So I wanted to get 10.6.3 running after I somehow ended up with not just one, but two retail copies on my last trip to America… So I’m using the positively ancient Chameleon boot loader, 2.0-RC5 . I used to use the trendy Empire EFI boot loader, but it’s not working for me anymore with modern CPU setups.
I setup VMWare to use a Windows 10 x64 profile, but removed the hard disk, and re-add it as a SATA drive. The default SCSI hard disk won’t work at all, but the available SATA works just fine.
Boot up the Chameleon boot loader, and then drop to the text prompt (F5/tab) and then put in the following string to the boot loader.
platform=x86pc cpus=1 busratio=7 -v
After that it’s just as simple as choosing your options, accepting the license, and then you are off to the install part.
Personally I like 10.6 as it’s the last version that supported Rosetta, although I guess if you want to run old stuff, you may as well just run 10.4.x in a VM now. With a copy of Darwin 8.0.1 & 3 disks you can even boot up the deadmoo image, make an image of another deadmoo disk to yet another one, then install Darwin in a much larger disk, then boot back to deadmoo, and restore your 10.4.1 back onto the larger disk, fix permissions, and boot into a larger disk.
One thing is for sure, it’s a lot of work to get some kind of development machine to mess with WebObjects. It’s probably easier than buying a G5, but I found yet another one in the States (hence the physical copies of 10.6) and lugged it onto the airplane. Sigh the suitcase I bought for the trip broke, with one of the wheels coming off the suitcase, and as my G5 was over the 50lb weight limit, I had to pay a $100 USD fee to American Airlines to get my G5 home to Hong Kong. I packed my “new” Studio Display incorrectly, so the 3rd ‘resting’ leg snapped. Sigh.