The Problems With A Hackintosh Netbook, Six Months Out

More than a few Lifehacker readers were probably intrigued when reports popped up about how easy it was to install OS X on an MSI Wind netbook (and it's gotten easier lately with the Dell Mini 9). Before you splurge on what seems like a cheap, portable MacBook replacement, consider the experiences of Wired GadgetLab's Brian X. Chen, as he dealt with software, hardware, and hardware design problems.

He's not alone, either—Dave "MacSparky" Sparks and Steven Sande at The Unofficial Apple Weblog are near the breaking point with their Mini 9s. Got a counter-argument for your beloved HackBook? Agree that it's best to go official with Apple products? Tell us your take in the comments. [Wired GadgetLab]


    I have two hackintosh's and love them both. I built my desktop for a total of $650 including a retail copy of OSX. It has 4gigs ram, huge hard drive and is overclocked. I have been running this system for 1.5 years w/ zero problems. I shut it down maybe once a quarter, if that. It is totally stable, just don't try and do a system update for the OS.

    My other machine is a Lenovo S10e. I have had this running for a month or so and it is dual boot w/ XP. OSX runs much faster than XP on this machine and again has been rock solid.

    My experience has been that while the Mac hardware is pretty, it isn't any more stable than the PC hardware available, it all comes down to the OS and OSX just works, while Windows doesn't, period.

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