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Latest Mac OS X Still Not Liking Intel Atom

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Nope, still not working.

So the saga continues. While tinkering around with a developer build of the next version of Snow Leopard Mac OS X 10.6.2, modders found that netbooks running an Intel Atom processor were unable to boot Apple's latest OS version.

Of course, the only way for anyone to discover this change was if someone was trying to run Mac OS X on a PC-based netbook. Nevertheless, this lead to much speculation that Apple is actively trying to lock out the netbook hackintosh crowd.

Then word came that a newer build of 10.6.2 brought back Atom support, making the modding community feel good and safe again. Sadly, it turns out that newer build was a fake and that the very latest developer seed still doesn't have Atom support – at least not on known hackintosh configurations.

So for now, it seems that hackintosh netbook owners will be living in uncertainty.

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    christop , November 9, 2009 5:51 PM
    no need for osx
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    megamanx00 , November 9, 2009 6:20 PM
    Just use Linux. Seriously it's not like you're gonna play games or run CS4 on a netbook. If all you're gonna do is watch youtube, surf the net, and maybe do some office apps you're better off with Linux.
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    pbrigido , November 9, 2009 5:49 PM
    Surprise surprise...
  • 21 Hide
    christop , November 9, 2009 5:51 PM
    no need for osx
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    JimmiG , November 9, 2009 6:06 PM
    Yeah, it seems every time a company tries to prevent something, people break through and do it anyway. Someone will figure out a way to run it on the Atom CPU, and it won't take long. Why bother though when Win7 is more polished, more stable, faster and supports more software?
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    megamanx00 , November 9, 2009 6:20 PM
    Just use Linux. Seriously it's not like you're gonna play games or run CS4 on a netbook. If all you're gonna do is watch youtube, surf the net, and maybe do some office apps you're better off with Linux.
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    njkid3 , November 9, 2009 6:26 PM
    who care who want a crapple operation system anyway its just linux with some mods. but you can get most of those mods thru downloads anyway
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    doc70 , November 9, 2009 6:27 PM
    Looks like Apple will do anything to keep their POS OS locked only on their H/W. Couldn't care less...
    Serously, why would one want to degrade their netbook with OS X? Even WinXP is better, not to mention Win 7... And if you want to go lite, then Ubuntu.
    I "like" how Marcus uses the word 'hackintosh' repeatedly, as if their owners were some low-life hackers; listen, buddy, if I buy a piece of hardware and a piece of software to put on it, then I can do whatever I want with it, capisci? So don't try to step on our toes when it's not called for!
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    anamaniac , November 9, 2009 6:40 PM
    doc70Looks like Apple will do anything to keep their POS OS locked only on their H/W. Couldn't care less...Serously, why would one want to degrade their netbook with OS X? Even WinXP is better, not to mention Win 7... And if you want to go lite, then Ubuntu. I "like" how Marcus uses the word 'hackintosh' repeatedly, as if their owners were some low-life hackers; listen, buddy, if I buy a piece of hardware and a piece of software to put on it, then I can do whatever I want with it, capisci? So don't try to step on our toes when it's not called for!

    It's called a hackintosh.
    Some people may want OSX on their netbook, and that's their choice.
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    bfstev , November 9, 2009 6:48 PM
    doc70Looks like Apple will do anything to keep their POS OS locked only on their H/W. Couldn't care less...Serously, why would one want to degrade their netbook with OS X? Even WinXP is better, not to mention Win 7... And if you want to go lite, then Ubuntu. I "like" how Marcus uses the word 'hackintosh' repeatedly, as if their owners were some low-life hackers; listen, buddy, if I buy a piece of hardware and a piece of software to put on it, then I can do whatever I want with it, capisci? So don't try to step on our toes when it's not called for!

    hackintosh is just the accepted name for this type of setup using non-apple hardware. He's not insulting your mother or anything, he's simply calling a horse a horse.

    This news is hardly surprising. Did they think the apple engineers would care to support additional hardware they wont see a profit from? Who do they think they are, microsoft?
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    DeadCat , November 9, 2009 6:54 PM
    who said mac OS X was better than windows!
    Thank you Win7!
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    rooket , November 9, 2009 7:01 PM
    I installed OSX86 on my laptop over the weekend.

    WHY do people like this o/s? it sucks! haha. I got everything working on my laptop but uhhhh what's there to do in it that Windows 7 can't do? Windows 95/98/xp/vista/7 can do more than this silly thing I wasted my time on.

    Tom's Hardware needs to kinda tone down the mac articles, this o/s is fine for surfing the web and listening to mp3s I guess but FEH! Bring on more interesting news.

    Hey bring me an Atom with Windows XP in it I'll have more fun than osx LOL
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    Anonymous , November 9, 2009 7:01 PM
    Apple's worse than a BSOD!
    It just doesn't run ANYTHING AT ALL on an Atom!
    Shows how crappy their mentality really is!
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    rooket , November 9, 2009 7:02 PM
    njkid3who care who want a crapple operation system anyway its just linux with some mods. but you can get most of those mods thru downloads anyway


    It is Darwin but yeah seriously....
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    rooket , November 9, 2009 7:06 PM
    ProDigit80Apple's worse than a BSOD!It just doesn't run ANYTHING AT ALL on an Atom!Shows how crappy their mentality really is!


    Kernel panic screens are things that no mac user ever mentions and they go tee-hee at the BSOD screens. These are computers, either one can crash. My aunt says that her coworkers hated macs when they had them because they were always going into kernel panic or freezing up. lol.
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    mcreskiller , November 9, 2009 7:07 PM
    rooketI installed OSX86 on my laptop over the weekend.WHY do people like this o/s? it sucks! haha. I got everything working on my laptop but uhhhh what's there to do in it that Windows 7 can't do? Windows 95/98/xp/vista/7 can do more than this silly thing I wasted my time on.Tom's Hardware needs to kinda tone down the mac articles, this o/s is fine for surfing the web and listening to mp3s I guess but FEH! Bring on more interesting news.Hey bring me an Atom with Windows XP in it I'll have more fun than osx LOL

    Amen My friend who was a devoted mac fan switched to windows 7 he even finds it more stable he sold his piece of crap imac and got a real pc and i installed windows 7 on it he wanted some software boom he found some in seconds vs what would have took hours on a mac
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    mcreskiller , November 9, 2009 7:10 PM
    rooketKernel panic screens are things that no mac user ever mentions and they go tee-hee at the BSOD screens. These are computers, either one can crash. My aunt says that her coworkers hated macs when they had them because they were always going into kernel panic or freezing up. lol.

    Haha ye and with a kernal panic you got no clue what went wrong atleast with a blue screen it does a ram dump.. which can help a bit
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    mitchmeister03 , November 9, 2009 7:19 PM
    I agree with everyone here. I don't see why people would want to get OSX to run on a netbook anyways. It's not like OSX really does anything more than 7 or Ubuntu can't do...
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    tayb , November 9, 2009 7:37 PM
    Wow at the fanboys here. Jeez you guys get worked up about OS X. It's pretty funny. Oh yeah, and sad.
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    STravis , November 9, 2009 7:46 PM
    doc70Looks like Apple will do anything to keep their POS OS locked only on their H/W. Couldn't care less...Serously, why would one want to degrade their netbook with OS X? Even WinXP is better, not to mention Win 7... And if you want to go lite, then Ubuntu. I "like" how Marcus uses the word 'hackintosh' repeatedly, as if their owners were some low-life hackers; listen, buddy, if I buy a piece of hardware and a piece of software to put on it, then I can do whatever I want with it, capisci? So don't try to step on our toes when it's not called for!


    Actually, everyone refers to it as a Hackintosh (in the past it required some serious hacking to get it to load on a standard PC - in recent months however a retail DVD is required).

    As for your last statement, believe it or not the entertainment industry has gone a long way in screwing you out of that right...ever heard of the DMCA? That being said, it seems that Apple seems fairly easy going on this - there's plenty of sites dedicated to helping people get OS X on standard PCs running and Apple is leaving them alone.
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    buwish , November 9, 2009 8:10 PM
    It's Apple's business if they want to alienate potential customers who want to use their OS on a netbook. I don't see what the big deal is myself. Apple could surely see an upside to more people using their OS, which in turn could potentially lead more to switch to MACs down the road.
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