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efi-x.com, last updated June 9th, claims to offer the ability to install OS 10 on a non mac with the retail disc. The EFiX website states:

EFiX is the best solution for installing and using Mac OS X on your PC.
It allows its user to install Mac OS X straight from the original DVD without having to worry about patches,
replacing files and anything like that.
That means you can buy a regular PC, Mac OS X and EFiX and enjoy what the Mac users have always enjoyed:
unmodified Mac OS X on your computer, safe, easy and fast, exactly the way it should be.

The development of EFiX took a lot of time.
During the development phase, we had to deal with various problems, including sabotage.
This process also involved testing, which has been conducted for the last 6 months in production environments.
Industry leading professionals(who work for TV stations, recording studios and many others) rely on EFiX and Mac OS X running on standard PC hardware to get their tasks done.

EFiX is in the final testing phase.
All the testing has went far better than what we expected and the testers have given positive feedback.

We have planned to release it on 23rd of June, 2008. More information will be added soon.

Longtime OSx86 contributor netkas has posted EFiX in action on his blog. According to netkas, EFiX is hardware which plugs into your USB port.

As the June 23rd release approaches, many questions about EFiX remain unanswered:
-Is it an EFI emulator like PC_EFI or Chameleon?
-Is the USB device required every time you boot or just during installation?
-While this device may allow OS 10 to be installed, won't the driver situation be just like that of the OSx86 project?
-How will Apple respond to this?
-Will EFiX's EFI implementation be usable on traditional OSx86 DVDs?

Something of note is the EFiX contact page:

International dealers:
(If you can not find dealers in your region please contact us)

Germany
Россия
Украина
Taiwan R.O.C.
P.R.China
Japan
Korea

Notice here that the United States, along with many other countries are ignored. Also, netkas who has a sample of the device, stated:

they don't plan to sell it in US.

So, forget about dmcs in this case.

Thoughts?

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Sounds nice...

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Very interesting stuff, thanks for sharing! :D

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Guess what, I live in Taiwan! It's a good news, but this will totally OSx86 community...
Stops us from being special. Can't wait to see the price

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Just proves there is a demand apple could fill if they wanted to. Support would be pretty poor though. It's one thing to do it since everyone here is a volunteer but to pay for something and it doesn't work is something else.

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Thank Supernet33 too, he originally posted about EFiX here.

Not exactly, netkas reported first:
http://forum.insanel...howtopic=110001

then redcell reported in Readers News and Reviews:
http://forum.insanel...howtopic=110076

and Finally SuperNet33 on New Releases and Updates (which it isn't really a release yet):
http://forum.insanel...howtopic=110127

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i want this but boooo!!!! boooooo!!!!! sell to US, sell it!!!!!!!! please

I am gonna find a way to get this lol

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Not exactly, netkas reported first:
http://forum.insanel...howtopic=110001

then redcell reported in Readers News and Reviews:
http://forum.insanel...howtopic=110076

and Finally SuperNet33 on New Releases and Updates (which it isn't really a release yet):
http://forum.insanel...howtopic=110127

I was about to edit the post to include redcell, thanks for the clarification :D .

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May be Apple is in this and we all don't know about it: internal procedure. :P

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I have a question, and I'm not trying to be snide or sarcastic. I appreciate all the work that has gone into this.

But beyond allowing Intel/AMD PC people from booting a leopard DVD... what else does this do? I mean... will it read my nforce 4 chipset and install the proper kext? Will it read my audio and do that too? will it allow me to do system updates without a kernel patch or decrypt script?

If it's not doing that, then I'm totally fine with downloading a DVD that does.

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will it read my nforce 4 chipset and install the proper kext? Will it read my audio and do that too?


I think you didnt get the point what this device is for.

Q: Will your BIOS install drivers for Windows?

A:
[ ] No
[ ] Yes
[ ] What is an BIOS

So....

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Is it just me or does the idea behind this sound really sketchy? (and a rip-off of other peoples work)

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No, it only install all the original files from the original DVD, you still need to put kexts and patches, maybe some patches wont be needed.

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Is it just me or does the idea behind this sound really sketchy? (and a rip-off of other peoples work)


Not really.

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the website doesn't have anything...plus osx86 have been here for almost a couple of years...and we still have not came up with solutions for all the drivers yet....false promises if u ask me....one install disk for all pc is too magical; like free sex.

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the website doesn't have anything...plus osx86 have been here for almost a couple of years...and we still have not came up with solutions for all the drivers yet....false promises if u ask me....one install disk for all pc is too magical; like free sex.


EFI-x is NOT an driver-package for ALL hardware out there.
Its an replacement for pc_efi that will let you install the retail DVD.

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i did test with installing it to main system.

burned some 10.5.0 to dvd-dl for it.

I installed it to hdd, formated as guid, then booted jsut installed system with efix and...it booted just fine.

I only had to install audio driver for my hda, All other things worked jsut fine, update to 10.5.3 was like I am mac user, that was cool.

and, this usb thing insert to usb port on mobo.

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i did test with installing it to main system.

burned some 10.5.0 to dvd-dl for it.

I installed it to hdd, formated as guid, then booted jsut installed system with efix and...it booted just fine.

I only had to install audio driver for my hda, All other things worked jsut fine, update to 10.5.3 was like I am mac user, that was cool.

and, this usb thing insert to usb port on mobo.


Sounds pretty good, netkas.
Thanks for testing it for the rest of us :P

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so its not gonna be avalible in USA at all :D

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This could be a nice business for eBay power sellers who live in one of the countries that EFIX is sold to. They buy them in bulk, then sell them on eBay to Americans and Canadians and all the other left out countries for more than its worth :D





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