Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Why Hackintoshing Laptops Is Difficult

Dell Inspiron 15
The Hackintosh community works to put OS X on computers that it was not originally intended to run on. There is rarely a laptop that has everything functioning properly (WiFi, Bluetooth, Handoff, Continuity, etc.) and has functional upgrade options and designs. They tend to be uglier and heavier than MacBook Pros and cost almost the same.

The Lenovo Z50 is a rare, almost fully-compatible Hackbook. The Wi-Fi card needs to be changed.

Almost every features work very well including USB ports (2.0 & 3.0), Ethernet, Touch-pad, Bluetooth, Audio, Brightness and Intel HD 4000 Graphics works without any problem only you have to change WiFi card because the WiFi card of this laptop is not compatible with Hackintosh just buy an external WiFi card to solve this little problem.

USB Wi-Fi cards are unbearable on OS X, as I've converted my Lenovo T440 into an OS X machine before and I gave up fumbling around with USB Wi-Fi cards, and because the motherboard did not allow for changing the internal Wi-Fi card, that was all I had to use. Intel Wi-Fi isn't compatible with OS X as of now and almost no effort has been put into making it work besides this one forum on Tonymacx86 called the Intel WiFi driver effort.


  • Wi-Fi drivers. No Intel Wi-Fi support which is the most common card and many laptop manufacturers do not allow other Wi-Fi cards (especially Lenovo and Dell)
  • Integrated graphics from Intel are a pain to setup in many cases
  • Mobile NVIDIA graphics cannot be used in OS X
  • USB Wi-Fi dongles aren't natively supported in OS X and most of the time don't function properly.
  • Handoff and Continuity rarely function
  • USB, DVD reader, display, trackpad, and more drivers do not function on every device
  • Difficult to Hackintosh and often require custom kernels
  • VGA does not function. This may not be a big deal, but many business class laptops have this as their only external display port.
  • HDMI, DVI, Displayport, etc. sometimes are not working
  • Complicated DSDT editing and SSDT edits are required
  • Display brightness does not always function
  • Bluetooth is hit or miss and most likely will take up a USB spot

As I linked earlier, the Intel WiFi driver effort is ongoing right now and may possibly allow most laptops to run OS X with built-in WiFi. Not only that, but Broadcom, the WiFi chip manufacturer for Apple is phasing out their WiFi chip business which means they could switch to Intel WiFi and have it work out of the box. The new MacBook Pros should have new mobile CPUs and broaden the support and macOS Sierra is very similar to OS X El Capitan, so laptop support should not be hurt. The community is developing better drivers for laptops as the world goes more mobile, and the final push of killing the last user-upgradable MacBook Pro will help advance it.
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