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February 18, 2012

Check the BIOS version of a Gigabyte motherboard

Running UserDSDT in Multibeast is one of the easiest ways to set up your Hackintosh, but the DSDT files used by UserDSDT only work with specific BIOS versions of your motherboard. Motherboards display their BIOS version on the POST screen (the black screen that you see when you start your computer), but newer Gigabyte motherboards cover the POST screen with the Gigabyte logo. However, it is still possible to find the BIOS version of your Gigabyte motherboard without Windows, by utilizing a rather obscure option in the BIOS itself.

February 17, 2012

HoboMac - The Cheapest Hackintosh

If you're looking to build cheapest Hackintosh possible, HoboMac is the build for you. HoboMac comprises of the cheapest Hackintosh-compatible parts that I could find on the internet, merged into an awesome combination of savings and value. Even though Hackintoshing is supposed to be a money-saver, a lot of Hackintosh builds still cost upwards of $800, so I'm hoping that HoboMac will be a fresh breath of air.

February 14, 2012

How to install Mac OS X Lion without installing Snow Leopard first

Last week, we explained how to install Mac OS X Lion with the standard Unibeast method. However, to follow the Unibeast method, you have to install Mac OS X Snow Leopard on your Hackintosh before installing Lion. If you're installing Mac OS X on your PC for the first time, and you just want to jump straight to Lion without the inconvenience of installing Snow Leopard, you could use a distro instead. Distros are pirated copies of Mac OS X that have been modified to work with a PC. If you don't have any qualms with the legal issues regarding distros, they're actually a very convenient way to set up a Hackintosh.

February 12, 2012

How to fix the boot0 error for your Hackintosh

Getting Mac OS X to boot from your Hackintosh's hard disk without any help can be a difficult process. Most of the time, using Multibeast to install UserDSDT or Easybeast will do the trick. However, you may get a boot0 error, instead of the normal Hackintosh bootscreen, after running Multibeast on your Hackintosh. This error might be caused by the sector format of your Hackintosh's hard drive. If so, there's a fix available, but it isn't easy.

How to install Mac OS X Lion on your Hackintosh 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. We've already covered installing Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), but unlike Snow Leopard, Lion doesn't include an installation DVD, which complicates matters. While tonymacx86's guide on installing Lion is very good, it's also very basic, just like his Snow Leopard guide. This guide follows tonymacx86's method, but it also attempts to explain every part of the process in detail, from start to finish (with pictures, thanks to Virtualbox).