Mac OS X 10.6.2 Update Released. Intel Atom Support Officially Missing, breaks Hackintosh Netbooks

Nov 9, 2009 - 30 Comments

Screen shot 2009-11-09 at 4.33.01 PM Mac OS X 10.6.2 has been released, for most Mac users this is great news because it fixes over 40 problems and bugs, including the rare but very problematic user account deletion bug. If you have an official Apple Mac then go right ahead and update to Mac OS X 10.6.2, but if you have a Hackintosh Mac Netbook… well you will want to hold off. It has been confirmed that the final release of 10.6.2 kills Intel Atom support officially. Hackintosh Guru StellaRolla reports:

The netbook forums are now blowing up with problems of 10.6.2 instant rebooting their Atom based netbooks.

A quick glance at the Hackintosh forums on confirms this:

So, I can tell you 10.6.2 DOES NOT WORK with the Mini10v.

OSX tries to start, but it hangs before you can see the apple and system ist trying to boot again … you are in a loop…

StellaRola goes on to note that the OSx86 community is pretty crafty and a modded kernel will likely surface in the near future. In any event, if you have a Hackintosh, hold off on the official 10.6.2 until more information is available.

You can read more about the Mac OS X 10.6.2 Update from

[ Sources: Gizmodo: 10.6.2 bug fixes and StellaRola: Official: Atom Not Supported in 10.6.2 and Forums ]


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Posted by: Manish Patel in Hackintosh, Mac OS, News, System Update


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  2. vineet says:

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  5. Rob Poole says:

    Responding to DR:

    Apple never officially stated that they supported the Atom processor, but why would they? They almost never discuss the actual CPU compatibility of their software except in the fine print on the web site and on the box, if that. Many times, they mention a specific model of Mac as being the baseline model for a given software package. So expecting an “announcement” from Apple is ludicrous.

    Furthermore, Atom-based netbooks were running OS X just fine before now, so it’s hard to see how this is anything other than Apple deliberately detecting the Atom CPU ID and crippling the kernel in that case. Atom support is “missing” in the sense that we know it used to be there, and we have several successful Hackintosh projects around the world running OS X on an Atom-based netbook. Grousing about the word “official” is just hair splitting. Apple clearly didn’t officially support the Atom, but they didn’t prevent it from running the OS either. Until now.

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  7. whackymac says:

    Apple is full of cry baby pansies.
    a PC will run OSX better than any apple could.
    Deal with it.
    or have your apple users pay for the company to make the os not run on intel machines. and call it a UPGRADE … hahahahahaha !
    now gimme 50$ bitches

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  10. DR says:

    There has never been an Apple statement indicating that Mac OS X supports Atom processors. And there was no Apple statement indicating that Atom support is now missing.

    Thus, Atom support is not “officially” missing. It is just missing. In fact it was never “officially” there. Perhaps you meant that it is “confirmed missing”.

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  15. Luke says:

    as I’ve used Mac’s and Mac OSX for years, I know and love the hardware and software. I work part time as a service tech and can’t stand Windoze and all the hassles of its OS. Its a lean year for me and in a time when I would of normally went out and dropped $1000 easy on an Apple product I can’t do that now. Getting some Netbook and being able to hack OSX on to it makes mobile computing easier to deal with. Shoot I’d rather carry around a $300-$400 netbook with OSX than being deathly afraid my $2000 MacBook gets stolen or dropped or drooled over.

    and shoot even now am getting parts to build my own desktop intel hack mac. cobbling together $800-$900 for a desktop system with OSX saves a ton of cash…

    only issue that bothers me is support… building and running a Hack Mac whether Netbook or Desktop requires more work… just like when Apple decides to upgrade the OS which on purpose or otherwise Cracks the Hack Mac. Also, no calling AppleCare for help when something breaks. Its a chance I am willing to take to save myself thousands of dollars.

  16. macwind says:

    @Martin Fluch

    Apple offers no products in the $300 realm, I have a Netbook Mac to supplement my iMac and I chose to get an MSI Wind rather than a MacBook Pro. It’s so cheap that I can take it around without worrying about anything damaging or stealing my $2500 of beautifully arranged aluminum and glass. I’m on the subways constantly in NYC and in the past when I had a MacBook Air I was horrified of it getting damaged or stolen. I spent $320 to get my MSI Wind up and running with Mac OS X and I’m able to commute worry free and still run the best OS in the world, that’s why I go Hackintosh.

  17. Martin Fluch says:

    I don’t undertsand the outcry: if you want to use Mac OS X … then get a Mac and not a silly netbook. Nobody should even expect Apple to support a processor architecture which is not part of their product line. Why should they?

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    Poor move Apple

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