The Sandy Bridge Hackintosh; run Mac OS X on Intel’s new Core i

“Today’s Macs use standard Intel-type components. A key difference from Windows is that Mac OS X loads though a boot mechanism known as EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface),” Chris Bidmead reports for The Register. “Some obscure Apple-proprietary concoction, no doubt? Far from it. EFI, now officially called UEFI – the ‘U’ stands for ‘universal’ – is an open standard, originally devised by Intel as a replacement for the ageing Bios boot system.”

“Unlike the 16-bit Bios, EFI can be 32- or 64-bit, and is much more flexible,” Bidmead reports. “In particular, with suitable hardware, you can tweak EFI to persuade a Mac OS X installer that it’s installing onto a Mac. A generic Intel machine on which you’re running the Mac operating system has become known as a ‘Hackintosh.'”

Bidmead reports, “Pioneer Hackintoshers had to hack the official Mac operating system. These days it’s easier: you just buy the standard Snow Leopard installation disk from the Apple Store, and rely on EFI to set up the hardware environment and install the necessary kexts.”

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28 Comments

  1. You guys have all drunk way too much of the Apple-branded KoolAid. I’ve been a Mac loyalist since System 6 and have owned many, many Macs since the early ’90s. Frankly, the best Mac I ever owned was a PowerComputing Power Tower Pro. I got a ton of mileage out of it, and thanks to XPostFacto, I was able to keep it humming all the way up to Tiger.

    But no more. Apple has unconscionably priced most reasonable people out of their machines. You can’t get in the door with a halfway decent Mac for under $1500. That’s outrageous.

    Do your research, Mac-o-philes. I’m no “propeller head,” MS or Winbox lover by any stretch, but you can get way, way more computing power in a Windows box for less than half the price of a new Mac. The solution: Shove it, Apple. I don’t care one whit anymore about the “Apple ecosystem.” What a suckerfied play on words. I’m interested in my wallet.

    For those of us who Apple has priced out of the game, there’s the Hackintosh. For under $1000 I can build a box that’ll run 10.6 and beyond, and rival the performance of a $2800+ Mac Pro.

    As far as the iOS, that’s the ultimate dumbing-down of personal computing. A friggin’ kiosk. Go ahead and “do your email,” “go on Facebook,” “surf the web,” etc., etc. If that’s the future, Apple can go to hades along with their iOS for all I care.

    1. Agree with everything you said. Just for a laugh, I configured a system with as good performance as a 12 core mac pro that cost £11,000, for £7500. With the mainstream desktops, the price margin is even greater. Plus, I hate the tacky posh ‘just works’ thing that Apple is always going for…all I care, my PC could be in a beige box. As long as it’s fast and has adequate cooling.

    2. Dear Un-intelligent and Fela,

      All you’re saying is the ignorant old concept that Total Cost = Shelf Price.

      Actually, Total Cost = Shelf Price + Cost of Ownership (COO) – Return on Investment (ROI).

      Often, Windows boxes win on Shelf Price. But consistently, they lose on COO and ROI, where Macs consistently win. Reflecting this fact, there is not one single professional study comparing comparably equipped Macs and Windows PCs that found PCs to be cheaper. You won’t find one. Instead all you’ll ever find is mythology to back up your assertions. This subject has been written about countless times on the Internet. I wrote about the subject at length here at MDN just two weeks ago. I discussed the fact that I still use my 1993, 1997 and 1998 Macs at home for production work. The 1997 Mac tower is a 24/7 Internet server that won’t die.

      I suggest you do your homework before spewing mythology in lieu of fact.

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