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Do you Hackintosh?

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+forster    153

I just wondered if anyone in the community uses a Hackintosh, whether just for curiosity, experimentation, or as a system to get real-life work done (most likely video and music production Id guess, or just general day to day consumption of media).

 

I currently run a Ryzen based Hackintosh as a daily driver, it's great and the only thing that I really can't get access to is Adobe Lightroom (not a big deal as I use Photoshop). I'm running a Ryzen 3600 on an Asus Tuf X570 plus Wifi with 32 gig of ram, really only because I like to use macOS messaging integration (I use an iPhone), and I am an amateur hobbyist when it comes to a piece of tech I try and tinker with it as much as possible.

 

I've had several Hackintosh machines in the past, an intel 4770k/Gigabyte board hack, and just picked up a Dell e5470 laptop which worked great with macOS too.

 

So, would be interested in anyone else's experiences, especially if you have jumped into using Opencore as opposed to Clover - my Ryzen machine is using Opencore and it seems to give a much more of an authentic 'Mac' experience i.e. my Apple TV app works, which I haven't managed to get working on my old intel systems. 

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Brandon H    3,501

my last attempt at a hackintosh failed miserably; but that could have to do with the hardware in my computer wasn't compatible enough. (edit: my last attempt was also like 6-7 years ago too so processes could have improved for getting it going)

I've heard it's rather nice once running properly though.

 

I do like MacOS, just wish it wasn't officially locked to their hardware.

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firey    4,149

Personally I never have.  I installed OSX years and years ago on Virtual Box using Chameleon or something like that.  I have a MacBook Pro and I actually really like how well OSX Runs.  I have a Dell Laptop with similar specs to the MPB and it feels way more sluggish with Windows 10 than the MBP with OSX feels.

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adrynalyne    13,020

I’ve done it, but it’s simply not worth it knowing in the back of your mind the next update will likely break it al to hell. 

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+forster    153

True enough, it's always a risk, I like to think of it as a challenge 😉

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adrynalyne    13,020
4 minutes ago, forster said:

True enough, it's always a risk, I like to think of it as a challenge 😉

I need a machine that works though. If it was a hobby, sure. 

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+forster    153
Just now, adrynalyne said:

I need a machine that works though. If it was a hobby, sure. 

Yeah its always the issue, I know if I want to use my Dell laptop full time Im going to have to switch out the wifi card inside it, which I dont really want to do. Intel-wise is the safest, and use a Gigabyte board. The Hackintosh Reddit and tonymacx86.com are excellent resources. I'm sorely tempted to build a 9900k Hackintosh, but I really can't even use both the full-tower systems I have at once right now, never mind a totally overkill 'build on a whim' third machine just because I want to.

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ZakO    521

I have OSX running as a secondary OS on my Dell XPS that I can boot into on the rare occasions I need to push an app store update through Xcode.

 

I used a MacBook Pro for 5 years before this and honestly running it on the XPS 13 barely feels any different once it's set up. Minor updates (10.15.x -> 10.15.y) rarely cause any issues, so it's really only once a year with major updates (10.x -> 10.y) that you need to worry. I'm still using Clover and while I don't use OSX full time anymore, I feel like it's stable enough on the XPS that I could, if I wanted to. 

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adrynalyne    13,020
12 minutes ago, ZakO said:

I have OSX running as a secondary OS on my Dell XPS that I can boot into on the rare occasions I need to push an app store update through Xcode.

 

I used a MacBook Pro for 5 years before this and honestly running it on the XPS 13 barely feels any different once it's set up. Minor updates (10.15.x -> 10.15.y) rarely cause any issues, so it's really only once a year with major updates (10.x -> 10.y) that you need to worry. I'm still using Clover and while I don't use OSX full time anymore, I feel like it's stable enough on the XPS that I could, if I wanted to. 

Dunno. A minor update took out my Clover setup. That was the time I decided it wasn’t worth it anymore. 

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goretsky    1,120

Hello,

No.  When I need to look at my employer's macOS-based programs or to check if something works in Safari, I use a regular (if somewhat old) MacBook Pro.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

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Steven P.    14,952

I tried maybe 6 years ago (with my, then new, i5-4440 PC build) when @Timan tried to convince me Mac is better than Windows 😛 

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