I was a bit hesitant about writing this article but the information (and results) are just too juicy not to give away. Half way through penning this I also noticed that Adam Pash at lifehacker did a similar story so I guess it’s acceptable to write about this sort of thing – and it should be. In case you haven’t guessed yet I’m going to detail for you my adventure building a Hackintosh box running Leopard that rivals the speed of a similarly configured Mac Pro.
But for less than 1/3rd the cost!
You might want to grab a coffee as this tutorial is quite large. It was also designed with both the novice and newbie in mind, and therefore is full of plenty of screenshots to help you along.
Disclaimer: Please note that I am not interested at all in cries of software piracy or license misuse involved with using a patched Leopard DVD to run OS X on a PC. I have bought more than my share of Jaguar, Tiger and now Leopard software to really have much of a problem with it. If I am making you queasy already then you might want to read Apple’s OS X SLA and go back to watching Cosby Show re-runs with your sister.
Glad you’re still with us! So in order to install Leopard on a PC you need to remove the code built into OS X checking for authentic Apple hardware. You could download a torrent of a ready made patched Leopard DVD (which is likely illegal in most countries) or you can choose to build a patched copy of your own store bought DVD, or the one that came with your Mac (quasi-legal). If you want to go the torrent route you could try searching for Kalyway leopard 10.5.1 but that’s as far as I can help you with that. As far as patching goes the guys at lifehacker have an immensely thorough procedure for building a patched DVD so I won’t rehash the process here. Either way get yourself a copy and prepare for the real meat of the operation ahead.
Without these guys none of this would be possible. The OSx86 wiki and InsanelyMac are ground zero for all of this stuff so you can direct your browser there to get aquinted with the project. They would prefer bloggers don’t link to files or threads over there so I will do my best to comply with that.
There is no definitive hardware selection to build a perfect Hackintosh box but the following gear worked very well for me and others. To be more accurate, the wrong hardware can cause serious issues and drivers can be a problem so be sure to check that your stuff is going to work okay. You can also expand on what I have selected here, like adding more drives for RAID, as the motherboard I chose supports this. The nice thing about building your own system is that you can configure it to your needs.
The following image shows all of the internal parts I used for my Hackintosh.
- Motherboard: Asus P5W DH Deluxe.
- Processor: Intel CoreÃ¢ž¢2 Quad Q6600 LGA775 (Retail Package).
- RAM: 4GB DDR2 5300 @ 667 Mhz.
- Video Card: eVGA eGeForce 8600GTS w/256 Megs RAM.
- Hard Drive: Seagate 320GB SATA II. 7200RPM. 16MB buffer.
- DVD Drive: Creative 8x (ancient, from old computer. Model DVD8401E. May 2000!)
- Case: Ultra Wizard ATX Mini-Tower w/350watt Power Supply.
Next let’s take a look at some of the costs involved…