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‘My setup would make Steve Jobs roll in his grave’ [Setups]


That's an HP Pavilion desktop machine running macOS.
That's an HP Pavilion desktop machine running macOS.
Photo: lach_nik@Reddit.com

The quote in the headline above may be overly dramatic. Steve Jobs might not give a hoot that someone’s running macOS on an HP desktop machine. But the discussion on social media about whether it’s even worth it to bother with a hackintosh anymore is pretty interesting.

And if you’re into gaming, check out this guy’s mechanical keyboard and mouse.

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Hackintosh setup ‘would make Steve Jobs roll in his grave’

Redditor lach_nik showcased the hackintosh setup in a post entitled, “idk if allowed here, but my setup would make Steve Jobs roll in his grave.”

“I’m surprised the plant can live next to something as unnatural as that!” joked a commenter.

“It looks like a plastic tree, so I believe no concern there,” another replied with a quip of their own.

Nik described his hackintosh rig this way: “macOS running on an HP Pavilion, monitor from Samsung, RK61 keyboard, Delux M800 mouse.”

A hackintosh is, of course, a non-Apple computer running Apple software, and apparently it’s easier than ever to do — even as it becomes less worthwhile, according to some people (see below).

“What’s the hackintosh ecosystem like these days?” asked a commenter. “Is it easy to get up and running? I ran a hackintosh on an Intel machine about 7 years ago to hold me over until I bought an actual Mac but haven’t kept on top of it since then.”

The OP (original poster) didn’t reply, but someone else did, noting it’s not difficult to do, but hardly worth it anymore:

Not OP but as somebody that put together a hackintosh last year it was incredibly easy to do. The documentation and tools around it make it super simple for any decently tech savvy person. The downside at the moment is that Apple is aggressively shifting to focus on Apple silicon only so each release of macOS makes it less worthwhile. Also with used M1 Mac minis going for just a few hundred dollars, it sometimes just makes more sense to go that route and build a cheap windows rig to go alongside it.

You can find a lot more information here. But take note, it’s not legal to sell hackintoshes.

Input devices for gaming

The setup features pretty nice lighting, too.
The setup features pretty nice lighting, too, via a Govee LED light strip.
Photo: lach_nik@Reddit.com

Besides the HP Pavilion desktop computer running macOS, the setup is spare. It includes a Samsung display mounted on the wall and some pretty serious input devices for gaming — an RK Royal Kludge mechanical keyboard and a DeLUX M800 gaming mouse.

And what setup on social media ever escapes a little advice:

“Fish that cable down and through the wall, would be perfect with that little change,” a commenter advised.

And many other griped about that one cable, because of course they did.

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