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[How-to] Mac OS X Snow Leopard on Dell Inspiron E1505/6400


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Today we will be install Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3 through iFail S3 v2 on a Dell Inspiron E1505 or Dell Inspiron 6400 and then updating it to 10.6.8.

Installing Snow Leopard 10.6.3

Before starting: on your Laptop, go into your Hardware Configuration and write down the make and model of all of your hardware. You may need this later and it's easy to retrieve now. For instance, my machine is:

Processor: Core Duo T2350 @ 1.66 GHz (32-bit)
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Display: GMA950 (Intel chipset 945GM)
Ethernet: Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller
Wireless: Dell Wireless 1490 WLAN Mini-Card
Bluetooth: Dell Wireless 355 Module (Broadcom)

1. Download the iFail S3 v2 torrent (google "iFail S3 v2 torrent"). This is the tweaked Snow Leopard 10.6.3 that is the core of the installation.

2. Burn the ISO to a DVD. Be sure to burn it as an ISO disk image, don't just burn the file as a data disc.

3. Edit the BIOS on your computer so that it will boot from DVD first. Do this by hitting F2 when the Dell logo appears. Find the entry that deals with boot order, and change it so that the DVD boots before the hard drive.

4. Put that DVD in your Hackintosh and boot using "cpus=1" in the boot flag. It will take a long time to load from the DVD. When it's finished, select your language and click "continue." You'll see a "Preparing Installation" status bar for a couple of minutes.

5. We need to prepare our hard drive for the installation, so at the "Install Mac OS X" screen, before we proceed, click on Utilities in the menu at the top of the screen, then select Disk Utility.

6. Select your hard drive from the column on the left, then click on "Erase." Under Format you want to select "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)."

7. Click on Partition and select One Partition. Change the name to "Hackintosh" or "HackBook Pro" or "Snow Leopard" or something more creative. Click on Options and select "GUID Partition Table." Then click "Apply." When it's done, close out of Disk Utility, click "Continue" at the Install Mac OS X screen, and the forward arrow at the "Read Me Please" screen.

8. Select the partition you just created and click "Customize." It will bring up a large menu of drivers and ways to customize your installation. I probably had to install 5-10 times with various configurations to get the one that worked for my machine. If your laptop has a different set of hardware, don't get too frustrated if you have to do the same thing. My technique was to stick with mostly the defaults, and just select a couple things at a time until I found a combination that would allow me to boot. We can always install more drivers later (and indeed we will), but it's easiest if we have the key ones selected now. So, for my installation, here's what I had checked:

Under Bootloader: AsereBLN v1.1.9
Under Bootloader Options: 32-bit boot, Graphics Enabler, Legacy Logo
Under Patches: Extra Directory, fakesmc, Disabler, EVO Reboot
Under Drivers/Main Hardware: Sound, Apple PS/2, Laptop Hardware
Under Drivers/Network/Wired/Broadcom: BCM440x

Click OK to return to the Install screen, and then click Install. It's going to take a while - don't necessarily believe the "About 18 minutes" or whatever the estimate says. It will jump around a little bit. Also, it seems like if you don't move your mouse around a little, the progress bar doesn't move along, so I like to do that from time to time. I'm a big fan of progress and change I can see.

9. When the installation is all done, you'll see a screen that says "Installation Succeeded" with a big green checkmark, and it'll start counting down from 30 seconds until it reboots your computer. When that happens, you'll need to eject the iFail DVD (do it during the bios check), or else it will boot from the DVD drive, and you'll be back at the iFail screen. Not a big deal if that happens - just eject the DVD and reboot your computer so that it will reboot from the hard drive. By the way, if you're able to successfully install then it means for certain that your hardware will support a Hackintosh, so at worst, it'll mean some tweaking but at the end of it all, you'll have a working Hackintosh.

10. As the computer is restarting, you'll want to see what's going on in the background, in case there's an unforeseen problem. You can do this by hitting any key when the message "Press any key to enter startup options" appears and typing "-v -x -cpus=1" without the quotes and hitting return. The -v will start the computer in verbose mode, -x starts it in safe mode and -cpus=1 tricks the OS into thinking you have a single core CPU, even though you have a dual core. We'll be using these boot flags a few times going forward.

As the computer boots, you'll see all sorts of text scrolling past. This is the OS loading drivers and checking on your hardware. It may appear to hang at times, but you need to be patient. Sometimes it takes 3-5 minutes to get past a certain line. Eventually the screen will turn black and you'll hear "Staying Alive" playing. Enjoy that for a while, and then hold down the power button to shut off the computer.

11. Put the iFail DVD in and boot from it. The reason the screen turned black is because of a problem with the video drivers. When the iFail DVD is finished loading, choose Terminal from the Utilities menu. Enter the commands below to remove the offending kexts (substitute the name of your hard drive for "PARTITION HERE").

cd "/Volumes/PARTITION HERE/System/Library/Extensions"
rm -rf AppleIntelGMA950.kext
rm -rf AppleIntelGMA950GA.plugin
rm -rf AppleIntelGMA950GLDriver.bundle
rm -rf AppleIntelGMA950VADriver.bundle
rm -rf AppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer.kext
rm -rf AppleIntelGMAX3100.kext
rm -rf AppleIntelGMAX3100FB.kext
rm -rf AppleIntelGMAX3100GA.plugin
rm -rf AppleIntelGMAX3100GLDriver.bundle
rm -rf AppleIntelGMAX3100VADriver.bundle
diskutil repairPermissions /dev/disk0s2

12. As the system reboots, eject the DVD, and use flag "-cpus=1." If all goes well, you'll eventually see the Welcome screen.

13. Go through setup and configure your wireless internet connection, set up user accounts, etc. You might even be treated to "Staying Alive" again.

14. Install the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo from Apple's website. When it is done, DO NOT RESTART YOUR MACHINE YET. Proceed to step 15 before rebooting.

15. We need to install the correct drivers for our display to eliminate the black bars on either side of the screen. Open Safari and download the GMA950 Driver from this address: http://uppit.com/v/FUX45OLJ. Launch the installer and let it run.

16. When it's done (like everything else, it will take longer than the estimate) click "Restart." As the machine reboots, remember to type in "-cpus=1." It may take an abnormally long time to reboot but don't worry - that's OK. When the OS finishes loading, take a moment to enjoy the full-screen resolution.

17. Now you will no longer have to specify the "cpus=1" flag and your system should run flawlessly on both cores.

Congratulations! At this point you have a nearly-perfect installation of Mac OS 10.6.8 on your Hackintosh. You have working video, sound, wireless and wired ethernet. Once I had the iFail DVD in hand, the whole process took me just over an hour, with 24 minutes of that waiting for the initial installation from the iFail DVD.

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Good guide - well written :)


I wonder, the machine that you have here.. isent it close to the D620 ?.. in that case, your might want to try out EDP 1.9x for D620 .. you might see one hell of a performance boost

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It is actually very close to the D620 in terms of the motherboard, graphics, Ethernet and Wireless. I am not sure about audio. I think it is slightly different. But I will try using EDP and keep everybody updated.

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It's a supported model for Mac OS X. Initially, you won't have the correct graphics driver and will be at default resolution with no hardware acceleration, but I believe you will find X1400 kext on osx86.net (have a look at www.kexts.com), at least for SL. Not sure for Lion.

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Dear Vincent,


If i'm not mistaken the device id for X1400 is 7145.


For lion:-


On a bad note, its not supported out of the box with vanilla kexts.


On a good note, you can try to install natit.kext for ati legacy graphics card, add your device id either in ATI1300Controller.kext or ATI1600Controller.kext and ATIRadeonX1000.kext.


I've attached the natit.kext below.


Give it a try and let us know your progress.






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Hi, I have a Inspiron 6400 with Snow Leopard installed, I recently changed my network card to a broadcom N so I could take advantage of my higher speed router (Just upgraded from g to N.)


I duel boot with Vista and the new card drastically increased my network speed however my Mac side refuses to see the card. It is a Broadcom 4321AG. I sure would like to keep the card installed because I like to use my mac side when on the Internet for safety reasons as well as the fact that I just plain love OS X.


I guess I could go back to the old card but that would be a wasted 12 bucks for the upgrade.


Do you know of any kext or other way to install a driver for this card??


Thanks in advance.

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