June 14, 2014

How to enable writing to NTFS hard drives for free in OS X Mavericks

Windows uses the NTFS file system for its hard drives. Mac OS X can read files on NTFS hard drives, but it can't write files to them, which is a glaring omission. Attempting to drag a file into an NTFS drive in Mac OS X will only result in your mouse cursor turning into an error sign. Since many Hackintoshes dual-boot Windows and Mac OS X, being unable to share files between hard drives can lead to a lot of problems with file management. Fortunately, you can enable NTFS writing on OS X Mavericks with relatively little trouble-- all it takes is a few drivers and 10 minutes of your time.

May 29, 2014

How to install OS X Mavericks in Virtualbox with Niresh

We've previously shown you how to install OS X Mountain Lion on a virtual machine by using iAtkos ML2, which is great practice for installing Mac OS X on your actual computer. And now that Apple has released OS X Mavericks, it's only fitting that we show you how to install Mavericks in a virtual machine as well. Unlike in previous versions of this guide, we'll be using the newly-popular "Niresh" distro of Mavericks instead the old iAtkos distro (which is no longer publicly available for free). While we've already shown you how to install Mavericks on your actual computer with Niresh, it also works great with virtual machines.

April 18, 2014

The Best Hackintosh Laptops of 2013-2014 - Mavericks Edition

It's very difficult to find a laptop that can easily be turned into Hackintosh. As mentioned in our Hackintosh compatibility guide, most laptops aren't good Hackintoshes, because the compact design of laptops makes it very difficult to replace non-compatible parts. With this in mind, we are proud to introduce our long overdue list of Hackintosh-compatible laptops for 2013 and 2014.

March 7, 2014

How to edit your own DSDT with MaciASL

DSDTs are configuration files that tell Mac OS X how to use your Hackintosh's motherboard, without the need for extra kexts and drivers. For desktop computers, a DSDT will make it a lot easier to enable sleep mode on your Hackintosh; it may also fix bootup problems related to your CPU, and enable HDMI audio. For laptop computers, meanwhile, DSDTs are even more useful. A good DSDT will fix a huge number of laptop-related issues in Mac OS X, including problems regarding audio, battery, graphics, USB, WiFi, fan control, and more. In this guide, we'll show you how to edit your own DSDT, by applying patches with the DSDT editing tool MaciASL.

January 3, 2014

How to install OS X Mavericks on your PC with Niresh

If you're interested in running Mac OS X, but you don't want to pay ridiculous prices for a normal Mac, then a Hackintosh just might be for you. Right now, the newest iteration of OS X is 10.9, known as Mavericks. In this guide, we'll show you how to install Mavericks on your PC with the newly released "Niresh" distro.

December 4, 2013

How to install iWork for free on a new Hackintosh [mini-guide]

Apple released new versions of its iWork apps for OS X Mavericks this November, making it a free download for all new Macs purchased on or after October 1, 2013. However, Hackintosh users will have no such luck taking advantage of this update-- new Hackintoshes are not recognized by the Mac App Store as new Macs, and if you want the newest versions of Pages, Numbers, or Keynote, you're officially required to pay the full $60 price. Fortunately, there is a workaround!

October 30, 2013

How to use Multibeast 6: a comprehensive guide for Mavericks

Recently, tonymacx86 released Multibeast 6, a version of Multibeast customized specifically for OS X Mavericks, Apple's newest version of Mac OS X. Unlike previous versions of Multibeast, which were really just glorified installer packages, Multibeast 6 has been recoded as a standalone OS X application. The selection layout has been drastically revamped, and all Mountain Lion-specific options have been removed. Unsure what to do? This guide is here to help. 

October 22, 2013

How to install OS X Mavericks on your PC with Unibeast

If you're interested in running Mac OS X, but you don't want to pay ridiculous prices for a normal Mac, then a Hackintosh just might be for you. Right now, the newest iteration of OS X is 10.9, known as Mavericks. Installing Mavericks on a PC is pretty much the exact same as installing Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). This guide will follow tonymacx86's standard Unibeast method, except that we try to cover the process with more detail (and pictures!).

August 1, 2013

The Best USB WiFi Adapters For Your Hackintosh

If you want to connect your Hackintosh to the internet via WiFi, you'll usually have to set up a separate wireless adapter (also known as a WiFi card). When choosing a WiFi adapter, your two main options are to buy either a PCI adapter or a USB adapter. The names are self-explanatory; a PCI adapter should be attached to a motherboard PCI slot, while a USB adapter should be attached to a USB port. Both mediums have their own advantages and disadvantages. We discussed buying a PCI WiFi adapter last year, but if that isn't an option, read on for a list of compatible USB WiFi adapters instead.

July 20, 2013

A look at AMD Hackintoshing -- Mac OS X Lion

These days, most Hackintoshes use Intel processors, not AMD processors. This is for good reason, too-- installing Mac OS X on a computer with an AMD processor is a long and difficult process, plagued by minimal support from the Hackintoshing community. That being said, if you're not willing to make the inconvenient (and expensive) switch from AMD to Intel, this article is here to help. To learn how to install Mac OS X Lion on an AMD Hackintosh, read on.