I managed to install Mac OS X Moutain Lion as a VirtualBox guest OS on Ubuntu 13.04 as host.

I need to test a web app which plays HTML5 videos on Safari 6. Unfortunately, I can’t play any video on Moutain Lion (neither HTML5 one nor a .mp4 with Quicktime).

I guess it’s a codec or video card driver problem but I can't find a clue on how to fix this. Can anyone suggest an idea?

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    Welcome to Ask Different. Installing Apple operating systems on non-Apple hardware violates the license agreement for the OS, and is therefore off topic for this site.
    – tubedogg
    Sep 2, 2013 at 17:43
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    Let's chat on Ask Different Meta or Ask Different Chat - virtualized OS isn't something we explicitly have discouraged - just hackintosh where you run the OS on hardware directly. This still might end up being better asked on Super User or a ubuntu / linux side of stack exchange, but I don't see it as needing to be closed here.
    – bmike
    Sep 2, 2013 at 18:13

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OS X uses QE/CI (Quartz Extreme/Core Image) for graphics acceleration. Unless you're using an actual Mac or are running a modified version of OS X directly on PC hardware, you won't get full acceleration. Furthermore, VirtualBox support for OS X is experimental and doesn't include Guest Additions.

Looking around a bit, it seems some have had success with modified SVGA drivers in VMWare. It may get you better performance overall, but it still won't enable QE/CI (and thus no video playback), and doesn't work with VirtualBox anyway.

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