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It depends on what type of update it is - and how compatible your system is.


You can't say generally that updates are bad for hackintoshes.


Application updates are safe more often than not. Updates to iLife programs, Quicktime or iTunes for example.


Some security updates will break hackintoshes because they replace system files that have been patched in order to run on a PC, with unpatched files that only work on Apple hardware or more compatible hardware than you have.

For example, if you're using drivers for wireless ethernet that are patched so the system thinks you have Apple hardware - they could be overwritten by an Airport security update. And then you lose your wireless ethernet.


The majority of security updates that have been released for Leopard have been safe to install on Hackintoshes.


The ones to really watch out for are the full system updates like 10.5.5 to 10.5.6 for example. Unless your PC is running almost unmodified OSX, installing a system version update will almost certainly break it in some way or other. There are various guides in the forums to help you to update to/from any version of Leopard.


It's important to know that there are two kinds of system version updates, combo and delta. The 10.5.6 combo update will update any 10.5.x to 10.5.6, whereas the delta only updates from the previous version to the next, ie 10.5.5 to 10.5.6.


I shouldn't have to say this but If you're in doubt whether an update is safe, use the name of the update as a search term on the forums. That'll take you straight to the information you need..

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