installation before you can update. I’ll post one if needed, but there are plenty on this site.


Here’s the USB Installation (Thanks to Nozyczek)

1. Start Terminal (Applications > Utilities > Terminal)

2. Become root and perform these commands in order:

sudo -s

open /Applications/Install\ Mac\ OS\ X\ Lion.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg

open /Volumes/Mac\ OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/BaseSystem.dmg

3. go back to Disk Utility and restore Mac OS X Base System to lionUSBinstaller stick

4. eject BaseSystem.dmg (rename USB stick from Mac OS X Base System to lionUSBinstaller if needed)

5. go back to Terminal and enable permissions on lionUSBinstaller stick by entering the following:

vsdbutil -a /Volumes/lionUSBinstaller/


6. Once that is done, enter:

rm -rf /Volumes/lionUSBinstaller/System/Installation/Packages

cp -vR /Volumes/Mac\ OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/Packages /Volumes/lionUSBinstaller/System/Installation/.

cp /Volumes/Mac\ OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/mach_kernel /Volumes/lionUSBinstaller/.

cp /Volumes/Mac\ OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/kernelcache /Volumes/lionUSBinstaller/.

cp /Volumes/Mac\ OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/boot.efi /Volumes/lionUSBinstaller/.

cp /Volumes/Mac\ OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/MacOSX_Media_Background.png /Volumes/lionUSBinstaller/.

cp /Volumes/Mac\ OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/.disk_label /Volumes/lionUSBinstaller/.

7. Finally, add

<key>Kernel Cache</key>

to /Volumes/lionUSBinstaller/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist


Here’s the Actual Installation (Thanks to Nozyczek again)

1. Become root again, and run the following:

sudo -s

cd Desktop/hackintosh* (or wherever you put it, drag and drop works too)


(Select lionUSBinstaller)

Select “Prepare lionUSBstick” option

2. Wait for the installer to finish

3. Prepare your Inspiron 1525 BIOS:

Load default settings:

Maintenance > Load Defaults > Continue           

Verify SATA is configured for AHCI:

Onboard Devices > SATA Operation           

Verify SpeedStep is Enabled

Performance > SpeedStep Enable

4. Use lionUSBinstaller stick to boot Dell Inspiron 1525. Wait for the menu screen to come up. You should see lionUSBinstaller. Select it and press Enter. Continue with the installation.

5. Use Disk Utility to change the hard drive partition. Create 1 Mac OS Extended (Journaled) partition for OS X. Use GUID scheme. Installation will take between 20 to 50 minutes.

6. Reboot using lionUSBinstaller stick. At the menu select your installation hard drive. OS X will boot up and you will be presented with the desktop.

7. Download hackintosh_dell_1525_10.7.0_v3.6.zip package and extract it to your desktop.

8. Start Terminal (Application > Utilities > Terminal) and run:

cd Desktop/hackintosh* (or wherever you put it, drag and drop works too)


(Select installation hard drive)

Select “i” to start auto installer

9. Wait for the installer to finish

10. Use ./installer script or Disk Utility to repair disk permissions (Application > Utilities > Disk Utility) Remove lionUSBinstaller stick during the reboot. OS X should boot directly from the hard drive.



1. Download the “10.7.3 Post-Install” zip.

2. Use Kext Helper b7 and install the IO80211family.kext in the “System/Library/Extensions” folder (only that one for a reason)

3. Install the 10.7.3 Combo Update from Apple Software Update. And yes, you can reboot after this, it’s fine.

4. Now, navigate to the folder again, and use kext utility to install all the kexts from the “System/Library/Extensions” folder. Wi-Fi should work again.

5. Open Color Calibrations zip and drop the two files to /Library/ColorSync/Profiles/Display folder. Navigate to the “Display” option on Settings and find the Dell 1525 option. Choose that one, should make the colors more Mac-like.

6. Drag and drop the “Extensions” folder from 10.7.3 Post-Install/Extra/Extensions to /Extra.

7. Open to “/Extra/org.Chameleon.Boot.plist” (on the hard disk, not in the folder) and add arch=i386 to Kernel Flags.

8. For sleep, do the following in terminal:

sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0

sudo rm /private/var/vm/sleepimage

Also, try adding

<key>Force Wake</key>

to /Extra/org.chameleon.Boot.plist.

iCloud, FaceTime, and Messages (Beta)

1. Install Chameleon 2.1 r1627VS [iCloud & FaceTime Fix]

2. Reboot and enjoy :)

Sound Fix (If sound is already working for you after the 10.7.3 update, there’s no need for this!)

1. Remove any trace of AppleHDA (/S/L/E or E/E)

2. Reboot.

3. Install this version of VoodooHDA  (Modded by moi for 1525 sound cards)

4. Reboot again and enjoy. :)

10.7.3 Post-Install: Download

Feel free to stray away from this tutorial to do some rebooting between options, just to be on the safe side. Hopefully, this works for each 1525 laptop, but there may be minor tweaks to make sure everything works. Also, feel free to comment with any questions and concerns, and I’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as I can.

And, as always, Happy Hackintoshing :)

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4 Responses to “Updating Your Hackintosh to 10.7.3”

  1. Tejas

    Using your post install , I am able to update to the 10.7.3 , Can you please guide me how to update to the 10.7.4?

  2. Vantz Stockwell

    Can you attach or upload or affix a link to Color Calibration.zip Devon I’m not finding it in your post.

  3. kyle

    Haven’t checked in here for a long time and so happy I found these instructions, but a couple questions:

    1. Can we start with 10.6.8 up and running?
    2. Do we need to start with the Lion USB stick from Apple?
    3. What’s the difference between USB installation and actual installation?