OS question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by hlkc, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. hlkc macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Newbie OS X question...

    If I have Intel CPU like Core2Duo, Intel MB, reformat the whole HDD to Mac format, can I install the OS X like Snow Leopard to a ex-Windows based desktop and use OS X snow Leopard?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I think you're trying to ask if you can install Snow Leopard on a Windows box.

    The answer is yes, but not without a lot of messing around. Since you're asking, it's probably not something you should attempt.
  3. hlkc thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Yes. I've a Windows box, C2Duo, good Intel MB and 500GB HDD laying around and instead of putting W7 there, I want to put a Snow Leopard there. May I ask what is the "messing around" included/needed?
  4. davidcmc macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2009
    A lot of "messing around".
    As he stated: Since you're asking how to do it, you shouldn't even try it.

    1. Find some files on the Internet, put them in a CD or a pendrive.
    2. Boot your computer with that CD/pendrive.
    3. If the files were the correct ones, put the Snow Leopard DVD (or USB stick).
    4. Install it.
    5. Manually install the correct files for almost every device of your computer. When I say "manually", I mean that you won't have the convenience of running a driver installer and just click "next". You'll have to find in some discussion forum the correct kernel extensions and frameworks to make things like VGA, sound card, LAN, chipset, wireless and some other things to work. Put these files in the correct system folders, apply correct permissions to them and reboot the computer.
    6. Install a bootloader to make OS X think that your computer is a Mac.
    7. Configure that bootloader with proper files and strings in plist files.
    8. Done.

    I'd say that, if you're good at quickly learning computer things, you'd take something like 5 to 7 days (assuming that you need to use your time to work, study or simply go out) to correctly install Snow Leopard in your PC (non-Mac).
  5. hlkc thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Thanks davidcmc and miles01110. After you guys advised and further digging around, I agree and it is quite a bit jobs not just one time but also if I decide to add other hardwares later. Thanks again for the tips.
  6. x0r-lord macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada
  7. hlkc thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Check outinsanelymac and its forums. Lots of information to get you going.

    The short list is as follows.
    Do you have a compatible motherboard, cpu, bios and graphics card. The level of compatibility will dictate how easy/hard turning your computer into a hackintosh. That is, installing a lot or a few custom kexts, messing with various system files etc.

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