Better Hackintosh: Hp Mini 110 or Samsung N310?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by crashwins, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    I have good options for both..What's preferable? They both seem to get the same on the compatibility charts. Thanks
     
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    phoenixsan

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    I have.....

    a HP mini 110, mostly for the ocasional Windows-no-so-critical use and for portability in rare cases...With the base 1 GB RAM, the Mini struggles with Windows 7 Ultimate, so for a Hackintosh, would be wise to upgrade the RAM, if that is possible. But no so sure if that is worth it:(


    :):apple:
     
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    Best option: real Mac :)

    Smartassed comment to you maybe, but really. Save yourself the money in the long run. Why not a Mac Mini? They also run Windows.
     
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    HP Mini is a laptop (netbook to be specific)... that said, OP have you considered an older Macbook or even a G4 PowerBook? Hackintoshes are loads of troubles and, IMHO, not worth your trouble as a regularly used machine. As a project it'd be fine, though... Again, my opinion.

    How about something like this? (And I've seen far cheaper on eBay...)
     
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    My mistake js81 - I just assumed by the name of the HP Mini, it'd be a small form-factor desktop computer :p

    In that case, I would honestly recommend looking in Apples store under the refurbished section. Great systems, thoroughly checked over and delivered in like-new condition with some decent deals if you're budget conscious. That way you also have some form of warranty as well.
     
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    Go for the Samsung. The Intel GMA 3150 in the HP does not work with OS X correctly. It is available as an option on the Samsung, so make sure you get the Intel GMA 950. Having said that, the 950 (and the 3150) is a VERY bad graphics chip, I mean REALLY bad.

    Also the Intel Atom CPU may give you problem with anything newer than Snow Leopard. The 1 GB RAM is way too little as well.

    I'd say, go for something with at least an i3. Also something with at least 2 GB RAM, if not more. Intel HD 3000 and Intel HD 4000 work with OS X.

    AnonMac50
     
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    I guess I should have prefaced that I've Hackintoshed before -- the HP Mini, actually. It was a pretty capable little machine and the only issue I had with it was the sleep mode. The only reason I sold it was bc I couldn't rationalize the $400 I spent on it. Now, these are just $100 so it's a whole different decision (same with the Samsung Go).

    I just want a lightweight Mac-capable machine for road-warrior stuff. The Air is overpriced IMO and I don't need a Macbook..Sure, I could grab a used Intel MB for like $400, but that's a bit risky..

    So, all in all, a $100 for a Hackintosh seems like a no-brainer to me. Will it run like a MBP? Of course not - I know that, but for word processing, surfing, and some basic OSX programs I think it would be fine..

    My thinking suggests the Samsung Go would be better..Battery life is stronger and it just looks better, but that may be vanity :) Thanks for the responses!
     
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    For $100, I agree. Just get it setup and make a disk image; that way if things go sideways, you can simply restore it with said image. Have fun!
     
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    I think the Samsung may be a better choice now. Just beware of which GPU you get. :)
     

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