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Old 04-18-2007, 03:07 AM   #11
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Old 04-18-2007, 07:12 AM   #12
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Old 04-18-2007, 10:11 AM   #13
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Old 04-18-2007, 08:01 PM   #14
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:33 PM   #15
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A few questions.

I'd like to try Mac OS X on my PC. If I like it, I'll use it as my second OS instead of Ubuntu Linux. What do I need to know? Is there a special x86 version? Or do you just have to install the regular one a certain way to get it to work on x86 machines?
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:56 PM   #16
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> I'd like to try Mac OS X on my PC. If I like it, I'll use it
> as my second OS instead of Ubuntu Linux. What do I need to
> know? Is there a special x86 version? Or do you just have to
> install the regular one a certain way to get it to work on
> x86 machines?

I'm an advocate of this, as it's actually what made me switch to a Mac. A few things to note before trying this:

1. It's illegal, or at least in violation of the EULA to install the OS on non-Apple hardware.
2. It has massive limitations as far as hardware goes. It's really only designed for the hardware that Apple sells. Some normally unsupported devices work through hacks, but the drivers are unstable at best. Again, it's extremely picky about having the proper hardware.
3. It will crash. A lot. It won't be the "Mac experience" in the least. You will find that unlike an actual Mac, it doesn't Just Work (TM). It's not worth running as an OS for longer than it takes you to decide if you want to buy a Mac.
4. Problems 2 & 3 can be somewhat alleviated by using a custom-built system designed around the OS, like Apple does. If you're using existing hardware, all bets are off and you may find that it simply doesn't run at all.

If you're still interested, post your specs and I can help you out. Right off the bat, you're going to need a processor that supports SSE2 (i.e. no pre-64 Athlons) and if you use a laptop, don't bother as there's not enough hardware support.
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Old 04-20-2007, 12:09 AM   #17
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> Just ordered a Dell laptop

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Old 04-20-2007, 12:11 AM   #18
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See, this is a massive reason not to "go Mac." Branded manufacturers like Dell, HP, Mac etc. have usually made bank by including proprietary parts in all their products and charging $80 for a mobo battery. I wouldn't trust Steve Jobs any more than his "you-can't-replace-my-battery-Pod."

Open architectures are good for the consumer.

> It has massive limitations as far as hardware goes. It's
> really only designed for the hardware that Apple sells.
> Some normally unsupported devices work through hacks, but
> the drivers are unstable at best. Again, it's extremely
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Old 04-20-2007, 12:23 AM   #19
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> See, this is a massive reason not to "go Mac." Branded
> manufacturers like Dell, HP, Mac etc. have usually made bank
> by including proprietary parts in all their products and
> charging $80 for a mobo battery. I wouldn't trust Steve
> Jobs any more than his "you-can't-replace-my-battery-Pod."

I agree with you in the case of the Mac Pro, which is now using almost all off-the-shelf parts (except the mobo, which is acceptable). Apple's other systems are laptop form-factor machines that aren't really user-replaceable anyway. The iMac wouldn't work without its custom-designed parts. The reason Apple's machines are so small and their OS so stable is because they have control over their hardware, and now that they've made the switch to Intel, they get the parts so much cheaper than other builders that the "Apple tax" is nowhere near as large as it used to be when compared to other PCs.

Also, I've successfully replaced the battery in a number of iPods. It's not really that hard once you know what you're doing.
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Old 04-20-2007, 01:24 AM   #20
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