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04 July 2010

 

Hackintosh on XPS 420



I've been doing some video editing for a local company and they use Final Cut Pro, which has always been and will always be a Mac-only program. So last week I decided to look into running OSX on my Windows computer, and eventually it led me to this great site called Hackintosh, where I found out about the wonderful world of hackers patching authentic OSX installs with custom drivers in order to get them to work with PC hardware.

I found a number of DVD packages on various torrents (Kalyway, iAtkos, iPC 0SX86) and went through a world of pain trying to get them to work. The most common problem was that the install would say "Unable to read from source drive" and freeze on a display of the OSX load screen with a stop sign over it. No matter what 'fix' method I found on the troubleshooting forums, nothing seemed to work. I have a factory-made Dell XPS 420, for what it's worth.

Well, eventually I tried a copy of iPC OSX86 10.5.6 and lo and behold it installed immediately and right now everything seems to work! It even recognizes my Windows partition and will let me copy files from it! And now I'm writing this blog post from Safari -- the install recognized my network card!

The only problem was I had no sound. The solution was pretty simple, which I found on this site that I had to register to download from. I downloaded version 2 of the kext driver and then downloaded a program called Kext Helper, which let me successfully install.

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