Hackintosh Performance Boost

This month I did two things that enhanced the performance of my little Hac Pro. First of all I replace the E4400 CPU with a E6500 2.93 GHZ dual core CPU. This is much faster and also enabled VT for Fusion. Now I can run 64 bit guest OS’s. Happy

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Secondly, I rearranged my hard drive partitions:

Lion is the boot drive and is a 64 GB Crucial M4 SSD. It is home to the System, Library, Extra and Applications folders - the OS.

iTunes is a 1 TB Seagate Barracuda and holds the iTunes library

Users is a 500 GB partition on a 1 TB Seagate Barracuda and contains my Home folder

and of course Time Machine is my backup

Atlantis is a 2 TB external drive containing my Plex movie database.

Boot times are very fast and the system is snappy all around. Happy Definitely a happy Mac Hac.

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To Hackintosh or not to Hackintosh….

Ok…. I’m a diehard Apple fanatic. I own three Macs: a PPC mini, an Mini 2010 and a MacBook - I love them all. My first Apple computer was an Apple IIC. I’ve been running OSX since 10.0 Puma. I also had a lonely Intel Core 2 Duo PC sitting near by doing nothing. So one day I was thinking…. “I wonder if I can run Mac OS on this thing?”. So I ordered an additional copy of Snow Leopard from Apple. A note inserted here… DON’T STEAL SOFTWARE. It takes developers hard work and long hours developing all this incredible software and it isn’t vey nice to steal it.

Here are the specs:

Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L rev 2.4 main-board FI bios
Intel Core 2 Duo 4400 Conroe 2.0 GHz CPU
TrendNet RTL-8169 Gigabit Ethernet PCI card
ASUS GeForce 8400 GS Silent PCIe Graphics Card
4 GB (2x2GB) G Skill DDR2 800 MHz SDRAM
Dynex DX-PCI2PF Firewire 800/400 PCIe Adapter
LG HL-DT-ST GH24NS70 DVD burner
Acer P235H 23” LCD display
1 512 GB and 2 1 TB internal SATA Seagate Barracuda Hard Drives
1 External 2 TB RAID 0 Firewire 800 Hard Drive

How does it work? Well…. nearly perfectly! Happy

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