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: Nov 2010
12-10-2012, 04:44 PM
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Ok...I think I got it! I found the directions for enabling root access and now I see the folders I need. Thanks again!
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I actually used this guide and it gave script for the renaming of the old kernel. Everything is working perfect on 10.6.8!
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Sorry...forgot I can't post links. It was titled "tlhaas at blogspot "untitled number 5"
Join Date: Sep 2009
10.6.8 Users: REAL WORLD Reported Battery Life? - 12-23-2012, 09:32 PM
Hello 10.6.8 users! Thank you for your interesting feedback on your triumphs and troubles going from 10.6.7 to 10.6.8, etc...
What I am seeking: Your REAL WORLD battery indicators, etc.
I am running a stock battery, and get 4+ real hours of usage, including streaming, itunes, slingbox, browsing, and playing mp4 movies from an SD card. After full charge, my battery indicator always shows ~4 hours in its monitor, and I feel it is quite accurate.
Those of you who are at 10.6.8: What does your battery indicator show as time remaining after you fully recharge your DM9/10.6.8?
And just to compare apples to apples, please indicate if you are using stock or extended battery, and maybe which BIOS you are using (though shouldnt this be in your signature?).
Thank You, as I still appreciate my Mini 9, and one last upgrade isnt completely out of the question, but battery life is more important...
OSX 10.6.7 | BIOS A05 | NBI 20100616212351 | USB BIOS Legacy Support: Disabled | Bluetooth: Enabled
Join Date: May 2009
01-06-2013, 12:34 AM
thanks for the zip zeitung. downloading now for an upgrade tomorrow.
my mini 9's been unused for a while on 10.5.8, have a use for it again now but need it on snow leopard.
meant to ask - can anyone confirm if i'll be able to get 2 finger scroll working? assuming successful instal up to 10.6.8 that is.
Join Date: Mar 2009
Update - 03-08-2013, 10:38 PM
I found a new kernel made for the Atom CPU and it works great. Speed step works, sleep works (no need for those additional kexts), the only thing that remains the same is that you have to apply the sound patch for the built-in mic to work. Bluetooth toggle still does not work.
The kernel and all the other stuff is here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1356918/Dell...0.6.8_ver2.zip
Here is a new step by step tutorial, ignore the one on the first page (except for other details not connected to the install - like disabling hibernation post install...etc):
1. Install 10.6.3 from a USB patched with netbook boot maker.
2. Run software update (first install the "other" updates, restart between as required and at the end the 10.6.8)
3. Will restart automatically after the 10.6.8, when it boots you will get the NBI logo, just wait until it is finished, than you wont be able to boot normally anymore
4. Hold shift at boot and type "recovery=yes"
5. Replace the kernel with the one in the zip withe these commands in the Terminal:
sudo mv /pathtofolderwithkernel/mach_kernel_atom /mach kernel
sudo chown root:wheel /mach_kernel
sudo chflags hidden /mach_kernel
5. Run NetbookInstaller 20100616212351 (with default settings)
7. Now everything should be operational (except the MIC) - install remaining updates via software update (i did them one by one, it failed if i tried all at once...)
8. Apply sound patch if you need it
For more details see first tutorial but --> IMPORTANT ---> with this kernel the model identifier is correct, showing "Inspiron 910" so you do not have to modify the machine.plist inside the "UpdateExtra.app". So when applying the sound patch, ignore the part modifying the machine.plist...
The only problem I encountered was that the 10.6.8 update failed on the first try, but then I rebooted and the second time it finished ok.
If you have any problems or need more detailed instructions please reply...
Join Date: Apr 2009
03-10-2013, 04:07 AM
The steps in the first post on this thread worked for me! The legacy kernel pkg didn't work, so I had to manually copy over the kernel as written in the post about that (also in the post above, but I used the previously linked kernel, not this newer one).
My mini9 is running BIOS A05. The steps didn't originally work for me when I was running bios A06- the mini9 couldn't properly boot after I installed 10.6.8 and rebooted using 'recovery=yes', it would stall and bounce between a blue loading screen and the snow leopard purple desktop- but once I downgraded to bios A05, the steps worked flawlessly and I now have a fully working 10.6.8 mini9. I've gotta say, it's probably the most stable setup I've had with OSX since originally getting the mini9 to use with OSX back in 2009.
Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this process possible! Thanks for the tutorial and I encourage anyone who was on the fence about doing the update to consider giving it a go!
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