Mac OS X 10.6.2 Breaks Atom Netbook Hacks

| Rumor

The latest pre-release builds of Mac OS X 10.6.2 apparently break support for Intel's Atom processor, essentially killing the ability to run Snow Leopard on "hackintosh" PC netbook computers.

Apple doesn't make a netbook computer, and doesn't officially support the Atom processor that's used in many netbook models.

Breaking the ability to run Snow Leopard on non-Mac Atom-based hardware could be an intentional move on Apple's part to keep the operating system tightly bound to the Mac. Since Apple doesn't support the Atom processor, however, the change could simply be an unexpected side effect of other code changes.

For those that are already running Snow Leopard on netbook computers, the hackintosh community is recommending users skip the update when it comes out and stay at 10.6.1 instead.

The current version of Snow Leopard is Mac OS X 10.6.1, but the Mac OS X 10.6.2 is expected to arrive soon.

[Thanks to OS X Daily for the heads up.]

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9 Comments Leave Your Own

Khaled

computing experience is horrible on an Atom based netbook, don’t run anything other than a browser, and no flash or that system will run so slow ...
everyone i knew who bought a netbook regretted it one month later including me

Tiger

Missed headline opportunity:

10.6.2. It’s the Atom bomb.

Khaled

10.6.2. It?s the Atom bomb.

haha, good one

Khaled

again, thanks TMO for having clear titles, stating that it is a rumor and not having a title like, let’s say “Apple Kills Hackintosh Netbooks with Snow Leopard Update” oh wait :p

vasic

How is this a rumour if it is ALREADY happening with the pre-release build? To anyone who read the title, it was clear the reference was to the pre-release, as the update has officially yet to be released.

Picking some nits, aren’t we?

Khaled

With EVERY point update for Mac OS X there was always a risk that it will break hackintosh.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Did anybody bother to file a bug report while this is still in beta?

Tiger

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

Tiger

By the way, this is completely in line with Apple’s defense against Psystar. Since the EULA restricts the OS to Apple hardware, it makes sense that they would do anything and everything to actually restrict it, such as disabling non-approved processors that they aren’t using in their own hardware.

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