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My REAL 1st Hackintosh


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Ignore all other posts I have made, this is the one I am going to do if it kills me!!


Instead of going through other people's e-garbage trying to piece together the parts for a HT, I'm going go stick with what I know best. I pulled the Gateway e4300's measly 43 GB hard drive out, and installed it as a second hard drive into my daily used HP a6000n PC so I can try my hand at a set up that I know is fast, I know has good graphics, and I know has working drives, etc.


I have taken a look a few of the AMD Hackintosh tutorials and I am going to give them a go sometime tomorrow (when I can pick up another SATA cable)


Here are the install method's I'm going to try (in this order)

Hazard 10.6.2 distro (found a decent tutorial on youtube HERE)

Devout's 10.6.8 method (HERE)

iAtkosv7's Method (



I'll post on here and on my blog (find on my portfolio link below)

Wish me luck!



Here are my system specs (for good measure)


Processor AMD LIVE!™ Made to Bring It All Together

• AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 4200+

• 2.2GHz, 512KB+512KB L2 Cache Operating system installed Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium platform AMD LIVE!™ Made to Bring It All Together Chipset NVIDIA nForce 430 Chipset Standard memory 1024MB Memory type DDR2-SDRAM Memory slots 4 DIMM (184-pin, DDR2) (two available) Internal drives Internal hard disk drive 250GB Hard disk controller Serial ATA hard drive Hard disk drive speed (7200 rpm) Optical drive type DVD writer Optical drive speed SuperMulti DVD Burner 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R DL, 4x DVD-R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CDR, 32x CDRW, 40x CD-ROM System features Memory card device 15in1 memory card reader Modem 56k modem Network interface Ethernet 10/100BT integrated network interface Internal audio High Definition Audio, 8 speaker configurable Keyboard HP multimedia keyboard External drive bays 2 external 5.25"(one available), 1 external 3.5" (one available) Expansion slots 2 PCI slots (1 available), 1 PCI-E x16 slot (available), 1 PCI-E x1 slot (available)

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Don't use distros!

Use the OS X 86 ModCD or USB and a 10.6.3 Snow Leopard retail disk.


Yes a distro may get you up and running but you never know which files have been patched and therefore never really know how your system works and what makes it work.

This may just sound elitist to some but what happens when something brakes, or if you change something, or if there's an update?

If you follow the retail route you will know exactly what has been changed/patched as YOU changed/patched it.

This puts you in a much better position to debug and fix your own installation.


The reason there is a lot of what you call 'e-garbage' is because unlike with real macs, we all use slightly different hardware.

What works for one may not necessarily work for another. Each person posts what works for them. For a new-comer it can become quite confusing.

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