Dell Mini 9 OS X Discussion Discussion for installing and setting up Mac OS X on the Dell Mini and Vostro A90
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Join Date: Jan 2009
01-01-2010, 07:46 AM
I hear you on this. I've looked into this on and off for the last few months, and to be blunt there isn't a good answer. I've never been able to get my Mini to wake with USB devices (haven't tried too hard there, but I have tried changing the BIOS settings around). I also can't get the display to be "unstretched" across two displays even when the lid is closed. But I have found partial success.
Using InsomniaX (Google it, use 1.3.5 for Snow Leopard or 1.3.3 for Leopard) I can disable the sleep function when the lid closes. I just checked and the display is off on the Mini itself while my 17" display works fine. There are two issues to this setup:
1) No sleep function. While the Mini doesn't draw that much power, I can understand wanting the machine to sleep. If it's any consolation, the display sleep still works, so while the whole machine may not be sleeping the display at least turns off, as well as the harddrive. (Those settings are in System Preferences.)
2) Since Mac OS X still considers the Mini screen to be connected, sometimes my mouse will "disappear" to the Mini's screen. Since I have my displays setup in a manner that the 17" display is the primary screen and the Mini's screen is secondary, connected to the bottom left corner of the large display, I can always move it up and to the right to "retrieve" it.
One other thing to note is that the Mini has no cooling fan, it relies on an open air ventilation (usually through the keyboard) to cool the system. With the lid down it warms up quicker. I've never had issues with it when used with the lid closed, but you may want to install the VoodooPowerMini kext, which will slow down the CPU when idle making it run cooler.
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