Struggling to get macOS 13 Ventura working with VMware

I’ve been messing around with virtual machines on my Windows desktop, I got a Linux Ubuntu virtual machine working easily, but macOS is a different story.

My process has install the Unlocker (run win-install.cmd as administrator and let it do its thing) which allows you to use macOS operating systems with VMware. No problems with that. Then Create a New Virtual MachineI will install the operating system later → Guest operating system:Apple Mac OS X, Version: macOS 13 → Maximum disk size: 80.0 GB, Store virtual disk as a single fileCustomise hardware → Memory: 8 GB (half of available), Number of processor cores: 3 (half of available), Use ISO image file: (my macOS 13 Ventura ISO).

I then edit the .vmx file for the virtual machine, adding the following:

smc.version = "0"
cpuid.0.eax = "0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:1011"
cpuid.0.ebx = "0111:0101:0110:1110:0110:0101:0100:0111"
cpuid.0.ecx = "0110:1100:0110:0101:0111:0100:0110:1110"
cpuid.0.edx = "0100:1001:0110:0101:0110:1110:0110:1001"
cpuid.1.eax = "0000:0000:0000:0001:0000:0110:0111:0001"
cpuid.1.ebx = "0000:0010:0000:0001:0000:1000:0000:0000"
cpuid.1.ecx = "1000:0010:1001:1000:0010:0010:0000:0011"
cpuid.1.edx = "0000:0111:1000:1011:1111:1011:1111:1111"
smbios.reflectHost = "TRUE"
hw.model = "MacBookAir6,2"
board-id = "Mac-7DF21CB3ED6977E5"

(ethernet0.virtualDev = "vmxnet3" is already set correctly so there;s no need to edit this.)

The VM boots up, I format the hard drive, I follow the installation steps, it installs, but then it gets stuck in a boot loop.

Any help would be appreciated! :smile:

Edit: I should note, I tried a macOS 14 Sonoma first, I then tried macOS 12 Monterey, neither with any luck. Then I tried macOS 11 Big Sur, which did work, but I realised Xcode (one of the reasons I’d like a macOS VM on my desktop) requires macOS 13+, so I tried upgrading to macOS 13 Ventura and … boot loop.

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I know a fair bit about all this BIOS stuff but I’m a bit to conservative to go that far.

Just because I turned a Macbook 2009 into a usable Linux computer doesn’t mean I’m awesome at everything :frowning:

Getting macOS on a VM is very iffy. I tried using an ISO from techrechard.com, and I was actually able to boot into the macOS installer (after much trial and error with different physical keyboards and mice), but it would never boot right. And this is all kind of like Hackintosh, which requires all those crazy kexts and all. Maybe you’re already way past that but I just wanted to pitch in.

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Yeah, there are a bunch of different sites that all link to ISOs from techrechard.com. Booting into the installer isn’t an issue (assuming you’ve used the Unlocker and you’ve edited the .vmx file with smc.version = "0" (I don’t know if any of the other bits are really neccessary, but better safe than sorry :man_shrugging:).

Problem is once you’ve got the OS installed, you usually get a boot loop, so many people have had the same issue, but I can’t find a solution that works. For a little while I suspected it might be a hardware thing and something to do with changes to the OS going from 12 to 13, but really I have no idea.

I got macOS 10 Big Sur working no problem, but it’s too old for some of the things I want to use it for :sob:

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This is what happened to me when trying it, too. Well so, one time I was installing Windows on an empty hard drive, using a USB with installation media, and it had to reboot but then rebooted back into the installer, so I had to strike F12 and select the hard drive rather than USB. Is that what’s happening here? Like it’s booting into the installer ISO and not the virtual hard drive? Just a thought, I’m not an expert

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Yeah, XCode only works on the latest latest version(s)

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Could’ve been the issue (ngl I was hopeful), but that’s not what’s causing the bootloop, I just tested booting it up without the ISO connected and no luck.

Okay so, I saw a great video by an Indian guy on how to dual boot Windows 11 and MacOS Sonoma, and it works pretty much the same with macOS Ventura, but he puts the installer on a USB. Luckily, I know in VirtualBox you can configure it to boot from a USB, and you probably can on VMWare too. So try this maybe?

That website (olarila.com) also has vanilla images like ISOs you could try out maybe? But they’re hidden behind shady Linkvertise links that triggered my AV a few times.

But yeah try these. The video is really easy-to-follow and seems like it works.

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