Lenovo S10 running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – Hackintosh

Oct 23, 2009 - 26 Comments

hackintosh lenovo s10 The Lenovo S10 may just be the easiest hackintosh netbook option to run Mac OS X, according to a guide on the site Tech-Chimp. The guide is so short and so simple, it’s almost hard to believe, this is basically what it says:

* Upgrade the Lenovo s10 firmware
* Using this tool, prepare an 8gb USB key to be the install device
* Boot the Lenovo off of the aforementioned USB key
* Install Mac OS X Snow Leopard, as if on a Mac, but on the Lenovo
* Boot Mac OS X on your Lenovo S10

What?? That’s it? I don’t have a Lenovo S10 to test this on, but if this is true, that is a truly amazingly easy install. They even say that sleep works on some of the models. Here at OS X Daily we usually opt for the turning the Dell Mini 10v into a Hackintosh Netbook because it’s so cheap ($199 refurbed on the Dell Outlet just last week) and it also is pretty easy to install on… but the downside to the Dell Mini 10v hackintosh is that Ram is very obnoxious to install. If we had the ability to test the Lenovo S10 guide from Tech-Chimp for Hackintoshing, it very well may get our hackintosh recommendation, even though it comes at a heftier price tag ($300 according to Tech-Chimp). Read more at Tech-Chimp.com:

Tech-Chimp: $300 Turns a Lenovo S10 into a Mac NetBook Running Snow Leopard

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Posted by: William Pearson in 10.6, Hackintosh, How to

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  1. jimbo says:

    I can confirm this absolutely works with minimal fuss. I did this using an SD Card on my Lenovo S10e using Snow Leopard and it runs very nicely compared to the MS bottleneck that was on there before.

  2. GGeek says:

    I can also confirm this works on a plain ol’ S10, and is BY FAR the easiest netbook to hack for Snow Leopard. And almost every hardware component works, even two-finger scrolling!

    Important note: the guide you linked doesn’t mention that the S10 enabler has to be installed FROM a Mac running Leopard or higher. I tried installing it on my prepared USB key from a Tiger machine, and it bombed with no explanation. Tried it from a MacBook running 10.5, and everything was smooth sailing.

    One other thing the guide doesn’t mention: I didn’t have problems with Setup Assistant as expected, but the installer couldn’t ID the keyboard I was using. When it gave me the option, I chose “Standard 102-key US,” and it’s been perfectly usable. Even the Fn keys work as labeled. I haven’t mapped every key yet, but know that the “Alt” key is now the Command key.

    Last note, to those of you who need Ethernet in your netbook, I’d suggest picking up an Apple USB to Ethernet adapter (made for the MB Air). Mine’s on the way, and I’ll report back if it doesn’t work.

    …I think that’s it from me. Have fun!

  3. Gertie says:

    The only thing you thats forgotten to mention is re the existing partitions.. as there is also one with the LENOVO with its software.. of whole 30+ Gb… and then there is the partition with Windows.. and another hidden one.. so is it ok to repartition ALL of the HDD(meaning that with the included Restore disk from Lenovo you can later, if you wish so, to restore the full “out of box state” of the S10 or not)..? As IN ORDER to installl SLeo, you have to use the Disk Utility to erase the Windows partition to enable it for initial install anyway.. so could easily also use the extra space as well repartitioning the whole HDD as Mac OS Extended Journaled…just to finalize the tutorial! :)
    UPD: the whole process went ok.. couldnt find the Trackpad settings at first-it was just below th evisible field ))
    re the LENOVO partition-its just the Win drivers from Lenovo for all the hardware-same as on the disc that came with the unit.. will redo from start all, giving Leopard the full space to breathe..

  4. Catie says:

    I followed the instruction and successfully installed Snow Leopard on my S10, but as I still need to run Windows XP sometimes due to certain websites are made for IE only, how can I book up from Windows? Now every time it boots up to Snow Leopard directly.

    I tried to install Chameleon RC2 but the installation failed, which I could not figure out why yet.

    Anyone managed to solve the issue above, please share. Thanks.

  5. Dan says:

    You’ll need to select the Mac partition as the primary partition. You can do this easiest by opening Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Management – then right click the Mac partition and select “Mark this partition as Active”. It should reboot into the Mac.

  6. I tried installing Snow Leopard on my Lenovo S10-2 and was successful. First, i tried with the MSIWindosx86.iso installation, and got 10.5.4 working on my laptop but had loads of problem running software updates. Later, i tried with the SL Retail DVD method, and the installation was flawless. I am now running SL 10.6.2 with the latest updates on my S10-2, and also running Xcode developing iphone apps on my intel based laptop. I posted some of my sharings on how i made SNOW LEOPARD on S10-2 on my website, if you needed detail info pls visit

    http://www.myiphonereview.com

    Hope it helps :)

  7. Hi. I tried installing Snow Leopard on my Lenovo S10-2 and was successful. First, i tried with the MSIWindosx86.iso installation, and got 10.5.4 working on my laptop but had loads of problem running software updates. Later, i tried with the SL Retail DVD method, and the installation was flawless. I am now running SL 10.6.2 with the latest updates on my S10-2, and also running Xcode developing iphone apps on my intel based laptop. I posted some of my sharings on how i made SNOW LEOPARD on S10-2 on my website, if you needed detail info pls visit

    http://www.myiphonereview.com

    Hope it helps :)

  8. Redo says:

    Has anyone tried the apple app SDK developer tools? were you able to submit your app and get accepted by Apple?

  9. Ram says:

    I installed Snow Leoprd 10.6 on my lenovo s10 from a USB drive I prepared from a Snow Leopard DVD bought on Amazon(legit copy from apple)..and with the help of s10 enabler downloaded from lenovos10 forum( kudos to Silverzeroo)..
    looks like everything working except for sleep and how to connect it to external monitor/LCD TV..has any one got any luck with these issues..for me being able to connect it to LCD TV either through VGA or HDMI is very essential..any input would be greatly appreciated..thanks

  10. MC says:

    Hi all
    I haven’t been able to install SL. I can open the OS X installer through the USB, and it looks like everything is going to work fine. I select a language, the computer thinks for a bit, and then I get the unexplained message “OS X cannot be installed on this computer.”

    Any thoughts?

    • Ram says:

      try going into utilities..format disck to (which ever disk you select) mac os(extended journaled)..then go back and try to install again..it will ask you to select the disc to install mac os x into..select the disc you have formatted..it should proceed fine

  11. CantankerousDave says:

    SL 10.6 installs fine, but when I run the software upgrade and install 10.6.3, my S10 goes into an infinite reboot loop. I’ve found posts from other folks with similar loop problems, but I can’t use the fix I see posted – my machine has never shown a bootloader screen. It goes straight from the Lenovo logo to the desktop. Hitting F8 gets me to a white screen with an Apple logo, but all of the boot choices (single user, verbose, etc.) still result in a reboot loop. There’s nowhere for me to type in the -s, etc. that other users have suggested.

    Any suggestions?

    • mike says:

      Did you ever find a resolve to the update? I tried updating through the software update and mine went through a infinite loop as well. If you have a resolve to this it will be greatly appreciated, thanks.

  12. kurniawanz says:

    mine..the installation was running well, until it restarted itself, but when the netbook reboot, the screen just black and show “missing operating system” warning message….how should i do?? (btw i used the MAC OS Extended Journaled as a partition and SL Retail DVD as the OS)

  13. Samiam says:

    I need to know what is the firmware update, and where to get it. I tried clicking on This Tool above, and it wouldn’t go anywhere. Please help. Thank you!

  14. Samiam says:

    How do you conert dmg files to iso in windows?

  15. Samiam says:

    This is a lot of help,……..NOT!

  16. Tom says:

    Lenovo s10 ethernet port is working with Lenovo enabler 1.1.18 and max os x 10.6.6.

  17. ra says:

    I confirm it is really easy, my old s10e is now running osx 10.6, sound, wi-fi, bluetooth, internal mic working, only thing missing the built in camera, I used the msiwindosx86.iso from tpb and chameleon from tonymacx86.

  18. axelrock says:

    Hi. I have a lenovo z570. Do u think snow leopard will wotk for me as well as for your lenovos?

  19. bogdan says:

    hi,
    please let me know if anyone had tried installing on a Lenovo B560.

    thank you guys ;)

  20. anustup dutta says:

    basically the thing is apple os is strongly meant to run on apple macbook , if you so badly want the apple os just buy the apple book or pad thats it, instead of making a fuss case closed

  21. Yoichi says:

    Does anyone know if this guide also works with the Lenovo S10e?

  22. Tracy says:

    Does someone know if installing Mac OS X in a Lenovo twist (from the touch series) is possible? I don’t have a Lenovo twist but I’m thinking of buying it , but if it can’t have Mac OS X then I would rather buy a MacBook or sth (wich I actually don’t really like).

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