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
03-23-2010, 10:52 PM
OK will try a second time - forum kicked me out after 20 min's typing, curses to you timer!!!!
Have been asked what I have done to get to the points above - now I'm a noob at OSX and have totally relied on the information contained within this and other forums.
My key problems with getting OSX totally operational and working to my satisfaction was the various searches I had to do - hopefully this helps some people.
To install 10.6 I simply used this guide:
Installed this using the USB key method updated via apple re-ran the installer as per above instructions and had a working 10.6.2 installation without a microphone.
However I also managed on my first go to install the hibernation file which gobbles around 1 gig of space which I wanted back - if you have made the same error easy to fix simply goto terminal and type
sudo pmset hibernatemode 0
sudo rm /var/vm/sleepimage
This should now remove the hibernation file and recover your space. To fix the microphone I cheated a bit, OK a lot.............
The key is this file, ALC286.kext.
ALC268 legacy kext for /Extra/Extensions 32 & 64 bit - InsanelyMac Forum
I had to join the forum to download it - copy and paste it into your /extra/mini9 - while your there check the version for the appleHDA.kext make sure it's 1.7.9.a4 (it should be) now the cheat part is I never bothered decompiling or recompiling the DSDT file but down loaded Bikinifarms one (thanks for that) - which is here
Dell Mini 9 Audio with Microphone without VoodooHDA (Snow 10.6.2)
placed this in /extra (replaced original one) reran the updated under /extra and microphone fixed - have done this on 3 mini 9's (yep have 3 don't ask why)
Now if your /extra folder is hidden do this to unhide it using terminal typing the following.
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
OK so now you should have a working OSX installation 10.6.2 with microphone going to. To reclaim your screen real estate by hiding the top bar download.
Apple - Downloads - Development Tools - PlistEdit Pro
And follow these instructions.
Hide Your Mac Menu Bar and Dock for a Cleaner Desktop - How To - Lifehacker
You can do this in any application - and this will slide down the top bar, have used in word, excel, safari etc very handy.
Now to get the 5530 card working follow these instructions.
HOWTO: Using mobile broadband / WWAN module in OSX
Now everything should be working - I have linked the various instructions as these guys have done the hard work, all I have done is piggy back on their knowledge.
enjoy your mini mac
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