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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Default So whats the best version of OSX to install for everything working? - 11-19-2009, 10:21 AM

Knowing nothing about how the whole OSX update situation works - do you have to update the software or can I install 10.5.x and just keep it there?

Reports on Snow Leopard seem to suggest that its more broken than the original Leopard on a Mini9.

Basically after much dallying I have decided that I'm going to have to splash out on an external drive and do the OSX thing properly but I want a machine that works fully with minimal messing as I'm a total OSX noob.

I have access to a DMG of 10.5 and a retail of Snow Leopard and a moderate amount of patience combined with the ability to follow clear instructions.

Help would be appreciated as I hate sitting around installing operating systems - cheers
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Default 11-19-2009, 11:55 AM

10.5.6 is the best fit on a mini 9.

SL works fine, and the only issue I have is no headphones. There is a work around, but it is kludgy. Otherwise, it is a smaller install and runs just as good for day to day activities.

Where people seem to be having issues is when they try to upgrade from Leo to SL. It is a much better practice to just do a fresh install.

Leo costs more, and I would discourage you from using a DMG, as on this forum piracy discussions are not tolerated.

I would look on eBay or your local Craigslist. Last I looked, people were selling them and they were not super expensive. Also, some of the online Mac retailers still have Leo at reasonable prices.


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Default 11-19-2009, 02:52 PM

I'd go with SL. Runs well, they're are several simple sound fixes, and the NBI folks are poking at rolling those right in.

My feeling is that you're already "off the farm" running OSX, at least run the one were you'll have an easier time finding questions answered.


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Default 11-19-2009, 03:14 PM

go with SL, its best having the latest and greatest


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Default 11-19-2009, 05:03 PM

Looks like I'll give SL a shot then as I have access to the hard copy retail of that (the DMG was taken from the older version of Leopard as a "just in case").

The recent spate of "This isn't working/won't boot/whats going on" posts in relation to SL had phased me a bit as the older version seemed to be hand in glove with the OSX love and the new one had posts mentioning that Apple had removed the core (heh) that was needed by the Mini 9...

On a related note, am I correct in assuming that the 10v is the best machine out of the range for Hackintoshing in terms of ease, features etc..?
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Default 11-19-2009, 06:56 PM

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On a related note, am I correct in assuming that the 10v is the best machine out of the range for Hackintoshing in terms of ease, features etc..?
The 9 or 10v yeah. They have distinct values:

  • Mini 9
  1. Smaller
  2. Better battery
  3. Cheaper
  4. Easier to get at hardware
  • Mini 10v
  1. Better keyboard
  2. Bigger hard drive
  3. Less wrinkles on sound


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Default 11-19-2009, 11:14 PM

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10.5.6 is the best fit on a mini 9.
Personally, I've had no problems with 10.5.8 and figured that it's best to be as up to date as possible with Leopard.

Note that I'm still using DellEFI, so I don't know if it's as smooth with NBI.
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Default 11-19-2009, 11:29 PM

SL on the 10V is perfect, Leo is still better on the Mini9, my preference is to use the old DellEFI method, as it works perfectly from install and you said you didn't really want to mess around with the install.

So, if you want a perfect SL experience, either load it on a 10V, or wait for the audio to be fixed for the Mini 9.


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Default 11-20-2009, 02:17 PM

Is this the old EFI method to which you refer:

http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/mac-...fi-method.html
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Default 11-20-2009, 02:24 PM

My Mini 9 with SL 10.6.2 (luv you guys - what a talented group of developers and experts in this community) is a truly marvelous and stable combination. As for 9 or 10v, despite the larger screen and keyboard on the 10v, I stand firm for the 9 because of overall smaller size and ease of upgrading - pull one hatch, and you can change SSD, ram, wireless and WWAN as easy as ANY computer ever made. Just TRY to add the second gb of ram to a 10v - open heart surgery would be easier...


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