A while ago I decided to jump in and upgrade to 10.6 on my HP mini 1030. It had been a while since I did 10.5, and I was in the mood for a bit of hackery.
I initially followed the first set of directions from mymacbookmini.com and I had very mixed results. The terminal commands weren’t always correct, or line formatted right, or spelled correctly. I eventually ended up getting a machine that booted, but didn’t shut down. Had wireless, but no sound control, and had some serious sleep issues. I dropped the project after spending hours in terminal and on forums, and pretty much felt like the ‘upgrade’ was a waste of time and the next step would be to re-install 10.5.
A hackintosh is a computer that started its life as a pc and had had osx massaged onto it. This has been made possible by apple’s move to intel based machines. If a machine has a similar enough hardware profile to existing apple hardware, then it is generally possible.
who should do this?
This process (creating a hackintosh) is best sited for people who don’t mind getting their hands ‘dirty’ in the ‘guts’ of a computer. It could (note the implied possibilities of could) be a painless install process, but since you are putting an operating system onto hardware that it wasn’t intended to be run on, one will inevitably run into problems.
At the very least this requires someone who is good at following directions, very good at googling (to find other people in their specific situation) good at finding files online (bittorrent makes this much easier) and easygoing about minor-to-major flaws in their computer setup. If you are the kind of person who gets angry that the f12 key doesn’t start up your widgets, maybe this isn’t the procedure for you.