Building a Hackintosh – Part 1

I have a dilemma- I need to develop 2 iPhone apps.  In order to do this I need to pay $99 to be part of the iOS developer program with Apple and download the SDK.  There are also some fees you must pay once you go to submit your application.  If your application is denied you have to go through this process all over again.  OK, I can do this… what’s the catch?  You have to use a Mac with OS X Leopard or newer.  Don’t get me wrong, Macs are sweet computers and I would love to have one, but I already own a desktop pc, laptop, iPad, and iPhone.  I don’t really need another computer, plus Macs are almost twice the price as PCs and their components aren’t as easily interchangeable.  Bottom line?  I need a Mac.


I’m not paying 2,500.00 for a mac, nor do I have that much money.  I work for a non-profit, my wife is a teacher, and NERD TREK made 1 cent today so that’s not bringing in the big bucks either.  What I need is a way to convince one of my PCs to become a Mac!  Impossible right?  Luckily- WRONG!  After doing some research I have found that given the right computer components you can load Mac OS X on a PC computer!  This is exactly what I have been looking for, and no this isn’t an emulator or a virtual machine.  This is the real deal!

So, tonight I venture into the unknown and will be moving all the files off my Slave PC Sata HDD and onto an external drive.  Then I will remove my primary HDD from the computer, secure the Sata drive in one of the upper Sata ports (not the white lower ports- per instructions).  I need to remember to remove the jumper, otherwise the computer will still read this as a slave.  It might still be able to load the OS onto the drive, but I don’t want to risk any strange abnormalities since what I am creating is one big abnormality!

There are a few changes I need to make in Bios to get my computer to read the drive in the standard Mac format.  I’m not going to get into details here because I want to test this all first and make sure this works.  If it does, my final post on Building a hackintosh will have Step by Step directions for you to follow and a Youtube video as well.

I still haven’t done this, so in theory I will be burning a disk with a program called iBoot which will help me boot the OS X Leopard installation CD from disc and install onto the HDD.  I also need to move the latest version update for the OS to a flash drive and have that handy for after the installation.  There is one more program called Multi-Beast that MUST be applied after the version update, but BEFORE I reboot.  The system will tell me to reboot but I must apply the Multi-Beast before the reboot.

A couple more changes to the OS and a HDD format in the installation menu with VERY specific settings should make OS X on my PC a reality.

I’m going to try this now.  I’ll either be writing my next post from my new Hackintosh desktop, or from my laptop.  If it is from the latter, you know I hath failed miserably at my quest for a cheaper Mac to build an app.

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Jonathan G. Nelson is the editor-in-chief and owner of NERD TREK. He is also owner/publisher at AAW Games / AdventureAWeek.com, a tabletop gaming company based in Snoqualmie, WA.

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