I witnessed OS X on Sony labtop

Discussion in 'macOS' started by BigPrince, May 9, 2007.

  1. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    Now from reading those forums I have heard you get OS X to run on PC's. The general impression I got was that it was not fully functional and huge pain in the ass.

    I am sitting next to this girl at a meeting I attended and shes in OS X on a Sony and I was like damn how did you do that. She explained her boyfriends friend is a computer engineering major and did it for her. She knew it was illegal.

    What got me was though, according to her, its flawless, which was not the general impression I got from people who talked about it being done.

    Just wanted to share my story that I witnessed this cause I was so shocked.

    I see her every once in a while, if you have any questions for her let me know.
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Including software update?
  3. BigPrince thread starter macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    I did not ask her. I will ask that when I see her.

    A. She does

    B. She does not know how

    C. Her friend maintains the computer

    are my guesses
  4. Roric macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2005
    Are you sure it was actually OS X and not just a windows skin that makes it look like OS X? It is possible she would not know the difference.

    Also, not to be critical - just curious - did you mean laptop instead of labtop? The helpdesk where I work had a couple students who kept using the term labtop instead of laptop until we explained the origin of the word...sits on the top of your lap.
  5. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I could see this working. I've done a lot of reading through the OSX86project and there are a large number of compatible PC's. Though some work is still required to get everything working. It is likely that Sony did not work completely right away. The guy who did the install probably still had to hunt down drivers for the audio, Ethernet and wireless depending on the component manufacturers Sony used for her laptop.

    You should ask her if all hardware ports work. The two biggest problem areas are:
    1. Audio - though audio out often works, audio input and multichannel audio do not.
    2. Ethernet - often the Ethernet chipset has no viable driver, though there are ones for most wireless chips

    Other problems could be bluetooth, built in mic, built in webcam assuming the laptop has any of these.
  6. phillipjfry macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2006
    Peace in Plainfield
    My computer sits on top of my labrador....
    that would make it a labtop, right? :)

    An old crazy roomie of mine has always said that it is possible to get OSX onto a PC. Then again, we always refered to him as "crazy".
  7. phuong macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
    this is old news. my friend is running dual boot vista - tiger on his ibm t61. and of course automatic update is not possible. although he rarely uses it. when i asked why he just said it's because it's do-able (similar to when people tried to run linux or windows 98 on a xbox).

    i could ask him to take a picture of it if you want.
  8. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    I think Apple should just allow OS X to be installed on PCs, but not make it easy. Maybe something like you'd have to provide your own drivers or something. Or maybe a stripped down trial version for potential switchers.
  9. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    Then companies would just start selling pre packaged computers with OSX and all the drivers. Most of them would probably be made with cheap/shoddy hardware and not be as stable as a real mac (just like how windows is unstable on crap hardware) and people would believe OSX is just as buggy as windows.

    One thing they could do is allow the installation but part of the license agreement would be that OSX would always have to display a warning. Such as

    "This version of OSX is not running on a verified Apple system. Stability is not guaranteed and no support will be offered by Apple."

    Make it illegal (by the EULA) to remove this warning and even if a vendor does remove it apple could just use it's update system to put this warning back up.
  10. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    I think this story is untrue since everyone knows computer engineering majors don't have girlfriends! :D
  11. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    He never said she was goodlooking!

    We all know computer engineering majors don't have goodlooking girlfriends. Having dog ugly girl friends is normal and believable though :)
  12. yetieater macrumors regular

    May 6, 2007
  13. FreakinSyco macrumors regular


    May 3, 2007
    Its not terribly difficult. Since Apple switched to Intel x86 based processors OSX has been able to run on standard PC hardware. I have previously installed it on my PC to test it out and see if I was ready to make the switch (my MacBook gets here tomorrow). There are quite a few guides available on getting it to run. You will need a specific copy of OSX that was originally intended for devolpers only.
  14. 4God, May 9, 2007
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011

    4God macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2005
    My Mac
    I like this idea very much. :)
  15. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    It's kind of funny... Of all the engineering majors I know, they're all either single or have really freakin hot girlfriends (myself included). I don't know how that works out, but I'm sure not complaining right now!
  16. apachie2k macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2006
    was NYC...now MIAMI
    beauty is in the eye of the beholder...
  17. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
  18. dergoog macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2003
    Columbus, Ohio
    It's definitely possible

    A IT friend of mine checked out the project and bought all the right hardware and had the system up and running in no time, according to him.

    Now he's a geek mind you, but everything ran on it. He had the beta of PSCS3 and it ran just as good as it does on my mac (in some ways better). Rosetta ran faster than it does on my Core2Duo Imac (tried out Indesign).

    He had a AMD DUAL 64 something. But before seeing the box below his desk, I thought he had a mac.

    I have to admit - it was sweet - and with an awesome case, he still spent less than $500 on it.
  19. NoOneButMe macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2006
    It's been possible for over a year now - Since 10.4.1. Friend of mine's done it - generic Dell parts as well. Pretty sure it was fully working as well - i browsed the internet + listened to a few song son it.

    Though iirc, updates for iTunes / Quicktime / 10.4.x updates dont work properly until patched - Unless your on an Intel SSE3 machine - because of the protection Apple builds into them, and updating can bork the machine fairly badly
  20. skwij macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2006
    Belleville, ON, Canada
    The first time I messed around in OS/X it was on a Hackintosh. That machine is still running just fine, as is another I played on before deciding I like OS/X enough to shell out the bucks for a Macbook.

    If not for those Hackintoshes I would not be a Macbook owner right now.
  21. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    Before I got my MBP i had a hackintosh gateway laptop. That thing was sick. I finally abused it so much it fell apart. Everything worked great on it, updates (except for system), apps, everyhting, course I got lucky having an sse3 processor, gma950, and the same chipset as airport cards.
  22. showtime macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2007
    It's actually not that hard to do once you get the hacked version of OS X to install. I did it with an asus and it worked almost perfectly off of that one cd. The video card even showed up with qe and ci. The only things that didn't work was the sound card and the wireless card. And of course the power management when you would close the lid. Since the change from ppc to intel the only major difference between macs and other laptops is that macs use an efi instead of a bios.
  23. yayaba macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2007
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I had one too. Almost everythign worked after installing the hacked OSX except QE, sound, and ethernet but I was able to get those working by browsing through the boards at OSX86Project. It ran decently but not being able to do software updates was slightly annoying.

    Now that I have a Macbook though, I don't have to worry about any of that :)
  24. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
    I'd just run Ubuntu with Beryl, if I was to purchase a PC laptop. It's not worth the hassle of trying to get all the quirks out of OS X on a regular laptop.

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