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hackintosh guide/help

sonofbuster 232 154 August 5, 2015 at 10:03 PM
my 2011 iMac just bit the dust and although I'm sure the logic board is the culprit, I'm very hesitant to attempt the fix. my last computer - an older G4 - died and I ended replacing multiple parts due to what I assume was parts killing parts. it was a frustrating tail chase and the computer only worked briefly.

anyhow, this may be a good time to look at a hackintosh build and I was wondering if anyone had a good resource for compatible components and software. also wondering if anyone has done a successful build themselves and can provide the specs of your build and what it cost.

my wants are the following: run Mavericks like my iMac before it died. change to an SSD of at least 240 GB. run dual 27" monitors or at least one 27" and then my current 20.5". not sure if I want just a DVD or Blu-ray drive; open to suggestions. no idea what processors are out there so I will decide on that as I learn more. if it helps, the computer will be used for graphic design, Web design, a little Photoshop action, and the usual misc stuff. don't see myself doing video or music beyond the i-Apps.

thanks ahead of time!

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if u dun have the time, get a pre-build hp or dell and be productive in ur pursues.


if u do have the time and enjoy troubleshooting ur own computer... look up successful guides on http://www.tonymacx86.com/ and follow that guide to the t. down to components selection and installation steps.

*as i understand it, each apple update won't be an automatic process anymore, follow other guides for installation. Something to think abt.

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thanks. started looking at that site and it seems to be what I'm looking for. just so long as I can get my Adobe suite up and running, I don't care if my OS never updates.
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thanks. started looking at that site and it seems to be what I'm looking for. just so long as I can get my Adobe suite up and running, I don't care if my OS never updates.
That's the best site right now for Hackintosh. Honestly it's really not worth it, IMO, but to each their own. I ran Hackintoshes for 5 years, it's just more trouble than its worth, especially with all the cloud features being rolled in.

That being said if you truly just want to run adobe and not use it as a full workstation, you'll probably be fine.
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i've considered to build a hacktonish before, but then time is more precious to me, so i got a dell instead. w8.1 has been good and recently updated to w10; it is solid so far

+ a MBP to cover the mac side. Both are solid stable, no messing with cryptic commend lines or bluescreens.
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I've built one before, it is still running 3+ years later. As mentioned, http://www.tonymacx86.com/ is THE site to use. Mine is based around an i5-2500K and it is still incredibly fast. Pick a guide on tonymac then follow it to the T. It should be doable.
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That's the best site right now for Hackintosh. Honestly it's really not worth it, IMO, but to each their own. I ran Hackintoshes for 5 years, it's just more trouble than its worth, especially with all the cloud features being rolled in.

That being said if you truly just want to run adobe and not use it as a full workstation, you'll probably be fine.
what issues are you having with the cloud? i'm not gonna pretend to know much about real power production, but i do use things like Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. (not Apple's stuff), to sync files and store documents. i have not played with Adobe's cloud products either; have been using their desktop products for a couple of decades, however.

this is all good information to have as I weigh the pros and cons. i can see replacing the Mac parts every few years getting old and $$$ so if i can get a cheaper alternative, with cheaper parts when they crap out, i am more onboard. at this point, i have zero faith that the money i invest in a $1000+ computer means it will physically last more than a few years.
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I you want a lower cost mac option, consider the mac mini. You can replace it an keep your screen and it's one of apple's more serviceable products. How did you come to the conclusion the logic board was the problem with your imac?

I have to agree that apple has made building a hackintosh more difficult lately. It's a lot harder to get 10.9+ on a hackintosh. Honestly you might be better off just running windows upgrading to adobe creative cloud.
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what issues are you having with the cloud? i'm not gonna pretend to know much about real power production, but i do use things like Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. (not Apple's stuff), to sync files and store documents. i have not played with Adobe's cloud products either; have been using their desktop products for a couple of decades, however.

this is all good information to have as I weigh the pros and cons. i can see replacing the Mac parts every few years getting old and $$$ so if i can get a cheaper alternative, with cheaper parts when they crap out, i am more onboard. at this point, i have zero faith that the money i invest in a $1000+ computer means it will physically last more than a few years.
I'm talking about apple's services; imessage, handoff, updates, now icloud et al. Last I used it, you had to hack around to get imessage to work. Handoff didn't exist yet. Every update it would break, and no certainty the next update would/could be patched. It's just hardly worth it.
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...logic board is the culprit... an older G4 - died and I ended replacing multiple parts due to what I assume was parts killing parts.
i take care of mah stuff... usually, my electronics last a long time for me. Not much to computer things really...

1. Heat is #1 killer, so make sure they run cool and vacuum the dust as needed. That'll make ur puters last at least 10 yrs.
*if it is uncomfortably warm to rest ur finger on it, it is running too hot.

2. put a surge protector (name brand, like APC) on it... if it is mission critical to u, consider a battery backup solution.

3. dun install software unless absolutely necessary.
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I you want a lower cost mac option, consider the mac mini. You can replace it an keep your screen and it's one of apple's more serviceable products. How did you come to the conclusion the logic board was the problem with your imac?

I have to agree that apple has made building a hackintosh more difficult lately. It's a lot harder to get 10.9+ on a hackintosh. Honestly you might be better off just running windows upgrading to adobe creative cloud.
I get power to the logic board with a single green led out of the four that should light up. drive spins up but that's it. no screen, no beeps, no startup tone. same with or without RAM (and no error tones).
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I'm talking about apple's services; imessage, handoff, updates, now icloud et al. Last I used it, you had to hack around to get imessage to work. Handoff didn't exist yet. Every update it would break, and no certainty the next update would/could be patched. It's just hardly worth it.
I must be out of the loop because I don't know what any of that is. don't know if that's a good or bad thing heh. I really just use Google to sync up with my phones and tablets. if iCloud is the old dot-Mac, I don't remember the last time I looked at that stuff.
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i take care of mah stuff... usually, my electronics last a long time for me. Not much to computer things really...

1. Heat is #1 killer, so make sure they run cool and vacuum the dust as needed. That'll make ur puters last at least 10 yrs.
*if it is uncomfortably warm to rest ur finger on it, it is running too hot.

2. put a surge protector (name brand, like APC) on it... if it is mission critical to u, consider a battery backup solution.

3. dun install software unless absolutely necessary.
now that u mention the dust thing, that's a possibility especially with the iMac. the little slot and grate could have easily clogged with dust. after the G4 bit the dust, I bought an APC battery backup and this iMac has been running on it from day one. frustrating really.
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I get power to the logic board with a single green led out of the four that should light up. drive spins up but that's it. no screen, no beeps, no startup tone. same with or without RAM (and no error tones).
any way to test ur power supply? google for guides, that'll rule out one component.
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any way to test ur power supply? google for guides, that'll rule out one component.
I will look. last night I had a ray of hope. I replaced the little 2032 battery on the logic board and when I plugged it in (still disassembled) it gave the no-RAM error tones so I got excited. I put everything back together and as I feared, the iMac didn't boot. got power to the drive and nothing else. possibly a bad capacitor? it's been sitting unplugged for over a week now. anyhow, gonna let it sit for another week unplugged and try again.
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