Can I install OSX on this comp?

By joeschmotz ยท 5 replies
Oct 21, 2009
  1. Can I install OSX Leopard or Snow Leopard on my Compaq Presario?
    Here are the specs...

    Motherboard description Motherboard manufacturer's name: Asus M2N68-LA
    HP/Compaq name: Ivy8-GL6

    CPU/Processor Socket: AM2
    Supports the following processors:
    Athlon 64 X2 with Dual Core technology
    Athlon 64

    Front-side bus (FSB) 2000MT/s (2.0 GT/s)

    Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430

    BIOS features System BIOS core brand: Award
    Keyboard combination to used to enter BIOS: F10

    Form factor Micro-ATX: 9.6 in X 9.6 in

    Memory Dual channel memory architecture
    Two 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
    Supported DIMM types:
    PC2-4200 (533 MHz)
    PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
    PC2-6400 (800 MHz)
    Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
    Supports 2GB DDR2 DIMMs
    Supports up to 4 GB*
    32 bit PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.
  2. I doubt it. I do remember something about OSX requiring special hardware for it to be installed.
  3. lopdog

    lopdog TS Maniac Posts: 295

    It could be possible, but since it's not legal (apple clearly states that it is prohibited to install OSX on non-apple hardware) it may be a bad idea to discuss this in this forum.
  4. ultragrey

    ultragrey TS Rookie Posts: 61

    With intel processor, windows can be installed on mac platform as parallel OS. But there is no other way, at least in legal sense.
  5. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I thought the biggest issue was more related to the bootup procedure being fundamentally different to the way in which traditional motherboard BIOS systems work.

    Your also very likely to encounter problems with non-proprietry (sp) hardware, not used on OSX platforms.

    A way around this issue, and the legalities of it would be to install Linux, and then customise the desktop and graphical interface to that of OSX feel.

    It would be a lot more reliable and less prone to failure, and even I have to admit that in the past I've done this, and with time you can get it almost spot on!

    The downside being it never will be OSX, no matter how much it might look like it is. Linux is however free, and there is nothing illegal about doing it this way as your not using Mac software.
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    You can't legally install it onto that hardware.
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