Home Made Macintosh For Under $240

[Steve] sent in this great step by step writeup on how to load Macintosh OSX onto an MSI wind. The MSI wind can be found pretty cheap, roughly $140. It has a 1.2Ghz Atom processor, SATA, and 6 USB ports. Its a pretty decent system for the price. Add a hard drive, DVD ROM and some RAM and you ‘ve got a complete system. You might have to update the bios to install the new operating system, there are more details about that on in the writeup. The only real drawback is that you have to run the USB in 12mbps mode instead of 480mbps.

There are lots of little tips to keep you from hitting roadblocks, so follow the steps closely or you’ll have to redo it. Since downloading the modified version of OSX is probably illegal, [steve] suggests that you go buy a copy of OSX just to try to balance it out.

18 thoughts on “Home Made Macintosh For Under $240

  1. I would REALLY like to setup an OSX PC, something beefier than this one, but hardware selection is a real chore so I’ve held off. I just might be tempted to do this though as cheap as it is! Would love to see more step by step guides like this one :D

  2. Nice!
    Folks have been installing OSX on the netbooks and the on board hardware is pretty much the same so this makes perfect sense.

    I just built an awesome home file/print server using this exact box.
    It’s a barebones so you have to BYO ram and sata HD/optical drives.

    and yep it was 139.99 from newegg.

    Mine has 2gb ram, 2TB of storage and is running Windows XP Pro from a 16gb compact flash card.

    When the drives spin down and the printer goes to sleep the whole rig draws about 30 watts and the fan is barely making any noise at all.
    (according to my ups display anyway)

    great stuff!

  3. If you can get your hands on the MSIWindosx86.iso disc(torrent). Then it should be easier to install Leopard 10.5.4 on the MSI. The disc was made for the msi wind laptop but should work on the board here.
    I used this disc on my Dell Mini 9 and everything worked except for hibernation.

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