Hi. I've been a forum browser for a couple months now just soaking in hackint0sh know-how in preparation of my hackint0sh project. Haven't bothered registering, but felt compelled to do so after a fun (and most importantly, succesful) weekend of hackint0shing and wanted to give credit where it was due.. Hackint0sh.org and it's support community!

Just some quick back story. I'm a windows guy through and through, but also try and be well versed in all things technology. Back in Oct' 08 I purchased a 15" unibody macbook pro. Let's just say, my experience was less then stellar. Within 6 months, I replaced a hard drive, and have had 2 support incidents regarding display flickering. Not to mention constant crashes and freezes. Overall, I have had less issues with any one of my well maintained windows boxes (which I always build myself) over years and years then I have with my macbook pro in 6 months.

The only thing to come out of my experience was the enjoyment of OS X. So last week, I sold my unibody, and went to Newegg and dropped a measly 900 bucks for the components to a quad core, Geforce GTS 250, 4GB packing hackintosh.

This past weekend, I put everything together, and following the documented steps for using IPC 10.5.6 final PPF5, and the noted patches for audio and video, it took me all of 1.5 hours to get a fully functional (sleep,restart,video w/ quartz extreme, sound, etc. etc.) hackint0sh ready for use.

I have to admit, I was a bit wary with all the support questions on the boards about building a hackint0sh, but my thorough research w/ the HCL, the posts on this forum, and a few other resources really made the process ridiculously simple.

Just a quick run down for reference..Here's my hardware/software setup.

  • Intel Quad Core Q9550 2.83Ghz
  • COOLER MASTER RR-CCH-P912-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
  • GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • 2 x Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA
  • Samsung SATA DVD Burner
  • 4gb (2 x 2gb) Crucial Ballistix DDR2 SDRAM
  • Antec 550w BP550 Modular PSU
  • EVGA 512mb Geforce GTS 250
  • LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX

Distro used: iPC OSx86 PPF5 Final

Additional files needed outside of IPC that I needed to get audio working, and video working better (Quartz Extreme): Audio (Realtek ALC883) and NVinstaller v.52.pkg for video

10.5.7 Software update via Apple. Worked like a charm.

One peice of hardware that did NOT work out for me is the ASUS WL-138g V2 PCI Wireless Adapter. This was NOT an issue with my OS X install. OS X detected it, and fired it right up. The card itself is a POS. I have Vista Ultimate booting on my 2nd HDD, and it behaves exactly the same in Vista. Upon further reading newegg reviews, it appears almost 1 out of 2 people have the same problem. Do NOT get this card even though HCL says it works natively in OS X. Hardware is terrible.

I'm not big on overclocking, as I like to try and keep my environment stable as possible. Ran Geekbench scores. Vista Ultimate scored 5009, while OS X scored 6015. Probably could have received better scores if I went with a 4 Slot 1066 RAM mobo and plopped in 8gb of RAM, but I keep my needs realistic, plus, I wanted everything to fit in that sexy Lian Li case .

iLife 09, CS4 Master, Office 2008 all installed without a hitch. Running beautifully.

I was going to purchase a retail copy and do the "surefire" os x install, but with Snow Leopard looming in Sept., I figured it a waste of money to buy a 10.5.X copy now just to find that my install "broke" on Snow Leopard. Figured I'd just wait for 10.6 to be absorbed by the hackint0sh community before doing the retail install.

Anyway, Sorry for the long post. Just thought a lurker should register to give thanks and respect where it's due. soo... thanks!