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Written by David Ramsey   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Hackintosh OS X Software Installation
Installing Apple OS X
Configuring OS X with MultiBeast
Using Your Hackintosh

Using Your Hackintosh

Now that your Hackintosh is running, there are a few limitations to keep in mind:

Sleep doesn't work. Attempting to sleep this computer will result in a blank screen and system lockup. There are some purported fixes to this problem for ASUS motherboards, which require flashing your board with a modified BIOS. I've tried this patched BIOS without success, and adopted the standard solution: disabling computer Sleep in the Energy Saver panel of System Preferences as shown below. You can use the Schedule button to program your Hackintosh to automatically shut down at the same time every night if you wish.


System software updates should be approached with caution. I've been using Hackintoshes for several years now. I have yet to run into compatibility problems with applications or drivers: all my programs work, and all the printers, scanners, mice, etc. I've used work as well. You can update applications like iTunes and Microsoft Office and install drivers with no problem, but updating the operating system will almost certainly replace some of the patched components with standard code that won't work, and the consequences range from loosing audio or network connectivity to an unbootable system. It is possible to install system software updates (although it generally requires some post-installation work with MultiBeast), but you should disable automatic updating as shown below and check on Hackintosh boards like or to see what the real experts have to say about each one. By leaving Automatically Check for Updates enabled, you'll be notified when updates are available, and can decide whether or not to install them on an individual basis.


USB 2.0 mass storage devices will not work in USB 3.0 ports. For day-to-day use, this means "plug your USB 2.0 key into a USB 2.0 port." Some USB 2.0 devices like printers may not work in USB 3.0 ports. In general try to keep USB 2.0 devices plugged into USB 2.0 ports and USB 3.0 devices plugged into USB 3.0 ports. Since the computer I built in this article has 3 USB 3.0 ports and 8 USB 2.0 ports, you should be able to find the right connection for everything.

Want more? This is only a supplemental guide. See the complete details in our Budget Hackentosh PC Build Project tutorial.

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