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The Ultimate Guide to Hackintosh Netbooks

As far as we can tell, Apple has absolutely no plans to create a MacBook Mini or MacBook Nano on its own, so the only way that you are going to have a Mac-powered netbook is if you hack one together yourself. The concept of a Hackintosh is nothing new, because a lot of people have managed to get Mac OS X running on various computers that were otherwise designed to work with Windows.

Turning to the netbook market, you may find that some of the specs are a little too anemic to properly handle a full build of Mac OS X, but it’s very much doable with a little patience and a little expertise. The other issue, as with many Hackintosh projects, is that not every piece of hardware will immediately work under the Mac environment.

For this reason, the kindly folks at BoingBoing Gadgets have put together the handy chart displayed here to address some issues related to compatibility. As you can quite plainly see, the best options for converting a netbook into an Apple-powered netbook are the MSI Wind and the Dell Mini 9. The HP Mini-Note 2133 also seems to make the grade, whereas most of the others are lacking in one department or another.

I’m actually a little surprised that the Asus Eee PC 9xx/1000 line have issues with Ethernet and audio, since my friend managed to turn his Asus notebook into a Hackintosh. Then againk, I vaguely recall him saying that he some problems with the speakers, so that might explain part of it.

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A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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