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Apple OSX, running on hardware NOT provided by Apple.
"Technically" it is illegal(breaking Apple's TOS. But it is popular for people who prefer the OSX interface and functionality, but want real up to date hardware and performance, or want to save about $1000 on apples-to-apples hardware.
Built my hackintosh following this site. I used a gigabyte mb and it woked great, read about mb compatibility thats a thing.
Edit: hackintosh compatibility list. Looks like youre ok.
After spending $1500 on an iMac and $2200 on a MacBook Pro, I pulled my head out of my ass and sold the laptop and built a PC. I later found out that all the parts I picked just happened to be on the tonymacx86 recommended parts list. Getting the OS X installed was pretty easy but I never could figure out how to get some of the built in apps working, like Messages.
I really like OS X but I will never buy another over priced Apple computer. Hackintosh FTW.
It's wasn't too bad, just needed some patience and lots of googling if issues pop up for your specfic hardware. I used guides from tonymacx86 and skylineosx Probably took me about 2-3 hours in total to install and debug.
If you're in the process, check your components against http://www.tonymacx86.com and build yourself a dual boot hackintosh. Not that hard, as long as your hardware is supported (most decent hardware is). It's a great way to get a feel for the OS and learn if it is right for you. Then you can make your next purchase a real Mac. (Note, I wouldn't buy a 21" iMac, even as a mac guy myself I think that they aren't worth the money).
It is not impossible to build a Hackintosh in the Mac Mini form factor. A challenge, sure... but not impossible. A few people have actually shoved their own motherboards in the Mac Mini cases, here is one example, the only problem is the CPU heat sink that sticks out ever so slightly. There's a few others out there as well if you look.
Bettering the performance in that form factor though... that could be an issue. But just the form factor alone is no problem.
Well, I started at TonyMac's website at the end of 2012, and read up on how to make a basic Hackintosh. You have to use certain parts to make OS X play nice, but TonyMac builds a list of the best parts for different budgets every month.
They also provide the software tools, guides, and forums to help you figure out how to shoehorn OS X onto it as a functioning machine.
I wouldn't recommend staying with TonyMac once you've got a good understanding of how to set up a Hackintosh, though. Their stuff is very basic. It's designed so that anybody can make it work. But if you're willing to read up and experiment a little, you can make your Hackintosh so much more.
A few other good places to go for info: /r/Hackintosh is great. They provide feedback and help on a more advanced level than TonyMac does. InsanelyMac is a good site for beginners to learn how to be advanced. OSX86.net provides every possible open source or free download you could possibly need.
i built my hackintosh around march, so I used the Feb/March guide (it was mostly the same). I went with the CustoMac Pro config. I'm a photographer, so I went with the i7 4790k cpu, 32gb ram, 2 SSD and 4 HDD, but just the
EVGA GT 740 SC video card. This is to maximize photo processing power, but since I don't edit video nor play games, I didn't feel the need for a high end video card.
The step by step is clear enough that I got my system up and running in an afternoon. After a few days of testing, it runs like a dream.
They've since updated the guide with the latest component, so give that a look.
It's not as hard as it used to be. It took me around 3-4 hour for installing and troubleshooting, but I have some experience before. I used tonymacx86 for parts recommendation and guides : http://www.tonymacx86.com/building-customac-buyers-guide-may-2015.html
Lol. I put the build log on tonymac when I did it, if you want to take a look. Converted to a rather sloppy watercooling system about a year ago.
Ah, that's probably a great use for a hackintosh then. You could probably do a fairly inexpensive Xeon + 16gb build that would cost a fortune with apple. (not sure if xeon's are supported, though)
This is probably the best resource showing compatible hardware:
Toss <em>NullCPUPowerManagement.kext</em> into your EFI partition (or a Clover USB lifeboat) to get past this error, but then we'll need to dig into the real issue of why it started.
What hardware are you running?
What OS version?
Yes, they can and will blacklist your Apple ID. As Beowolve suggested, you should probably stop.
Apple's verification for iMessage authentication has changed dramatically and it's basically not working for anyone. See this link for full details: http://www.tonymacx86.com/general-help/110471-how-fix-imessage.html
On a side note, if you're hackintoshing you should really stay on top of the latest out of the community; it'd be foolish not to.
Combination of: http://rampagedev.wordpress.com/os-x-10-8-mountain-lion/clover-bootloader/
The problem is they only briefly talk about SSDT files, they are needed to boot up properly!
I recommend building. You usually get a lot better machine for your money. And if you're really likeing OSX, like me, I think a good route would be to build a hackintosh-type machine. You get the best of both worlds, OSX and it's upgradable (within certain limits). You can still dual boot Windows and OSX .
Check out Tonymacx86 for a great community on how to assemble a compatible machine. The Ivy Bridge processors are slated to be compatible, iirc.
iBoot + Multibeast
Golden Builds. These are confirmed build that run with little to no problems.
edit for formatting
http://www.tonymacx86.com/ and /r/hackintosh are your best friend here, I honestly haven't done it so I won't be a ton of help. All of those things that you said sound like they should work fine though!
I have two hackintoshs for 3 years now that I use for productive work and I don't look back anymore. No update has broken my setups so far. But in case, absolutely invest in 2 harddrives for a time machine and a carbon copy backup (yes, both). Even big updates like Mavericks -> Yosemite went without a hitch. But still, I would wait for at least a month before doing major OS upgrades.
Follow the buying guide over here, these are proofed configurations since they mostly use the same components that Apple uses, and install Clover as a bootloader (install guide), as it is much more compatible to OSX, and you're good to go.
Literally the second link that came up when I googled Pentium G3258 Hackintosh.
With that motherboard (and a bunch of other Gigabyte ones), it's really easy. All you need to do is follow this simple guide or this more generic one.
You only really need two pieces of software following this method. UniBeast to create a bootable USB drive with the Lion installer (requires OS X), and then MultiBeast to install appropriate kexts (sort of like a driver) and a bootloader, post-install.
I built one with this exact same motherboard last week, and it's been working great.
Macs have always been sold as more than just the "sum of their parts". In that you get a complete package that Apple takes great care to make sure that the hardware and software works in harmony. Indeed you can make your own Hackintosh for less. And for people who like to tinker and experiment and build, it's a great bang/buck proposition. But you have to also know that it comes with more responsibility on your part. Every OS update may cause a component to not work, or a major OS feature next year may not be supported on your hardware without more tweaking.
So yes, if a pure cost/power ratio is all you care about and you don't mind doing some research and maintenance, then Hackintosh is a great plan. If you'd rather that Apple takes all the work of testing bugs and working out the compatibility stuff, then stick with their hardware.
edit: /r/hackintosh and http://www.tonymacx86.com are great resources if you want to dig more into the Hackintosh side.
This is a good way of removing existing duplicate entries. The guide here fixed the issue permanently on my GA-Z170X-UD5 TH.
Generally, every SATA drive works. If you are using them only for storage, then you can use basically every drive. There is one issue with "Advanced Format" or 4K drives when using them as your boot drive but this can easily be fixed http://www.tonymacx86.com/general-help/65706-boot0-error-official-guide.html
TL;DR: don't worry about the hard drives.
did you check out this?
you wont need a gpu, which will save you money. if you can, get a haswell i7, if not i5, or if that's too expensive an i3.
as for the rest of the parts, what size case do you want? matx are typically the right combo of more manageable size, and decently priced.
The only thing remotely close to a solution while staying in Windows would be virtualizing OS X with Virtualbox, VMWare, etc.. But it is so very buggy and half-baked that it would be horrendous and unstable for production use, if you can get everything working at all. (audio, hardware-accelerated video, networking, etc). There's also the possibility of creating a Hackintosh setup, but again, in a production environment there's simply too much involved in the process and too much can go wrong. Unless you already knew exactly what you were doing and had previous experience in the OSx86/Hackintosh community, you'd spend way too much time for getting possibly nowhere. Not to mention that if you're going to be using this commercially, there's the problem that you're violating Apple's licensing terms big time. It's usually no big deal for homebrew projects and whatnot, but it's definitely a huge no-no in commercial settings. But if you want to jump down the rabbit hole for your own information, here's a good starting point: http://www.tonymacx86.com/home.php
The only realistic answers are probably not what you want to hear. Either find a Windows app comparable to Logic Pro to use instead, or buy a Mac to actually use Logic Pro.
Yep, it can be done. Tonymacx86 has some great guides for building a gaming capable Hackintosh.
MacOS is a bit picky with the hardware it runs on. Gigabyte motherboards seem to work the most reliably. You have to use Intel processors as well. AMD won't work. I believe you also have to be careful installing updates as well, since they can break your system. It's been a long time since I did a Hackintosh. That was back when there were custom AMD builds of OS X (Leopard days). If anybody does try it, I would not recommend you use it as a daily drive.
The next gaming rig I'm planning uses a lot of the same hardware as his Mac Mini so I might give it a shot.
> It might be
No, not it might be. It is much easier now. If you buy the recommended parts listed on http://www.tonymacx86.com and follow their installation guide, literally nothing can go wrong.
I built myself a hackintosh half a year ago and was surprised at how easy the whole process was. And yet I see people here on /r/pcmasterrace who don't recommend it.
It should be noted, there have been major issues with iMessage on hackintoshs. Apple recently stepped up the verification checks and people have had their hacks locked out left and right.
More on that can be found here: http://www.tonymacx86.com/general-help/110471-how-fix-imessage.html
I think it's supposed to be the desktop picture. The icons are on the right and the trash can is on the desktop, so it's probably a Mac from the early 2000s. Here's an example of the Mac OS 8 desktop, which was released in the late '90s. It looks pretty similar, except that the folder icons have the tabs on the left side. (Folders in Mac OS 10 have their tabs on the left, but OS 8 had them on the right.)
Considering that the iBook was from around that time (2001 for that particular model), I'm betting that's what she's using.
The swoopiness of the desktop picture reminds me a bit of the early Mac OS 10 defaults (just recolored pink like everything else), but that might be reading too much into it.
I strongly suspect Apple is working on iGlasses, using the iWatch as a stepping stone, but it will be more of an iPhone add-on than gaming device.
The iWatch makes very little sense, unless you consider it a stepping stone to iGlasses.
Think about it - limited (or voice activated) controls, small display area (because you only want a HUD), notifications, etc. Everything that makes sense on an iWatch makes MORE sense on iGlasses.
Gaming? Nope. Not gonna happen. Ever. Apple just doesn't care about PC gaming. The MacPro is the only thing that comes close, and it's a workstation (so it's over-priced, and not optimised for frame rate).
Apple fans have been begging for over a decade for an "xMac" - a tower Mac with a desktop CPU, desktop GPU, and gobs of RAM. Eventually the iMac got a desktop CPU, but it's still got an integrated (or mobile at best) GPU.
Apple often has the drivers for a decent GPU (for the MacPro), and there's even hackintoshes that are pretty decent (see hardware here - http://www.tonymacx86.com/building-customac-buyers-guide-december-2015.html#Graphics_Cards). It's not an engineering problem, they just don't give a fuck about gaming.
Check out Tonymac's buyer's guide: http://www.tonymacx86.com/building-customac-buyers-guide-october-2015.html
I am partial to gigabyte. They are also the most common in the forum there, which makes it easier to troubleshoot.
That processor/DDR4 looks like a waste of money. I'd get the best i5 you can get and use the savings towards the best graphics card you can get.
Any nVidia cards work with their Web Drivers. I have a 970. It's the most bang for the buck, IMO.
Any hard drives/SSDs will work. Don't put OS X and Windows on the same drive, and don't use hard drives as boot disks.
Know what you're getting into. There will be problems. If I were you, I'd just get a Mini for your girlfriend and build yourself a PC gaming rig. A hackintosh is not worth loosing your relationship over ;)
Intel Core i5-4590
Sapphire Radeon HD 5670
OCZ Agility III 120GB SSD
IOGear Bluetooth Adapter
Ran the install using the Tonymacx86 Clover method: http://www.tonymacx86.com/el-capitan-desktop-guides/172672-unibeast-install-os-x-el-capitan-any-supported-intel-based-pc.html
Did not use any boot flags, used inject-ATI.
Audio (Realtek ALC-892) fixed with: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/307003-clover-os-x-el-capitan-usb/
iMessage and FaceTime not working right now, but I have no intention on making them work either.
Depending on which parts you have bought you might be already past the option of Hackintosh. Check the sidebar on /r/hackintosh.
This http://www.tonymacx86.com/building-customac-buyers-guide-august-2015.html is a list of components compatible with a Hackintosh. It does not mean that other components will certainly not work, but when building a Hackintosh you should probably stick with this.
In general it is a pain in the butt, not for the faint of heart and you just have to accept certain limitations. The major one being that you will always be significantly behind the Apple release schedule if you want a somewhat stable computer. And some bugs will just never be ironed out because obviously Apple does not look sympathetically at the Hackintosh community. If your wife can understand that, then maybe it's fine. But if not, be prepared for a lot of "why doesn't that work?"
First: you can do this in Yosemite zone, when you get to the install menu, click on utilities on the menu bar and select disk utility. But I don't recommend this anyway -
Please actually take the time to read and learn about what you're doing and then ask questions. You obviously haven't done that. Anyways, what I recommend:
I would do a case mod for sure. It will take more time and money but the end result will be a far more powerful and unique machine that is definitely more capable. Maybe for the time being pick up a compatible used hard drive to play around with the current system then case mod it ;)
This forum has been by far the best IMO for G5 case mod inspiration: http://www.tonymacx86.com/powermac-g5/
I found the solution: http://www.tonymacx86.com/mavericks-laptop-support/133254-adding-using-hidpi-custom-resolutions.html
It took some time before I managed to do everything right, but it really works!
Fortunately from the Z97 side of things, msi, asus and asrock are equally as compatible, although most people just prefer gigabyte. Proof.
Nobody is probably taking you seriously because you're not exactly taking this seriously either. If you need help, we need you to be more specific than "all kinds of other junk" so we know what you've tried and what is and isn't a waste of time. Otherwise we'll be having a back and forth for a week and ain't nobody got time for that.
Your motherboard and processor are going to be finicky because they're a whole generation newer than anything used in actual Macs. A Z87 board would have been easier.
This thread suggests to check and make sure you have the F5 version of your board's firmware. Have you tried that?
Edit: Here's a semi-working list of options you should select when using Multibeast.
Hey there, so everything works (as far as I can tell) besides the wifi/Bluetooth card, which is a known issue. Fortunately, compatible cards literally cost $5 on eBay (which I've just purchased).
I own a Mid 2009 17" MBP, and last summer I dropped some cash on a memory upgrade and a SSHD (hybrid). I considered going the full SSD route but I do a lot with media and just need the space. Even with the upgrades the machine is just starting to become old and tired and has really become unreliable for a daily driver for work. Instead of spending $1500-$2000 on a new 15" MBP, I thought that there has to be another way, and fortunately the HP ProBook series seems to be a flawless donor computer. Not only that, but it's not hard to find a lightly used one in the $300-$400 range.
Coming from the MBP with discrete graphics and a big nice display, I'm going to have to adjust because the ProBook display is pretty low res. otherwise, it's smokin' fast and should definitely handle what I throw at it.
For anyone interested in learning more, tonymacx86 forums user RehabMan is an incredible resource and has done all of the heavy lifting. All I did was follow this list of instructions and an hour later I had a new Hackintosh.
You can use them, just need Nvidia's alternative drivers
Referenced from the TonyMacs March Buying Guide
Read through as many build logs as possible on http://www.tonymacx86.com/powermac-g5/ and decide which route you want to take. Ask yourself these questions: Do I want a micro ATX or full ATX motherboard? Will I ruse the factory PSU case and mod an ATX PSU to fit inside or keep the ATX PSU in tact and top mount it? Do I want a backpanel and motherboard tray from mountainmods or laserhive, or do I want to create my own motherboard mounts and possibly use the factory PCI brackets? Where do I want to position my drives?
Sorry it took longer than expected. Do you have another computer running OS X right now that you can use to download Mavericks? If so, use this guide and you shouldn't have any problems installing OS X on the 80 GB hard drive. I'd recommend disconnecting the 1 TB hard drive from your system while you install OS X just to avoid any issues (or accidentally deleting your windows install, which I've definitely never done...).
Let me know if you need any more help! I've got a little bit of a busy day today, but I'll help when I can.
Hmm.. First of all, that's a K series processor on an H67 motherboard. It's such a waste since you can't overclock with that motherboard.
Second, you should check out the hackintosh resources and do some more research about the build. I think Gigabyte motherboards work best for hackintoshing since there are already a ton of DSDTs pregenerated for various gigabyte motherboards somewhere.
The other stuff should be fine, they don't matter as much.
EDIT: Here you can find some available DSDTs. I think they are drivers so that your OSX install can work with your motherboard properly. Most of them are for Gigabyte boards. If there isn't one for your motherboard, you'll have to make one yourself and this makes it more complicated. You can also check out their CustoMac builds..
Just did it today. Updated directly from AppStore without any issue (this is by no means a "guide", just what I now know works for my build):
I'm on i5 6600, Asus H170M-Plus, Gtx970 (over display port).
Thunderbolt Displays will work with non Apple Hardware IF they're connected to an Thunderbolt port.
So yes it would work to get one of the compatible Asus MB with an ThunderboltEXII Dual card. You can also go for a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD7 TH which has two Thunderbolt 2 ports. BUT there are the new 100-Series Chipset utilizing TB3 which can be adapted to TB2 which should work too (for example: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5 TH )
BUT they all only use the iGPU! And you want to use them for (VR!) GAME development, so i don't think the iGPU will suffice at all!
I would sell those Thunderbolt Displays (you'll get a good price still for them) and get a pair of Dell U2515H or U2715H or similar and forget about Thunderbolt entirely.
This WAS true of hackintoshes before, or if you're trying to hackintosh an already built desktop/laptop. You have to tailor the parts you buy to the idea that the computer is being built to be a hackintosh specifically. There are a lot of "golden builds," which are essentially builds that have previously been tested by others in the community and are pretty much guaranteed to work. I would highly suggest checking out Tonymac X86 if you'd like to learn more! The only quirk I've had in my two years of owning my hackintosh is that I need to wait a little while (a couple weeks at best) once a new system update rolls around to see feedback from the community about any issues that may come up - and generally its all straightforward. Everything else works 100% just as it does on my Macbook Air.
If you're building for a friend, he's going to call you whenever it has an issue. Drop the Xeon/ASRock board in favor of 100% compatibility. There are plenty of builds for 700 Euro.
Yep! There's a whole board of tonymacx86 dedicated to Cube casemods (here's a nicely done example). The cube chassis fits a microATX PC board pretty easily so it's not too difficult to do. One day when I have the time and means...
You can install Clover onto the existing Chimera-based system. First thing you might want to do is experiment with a Clover boot stick to see how it should be configured to boot your hardware.
http://www.tonymacx86.com is the most beginner friendly but if you google stuff theres a good few sites out there like insanelymac. I highly recommend it if your into that kind of thing. The absolute most important advice I can give is research your components before you buy them. If you get the right stuff you can get pretty close to a vanilla install meaning little to no work on your end. Checkout the tonymac buyers guide.
edit: also /r/hackintosh is okay sometimes for help
Definitely possible. Integrated graphics will work absolutely fine, but the discrete 970M probably won't (it may remain active for rendering software, etc. to use, but you cannot use it to drive your laptop's internal display for games, etc.). The WiFi card needs to be a supported Atheros or Broadcom WiFi card. It's definitely possible, but will require effort. If you decide to try, make sure you attempt RehabMan's guide here. Don't use UniBeast or any legacy solution, you want native UEFI, especially on a laptop.
Using my Hackintosh is pretty much exactly like using a regular Mac. Turns on normally, goes to sleep normally, wakes up normally, etc. It has more kernel panics than a regular Mac though. Perhaps around 1 every other month, but that's not a big deal to me.
The only thing that isn't like a regular Mac is watching Netflix. I can't get it to play in Safari. On Chrome however, it works fine. So I always have a Chrome window open with Netflix in it. I even update my computer normally, but I have to reinstall my audio driver afterwards. But that's only 30 seconds + a restart.
All my hardware is supported because I followed tonymac86's hardware guide. Here's a link to the guide for the current month.
It would, but I would recommend against using UniBeast, especially with newer hardware, and especially with laptops. I'd try using Clover instead.
Most of the information is covered here:
Generally downloading the standalone combo update is better than using Software Update.
If you want to install OS X to a different hard drive than Windows 10, then it's pretty simple: Just unplug the SATA cable for your Windows 10 hard drive (so that OS X doesn't mess up anything in the process) and follow a guide for hackintoshing with Clover (such as the Tonymacx86 Clover Guide) and after you are done setting up OS X, just replug your Windows 10 drive's SATA cable and Clover should display it as a boot option automatically.
>but it appears that chimera/chameleon hackintoshes are infinately easier to get outing running than clover based systems
that's just it . . . "appearances".
the ~beast people do a good job making it look easy, but the devil is always in the details . . .
I only started investing hackintoshing seriously last week (when I decided/realized Apple had finally drifted too far from where I want to be, hardware-wise) but I see how Clover works vs. ~beast and I respect the EFI approach a lot more --the EFI layer is the place to do hacking, instead of fighting Apple for control of /S/L/E.
At first ~beast's googly eyes made it attractive, "this looks easy". But the deeper I got the more I respected Clover, and the less it seemed complicated (other than DSDT table changes, that's just pretty hairy!)
doesn't seem any more complicated than unibeast, pretty much identical, yes?
with modern MBs, using the /EFI partition to do our pre-boot hacking is great if you can pull it off, and I think the Clover people are.
Apple will probably release a 10.11 developer beta next week, so we'll know what changes they're making to /S/L/E security.
Worst worst case, we're totally screwed from 10.11 forward.
Next worst case, we've got to DL patched binaries from someone with security deactivated to run.
Next worst case, ozmosis-level hacking is enough.
Next, EFI changes are enough.
Next, self-signing our own kexts with Apple-blessed developer certificates is enough.
Best case it's a nothing burger like 10.10's kext security.
It is definitely worth it. It took me days to get OS X up and running but now that its up it is running like on any real Mac, probably better.
If you are interested, here is a very good build guide:
Since you are looking for OS X, you might want to look over at /r/hackintosh. To make your life easier it's better to spec proven builds in order to make OS X install and run easier.
For example, I use tonymacx86. Here are the current recommended budget builds: http://www.tonymacx86.com/building-customac-buyers-guide-february-2015.html#CustoMac_Budget_ATX
The latest news over at TonyMac is that iMessage works for absolutely no one that's using a Hackintosh. If it's still working for anyone, it should stop if they logout or become disconnected from the internet.
edit: I should say that it is possible to use a MLB/ROM ID from a real Mac to get iMessage to activate, however it's not recommended as there may be unknown future repercussions from Apple for doing so.
That's really cool.
Now just install OS X on there and you'll have the best of both worlds. This is my rig btw/
Everything is working under OS X right now besides audio and true power management.
I don't feel to comfortable here either, every time I post here my karma takes a dive :/ But thanks to you for giving me a better experience! Intel i7 4770k, GA Z97X Gaming 7, 16GB Corsair Ballistix Tactical, Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD, MSI Gtx 780.
Post over @ tonymac:
Yosemite, iMessages working, good news! I can't get mine to work in Mavericks lol. The AppleIntelFrameBufferAzul.kext have being causing me trouble as described over Quick Fix for Intel HD 4600 Graphics Acceleration on 9 Series Motherboards the firefox crashes have extended to more applications and I' haven't been able to determine it by the crashlogs. I think fixing the graphics issues might could have some effect though, would be a good place to start.
I would start here http://www.tonymacx86.com/436-building-customac-buyer-s-guide-june-2014.html in choosing a build with compatible parts.
Then read http://www.tonymacx86.com/374-unibeast-install-os-x-mavericks-any-supported-intel-based-pc.html for the installation process.
The forums should be all you need if you run into problems, and you might also want to check out /r/hackintosh
just take a look at tonymacx86 they give great advice on building a mackintosh PC if you have an Intel processor.
If you have an AMD it is usually possible to but involves a lot more "hacking" on the system, but I'm sure Google could help in that case :P
I found this link on the side of this subreddit. Seems to have a ton of custom build ideas that are guaranteed to work along with coming from a trusted source. Try it out! http://www.tonymacx86.com/420-building-customac-buyer-s-guide-april-2014.html
I have but ended up just going to windows instead. It was a pain and wasn't worth the amount of time in tweaking every little thing to get it to work correctly. If you do it, this site helped a lot with the parts and software. Link
Edit: OP, if you need help building, I could help if you actually do decide to build.
I picked up an HP Probook 4430s with a 2.5GHz i5 on eBay for $300 (though usually they're around $350-370 delivered), it's my first Hackintosh and runs Mavericks just dandy. Any minor issues it would have had (small graphic artifacts etc.) are fixed by patches which are bundled in the convenient "Probook Installer".
Most reports I'd read said the internal microphone wasn't working, but I have Skyped with it working fine, and the webcam is very good (and functional!)
The only compromise I'm aware of is that after waking from sleep, Bluetooth is disabled (although simply visiting its control panel and selecting hide and then display the icon seems to fix it.)
It has a chiclet keyboard which is not quite as firm as my 2006 white MacBook's (which this easily replaces) but is very typeable and has a sensible layout.
All in all it works with almost no flaws at all (just the bluetooth thing), looks stunning in its metal case (oh, apply the LCD color profile, an optional install from the aforementioned installer), and feels to me like the 2008 MacBook Pro I know I could never afford or justify affording. :)
EDIT: I forgot to mention, it's a well condoned/documented laptop, one of few laptops to be so completely functional as a Hackintosh, so there are lots of resources. Here are two alternative installation methods, to give you a gist of how little work is involved (others have paved the way):
http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/289805-success-hp-probook-4x30s-4x40s/ (Method using any Mavericks image)
http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook-mavericks/112380-guide-installing-mavericks-hp-probook.html (method using Mavericks "app" as downloaded from the App Store)
Did you try tonymac? I think you should go over there and look around for a build description with your gear. They have forums too, where you can ask.
One thing I do know is that osx/hackintosh doesn't support SLI/crossfire.
Well, I don't really know how it works with Industry Standards(tm), but if you require a Mac in a budget to do serious stuff you can always build a Hackintosh, if that's the case there is a subreddit for that /r/hackintosh, also there is this page:
I would also recommend checking out this site. This is where I did all my research before buying. Great knowledge database with a lot of helpful people in the forums as well. There should be a buying guide there as well that is updated regularly.
BUt I'm not sure how up to date it is so I usually google "tonymac [hardware]" and you usually end up with a forum post about some sucess story or how it doesn't work.
Did you forget to install Clover onto the Sierra SSD?
See here or here.
Your GTX 1070 has no driver support for macOS, and there's no indication whether or not nVidia will release one. You can make use of the HD 530 Skylake integrated graphics, and will want to add the boot flag nv_disable=1 to Clover to prevent macOS from trying to load an incorrect driver for the nVidia GPU.
Some notes /steps:
I had to upgrade Clover per usual. The package I used was Clover_v2.3k_r3763.pkg but whatever is latest will work fine.
I had to change my build from the oldest Mac Pro to 5,1 because the oldest pro isn't allowed by Apple on Sierra so you'll have to force every single OS update from here on if you don't change your model in Clover
I also had to add the following key to config.plist in /EFI/ per these instructions to get NVIDA Web Drivers as the default driver instead of OSX's on everyboot since nvda_drv=1 doesn't work anymore
At this point I was able to just install by downloading in the App Store and choosing "Install macOS" on the Clover boot screen per here
Waited 30 minutes, rebooted automatically into a lovely 1024x800 which looked stunning on my 3440x1080 monitor. Downloaded the Sierra NVIDA Web Drivers and installed+rebooted
Success! Everything that worked in the past still works just fine. I didn't have any issues in the past in Capitan as far as I know so I'm happy.
Overall this was the best upgrade I've had yet. The Capitan upgrade I did a little over a month ago took all day because I had to move from Chameleon to Clover which broke fucking everything. This was a great, smooth, two hour upgrade.
Xeon 1231v3, Asrock B85 board, and a GTX970 is most certainly a winning Sierra combo. I don't see any purpose in waiting, Clover is updated and it's mostly a one stop shop for me anyways so if you don't require too many 3rd party kexts you should be safe to upgrade
Before upgrading, I made sure to migrate some kext files that were in /System/Library/Extensions and /Library/Extensions to the folders of Clover. I looked at a list here to see what common kexts I might need to copy.
After the installation, I was surprised to see that it immediately booted without any issue. The only issue was that the audio wasn't working, but I fixed it by following this guide by /u/corpnewt. If anyone needs an unpatched AppleHDA.kext for this guide, I have got one here.
No, you need to mount the EFI partition of your USB Installer, you can use this
First you need to check what number your disk is, open terminal and type diskutil list in the result check what number your USB is, something like disk3s1 for example.
Open the tool linked up, enter your password and select the option/number that correspond to your USB.
Then a new EFI volume will appear, open it, you should see an EFI folder inside it, open it this way: ** EFI / Clover / kexts / 10.11 / ** and paste there your kexts and you'll be done.
I read about X230 being good base for hackintosh, never tried it. Here you can read some more and more
Try with the nv_disable=1 bootflag and if you want to keep that system def (I don't recommend it) please read this post: Black screen with MacPro6,1
Personally I recommend you to use iMac14,2 (is for Haswell with dedicated GPU)
Your laptop can run OS X 10.11 El Capitan just fine. You won't have to spend $20 on an older OS. Install both OSes in UEFI mode, and dual boot ^^^should be a breeze.
RehabMan has an excellent laptop guide that should get you past the initial stages. If you need help with any of it, feel free to ask!
I went through more or less the same thing a little while ago, now I have two hackintoshes running and they are great. Your parts should work, but look into separate hard drives for windows and osx. here are the two guides I looked at to get my skylake machines running.
As of now, the latest CustoMac Buyer's Guide is the February 2016 edition.
If you want, you can set a budget, and we can put one together for you! :)
I don't know about the HFS+ part but he totally gets the driver part wrong.
Apple writes the OpenGL and Metal implementation like Microsoft does with DirectX and specifically Direct3D. Nvidia, AMD and Intel write the drivers that do the actual work.
You can also use drivers supplied directly by nvidia for your Mac:
They're not the newest stuff like we get on Windows, Linux and FreeBSD but they're available.
I built this 18 months ago but with 64gb and dual 770s or 780s I forget: http://www.tonymacx86.com/golden-builds/130386-i7-4930k-asus-rampage-iv-extreme-32gb-ram-gtx-770-4gb-success.html
About 3k I think and clocks in at about the same as the 8k 8-core Mac Pro.
Rock solid, fast as fuck. Premiere is actually more stable and much faster than on Mac Pros because of the CUDA cards.
Took my a couple hours to assemble, a couple hours to fuck with the drivers to get it booting (that said I did it before the guide was updated for the R4E), so I got a couple day rates for my time basically. I have a pretty technical background, however.
I'm mostly FCP so its kinda overkill for that, and I don't use Avid that much but I haven't had any problems when I have used it, but I recently shifted a premiere project to working from home a lot because of how much faster it is with premiere than the basically maxed Mac Pro workstation they had me on.
If I were doing it in a production environment, I'd get HP Z-Series workstations and Hackintosh them to prevent against hardware fuckups from self-building. But for a home system its fine.
Here is the full list of compatible parts: http://www.tonymacx86.com/building-customac-buyers-guide-january-2016.html
It's mostly up to date just bear in mind that some of the parts, particularly the motherboards are now hard to find as they've mostly been replaced by newer models that haven't made the list yet.
I'd just continue with what you've got, if you really need macOS you could turn the Y50 into a hackintosh.
There's your problem.
Jokes aside, did you check out the skylake starter guide?
I got my 6600k running without any particular flags except nv_disable=1 and -v.
Thanks for the upvotes! For source:
tonymacx86 is very reputable in the hackintosh community, and as you can see here, they recommend ASUS and Gigabyte motherboards, with the latter being less expensive.
Also one more upvote would be great, the limit is still there so I need positive karma in this sub.
It looks fine, though the Asus doesn't look like the most compatible of boards with the Intel graphics it has. See http://www.tonymacx86.com/user-builds/136796-tonymacx86s-asus-test-build-z97-i3-4340-hd4600-thunderbolt-ex-ii.html
Personally I'd get a gigabyte board from the buyer's guide there.
If they really need an optical drive get a sony optiarc. It's what Apple uses themselves.
You can't buy OS X anymore, but if the iMac is running 10.6 you can just download El Cap from the App Store.
You are probably aware, but I would not build a hackintosh for anyone who couldn't maintain it themselves, unless I lived with them. With that money and the low specs they need I'd avoid any potential headaches and get a refurb Mini.
Looks like a solid PC. But if you are going for ultimate compatibility for hackintosh I'd suggest buying from the Tonymacx86 buying guide.
Yeah, you really can't game on a Mac unfortunately. I built a PC for gaming and for the most part is has been an amazing experience. Windows 10 is meh compared to El Captain, but Steam Big picture with 600 games makes up for it.
You could also always hack yourself a computer which does both... http://www.tonymacx86.com/
And yup https://www.adafruit.com/products/1652 (the price is high, but that is a complete kit including case. AbuseMarK + iPad LCD could be as little as ~USD$50 if you play eBay right)
Steps I took to cut power consumption:
1) Follow the sections on BIOS unlocking from the-darkvoid's guide. I don't know of a way you can do it without having Windows installed, but someone smarter than me probably could. I set all of the settings he suggested, as well as enabling all of the ACPI power management options. Do this at your own risk, I totally ice'd my laptop and had to reset the CMOS several times. Also, unfortuneately this only works on this specific dell, but gives the most power savings.
2) Follow the Arch Wiki's steps on power saving. I went as agressive as you can according to that guide, and fortunately my harware supports it. All of this info is relevent on other distros!
3) Follow the Arch Wiki's steps to get Bumblebee working. Then make sure you have the bbswitch kernel extensiont installed so it can power down the discrete GPU. To get smooth 4k out of this, you actually have to do the BIOS unlock on this particular laptop.
4) Disable swap. This is risky if you don't have a lot of ram, or want to hybernate. I got a fair amount of power savings from turning it off though.
My main OS is OS X Yosemite, and getting it up and running on my PC was dead easy - a lot easier than previous versions! I was running Mountain Lion before that and whilst it was stable enough for all the things I wanted to do, there were a few minor bugs (audio drop-outs mainly), and getting everything 'noticed' by the OS was a pain. Yosemite is the stablest version of OS X I've run so far on my hackintosh (excluding Snow Leopard, that was a dream, despite a painful setup), and everything worked from the first boot which I was pleasantly surprised by.
It's definitely stable enough to be my main dev OS. XCode and its emulators run smoothly (as smoothly as XCode can - same bugs as on my Macbook Pro), and haven't had any problems so far. I did Obj-C dev when I was running Mountain Lion, too, and no problems there, either.
Can't say I've tried to boot up a VM running OS X, though... It's very hardware dependant, so best to check your hardware against a 'supported' list (can easily search for one). Just in case anyone's interested, I followed this guide to get me up and running. I'm finding Clover a nicer bootloader than Chameleon which I used for my Mountain Lion install.
Anyway... that was longer than I planned.
TL;DR: It's pretty damn stable. Well worth experimenting with if you're bothered!
EDIT. Re. updates: I updated to 10.10.4 recently with no issues. Just as stable as before :)
>First off, I'm pretty tired, so I might have missed something else. However, I noticed you have an AMD GPU in there. Yosemite was built on Nvidia hardware. I don't think that would work. tonymacx86 buyer's guide goes in to really good detail with the compatibility. For me as a rule, I say don't use AMD (GPU or CPU).
>Link to the buyer's guide:
WTF ARE YOU TALKINH ABOUT , yosemite isnt built on any specific hardware such as nvidia or Amd , and IF we are going More specific then AMD har nativly supported by the OS while nvidia are supported by specific cards such as 750m. This is why alot of nvidia card have trouble with each update and need too update the prop drivers , while AMD are built into the OS.
Also the R9 390 is supported in 10.11 , maybe in 10.10.4 not sure but use clover bootloader wheb installning osx
I consider it a good way for productivity and gaming. I prefer OS X for work and I'm not distracted by games as I'd have to reboot before I can play.
The easiest way is to follow a recipe:
Choose one of the top 6 options from that list and you can spec out the parts. It costs the same as building an equivalent Windows PC, you just have to choose the parts so they are OS X compatible without jumping through a lot of hoops. So really, whatever you'd spend on a Windows PC, you can probably spend the same and dual boot.
Personally I keep Windows and OS X on separate drives as it just makes it simpler than partitioning so maybe add in one extra OS drive to your build, but even that isn't necessary.
The latest OS is Yosemite. Over on that right side bar --->
> How to install OS X Yosemite on a PC
Hackintosh zone is trash. Use it to make a bootable USB drive and reinstall with Clover using this guide http://www.tonymacx86.com/yosemite-desktop-guides/144426-how-install-os-x-yosemite-using-clover.html
I'm running Clover on a BIOS computer too, Chameleon never worked as well
Don't forget that you can run OSX on a computer that you build. You just need to pay extra attention to make sure hardware is compatible. This website has lots of helpful info about building a hackintosh if you are interested.
Have you looked into Hackintosh?
I have not personally built one, but a friend of mine speaks highly of his.
Here are some notes on what to think about if you do consider a hackintosh laptop.
You should just read TonyMac's advices. There is always a post on new software updates, and how to install them correctly if there's something who might break.
For example on latest security update :
Apps side, you can update whatever you want.
The only way to get 4K@60Hz is to use Display Port. HDMI 2.0 is still not supported.
There are few examples on tonymacx86 forums.