As I’ve noted in the past, installing OS X on the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 is relatively easy. Getting everything to work properly is another story. Fortunately Felix at NetbookTech has put together a great tutorial for installing OS X and configuring it to work with the Lenovo IdeaPad S10’s 1024 x 600 display and WiFi adapter.

There are a few things that won’t work, including sound and power management (ie: you can put your hackintosh to sleep, but it won’t wake up again. The Ethernet adapter also doesn’t work, and it’s important to note that when you first load OS X the WiFi won’t work either, so you’ll need a USB flash drive in order to load files onto your S10.

The entire process makes use of the MSIWindosx86.iso file which you can probably find floating around the interwebs if you look around a bit. But eagle eyed readers will note that this version of OS X was patched to work with the MSI Wind netbook. While it’s certainly similar to the Lenovo IdeaPad S10, there are some differences, which probably explains why not everything works perfectly. Perhaps we’ll see an s10osx86 or a dellminix86 version in the not too distant future.

And it probably goes without saying, but installing OS X on non-Apple hardware is  violation of Apple’s licensing agreements (as is downloading the operating system install disc from the internet). If it helps you sleep at night, you might want to think about purchasing a legal install disc if you’re going to perform this hack.

Check out a video of the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 booting OS X after the break.

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10 replies on “How to install OS X on the Lenovo IdeaPad S10”

  1. Gaaah, the 10.6.7 update killed my WiFi on my S10e!  Dangit, I need a kext that will recover the 10.6.6 wifi driver.

  2. I must be doing something wrong!! I have downloaded msiwindosx86 from two different sources, burned at all different speeds, on three different hd’s. It always fails durring install something about base system.

  3. hi all you windoes types. The name of the Mac operating system is not “OS EX” It’s OS TEN, as in version 10 of the operating system. The X is a roman numeral, get it? Part of the point is that Apples on it’s 10th version of it’s GUI, which is one reason it’s so stable.

    I’m an Apple fanboy from way back, and I say buy a copy and hack away, screw the EULA. (I also run Windows machines, so I”m straddling the fence….)

  4. F the Apple Eula and slap a cheap apple sticker on that hardware.. there ya go.. lol

  5. Man, not this again: “And it probably goes without saying, but installing OS X on non-Apple hardware is violation of Apple’s licensing agreements”

    Have you read the EULA? Even once?
    APPLE LABELLED COMPUTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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