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: Feb 2009
01-20-2010, 11:08 PM
As someone who just did this last week, I can say unequivocally "yes".
You can make it better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster... you can rebuild it - you have the technology.
Join Date: Apr 2009
01-22-2010, 09:49 PM
Extensive testing of both version, notable lately on 10.6.2 with even the internal mic working using the nice fix found in:
Dell Mini 9 Audio with Microphone without VoodooHDA (Snow 10.6.2)
have sharpened my look on the matter.
So, even though 10.6.2 can be feature complete, I am currently switching back to 10.5.8 for the following reasons:
-The performance feature of Snow Leopard are for real macs with dual cores cpus and x64 support, as such the performance increase is unnoticeable or very subtle and or centralised to a particular thing or task
-The expose feature, while subtly improved in action feels sluggish(lags and a couple bugs there and there) compared to the previous one on the limited hardware of the mini9
-Compatibility problems with some softwares.
-Significantly longer boot time, possibly due to the internal mic fix or other changes I have done myself but still.
So I am going back to 10.5.8, although I'll most likely switch back in the feature as things continue to improve.
Join Date: Aug 2009
01-24-2010, 01:09 PM
Thanks for that. Being my first Hackintosh I feel damn lucky to have hit pure nirvana with 10.5.8 on the Mini9 as my first build, it's flawless!
Join Date: May 2009
02-03-2010, 03:15 AM
One question, what is the easiest way to make the upgrade? I heard that I am not allowed to just let 10.5.7 or 10.5.8 install via software update (which pops up all the time), so what options do I have? I am not looking to brick my main school companion since it is getting the job done.
(I didn't hackintosh it myself, my friend did it and sold me the device almost brand new because he wanted to buy a real mac. I bought the netbook, loved it, and bought a real MacBook Pro myself shortly after. I use the Mini 9 for Class and I use Dropbox to keep my MacBook Pro and Mini 9 synced as far as homework and stuff goes. Windows XP at work though I did manage to set-up Windows 7 and MS Office 2007 on my MacBook Pro. I can dual-boot it or Virtualize Windows, so I'm not exactly tech illiterate, haha)
Join Date: Mar 2009
To upgrade or not to upgrade? - 02-03-2010, 09:34 AM
I too have been sitting at 10.5.8, waiting for the dust to settle about upgrading to 10.6.
Until this past week or so, it looked like there was no clean upgrade path that gave me the same functionality I have with 10.5.8. Now it seems as if there is a set of tools, including upgrading to NBI and 10.6.2. The question is do I wait until there is a step by step guide for upgrading from 10.5.x, or take my chances.
However, it's still not a fool-proof process, as some people are still having problems.
I use my Mini 9 for iPhone development, and it works well. With the announcement of the iPad, and the beta SDK 3.2, it looks like I'm going to have to bite the bullet soon and upgrade to Snow Leopard, unless I hear that the non-beta release will also work on Leopard.
One possibility, I keep thinking about is building a bootable external USB drive, and simply keep 10.5.8 on the SSD drive.
Any thoughts on that? Anyone else tried it? (I think I will start a new thread with that question)
Ti PB G4 1G 1GB 10.4.11 15" iMac G4 800 768MB OSX 10.5.8 PM8600 OS 9.2 asst Mac/Sun/Linux
Currently developing iPhone apps on a Dell Mini 9, and looking for a new job in the SF Bay Area
Join Date: May 2009
10.5.8 to 10.6.2 - update or fresh instal? - 02-04-2010, 07:00 AM
Do you recommend an update or a fresh install?
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