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While waiting on the SLD430USB to download, emptying the trash on my MacBook and building a BIOS flashing bootable CD I thought I would make a few somewhat random suggestions.

 

First some to add to the FAQ (we need one?):

 

1. Update your BIOS. Even if not doing one of the custom ones with DSDT modifications in it, at least use the latest from Dell. The table at http://www.osxlatitude.com/groups/d4xosx/wiki/e36a2/DSDT_Collection.html has which Dell BIOS versions DSDT's are available for. I was on A04 and am upgrading to A10. :o

 

2. Do NOT format your MacOS drive case sensitive. I've read this a few places. I think just Journaled, not case sensitive is the default.

 

Then a couple handy sites/utilities:

 

3. http://www.macosxhints.com/ which is now http://hints.macworld.com/ is a great source of OS and Application hints for Mac users. I have no affiliation with them other than having posted a few hints and read lots.

 

4. http://hddguru.com/software/ has lots of great low-level hard disk tools. In particular I use MHDD (http://hddguru.com/software/2005.10.02-MHDD/) to test drives and check SMART info.

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2. Do NOT format your MacOS drive case sensitive. I've read this a few places. I think just Journaled, not case sensitive is the default.

Mine is formatted MacOS Extended (Journaled) Case Sensitive. No problems here, other than I had to rename com.apple.boot.plist in Extra/Extensions to "com.Apple.boot.plist" so I could boot.

 

Although, on the same hard drive, I'm failing SMART tests in OS X, and passing them in Windows ;)

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case sensitive makes more problem then its worth unless your running a server. causes alot of weird issues too like kexts not loading if there name structure is not correct and chameleon commands not responding properly.

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case sensitive makes more problem then its worth unless your running a server. causes alot of weird issues too like kexts not loading if there name structure is not correct and chameleon commands not responding properly.

Which would be why I absolutely CANNOT modify SMBIOS. Not even with Lizard.app.

 

Makes sense. I've kind of made a mess of my tri-boot setup (OS X 10.6.7, OS X 10.6.7test, and Windows 7) so I'm going to format and restart from scratch.

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