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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m7ia m7ia is offline
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Default Snow Leopard on 8GB SSD - 06-24-2010, 05:40 AM

Hi everyone, I've read plenty of guides on getting OS X on the Mini 9 with an 8GB SSD, and am pretty well acquainted with the process. A few of the guides mentioned that you would need 10.5 and not 10.6 as it would require installer hacking...however, when I installed OS X (before we had all this EFI and Chameleon and boot-dfe) on my ThinkPad, I remember hacking the installer was as easy as modifying a certain file or putting in a command before booting the install DVD.

Has anyone been able to successfully install SL on a 8GB SSD? I just need some of the details so I can try it out.


PS if not, I guess I'll give 10.5 a try...
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Default 06-30-2010, 08:12 AM

Just connect another USB drive with more than 8GB to the mini.

Then install OS 10.6 on it (use the minimal installation needs)
Do the 10.6.3 update if you want

You'll have then to do the clean up

Remove hibernate file, disable it.
remove voices (just keep one... Fred I guess)
use monolingual

Then do a restore of that disk to the 8G SSD.

It worked for me. I got almost 1,5 GB left
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Default 07-03-2010, 10:42 PM

Thanks for the info, I'll try it and report back.
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Default 07-05-2010, 03:13 AM

What I did was have the OS X installer on a 8GB flash drive, had a 16GB flash drive plugged in, install OS X to the 16GB, update everything, then use Carbon Copy Cloner to transfer everything to the internal 8GB drive. It all fit with ~1.3GB to spare (now down to ~900MB-1.0GB)

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Default Modify OSInstall - 07-07-2010, 03:59 AM

This guide for modifying the OS Install of OSX still works on Snow Leopard. It will let you deselect Oxford Dictionaries and DVD Player to get the size below 8Gb

Advanced 3: Customizing the Mac OS X Leopard Installer | Guides | OS X | mechdrew
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Default 07-15-2010, 09:32 PM

i was never able to get the transfer to work completely. it never would boot for some reason. i would still like to be able to figure out how to do this if anyone has an idea. i used carbon copy cloner.

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Unibody Macbook 2.4, 4g ram, 500g OSX 10.6.4
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Default 07-16-2010, 02:15 AM

Will it boot into safe mode? Try that and run NBI once its booted.

You should try the guide at the link I posted, much easier than cloning the drive.
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Default 07-16-2010, 05:38 PM

You don't need to mess around with cloning. the mechdrew guide for modifying the leopard installer works for sl as well just not the part about mbr installation. you don't need to do the mbr install though. Just read through also put in labels so you know what you're deselecting. I think you add a title= or description= line I'm not completely sure. I did the install 3 times without realizing is was deselecting the migration assistant which mac os hates
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