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    For quite awhile now many people that have wanted to run OS X on their PCs have had to resort to creating a "hackintosh" like macciti did. While this is a good free option for running OS X on your PC the EFiX Dongle makes the process freaking easy assuming your PC is running supported hardware.

    Basically all you do is plug in and boot from the dongle and then install OS X from CD on the same hard drive as your 32 bit Windows Installation. It really couldn't be any easier. Better yet you also get great performance for your money compared to more expensive Apple Computers.



    The Pros
    • Stupid Easy
    • Good Performance
    • Cheaper than an Apple Computer
    • You don't have to fear Apple Updates


    The Cons
    • Limited Supported Hardware
    • A couple more minutes to boot
    • Costs $155
    • No support

    If you have been thinking about putting OS X on your PC for awhile and don't mind spending $155 this could be a great option for you if you have the supported hardware. It will be exciting to watch and see how far the supported hardware list expands hopefully making switching to OS X easy for all computer setups.

    For more information on Matt Buchanan's experiences using EFiX check out his post. If you want to grab your own EFiX Dongle here's where you can buy it.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Easily Turn Your PC into a Mac with EFiX USB Dongle started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      interesting, I feel silly not knowing much about mac after so many years of being a windows guru. Maybe this would be a good time to learn the mac os basics. I'm sure it wouldnt take long to get things working from what I read. It would also be nice to be able to quickpwn faster too when the apple only version comes out first like it did with 2.1 I'm going to check now to see if my asus quad core intel motherboard will work with this ok. Hmmmm only one mother board company supported, not sure it's worth buying something new and reinstalling everything just yet. I know vista is very flexible if I swap in a new motherboard though so maybe
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      kalyway is just as easy. This definitely costs too much for minimum support and just taking advantage of a bios fix
    1. timcki's Avatar
      timcki -
      iAtkos... another way to do it.

      Works great for me
    1. bensen's Avatar
      bensen -
      i tried it with kalyway dvd before. the install worked fine but after the FIRST reboot after a successfull install the osx wont start anymore
    1. Rustynuts's Avatar
      Rustynuts -
      Leo4all is what i use, just as easy as installing Windows...
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by cash7c3 View Post

      The Cons
      • Limited Supported Hardware
      • A couple more minutes to boot
      • Costs $155
      • No support
      Possibley a stupid question. Is the dongle 115 bucks or is the OS included. I guess the reason I am asking is would I have to shell out ANOTHER 115 bucks for a LEGIT copy of the OS, or is this dongle and legit single license of OS for 115 bucks. If it's the latter then I am in!
    1. ProjectGSX's Avatar
      ProjectGSX -
      The title of this thread is a little misleading. Its easy to turn your PC into a Mac IF you have the supported hardware. And the list of supported hardware is VERY short. Check the list before you consider buying.

      Also, keep in mind that there are freely available ways to perform this installation without buying this gadget.
    1. Dovecand1's Avatar
      Dovecand1 -
      I'm not too familiar with this type of hardware install... so my question is can it be done on a laptop? In the video he is connected to a mobo?
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      How long before this gets cracked? 155 is way too much unless it includes mac os
    1. dayno's Avatar
      dayno -
      is there any really good guides for installing mac os x 10.5.4-10.5.5 onto a dell xps m1210. ive looked over the net but all the information is all over the joint. anyone got it any sources which are really good and up to date?

      thanks
    1. koreanmasters99's Avatar
      koreanmasters99 -
      Great!
      after i spend $1100 for the used Macbook Pro....
      and another $141 for the OSX 10.5.4...
      and gas money... so that I can use it...whenever there's update for
      the iphone....

      Now they come out with this.....
      man.....
      so funny....
      :-(

      Oh yeah...
      does anyone know if it works with
      Dell XPS M2010?
      it has a duo core....
      thnx
      god bless!

      I might just do as someone here posted.....
      i go out and steal a next generation of Macbook that is coming out!
      and then pray for forgiveness...
    1. minhwan's Avatar
      minhwan -
      sziklassy // It would be around $150, and it's the dongle only

      To all those people who using Kalyway, iAktos, etc... which are modified OS X DVD image, the benefit of this device is you don't have to worry about future update of the OS. There are another free way to install OS X which called "Boot 132". this is a new way that pre-loads drivers and faking kext files before booting so you can install with retail DVD disc. It might be complicated to set up right drivers for your hardware into USB or CD boot image though

      The dongle is really handy way ( since it tells OS X that your machine is a Mac so you don't need any post-modification at all) but I guess the $115 is still too much. As long as the device works perfectly, $115 is quite reasonable price. However, what if Apple block this or invent new hardware recognization system... would they still support next launch of OS X ?? They're saying they would, but... who knows...

      At the moment, boot 132 is the most effective and reliable way of installing OS X and it costs nothing still... pretty much
    1. mixer911's Avatar
      mixer911 -
      actually im just about to install leo4all v4.1 which includes leopard os x (10.5.4) and if u guys need any info just go to www.insanelymac.com and hit the forums
    1. Bouzo's Avatar
      Bouzo -
      Quote Originally Posted by koreanmasters99 View Post
      Great!
      after i spend $1100 for the used Macbook Pro....
      and another $141 for the OSX 10.5.4...
      and gas money... so that I can use it...whenever there's update for
      the iphone....

      Now they come out with this.....
      man.....
      so funny....
      :-(

      Oh yeah...
      does anyone know if it works with
      Dell XPS M2010?
      it has a duo core....
      thnx
      god bless!

      I might just do as someone here posted.....
      i go out and steal a next generation of Macbook that is coming out!
      and then pray for forgiveness...

      I hear ya! I too almost bought a mac till I found out a few days ago on here that you can run OS X on your PC (possibly!) so I decided to dwell into it.

      It took me 2 all nighters which included extensive reading on insanelymac and others, tinkering with my bios to no end just to get the damn install DVD to even boot and messing with about 5 different vesions out there:

      iKalyway's
      iDeneb's
      Leo4allv1
      Leo4allv3
      Leo4AMDv4

      I FINALLY got it to work with iDeneb's version, ethernet, printing, USB, and sound drivers all working.

      Still getting used to the interface, it's quite different. Not sure if I could ever leave windows for it (which is why I also created a dual boot system with this on my PC! ) Becareful if attempting this as you can screw up your MBR (like I did ) and not boot into anything anymore! I would highly suggest using a tool called "Ultimate Boot CD for windows" which uses your current windows installation CD (slipstreaming) to create a fully functional boot up disc that even when the **** hits the fan, you can boot with this, into a windows environment off the CD and provides you with plenty of tools to fix your computer.

      Now if I could only find a video driver for my eGeforce 9600GT I would be set.

      Anyone know if it's available?


      Good Luck!

      for reference my specs were:

      Overclocked AMD X2 4800+ on an ASUS M3A32-MVP DLX
      SATA HD
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      I have a 9600GT too, I guess it's not a good idea to bother trying yet unless a driver is out that will work. Oh well. The only reason I'd want to play with mac os is to gain some basic experience with it, and have access to quickpwn in the future.
    1. rnksols's Avatar
      rnksols -
      This is a nice option for those of you who do not have the time nor patience to do the extensive amount of research and reinstalls that CAN be necessary to get OSX to install on your PC.

      Personally I have a Hackintosh set up using the DVD methods mentioned before (Leo4All, iAtkos, Kalyway etc etc.)

      I would however like to remind people, that they will still require to purchase a copy of OSX, or "obtain" a copy. However, even if you legitamitely purchase a copy of OSX from Apple, you are violating the EULA by installing it on non Apple hardware.

      I just thought I would mention it because many people who don't know much about this may think that buying the dongle and purchasing an OSX licence will give them a valid and supportable OSX based system, however it won't. Apple are very clear on the matter and don't take to kindly to installing OSX on non-OEM hardware.

      I personally couldn't give a rats *** what you do, I just thought that for the general public, I would make you aware of the technicalities.
    1. Bouzo's Avatar
      Bouzo -
      Quote Originally Posted by JazJon View Post
      I have a 9600GT too, I guess it's not a good idea to bother trying yet unless a driver is out that will work. Oh well. The only reason I'd want to play with mac os is to gain some basic experience with it, and have access to quickpwn in the future.
      Just to clarify, you can still run it without the driver. There are generic drivers included with these installs and mine runs absolutely fine without the specific driver for the 9600GT.

      The advantage to the specific driver obviously would be better performance or resolutions for more intense video usage (games I guess) but otherwise my OS X runs in full, vibrant, resolution. As you stated, my main goal was just to learn how to do basic things with OS X, and also do quickpwn as well.
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      Just to clarify to everyone the reason this cost $155 is because of the hardware the dongle has a chip that emulates the EFi boot loader :/
    1. skb875's Avatar
      skb875 -
      Thanks or the info. I was about to ask this question.
      How easy is it for Apple to find out if you do/don't have OEM software? Also, how likely is it for that to happen?
      Not that I'm trying to justify this, just curious.


      Quote Originally Posted by rnksols View Post
      This is a nice option for those of you who do not have the time nor patience to do the extensive amount of research and reinstalls that CAN be necessary to get OSX to install on your PC.

      Personally I have a Hackintosh set up using the DVD methods mentioned before (Leo4All, iAtkos, Kalyway etc etc.)

      I would however like to remind people, that they will still require to purchase a copy of OSX, or "obtain" a copy. However, even if you legitamitely purchase a copy of OSX from Apple, you are violating the EULA by installing it on non Apple hardware.

      I just thought I would mention it because many people who don't know much about this may think that buying the dongle and purchasing an OSX licence will give them a valid and supportable OSX based system, however it won't. Apple are very clear on the matter and don't take to kindly to installing OSX on non-OEM hardware.

      I personally couldn't give a rats *** what you do, I just thought that for the general public, I would make you aware of the technicalities.
    1. MalayZN's Avatar
      MalayZN -
      that is so so useless osx86....... did the same thing without adding some useless dongle...... and it works great........ I got it running right now......