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El Captain on Inspiron 3542 core i3

Sheikh Wahab

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I am new to hakintosh .

i want to install El capitan on my laptop.

i downloaded El captain.app 6 gb file and don't know how to boot.


Laptop specs:

Processors Information

Processor 1 ID = 0
Number of cores 2 (max 8)
Number of threads 4 (max 16)
Name Intel Core i3
Codename Haswell ULT
Specification Intel® Core i3-4005U CPU @ 1.70GHz
Display Adapters
Name Intel® HD Graphics Family
Board Manufacturer 0x1028 (0x0651)
Memory size 1024 MB
PCI device bus 0 (0x0), device 2 (0x2), function 0 (0x0)
Vendor ID 0x8086 (0x1028)
Model ID 0x0A16 (0x0651)
Performance Level 0
Wireless Adaptor
Quilliam QCWBEE5
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On paper, no issue with this Haswell/HD4400-based platform.


For you wireless, please double check because that reference seems incorrect.


You also need to identify other hardware elements such as audio (codec), LAN card, SD card reader, Bluetooth, etc.

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You can start by looking Dell's published specs/datasheet but you can also check the info provided in Windows device manager for instance. Or look up for the various Windows tools that exist today.

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Ok, well, be aware that your DW1705 wireless card is unsupported and will have to be replaced (or completed) by a supported device (1/2 mini-PCIe card or USB dongle). Look up this non-exhaustive list for guidance.


Audio codec seems to be ALC3234. We can confirm that through the PCI id you would find in the device/driver information.

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You could try following my Clover guide here, use the Inspiron bootpack 5558 in post #2, but leave out the SSDT/DSDT in /EFI/Clover/ACPI/Patched.

Once booted to Clover gui, hit F4, this will export the raw DSDT/SSDT to /EFI/Clover/ACPI/Origin. Compress that folder and upload it here. I'll get them patch for you. Your audio device is ALC255 which is included in the 5558 bootpack, if you're on 10.11.4, make sure to update it with the update version in Update section of the guide below.

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