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    OS X run on any intel PC?

    Yesterday I went to an event for communication aid users (I use a Lightwriter), I was talking to a guy who worked in a AT place and we were discussing how come all Tablet PC based Communication aids only ran on windows.

    I told him I was a big fan of Mac and he said that in theory there was no reason why you couldnt install OS X on an Intel PC as it now runs on an intel iMac (which will also run windows).

    Does anyone on here own both by any chance and actually tried this? I be interested to know if OS X would run on an intel PC (doesnt have to be a tablet one).

    As my condition is progressive I will eventually need some kind of switch based communication aid or one that uses head or eye control (if i could get the funding for one).

    As it would be unlikely they would give me a mac modbook, i would really like to know if anyone has actually managed to get OS X running on a windows based intel PC, as I would prefer to use this system for everything else (other than the communication aid part of it which would need windows at least minimised to run it.)

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    OS X will run on SOME Intel PC-based hardware.

    go here: http://www.osx86project.org/

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    You can use an EFI-X dongle to get OSX booting on regular PC.
    Daniel

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    What is an 'EFI-X dongle' and where would I buy one from?

    Would it make OS X work on ANY intel PC?

    Thanks for link scott, i go check that out.

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    I have a Mac (running OS X Leopard) that I put windows xp on using their bootcamp method. I had to purchase some additional software, VMware, and a version of xp. It was a little pricy but I'm happy with the results. I realize though that this is backwards of what you want. I believe you'll have to partition your hard drive into two.

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    yeah my desktop is an iMac. I can put windows on this if i want but I dont want to!

    Problem is if communication aid was funded by someone else I'd have to get what the assessment people decided would meet my needs and all of them are windows based.

    Which is why I'm trying to find out if I was given something like a Dynavox V max communication aid that ran windows XP if I'd be able to 'unofficially' add OS X to it.

    http://www.dynavoxtech.com/products/v/

    As my iMac is 24" screen its far too big to mount onto an electric wheelchair and take outside to get to appointments etc. The systems like Dynavox, Liberator etc are designed to be mounted onto wheelchairs and work with a variety of input methods.

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    Here, a generic Intel-based PC boots up from the EFI-X module; the EFI-X module then builds a full EFI environment in memory that can boot any operating system that speaks EFI, including Windows Vista x64, Linux, OpenSolaris, HP-UX... and Mac OS X. No hacks, no custom drivers — it just work

    http://www.macintouch.com/reviews/efix/

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    It was easy to boot MacOS X on power, but X86 uses EFI (Effectively Fscked Itanic). IBM Power Systems can be made to look like a Mac "Ibrium" and boot MacOS.

    Nothing about EFI is easy and should carry a serious health warning as it can seriously harm your sanity. The GUID Partition Tables GPT are totally insane. Better off to use Plain Text Partition Tables (0x88) guarded in an MBR as you would a GPT to break the MBR LBA-32 2199 GB barrier. BIOS is slow and not a got fit for AMD64 (EM64T). Apple would have been better off sticking with Open Firmware as used on POWER, SPARC and other machines. I can only presume that they went with EFI to stop people running MacOS X on other peoples hardware. It looks like it is being broken.

    I have Mac hardware to boot MacOS X. BOOTCAMP runs a 64-bit Windows 7 to evaluate. My POWER Macs dual boot MacOS X and GNU/Linux.

    See also
    http://www.osx86project.org/
    http://www.insanelymac.com/ <- Yes, it is insane.
    http://www.hackint0sh.org/
    if you are very brave.
    May be able to run in VM from GNU/Linux.
    http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Qemu
    Last edited by zagam; 05-18-2010 at 04:43 AM. Reason: Mus mention QEMU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katilea View Post
    What is an 'EFI-X dongle'?
    I presume you boot EFI from ISO on USB like a CD.

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