Lenovo x220 Hackintosh

14. October 2017 00:10 by Cameron in Hackintosh, Mac  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments

I recently acquired a Lenovo x220 for $60 to make a nearly 100% compatible hackintosh laptop. The x220 series allows for custom BIOS to be flashed to remove the Wifi whitelist enforced by Lenovo and I was able to install a Broadcom AC wireless card. Following this guide, http://x220.mcdonnelltech.com/, I now have a 95% compatible hackintosh laptop. The only thing that doesn't work is the SD card reader which isn't a big deal. I have installed macOS High Sierra on my 256GB mSATA SSD and I've set up the machine for iOS development. I plan to use this machine until I can buy a Macbook Pro or equivalent in the near future. Since the Lenovo x220 was released in 2011, I imagine I have about 2 years before this machine is obsoleted by the newest macOS. I should by that point be able to replace the laptop or buy an official Macbook Pro.

Happy New Year 2017!

14. January 2017 00:31 by Cameron in Hackintosh, Mac  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments

Hey guys! It has been way too long since my last blog post. I will make more of an effort to write at least one blog entry per month this year. One of my latest tech thing I've been doing is getting a new hackintosh laptop configured for iOS development.

I read recently on Reddit that the Thinkpad X220T is the perfect hackintosh laptop. After looking for a decent sub $200 X220 device, I couldn't find any that were reasonably priced. I did however find a $115 Lenovo X230T with 8GB of RAM, an i5 2.6GHz Ivy Bridge, and a 320GB 7200RPM HDD! The laptop came with no OS, but that was no problem as I planned to install macOS Sierra. The install went through without a hitch. I have nearly 100% compatibility on this hackbook minus the internal Wifi and multi-touch on the touch screen. These are minor things that I can ignore as the rest of the laptop works quite well. I hope to write a more detailed post about this hackbook and my setup procedure soon.

Please stay tuned!

Hackintosh Computer Build

23. August 2011 16:27 by Cameron in Hackintosh  //  Tags:   //   Comments

Last summer I built my first gaming rig with a somewhat substantial budget of about $1400. This was not my first computer build, but it was the first build that I had spent my own money on. My goal was to build a powerful machine that was hardware compatible with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and later. Initially I had some issues with my graphics card as the Fermi line wasn't supported by Apple until about halfway into Snow Leopard's life. In addition to OS X, I also boot Windows 7 x64 enterprise and Ubuntu 64bit 11.04, Natty Narwhal. As a developer, I enjoy using different operating systems to code for various projects.

Here's my original build from last summer:
Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard
Intel Core i7 875K 2.93GHz Quad Core CPU
MSI P55 GD65 Motherboard
ADATA XPG Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (x 2)
http://www.amazon.com/nVidia-GeForce-1280-PCI-Express-Video/dp/B003EM68MK (I originally bought this from Newegg. It has been discontinued there however)
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
80GB Excelstore  (already owned)

60GB Hitachi (already owned)

650W Thermaltake PSU
Samsung Blu-Ray Combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151199 (this drive has been discontinued on newegg)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
Antec 200 Mid Tower case

This summer, I made a few upgrades:
850W Thermaltake PSU
Bought this in CompUSA (Tiger Direct) store
2 x OCZ 60GB SSD
Mac OS X Lion
Mac App Store

Installing Snow Leopard
I used iBoot supported (10.3 kernel) to boot the retail Snow Leopard 10.6.0 installer and Multibeast to install the DSDT. I installed the ALC889 kext from Multibeast and the legacy AppleHDA to get audio. I had to use my 9500 GT to install SL because I was getting kernel panics with my GTX 470 without the proper enabler installed. After SL installed, I installed the modified Fermi Chameleon bootloader to support my GTX 470. I installed the JMicron 36xxx kext from kexts.com to get PATA support.

Installing Lion

Once Lion was released, I bought Lion from the Mac App Store and I used tonymacx86's xMove to create a USB installer for installing Lion. I did a clean install of Lion on one of my OCZ SSDs since I no longer needed my Snow Leopard installation, I wanted to start fresh and I wanted to have the performance boost of my new SSD. Also, my GTX 470 works without a hitch in Lion as Apple has been supporting Fermi cards since about Snow Leopard 10.6.4.

Here are some older photos of my computer when I first built the system. I'll upload some newer photos soon.

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