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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Chicago, IL
Hardware modifications necessary in Mini10 to install OSX? - 04-10-2009, 05:11 PM
I've been thinking about this for a while and wondered if any other hardware hackers have considered the question. What changes to the system board would be required in order to make the Mini10 identical to the Mini9 and therefore capable of installing OSX without having to come up with new drivers. It seems that the two major culprits are the media accelerator and the processor.
The Mini 9 has:
IntelÂ® Atom ProcessorÂ® N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
The Mini 10 has:
IntelÂ®AtomÂ®Processor Z530 (1.6GHz/533MHz FSB/512K Cache)
IntelÂ®Graphics Media Accelerator 500
So is it as simple as (and by no means am I insinuating this is a simple effort) swapping out the Processor and Graphics Media Accelerator? If you could successfully do this would that be sufficient to turn the Mini 10 into a possible OSX machine using our existing DellEFI approach? I mean, you might still need to do some tweaks to the kexts, but would it work?
I love my 9, but I think it would be improved with a slightly larger keyboard. I understand the limitations of the 10 right now with the RAM that can't be swapped. But if (when) Dell comes out with the next model which will assuredly allow for upgradeable RAM, that wouldn't be an issue. Also, given the space necessary to put in a 2.5 inch SATA HD, it would seem possible to find an SSD to fit in there. Even go crazy and put one of these babies in there: http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News/De ... wsId=25158 :lol:
Is this just crazy or would it be possible? I'm assuming it would require careful desoldering and soldering in order to swap out the chips. But is that all that would be required? :twisted:
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Re: Hardware modifications necessary in Mini10 to install OSX? - 04-11-2009, 12:20 AM
The code name for the GMA500 chipset is Poulsbo (easy for me to remember, I live near that town). The GMA500 is NOT a better chip than the GMA950. They sacrificed ALL of it's 3d performance to toss in a video decoder so it could pretend to be a better chipset by having the ability to deal with 720p video. That's the ONLY thing it's better at.
Do they even offer the Mini10 with 2gb of ram yet? Supposedly Intel patched the later revisions of the GMA500 to handle 2gb of ram, but I've yet to see anyone actually take advantage of it.
The Z series Atom is usually clocked slower than ours, but they do offer one that is clocked at 1.6GHz.. The Z series Atom has VT-x, where ours does not. That would make Parallels and other virtualization work a little bit better than it does now. But if you're limitted to 1gb of ram to begin with.. What good is that?
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