What is a "Hackintosh" ?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to Mac Hardware' started by intz2nu, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. intz2nu macrumors 6502

    intz2nu

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    Guys this is a no troll serious question, what exactly is a Hackintosh?
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    It's essentially just OS X running natively, but not on a computer purchased from Apple.
     
  3. intz2nu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ahhh I see so kind of like a custom built machine or maybe a prior Windows machine but instead of a Win OS its using Mac OS? interesting interesting, is there a such thing of a Mac running Windows strictly as a stand alone without the Mac OS being part of the computer?
     
  4. doitdada macrumors 6502a

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    This is a Hackintosh running El Capitan 10.11.3 without issues. Virtually silent. You can also multi boot Windows, Linux and OS X like with BootCamp. You just have to be very specific about motherboards, wifi cards and sound cards.
     
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Yes. As long as the hardware has drivers in OSX, which is of course the hardest part to get right, then it is possible to hack OSX onto it. Any update may ruin your install thougj.
     
  6. Irishman macrumors 68030

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    Dude! 2007 called. It wants its camera phone back! :)
     
  7. tjwilliams25 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, you can totally run Windows on a Mac without OS X installed, but why would you want to? It kind of defeats the purpose of buying a Mac.
     
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    If you get rid of OSx on the Mac, you will not be able to do firmware updates.
     
  9. doitdada macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, the Irish called from 2007, they want their money back from before the recession :)
     
  10. Irishman macrumors 68030

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    Touche. :)
     

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