run mac os x on your xbox

mac os on xbox

if you ever wanted to do a really really weird hack, here’s one of the oddest ones. the good news is, you don’t need to crack up your xbox to do this, it’s all software, the end result is an xbox running apple’s mac os x.

this step by step shows softmodding the xbox, getting the software, disk images, configuration and the install.

25 thoughts on “run mac os x on your xbox

  1. I admit not to have read the article as yet so forgive me if this is already covered.
    Would it be possible to run itunes on this modded xbox? (maxbox?) also would there be any way of using the maxbox as some kind of media centre … maybe for recording TV?

    Just a thought.

  2. you might add usb to it, trough the pso usb thing, or make your own usb controller cable, the thing is plugging an eye tv, i think, dont quote me cuz i aint sure, but im gonna try anyway

  3. While you may be able to do this, it’s not very useable, the JIT version of pear PC runs at 1/15th the CPU speed and the version running of the x-box is not even the jit version so it’s even slower. So even if you did get the JIT version running, you only have a 47MHZ PPC running on the x-box.

  4. It’s really mostly a nice demonstration what emulation is good for, and how much you can do with it. There’s no practical use for this whatsoever I wager. :)

  5. While this certainly raits high on the novel/geek factor, it’s likely not that useful. As stated, you’re severely limitted with your I/O connectors and the hardware limitations.

    What would be considerably more useful would be linux on the XBox if you could successfully configure a GUI. Note that “considerably more useful” is being used lightly since one should be able to buy a cheap computer if they can afford an XBox and it’ll be 100 times more useful *as a computer* than an XBox is. :)

  6. I wonder if theres a way to do the oppoosite, that is make a g5 tower into an xbox? You’d be able to take advantage of a 64-bit dual processor system… I have no clue how it’d be done, just think it’d be cool.

  7. That’s so cool. Just the idea of running os x on an xbox is cool. Then again, like many of them said it doesn’t serve much of a real purpose.

  8. well, regarding the commment on Xbox on the Mac, the company is trying to use the Double G5 processors for the Xbox 2, courtesy of Gameinformer mag

  9. could you get the internet on the xbox if you did this. i use a router so i would get the wireless and attach it to my xbox. it would be cool (god i sound liek a geek) just to beable to get this to work…

  10. The most useful hack for an xbox is Xbox Media Center. Visualizations, playlist shufling, all sorts of movie codecs. All the fun stuff you want in a media player, supposedly it can amplify sound so it should be able to directly output to a speaker as well.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/xbmc

    About the usb idea, the xbox controllers run basically on a usb connection, thus making your own, or even buying a isb adapter is very easy.
    About the internet, you you can. I get rss feeds from http://slashdot.org and from http://www.xbox-scene.com sesnt to my xbox, and I also get the local weather. I have been on IRC and downloaded some stuff directly to my xbox as well. Though I must say, get a compatable usb keyboard if you plan to do so. On screen keyboards suck.

  11. I have been trying to get into the modding/hacking craze for a long time but I have been secluded from information until recently. Since I was young(er) I’ve wanted to mod and hack, not computers, but consoles. I am an avid gamer and have been taking stuff apart for a long time, just to see how it works (I have a hefty collection of busted consoles and controllers now). Anyway, as you probably guessed, I want to get into modding but I want something easy to start with so that I can progress. Does anyone know an easy Xbox mod or were I could start looking?

  12. I have an Imac with a superdrive (DVD burner), how can I get the xbox media center onto my chipped xbox, and how can I back-up my games, lastly how can I get my GBA roms (wich are on my mac HD) on to the xbox.
    thanks

  13. if i run linux of mac on my x-box will it work? i hear that theres a patch for it and if you use x-box live it wont work is that true or will this work?

  14. does the xecuter 2.6 allow you to play back up games on your x box and does it allow you to run mac or linux on your xobx tks

  15. does the xecuter 2.6 allow you to play back up games on your x box and does it allow you to run mac or linux on your xobx tks

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