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How to Run Mac OS X Snow Leopard on Sandy Bridge


When Intel on Monday unveiled the Core 2011 processors built around the new Sandy Bridge platform, we – as well as a bunch of other sites – reviewed the processors and signed off by calling them a serious piece of silicon. Intel on its part expects more than 500 Sandy Bridge systems on the market coming from a bunch of vendors. One company, however, is suspiciously absent from the list – Apple.

We all know Apple likes to keep a tight lid on its roadmap and we’re also aware of the company’s somewhat rocky relationship with Intel. Enthusiasts, however, didn’t waste time and have successfully made Snow Leopard purr on the new Sandy Bridge chips rather than wait for Apple to update its Mac lineup with the new processors.

Hackintosh fans over at the TonyMacx86 blog were the first on the block to successfully patch Snow Leopard’s kernel. Be warned, however, for the procedure could lead to an unstable performance, they noted:

The good news is, we’ve already successfully installed Mac OS X Snow Leopard! The bad news is, until Apple uses these CPUs, it’s a bit of a science experiment, as you’ll need to use a "patched" non-standard Darwin kernel in order to boot the system.

Lucky individuals who own one of the latest Sandy Bridge systems can patch Snow Leopard to run on their computer by following these steps:

  1. download iBoot Legacy
  2. follow iBoot + MultiBeast
  3. install Combo Update – don’t reboot!
  4. download and install BridgeHelper
  5. run MultiBeast, checking EasyBeast
  6. now reboot

Until Apple natively supports Sandy Bridge processors in Snow Leopard, this will be the way to go. Once again, be warned – the procedure isn’t for the faint-hearted.

Source: TonyMacx86 blog