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Final Mac OS X 10.6.2 update breaks Atom support

updated 10:30 pm EST, Mon November 9, 2009

Change poses hurdle for hackintosh configurations

Apple's final Mac OS X 10.6.2 update breaks support for Intel's Atom CPUs, according to an OSNews report. The company's intent was unclear as the software was under development. Early builds dropped compatibility for the components, although subsequent versions seemingly returned the support.

The move could present an obstacle for users attempting to configure 'Hackintosh' systems. Atom chipsets have been a common factor with a variety of Mac-clone netbooks, although a recent report suggests Apple has rejected the platform from consideration for future devices.

Although Hackintosh users have initially complained of problems with v10.6.2, the reports come just hours after the update was released. It remains unknown if the code changes will pose a significant hurdle.

by MacNN Staff



  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    how dare Apple

    break their software from working on a totally unsupported platform!

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Breaks Atom support? So what!

    The upgrade worked fine on my iMac. What Apple products use Atom processors? That's like complaining about Mercedes-Benz's brake disks being no longer interchangeable with the Ford Taurus.

    Not much of a loss. Why does any product use a single core 1.6 GHz Atom processor for that matter?

    Microsoft should be jumping with glee. Now MS has all the netbook freaks just where it wants them. Shoving Windows 7 down their tiny netbook throats.

  1. Geordiekeith

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No problem

    So what, it just means I stick to 10.6.1 on my Lenovo which runs beautifully and does everything I need on the road, in the air or on the rails.

    BTW, products that need to be small, light, with good battery life and not cost $1000 use single core 1.6 GHz Atom processors. Think of the gap between iPhone and MacBook...

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You don't pin diamonds on wood; you pin them on gold.

    Same applies to Mac OS X; it meant to run on Apple's quality hardware; not cheap imitation junk.

    You don't like it; TOO BAD. Go play elsewhere. Microsoft will welcome you with open arms.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple finally uses the same technique to break the support on clone as how they did on Palm Pre's iTunes sync.

  1. TheAppleFreak

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This could be disastrous...

    I've been running OS X on my Dell Mini 10v, which has been a more-than-comfortable user experience. As of late, we've figured out how to emulate two-finger scrolling, three finger swiping, and a few other fixes, all of which are to make our Hackintosh experience more enjoyable.
    However, Apple removing the support for our Atom processors is a major drawback for many people. Some people (including me) rely on a Hackintosh netbook for work or school (I take all of my notes on it). Of course, we could use an older kernel, but that wouldn't give us the benefits of the 10.6.2 kernel.

    I guess I'll wait for netkas and Meklort to figure out how to patch the kernels, and then once they do, I can exhale a sigh of relief.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So what?

    So all of the cheaters can't use the update? What's the loss? Ditto on the Pre issue. Neither one was designed for what they're complaining about, so s**** 'em.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You're all idiots

    Microsoft is where it is because people pirated Windows 95 and made it a mainstay. They did the same with XP.

    You can't become dominant without pirates. I smell the end of Apple onces the MP3 fad finally dies out.

    I just moved someone to Linux who had iTunes and an iPod. He as about 30 purchased songs and 5 purchased movies. We're now in the process of converting that proprietary content into somethings that any media player can handle. Not a simple task but not impossible.

    First thing he said about Linux "I can copy files TO and FROM my iPod using this Jukebox program? ARE YOU SERIOUS? OMG Forget Word, I'll deal with OpenOffice, this is fantastic!"

    It does not take much to make people smile. Apple does not make people smile, they make them cringe in time.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Normal

    You don't pin diamonds on wood; you pin them on gold.

    Except all diamonds are is just compressed carbon, and the ONLY reason they have value is
    (a) people have been conned into thinking you need to spend $$$ on diamond engagement rings,
    (b) people think their pretty
    (c) a small set of companies completely control the diamond trade, and, therefore, hoard a ton of diamonds in vaults to keep their current high prices

    Same applies to Mac OS X; it meant to run on Apple's quality hardware; not cheap imitation junk.

    That would be all well and good, except, since OS X can run on cheap imitation junk, it implies that there really is nothing special about what sits underneath (which there isn't). So it's all the 'setting'. "Oh, look, my computer is pretty and nice looking."

    Oh, and last I checked, a computer was only as good as what it could do for you. It's ALL about the OS. OS X is good, that's why people want to use it. There's nothing 'special' about Apple's hardware that makes OS X so much better on it than any other computer. (In fact, I'd like to see you tell the difference between a Mac box and a Psystar box running OS X, when you can't see the computer, just the screen...

    You don't like it; TOO BAD. Go play elsewhere. Microsoft will welcome you with open arms.

    Yeah, they will. Because MS won't try to restrict what computers you can run their OS on.

  1. migs647

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pay to play

    I've been involved in the hackintosh community for quite some time, I've done many builds with 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6.

    There is a reason the community is for hobbyists and not consumers. I'm sorry you rely on your Dell running os x for school. That's a poor choice imo. No matter how stable it is, there is always a chance the next upgrade will break your install. It's part of the "fun" dealing with this stuff.

    You can't b**** about apple not supporting the hardware, when you don't even own their hardware. So please stop it.

    If you want a good reliable hackintosh install, then go down to the previous os where there won't be any more major updates coming out i.e. 10.5.8. Stick with it until 10.6.x doesn't ever have to be upgraded.

    Otherwise, don't complain when apple "breaks" your support that you didn't pay for in the first place.

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