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OSX on a PC?

Postby taptap » Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:26 am UTC

Is it possible to run OSX on a PC? I have the install DVDs that went to a macbook pro (x86 intel-based) and i was only curious. If not as the primary O/S, what about in a Virtual world, maybe with Virtual PC 07?

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Re: OSX on a PC?

Postby b.i.o » Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:50 am UTC

Not officially...but that doesn't mean it can't happen.

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Re: OSX on a PC?

Postby Larson » Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:30 am UTC

It absolutely can be done, but it comes with a price. OSX on a non-apple system tends to be picky about hardware and drivers. If you are building the system from scratch though, you'll have the chance to pick parts that are supported in OSX.

I haven't looked into it beyond a few articles, so I'm not sure about most of the details. Try google-ing "hackintosh".

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Re: OSX on a PC?

Postby Stormscape » Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:48 am UTC

Just make sure to not use a motherboard that needs 3rd party drivers to detect certain IDE channels, such as quite a few Gigabyte boards.
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Re: OSX on a PC?

Postby TheTankengine » Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:45 am UTC

Stormscape wrote:Just make sure to not use a motherboard that needs 3rd party drivers to detect certain IDE channels, such as quite a few Gigabyte boards.

I'll echo this. I have a Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 and neither the Kalyway or iAtkos 10.5 versions could finish an install.
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Re: OSX on a PC?

Postby taptap » Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:29 am UTC

Okay then, should I be able to boot directly from the DVDs I have from Apple? I'm not sure of the version, but I'm thinking it's Tiger. A skim of the wikipedia page for OSx86 suggests a burnt image DVD with different files, so I'm not sure (yet) on how to get that.

Oh! So much to accomplish! Today I learned that Sun Solaris is OpenSourced, so I'm going to try it when I get home on my new laptop (see "Post Your Computing Setup" if you care) and I might pull a second HDD to swap into it so I can play with this OSX thing.

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Re: OSX on a PC?

Postby TheTankengine » Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:56 pm UTC

No, they won't work on an x86 computer, especially one without EFI.
Do a search for "kalyway" or "iAtkos" on your torrent search engine of choice. These are fully patched versions of OS X 10.5 that are supposed to just work (tm) on compatible hardware.

Check out the OSx86 hardware compatibility list first to see if you will just be wasting your time though.
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Re: OSX on a PC?

Postby taptap » Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:11 am UTC

iAtKos currently on the download!

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Re: OSX on a PC?

Postby ash.gti » Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:20 pm UTC

Not to resurrect a dead thread, but for curiosities sake, did it ever work?
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Re: OSX on a PC?

Postby FACM » Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:30 pm UTC

I had OS X 10.4 running on my old Vaio back when OSx86 was first leaked. It booted, I could surf the web on the wired ethernet, and that was about it. It also took about 3 days to get it installed and running. After a couple weeks of having it to show people it was possible, I deleted that partition and reinstalled Ubuntu over it. Without drivers, I couldn't do anything of interest.

Not sure how far it's come since that point, but I'd imagine it wouldn't be too different.

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Re: OSX on a PC?

Postby taptap » Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:53 pm UTC

ash.gti wrote:Not to resurrect a dead thread, but for curiosities sake, did it ever work?


Well, almost. It will not load up in Microsoft VirtualPC 07, upon initializing it comes up with "PROCESSER ERROR:PROCESSOR NOT SUPPORTED", but currently I'm thinking it has to do with VPC... I'm going to the store to buy some DVDR's, and once I get the image burnt and try installing it on it's own drive, I will let you know.

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