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Poll: Why did you make a hackintosh? (302 member(s) have cast votes)

Why did you install OSx86

  1. Try before you buy (26 votes [8.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.64%

  2. Macs are too expensive (92 votes [30.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.56%

  3. Revenge at apple for restricting hardware (17 votes [5.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.65%

  4. just for fun (127 votes [42.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 42.19%

  5. other (tell us what!) (39 votes [12.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.96%

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I've always wanted to check out OS X but i lack the money to just waste on yet another computer. I already have a desktop and a laptop that work perfectly fine.

I heard awhile back you could install OS X on a PC but i just figured it would be too hard, up until a few days ago when my curiosity overtook my apprehension for doing it.

I have to say it was certainly easier than some of my past experiences with installing either windows or linux on my laptop.

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Desktop PCs are waay more modular than macs, and they are also cheaper.

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I voted other as well. I would say first and foremost I just didn't know enough about Mac. I wanted to know more, but with so few people owning them, I could never give it a good try. I read a few years back that it was possible to load OS X on a PC when Apple switched to x86, but I just blew it off.

Fast forward to present time...

My good friend Eric got me excited about it after him raving how much he loved them. So, I went looking online looking for a Mac. None were cheap. At the time I had a an old Pentium 4 system. Funny enough, I ended up installing "FlyakiteOSX", which is a skin for WinXP to make it "look" like a Mac. I so impressed with that, I checked out the OSx86 wiki. My old Pentium 4 system was compatible enough to load Tiger. I loved it so much, I decided to build a system specific for OS X. Remember, I still want a real Mac, but as times are tight and I love tinkering with stuff...it was too perfect for me.

Anyways, enough with the stories. The MAIN reason I wanted to try OS X was for the music recording support. It seems all the pros go for Macs when it comes to that stuff. I now can see why. Everything is so well incorporated with each other. It's the most organic OS I've ever used. It all ties together.

...my 2 cents

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I needed a computer that could play games well, but a had a budget about equal to a few years worth of christams + birthday money. Plus I love challenges.

i really love how I am being challenged to fix the install that I broke. I love it so much :angry: :P

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[OTHER] absolute obsession with all things Apple...:(

Think Mark

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3 reasons:

PC hardware is newer more often, costs less, and steve jobs needs to realize that he can't keep the DMR (digital media rights...think itunes) mentality with us anymore.

all the new motherboards are using EFI emulating a legacy bios (Vista somewhat takes advantage of the EFI...but they have not really embraced it)...well what's left to keep us from using OS X86? Flash the EFI...Pop in a registered copy of Leopard...make sure all kexts/drivers are setup...and we have a bonafide Mac.

-Jordan

P.S.-steve jobs...there's about 200,000+ of us. we all are waiting for you. you could make mroe money and charge more for the X86/X64 copies and we'd buy them.

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Well, for the curiosity of see how a Mac OS looks like and for a fun challenge. At the end, I adopted my X86 as standard desktop after using both Windows and Linux. Hope to buy a macbook soon if I magically get some money (I doubt) lol

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well originally i did it just to see if i could, I was bored and it seemed like a fun project. But then when I really got into using it, I found myself purchasing more osx86 friendly hardware upgrades. At this point, I've made the decision to buy a macbook and keep this monster for what it was originally built to do: gaming. thus, I voted for "try before you buy" ;)

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I voted for fun!
I read about it waiting for a train to bring me home in a small kiosk at the train station on the cover of a plastic wrapped magazine.
As i couldnt read the article i used google/mininova/usenet.
I found Jas 10.4.8 and upgraded my IBM ThinkPad A31 to a 100GB harddrive and 1 GB memory.
Made a partition for XP (so i could download) and installed Jas on a second partition using a tutorial on the wiki page.
Then i found out i couldnt run all software like iWorks08 and iLife08.
I notice the sytem requirements were 10.4.9 or higer...
So i downloaded XxX 10.4.11.
In this version i needed to install more "out of the box" before everything worked but still i got most of it running.

The fun part now is to surprise (Mac) people with my system :)

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Other:

I have always been a Mac customer and loved all their systems. If Mac could run on my PC then why the hell shouldn't it?!!

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Another "Other" here.

Always been into Apple's as I started on a non-functioning ][ in elementary school and managed to get it running. From then on I got pulled out of class to fix them.

Junior High was spent programming on Lego-Logo (Tell me someone else remembers that).

High School was spent working on Video Editing and Graphical Arts. Worked on the Senior Video from Freshman year up till I dropped out.

Between High School and now was working at menial jobs until I landed a good gig in IT and could afford a real Mac. Now I have a menagerie.

Since I now own a few True Macs I'm looking for another challenge. Hence OSx86 on my desktop. Got tired of playing FPS's so I might as well do something with it.

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It had to do with cost.

In Canada I paid about $3500 for a G4 MDD DP 1.0ghz about 5 or 6 years ago. (I still can't believe I spent that kind of money on a computer, but i had a moment of weakness and took the plunge.) Loved the machine inspite of the quirks (noise and heat). Now I'm running a BadAxe2 with a Quad processor etc. (see specs) and the investment was about $1600 bucks, counting upgrades since the original configuration. It's simply great value for money. Also I now have the use of alot of PC componentry for the case, keyboard, mouse and so on, not to mention future considerations for watercooling and overclocking.

Having said that, it's also been a great learning experience. Kext files, EFI bootloader, making my own brazilmac disks, etc. I damn near started making my own Leopard disk and was researching it heavily, when the first disk came out, so I abandoned the project shortly after....

Heck, just yesterday I modified a kext file in the MMD G4 to change the temp settings in the AppleFan.kext file, Never would have done that before...

Overall it has been worth all the grief, since it took about a year for the support to mature enough for 100% compatibility. EFI being the key to it all. (I pray for RAID Booting!)

Lastly, I have to say that the community I have found here has been wonderful. I may not have been a big contributor, since I'm not a programmer or expert hacker, but I love this site and I have read it all as a lurker. A big THANK-YOU goes out to each and everyone on you.... :P

Steve Jobs, ( if you happen to haunt this site) please forgive me for straying. I did however buy my Original Leopard Disk, if that's any consolation...BTW I read about your recent brush with Cancer, I hope you recover well.

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Why did I build a Hackintosh? Well, being a hot rodder from way back I like the formula of cramming a chevy small block in a 32 Ford coupe. Same deal but with computers. Hot Rodder=Hacker or vise versa :(

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Haven't built one, yet. Just thinking about it. I bought an iMac two years ago, and I love it. I guess I just wanna do it for fun. I cant see myself spending all that time and money on an XP or linux system. Would rather build a mac for the pleasure of doing it and with the bonus of upgrading for the future. What ever happened to the DIYers in the world? Someday, I will be a true geek :(

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When my aunt received an Imac for Christmas, she wanted to toss out the old P4 1.8 Ghz desktop from 2002 until I offered to take it off her hands. After tossing in 1 Gig of PC133 RAM I had gotten for practically nothing and two weeks of fiddling around with it and consulting this site....managed to get OSX 10.5.1 installed on it successfully through TOH's 10.5 install. When Kalyway's 10.5.2 updater and netkas' 9.2.0 sse2/3 kernel became available...updated that box to 10.5.2 with Darwin 9.2.0.

Other than not being able to play DVDs due to the crappy video card (ATI Rage Fury/xpert 2000 Pro)...everything else works including sound.

Not bad for a machine that was almost trashed.

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Just for fun at first but then i realized how stable and easy to use it is, so now its the only OS on my computer and has been for 6 months.

Will buy a mac when I can afford it.

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Other...I owned a G4.Now I have an iMac and a MacPro. I am so used to work with them that I made a Hackintosh.Two more remaining...

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Other; legacy equipment.

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Apple doesn't make a real personal computer any more.

Mac Mini/Apple TV -- toys
iMac -- too limited (only 3/4GB!!!), too slow
Mac Pro -- 8 cores for what?!!!

My employer is wasting a lot of money and energy buying 8 core Mac Pro workstations with 1GB (or maybe 2GB) of FB-DIMMs for running single threaded applications. I can see why environmental groups might take issue with Apple. They manage to sell $2000-$3000 systems that are no better than $500 hardwarewhile costing at least three times as much energy to operate.

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There were several reasons for me. I'm a long time Apple fan. I've owned several macs dating back to the G3 era. (yes, that's actually before OS X!)

I enjoy projects, and I enjoy a bargain. A Hackintosh gave me both.





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