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Join Date: Dec 2009
My Dell 10v/OS-X adventure - 12-04-2009, 04:06 PM
Perhaps some of the details here will prove useful to someone else in the future. The story has a happy ending: I did indeed get my 10v running on OS-X...
I ordered the 10v a few weeks ago and set about getting ready for the OS-X install immediately, so I'd be ready when the hardware arrived.
I bought the install disk at the local Apple store but I don't have a Mac so I needed to find one for set-up. Fortunately, I was already planning to visit an out-of-town friend who, as luck would have it, has a Mac. Using his Mac Laptop, I made an image of the OS-X disk on an 8G USB flash drive and ran NetBook Bootmaker and it failed. After a few attempts it seemed to work but I confess I didn't have a lot of confidence in it.
When the 10v arrived it had BIOS version 06 so my first task was to change the BIOS back to an earlier version.
The DOS file for flashing back to version 04 failed. I couldn't get it to run no matter what I tried. I'm an experienced DOS Command Line user and I followed the detailed instructions with regard to the command line options and syntax so I can't explain it. Perhaps Dell has done something to prevent this downgrade.
Next I downloaded the version 05 BIOS from Dell's European site (Drivers and Downloads) and followed the instructions for hacking the .ini file to allow downgrades (ldoogy's comment at Downgrade your Mini 10v BIOS to A04 (Requires Windows) - Page 3)
This approach worked and I got the BIOS downgraded to version 05. Whew!
Given my problems making the NetBook Bootmaker flash drive, I decided to be extra cautious and back up the hard drive in its original Windows configuration. I made a DOS boot flash drive and used Norton Ghost to save an image of the 10v hard drive on an external USB hard drive. I could therefore proceed knowing that even if everything else failed I could still have an XP Dell Mini
Booting from the NetBook Bootmaker flash drive seemed to go OK at first. I got the gray screen with the little Apple logo, but then everything stopped with a message saying that I needed to re-start the computer. I did so and the same thing happened again. The third time yielded no gray apple screen but a Chameleon screen asking which drive I wanted to boot from. Multiple attempts with all options proved fruitless.
So... I went looking for another way to install and found the "NetbookInstaller 2" method (NetbookInstaller 2: USB Mac Installation via Any Operating System | Guides | OS X | mechdrew).
Making an ISO image of the OS-X DVD proved impossible with my burning software (resulting in a 1G partial file) so I downloaded one of the recommended ISO creation utilities, CDBurnerXP. No go; I got another 1G partial file. Next I tried another recommended app, ImgBurn. Guess how big the file it created was? You got it: 1G. No joy I concluded at this point that there must be some other problem but, just on a whim, I downloaded the third recommended app, InfraRecorder. Success! a 7.5G ISO image file!
Creating the two special flash drives with the "dd" utility proved simple and went without a hitch. What a change!
But then the 10v refused to boot from the boot flash drive! It was a standard Lexar flash drive, so I don't know what the problem was. Out of desperation, I got an SD card from my camera, stuck it in a card reader, ran the "dd" app on it and tried to boot from that. I knew from what I've read on this forum that I shouldn't expect this to work. It worked!
It took a couple of tries to get the "boot from one flash drive but insert the second one as soon as the 10v powers up" timing correct, but I eventually did and OS-X started installing. The instructions on the NetbookInstaller 2 web page say "The Installer will probably fail at the end" but mine didn't. That was the only thing that went better than expected during this whole process...
I did the OS upgrade to 10.6.1 and that went smoothly. I don't see myself messing with 10.6.2 any time in the near future!
It was a long ordeal but now it's all done and my Hackintosh 10v is up and running!
Join Date: Oct 2009
12-05-2009, 04:22 PM
>>>And I would never have done this with a borrowed installation disc or a torrent; if Apple is to greedy/stupid to be willing to license their OS for other platforms it's their problem, but I'll still purchase it legitimately myself.<<<
nope that's not my point, like I say not finger pointing, Infact every one who puts OSX on their mini is breaking Apples licensing agreement. (you know the little scroll down thing you click accept, so none of us can feel smug), no my point is about failed installations, as some one else has pointed SL is good value (Apple meant it to be cheap for upgraders of Leopard only though lol) and the best way to ensure success is with a genuine disc. that's all. please don't take offence as none was meant.
>>>BTW: I'm having the problem of having to re-boot after the 10v goes into "sleep" mode. Is it advisable to run NetbookInstaller (which version) at this point?<<<<
Just tried that after sleep and yes reboot does hang hmm no real biggie but hmm none the less.
Join Date: Mar 2009
12-05-2009, 05:57 PM
Here is a link to a bunch of useful solutions from all over the forum. Issues not fixed by NBI, or covered in the guides. Restart after sleep fix is in there as well.
10V | OS X 10.6.7 | NBI 20100616212351 |BIOS 06|160 GB|1 GIG RAM| 6 Cell Dell Battery
Back up Mini 9| OS X 10.6.7| NBI 20100616212351| BIOS 05 | 32 GB SuperTalent | 2 GIGS RAM
Join Date: Dec 2009
12-07-2009, 05:31 PM
Adventure Part 2
I'm posting this continuation in order to try to get my entire installation/configuration story in one place...
After the adventures in my first post to this thread I thought I was finished. No such luck! I discovered I had two further problems, the failure to wake after sleep and the failure to restart after sleep. Actually, due to the relatively subtle difference between the wording of these two issues I didn't at first realize that they were two separate issues. Applying fixes for one and then testing to see if the other was cured proved unproductive, to put it mildly! I spent an embarrassingly long time sorting that out to myself
As someone has pointed out in this thread, the solutions to most of my problems were (mostly) to be found in the "User Fixes/Improvements not in NBI" thread, but it took me a long time to find it.
So... I eventually learned that the failure to wake after sleep problem was caused by a bug in NetBook Installer 0.8.3RC4 failing to create a "dsdt.aml file", the solution being:
1 - Run NetBook Installer 0.8.2 with all options un-checked except the one to create a dsdt.aml file.
2 - Then re-boot.
3 - Then run NetBook Installer 0.8.3RC4 again.
4 - Then re-boot again.
That got the computer awakening from sleep properly.
Next job was to make the computer re-boot properly after sleep. The solution to this was the installation of the OSXRestart.kext file described in this thread. I couldn't do it directly at first because the directory in which the file had to be installed was hidden (the default setting in NetBook Installer 0.8.3RC4). Rather than running it again I downloaded an app called ShowAllFiles to make it easy to hide and unhide files in the future (just in case). The OSXRestart.kext file solved the re-boot problem.
At this point I applied the "Sub Pixel Font Smoothing" fix and the "About This Mac" fix from "User Fixes/Improvements not in NBI". And I thought that was it.
Until I discovered I had no sound.
After a lot of digging I tried the suggestion to run the "UpdateExtras" app in the extras directory. Fortunately, that seems to have done the trick.
Now I can take a look back at the article that originally started me on this adventure: "Hackintosh a Dell Mini 10v Into the Ultimate Snow Leopard Netbook" on Gizmodo.com. If you haven't read it you should take a peek just to marvel at the hopelessly naive, rosy scenario it depicts as the Hackintosh process! (To start with, they treat the BIOS downgrade as something that's 1 - easy and, 2 - probably optional, even though by the time the article was published all Dell 10v's sere being sold with BIOS A06 and the downgrade process was not as simple as you'd think.)
To be quite truthful, I was expecting a process pretty much as complex as it turned out: I'm pretty experienced at this sort of creative experimentation and I actually enjoyed it, but I shudder to think of a newbie taking the Gizmodo article at face value and launching into this! I worked secure in the knowledge that I had a Norton Ghost image of the original hard drive configuration with Windows XP, so I could (and can) go back to the original, known-good setup at any time.
So now, we seem to have a functioning Dell 10v Hackintosh and I'll be installing a few useful apps. I'm hoping not to have to post a Part 3 of this adventure!
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