How to roll your own Mac (!!!)

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How to roll your own Mac (!!!)

Post by Yahuli » Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:32 pm

Yeah, you read that subject line correctly. If you're like me and are interested in taking that Mac plunge but don't want to bother plunking down the moola (or don't have the moola) for a mini, here's a nice project that shouldn't cost you (according to writer) more than $240. Then, if you hate it- throw your favorite version of windows on it and let that be that.

Here's the link:
http://www.uselessninjas.com/guides/msiwindosx/

I pondered throwing this at Nohr as news at first, but heck, this is a how-to. Since it involves OSX, it may not even be worth anything except for use as a second windows or *nix PC. It interested me, so I assumed that it might be just as fascinating to others.

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RE: How to roll your own Mac (!!!)

Post by Jim » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:08 pm

Don't know anything about Mac's Os. Don't particularly like Windopes; but at least I more or less know the ropes with it. Story of my life really, get stuck in a bad situation, and live with it, cause I know more or less how to cope.
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Re: RE: How to roll your own Mac (!!!)

Post by Yahuli » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:00 am

Jim wrote:Don't know anything about Mac's Os. Don't particularly like Windopes; but at least I more or less know the ropes with it. Story of my life really, get stuck in a bad situation, and live with it, cause I know more or less how to cope.
I've only played with Mac OSX a bit in the stores myself. The last version that I used to know a bit about was OS7. I too have never been completely satisfied with Windows (except for win 3.11) myself. I've also enjoyed the various linux distros, but eventually things mysteriously go awry for me and they suddenly quit working, and I can't figure out the cause.

I like what I see (spec-wise) with your K6 rig. I wish that I'd kept my last one since they're still so usable, plus I have a liking of all things nostalgic.

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Post by stevenaaus » Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:46 pm

Just to clarify - in case anyone else is momentarily confused - this is not about Mac on a K6.

It's kind-of old news too. OSX on non-apple hardware has been happening for a while :>
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Post by Yahuli » Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:14 am

stevenaaus wrote:Just to clarify - in case anyone else is momentarily confused - this is not about Mac on a K6.

It's kind-of old news too. OSX on non-apple hardware has been happening for a while :>
To clarify a bit...

No, this isn't about running OSX on a K6, which is why it was posted here on the "hardware >> Other systems" section of the forum.

Sorry that I got off topic. I saw Jim's sig showing his K6 hardware setup, liked what I saw and complimented him on it.

I also realize that running OSX on non-apple hardware has been happening since Apple first introduced their MacIntels.. What the thread is about is building a mac clone on the cheap.

Again, sorry if parts of my last post left anyone confused.

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Post by stevenaaus » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:14 am

Mac ~are~ pretty cool :> OSX has lots of advantages over its competitors, and is easily the best designed & looking OS around... just not as fast and powerful as Linux ;>
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Post by jsc1973 » Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:34 am

I noticed he didn't say how well his Hackintosh performed. I can't imagine that a 1.6 GHz Atom CPU and half a gig of RAM performs all that well. Mac OS X needs a lot of resources to run well, not as much as Vista, but more than XP will run well on.

If someone wants to make a low-end PC function like a Mac, there are better ways to do this by using Linux (plus you don't have to pay $149 for Leopard). The other day, I even got gOS to boot on an old Cyrix-based laptop with 96 MB of RAM, although I wouldn't have wanted to try to do any useful work on it.
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