So I wrote yet another way too long blog post. This time about my dabble with Hackintosh life.
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- Great blog post. Ran into it thanks to hacker news.
Having done this several times before I wanted to sneak in some further thoughts on the process. The headache at first is actually pretty exhilarating and rewarding - once everything is all set up. The one thing that ended up being my own show-stopper was when new versions of OS X were released. My machine was working well enough to leave alone but after a while certain software started requiring the upgrade.
Upgrading the hackintosh's OS turned out to not be for the faint of heart. I had all of my work and data in there and the thought of investing so much time into either figuring out how to upgrade, track down the tweaks I had made to get things working, or switch to a cleanly installed OS on a HD to swap in - it turned out to be too much.
Eventually I bought a proper mac and considered the experiment a temporary success - not a long-term one.
I don't regret it but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it unless people enjoyed that sort of challenge.Sep 3, 2013
- I wish I had a bigger case for my hackintosh. I had to put the last two of my HDs in external enclosures. You really can't fill those doing video work?Sep 3, 2013
- Video work isn't my main work, so no I can't see my self using any more than 2 extra drives.Sep 4, 2013
- My vanilla DSDT? I'm not sure I have it around. Like I said in the post making your own is the best solution I believe.Sep 4, 2013
- I've found that Hackintoshing on an EFI system is a much, much better experience. I'm pretty sure the board you picked out supports EFI boot, so if you want to try out a much more stable experience that doesn't require DSDTs or SSDTs, give this a shot:
* Grab the EFI update tool from Gigabyte's site.
* Move your DSDT and SSDT to a safe location, but outside of /Extras/
* Reboot, and perform the EFI update
* Boot into Chameleon, and then into OS X again
By running an actual EFI vs. using a hacked Kernel Module and DSDT/SSDT files, OS X is able to grab the feature set of your board natively. Makes life a lot easier.
Going back, if it bombs, is pretty easy too. Assuming you can't boot OS X,
* Use your UniBeast bootable disk to replace your SSDT and DSDT
* Shut down the machine.
* Look for the jumper on your machine to go back to the original BIOS. Gigabyte's "Dual BIOS" thing is pretty wicked.Sep 4, 2013
- Cheers but MB is already EFI, part perfect with the specifications on tonymacx86, thats why it works fine with no DSDT. However as I said in the post little its not all perfect. Building a patched version of my native DSDT enabled a lot more. Stability has never been an issue, haven't had a post boot crash in 2 months.Sep 5, 2013