Dell Mini 10v Mac OS X Discussion Discussion dedicated to installing and setting up Mac OS X on the Dell Mini 1011

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Seed Seed is offline
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Default Mini 10v Disk Benchmarks on OS X 10.6.1 - Snow Leopard - 09-18-2009, 03:55 AM

I was having a hard time figuring out if a new SSD was worth it in the mini. I couldn't find many perf tests on this little SataI controller. Finally got around to installing Snow Leopard. Some basic things I had to do:

Buy a 30 dollar Snow Leopard CD
Restore the image to a USB drive
Run Netbookinstaller 8.2
Setup another USB device as a USB bootable DOS drive with BIOS exe A04
Ran the A04 install passing /forceit /forcetype
Booted off USB with OSX install image
Vertex Firmware Version 1.3

Installed perfectly well. Gotta check track pad updates 'cause that still kinda sucks.

Ran a few tests on the performance of the disk prior to upgrade.


Dell Mini 10v N280 CPU
Wireless N
2GB Crucial 667
OS X 10.6.1

Original run with Samsung 16GB Dell Factory 16GB SSD:

Same run with OCZ Vertex 120

MacBook Pro with Scorpio Blue:

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Default 09-18-2009, 05:16 AM


Thanks for your thorough investigation and comparison, Seed. Does it improve boot speed to a similar degree?
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Default 09-18-2009, 06:16 AM

It takes about 60 seconds to get to the point where the desktop is fully loaded. :/
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Default 02-11-2010, 03:51 PM

Which program did you use to run your disk performance tests?
I have a Samsung SSD and I'd like to know how good it performs.
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Default 11-22-2010, 11:47 PM

So there really is no boot up improvement speed for OSX? What about running programs?
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Default 11-23-2010, 04:20 AM

Running this command:

sudo kextcache -v 1 -a i386 -a x86_64 -m /System/Library/Caches/ /System/Library/Extensions

Shaves boot time to < 30 secs.

I don't really need the storage so SSD is better for my use.

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The app is Xbench. I'm using 1.3. Running some tests now to post with in a bit.

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Default 11-23-2010, 04:24 AM

Little out of topic.


How did you make mini 10v appear as MakBookAir? I tried to mess up with /Extra/SMBios.plist but it did not work out well.

Mini 10v, BIOS A06, OS X 10.6.6, Linux-Mint, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD
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Default Comparison - 11-23-2010, 04:01 PM

Is there any comparison test results out there for apps & internet speed? I know SSD has nothing to do with internet but I just wanna see if maybe im doin something wrong cause it seems like internet is a lot slower with mac instead of windows...and honestly i dont need the space either id rather have speed and all and have everything else on external ( movies and music) I just wanna know if mac fully take advantage of the ssd on the dell mini 10v or does windows 7 or even linux, which one will do the best?
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