So, are you a little bummed that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion isn’t going to run on your 32-bit Intel Mac? Well bucker-up, little buckeroo, ‘cause it turns out that there may be hope for you yet, courtesy of the “Hackintosh” community.
Mac user “Jabbawok” managed to piece together information from various forums and other postings on the Web to put together his own step-by-step method for installing Mountain Lion on his MacPro1,1.
Even though this would indicate that—to at least some extent—that Apple’s model cutoff was somewhat arbitrary. Even so, the article itself indicates that older graphics cards will cause kernel panics, which means anything other than a Mac Pro will likely not work, since you can’t upgrade the graphics.
Of course, while we commend Jabbawok on his resourcefulness and clear explanation of what each step entails, we’re not endorsing, advocating, or have even personally tried this method of bringing Mountain Lion to machines that Apple doesn’t support.
We just thought you’d find it interesting; use the information at your own discretion.
In case you missed it a couple of weeks ago, an intrepid tinkerer, coder, and apparent Apple enthusiast has succeeded in shoehorning System 7 onto the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch e-Book reader. This feat had been attempted a few years ago by others, but it took the work of 68k Macintosh Liberation Army Forum member FlyingToaster to bring the project to fruition. In this gallery of screenshots, you can see sights like System 7 loading in all the Nook’s greyscale glory, along with the infamous After Dark “Flying Toasters” screensaver and some classic games, too.
This impressive feat was accomplished with the aid of the open-source Mini vMac, an open source Macintosh Plus emulator. For those who don’t know, an emulator is a computer program that copies (aka “emulates”) the functions of another electronic system entirely through software. In this case, Mini vMac created a “virtual system” that acts just like a real Macintosh Plus. So what we have is an e-Reader with an 800Mhz ARM processor and 256MB of RAM running an emulator on top of Google’s Android operating system all in the name of being able to run classic Mac programs from 1986-1994.
The actual usefulness of System 7 on the Nook e-Reader hardware is definitely questionable at best. However, the ability to imitate the entirety of an OS from the early 90′s running on a computer that weighed 17-20 pounds and could cost upwards of $2600 (depending on model) on a device from 2011 that weighs less than 8 ounces and under $100 is, to me, just incredible.
Thursday, March 11th, 2010 | Author: OWC Tim
Chuck Joiner from the MacVoices podcast joins Tim to talk about the iPad, his job and his ability to argue well, Macintosh User Groups, being a Mac user, and the five questions of our This or That segment. Also, Tim asks for your help setting up a MacBook for his mother and father-in-law, and also posses the question: how soon after the iPad is released that it is hacked to run Mac OS X?
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