woady
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Mac OS X On PC?

Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:47 am

Hi guys!

Heres one for you Maccies  Smile

Has anyone managed to installed the Intel compatible Mac OS X on to a pc? If so how did it go? What about drivers?

I'm thinking of trying to install OSX onto my Core Duo laptop.

TIA

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N231YE
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RE: Mac OS X On PC?

Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:22 am

Kind of:

http://skins3.wincustomize.com/d0b33/wb/5728.jpg

Note that this is still Windows XP, but with the OS X interface   

[Edited 2007-01-25 02:25:17]
 
AC773
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RE: Mac OS X On PC?

Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:50 am

Quoting Woady (Thread starter):
Has anyone managed to installed the Intel compatible Mac OS X on to a pc? If so how did it go? What about drivers?

I have it running natively on my Dell, and I have to say, it's great! Installation is not difficult at all, and with the right hardware and a few software patches, it'll run like a champ. Still, here are a few things to consider:

1. Not everything will work out of the box. In fact, half your laptop probably won't work out of the box. Thankfully the site below is full of helpful nerds in the same boat as you are, but you'll still have to get your hands dirty and patch stuff. Keep in mind that the makers of your components never dreamed that anyone would run OS X on it, so no-one made the appropriate drivers.

2. You don't get to use Apple's software update. If you want to update your OS (say from 10.4.7 to 10.4.8) you'll either have to get a patch from BitTorrent or download the full 10.4.8 DVD. And when you do update, it'll probably mess something up until a new kernel comes out to fix the new problems. That said, there's nothing wrong with keeping the version you have.

3. It's highly illegal. Really the only way to get OS X to run on your computer is to download the "cracked" version from the interweb. You're violating copyright by doing so and can technically be punished by the government. Of course I say "technically" because you'll really never get caught, but that's beside the point.

Still, you'll want to stay below Apple's radar and fill in some false information when the registration screen pops up. For example, Apple thinks my name is "Max Krauthammer".  Wink

So if you still think you'd like to give it a go, head over to www.osx86project.org. Browse the wiki first to read about other owners of your laptop model and their experience with OS X, then check out the forums at InsanelyMac for all the help, tips, and advice you'll ever need.

The thing I want to leave you with is that OSx86 is, above all else, experimental. It's for people who want to push the limits of hardware and software whilst flipping the bird to corporate agendas and all that is holy. If you go for it, you'll turn your vanilla machine into something cooler than cool.

But if you want a computer that "just works", buy a Mac.  Smile
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AC773
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RE: Mac OS X On PC?

Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:52 am

BTW, here's a pic of mine:

http://www.pbase.com/ac773/image/73164711/original.jpg
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N231YE
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RE: Mac OS X On PC?

Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:56 am

Quoting AC773 (Reply 3):
way to get OS X to run on your computer is to download the "cracked" version from the interweb. You're violating copyright by doing so and can technically be punished by the government. Of course I say "technically" because you'll really never get caught, but that's beside the point.

Wow, I had no idea you could do that...its like a dream come true. I love OS X, but have never liked the hardware. Unfortunately, since I am running off of a Tablet PC (and Apple doesn't have a Tablet-Enabled machine that I know of), that functionality would be lost.
 
woady
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RE: Mac OS X On PC?

Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:04 am

I'll give it a go though  Smile if it doesnt work I'll just have to wait until my brother lets me have my Mac Mini back!

Thanks guys

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RE: Mac OS X On PC?

Thu Jan 25, 2007 2:26 pm

Quoting N231YE (Reply 4):
(and Apple doesn't have a Tablet-Enabled machine that I know of)

A third-party just announced one. They take a Mac iBook and turn its screen into a swivel one that can be used as a tablet. It's insanely expensive though.

Source: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ModBook

On a similar, but opposite note.

Does anyone know of a way to get something like the PC's start menu on a Mac? If I have one complaint about Mac's it's that it's so annoying to get to an application unless it's in the Dock. I don't want to have my dock stretching across the whole screen. I only have my most commonly used applications in it, but there are obviously times when I use a program not on it. Any tips?

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hawaiian717
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RE: Mac OS X On PC?

Thu Jan 25, 2007 2:30 pm

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 6):
Does anyone know of a way to get something like the PC's start menu on a Mac? If I have one complaint about Mac's it's that it's so annoying to get to an application unless it's in the Dock. I don't want to have my dock stretching across the whole screen. I only have my most commonly used applications in it, but there are obviously times when I use a program not on it. Any tips?

Drag your Applications folder into the dock.
 
Klaus
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RE: Mac OS X On PC?

Thu Jan 25, 2007 2:36 pm

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 6):
Does anyone know of a way to get something like the PC's start menu on a Mac? If I have one complaint about Mac's it's that it's so annoying to get to an application unless it's in the Dock. I don't want to have my dock stretching across the whole screen. I only have my most commonly used applications in it, but there are obviously times when I use a program not on it. Any tips?

Sure. You actually have quite a few possible ways to start an application. See the other thread (reply #5):

• It is a good idea to create a "navigation folder" in your Documents folder, populate it with links to your applications (organized in themed sub-folders) and to drag it to the Dock. It provides yet another way of starting applications (besides keeping the most popular apps in the Dock, opening the Applications folder in the Finder, using Spotlight and simply dragging the Applications folder to the Dock).

I personally have the following hierarchy from the most frequently used applications to the least frequently used ones:

- Global Butler hotkey combinations.

- Application in the Dock.

- Application navigation folder in the Dock (sorted links).

- Spotlight (CMD-Space).
 
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RE: Mac OS X On PC?

Thu Jan 25, 2007 2:38 pm

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 6):
Does anyone know of a way to get something like the PC's start menu on a Mac? If I have one complaint about Mac's it's that it's so annoying to get to an application unless it's in the Dock. I don't want to have my dock stretching across the whole screen. I only have my most commonly used applications in it, but there are obviously times when I use a program not on it. Any tips?

1. I don't see how accessing any seldom used applications is any harder through Finder than it is through the Windows Start Menu. Different maybe.

On Mac OS X: Finder -> Applications -> Launch program (3 clicks)
On Windows XP: Start -> All Programs -> Program Folder -> Launch program (4 clicks)

2. Also, a great short-cut to launching a program not found on the Dock is to just use Spotlight. Start typing the name of the program and the application you need will appear.
 
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RE: Mac OS X On PC?

Thu Jan 25, 2007 3:05 pm

And since you can anchor as many folders in the Dock as you like, you can simultaneously have a "start menu", all local and remote volumes, your home folder, project folders and many more available at the same time. It's much more convenient and more flexible than the Windows start menu...
 
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RE: Mac OS X On PC?

Thu Jan 25, 2007 3:22 pm

Quoting AC773 (Reply 2):
Max Krauthammer

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! That is AWESOME.

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