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November 19, 2008 7:29 AM Subscribe
What makes a Mac a Mac?
posted by andromache to computers & internet (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I was fiddling around with a G5 tower this morning, and I wondered: what's inside that box that makes it a Mac?
I know you can buy the shell (case? enclosure?) that houses the guts of a home made, personalized PC, but as far as I know, you can't do the same with Macs. If I had the aluminum tower, could I, if I had the knowhow, put together a FrankenMac from parts bought separately?
Is there something about the physical hardware that makes Macs able to run OSX? If they can run Windows in Parallels or BootCamp, why couldn't a PC run OSX (if the PC equivalent of BootCamp existed)?
Aren't a lot of the parts like Ram and drives in a Mac made by, say, Samsung, or Sony, or Kingston? These are the same brands used in PCs, yeah? Why couldn't I assemle these and make my own Mac? I've seen some step-by-step guides to mod a shitty PC or an XBox to run OSX.
But what makes a Mac a Mac?
n.b. I have no intention of doing this myself, I'm just curious. Idiot-safe and techie explanations appreciated.