HCL 10.4.4/Desktops

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macOS 10.4.4
Hardware Compatibility

This is a hardware compatibility list ONLY for OEM desktop computers. We want to keep it as accurate as possible, but please, do not entirely rely on this list when buying a desktop. Don't forget to add how you got OSx86 running on your x86 desktop computer, and to use proper English. Please see the discussion page for proper instructions on how to input your system specs. Also, please contribute to the HCL 10.4.4 page, which should list a more granular view of compatibility. If your computer isn't listed, you should try it if you have a SSE2 or higher processor. Kernels are available for most configured machines

  • ONLY add hardware that you have TESTED. Don't add hardware just because you think it might work.
  • Please add hardware into tables.
  • This is for 10.4.4 builds only.

Please list your computers in alphabetical order by manufacturer (Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, etc)

For how to edit the Wiki, please see this thread. Thank you!

Note: Please add whether your device supports QE, Quartz Extreme, graphics. Try playing a movie with Quicktime Player.
Note: Emulated installations do not belong on this HCL.

See the x86 software page for programs you can run without Rosetta.


[edit] Medion M3 Composer

Pentium 4 3.2 Ghz w/ HT 1 MB L2 Cache 800 MHz FSB Intel OEM D915GUXLK Mainboard w/ the following:


200 GB Seagate 7200 RPM HDD

40 GB Seagate 7200 RPM HDD

Realtek ALC860 High Definition Audio (Onboard)

Intel GMA 900 w/ QE, CI + Open GL, and 2D and 3D acceleration

8:1 Media Card Reader (Works)

Intel SATA onboard card (Works)

Marvell Yukon 10/100/1000 NIC LAN (working)

Creatix V.92 Fax/Data Modem (Not working)

Native Install of 10.4.4

Dual Booting XP and OSx86

Very quiet unless you have crahed OS X which doesn't happen often. Everything works since I got the Intel motherboard...i reccommend everyone get one because i don't have to search for drivers anymore...yay!!!

[edit] i915 Darth Vader PCMAC built from Scratch

Intel915GUX Motherboard Black Case - My friends call it Darth Vader (All Black Box, the fans breath heavier when the Processor is Max'd during a Rosetta based SW install.)

1 GB RAM, expandable to 4 GB

SATA 80 GB HD works flawlessly (six SATA internal ports..)

10/100/1000 Built In Ethnernet Networking works with editing PCI id Match in Apple Yukon.kext inside 10.4.4 IONetworking Plugin.

Third Party: NetGear PCI 10/100 Card works in 10.4.3, but requires IONetworking drivers from 10.4.3 to work in 10.4.4 or later (merge IONetworking Plugins with Apple Yukon; replaced other Plugins from 10.4.3 to 10.4.5. Internet Sharing works.

Erasing CD-RWs can be unpredictible. Some will erase and some won't without error. Toast 7.0.1 Erasing seems to work okay; Apple's software maybe. However, CD and DVD Burns works great.

HD Sound out works after editing AppleAzaliaAudio.kext

Sound in presently does not function, but not too worried about it.

GMA 900 Graphics works, but need to save drivers from 10.4.3 or 10.4.4, missing in 10.4.5 (older Intel915 drivers work in 10.4.5) DVD Player works, Open GL Games work.

Intel P4 3 Ghz Multithreading Processor (2 cores) 25% faster then MacBookPro w/ same RAM according to Xbench. 15% Faster than Intel iMac.

It's always best to save a folder of your working drivers. Apple may remove them in future updates.

Multiboot Darwin for BIOS works.

Do not clone a drive with NetRestore's Erase disc feature, your PC BIOS may not see the partition. If you do have to use a clone, make sure you have atleast 1 or 2 bootable partitions.

Running 10.4.3, 10.4.4 and 10.4.5. It is a good idea to keep 10.4.3 around because of BIOS startup disk workaround and manual updates to 10.4.x (10.4.4 and 10.4.5 startup disk options are dead due to EFI.)

[edit] Dell Dimension 4700C

Method: DVD iso image install from a 10.4.3 working system

Kernel: Mac OSX 10.4.4 8G1165 (Base Patches v1.0) - dual boot with Win XP Pro (chain0 method)

Hardware: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor, 512MB, 80GB 7200RPM S-ATA HDD, Intel 915, CD-RW/DVD-ROM,

Using a autopatch script found at the forum and make a iso image file. Installed with the iso image without burn a physical DVD. A error messger showed up at the end of installation, but after I fix the promission, every thing is fine. The Audio extention file is bad, I copy it from 10.4.3 to 10.4.4 and it works.

Problem: My Startup volume could not be shown in Finder.

Update: upgrade to 10.4.5, working.

[edit] DELL Dimension 8300

Method: Native install from 10.4.3 on bootable external USB HDD

Kernel: Mac OS X 10.4.4 8G1165 (Base Patches v1.0) - dual boot with Win XP Pro (chain0 method)

Hardware: Intel Pentium 4 3 GHz Prescott (Socket 478), 2 GB Samsung PC3200 RAM, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro PCI 128 MB, Ethernet Intel Pro/100 VE, ADI SoundMAX AC97 on board, Soundblaster Audigy 2 PCI, Plextor PX-740A DVD+-RW DL (sec. IDE master), Plextor (sec. IDE slave), 250 GB SATA HDD for Windows (SATA-1), 80 GB IDE HDD for OSx86 (prim. IDE master)

Comments: Followed installation instructions by 'M', but I had to boot from external USB HDD, because the prepared install volume was denied by 10.4.4 Installer. HT has to be deactivated for the CPU in BIOS. First boot without Ethernet and sound: I had to use AppleAC97Audio.kext and IONetworkingFamily.kext from the 10.4.3 system. The 10.4.4 system isn't faster than 10.4.3. The 10.4.4 system wasn't able to mount DMG images: I had to repair permissions from 10.4.3 over 10.4.4 and, after this, to repair permissions again from 10.4.4. QE & CI OK with some occasional artifacts at max [email protected] Hz, DVD burner OK (OSx86 doesn't mount both ATAPI drives in my setting, just the master), LAN OK, Audigy doesn't work but the FireWire port is OK.

[edit] DELL Dimension 8400

Method: Native install in SATA hard drive and IDE hard drive with 10.4.4 Install DVD

Kernel: Mac OSX 10.4.4 8G1165

Hardware: Intel Pentium 4 3.20 GHz, 1 GB RAM, NVidia GeForce 6800, Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller, ADI SoundMax Digital Audio on board, DVD+RW (sec. IDE), WD 40 GB EIDE HDD for OSx86 (prim. IDE), 250 GB SATA HDD for Windows

Comments: Installed succesfully on EIDE HDD, but could not boot to it, so installed again on 6 GB partition on Windows SATA HDD, and can boot into that partition. Once booted, can also write and read to EIDE HDD. Sound works when sound plug is in black socket. Ethernet does not work yet, DVD is fine, USB mouse and keyboard work from boot.

Edit by Ronni3.

I also have a native install on a Dell 8400, but I have installed a D-Link 530-TX+ so that I have Ethernet functioning. I have one (1) 36GB Western Digital Raptor dedicated to WinXP MCE, another one (1) 36GB Western Digital Raptor dedicated to Mac OSX 10.4.4 (although the install is only taking about 15GB;trying to figure out a way to resize), and I have 2 Seagates, one @ 120GB & one @ 160GB. All the above are SATA.

I have one other drive I initially tried to install Mac OSX onto, a EIDE HDD @ 200GB that is connected via a PCI Adaptec EIDE Adaptor Card (that could be the reason it did not install and the reason it does not recognize it within the operating system).

One last thing that does not work on my system is my Audigy 2 card, but that is no surprise. Other than that, everything works great.

[edit] HP/Compaq dc7100CMT

Method: Native install in a SATA disk from 10.4.3 in other SATA disk

Kernel: Macosx 10.4.4 8G1165 (Base Patches v1.0, Maxxuss's instructions)

Hardware: P4 3GHz, chipset Intel 915, 2Gb, Intel GMA900, Ethernet Realtek RTL8139, AC97 on board, Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-110D

Comments: Installation process: well. First boot without Ethernet and sound: I had to use AppleAC97Audio.kext and IONetworkingFamily.kext from the 10.4.3 system. The 10.4.4 system isn't faster than 10.4.3. The 10.4.4 system wasn't able to mount DMG images: I had to repair permissions from 10.4.3 over 10.4.4 and, after this, to repair permissions again from 10.4.4. QuartzExtreme OK, DVD burner OK...

Can you please tell if you just used the base packages? Was the use of any others needed?

I only used the base packages, my CPU doesn't need any other.

[edit] IBM ThinkCentre M51

Method: DVD ISO install

Kernel: Mac OSX 10.4.4 8G1165

Hardware: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 540 with HT Technology, 1GB, 40GB 7200RPM S-ATA HDD, PCI Tower (4x5), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900, 48x32x48x16x CD-RW/DVD, Broadcom 10/100/1000 Ethernet (does not work), Dual Port Intel Pro GigEthernet Adapter

Comments: Installation only worked when using a single partition on the drive. After installation, permissions for the added kernel extensions had to be fixed to load properly. Mixture of USB mouse and PS/2 keyboard does not work on boot. However, disconnecting and reconnecting the mouse makes it work again.

[edit] DELL Precision 670

Method: Native install from 10.4.3 patched install DVD

Kernel: Mac OS X 10.4.3 8111a

Hardware: 2x Intel Pentium Xeon 3.2 GHz SSE3 x64, 2,5 GB ECC REG DDR2 400MHz, ASUS 7800GT 256 MB, Ethernet Intel 1000/MT, ADI SoundMAX AC97 on board, Soundblaster Audigy 2 PCI, Plextor PX-708 DVD+-RW, Plextor 116A, 200 GB SATA HDD for OSX, 146GB RAID0 2xSeagate Cheetah 15k.3 for windows

Comments: System functions perfectly! All but video (noQE res max 1024x768) and Audigy2ZS. Everything else works, tried lots of my mac software; only few PPC hardare specific things dont work (like cpu temp monitors). iLife06/iwork06 work native! Overall impression of the system: AWESOME! tested for couple of days - no crashes! If there was video support I would swich from my Powermac to my Dell = much faster than my 1.8GHz DP Powermac. This kicks serious butt..

[edit] Shuttle SD31P

Method: Native install from 10.4.4 patched install DVD

Kernel: Mac OS X 10.4.4 8G1165

Hardware: Intel Pentium D820, 1GB GB DDR2 RAM, ASUS 7800GT 256 MB GFX or ATI X1600 Pro 256 MB RAM (from Connect 3D) or Intel GMA950, 250 GB SATA2 HDD from Western Digital for OSX and a second HGST HDD for Windows XP.


• Video through the NVidia GeFore 7800GT has no QE/CI, currently running at a resolution of [email protected] (edited the com.apple.boot.plist).

• The integrated GMA950 will work with QE/CI enabled. Its not possible to switch between the GMA950 and the GeFore 7800GT, even the BIOS offers such an option. Doing so results in a "bluescreen". You have to remove your PCI-Express-card in order to have the on-board-graphics working in a correct way.' Using the GMA950 gives you some power to run 3D games and adds DVD playback [which doesnt work with the 7800GT so far].'

• Video through the ATI X1600 Pro has QE and CI enabled, currently running at a resolution of 1280x1024x32 (edited the com.apple.boot.plist; dont add the @xx-refresh rate command). Minor artefacts, resolution switching only through an edited com.apple.boot.plist


• On-board sound (Creative Labs SoundBlaster 24Bit) doesn´t work (Iam currently using a Plantronics DSP-500 USB-Headset, which works like most USB audio-devices)


• Gigabit-NIC on-board (Broadcom 5789) doesn´t work. Maybe the PN18-WLAN-option for the Shuttle SD31P may add networking [Edit: It doesn´t have a supported chipset]. I´ve enabled networking through IP-over-Firewire between a Macintosh and the SD31P - works great [performance is in between a 100MBit and 1000MBit Ethernet connection].


• Performs twice the time better then my PowerMac G5 1.8GHz (Single) [Estimation based on Logic Pro performance and some benchmarks and subjective "snappieness" of the GUI]

• Cinebench 9.5 CPU-score: Single 260, Dual: 440

• Using the SD31P as a node for Logic Pro (7.2/UB) works fine, if the Hackintosh is used as the node. You´ve to disable Internet sharing for it (disabled by default). Works well even with a Firewire-Ethernet-connection.


• Integrated card-reader works. FireWire works. USB works.

• Pioneer DVR-110D shows up in the ASP as Apple deliverd/supported.

Overall impression

• Awesome! I´ve also tested it for a couple of days: no crashes, no hick-ups. Has not the style of a "real" Mac, but it works great. Drawbacks are the small artefacts related to the ATI X1600 Pro and a disappearing mouse-pointer after exiting some OpenGL-applications (e.g. UT2k4).

[edit] HP/Compaq DX2000MT

2.8GHz Intel P4 w/HT, 512MB RAM, DVD-RW, Intel 865G chipset. Natively installed with combination of store bought OS X Tiger, Darwin X86, and deadmoo image. Took over 3 hours. installed with default 8mb video, but had to re-configure to 64MB to boot OS X. Using OSL 2000 boot manager to switch back and forth. No Sound

[edit] Shuttle SB81B

Method: Native install from 10.4.4 patched install DVD"

Kernel: Mac OS X 10.4.4 8G1165

Hardware: Intel 4 630 3 Ghz Prescott 512 MB RAM 40 GB SATA 150 for OSX DVD: LG DVD+-RW DL 16X BULK BLACK NERO Labtec PS2/USB keyboard

Video: graphic card on main board works very nicely. It uses ram memory, and it still worked pretty ok, althought I had just 512 Mb.

Sound: motherboard audio doen not work. I havent tried any audio cards yet.

Networking: Broadcom 5789 10/100/1000 on motherboard does not work. Firewire worked and I got IP over firewire working ok - although I seemed to have some problem with it, it crashed once and didnt feel very stable. I bought Intel 10/100 PCI Lan card and it worked straight away with no problem.

Performance: It feels like Mac surpringly well. Speed is around 1.6-2.0 Ghz dual g4. Could do A LOT better with 512 ram added and video card. PS2 Mouse/keyboard problem with PS2 port. USB no problem.

Overall: No problems with video, and as I said, It has completely feel on Mac. If I would hide computer and show just monitor, I would not see any difference - except the comouter cannot be put to sleep, and must be shut from power button. Also, keyboard seems to work only from USB.

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