Since I’ve upgrade my hackintosh from El Capitan to Sierra, it’s almost a year now. Start from first final release on September 20 2016 which the version is 10.12 till now 10.12.5.
And even now Apple has released new version of Mac OS called Mac OS high Sierra (10.13). Is announced at WWDC in June 6, 2017 a few days ago.
It’s the first of a beta version and released for developer preview only. I heard that public beta will released on July. Hmm.. we’ll see.
Okay! back to my low budget hackintosh.
As I run Sierra so far I always update my hackintosh PC manually every time Apple released combo updates for Sierra. From 10.12.2 till now 10.12.5.
And it amaze me how it works smoothly even on low budget spec hackintosh PC like mine.
I even sometimes forgot that I was running hackintosh 😜 and yeah! I even almost abandoned my Windows OS.
But like we all know that running hackintosh will be always an issue especially with the hardware. So in this post I will talk about that.
Issue that I face while running Sierra on my low budget hackintosh
Even on high spec PC running Mac OS there will always be an issue, moreover if it running on a low budget PC like mine. So this is some issue that sometimes happen.
- It maybe rarely happen but sometimes my hackintosh get CPU panic, mostly on boot section, and then restart by it self.
- Since the beginning it only ever freeze once and restart by it self.
- FaceTime and iMassage won’t work. Even I know that the only way to make it work is by adding a real mackintosh ROM serial number to RT Variable in Clover settings, but I won’t do that. Because I don’t need it anyway. And to keep it a legal hack.
- Can not shutdown completely. But I found the solution by change the power supply with one that have additional power button. (Actually is fine, and doesn’t effect anything, just like when you plug cable power to stop contact and your mouse and keyboard in standby mode.)
I have write a post about using a newest power supply model that have an additional power button here Hackintosh PC Won’t Full Shutdown [ Fixed ]
What can my hackintosh do
Believe it or not, my hack can do almost the real Mac could do, from play game, to video editing stuff without any problem.
What my hackintosh can’t do
Even on small buffer size 32 and 46 bit audio settings. I have latency problem while test my hack for recording or just Jaming on DAW softwares.
It begin normal and fine but after about 20 minutes play guitar or any instrument then a massive delay between what you play and the output sound begins.
It also happen on standalone application that I’ve tested. But Thank God the problem fix in macOS High Sierra version 10.13.6. And after I replace the PSU with the better one.
So yeah you can use hackintosh for Home Recording project stuff for sure.
So if you guys want to using hackintosh for recording stuff make sure you have a good Power Supply Unit and more better if you install it on SSD. So you will not having a latency problem and other issue.
If I have budget $1200 + ???
When you ask me,
If I have budget about around $1200 would will I spent it to build a super hackintosh PC or buy a real iMac (mid 2011) ???
Then my answer is clear and loud.
I will choose to spent that darn money to buy a real iMac, and use it to do my work.
End of story.
There will be always a problem and issue, but that’s the fun of Hackintoshing right!
So if you guys want to learn to build your own Hackintosh,make sure to research about what hardware that supported, what kind of laptop series that known good and work well to install mac os system on it etc etc.
For hardware research there a few site you can visit, these site was dedicated to covering stuff related hackintosh like; tonymacx86, insanelymac, osxarena, osx86project, Myhack etc.
Here at my blog I also will always share my experience about hackintosh to you guys. I also dedicate a special category, for me to share things I’ve learned related hackintosh stuff, just hope it will help you to build your hack.
You may need to know, I only preferred to do a vanilla hackintosh method. Because I think it most safe and clean way to make it.