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Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: Panopticon
Date: June 01, 2009 09:34PM
Caved into my curiosity and built a monster devil smiley

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L v2 mobo {$40 on fleabay}
Intel Q8200 Core 2 Quad 2.33GHz {Boxed $160}
4GB DDR2 800MHz Patriot 2x2GB kit {$35}
Sparkle nVidia GeForce 9400GT 512MB PCIe x16 {{$32}
HEC 6C28BB8S Black Steel ATX-TAC MidTower {$32}
Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W PSU {$26}
Hitachi 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0G {$72}

OS X license from Family Pack, re-purposed KB, Mouse, LCD, & DVD burner.

Up and running for a total of: $397 {new hardware}

Direct install from Retail DVD using Boot-132 and the new nVidia 9000 series driver from Apple!
Everything works normally including CI, QE, ethernet, sound, and sleep.
Running 'burn in' and testing now, maybe benchmarks this weekend?
...and yes, it is FAST. Boot time is <35 sec. with auto log-in!

Some quick ASP screen caps...









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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: June 01, 2009 09:59PM
Geezo! Spend another $35 and get another 4 GB of RAM in that machine STAT!





Aloha, Ken


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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/01/2009 10:05PM by Harbourmaster.
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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: June 01, 2009 10:03PM
This comes close to making you a geek god!
Well done!



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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: decay
Date: June 01, 2009 10:07PM
huzzah!

Dell mini9, be-damned.



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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: June 01, 2009 10:09PM
One set of hackintosh instructions I read said that the box you end up with wouldn't run Bootcamp because Bootcamp requires some type of Apple only hardware. Is that really the case and true with hackintoshes in general?
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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: June 01, 2009 10:29PM
Very cool!



I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making
him carry me, and yet assure myself and others
that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his
lot by all possible means — except by getting off
his back. - Leo Tolstoy, novelist and Philosopher
(1828-1910)

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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: Carm
Date: June 01, 2009 10:47PM
Blankity Blank,
Bootcamp wouldnt be needed. Windows Hardware not Apple.

Now you got to get it dual booting.

Joe
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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: DRR
Date: June 02, 2009 03:30AM
WOW.

Seriously thinking about building one to offset all my handbrake encoding to... handbrake uses all cores doesn't it?
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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: gabester
Date: June 02, 2009 05:19AM
Yes, I too need a machine for Handbrake. But I'm also curious to know if the linux client and ubuntu wouldn't be just as usable for my purposes without all the efforts.
g=
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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: Mac-A-Matic
Date: June 02, 2009 07:08AM
Has anyone built a Hackintosh to rival the 8-Core Mac Pro?
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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: prof
Date: June 02, 2009 07:19AM
Quote
Panopticon
Direct install from Retail DVD using Boot-132 and the new nVidia 9000 series driver from Apple!

Where can you get this new nVidia 9000 series driver??
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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 02, 2009 09:37AM
your geek-fu is strong, grasshopper....
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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: June 02, 2009 10:30AM
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Mac-A-Matic
Has anyone built a Hackintosh to rival the 8-Core Mac Pro?

I think I saw a report about a couple of dual-Quad systems that some lunatic(s) put together, but they're few and far between. Those mobos are rare and pricey. Going for a Core 2 Quad, or more recently a quad-core i7 has a lot more bang for the buck.
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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: Janit
Date: June 02, 2009 04:01PM
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Harbourmaster


Now THAT'S the picture I'd like to paste over the Dell label on my Mini 9!
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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: Dick Moore
Date: June 02, 2009 04:04PM
Good job. That Sparkle video card is hot. I've got to upgrade the processor in my EFiX Frakkintosh -- I'm running a lowly E2200 2.2GHz which only has 800MHz frontside. My board supports 1066, so that's my next move. That was a great price on the Quad-core -- where'd that come from?



What it is, man, a low-down and funky feelin'
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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: AllGold
Date: June 02, 2009 04:22PM
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Mac-A-Matic
Has anyone built a Hackintosh to rival the 8-Core Mac Pro?

Like Will said, when you go to 8 cores it gets expensive and although it's not as pricey as a new 8-core Mac Pro, you start to lose the "cheap" angle.



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Re: Hackintosh: It's Alive!!!
Posted by: Panopticon
Date: June 02, 2009 05:44PM
prof, the driver can be found at [depositfiles.com] {free d/l}
It's a ZIP file, unzipped you get NVIDIA 9000 Series Drivers.pkg size=23.1MB .
I found the help on this after much google & coffee @ InsanelyMac.
You'll also need OSX86Tools.app {v1.0.150}, very handy. Linked at InsanelyMac or just google for it.
You'll use the Tools to create an EFI string and boot.plist entry for the video. Simple to do. The InsanelyMac link above explains it all in great detail.

Dick Moore { & others}, here's where the bits came from:
RAM from Frys.com on sale. Everything else from Newegg, on sale and 'Combo' deals. No shipping charges & no friggin' sales tax pirate smiley
{and the mobo was a fleabay lucky snipe!}

{btw, MicroCenter has the Q8200 on "special" for $130 + TAX, in-store only! That would have saved me another $25 {-driving expenses}.
No tears here... big grin smiley

edits: to clarify my crappy replies!



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/02/2009 05:50PM by Panopticon.
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