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Mac OS X 10.6.2 hacked to allow Atom processors

updated 10:25 am EST, Fri November 20, 2009

Should restore support for 'hackintosh' netbooks

A workaround has been developed to restore Atom processor support in Mac OS X 10.6.2, a Russian hacker claims. The technique relies on a custom version of the Mach kernel, which must be installed using Terminal because of the need to gain root access. Once active, the kernel should support so-called hackintosh netbooks, most likely to use Atom chips.

It is not certain why the v10.6.2 update disabled Atom compatibility for Macs, which has generally been uninterrupted since it was first discovered. Apple does not, however, produce anything with Atom CPUs, and it may be unlikely to use them in the future, even for projects like an upgraded Apple TV or an upcoming tablet. The company currently prefers specialized mobile processors, or else more powerful Intel designs like the Core 2 Duo. The new code may be designed to deter hackintosh netbooks.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Just what Apple wanted. Make sure your hackintosh can't run standard OS X, and make those potential hackers a little more wary of not buying a Mac...

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So the appeal of this is to the handful of people who can handle using Terminal and all the techno-geek tricks that will be necessary to make it work.

    Jesus people, just buy a frigging Mac.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: So!

    Yeah you cheapskates! Just fork over another $1000+ on a Mac and be done with it! What's a little $$$ anyways?

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