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Hackintosh; advice?

Hey guys,

I’ve been reading various articles about hackintosh’s for the last few months, trying to figure out if it’s actually a good option for me or not – Problem is, a lot of people seem to just be testing/using/reviewing them on the basis that they still be used as a netbook (Which I fail to see much point in, why would you load OSX to a netbook, simply to use safari?). I’ve looked into how to make one run Photoshop, but it sounds a little bit confusing – I was wondering, has anyone experimented with this? Have any horrors/delights? A 10" laptop, running OSX and Photoshop smoothly sounds almost too good to be true.

Cheers!

by Grant Thistle at 2010-04-05 16:59:35 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I use a 10v hackintosh whenever I need to travel light and know others who do so as well. It’s every bit as good as you might imagine.

Getting Photoshop and Photomechanic installed is as difficult as figuring out how to install it without a CD drive (which isn’t very difficult if you download your purchases or have a USB drive).

by Mark Ovaska | 05 Apr 2010 19:04 (ed. Apr 5 2010) | Rochester, NY, United States | | Report spam→
insanely mac forum is a godsend.
Currently I’m building a desktop and it is daunting and confusing and i’ve not even started the heavy lifting bit yet. However converting a compatible laptop to OSX is, from what i can make out, reasonably straight forward. If you’re looking for something easy buy an apple, if you dont like working things out and problem solving buy an apple.

The INsanely Mac forum has plenty of threads with laptop specifics and work arounds.

by Con O'Donoghue | 06 Apr 2010 09:04 | Dublin, Ireland | | Report spam→
I have a Macbook pro and an Asus Eee PC 1000 HE. From time to time I think about doing the hackintosh thing but 1) using Windows XP really isn’t that big an inconvenience and 2) the computer that works best as a hackintosh, the Dell 10 V, doesn’t perform as well as some of the other models on offer using XP or Windows 7. In fact, having access to a Mac and a PC is pretty useful.

by DPC | 06 Apr 2010 11:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
the Dell Mini 9, (out of production) is what I got, it’s smaller than the 10. Weighs 2 lbs. I paid a kid $50 to do the installation for me, so I wouldn’t have to aggravate myself, and I run the following:

Photoshop CS3
Photo Mechanic
Microsoft Word
Fetch
Skype (video + voice)

The screen is great for color. The sound however is bad, i can talk on Skype but playing any kind of music is terrible.

Perhaps Windows isn’t an inconvenience for people used to it. But if you’ve been on MACs almost exclusively (like a lot of photographers, I imagine) then it is a huge pain in the ass to use any Windows machine. Hence Hackintoshing was a game-changer for me in terms of truly lightweight travel.

by [former member] | 06 Apr 2010 17:04 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
here is Mac OS X Netbook Compatibility Chart it may help you on what kind to get:

http://www.mymacnetbook.com/compatibility-chart/

dominik

by Dominik | 06 Apr 2010 17:04 | san diego, california, United States | | Report spam→
I went through the setup on a Intel desktop I had here using instructions on the lifehacker site:

How to Build a Hackintosh with Snow Leopard, Start to Finish
http://lifehacker.com/5351485/how-to-build-a-hackintosh-with-snow-leopard-start-to-finish?skyline=true&s=x

It was reasonably painless to do. I’ve been running all manner of software on it to see how well it compares to the Windows version of it on the same machine. While I haven’t tried Photoshop, I’ve been testing Bridge CS4 on it, and that’s been working similarly to the windows version.

How well this works for anyone really depends on the actual Intel processor chip, motherboard and video card specifications. I originally built the system so it would be reasonably supported on OSX and it’s updates, which can potentially be another problem:

Hackintosh Updates Like a Charm to 10.6.3
http://lifehacker.com/5505056/hackintosh-updates-like-a-charm-to-1063

by henley | 06 Apr 2010 18:04 | | Report spam→
Wow, cheers guys – I really appreciate this.

Mark: Is the 10v the model up from the Mini9? I heard there were some bugging issues with getting Photoshop to run on that model if it is, had any?

Alan: Have you had any issues I should watch out for? Photoshop runs smoothly?

DPC: I’m so Mac-centric that I genuinely have forgotten how to use a PC. Oh the hours of needless painful toil I’ve saved myself!

Henley: I might drop you a PM if I get stuck along the way, that okay?

I’m always pretty skeptical of these things, but the idea of having a 9" 2lb Digital Processor is too enticing for me, just want to make sure I’m not going to end up with a 9" 2lb useless P.O.S!

by Grant Thistle | 06 Apr 2010 20:04 | Glasgow, Scotland., United Kingdom | | Report spam→
photoshop and photo mechanic work perfectly, i even installed the Alien Skin Exposure 2.0 Plug-In for Photoshop.

I did not install Lightroom because I really don’t deal with large numbers of image files at once on this machine — i pick with Photo Mechanic, tweak in Photoshop — that’s fine for deadline situations. I imagine that Lightroom would work fine.

like i said, the only issue is audio, and i’m not speaking of sound quality but of the ability of the computer’s sound card (or whatever) to process music fast enough. Talking on Skype as I said is fine.

why are you skeptical? Processor speed shouldn’t really be an issue for photojournalistic needs on a small lightweight travel netbook. the Mini 9 is plenty fast enough. so was my 2002 iBook G3, for that matter, when you really think about it.

i would think that only if you’re doing video, does this become an issue, and I most certainly don’t shoot video!

by [former member] | 06 Apr 2010 22:04 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Alan; thanks for all the useful advice – I was only skeptical of how they handled the crossover, I’ve tried to install Mac OS’ onto PC’s before in the past and it’s never quite worked out the way I’d thought it would (bugs, glitches, programs refusing to work etc) – Just testing the waters to see if this is any different, from a first hand perspective by people using them in much a similar manner as I’d like to. Glad to hear it’s everything I hope it will be though, that makes it far more exciting!

by Grant Thistle | 06 Apr 2010 23:04 | Glasgow, Scotland., United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Well it’s been a while since I installed Snow Leopard on the PC, but I am getting ready to run the new update, so I might know something more about this than those web pages do. But I think they are really your best starting point in solving any problems you may run into.

If your concern is apps, most things are working for me when I’m testing it. But I am not actually using the system that much for everyday work at this point. But I have been trying to see how well Bridge functions before I decided to play with the Aperture 3 which is installed on it.

by henley | 07 Apr 2010 00:04 | | Report spam→
i should add that i used it as my main and only computer on the road for weeks and weeks at a time in China last year, on assignment. it allowed me to not have any luggage to check in on airplanes and to be truly mobile on the ground without always having to figure out a base apartment/hotel first.

the netbook, and a 250 gig external HD, card reader, card wallet, phones+chargers, 30-40 rolls of film, a couple of notebooks and books, toiletries, and 2-3 changes of clothing all fit easily into a backpack that’s not hard to carry. my second bag had two Leicas and a Canon 5d and a few lenses. And that’s all you need, really!

by [former member] | 07 Apr 2010 02:04 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→

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