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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Join Date: Dec 2010
Success - Dell Mini 10v, Retail DVD 10.6.3, NBI 8.4 RC1 - upgraded to 10.6.5 - 12-15-2010, 08:37 AM
I’m writing this on my Dell Mini 10v|OSX 10.6.5|A06|1011|1GB|120 GB.
I want to start this with a big “HURRAY”. After 4 failed attempts and learning what hardware don't work, which methods don't work and with the help of experts (Many Many Thanks) whose articles are linked in this write up, I was able to successfully install and upgrade to OSX 10.6.5. So far, Bluetooth is the only thing that is not working for me. Occasionally, the audio does not work but a reboot fixes it. I can deal with it. I have a mini Bluetooth dongle that I got for $10 and it
Works perfect with my Bluetooth mouse.
Hope this guide helps an average user to buy a Dell mini 10v and install it to the latest version of MAC OSX as of December 2010.
Here is my install experience, which is a little tricky but worked like a charm for me.
This has been an evolutionary experience and I thoroughly enjoyed... I owe big thanks to the hackintosh community.
I started of with the Tonymacx86 blog iBoot + Multibeast on my Lenovo Y430. Every thing worked fine even the automatic software update to 10.6.5 combo update. But, the Lenovo would freeze occasionally on the browser and the native Wi-Fi and Ethernet would not work. Although, I could connect to the Internet using a Belkin 802.11 g usb adapter. The experience with Lenovo y430 was good only for non-Internet work. Otherwise, it was a crappy hackintosh as rightly called out by Beerkex'd in the insanelymac forum.
So, I ventured and looked for other laptop that would be a good hackintosh. I came across an article in Gizmodo where they have successful installed OSX in mini 10v. However, this was for 10.6 retail dvd and I had the 10.6.3 retail DVD. Then I came across mechdrew’s blog on installing using 10.6.3 retail DVD with NBI .8.4 RC1. Now, I got motivated again to build the hackintosh using Dell Mini 10v. Fortunately, I got a good deal on mini 10v from craigslist. Thanks to Alex the seller.
I followed the above linked Gizmodo article, since I already had the Lenovo Y430 OSX, I could easily create an OSX bootable USB drive. I don’t have a high capacity thumb drive, so I used a spare external HDD to create a bootable installation media.
Now, I plugged this external HDD OSX boot drive to the dell mini 10v and followed the rest of Gizmodo’s instructions, viola. I got an OSX working on Mini 10v. Every thing was working perfect expect the Bluetooth. I could live with that since the mini usb Bluetooth dongle I had worked fine with my Bluetooth mouse.
Now, How do I go about upgrading to 10.6.5? I tried with the software update without running NBI and got kernel panic as unrecognized CPU. Then I came across victor goh blog. This was straightforward and I now have a mac OSX with 10.6.5. Every thing is working fine so far, except the Bluetooth.
Also, The forums in mydellmini were very helpful. Special Thanks to Rama for reinvigorating the hackintosh idea.
Total effort including playing around is 13-15 Hours over span of 3 days. If some one follows this guide to build their mini 10v, it would take no more than 2 hours for 10.6.3 and another 1.5 hour for 10.6.5.
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12-16-2010, 04:51 AM
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12-30-2010, 05:42 PM
Timberwolf, I am working on the dual boot right now as we speak. I think you have to partition the drive with gparted, see http://www.allankelly.info/hackintosh_p3.html on how to make the gparted CD and partition according to his directions less the 3rd partition for UBUNTU. I may try that later myself, but right now I just want a dual boot with Windows and SL.
I had to do a clean install of SL because my restore on my hard drive didn't work. I think I wasn't patient enough waiting to ensure that it was a good image. The guide that MECHDREW refers to with XP and a happy ending is what I used, except I didn't use ACRONIS.
I will update my progress. I have XP right now and am going to see if win 7 might be a better dual boot option.
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Palm Springs, CA
12-31-2010, 05:38 PM
Here's my workaround for dual booting Windows/ OS X
(I've had all flavors of windows work using this method, from XP, to Vista, to Win 7)
EDIT: I've written up a Guide for this process here: Start with Windows, Add OS X- Guide to Dual Boot.
*With Windows already installed, use partitioning software to create a partition for OS X.
*Use your mini and a USB install stick to install OS X to an external drive (make sure the partition you install to is not larger than the one you set aside on your mini. for that reason, i usually create a small partition, 12 gig will do). remember though, that you have to have a drive you can partition using GUID partitioning scheme.
*once you've installed to external drive,
1. Boot into windows and change the active partition (set the partition of your drive where OS X will be as active.) Doing this will prevent damage to the windows partition boot sector, failing to do it may leave you unable to use windows at all.
2. reboot into the installer, go into utilities/Disk Utility and use the 'restore' function to clone from the external drive to the partition you want OS X to end up in.
Doing things this way, surprisingly allows OS X to reside happily in MBR.
I've also done this using a 16 gig USB stick instead of the external drive... but it's painfully slow to do it that way.
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