OSX running on a PC

McFoxy

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I know there's probably a good reason why, but I don't know what it is. So, here's the question.....why can't you load OSX on a PC (a sony laptop for example)? Why does it have to run Windows? Isn't all of the hardwre the same?
 

iMeowbot

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Aug 30, 2003
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Apple do it to protect their hardware business. Microsoft don't make their own systems, so they don't care about this.
 

McFoxy

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I get why Apple doesn't want you to load OSX on a PC, but what I was asking it, what is the technical reason for why it can't be done.
 

srf4real

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McFoxy said:
I know there's probably a good reason why, but I don't know what it is. So, here's the question.....why can't you load OSX on a PC (a sony laptop for example)? Why does it have to run Windows? Isn't all of the hardwre the same?
It would make more sense, wouldn't it! But no, a computer is not a computer- a mac is a mac and everything else is a pc of ....
 

Sun Baked

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May 19, 2002
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Well, somebody had be the first to post this topic for the week -- because they don't want to search for one of the hundred other threads with the same topic.
 

McFoxy

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sun baked why don't you relax and stop being such a misanthrope. This is a place where people come to ask questions and discuss topics. Just because you've seen this question before doesn't mean that I have, or that I even thought that someone else ould have asked it. What are you so uptight about? You have "short man" syndrome.....trying to compensate for other areas by being a jerk?
 

iMeowbot

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Aug 30, 2003
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McFoxy said:
I get why Apple doesn't want you to load OSX on a PC, but what I was asking it, what is the technical reason for why it can't be done.
There really isn't a technical reason, the block is entirely artificial. A secondary issue is device drivers: Apple generally won't bother including any for hardware they don't ship.
 

Sun Baked

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Yawn, now I know why you didn't search ...


There is a search on the bar at the top, and those numbers at the bottom take you to another page.
 

Sun Baked

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Reminder name calling is the quick route to a close thread and getting banned.

Just try a search, it works.
 

iMeowbot

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Bobdude161 said:
NEways I thought I saw a video where people have booted OS X from a Windows based PC
People have done this. They have to hack OS X to make it work, and the Apple software agreements don't really allow that sort of thing anyway (but Apple really need to do something about that shoddy wording).
 

Jasonbot

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Aug 15, 2006
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People have been hacking OS X to work on PC's from as soon as the Intel OS X dev. version came out. Apparently it's pretty hard, can only be done on intel (not AMD) and runs pretty much like it should on a mac. At least if PC users do this they'll realize how great it is and they'll turn from the dark side. I'll bet this is one of Apple's secret switch campaigns.
 

Kardashian

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Apparently its something about Apple making most of its profits from the sale of its hardware, over operating system - eventhough the operating system is more advanced than Windows and Linux.

Basically, if you want the Mac OS, you have to shell out a couple of hundred quid for the Apple box it comes in - and I don't mean cardboard!

If Apple sold its OS as an user-installable item, Mac sales would most likely plummit. People could get the worlds most advanced operating system, and run it on cheap, shoddy hardware. Most loyal/power users would go the route of the Mac - and since prices are coming down compared to what they used to be (in some respects cheaper than budget-ware Dell) - you would still probably get some people who buy hardware and all.

But for most users wanting to explore the 'dark side' - they could just buy a disk, and Apple would lose millions.