Hacker restores Atom support for Snow Leopard netbooks

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

A Russian hacker known as "teateam" claims to have restored support for Atom-based Hackintoshes running Snow Leopard 10.6.2. ?Apple had previously disabled the processor in an effort to curb the burgeoning Hackintosh community.

"The problem originates in a revision to the kernel in 10.6.2. The changes Apple made to the latest mach_kernel removes support for [Atom] processors, leaving updated netbooks in a useless state," InsanelyMac member "blkhockeypro19" explained in a forum post.

Russian hacker restores Atom support for Snow Leopard netbooks

??"Fortunately, 'teateam' has patched the new kernel just two days after Apple rolled out the update. Many users are reporting success with this patch, so if you [are] an Atom user looking to update to 10.6.2, give it a try, and let's not forget to give 'teateam' a round of applause for saving all our hackintosh netbooks!"

However, Jeff Porten of MacWorld warned that executing the Atom crack was not a "point-and-click" operation.

"You'll need to roll up your Terminal sleeves for a few simple steps here," said Porten. "And, of course, replace the kernel of your operating system - the fundamental code that underlies everything else in Mac OS X - with a file you've downloaded from the Internet."
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