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: May 2010
09-12-2010, 02:59 PM
In my case, I was getting the message that the key was in use by another process when I was trying to prepare a Win7 Starter install USB key using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download tool and my Win 7 Starter .iso file. I was using an 8GB usb key that I had previously created an NBI bootable key on, and when I tried to format it in Windows, it was only giving me the option to format it to 47.6MB FAT file format. The HP USB Format tool was able to reset the key to the proper size, and then the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool was able to prepare the Win7 Bootable installation key without issue.
I think this might have been the issue that Miker1 was having. Hope this helps someone else.
Join Date: Jan 2009
09-18-2010, 02:43 AM
Join Date: Jan 2009
10-01-2010, 02:54 PM
Once I reboot with the NBI_084RC1 flash drive and OSX drive I have issues.
After the cursor in the top right spins for a bit, I get a black screen that shows:
BOOTMGR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
Before copying the extra dir and boot, my install would at least boot to the screen that let me select my SSD or my OS X Install DVD flash drive. When I clicked on the OSX, it would start to load and then give me a kernel panic screen.
Now, I just get the black screen and the "BOOTMGR is missing screen" I am super frustrated, I have tried everything. My drives are good, BIOS is setup correctly, my drives have been low level formated before copying over anything to them.
When I go back into PartedMagic and look at the OSX flash drive, it now shows up as Boot Camp! There are no more OSX install files, just the Boot Camp files on the drive. (boot camp folder, dvdsharing folder, autorun.inf, setup.exe, etc.) So it seems that copying the "Extra+boot" files to my OSX flash drive just turned it into a Boot Camp drive!
Someone please help!
Join Date: Sep 2010
10-02-2010, 03:17 AM
Originally Posted by jamesbarnhill
PC with Windows XP, Vista, or 7 and a DVD drive.
Retail Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard Install DVD, any version (What is Retail?)
Small USB Drive 64 MB or greater (HDD, SSD, flash, etc.) for the bootloader.
If using a Dell Mini 10v, an SD card will work great, the internal card reader acts like a USB device. (Sorry Mini 9 owners!)
Large USB Drive for Mac OS X Installer: 16 GB or greater.
I highly recommend the Sandisk Cruzer Micro series drives, just make sure to remove the U3 software first!
8 GB (10.5 Leopard) or 16 GB (10.6 Snow Leopard) HDD/SSD or larger, Intel GMA graphics (950 or 500) and Intel Atom processor.
RAM: 512 MB (10.5 Leopard) or 1 GB (10.6 Snow Leopard) or greater.
NBI_084RC1 dd Image (unzip this)
Image Writer for Windows
CD/DVD ISO creation utility. I highly recommend InfraRecorder (also available in a handy portable version)
Meet Minimum Requirements (above), the specifics DO matter.
Download and unzip/decompress (when applicable) all listed software.
If this is your first time installing, boot into default operating system on your netbook and check that all hardware, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and camera are functional and turned on (if present).
Check your BIOS settings. (more info)
Unzip Image Writer to any folder on your computer. (Make sure to extract all the files in the ZIP file.)
Connect the two USB drives to your PC and insert the Mac OS X Install DVD.
Open your favorite CD/DVD recording program, and make a complete copy of the Mac OS X Install DVD to an ISO file. Save the ISO file to the C: drive as macdvd.iso.
Make absolutely certain that it copies the entire DVD, not just the 510MB or 1GB Windows part. The resulting file should be somewhere close to 7 GB.
Go to the C: drive (viewing as a folder) and select Tools > Folder Options… > View and make sure to uncheck the box that says "Hide extensions for know file types" (when this step is done you can go back and reenable this feature if you do not like the file extensions appearing after file names.) Press OK, then rename the macdvd.iso file to macdvd.img. If you get asked about if you are sure you want to change it, press Yes.
Open My Computer (or just Computer) and write down the drive letters for each respective USB drive.
Open the Image Writer program (it's called Win32DiskImager in the folder you extracted).
The small USB drive is first. Select the correct drive letter under Device, slect the NBI_084RC1 image under Image File, press Write and then Yes. The Progress indicator will help you know when it is finished.
Now select the large USB drive number, and select the macdvd.img file. Press Write and then Yes; this one will take a bit longer so wait for the progress indicator to finish..
When it is done, close Image Writer and remove the USB drives. Eject the DVD and put it away.
*Thanks to dylar for finding Image Writer and posting a link to it, it is a lot easier to use that the previous methods!*
Ok, that should work, it worked for me at least.
If not, try redoing the large flash drive. What is the brand of the drive? That can make a big difference.
I have tried this method, I have tried the "extra+boot" method. nothing works. mini 9 and osx retail 10.6.3. Any suggestions!?
I'm at the same point as you are Movemint I'm going to try reformatting my 64GB Runcore SSD, then try it(installing my retail 10.6.3 with the mecdrew installation method.
Unless anyone has a better suggestion.
I mean I do have a working 10.5.8 on my mini 9
I would like to have the added security SL 10.6 brings, when away from my SOHO, and exposed to the bigbad web...
Edit: I was able to get NBM 8.3 to install on my mini 9.
I will try to see if I can get SL 10.6.3 working now, with NBI 8.4rc1 and/or USB image or retail dvd(or the backup copy I made)
Thanks for any help everyone
Join Date: Sep 2010
10-05-2010, 03:45 AM
Can you please give a step by step account?
PS: Did you get the bad NBI084RC1 image from here?
Join Date: Oct 2010
10-07-2010, 10:44 AM
Join Date: Jan 2009
10-22-2010, 06:26 PM
I Have tried the above, quoted method and the "Extra + boot" method. neither work.
Some system info:
I have a Mini 9, with A05 BIOS, with a 32GB RunCore SSD. Legacy Support, Enabled... Wake Suport, disabled.
I have tried 2 different small drives for my NBI_084RC1.img
My Large drive with my OSX image is a Sandisk Cruzer 16GB
I ripped my Retail 10.6.3 Snow Leopard disk with Transmac.
I am using Image Writer to put all the images on my drive.
I have wiped the SSD, due to a prior install that used the old DellEFI method dual booting with an expired Windows 7 beta, so I am starting fresh. Partition Magic used to format the SSD. I have tried with no partitions on SSD and with an NTFS partion on the SSD. Pulled the SSD out of my Mini, hooked up to Windows 7 machine, via USB and even low level formatted the SSD.
I get Kernel panics, no matter what method of installing Snow Leopard I try.
I have tried booting using verbose mode and get a scrolled screen, before the same screen as the kernel panic screen finally loads and the end of the scrolling.
I have tried booting holding shift keys down and I see the same results.
I have reformatted all the flash drives and recopied the images. Used HP USB Storage tool to format drives.
Please I have tried everything. I can not get even to the Apple install screen. I have read through many threads that suggest similar small tweaks and point to many different images or modified kernels. I want to get a step by step that will work.
The only computers I have access to are the Mini 9 and my Windows 7 machine. I have no external DVD drive.
What do I need to do to make this work????
--Attached are pictures of the screen after booting in verbose mode--
Join Date: Apr 2010
10-22-2010, 07:18 PM
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