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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efi-x can do the same without the hassle
by gvodop on Wed 27th May 2009 08:55 UTC
gvodop
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2009-05-27

Hello Tom and fellow osnewsers,

By my experience i tried the route that Tom discussed in the article, frankly speaking it is to much to expect even though you are used to install various linux distros and hacking around with your system. This is too much hassle to have if you wish to have a day to day normal workstation. Instead I went for the efix module way, halfway checked the compatibility of my motherboard and now i am a happy camper.

My motherboard was not on the HCL(Asus p5k) but this should not pose a problem. Geforce 8800GT was ok, Sata DVD ok, wireless ethernet ok,.. The only thing i had to do after the install was to install the drivers for onboard audio which was not being recognized, 2 mouse clicks away ;)

What i mean to say is that efix does a better implementation of efi support, much better that boot1-2-3 because it passes all efi checks throug the usb module. Even installing 10.5.7 update was a no brainer and previous 10.5.6 update the same... efix implementation is the best IMHO since it does not stress the user with hackish/linux like halfway done solutions and worrying when something will break. I bought the module for 80euros but it was worth all the way. Efix even has a flasher updater where they fix eventual issues and futher expand the hcl when they feel the hardware has passed all tests. The only thing i cannot ask from them is full support because i do not have the motherboard on their list, but who cares since it is 99% working out of the box ;)

Today i have a core2duo 2.53Ghz machine with 2GB of ram, 2x500GB HD, Geforce8800GT graphics card(i forgot to mention the sweetnes and fluidity of the graphic effects)... pretty standard machine by all means but enhanced greatly by the usability of osx and hassle free efix module. I respect the guys even though many people say that they stole code from the comunity. It is the implementation and the licensing that they made from Intel for EFI(as they say) that makes it worth supporting them.

Not bad at all having a quasi 2.000,00 EUR MACpro machine under my desk with some minor checking of components and the 80eur module.

I also must say the the insanely mac community is insanely fredly and always halpfull in case you will ever need help...that is my 2 cents... feel free to comment further ;)

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dimosd Member since:
2006-02-10

Thanks for the info, it could prove handy

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