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The Other World – Episode 72

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 | Author:

Category: The Other World

Intrepid Developer Gets OS X 10.8 to Run on MacPro1,1

Monday, July 23rd, 2012 | Author:

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.

Category: Tech Tips

The Clone Wars

Monday, June 1st, 2009 | Author:

Let’s face it, the main reason for the ubiquity of Windows in the workplace is not due to any superior user interface or stability, it’s due to the cheap initial cost. It costs less to purchase a generic Windows box than it does to buy a Mac. A large  part of that has to do with the fact there are hundreds of manufacturers churning out legit PC clones, but only one company makes legitimate Macs – Apple.

And so, the inevitable discussion takes place about whether or not Apple should license out its OS for use with clones. We’re not going to go into that here, but; a quick Google search should turn up plenty of examples.

The concept of Mac clones is not without precedent. There were several Mac clones in the mid-to-late 90’s made by manufacturers such as Motorola, Radius, and Power Computing. This licensing program was discontinued soon after Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1998. Right now, there are no official Mac clones – if you want to use Mac OS X, you have to do it on an Apple-manufactured Mac.

There are, of course, those who are working on ways of running OS X on non-Apple hardware. The OSx86 project is one such group. Those running OS X on their Dell Mini 9 netbooks are another subset. Then, there are those who take this one step further and offer systems for sale, advertised as capable of running (or even installed with) Mac OS X, often at prices substantially lower than Apple’s.

Unfortunately, all of those items are technically against the End User License Agreement (EULA), also known as that large block of text you blindly agree to as you’re installing the OS. According to Section 2, Subsection A of the Software License Agreement for Mac OS X:

This License allows you to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time. You agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-labeled computer, or to enable others to do so. This License does not allow the Apple Software to exist on more than one computer at a time, and you may not make the Apple Software available over a network where it could be used by multiple computers at the same time.

The key point here is this line “You agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-labeled computer, or to enable others to do so.” Effectively, it says that if you are running OS X on anything other than Apple hardware, you are in violation of the EULA. Would-be clone manufacturers might want to circle, highlight, and underline the second part of that sentence.

There are also provisions regarding the copying of Boot ROM, firmware, and other code not normally copied by a backup. This is also where “Hackintosh” manufacturers run into trouble.

The end result is that unauthorized Mac clone manufacturers (and, at this point, that’s all they are) find themselves square in the sights of Apple’s Legal Department, and that’s probably not a good place to be.

That’s why you won’t be seeing any of these “Hackintoshes” for sale by OWC, at least until there’s a legitimate option. As OWC Larry succinctly put it in a recent MacResource Forum posting, “[it would] Be great if Apple opened this stuff up. But as it stands… well, we’re listing memory for ‘select’ PCs now and may even sell some ‘select’ PCs very soon… but no way are we going to cross the line and put us into Apple’s sights on something that’s going to last as long as one can delay in court an inevitable end.”

Resources for Mac OS X on a Netbook

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 | Author:

I thought I’d follow up on a previous blog post by OWC Chris S. covering how to relocate your Home Folder for anyone with a machine that’s tight on space with an in-depth examination on the use of Mac OS X on a Netbook.

While rumors abound that Apple may never produce a Netbook for those of us who would love such a machine, there are a number of stalwart types who want one badly enough that they have provided tutorials on how to install Mac OS X on a PC Netbook. Referred to as a Hackintosh install, three sites have posted step-by-step instructions, each with their own style of detail, so I recommend you peruse all three sources.

Obviously, your first hurdle is to pick a Netbook upon which to perform this OS surgery. All sources point to the excellent “Mac OS X Netbook Compatibility Chart,” at Boing Boing. The Dell Mini 9 seems to be the weapon of choice by some notable Mac writers.

Second, you must acquire a complete, retail version of Mac OS X. Update disks will not work correctly and pirated disks may not contain all the original code, which hampers any OS updates you may want to apply.

The third requirement is either an 8GB or higher USB flash drive or an external USB DVD drive. Instructions for using both to install Mac OS X are on the sites linked below.

Fourth, you must use the Type11 Bootloader, called the DellMiniBoot123v8.01.iso.zip, downloadable from Dell Mini forums and posted by a helpful person named “bmaltais”. (Note, the forum requires registration.)

At this point, your entry cost to create your own Mac OS X Netbook is between $500 and $650, including the cost of Mac OS X. Now, once you’ve completed your install, following the instructions in one of the resources below, you may find your space squeezed a bit. As OWC Chris S. suggested, you can use OWC’s handy resource for relocating your home folder onto an external drive to preserve your precious storage capacity.

The ability to tote around a lightweight and very useable PC are your rewards in creating your own personal Mac OS X Netbook.

Links to Tutorials on Creating a Mac OS X Netbook

Installing Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 – the easy way (Updated 3x) by Jason O’Grady on ZDNet.

How To: Hackintosh a Dell Mini 9 Into the Ultimate OS X Netbook by John Mahoney on Gizmodo.

OS X on a Dell Mini 9 Netbook, by Steve on Accelerate Your Mac.

How to build the OS X Dell Mini 9 Hackbook – The Easy Way, by Tomas Ratas on Test Freaks blog.

How To: Load OS X DIRECTLY onto RunCore FROM a Mac, by Iantzn on DellMini.

MacResource Forum posts about this method

Loading OS X DIRECTLY onto Runcore FROM a Mac, MacResource Forums.

Dell Mini 9 Leopardized: The RunCore Direct Install Edition, MacResource Forums.

Disclaimer: OWC does not support or endorse any of the above methods to create an OS X Netbook. Information and links are provided as a courtesy to our readers. In addition, an interesting discussion on the legality of installing Mac OS X on a non-Mac appears in the MacResource Forums.