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Join Date: Apr 2009
07-19-2009, 10:48 AM
external dvd drive with the DellEFI download from mechdrew's site.
Basically just following what's in this old gizmodo article. How To: Hackintosh a Dell Mini 9 Into the Ultimate OS X Netbook - Dell mini 9 hackintosh guide - Gizmodo
I don't have access to a mac so I don't think I can install any other way.
Join Date: May 2009
07-19-2009, 03:51 PM
I used the DellEFI 2 USB stick method with good success once I figured out a couple of tricks. (I don't have access to a real Mac at the moment either). Stick one gets the machine booted to a prompt and stick 2 has the entire DVD of OSX 10.5.6 retail on it. I'm using Patriot XT USB sticks (1 8GB and 1 16GB) and they are incredibly quick for this whole process.
After booting the first USB stick to the prompt and hitting ESC, I have to boot with -x on the install USB stick or the installer hangs for me.
I've also had no luck whatsoever with any DellEFI other than 1.1 for some reason.
It's not going to be as smooth as doing a normal OS install on a typical machine, but if you can navigate the tricky spots, the reward is a lot of fun.
Most of the info I used came from here....
Old Guide | DellEFI | mechdrew
Part "G" is the section I was working from. Those steps take the place of other steps in the guide. I read the whole thing about 10 times from start to finish before I even attempted it.
Best of luck!!
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Join Date: Mar 2009
07-19-2009, 04:33 PM
Sorry to hear of your frustration. I can recall problems with the WiFi when I installed OS X for the first time. I have an early releases of the retail OS X DVD which had to be upgraded to new iterations of the OS. I downloaded the combo-updates onto an external drive did the updating sans WiFi. Once everything was upgraded, no more worries with WiFi. Not sure the reason for this, but it did fix the problem. Good luck.
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Join Date: Mar 2009
07-19-2009, 04:55 PM
That Gizmodo method is old, and I would say obsolete at this point. I used the old Dell Mini Boot DVD drive method with a 10.5.6 disc and had no issues at all. Everything worked immediately after completion.
Guide Method 3: Install using External DVD Drive | DellEFI | mechdrew
If I was to do it again, I would use the new NetBookInstaller. It seems a much easier method, and automates many of the steps in the process.
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