With all those different Apple Computers available like Mac Mini’s, Mac Book Air’s, Mac Pro’s, why the hell should we consider setting up a hackintosh these days, since a Mac Mini comes at a price tag of only 600€ here in Europe?
Well the answer to this is quite simple. Hackintoshs aim at people who are basically interested in understanding and tweeking. If you just wanna use you Mac for Mails and a bit of internet-surfing a hackintosh is most likely the wrong thing for you.
But if you are artist for instance, dealing with audio- or video-editing a hackintosh definitely comes a lot more handy than an original Mac. The reason is simple: original Macs have become a lot less flexible when it comes to manual hardware upgrading during the last eight years. Let’s take the latest Mac Pro for instance. The design is still outstanding, but this design comes at the price that Apple entirely dropped the PCIe Bus architecture. What means, that we cannot use dedicated DSP, soundcards or videocards in that device anymore and need to switch to Firewire or Thunderbolt solutions. Which is an additional economical strain. Continue reading →
At least on a Mac Audacity seems to have issues when it comes to using third party plugins (i.e. AU or VSTs). To pinpoint which type of plugin is responsible for poor Audacity to crash, you can do the following.
I. Locate Audacity Config File
On a Crapple Mac the audacity.cfg file should be located here: /Users/<your-username>/Library/Application Support/audacity
On Wall Street Journal Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen yesterday nite answered to Steve Jobs latest attack. Jobs had released an open letter yesterday morning. The bottom line of Jobs’ letter is:
Adobe Flash is something from the past, as it is not open,
it is not energy efficient and
it does not unleash the full powers the individual platforms (meaning: the full power of Apple’s iPhone or iPad).
Narayan responded in the WSJ.com interview, that
It’s got nothing to do with technology, but with control.
Apple wants to maintain control on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch platforms.
he wonders if Flash is one of the most reasons for crashing a Mac, it’s also got much to do with the operating system
if hardware acceleration is provided from the operating system, playing Flash takes a lot lesser energy than on a Mac.
Flash is an open specification
Well, well, that love is not over. We wonder how far we’re away from the point when Adobe decides to stop developing for the Apple platform? Would Apple even care? Or would they just tell thousands of designers to switch to GIMP?
We hope you don’t mind, we embed the whole WSJ.com interview as Adobe Flash ;-)
Open Tech inc. – a previously unknown company is in the starting blocks to provide Intel based computers that are able to run MacOS X. We hackintoshed seniors may be irritated by such an announcement since almost any Intel based computer is able to run MacOS X, nowadays.
In contrast to Psystar, who is currently being sued by Apple for copyright violation, Open Tech inc. will not pre-install MacOS X on their computers. As there is currently no more information available, stay tuned for more news…
“and first for something complete different”: Muzaq… coding or administrating system can’t do without gooood muzaq. Check our latest tunes here :-)
This time we’re gonna install Leopard from a .dmg image instead from DVD. The purpose is having a repair and recovery system by the hand in case you need it. My story is this: after having had a clean install of Leopard finished and having had applied all the updates, my MBP simply crashed again and again (two mouse pointers error – I found a solution in the meantime: that bug belongs to the Leopard Graphics Update – read it here howto fix it), since at that point I could not fix it, I then decided to reinstall. Something seemed fishy and would hopefully be gone after another fresh install. But as you expect: the same problem occurred again. I then decided to restore my previous tiger install and installed the Leopard DVD to a second partition. This way nothing can stop me, whereever I am, whatever does not work…
Ok what to do now?
You don’t have a bootcamp partition installed
means your harddrive is single partitioned
You got Tiger installed
You know the size of your harddrive (you can also find out in “Disk Utility”)
Now, let the game begin…
Insert Leopard installation DVD into your drive
Start “Disk Utility” to make a .dmg image of your installation DVD (see picture)
click the Mac OS X Install DVD (highlight it) and choose New Image
Choose Read as type of image and name it Mac OS X Install DVD(see picture)
Wait forever (15-20minutes)
Close Diskutility and
Open terminal and enter: sudo diskutil resizeVolume disk0s2 139G "HFS+" "LeoInst" 10G
(in this example the total harddrive size is 149GB = “139G + 10G”)
This command resizes the first partition to 139GB and generates a second partition formated in “HFS+” with size of 10GB. The name of the second partition will be LeoInst (disk0s1 is in this case the EFI partition – see here, what makes the EFI partition so interesting, system partition starts at disk0s2 – that’s the partition we’re gonna resize and split into disk0s2 and disk0s3)
After having executed this command successfully you need to reboot
After reboot open “Disk Utility” again
You should now see two partitition on your harddrive (see picture)
Click on the second partition named “LeoInst”
As Source choose your Mac OS X Install DVD.dmg image (should be located on the desktop!)
As destination drag and drop the second partition called “LeoInst”
Wait about forever to have the DVD copied to your drive (again 15-20mins)
Close Disk Utility
Go to “System Preferences” and choose “Startup Disk”
Choose your Mac OS X Install DVD (which is in fact now a partition) as start volume
reboot system and install Leopard
These instructions are intended to be applied to genuine Apple systems rather than HackMacs. In my case I used my MacBook Pro. Because of the different .kexts to be applied to HackMacs this guide will not work for those systems! Be warned!