Post subject: Thinking of making PC into Hackintosh...Recommendations? Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:55 am
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So I've been thinking of revisiting the Mac OS X on PC concept. I tried it before but things didn't work. So, what do you recommend I do? I need some suggestions on distro's and etc.
Here's my specs: Intel Celeron M @ 1.46GHz; MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3 1GB RAM 60GB HDD (can't be bothered to count/still cleaning up free space) GFX: ATi Radeon Xpress 200M Series GFX Memory: 128MB of DDR GFX Operating Speed: 301MHz
Post subject: Re: Thinking of making PC into Hackintosh...Recommendations? Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:00 pm
Joined Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:06 pm
Basically you store all the drivers (.kexts) that you need that aren't included on the Apple DVD in a separate folder to the System folder, so that the System folder that the updaters write to should be as similar to one on a real Mac as possible. This folder can live either on a boot CD ("Boot 132 CD") (you boot from this and then you can either continue booting from a hard drive with an unhacked/untouched OS X installed or you can take the CD out and replace it with the Apple DVD if you are installing for the first time), or you can install the Chameleon bootloader to your OS X hard drive so that you don't need the CD (the extensions folder then lives at /Extra/Extensions on that drive).
There's quite a lot of horrendously complicated stuff out there about it if you get stuck into EFI strings, Extensions.mkext files, etc (I never properly understood all that stuff but didn't seem to need it), but as long as you're lucky and have a PC that only needs a few extra .kexts, doesn't need its BIOS patching to run properly, and you can find the drivers you need, it shouldn't be too difficult and the results are far better than what the hacked "distros" can offer. I have a 945 chipset which seems to work well, whereas some newer chipsets can cause problems and require the board to be patched.