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Hackintosh for photo editing

 
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Mar 19, 2011 09:09 |  #1

I am an avid mac user, and I love the interface. Currently I have a mac pro 2008 8 core 2.8ghz model with 4gb of ram and a couple of fw800 and fw400 hard drives for storage. I love the speed and the reliability but sometimes i want to take my photos on the road or edit them while at an event.
I am really interested in getting a mac laptop, unfortunately the price seems to be a limiting factor. I have always thought mac laptops to be overpriced and not really worth it but I like the interface and the applications way better than on windows.
I am merely interested in running osx on an intel laptop for photo editing. Does (or has) anyone successfully used it for photos and running apps like Aperture 2, photoshop etc.
BTW i am not talking about making my own hackintosh, but purchasing a non mac computer and then formatting osx snow leopard onto the hard drive.


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Mar 19, 2011 11:05 |  #2

You cannot buy a Hackintosh in the way you are talking about - the art of getting OSX to run on a non-Mac platform is what people are talking about when they talk about making their own.

It is not as easy as formatting the hard drive with OSX.


  
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Mar 19, 2011 11:32 |  #3

Nightstalker wrote in post #12049823 (external link)
You cannot buy a Hackintosh in the way you are talking about - the art of getting OSX to run on a non-Mac platform is what people are talking about when they talk about making their own.

It is not as easy as formatting the hard drive with OSX.

I understand I've been doing a little bit of research. My question is that, Is a Hackintosh a legitimate solution for photo editing.


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Mar 19, 2011 11:57 |  #4

Camera Nerd wrote in post #12049990 (external link)
I understand I've been doing a little bit of research. My question is that, Is a Hackintosh a legitimate solution for photo editing.

I've been doing it for three years now. Follow one of the tonymac86.com guides (including hardware) and it's pretty straight forward.


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Mar 20, 2011 17:26 |  #5

Camera Nerd wrote in post #12049369 (external link)
I am merely interested in running osx on an intel laptop for photo editing. Does (or has) anyone successfully used it for photos and running apps like Aperture 2, photoshop etc.
BTW i am not talking about making my own hackintosh, but purchasing a non mac computer and then formatting osx snow leopard onto the hard drive.

I believe someone did it with a Dell..


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Mar 20, 2011 22:26 |  #6

I made a tonymacosx hackintosh or Mac-intel (lol) too. It works great. They have a laptop section on the forum and you may be able to find a model that works.




  
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Mar 23, 2011 13:47 |  #7

I went with a Dell Mini 10v and it is 100% compatible... paid $200 for it too! It's a MacBook Air clone, though a little on the underpowered side... but for $200, it's great! I use for travel editing.


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Mar 23, 2011 22:08 |  #8

ebann wrote in post #12077507 (external link)
I went with a Dell Mini 10v and it is 100% compatible... paid $200 for it too! It's a MacBook Air clone, though a little on the underpowered side... but for $200, it's great! I use for travel editing.

I have one as well, also running OS X, and it's a nice little machine for doing email, browsing, and also for shooting tethered. But be aware that it doesn't meet the hardware standards for video, since the screen is only 600 pixels high - so although OS X will open a menu for you, the OK/Cancel buttons (or whatever) may be off the bottom of the screen because the menu is taller than the screen, and you can't drag it higher. You will also have to attach an external monitor and a CD/DVD drive to install Canon's software. Those are really the only two negatives I can think of.

And it *is* underpowered, though it has pretty good graphics for a netbook, and it *will* run CS4 and Adobe Bridge. But don't ask it to do anything complicated. :)

At $200 or $250, it's a great deal. I upgraded mine to 2GB and a 240GB drive. It has a six-cell battery that has lasted me for almost ten hours.


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Mar 24, 2011 12:46 |  #9

Hen3Ry wrote in post #12080545 (external link)
I have one as well, also running OS X, and it's a nice little machine for doing email, browsing, and also for shooting tethered. But be aware that it doesn't meet the hardware standards for video, since the screen is only 600 pixels high - so although OS X will open a menu for you, the OK/Cancel buttons (or whatever) may be off the bottom of the screen because the menu is taller than the screen, and you can't drag it higher. You will also have to attach an external monitor and a CD/DVD drive to install Canon's software. Those are really the only two negatives I can think of.

And it *is* underpowered, though it has pretty good graphics for a netbook, and it *will* run CS4 and Adobe Bridge. But don't ask it to do anything complicated. :)

At $200 or $250, it's a great deal. I upgraded mine to 2GB and a 240GB drive. It has a six-cell battery that has lasted me for almost ten hours.

I agree with your points except that for travel use, I rely on Canon's DPP instead of CSx/Bridge combo. I use USB memory sticks a lot and that has avoided much DVD/CD usage. I actually put all my mostly used binaries at Apple's me.com personal file server which I can easily access from anywhere in the world and any Apple computer. If one day I break my laptop, I can buy a new one and re-install everything from the "cloud". Even my contacts and emails get restored as well.

Regarding the small screen, it's actually decent, and I'd rather spend $200 on an external LCD monitor if I need more screen area.


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