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WARNING: Just don't order anything before you are absolutely sure. Choose ...
Strict Guide for noobs Part 1 : Pre-installation work
1) Choosing hardware components
WARNING: Just don't order anything before you are absolutely sure. Choose tested systems.
1a)- choosing tested systems
- look at HCL(Hardware Compatibility List) on wikipedia (be careful about OS X versions)
- choose exactly the same video card
- prefer nVidia cards
- don't fooled by model versions. e.g. if the guide says 4870, don't buy another 4xxx series card(4550, 4730, 4350) . Don't think lower versions works.
- choose exactly the same manufacturer. Some manufacturers adds spice to cards like HDMI, or tweaks this and that which Mac OS doesn't like or use.
- e.g. don't buy 9500GT if the guide doesn't mention, (but mentions 9500 GS, 9500 GSO, 9500 GSX or whatever is fully compatible)
- choose fully compatible one with your motherboard. careful about patches needed. write down what it needs.
- choose exactly the same motherboard (be careful about BIOS versions)
- don't fooled by chipset versions. Asus x58 and Gigabyte x58 are not the same. If the guide says Gigabyte, don't buy Asus version of the same specification.
- if your BIOS is the latest and the tested system's BIOS version is not, downgrade it.
- choose fully compatible one. careful about patches needed. write down what it needs.
- open a text file write down your choices and needed patches, your motherboard model, video card model, kexts, etc. to easy your search
1b) google hackintosh and osx86 project links. Copy the links to your text file or bookmark them under a folder because there are many. Favorites are: efi x forums, insanelymac, netkas.org, hackint0sh.org, kexts.com
1c) pick up your favorite sites according your motherboard and video card. Some sites are motherboard or video card specific.
- always look at the dates of the blogs, articles, forum messages. Your card may not supported back in 2008, but it may now.
- Don't try to install softwares that requires other than your motherboard or video card.
- Don't try mixed solutions.
- First read all the guides and tutorials according to your set up.(May take a few days or week)
- Go for, clear outlined, step-by-step guides matches your hardware (not slightly).
1d) come up with a method of installation. choices are many.
- All in One Solution softwares like(iDeneb, iPC, Kalyway, EFI modules etc.) which I don't prefer
- hacking through EFI using bootloaders, kexts, kernels, patches, terminal works, motherboard specific DSTL file.
1e) Depending to your chosen method, look at forums, blogs, sites about your video card and motherboard if they are supported or easy to hack, sign in forums and chat, ask questions, share and compare your setup with others.
1f) decide what you will buy and order it.
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