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EFiX Dongle Turns (Some) PCs into Macs

By - Source: Tom's Hardware | B 8 comments

Back in June, a European company called EFiX announced its EFi-X USB dongle for desktop PCs. The dongle promised the ability to not only install legitimate copies of OS X on any PC, but to utilize the Software Update feature, something Hackintoshes and Psystar machines cannot do.

Earlier today, Gizmodo ran a review of the dongle, and despite a few bumps in the road, the dongle appears to hold up to most of its company’s claims. The dongles biggest shortcoming is hardware support. As of right now, only 15 motherboards are supported, all but one of which are Gigabyte, and the oldest chipset on the compatibility list is the P35. If you happen to have one of the several Gigabyte boards supported, and you have hardware that’s less than two(ish)years old, you should be in good shape. The EFiX website has a complete list of supported hardware, which includes any and all Core 2 Duo processors, as well as virtually every GeForce 7 and 8 series card, as well as the Radeon 2600XT and 3870. However, only 256MB of video RAM will be recognized, no matter how much vRAM the card actually has.

According to Matt Buchanan of Gizmodo, the dongles update software is 32-bit only, so for the 64-bit Vista users in the audience, you need to install the 32-bit version on the drive you’ll be putting OS X on. Once you get past the limited hardware and the lack of 64-bit support, the dongle supposedly works well. The only real irregularity after the installation was the test machines RAM running @ 800MHz instead of the 1066 it runs at when Windows is booted. Perhaps the most important part of the review is that Leopards Software Update works flawlessly. Buchanan downloaded and installed the 10.5.5 update for Leopard without a hitch

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    Shadow703793 , September 16, 2008 10:54 PM
    Intresting. So I guess it's emulating a Mac "BIOS" so that you are able to install OSX? So no need for those messy hacks to get BIOS right.
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    techguy101 , September 16, 2008 11:29 PM
    Man that is sick... XD at mac fanboys....

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    Shadow703793 , September 16, 2008 11:40 PM
    ^ lol true. I like the OS but hate the hardware. After all OSX is based on Linux/BSD under the hood!
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2008 1:39 AM
    Thats beginning to become an urban tech myth, way back in the 90s it was loosely based on BSD system but is more like early windows 3.X+ now, with more of a linux file system.
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    TheFace , September 17, 2008 5:29 AM
    I would love this if they would work out some of the kinks with 64-bit vista. I suppose the video card support has more to do with OSX in combination with this unit than anything else.

    Looking on their website, looks like the closest place to get one of these to the U.S. is either Peru, Taiwan or the Ukraine. They are in 'negotiations' to sell it in the U.S.
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2008 1:09 PM
    isn't posting a video of this like apple just asking to sue him for installing the Apple Desktop OS on something that isn't apple branded?

    I mean with all the previous lawsuits about it, I would post that it CAN be done ... but not give video proof that I have done it.
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    Ryun , September 17, 2008 2:30 PM
    Shadow703793^ lol true. I like the OS but hate the hardware. After all OSX is based on Linux/BSD under the hood!

    Isn't it more Unix than Linux?
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2008 2:31 PM
    I dont get it, you can already install osx on pc's with kalyway's disc and use software update for everything...