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Friday, May 8, 2015

Installing Logic 9 Under Mac OS X Under VMWare Under Windows

If you're like many others on the planet you probably can't be bothered purchasing a new piece of software in order to test an application. In this case, I've been trying to get Logic 9 (music DAW software running under VMWare under Windows).

One of the first steps is getting is getting Mac OS X installed under VMWare.

I had some issues with regards to stalling on boot until I tried the following fix inside of the relevant vmx file.

smc.present = "TRUE" -->> smc.present = "FALSE"

Then it's a case of installing the application itself. Sounds simple, but there are a few things we need to do in order to get this to work. First, is circumventing requirements checking so that it will install in spite of not being able to fulfil certain hardware requirements.

1) Mount "Logic Studio.dmg"
2) Copy "Install Logic Studio" package from mounted drive to another folder
3) Right click -> Show original
4) Right click on "Logic Studio.mpkg" -> Show Package Contents
5) Delete "\Contents\Resources\Requirements Checker.app"
6) Install Logic =)

You'll also need to be able to circumvent the version checking to allow the application to run. The steps are as follows.

1. Open Terminal.
2. Type sudo nano -w /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist
Does the file path look familiar from my last tutorial?
3. Press Enter. You will be prompted for your password. Type it in. You won't see it on your screen. Press Enter again.
4. Use the arrow keys to navigate to the end of the 10.6.2 under ProductUserVisibleVersion and erase the version number. Enter in a version number of your choice.
5. Repeat for the version number displayed under ProductVersion.
6. Press Control key iconX (Control-X) to exit. It will ask you if you wish to "save modified buffer." Press y. It will then ask for a file name to write. Press Enter to accept the default.
7. Exit Terminal.

If you're curious I looked at trying to get Logic X running under Mac OS X but there are substantial intermediate requirements that need to be fulfilled. Moreover, I only have an old version of Mac OS X available so I only tried with Logic 9 (please note this last paragaph is no longer really applicable. Please see the following post for details on how to get Logic X going under Mac OS X under VMWare under Windows, http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com/2017/07/installing-logic-x-under-mac-os-x-under.html).

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