Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th May 2009 20:56 UTC
Mac OS X Getting Mac OS X up and running on a computer without an Apple label has always been a bit of a hassle. You needed customised Mac OS X disks, updates would ruin all your hard work, and there was lots of fiddling with EFI and the likes. Ever since the release of boot-132, this is no longer the case. Read on for how setting up a "Hack"intosh really is as easy as 1, 3, 2.
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I am cheating...
by Tuishimi on Tue 26th May 2009 23:16 UTC
Tuishimi
Member since:
2005-07-06

...and spending the dough for the EFI-X unit. If, however, it is not scheduled to arrive for days after my new hardware arrives, I am definitely going to get antsy and give this a shot, Thom.

My new "Mac" will be:

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
Core 2 Quad Q9550 (2.83)
8 GB patriot extreme perf DDR2
Sparkle GeForce 9800GTX+
WD Cav. Black 1TB (x2 - one for Win7 one for OS X)
Pioneer SATA CD/DVD burner (dual layer)

...all held together in a Cooler Master RC-690 (w/ a Cooler Master 700W PS too).

This system should rock with both Windows and OS X. Maybe I'll dedicate a third drive for Linux. ;)

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v RE: I am cheating...
by rockwell on Wed 27th May 2009 19:41 in reply to "I am cheating..."
RE[2]: I am cheating...
by Tuishimi on Wed 27th May 2009 20:10 in reply to "RE: I am cheating..."
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

One can never have enough computers and enough operating systems running on them. This is why I follow OSNews, even through their ups and downs and all their content changes. ;)

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RE[2]: I am cheating...
by tupp on Wed 27th May 2009 21:45 in reply to "RE: I am cheating..."
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

Good grief, with OS X and Vista on there, a third drive for Linux is a god-awful waste of space.
That's like buying a Ferrari and a BMW, then going out and purchasing a Yugo.

I keep hearing the comparison of Macs to Ferraris and of other computers to "lesser" cars. However, this metaphor is utterly inaccurate.

A better analogy would be to compare types of computers to brands of cars.

For instance, Macs are like Volkswagens -- a lot of Macs have the cute looks of a Volkswagen Beetle, and a lot of girls like them.

Volkswagen does make other nice looking cars, but not really powerful racers. They are simple, but they usually are not very fast and nimble. Looks and simplicity are the appeal of Macs and Volkswagens.

Windows machines are like Fords. Good workhorses, some are very nice looking and stylish (just like Macs/Volkswagen Beetles), some are sporty, but the maintenance is generally more involved than that of cars made outside America. Some Windows/Fords are very, very fast racers.

Linux machines are like all the other cars, including Yugos, Toyotas, old Chevys, Formula 1 race cars, etc. Some Linux computers are just like the fastest car in the world, the ThrustSSC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThrustSSC

Linux computers are the fastest machines in existence: http://blogs.computerworld.com/the_worlds_fastest_computers_are_lin...

For many years, the fastest computer in the world was always a Linux computer, and that condition will probably exist for decades. Furthermore, over 75% of the top 500 fastest computers in the world are Linux computers and likely will be Linux computers for many decades.

Probably, no Mac will ever earn the title of "World's Fastest Computer."

There are zillions of different types of Linux machines -- they can't be categorized like the few Macs can be categorized. Linux runs on almost anything. Some are cute/stylish like Macs/Volkswagens, some are powerful workhorses, like Fords. Some are home-made. Some are clunky, and some are the most nimble-handling machines. Some are easy to drive/use, while being limiting when one wants power. Others, take time to learn, but eventually reward the user with speed, power and agility.

So, please stop using the Mac/sportscar analogy. It doesn't really apply.

Edited 2009-05-27 21:53 UTC

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RE: I am cheating...
by transputer_guy on Fri 29th May 2009 20:54 in reply to "I am cheating..."
transputer_guy Member since:
2005-07-08

Hi Tuishimi

That should be a great system when you build it, I got mine almost the same spec a few months ago.

GA-EP45-UD3P + Core 2 Quad 9400 (2.66) and 8GB of DDR2 all for $400 after rebates. Added a cheap GeForce 9400 and borrowed the rest from an older system. I never got onboard sound to work so I substituted a SIIG USB sound device.

Next job is to replace the noisy Intel stock fan/sink with a fanless heap pipe tower plus a slower 120mm fan. The Quad core and board both run very cool but I haven't really loaded it yet.

I used the older Darwin/Linux loader CD with a hacked January iso image off RapidShare, but I have an older MiniMac and OSX DVD so was not too worried. If I do a reinstall, I will definitely try the 123 + real DVD both to be more legal, save fuss and to avoid the day long download. I also installed the same OSX image onto an 8GB SD card but have to boot it through the Darwin CD. The OSX/SD card is very slow. Contemplating getting a real SSD drive or one of those new 16GB USB+SATA hybrid eFlash sticks, acts like a real SATA SSD but looks like a chunky USB stick.

After a few months of working with this OSX system, I have slid back to Vista and even Windows 2K on other drives. Would be nice to figure out how to do safe multiple OS installs with OSX. Will be adding Windows 7 RC on it soon. Would really like to see Haiku on it one day. The Ubuntu HH install mostly worked but no network connect.

And for Thom thanks for this article. When I bought this Gigabyte, I was sorely tempted to also buy the much cheaper Intel miniITX Atom board to build a small Mac or at least test the install out. Now I know it will work. Would be nice to replace some full size clunkers with something small, cheap and low power for the kids, but then I would be using OSX several times over, probably not so cool.

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RE[2]: I am cheating...
by Tuishimi on Sun 31st May 2009 23:52 in reply to "RE: I am cheating..."
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

I hope it will be. At the moment I am having a serious problem with a component, narrowing it down hopefully tonight or tomorrow.

She starts to come up, then BOOM powers completely off. Once she got past the Gigabyte splash screen onto the HW id screen, but that has been the farthest.

Tried with/without ram, will try someone else's ram tonight. Tried sans HD, other internal peripherals, no go, same thing. I think it might be the CPU, PS or the MB itself. Hope to find out... friend is bringing over spare parts we can swap out, and I have a core 2 duo lying around somewhere we can swap in.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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