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The Definitive Hackintosh topic
  • I'm sure someone out there has a behemoth to show off. I'm in the process of building and Ivy Bridge Quad-core with 32gb of RAM, SSD boot drive, and newer NVIDIA card. All for a bit over $1000. Super stoked.

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  • @MikeLinn @all Linus/his employee have to go through so many hoops to get it to run, be aware many of the steps are Hackintosh steps. It's just easier to run a Hackintosh than what Linus Tech Tips is proposing, and, Linus actually bashes the Hackintosh project, whose software he is using. -That brings him down a few notches in my book. This video is basically click-bait.

  • Regarding eGPUs, you should find a lot of answers here:

  • There are Dell XPS and Lenovo yoga models that have 2xTB3 ports that might be worth looking into on the hackintosh forums.

    I'm waiting on a z370 or z390 mini ITX with 2 TB3 ports or a TB header for an add in card, if it ever gets made ...

  • Someone using a hackintosh laptop? It is possible to use some laptop with eGpu through the thunderbolt 3?

  • I really hope Nvidia will release this new drivers for OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) as well - I really want to avoid Sierra by all means.

  • NVidia quietly posted beta macOS drivers that should support any GeForce 10-series card, whether it's a simple GTX 1050 or an all-out beast like the Titan Xp

  • @jaycass you may need 10.10 for the 290. Get the public beta to test it out.

    As a general rule if you want boot screens with an ATI you will need a GOP UEFI VBIOS.

    But then again sometimes it's cool to blind boot. But things do boot faster in UEFI land.

    Most manufacturers can supply them to you if you send in your current VBIOS. You can easily save it to your hdd by using clover -yet another great Russian software engineer!

    Cheers Al

  • Thanks @tinyrobot - sounds like good advice.

  • You can run Premiere Pro on OSX so why dual boot? I dual boot also but eventually will ween myself away from Windows if OSX stays stable. You only complicate with dual boot.

  • @dtr I'll take a look at tonymacx86 site - thanks. If I can get my Windows 7 PC laptop to work as a Hackintosh, does that it I can run it BOTH in Mac OSX or Windows today I do Premiere in Windows OS and tomorrow I do Final Cut Pro in Mac OSX? Thanks

  • Hi just a quick question does any one know if amd radeon r9 290 graphic card works with hackintosh

  • Laptops are tricky as you don't get to choose components as freely as in desktops. I think that even the most compatible laptops don't have their dedicated graphics cards working, only integrated Intel HDx000 stuff. Resource sites like tonymacx86 have sections for laptops where you can find guides etc.

  • Does anyone know if you can take a Windows 7 laptop (quad core 2.2 ghz, 16 gb ram) and use it for both PC as well as Mac. I currently run Adobe Premiere, Audition, Speedgrade, and After Effects on it as regular PC, but I would like to also run FCPX and/or FCP7 on it. Can this be setup so I can use it as a Mac to run FCP on some days, and other days use it as PC to run my Adobe software?

  • What @dtr said +1. Anyone can put the components together, it's the software installation and updating that's the issue. GPU swaps, etc. that can bring on the problems. I always clone my boot drive anytime I update anything. Only once did I have to fall back on it, but, man, what a time saver.

    If anyone thinks this sounds too difficult, it isn't, if you have a head for the technical. The machines are very expandable and parts are cheap. Something my 2008 MacPro couldn't do. The GPU offerings were very limited on that thing, unless you want to give up your boot screen.

  • thank you for your suggestions. i agree that building one is the way to go to have a hackintosh, so i decided to pass by this time and bought a 2011 imac. thank you for your answers!

  • thank you for your suggestions. i agree that building one is the way to go to have a hackintosh, so i decided to pass by this time and bought a 2011 imac. thank you for your answers!

  • Building the parts is one thing (and a regular PC case is going to be much easier than a G5), installing the software system is another. By installing it yourself you'll learn what's necessary to make a hackintosh work: bootloader, kext's, DSDT's, etc. This comes in handy when, for example, you run an OSX update that breaks your system and you can't boot anymore, or install a new graphics card and all you get is a black screen. Things like that happen with a hackintosh. When you installed it yourself you'll be able to figure out how to fix things. If you didn't you're going to be entirely dependent on support from the one who did. Reverse engineering the process at that point is going to be much more difficult than just starting it yourself. It starts with the very choice of hardware components. I advise everyone to do it themselves so they don't have to rely on others for support. The resources/guides/forums at tonymacx86 are great and make it relatively easy.

  • I think the seller is a serious one, they have a site, a facebook page and have their company not far from my place. If i will buy a hackintosh i'll probably go with them, since i don't want to spend time building a new one. They should offer support as well...

  • You will do better to build it yourself and go through the learning curve. Then you will be the master of the Hackintosh.


    It takes effort to learn and do it yourself but you'll be able to fix things when they go wrong. Will that ebay seller provide support?