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Want to know how the MSi Wind U100, Lenovo IdeaPad S10, HP 2133 Mini0-Note, or Gigabyte M912 handle OS X? Boing Boing Gadget has put together a chart showing how well 9 of the most popular netbooks run the officially unsupported operating system.

While hackers have been cramming OS X onto netbooks for months, the operating system commonly has problems with WiFi, USB, Ethernet, Bluetooth and/or audio hardware. The chart shows which netbooks are capable of running without any problems at all, and which will have problems in one or more of those areas.

If you’re tired of waiting to see if Apple will put out its own netbook, this chart will help you figure out if you can build your own. Keep in mind, the easiest way to install OS X on a netbook involves downloading an illegal disc image, but you can always ease your conscience a bit by purchasing a legal copy of OS X.

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6 replies on “Hackintosh Mini compatibility chart”

  1. Also, that Mac compatibility chart is way out of date.

    The Asus eee 1000HE and 1005HA can be added (with Wifi and Ethernet not working), the Dell mini 10v can be added and many others.

    The above Asus models are probably the best netbooks out there when you consider speed, battery life and screen qualities.

    The battery life for the “HA” is amazing and the screen is beautiful.

    John L

  2. Hmmmm, looks like I am going to have to read the EULA. I thought that buying a copy from Mac paid them for their software.

    One thing to keep in mind is that a EULA that is required to agree to after the fact or purchasing is a little dubious on its own.

    If you had to sign it before they took your $ then it would be unquestionably legal for them to have their EULA but since they take your $ first, their EULA will not necessarily hold up in court.

    In other countries it simply does not.

    If this were black and white then I would not be willing to do it but since they took my $ when I paid for the software I feel that as long as I only install it on one computer then I have paid them for their software.

    I can live with that and I believe that legally Mac has to as well.

  3. Even the legal copy is not legal. All OSX products sold separately are upgrades (check the product description). It is only legal to install them on machines that already have a legal OSX copy (which a hackintosh does not have). So this is still not legal.

    On the other hand Apple doesn’t do much to discourage this kind of hacking. It is, after all free market testing for them. Still, buying your copy does not make things more legal even if it does ease your conscience a bit.

  4. If I were going to do this I would download the “fixed” disc image AND buy a legal copy of OSX. I may thumb my nose at their EULA, but I am not a theif.

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