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EFi-X, Has Anyone Used This?


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#1 DJBPace07

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:46 PM

Here's the story, the EFi-X is a BPU (Boot Processing Unit) internal USB dongle. The unit allows users to install Mac OS X on EFI-X approved, non-Apple-manufactured PC hardware. From what I can tell, it sidesteps the BIOS and fools OS X into believing it is on an Apple PC. This means a legal, licensed copy of the OS can be installed and updated normally. I first learned about it watching Tekzilla. Here is a link to the specific episode, the segment about the device begins at 9:30. I was wondering if anyone on these boards has the EFi-X. If so, what has your experience been? For those who do not have the devices, what are your thoughts?

EFi-X - Official Website <<<You may need to hit the reload button to make the giant flash navigation image to appear.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 12:02 AM

If I wanted to run OS X on a PC I would just use "Hackintosh" :thumbsup:
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 12:48 AM

Agreed. Sounds like a shaky setup to me; are you doing this just for kicks to see if it can be done, or what's the reason?

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 11:23 AM

Patrick Norton researches his material pretty well although he may skip over a few things when presenting his pieces
I'd probably try it if I had the OS lying around
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 12:12 PM

Artticle from the link,

"Hackintosh Desktop Build"

About any C2D [or so] desktop will run 'hackintosh"

http://lifehacker.com/348653/install-os-x-...acking-required

There is no need for added anything .
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 12:28 PM

Ok, I just did a little reading.
The "EFi-X" is nothing but a bootloader program on a internal USB device.

I guess it's nice if a person is into gimmic gadgets that take the place of a utility that can be had for free & installed directly to the hard drive.

If I were going to have a multiboot unit [which I do at times] I'd just go with the default boot selection .
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:47 PM

Apple computers use specific motherboards and equipment. You cannot just put together a PC and throw OS X on it and expect it to install. You have to hack the OS, often in command-line. Even then, you may not be able to download updates from Apple. The device saves a great deal of time. I've been watching and reading Norton's shows and articles for many years. He researches his material carefully, and Colleen certainly knows what she's doing.

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