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  1. Wow, thanks for the info. I had no idea that Disk Utility transformed a GPT disk into Hybrid MBR just because I selected to create a FAT partition on it. I would love to check, but I already gave the hackintosh away and can't. I might work on another OSx86 installation in the near future, and I will modify the procedure to create an HFS+ volume for Windows instead of FAT. AFAIK, Winclone can restore a Windows image into an existing HFS+ volume (automatically converting it to NTFS), so it should then overcome the issue of Disk Utility formatting the disk as Hybrid MBR. I'll use your utility to check whether it was successful. It's awesome that more motherboards are being sold with UEFI. UEFI DUET looks really interesting but complicated. If further Winclone testing doesn't yield a pure GPT scheme, I might give it a try on another OSx86 installation. Thanks for such an informative post!
  2. Note: Following this method will allow your hackintosh to run Windows 7 alongside OS X on a pure GPT-formatted disk. One major drawback is that this method requires an existing Mac (not a hackintosh) to create a Winclone image of a Windows installation. Step 1: Install Windows 7 in bootcamp On the Mac, use Bootcamp to create the smallest possible Bootcamp partition (Windows 7 minimum is 16GB). Install Windows 7 in this partition. Step 2: Create a Winclone image of the Windows installation Boot back into OS X and use Winclone to create an image file of your bootcamp partition. Step 3: Boot Snow Leopard Install DVD and install OS X Get a Chimera bootdisk appropriate for your system and boot the retail install DVD. Once you get to OS X installer, run Disk Utility, select your primary hard drive, and go to the Partition section. If you'll only be using OS X and Windows, select 2 Partitions in Volume Scheme. Then very important: go to Options... button and select GUID Partition Table. Drag the sizing handle in volume scheme to decide how much space to give to each OS. First volume should be named "Mac OS X" and formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). The second volume should be named "Windows" and formatted as FAT. After all this is done, quit Disk Utility and return to the installer. Install OS X on the "Mac OS X" partition. After the OS is installed, set up your Chimera, configure the necessary kexts, etc. Step 4: Transfer the Windows image from the Mac to the Hac OS X installation Transfer the image file you made in step 2 from the mac to the hackintosh. The best way to do this is to have both computers connected to the same network and then enabling AFP dropbox in your hackintosh OS X install (System Preferences -> Sharing -> File Sharing). Step 5: Restore the Windows image into the "Windows" partition Once the Windows 7 image is on the hackintosh, use Winclone to restore it into the "Windows" FAT partition you made with Disk Utility. The FAT partition will automagically turn into NTFS. The resulting partition will be the size of the original FAT partition, not the size of your actual image. Step 6: Boot the Windows partition Restart the hackintosh, and Chimera should now detect your "Windows" partition as Windows. Boot it, and Windows 7 will tell you that the filesystem is dirty and needs to be cleaned up. Wait for it to do the cleanup. After the cleanup, your PC will restart. Step 7: Activate Windows Boot into the same Windows partition, and if everything went well, Windows will boot and tell you that you may have been a victim of Software Counterfeiting. Simply activate Windows 7 (if you have to call by phone, make sure you say that it's installed on One computer, and it should give you a valid product ID). If everything went well, you now have a pure GPT dual-boot system. I executed the above steps on a Dell Inspiron 1545 because I really wanted to have a GPT system, and it worked out splendidly. I hope this helps for others who are looking for a pure GPT install.
  3. I was watching TV and saw one of those Bill Kurtis AT&T Laptop Connect ads. It was about an Acer netbook, but interestingly, it looked like it ran OS X. I couldn't find this same ad on Youtube, but I found a similar one. In this one, Bill Kurtis's IBM Thinkbook looks like it's running OS X: Ads that feature OS X (youtube links): It's really interesting to see that AT&T is getting into OSX86 business. But it might also be that they're just making screenshots of OS X and displaying them on their PCs in the ads. But why do that if they could just use Windows to display the same demo
  4. Hello! If you have Windows and are hesitant about installing OS X on your computer, you can finally check if your computer is compatible with OS X. Introducing Leopard Upgrade Advisor Unlike Vista Upgrade Advisor, Leopard Upgrade Advisor helps you determine if you can install an actually better OS on your PC. This tool is highly recommended for noobs that aren't very familiar with the internal structure of Leopard. Repository URL, where you can view all hardware that's been documented: http://exvision.net/Library/osx-hcl Direct download URL: http://exvision.net/packages/LeoUpAdvisor.rar Screenshot of sample result: