Hackintosh Desktop

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Wicked1, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    Anyone still building them, I was wondering if they can still be built in a small desktop format and if they will run SL.

    I was looking at building a new small PC with Intel 3000 Video, i5 CPU 4 GB ram etc and if anyone has specs to build from, as I love Macs just that a little over a year old MB died logic board went bad, paid $1,100 for unit and now needs $600+ worth of work, so trying to figure a way to build a cheap computer that will run SL
  2. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Why shouldn't it be still possible?
    Check Youtube or Google. I am sure there are lots of tutorials and stuff.
  3. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I normally buy Applecare on notebooks and tablets but not on iPhones. I would think that if they replaced the logic board and something else went wrong they would fix it for free unless it was something entirely new.

    As for hackintosh, I downloaded the various pieces but decided I didn't have time to fiddle with it. I had thought about trying to get OS X on an old netbook that was running Ubuntu. More recently, I've heard the hackintosh part is very small and you can use a regular SL install DVD (maybe even a Lion install USB stick) after you do whatever it is the newer hackintosh stuff does. I would check insanelymac for more info. Also look for a thread here at Macrumors called "the merged hackintosh thread".

    If it were my computer, I'd be looking for a way to get Apple to fix it and offer to buy Applecare even though it's after the date 'cuz you've had two very expensive failures. Remember Apple customer service tries very hard to please and if you don't get the answer you want at the Apple store try calling AppleCare.
  4. obsidian1200 macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2010
    Albuquerque, NM
    Just so you know and have this for a reference, check out tonymacx86.com. It's kind of an authority on building hackintoshes. All of the information and software is updated regularly (they're reporting success with 10.7.1), and it has all of the software you'll need (aside from SL or Lion) to get the computer up and running.

    You can check the website for recommended builds, or for recommended components (motherboard, graphics card, optical drive). AFAIK, some optical drives result in sleep issues, and there's currently no way to enable wifi with a hackintosh using common wifi cards. If you plan on using bluetooth (I wouldn't, since it's not worth it when you can purchase fantastic third party USB wireless keyboards and mice), you'll want to try to find one of the recommended bluetooth dongles. Picking up the wrong dongle could result in wake issues.

    Also, if this is your first hackintosh, I should warn you that it'll involve a little more tinkering than you might expect, as far as software is concerned. I built one, got it to work, but getting the software to work was a pain. Some people report a lot of success and love their builds, but just as many say otherwise and don't think OSX was worth the hassle.
  5. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    Like obsidian 1200 said, http://tonymacx86.com/ is an excellent resource.

    It is definitely a project, and a fun one at that. Well at least for me :D

    Especially if you like figuring things out, tinkering around in an OS, and troubleshooting. Another reason why I believe a lot of people "enjoy" linux.

    A hackintoshes best friend is a DSDT!
  6. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    New York, USA
    The hardware you pick for you Hackintosh will dictate how easy or hard it is to get everything running (and to keep it running). Make your purchase decisions carefully.

    I'd say the hardest part of a Perfect Hackintosh is making a custom DSDT. Although with new EFI boards, you might not need that?

    You have quite a bit of research to do if you want everything to go perfectly. You can just 'wing' it, but it won't be as stable or rewarding. :)

    http://www.lifehacker.com/ (They have a few Hackintosh build guides)

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