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.
The latest developer build of Mac OS X 10.6.2 fixes support for the Intel Atom chip which was previously disbaled as an 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.
|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.
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.
Toradex have just announced there new Robin Modules which will allow you to run an Intel Atom CPU on a credit card sized board.
The Robix Z5xx Nano COM Express Type 1 Computer Module, can be powered on an Intel Atom proccessor of 1.1GHz (Robin Z510) up to 1.6GHz (Robin Z530). These small computer modules will be great for very small based devices and extreamly small computers.
The boards provice a wide range of interfaces for mass storage device, up to 2GB SSD (on-board), an on-board MicroSD slot and a SATA interface; giving a lot of choose for storage on these small boards.