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  • Psystar Hacks Snow Leopard for PCs


    Longtime Apple antagonist and cloning maven Psystar is up to its usually tricks again. Psystar has come out with "Rebel EFI", which enables the latest version of Mac OS X to be installed on any PC with a Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, i7 and other Intel based systems.

    From Apple Insider:
    The "Rebel" hack is likely to get the company in even more hot water as an ongoing legal battle with Apple continues over Psystar's unauthorized computers that ship with Mac OS X preinstalled. Psystar and Apple have been embroiled in a legal controversy over Mac OS X usage since July 2008.
    Bound to agitate Apple to no end, Psystar has placed a $50 price tag on the ability to run OS X on a PC, although this is only a discounted initial rate. And you just know that a fleet of OS X fans will cough up the fee, since Apple has offered no alternative choices in the murky realm in which Psystar and its offerings dwell.

    "Featuring Psystar's newest technology for allowing for the smooth interfacing between operating systems and generic Intel hardware," the product description reads, "Rebel EFI allows for the easy installation of multiple operating systems on a single system."
    Like an infection that won't go away, the folks at Apple have worked diligently to put Psystar out of commission, but so far, the company just won't die. Withstanding everything from bankruptcy to the legal challenges from Apple, Psystar seems poised to withstand the obstacles in its path despite their record of questionable business practices and, shall we say, a less than stellar reputation as a result.

    A lot of people I know are going to try the free demo version (with "limited functionality," of course) this weekend to see what all the talk is about. But for Psystar, the hype that comes with this announcement is a double-edged sword. Although this latest venture may prove a success and profitable, the company is being sued by Apple for copyright infringement and this hacked Snow Leopard stunt will only give Apple a stronger case to present when the trial begins in January.

    Image via Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Psystar Hacks Snow Leopard for PCs started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      installing the osx on a x86 processor isnt the issue. its getting the drivers for windows hardware such as my stupid Intel WiFi 5100 card!
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      sounds like a bunch of fun... i want snow leopard but dont wanna pay for an apple comp.
    1. sonofjemmi's Avatar
      sonofjemmi -
      I like what psytar is doing because it lets alot of people who cant afford a mac install osx on their pc.on another note apple is being a little one way they allow programs like parallel an vmware to ade in install for other os's. Why wont they permit anyone to install operating system on a pc?
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      I would like to run snow leopard on my computer because i just want to use it for SDK for iPhone
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Quote Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post
      i have run both Hackintosh systems and Mac systems. believe me, there is a difference. these hackintosh systems never perform as well as the real deal.
      that said, it was my tinkering with hackintosh that led me to purchase a real iMac....
      My hackintosh (Dell 10v) works just as well as my macbook plus it's more portable.
    1. imirish02's Avatar
      imirish02 -
      I'll gladly pay Apple for Snow Leopard but I'm not paying these guys $50.00. Hopefully it'll make it on the torrents :P
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      Quote Originally Posted by imirish02 View Post
      I'll gladly pay Apple for Snow Leopard but I'm not paying these guys $50.00. Hopefully it'll make it on the torrents :P
      Lol just give it time and boom you will see it lol
      I really looking forward if i can get it running on my laptop, to work with iphone SDK, and not have to run with vmware
    1. mwr_allen's Avatar
      mwr_allen -
      I've been using Mac OS X 10.5.6 on my Advent ERT2250 laptop dual booting with Windows Vista for about a month now and I have not had any issues with it whatsoever so this ability to run the mac operating system on a pc is nothing new by a long shot.

      There was a little difficulty getting everything installed and working because there are lots of patched drivers available to install but obviously the more you choose to install then the more unlikely the installation of Mac will not boot correctly or it will boot but not run correctly but after about 5 attempts I got the installation running perfectly.

      For people out there who are worried about losing important data on their hard drives then don't worry because all you need to do is create a separate partition on your main hard drive (about 30GB is ok) and install Mac OS X on the new partition and the windows partition will not be affected.

      If you need info on installing Mac operating systems on a pc then go to osx86project.org and look at installation guides. there is a hardware compatability list on this site but it's not full so don't worry if your computer is not on there because it will most probably work as the later versions of these patched operating systems have many more hardware drivers than before. I got a whole lot of info from this site that helped me but my real friend was in fact youtube where I found a great full video tutorial by some kid and his friend holding the camera. Just for reference I used a disc image called iPC OS X 10.5.6 which can easily be found on google.

      Just be sure to get all the information you need to know before you start, oh and printing out drivers info is useful because obviously your computer won't be able to hook up to the internet while you are installing the operatin system or if you have an iPhone then navigate it to the same video tutorial so that you have it to hand while you are doing the installation.

      Hit thanks if this helps anybody, oh, and thanks to all the techs that made this possible in the first place.
    1. cyrex's Avatar
      cyrex -
      I would love to have a macbook but cant afford it right now , and i have HP DV 2630ea would i be able to install mac os on it , if so please advise me on good website on how to do it .
    1. salayyad's Avatar
      salayyad -
      i tried this on my pc build which has: ASUS P6T MOBO WITH CORE I7 920. It just hangs at the apple logo screen with a no smoking sign. i let it go for like a hour with no luck so im just gonna give ideneb a shot.
    1. mobikob's Avatar
      mobikob -
      Would the Rebel software work on a netbook with the Intel Atom processor?
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      everybody just wants to be a mac. even if it means wearing a wig.