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Dell Latitude E5400

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In short:
- Need an os X computer for audio recording/ composing
- Have 2 options: a Dell Latitude E5400 or a top-of-the-line desktop from 2008 - have a macbook with os X 10.5 in house
- Need help with hardware compatibility and much more - I'm new to hackingtosh

The long version:

How much do I know about computers?

- I've assemblied about 5 desktop PC's, installed various different windows and linux distros on both laptops and desktops, have used a macbook but never tried to install osx in a pc.

Why do I wan't a hackintosh?

- I play guitar and make a lot of music in house. I recently bought a Line6 POD HD500 digital amplifier which is a great interface for studio quality guitar recording at home. I tried to get it working on a Windows 7 PC, but after a lot of problems with audio interface drivers I've decided that I need an os x as a digital audio workstation. From what I hear - these types of interfaces require very little tweaking to work nicely in a mac.

Where do I wan't to install it?

- My first option is a 2,5year-old Dell Latitude E5400 notebook. Specs are as follows:
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 @ 2.00GHz
  • Memory: 4096MB (2x2048) 800MHz DDR2 DUA
  • Hard drive: 160GB SERIAL ATA (5400RPM)
  • Wireless: Dell wireless 370 Bluetooth
  • Wireless: Intel WiFi link 5100 (802.11
  • Display adapter: Mobile Intel 4 Series express Chipset Family (GMA 4500MHD)
This laptop has been my guineapig for all new os’s and so far it has worked fine. I currently have a Windows 7 / Linux Mint Debian Edition dual-boot on it. From what I’ve read, the intel graphics adapter is the Achille’s heel in installing os x . However – could I still install and use an osx86 on it with low graphics? I’m more interested in making it solid for audio recording/editing.

- The second option is a self-built desktop PC from 2008. Specs:
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 2,66GHz
  • Memory 4096MB (2x2048) 800MHz DDR2
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3P
  • Display adapter: ATI Radeon HD 4870
This is my main computer/HTPC.

So, comments? Do you think I can manage the actual installation? Are my hardware compatible/sufficent for an os x?



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Do some research, your CPU will support osx. So google the name of your motherboard + osx86.



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I've already figured out that my desktop unit is pretty much compatible with osx . What I'm more curious about is can os x be installed on my laptop?

I've already started the precautions for an #####+Retail 10.6 osx installation on the desktop unit, buut it would be nice to get os x on the not-that-compatible laptop as well.

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