I remember the first time when I was tried to hackintoshing my PC. At that time I try to install Mac OS Snow Leopard on my PC. And the funny thing was I spend more then a week just to make it run on my PC.
At that time, the spec of my PC was different with the PC that now I use for experimenting hackintosh. Yeah! Quitely mess at that time ha ha.
I’ve try different method vanilla and distro. And i finally found the safest way is by doing vanilla install.
However, I’ve learned a lot for using Mac distro. But if you ask me the best way to hackintoshing your computer? I would love to recommended vanilla method and more better, do it yourself.
For peeps who already familiar with hackintosh stuff. You know what exactly I am talking about here. But for you who’s unfamiliar, you might think that I missed spelling Mackintosh. 🤓
So! if you don’t know what hackintosh is, or you are new into it and want to learn how to build your first machine. In this post we will find out about what hackintosh is.
But before we talk more further about what hardware you should consider to choose to build a hackintosh, and so on. You may need to know a few things.
What Is Hackintosh? (# Easypedia)
Alriiight, i will try to explain it in easy way so everyone will nailed it.
Hackintosh is a standard desktop or a Laptop PC that usually designed to work with Windows or maybe Linux operating system on it. But some of people (Hackintosher) hack it to install and run a Mackintosh operating system (Mac OS – (X) on it.
They use a bootloader application such as Clover, Chameleon to create a PBR (Partition Boot Record) to boot the macintosh operating system. They usually use a Guid Partition Table (GPT) format layout. Even tho it’s method also work on Master Boot record (MBR) layout as well (Not recommended).
The bootloader e.g clover/chameleon have a several files inside the PBR partition. Like kernel extension (kext) config.plist etc.
The most essential kext used is FakeSMC.kext
For easy explanation; this ‘kext’ make the macOS think that it installed on a real Macintosh computers.
Usually some other additional kext added to it to make the operating system work properly e.g the audio, ethernet, wifi etc.
For better performance, hackintosher usually choose the computer hardware part that similar with real mac e.g iMac, Mac Mini, Macbook Pro, MacPro.
Stuff You Need to Install Hackintosh On PC
# A hackintosh ready desktop/Lapto PC
If your existing PC are compatible to install macOS then you all in set. One thing for sure your PC must at least have a core2 duo processor or above. In order to run the macOS. Below core2 duo may only work for older version but won’t work for few latest macOS version.
You can google it, what kind a brand of Laptop or Mainboard that known work well for hackintosh. There is several blog/website on internet that have a good review and resource about it.
Personally I love using MSi for mainboard. Most of them proved work fantastic for hackintosh. Check it yourself here at amzn.to/2zq0KIe to find yourself. (That’s my Amazon affiliate link, for more info check my affiliate disclosure below this post about affiliate links)
# Compatible VGA/Graphics card
One most important or you can say essential hardware part to make you success installing macOS on your PC is Graphics card/GPU.
Google it to research about it, or simply read post that have a list of working Graphics card based my own and some friend around internet experience. You can read the lists here Working Graphics Cards For Hackintosh [Case Study]
By doing research, you will save your time if you have a compatible Graphics card for hackintosh. And not get busy to make it work with patching kext etc.
Other hardware part like audio, ethernet card, wifi etc is not to hard to make it work as long it comply with hackintosh.
# macOS Installer App and how to make a proper bootable usb to install it (Vanilla method)
When everything is ready, then you will need to have a macOS Installer App to make a usb bootable in order to install macOS on your PC.
You can get it by ask a friend who have a real Mac computers. Usually they keep the App installer. Or alternatively you can google it, someone must upload it somewhere on the internet.
You can read posts in this blog how to create bootable usb for hackintosh
Here if you want to learn creating from Windows How to Make Hackintosh Bootable USB Drive From Windows
Here how to create it from a running hackintosh or real Mac computers How to Make Mac OS Sierra Bootable Usb Drive With Disk Utility
Is Hackintosh Illegal?
I think it depending on the purpose. If you plan to build it for personal and educational purposes. And need to learn how the amazing Macintosh operating system work. Then I think it’s okay.
Because you know, this fancy computer made by Apple was very very expensive. Even if you buy it from second hand, the price is still high.
And the only way to learn the mac OS is by hackintoshing a PC.
But! if your purposes is try to make money of it by build a mass hackintosh PC and make a company called ‘crappytosh’ / ‘happytosh’ or whatever. And selling it away. Then you are really looking for trouble. It’s definitely an illegal practice.
You always can found other useful post related to hackintosh stuff in this blog. I will try to keep posting about it when i’ve learn something new and share it with you guys.
I know this post is far far from perfect. Thats why for you hackintosher who have a better experience, I really appreciate it if you like to share with us here.
And please don’t feel hesitate to correct me if there is something wrong or incomplete explanation that i’ve wrote in this post.
Okay! that’s it for now.
Hope this post useful for a ‘good’ reason, you know.
And thanks for read.
Keep calm and keep on learning by doing!