Hackintosh Desktop Build, SATA HD Dock reccos, Customize Your Windows Login Screen!


Hackintosh Desktop Build, SATA HD Dock reccos, Customize Your Windows Login Screen!

Use PS3 and Xbox 360 Controllers For PC Games, EFi-X: Build an OS X desktop on the cheap! Fast access to old hard drives, Milo, Frew Software, Alkaline AA problems or dead camera?

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Veronica's back from Japan and Patrick's on a netbook tear!

The BBC productions Pride and Prejudice Patrick mentioned...

A SATA Hard Drive Dock will solve Christopher's problem: he's got loads of hard drives around his room he'd like to use. Veronica's big on Brando's docks especially the Dual SATA HDD Multi-Function Dock with One Touch Backup USB + eSATA

Newegg has tons of SATA docks from $32 to $90, too!

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Free software! This week's Freebie download pick is LogonStudio! If you're tired of that same old login screen wallpaper staring back you every time you boot-up Windows XP or Vista rejoice: Stardock's Login Studio changes your login screen in XP or Vista for free. You can use pre-made skins or create your own. Sweet!

We've been receiving a lot questions from you out there on how to build a PC that runs OS X, aka, a Hackintosh. So we asked our friend Colleen aka Digital Kitty, aka TWiT's Technical Project Manager to give us the step by step how to install a legal copy of OS X on a PC.

The heart of this build is an EFi-X V1 Boot Processing Unit and a full retail install version of OS X. US residents can purchase an EFi-X BPU from eXpressHD.com for $240. Cheap? No. But it does wonders with bootloading -and- allows to update OS X!

What's the big attraction to a Hackintosh? More build options than Apple gives you, and spending lots less on hardware.

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here are Colleen's three sample builds:

Cheap Complete System

GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L Motherboard $80
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8ghz E7400 CPU $120
2gb 800mhz DDR2 RAM $20
Western Digital 320gb SATA Hard Drive $50
LG DVD Burner $30
Rosewill 450 watt PSU $40
NVIDIA Geforce 9800gt Graphics Card $90
Antec Three Hundred ATX case $55
EFIX Boot Processing Unit $200

Total $685

Mac Pro Killer

Intel BOXDX58S Mothboard $240
Intel Core i7 920 2.66 Quad Core CPU $280
3gb 1066 mhz DDR2 RAM $45
Western Digital 1tb gb SATA Hard Drive $50
LG DVD Burner $30
OCZ Stealth XStream 500 watt PSU $50
NVIDIA Geforce GTS 250 Graphics Card $120
Antec Nine Hundred Case $110
EFIX Boot Processing Unit $200

Total $1125 (Half the price of a Apple Mac Pro)

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Can you use a PS3 or Xbox 360 contoller with PC games? Josh from Hurst, Texas gets this question all the time at the GameStop where he works. Getting an Xbox 360 controller isn't too bad, check out Microsoft's How to connect your Xbox 360 Controller for Windows to your computer . If you want to get a wireless controller to work, you'll need the Xbox 360 wireless gaming reciever.

The PS3 controller is a little more complicated, and there aren't any official drivers from Sony. There is a great how-to on Instructibles Control your computer with a PS3 Controller, but there's no guarantee it'll work with your game!

Your digital camera kills a fresh set of AA batteries in 30 seconds? Yo-Q, that's not a problem with Alkaline batteries... we check the manual and your Canon Powershot A80 is designed to work just fine with the Duracells you dropped in there. It sounds like it's got a short or some other problem... for $100 you can get a new Canon that'll outperform your 2003 model in almost every way.