Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Warning: Snow Leopard update 10.6.2 disables Intel Atom based Hackintosh systems


saw this one today over on the wired website.

Mac OS X Leopard 10.6.2 will break your hackintosh. The forthcoming OS update will not run on the Intel Atom processor, a rather petty move from Apple which, if true, will break many netbooks which have been hacked to run as more than passable Macs.

This news comes from Stellarola, the hacker who helped us out extensively with the original (and still the best) Gadget Lab hackintosh. Here’s what he has to say:

In the current developer build of 10.6.2, Apple appears to have changed around a lot of CPU related information. One of the effects of this is Apple killing off Intel’s Atom chip.

The important word there is “current”. The latest seed could change before being released as an actual update. But Stella knows what he’s talking about (he’s one of the guys behind the OSx86 method for easily installing the Mac OS on non-Apple machines), and recommends keeping your frankenmacs loaded with 10.6.1 for now.

This wouldn’t surprise us, especially as Apple seems to have gotten a taste for locking out unauthorized hardware with the Palm Pre cat and mouse game.

UPDATE: It’s official the Snow Leopard 10.6.2 update has been released and this update drops support for Intel Atom Processors. Do not install the 10.6.2 update directly from the Apple on your Intel Atom Hackintosh, keep an eye on insanelymac and other hackintosh sites for a modifed version of the 10.6.2 update.

Link to the updated Blog entry for Stell’s Blog where I saw this info here


NORDA said...

Dear Doctor,

I've tried onto the D945GCLF the teablog patched kernel.
It doesn't work to me.
So now I've updated to 10.6.2 but I'm using the 10.6.1 mach_kernel.
That works... but with random KP.

Have you tried it, or give it up with D945GCLF?

Thank you.

Doctor Evil 30564 said...


I haven't upgraded my system yet to 10.6.2, I wanted to wait for a good patched version of the 10.6.2 kernel.

I'm going to try out the kernel that Prasys posted about on his blog. here's the link for the blog post


NORDA said...


I've also tried it few minutes ago.
Of course, before, I've removed the old 1061 "mach_kernel" and placed the new 1062 and give it chown 0:0.

After using the patch program I've rebooted.
An reboot didn't work anymore.
So I had to switch of power.

And, bad news, also this new patched kernel doesn't work.

Now I will restore my ghost image of the HD.

Let us know.
Thank you.