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Old Jul 23rd, 2009, 04:32 PM   #21
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Yea just get a used 12" iBook G4 or PowerBook G4, they're both compact, you get an optical drive, and for the most part they're more powerful than a lot of netbooks out there despite having 4 year old processors. A PowerPC G4 1.2Ghz can outrun an Atom 1.6Ghz EASILY despite the lower clock speed, and you get 6 hours of battery life with a new battery.
I had a 1.33Ghz iBook back in the day. My HP mini is a LOT faster than that was. You can get a 6-cell battery for these netbooks that will give you 6+ hrs too. Some models in the 1000 series even come with the 6-cell. It's also got an SD slot, more RAM, bigger hard drive, and much faster WiFi. And I bought it brand new with warranty for under $300.

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bsenka, that's great to hear. The HP minis, to me, seem to be the nicest designed and most solid-looking PC netbooks around. When I first saw one, I was convinced HP's designers took a few cues from the MacBook Pro line. How much RAM do you have on your HP Mini?
The keyboard was the main reason I picked the HP Mini for the project. It's almost full size, and very easy to type on. I'm very picky about keyboards, and I very strongly dislike the ones that Apple is using now.

It's very solid, and very well built. If Apple is serious that they "don't know how" to build a small inexpensive notebook, they should just license THIS design from HP and sell them with OS X preloaded.

I've got 2GB of 800Mhz DDR2 RAM in it right now. It can take 4GB, but the local stores were out of 4GB SODIMMS, so I'll make that upgrade later.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2009, 07:40 PM   #22
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I was under the impression that it was not legal to install osx on something that was not apple labeled, are you telling me it is legal? Or it is not and we are advocating breaking the license agreement?
Does this forum not have a moderator, and if it does maybe they can clarify where ehMac stands on content of this nature.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2009, 07:55 PM   #23
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It's seemingly not outright "illegal" to install OSX on a non-apple branded piece of hardware. You are not breaking the law if you do so, but you are breaking the EULA as defined by Apple. Pretty grey area.

My MSI Wind (1.6Ghz Atom based) is faster for most usage than my 17" G4 1.67 Ghz powerbook running OSX. Not much real "hacking" involved in installing it either. The keyboard is not amazing, but better than some netbooks I've tried and the trackpad is usable. Runs much better with OSX than it did with windows or linux in fact. Aside from a bootloader and a small driver pkg it runs the retail version of leopard.
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I seem to remember from a past thread that it's against the forum rules to instruct someone or ask for instruction on making a "hackintosh", but not to say you have one or to discuss their merits. I may be wrong though.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2009, 09:05 PM   #25
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I seem to remember from a past thread that it's against the forum rules to instruct someone or ask for instruction on making a "hackintosh", but not to say you have one or to discuss their merits. I may be wrong though.

http://www.ehmac.ca/anything-mac/752...ackintosh.html

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Old Jul 23rd, 2009, 09:11 PM   #26
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Does this forum not have a moderator, and if it does maybe they can clarify where ehMac stands on content of this nature.
The content originates from this site. The posted article: Hacking your way to a Mac netbook specifically asks us to talk about it in this thread.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2009, 09:22 PM   #27
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Oh, but it's ok now to talk about it because Macworld Canada has an article about it.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2009, 09:47 PM   #28
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I'm not arguing whether it's legal or illegal to create a Hackintosh, my post was just about to what extent you can discuss them within this forum's rules. Screature's position is that discussing them at all should be against the rules. That's nice, but it doesn't make it against the rules.

My personal feeling is that, for the reason you stated, the forum shouldn't be used to teach people how to create a Hackintosh, but that doesn't mean we should pretend that they don't exist or that it's a word never-to-be-spoken. To certain people, they are an interesting part of the Mac experience. But that's beside the point.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2009, 11:31 PM   #29
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I have and use a "hackintosh netbook". I also have a 15" MBP and an 8-core mac pro, so it's not that I'm trying to make a Mac on the cheap. For me it's all about form factor.

Even the Air with its 13.3" display is too large to be used comfortably on a plane or in a car. I can't fit one in a LowePro Slingshot camera bag for dumping pictures on when traveling and sending quick emails.

I can do that with my Acer Aspire One however. Pretty much everything works except sleep mode (which I will admit is a bit of a pain), no glitches and no crashes. I only wish that the fan was quieter (there is a software fix for this in Windows, but none for OSX).

If Apple made an 8.9" netbook, I'd be first in line at the Apple Store to buy one and ditch the Acer. I wouldn't mine paying more, because I know the hardware quality would be orders of magnitude better than Acer's. But it doesn't exist, so I do what I can.

Perhaps I will look into the MSI wind or HP models, because the fan on the Acer really annoys me. I hear the Mini 9s are very nice for OSX, but I need to be able to put in a 2.5" SATA hard drive to get at least 120GB storage. But I will keep on using a "grey area" netbook with OSX in some form or another until Apple offers a proper substitute.

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