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Mac OS X Intel hacked to run on standard PCs

updated 08:10 am EDT, Thu August 11, 2005

Mac OS X Intel hacked

At least one user has managed to (Trusted Platform Module) to prevent Mac OS X from running on third-party computers. The report noted that users were able to install other operating systems such as Windows and Linux on Intel-based Macs, but that it was not possible to install from the DVD containing the Intel-based Mac OS X on similar x86-based PCs (i.e., systems that lacked a TPM).

by MacNN Staff





  1. buffalolee

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It was only a matter of time before a hack would come out.

  1. iolaire

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Anyone able to provide or setup a non-torrent mirror of the movies? I'm interested to see, however I like Apple products and will not buy a Dell to run OS X!

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Intel based Mac's

    Are there intel based Mac's already? I was under the impression that the developer version released at WWDC was designed to work on standard PC's to give developers a chance to develop their software before Mactel's were released next year. At least that's what Steve Jobs said.

    Are there any developers with a copy out there who can set the record straight?

  1. ratpH1nk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I don't think this is as much a hack as it is a person who has an Intel chipset/MoBo with similar specs to the one Apple has cobbled together for the developer transition kit.

  1. Voch

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good luck...

    Good luck with that. I'll stick with Apple's hardware.

  1. Horsepoo!!!

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No good can come of this

    The only thing I see is that people trying to shoehorn OS X onto their PC will most likely pirate OS X, pirate OS X apps, and write OS X malware with the free dev tools (which would probably be pirated if they weren't).

    I'd love to be as cheerful as others and say that Mac marketshare and mindshare will increase as a result of people figuring out how to install OS X on their PC...but since all of this will be underground activity, it won't be compiled in the marketshare figures nor acknowledged as mindshare.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Intel based Mac's

    "Are there intel based Mac's already?"

    Yes. Since you can only install OS X on these machines--without a hack that is--for all intent and purprose it's not a "standard pc"

  1. apple4ever

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not surprising

    I expected this. And what ever Apple comes up with in the final design of craptels will be hacked as well. Then Apple will start losing hardware sales. Then Apple with be dead. GG Jobs.

  1. itguy05

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I absolutely _HATE_ Intel (never owned one- always did AMD) and was wondering what I was going to do now that Apple is using InHell chips.

    If this is true, will be great to build an AMD machine and have superior performance and the superior OS!

  1. voznap

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not a final version

    They hacked the developer's version of OS X. The final Mactel machines are going to likely use a DRM on the processor and a chipset on the board that will likely make it far more difficult, considering you will be required to have the correct hardware to run OS X. Not much different than what they are already doing now. If it isn't a Mac than it won't run.

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