Onda V975W - OS X Yosemite tablet better than iPad?

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  1. Justin

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    Since Onda V975W tablet is really just a Windows x86 PC. It's possible to install and run OS X on it!

    Usual three ways available:
    1. Hacintosh - installing OS X directly.
    2. VMware - virtual emulation.
    3. Remote desktop - connecting and streaming OS X from a real Mac or Hacintosh.

    All valid, but streaming is easiest and most efficient for tablets. Other two methods works more like a laptop, because OS X does not have proper tablet mode with multitouch and on screen keybaord support.
     
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    This Post on Onda Forum explains that the OSX kernel currently doesn't support Bay Trail processors, making Hacintosh and emulation problematic, if not impossible. If a fix exists, I'd love to know, because this is such an awesome idea.
     
  3. Justin

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    There is a stupid trick, you can add CPU mask to WMware machine vmx description. Simply add Intel i mask, problem solved as you can see in my screenshot.
    Atom is really nothing more than a standard Intel i CPU with just minor differences.

    I can paste an exact info, after I'll return home.
    I'll post a video Onda V975W OS X VMware emulation next week too.
     
  4. powerfulparadox

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    If it gets you a working system, it's not a stupid trick, though it being unnecessary would be nice.

    I'd appreciate more detail when you can get it up here. Any pointers to how to do this natively? (I know to try emulation first, but if I like it, I'd love to do a full install.)

    I probably don't want to spend the storage space on triple booting, but I've always had the idea to boot Win/Mac/Linux. I'll keep an eye on this. When I find a good OSX virtual keyboard and Plasma Active matures, I may just do something like this.

    I've been enjoying my V975W's screen (It just came yesterday, so I have some tinkering to do).

    Glad to see I have even more options coming.
     
  5. Justin

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    #5 Justin, Mar 29, 2015
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    Here is CPU mask that should be added to your machines .vmx file. Everything else should be setup same as for any Intel i3/i5/i7 virtual machine.
    Code:
    cpuid.1.eax = "0000:0000:0000:0001:0000:0110:1010:0101"
    It's not stupid, but it just does not stop to surprise me that these Intel Atoms are almost the same as super expensive Intel ULVs (that goes to +$1000 ultrabooks), so Intel is basically giving away Atoms for free with tablets like Onda V975W! :)

    I'm running VMware from a microSD card, so space does not really matter with 64GB card.

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    You won't be able to use any direct installed OS on this tablet except Windows and Android simply because others do not support multitouch. So at best others will run only like laptop OS. And if you watched my Onda Android video, virtual emulation worked even faster and better than dual boot.

    Another exception is remote desktop/streaming that can add virtual multitouch to any OS, though virtual touch is still not the same as native support. So only Windows and Android have native support for touch at this moment.
     
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