The Hackintosh Way – Part 1

I’m finally taking the leap and building a Hackintosh – the old Mac mini I’ve been running at home is just way too slow anymore to keep up with our iTunes and iPhoto libraries, not to mention the web and video work I’ve been playing around with for church lately. Most of the parts arrived a couple days ago and I’ve been playing around and getting familiar with putting everything together — this isn’t just my first Hackintosh, it’s the first time I’ve ever done a home-built computer!

Of course, part of the fun (?!??!) is the troubleshooting that’s necessary to get Mac OS X up and running the right way on a Hack, so I’m getting more and more familiar with how to do all of that. Since I’ve decided to chalk the last day or so of work up to the “experimentation” phase on how to make things work, I’m going to start over and document everything pretty exhaustively both for future personal reference and in the hopes it can help someone else.

So, here is the system I’m going to call “xMac” in honor of the midpoint Mac many enthusiants hope Apple might build between the Mac mini and the Mac Pro (don’t hold your breath).Components were selected primarily based on their presence in Tonymacx86’s Buyer’s Guides (June 2013). As recommended, I’m sticking with Ivy Bridge processors because Haswell procs are still too new to be stable and widely supported in the Hackintosh community. That will change as Apple moves more of their machines to the new chips. All links below point to Amazon unless otherwise noted (and no, they are not affiliate links).

So I’m going to get back into re-installing everything from scratch tomorrow…I’ve got a system up, running, and “mostly” stable right now based on HD4000 internal graphics, but my GeForce 650 Ti card arrives tomorrow and that will be the permanent solution – especially since I’ve borked up my HD4000 graphics due to some errors along the way… <sigh>

About Neil

Happy husband. Proud father. Systems engineering consultant, and former U.S. Air Force officer. A music fan, science fiction nut, geek, and die-hard Mac user who grudgingly deals with Windows at work only because his employer and clients aren’t enlightened enough to move to Mac OS X.
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