The 2006 Hackintosh Experience: Mac OS X Tiger on ThinkPad T60

The 2006 Hackintosh Experience: Mac OS X Tiger on ThinkPad T60

Here we have two computers that are running
Mac OS releases that are ten versions apart: the one on the left is Mac OS 10.4 Tiger,
and the one on the right is Mac OS 10.14 Mojave. Can you tell the difference between the two,
apart from the different default background? They both have a menu bar at the top and a
dock with application icons on the bottom. They don’t look that dissimilar over the hood, but under the hood I’m sure there are quite a few differences. So here is Mac OS 10.4 Tiger on this Lenovo
ThinkPad T60. It’s updated to the latest version, 10.4.11,
and it doesn’t work that badly, even though it’s a horribly obsolete operating system
in this year, 2019. I decided to install it because this computer
is period-appropriate for it, so a lot of stuff works quite well. Even video acceleration works, with the ATI
graphics card that this computer has. The computer is recognized as an Apple Development Platform. It has an Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 at 1.3 GHz. It has 4 GB of RAM installed, but actually
only 3 GB are usable, and Mac OS doesn’t mention that. It has ATI Mobility Radeon X1300 graphics
and I was able to get Quartz Extreme video acceleration working. I’m not sure if it’s because of the install
disk I used, but it does come with a kernel extension file, or kext file, for ATI Radeon
X1000 series graphics, and if you edit the information file of that driver, and add this
device ID on it, that driver will work with this computer. If we open a terminal and edit the kext file
which is in /System/Library/Extensions/ATIRadeonX1000.kext, then you go into Contents and Info.plist… This is basically an XML file with the plist
extension. You go down and find IOPCIMatch, and the row
under it will show a series of device IDs. There will be more than one here, separated by a space. You delete all of them, and keep the string tags. Between the string tags, you put the device
ID of your graphics card. In my case it’s 0x7149, and then the vendor,
which is 1002, you don’t have to type 0x again. Then you press Ctrl+X and Y to save, but I’ve
already done this modification, so I’ll do Ctrl+X and N to discard the changes. And then you have to clear the kext cache. I wrote a little script because I was tired
of typing the commands over and over again, because I had to do it again for other things. I saved it in a file called,
and it’s these four commands. It applies the right permissions and then
it removes two cache files. And then you can restart, and the video acceleration should work. For the sound, I had to install another driver. I think it’s called Azalia Audio or something. I’ll put a list of all the drivers I had to install. Ethernet works right out of the box, so let’s
see if it works now. That’s just a cached preview, but now it’s loading. And it’s a bit slow, but it does work, so
we can browse the Internet on Mac OS X Tiger. The latest version of Safari that works is
4.1.3 from 2010, which is quite outdated, so I installed a special version of the TenFourFox browser. It’s based on Firefox, and it’s actually designed
for PowerPC computers, but I downloaded a special compiled version for Intel processors,
so it runs as fast as possible, and a lot of websites work just fine here, even YouTube. It is quite slow, but it’s still significantly
faster than a PowerPC Mac. This computer has a 14-inch 1024*768 display,
just like some Apple iBooks had. I can’t set other resolutions, but this is
the native resolution of this computer, so I don’t have to do anything else. And I watched 8-Bit Guy’s video about whether
OS 10.4 Tiger is obsolete, to see what programs he ran when he tried it out, but he didn’t
mention TenFourFox, I guess it didn’t exist back then, I’m not sure. But we can try playing a YouTube video on it. “Today we’re going to take a look at some
vintage PC accessories, including the Diskette Holder, styled to look like a CRT monitor,
from JHT Imports, the PC Radio from Ashten…” It lags a little bit, but it’s watchable,
it’s not too bad. I have the ad blocker turned on, so let’s
see how well it works without the ad blocker. “Today we’re going to take a look at some
vintage PC accessories, including the Diskette Holder, styled to look like a CRT monitor,
from JHT Imports, the PC Radio from Ashten Products, the Anti-Static Brush from MediaMate,
and the Techvac from Park Avenue. First is the CRT monitor-styled diskette holder.” It was a bit slower, but it still worked. I also have NoScript to block some scripts,
but YouTube is not blocked. I actually have some specific versions of
these add-ons, let me check. NoScript is version and uBlock Origin is 1.13.8. This is TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 2. It says Copyright 2017, so it’s probably a
bit out of date, but if YouTube with its modern design can load, it’s not that outdated. This computer has Intel Pro Wireless 3945ABG,
and there are actually drivers for Mac OS, but only for 10.5 Leopard, not for 10.4 Tiger,
so I’m stuck with using Ethernet. I installed Microsoft Office 2004. You can run Office 2008, but I wanted to try
an older version, so here it is loading. And just make a new Word document. And this is the last version to have the Office
Assistant, and instead of the Clippy paper clip, you have this classic Mac, whose name is Max. It doesn’t make any sounds, as far as I know. Let’s try Excel. I’ve never opened this before. You might see some graphical glitches on the
screen because of the video drivers, which don’t work really well, but it’s better than
no video acceleration at all. And there you’ve got your spreadsheet. And let’s see PowerPoint. And there you go. Let’s see the different styles. That’s interesting; the Windows version doesn’t
have these styles. The equivalent of Office 2004 on Windows is
Office 2003. And the assistant there is jumping around. And then there’s the equivalent of Outlook
which is called Entourage. Of course, I haven’t set it up, but it works. There’s an old-style Mac wizard: instead of
back and next buttons you have these little arrows. But I don’t want to set it up now. Let’s see the welcome e-mail. I also installed iLife ’06. You can install up to iLife ’08, but I wanted
to try something more similar to what a 2006 computer would have come with. So we’ve got iPhoto. I don’t have any photos in there. iMovie HD… which I briefly tried with the
Mac OS X Tiger welcome video. I didn’t make that video with iMovie, I just
took the video that was already made and added it to the timeline, along with the music,
so that also seems to work well enough. Let’s see what version this is. 6.0.3. And iDVD… I haven’t made any DVDs with it, but the program
is there. Then GarageBand… We can browse the loops on it, or whatever
they’re called. Let’s see…”GarageBand Demo Songs”. Newer versions of these programs also have
these demo songs. There was a longer list somewhere. Not here. I forgot what it looked like. It was something horizontal. Oh, there it is, “Show Loop Browser”. You have to select a category. Yeah, these are just sound effects. And there’s a lot of stuff to choose from. And iWeb, which isn’t that different from
the newest version, which is like 3.something. This one is 1.1.2. And I also put some folders for applications
and documents. Mac OS X Tiger does not support stacks, which
is like when you click on a folder on the dock, it will show a little list of the contents
inside. It will just open the folder in the Finder. But you can hold the mouse button here on
the icon, and you will get the contents on a little menu here! Another program I installed but didn’t put
in the dock is Photoshop CS2, and this program is only for PowerPC, so now we can see the
PowerPC emulator that older versions of Mac OS had. And Mac OS X Tiger on a PowerPC computer actually
let you run Mac OS Classic applications from even older Macintoshes, but you can’t run
them on Intel, even if you have Tiger. So here we have Photoshop CS2, and to prove
that it’s running on emulated PowerPC, you can see here, “system architecture, PowerPC
G4 with AltiVec”, whatever that is. And it thinks it’s 10.4.9 when it’s actually
10.4.11. I’ve also been able to print to my rather
modern network printer with this OS. If we go here, I added my HP Color LaserJet
Pro MFP, which means multifunction printer, M277dw, and this is over the network, too. I wasn’t able to use the scan features, but
the print features did work. I didn’t find a test page print function,
so I just went to the terminal and type uname -a, and this shows the kernel that this hackintosh
is using, 8.8.1. I just went to print it, and here it is; it
printed perfectly! I also tried some games that were included
in some Macs of the time, for example Marble Blast Gold. I actually bought this a few years ago, back when it was
still available, and I used it on Windows. But I’m not really good at it. And it works quite well with the TrackPoint of this computer. Another game that these old Macs came with
is Nanosaur 2. But it makes this computer crash. So now I have to hold down the power button
and start it up again. In the meantime I’ll show you what stacks
look like on newer Mac OS versions. So here we have my newer ThinkPad on Mac OS
Mojave, and here is the Applications folder. This is what a Mac OS stack looks like. It’s quite fancier, but it is available on
Tiger too. And this is another way stacks can look like. And I remember when they first announced this
feature on Mac OS X Leopard, it looked so cool, the animation, when you open and close one. You can hold down Shift, and it should do
it slowly. It’s not useful for anything, it just looks cool. If you hold down, it just opens the same thing,
so it doesn’t change anything. One pretty important thing that doesn’t work
with this computer…it actually did work when I first installed 10.4.8, but it stopped
working after upgrading from 10.4.11, is anything connected to USB. So over here I have my Unicomp Model M keyboard. It’s basically like the classic IBM Model M,
but it’s new production, and it connects via USB. So now I’m going to connect it to this T60
running Tiger, and try opening anything, like Spotlight, and try typing on it. You can hear the loud clicky buckling spring
keys, but it doesn’t type anything. If I press Caps Lock, the light doesn’t turn
on, so for some reason USB doesn’t work. However, if we go to the System Profiler,
and go to USB, you can see it does recognize the USB devices. I actually have this stuff plugged into a
USB hub, but it’s a powered USB hub. I have a Samsung flash drive, the keyboard,
and also a USB mouse. It’s actually a wireless mouse, but it has
a USB receiver. And they don’t work at all: I move the mouse,
it doesn’t do anything on the computer, and the USB drive is not mounted. We can go to Disk Utility, and we can just see the internal hard drive. I tried looking up a solution for this problem. This problem actually occurred on some real
Macs at the time, with Mac OS 10.4.10, I believe, and they said to install the developer tools
and run USB Prober, so I did that. They said just to run the prober, and then
it should work. You can see it detects all the devices, but
they still don’t work. I tried downgrading the kext files for USB,
one is IOUSBFamily, and one is something else, IOUSB something else. I tried the ones from 10.4.8 and 10.4.9. I extracted them using a program called Pacifist. This is an older version, 2.6.4, and it has
this 15-second timer, but then it will work. I tried using different versions of these
drivers, but they didn’t change anything. Although the USB devices don’t work when they
are plugged in while the computer’s already turned on, they do work if you have them plugged
in while the computer is starting up. If I start up the computer with the USB hub
and those devices I showed earlier plugged in, they will work, however, as you can imagine,
it is a bit of a hassle. Oh, and also there is iTunes. I could have shown that earlier. This is iTunes 9.2.1. If you go to the Software Update here, it
will actually find updates for this computer, but it doesn’t find updates for iTunes. It
updated to iTunes 7, I think. “Seven, I think.” And if you want iTunes 8 or 9, you have to
install them manually, but after that they will work. Also, I was able to install drivers for power
management, so we can see the battery percentage. If I unplug it now… That beep comes from the computer itself,
but now it recognized that I unplugged it, and it’s going to calculate how much time
is remaining. Sleep mode doesn’t work. If I try to put the computer to sleep now,
it makes the screen black, but it’s still on, and if I move the mouse, it just goes
to the password screen. It obviously doesn’t work as well as a real Mac. Another thing I should point out is that the
fonts don’t look that great at first. You have to go to the appearance settings
and set the font smoothing style to medium. By default it’s set to automatic, but it doesn’t
recognize this as a flat panel display, so it sets a low font smoothing, which is better
for CRTs, but the medium setting looks a lot better. And another thing that makes this computer
crash is virtual machines. I installed an old version of VirtualBox. And I’m not going to start the virtual machine
now, but if I do, it will be like Nanosaur: it just crashes instantly with a kernel panic. I tried making a Windows XP virtual machine,
and I was about to install it, but this is actually an empty virtual machine. So I think that’s it about a look at this
horribly obsolete Mac OS version, but it was quite important. It was the first Mac OS version to run on
Intel processors, and when they first did those hacks to run Mac OS versions on non-Apple
computers, which back then was commonly known as OSx86, this was a really good computer
for it. So there we have it. Thank you for watching. Oh, screw it, just shut it down now.

Randy Schultz

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4 thoughts on “The 2006 Hackintosh Experience: Mac OS X Tiger on ThinkPad T60

  1. AO554 says:

    Comparing the first version I used of macOS that I love and the last 32-bit that I also love (By seeing the intro). Tiger was such a nice experience and I used to hackintosh with it as well, nice video

  2. Red Rakham says:

    Hello how did you install tiger on that laptop?? This old version?

  3. Cocolino 2007 says:

    Did you installed Mac OS X Tiger on that SSD with Win7 or on an HDD?

  4. AndreStork says:

    Try to install MacOS Catalina

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