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Mac OS X 10.6.2 Hacked To Allow Intel Atom Chip

November 23, 2009

As I previously thought, hackers have worked around Apple’s decision to disable the Intel Atom chip in the latestrelease of the operating system (10.6.2). It only took 2 weeks for hackers to figure out how to fix the change, however it doesn’t come without it risks. It’s a full-on replacement kernel for OS X. It was developed by a member of the InsanelyMac forum and it requires a bit of fine tuning to get installed. Download and use at your own risk, links below.

Download the patched kernel


Related:
Apple Killing Off Intel Atom Support
Mac OS X 10.6.2 Developer Build Fixes Atom Support

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Mac OS X 10.6.2 Developer Build Fixes Atom Support

November 5, 2009

The latest developer build of Mac OS X 10.6.2 fixes support for the Intel Atom chip which was previously disbaled as anIntel Atom attempt to stop people loading their operating system onto hardware which it wasn’t intended for.

The update reportedly contains fixes for AirPort performance issues on newly released iMacs and “resolves a problem with plugging and unplugging to an Apple TV,” whatever that might mean. There’s fixes for VMWare, USB, Apple Filing Protocol, and tweaks to nearly 150 OS X components, including AppleBacklight, Battery Menu, Dictionary, Expose, FileSync, Family Controls, Fonts, Front Row, HFS, Inkwell, iPhoto, MobileMe, OpenCL, Parental Controls, QuickTime, Screen Sharing, Spell Checker, Spotlight, and Time Machine.

The final release is expected to be rolled out sometime in November.

Hopefully this will mean that Apple have changed their mind and will be allowing Intel Atom support again or that someone will manage to work out how to apply this to the final release if need be, so that the hackintosh community can continue.


Apple Killing Off Intel Atom Support

November 3, 2009

The latest build of Snow Leopard (10.6.2),  no longer supports the Intel Atom chip which is widely used in netbooks.Intel Atom

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.
Among other things, Sleepenabler.KEXT is now ineffective and will need a new version. It is now suggested to run CPUPM with a proper DSDT.
Although Apple has long engadged in a hack-and-mouse game with with users who use Mac OS X onto third-party hardware, some people see it as a shot against low-cost netbooks, maybe meaning a low-cost MacBook soon? Others believes its another sign of the Apple Tablet as it’s rumoured to have a price point a lot higher than netbooks and so Apple is trying to get rid of the competition.

Stellarola also notes that similar restrictions in Leopard 10.5.9 may disable the Atom, and so advises any pre-Snow Leopard hackintoshed Atom netbooks to stick with 10.5.8.

Who know’s how this will be implemented or how long it will take them to figure away round it. But hopefully this won’t end the use of Mac OS X on third-party hardware.