Valtur, the TMO Hackintosh, Learns to Speak Apple

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I turned a custom-built PC into a Hackintosh, and I’m going to walk you through how I did it. You might wonder what the big deal is, but there’s something you need to understand. Apple doesn’t want third-party computers running macOS, and does quite a bit to inhibit folks from doing that. Even so, the whole process was easier than I expected. Read on to learn how Valtur, the TMO Hackintosh, learned to work and play well with Apple’s macOS Sierra.

TMO Hackintosh, Valtur

This might not look like a Mac, but it certainly behaves (mostly) like one

Starting the TMO Hackintosh With a Good, Compatible Build

I began Valtur, the TMO Hackintosh, with a fair bit of research. Using TonyMacX86 and InsanelyMac as reference points, as well as the Hackintosh subreddit, I looked at what other folks were using to make their builds. I chose my PC components accordingly, with a relatively unknown graphics card to add some challenge to the game.

What I ended up with is the subject of another article, which I have already published. In case you missed it, you can see the video of me building Valtur, along with the shopping list, in my earlier article about The Mac Observer Hackintosh.

Next, Use the Right (Software) Tools

To get the party started, so to speak, I took the easy route. I could have followed the “createinstallmedia” method and then installed Clover to a USB drive by hand. Instead, I chose to install the TMO Hackintosh using the Unibeast tool provided by the folks over at TonyMacX86.

All you have to do with Unibeast, when it works, is download the macOS Sierra installer and the tool. With a blank USB drive plugged in, run the tool and it will create your installation disk for you. Most of the time, it works splendidly, but occasionally it’s a spectacular failure. For my build, it worked like a champ.

Getting Around the One Problem – My Dedicated Video Card

As I noted in Monday’s article, the Gigabyte AMD Radeon RX460 video card has a problem with macOS. To get around that, I did the initial installation of macOS Sierra plugged into the motherboard’s integrated Intel HD530 graphics chipset. You do need to set the primary video card to be the integrated Intel chipset within Gigabyte’s UEFI setup utility for the motherboard.

I contemplated switching dedicated video cards, but wanted to get the project up and running first.

Next: Hackintosh – Out of the Box, Radeon RX460, Sound, and Imperfection

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