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.

July 13, 2013

The Basic Guide to Updating Your Hackintosh

While installing Mac OS X on a PC is a tricky process in itself, updating your "Hackintosh" can be another challenge altogether. Apple rolls out system updates periodically, and if you want your Hackintosh to be running the latest and greatest versions of OS X, you're going to have to deal with these system updates at least a few times each year. While most of these updates are relatively harmless, every new version of Mac OS X has to potential to cause new problems with your hardware. This guide is here to help.

July 1, 2013

How to make a Chameleon boot USB drive for your Hackintosh (from Windows!)

Setting up Mac OS X on a PC carries its own inherent risks; despite the fact that Hackintoshes are generally very stable, there's always a chance that your computer will fail to start, for whatever reason. In these cases, your best option may be to temporarily boot Mac OS X with the help of a boot USB drive. From there, you can fix whatever problem your Hackintosh is experiencing. Your Mac OS X installer USB drive can act as backup boot USB drive, but if you don't have yours anymore, you're not out of luck-- you can still create a makeshift boot USB drive on Windows instead.

June 21, 2013

How to install OS X 10.9 Mavericks on your PC with myHack

This week, Apple publicly released the newest iteration of its Mac OS X operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Fortunately, Mavericks is just as Hackintosh-compatible as all previous iterations of Mac OS X; Conti released a Mavericks-compatible version of his myHack installation tool within days of the official Apple announcement. If you're interesting in running OS X Mavericks on your PC, it's actually pretty straightforward to set up with myHack.