Hackintosh Netbook users take note: Snow Leopard 10.6.2 update kills support for Atom Processor

Oct 31, 2009 - 122 Comments

intel-atom-logo It’s not out in the wild yet, but Mac OS X 10.6.2 is released and has been confirmed to kill support for the Intel Atom processor, this is especially important for Hackintosh users who have hacked various Atom based netbooks to run Snow Leopard. So what should you do if you have an Atom based Hackintosh Netbook? StellaRolla recommends staying with 10.6.1 (or 10.5.8 if you’re running Leopard on your Hackintosh, sine 10.5.9 will likely have the same Atom problems) for the time being, otherwise you can try upgrading to 10.6.2 but run an older or modified kernel. I think I’ll just stick to 10.6.1 when the update rolls around, I have a lot of confidence in the Hackintosh community so I imagine there will be a workaround rather quickly.

You can’t help but suspect this move is Apple’s attempt at shutting down the growing and popular Hackintosh Netbook community, since Apple has no product line that runs the Atom itself. Mac OS X runs absolutely flawlessly on much of the PC Netbook hardware, once it’s configured you wouldn’t know you’re not on a Mac. Maybe it’s in effort to kill the Atom Hackintoh Netbooks in anticipation of the rumored Tablet? Or maybe it’s something totally unrelated? Who knows, but for now, just take note that when the 10.6.2 upgrade comes out and you use a Hackintosh, you might want to avoid it for now.

StellaRolla: 10.6.2 kills Atom

Update: the most recent 10.6.2 build supports the Atom chip again, whether or not the final version of 10.6.2 will kill the Atom or not remains to be seen.

Update 2: The most recent 10.6.2 build does NOT SUPPORT the Intel Atom chip and this has been confirmed. See link for details.

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  4. Apple is really funny. They go out of their way to make sure the only people who can use OS X have paid the premium for their shiny boxes.

    It doesn’t surprise me but I’m sure that people will keep hacking to find new ways to get around it. People have iPhone, adding Mac OS X will just give a bunch of geeks something else to tinker with while their startup gets out of stealth mode.

  5. […] By killing off support for the Intel Atom processor family, that powers virtually all netbooks. It is being reported that Apple is going to do just that, in the next version of Snow Leopard, […]

  6. […] to OS X Daily the newest update to Snow Leopard, which has been peeked at by developers, will kill support for the Atom processor. The support for the Atom made it easy to modify a netbook, like the HP Mini 1000, to run OS X […]

  7. […] report comes from users who are currently running OS X on those very same netbooks, via the OS X Daily site, which reported “You can’t help but suspect this move is Apple’s attempt at […]

  8. […] notícias para os Hackinstoshers de plantão: de acordo com o OS X Daily, é bem provável que o Mac OS X 10.6.2, além das várias novidades e melhorias […]

  9. […] Hackintosh Netbook users take note: Snow Leopard 10.6.2 update kills support for Atom Processor (OSX […]

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  11. […] for the time being, it seems like sticking with what you’ve got is a pretty wise move. [OS X Daily via […]

  12. […] einem Bericht von OSX Daily, wird Apple mit dem Update 10.6.2 die Unterstützung der Atom-Prozessoren von Intel abstellen. Im […]

  13. […] Link:  Hackintosh Netbook users take note: Snow Leopard 10.6.2 update kills support for Atom Processor […]

  14. […] 10.6.2 kills Atom and other news [Stellarola via OS X Daily ] […]

  15. […] PC netbooks from running the operating system. Users at OS X Daily claim that Mac OS X 10.6.2 prevents Snow Leopard from running on systems with Atom processors. No official Apple products use the low-cost, […]

  16. […] for the time being, it seems like sticking with what you’ve got is a pretty wise move. [OS X Daily via […]

  17. […] notizia è stata riportata da OSXdaily.com, che ha dato la notizia dopo che diversi utenti hanno lamentato l’impossibilità di far […]

  18. […] for the time being, it seems like sticking with what you’ve got is a pretty wise move. [OS X Daily via […]

  19. […] to OSXDaily, Apple’s next scheduled update to Snow Leopard, OS X 10.6.2, doesn’t support Intel Atom […]

  20. […] to sources from OSX Daily as it looks like Apple is going to release Snow Leopard 10.6.2 upgrade, which will break the hacked […]

  21. […] muy avanzada la segunda actulización de Snow Leopard, nos referimos a Mac OS X 10.6.2. Pues bien, nos hemos enterado de que los de Cupertino han deshabilitado el soporte para procesadores Intel Atom, de manera que si […]

  22. […] for the time being, it seems like sticking with what you’ve got is a pretty wise move. [OS X Daily via […]

  23. […] las últimas horas se ha disparado el rumor de que Apple prentende poner freno a las instalaciones de Mac OS X en PCs en la próxima […]

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  26. […] nuova build 10.6.2 in corso di sviluppo, come segnalato da OS X Daily, Apple ha rimosso il supporto per i processori Atom in modo da tagliare fuori una vastissima gamma […]

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  29. Stephen Fword says:

    Buy a Mac. Stop being mean. Simple.

  30. Brad says:

    To bad as soon as the update is launched it will be diverted anyways.

    And yes, stop cheating and just buy it.

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  32. […] to happy with that and will be killing Atom support in its next Snow Leopard update according to an OSXDaily article. Those who’ve been waiting for an Apple netbook or Atom-powered tablet can stop dreaming of […]

  33. […] and other computers. Who knows if this is going to turn into a Palm Pre type of battle.  VIA Daily Mac by willburns1 tweetmeme_url = […]

  34. […] If this is a conscious strike by Apple, it’s likely the Hackintosh community will find a work around, but it’s definitely something to watch before your next update. [ OS X Daily] […]

  35. […] to OS X Daily, Apple could be killing support for the Intel Atom processor (the small processor that makes many […]

  36. […] war heute zu lesen, das bedeutet, Netbook-Besitzer, die Snow Leopard einsetzen, sollten das nächste Update, in diesem […]

  37. Neil2112 says:

    How many people will be affected by this? Several hundred? They are people in a specific and unique market segment: Those who can’t/won’t buy a new Mac but use a cheapo craptop to run the world’s best OS.
    Now’s the time folks! Time to get a real Mac!!
    You won’t be sorry.

  38. […] Rumor has it that the upcoming 10.6.2 build of Mac OS X has removed support for the Intel Atom CPU, which is the processor under the hood of many netbooks on the market today, including my beloved Dell Mini 9. This isn’t an issue for most Mac users, but if you’re like me and you’ve Hackintoshed your way to super-portable bliss, you might be a little worried.  See, Apple…this is why I wish you had your own official netbook!  Currently no one has been able to substantiate the rumor 100%, and it may be less that they’re specifically blocking Atom support and more that new features introduced into Snow Leopard just aren’t going to be compatible with the Atom.  I suspect that if things DO break down for netbooks in 10.6.2, the Hackintosh community will be working on a solution to keep things going! […]

  39. […] thing you know, OS X Daily picks it up in an article entitled Hackintosh Netbook users take note: Snow Leopard 10.6.2 update kills support for Atom Processor This article adds this text: You can’t help but suspect this move is Apple’s attempt at […]

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  57. […] OS X Daily is reporting that they have discovered Apple’s latest developer build of Mac OS X 10.6.2 disables support for the Intel Atom processor architecture. It is not known why Apple did this, but a good guess is to break user instillations of Snow Leopard on non-Apple Atom based netbooks. You can’t help but suspect this move is Apple’s attempt at shutting down the growing and popular Hackintosh Netbook community, since Apple has no product line that runs the Atom itself. Mac OS X runs absolutely flawlessly on much of the PC Netbook hardware, once it’s configured you wouldn’t know you’re not on a Mac. Maybe it’s in effort to kill the Atom Hackintoh Netbooks in anticipation of the rumored Tablet? Or maybe it’s something totally unrelated? […]

  58. […] to the folks over at OSX Daily, the latest build of Snow Leopard, the upcoming Mac OS 10.6.2 update, is to see Apple drop support […]

  59. Andrew says:

    I sympathize with the Hackintosh community. Apple hardware is expensive and relatively slow (although my new iMac is somewhat closer to PC standards). The glossy screen (aka mirror) is a real pain though.

    I am definitely in the market for a Hackintosh. I don’t think it can possibly be illegal here in Europe to install Apple software on PC hardware – if you buy a license, you own it and you can do whatever you like with it: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t99339.html

  60. […] Wind for use as donor machines for OS X.  All that might change, however, with the news that Apple have tweaked Mac OS X 10.6.2, their upcoming operating-system update, to prevent installation on Atom-based […]

  61. […] det kan altså vise sig at være fortid inden længe, for rygter fra OSXDaily vil vide, at Apple har fjernet Atom-støtten i Mac OS X 10.6.2. Atom-processorer er svært […]

  62. […] en la próxima actualización 10.6.2 o 10.5.9 de acuerdo al blog de Stellarola a través de OSX Daily y nuestros compañeros de […]

  63. […] soporte a los procesadores Atom y los que hackintosheamos una Netbook nos quedamos boyando. Según OSX Daily Snow Leopard 10.6.2 no soporta procesadores Intel Atom; con lo que tu opción es quedarte en Snow […]

  64. […] OS X Daily is reporting that they have discovered Apple’s latest developer build of Mac OS X 10.6.2 disables support for the Intel Atom processor architecture. It is not known why Apple did this, but a good guess is to break user instillations of Snow Leopard on non-Apple Atom based netbooks. You can’t help but suspect this move is Apple’s attempt at shutting down the growing and popular Hackintosh Netbook community, since Apple has no product line that runs the Atom itself. Mac OS X runs absolutely flawlessly on much of the PC Netbook hardware, once it’s configured you wouldn’t know you’re not on a Mac. Maybe it’s in effort to kill the Atom Hackintoh Netbooks in anticipation of the rumored Tablet? Or maybe it’s something totally unrelated? […]

  65. […] soporte a los procesadores Atom y los que hackintosheamos una Netbook nos quedamos boyando. Según OSX Daily Snow Leopard 10.6.2 no soporta procesadores Intel Atom; con lo que tu opción es quedarte en Snow […]

  66. […] 10.6.2 kills Atom and other news [Stellarola via OS X Daily ] […]

  67. […] to OS X Daily, Snow Leopard version 10.6.2 will end support for Intel’s Atom processor. This is an unfortunate blow to Hackintosh users who run OS X on […]

  68. […] La nuova vesione del sistema operativo Mac OS X 10.6.2 contiene modifiche al kernel che secondo OS X Daily lo renderebbero incompatibile con i processori Atom di […]

  69. […] reportou o OS X Daily, Coders anunciaram que o último build de desenvolvimento do OS X Snow Leopard, o 10.6.2, elimina o […]

  70. […] che vi abbiamo proprosto qualche giorno fa, in questo articolo, dove grazie alla segnalazione di OS X Daily, si era diffusa la notizia della rimozione da parte di Apple del supporto ai processori Atom in […]

  71. […] to OSXDaily, Apple’s next scheduled update to Snow Leopard, OS X 10.6.2, doesn’t support Intel Atom […]

  72. Tony says:

    It’s back! Atom’s short absence from Mac OS X 10.6.2 developer seeds is over, but will it last?

    By Jeff Smykil | Last updated November 4, 2009 4:02 PM CT
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    Photo CC by Eric Klooster
    We reported earlier this week that Apple had seemingly dropped support for Intel’s Atom processor from the most recent developer seed of Mac OS X 10.6.2, leading some to speculate that Apple did so to thwart some users from running the operating system on non-Apple hardware. We thought that Apple’s move wasn’t malicious in intent, but more likely related to code optimization. Still, the news left many Netbook users running Snow Leopard fearing the worst. It was truly a “here today, gone tomorrow” scenario.

    The source of the news, who was quite surprised that their post received all the attention it did, is now reporting that the most recent build of OS X 10.6.2, 10C535, has seen the rise of Atom support from the ashes like some sort of software phoenix. That’s right, everything is back to normal, nothing to see here, everyone can go back to running Mac OS X on their underpowered baby laptop.

    The question arises: what happened? The bottom line is that we’re not sure, and anyone that claims to be in the know is probably exaggerating the extent of their knowledge unless they work for Apple. At this point we just need to accept that we’ll likely never know whether the omission was intentional or not, or what purpose it served. While we welcome Atom support back with open arms, it’s important to greet its return with an air of skepticism—it wouldn’t surprise any of us if support were gone again in the next build, or completely removed from the final release.

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/11/gone-yesterday-here-today-atom-support-back-in-dev-seed.ars

  73. […] under: Hardware, OS, Hacks, Snow LeopardThere was a report this week that Mac OS X 10.6.2 will block Atom support, leaving Hackintosh owners stuck at 10.6.1. […]

  74. […] was a report this week that Mac OS X 10.6.2 will block Atom support, leaving Hackintosh owners stuck at 10.6.1. […]

  75. […] was a report this week that Mac OS X 10.6.2 will block Atom support, leaving Hackintosh owners stuck at 10.6.1. […]

  76. […] acordo com o site OS X Daily, essa atitude da Apple pode não significar nada, mas os mais esperançosos acreditam que isso é […]

  77. […] was a report this week that Mac OS X 10.6.2 will block Atom support, leaving Hackintosh owners stuck at 10.6.1. […]

  78. […] Hackintosh’d netbook users beware, the next Snow Leopard update might break your netbook completely. Apple has taken out support for Intel Atom from the latest build kernels of Mac OS 10.6.2. Just let the hackers come up with something before updating. [read] […]

  79. […] processor may want to be careful next time an update for Snow Leopard is pushed out. According to OS X Daily, users have found that the latest developer preview of the 10.6.2 update disables support for Atom […]

  80. […] OS X Daily passes on the recommendations of Stellarola, who worked on Wired Gadget Labs’ own inhouse hackintosh: […]

  81. […] from late last month were true, Apple’s 10.6.2 update is incompatible with Intel Atom […]

  82. […] to OS X Daily, Apple could be killing support for the Intel Atom processor (the small processor that makes many […]

  83. […] Apple Mac OSx updates flipflop on support for Atom processor  […]

  84. Bryan Simms says:

    I don’t think it’s a big deal to me since my hackintosh works fine with the previous versions of OSX. I guess it would be nice to continue updating but I don’t see huge benefits to doing so.

  85. macdet says:

    @Bryan Simms

    Pssst mine (I pray every day) too :)

  86. MOI says:

    My Dell Mini10v is running 10.6.2 right now like a champ.
    CHECK OUT MYDELLMINI.COM
    Lots of great ideas and advice….

  87. […] widmet, erreichen, dass Mac OS X in Ausstattungen nicht Apple funktioniert, spezifisch die Netbooks: Die Aktualisierung hört 10.6.2 auf, Unterlage in Prozessoren Atom De Intel zu geben. Was machen? sich zu halten, womit sie haben. Wenn bis die Version 10.5.8 zu aktualisieren (weil er […]

  88. […] OS X Daily reports on a discovery that Apple’s latest developer build of Mac OS X 10.6.2 disables support for Intel’s Atom processor. While Apple’s exact motive for the change is unknown, the result is that users who have modified their Atom-powered netbooks to run OS X will be unable to easily apply the 10.6.2 update should the change remain in effect for its public launch. […]

  89. Viktor says:

    For Everyone Who Is Worrying…..

    Maybe its time to concern buying a Macbook or Macbook Pro and it leaves you free of hasslesssss and head-aches using non compatible and non legitimate software……

    ,,Hackintosh for people cant afford a REAL Macbook or Apple Product…@

  90. Fandy says:

    great ideas and advice..

    nice post.. thanks

  91. Bart Van Roy says:

    I’m now an Apple hardware customer due to getting to try OSX 10.6.3 on the Dell Mini 9 (retail disk from amazon, need to insert 10.6.2 kernel)
    I thought I was too much of a tight arse to pay the rip off price for average Intel spec Apple hardware. I hate ipods and iphones and despise iTunes.
    I’m sad enough to have always enjoyed the tech challenges and tinkering with windows machines, mostly with gaming in mind (hence taking on the hackingtosh project in the first place and built without using mac) but I’ve started to run out of time and patience as I get older.
    My first 48 hours with OSX was almost a theraputic experience. I think the hackingtosh community is very healthy for Apple, many users go on to buy real macs, as do the ones who fail.
    If Apple ever put a stop to it, they seriously need to look at doing a loan scheme for mac computers, so even die hard windows users like me can walk into a shop and borrow one for 48 hours.
    After my last windows update Blue Screen of death, I’m only glad my PC didn’t go through the window and have something left to sell before it’s worthless.

    • apple convert from hackintosh says:

      Im the same. I tried osx on a advent 4211. Loved it from the word go. It just all worked so smoothly and just felt like popping bubble wrap! ooh nice! I went and bought a familly pack from ebay, fully sealed, fully legit. When I buy another computer it will be a mac.
      I think hackintosh is the gateway (drug) to mac LOL

  92. […] Apple has already intentionally broken support for Intel Atom processors to combat Hackintosh Netbooks which were becoming quite popular. […]

  93. […] Shared Hackintosh Netbook users take note: Snow Leopard 10.6.2 update kills support for Atom Processor &#82…. […]

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