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Default 06-30-2011, 11:48 AM

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It's not a big deal, it shouldn't effect everyday use. System Profiler will report the incorrect processor and model id. Other people on the network will see your Dell Mini as something else. But you can always change these settings in SMBIOSResolver if it bothers you.

Alternative is to wait for new Chameleon or NetBookInstaller, which might never happen. Or stay with 10.6.7.

The solution to the "Unsupported Hardware" bug is to force NBI to accept the default model id reported back from SMBIOS.

First - grab the model id from Terminal:

sysctl -a | grep model

Mine is "MacBook4,1"

Then right click netbookinstaller, show package contents, navigate to Content/Resources/SupportFiles/machine.plist

and replace "Inspiron 910" or "Inspiron 1011" (depending on Mini 9 or Mini 10 you have) with the number found via the Terminal command.

Mine now looks like this:

<key>Model Name</key>
<string>MacBook4,1</string>

Now NBI should run correctly.
Great work dchao, thanks for sharing your stuff!


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Default 06-30-2011, 01:23 PM

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Would you mind to share which kexts you installed and which ones you didn't?
So far the only one I've installed is the System kext; I did also install the sleep enabler kext. Apparently the new GMA950 is causing some problems, as well as one of these: ACPI, AHCI, or APIC....

Some of the other ways to get a working 10.6.8 seem to me to be pretty cumbersome, the way I did it didn't require a patched kernal (I assume NBI took care of this) or any terminal work and there was no delay or trouble on the restart.


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Default 06-30-2011, 02:24 PM

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So far the only one I've installed is the System kext; I did also install the sleep enabler kext. Apparently the new GMA950 is causing some problems, as well as one of these: ACPI, AHCI, or APIC....

Some of the other ways to get a working 10.6.8 seem to me to be pretty cumbersome, the way I did it didn't require a patched kernal (I assume NBI took care of this) or any terminal work and there was no delay or trouble on the restart.
Do you mean that you use all kexts on S/L/E and on Extra/ from your working 10.6.7?
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Default 06-30-2011, 05:02 PM

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Do you mean that you use all kexts on S/L/E and on Extra/ from your working 10.6.7?
Yes, I didn't make any changes to the Extras folder or the other extensions from 10.6.7, just replaced the 10.6.7 System.kext with the 10.6.8 System.kext and added the most recent version of SleepEnabler.


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Default 06-30-2011, 07:26 PM

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Yes, I didn't make any changes to the Extras folder or the other extensions from 10.6.7, just replaced the 10.6.7 System.kext with the 10.6.8 System.kext and added the most recent version of SleepEnabler.
Okay, two more questions:

1. When using Pacifist, did you use update or replace when prompted where there are files with the same names and extensions exist?

2. Sometimes I have problem with repairing permissions of folders, could Pacifist take care of the permissions of the folders so that the permissions still intact like what it used to be?
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Default 06-30-2011, 08:15 PM

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I did also install the sleep enabler kext.
Did you use the SleepEnabler from Nawcom? Did it work with the Apple's own Darwin kernel 10.8.0?


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Default 07-01-2011, 01:04 AM

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Did you use the SleepEnabler from Nawcom? Did it work with the Apple's own Darwin kernel 10.8.0?
That's the one I used, it works fine.

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Okay, two more questions:

1. When using Pacifist, did you use update or replace when prompted where there are files with the same names and extensions exist?

2. Sometimes I have problem with repairing permissions of folders, could Pacifist take care of the permissions of the folders so that the permissions still intact like what it used to be?
When Pacifist asks about updating/replacing items check the box that says 'do this for everything' and hit OK. I ran Apple Disk Utility to repair permissions after using Pacifist, then ran NBI to update the cache and prep the system.


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Default 07-01-2011, 06:03 AM

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I could also easily update directly from a 10.6.3 install to 10.6.8 without any problem. If anyone want to do a clean install, feel safe to install it from a retail dvd and jump up to 10.6.8 directly.


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Default 07-07-2011, 08:08 PM

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Got everything working including sleep and sound.

Here are the steps I took (from a fully working 10.6.7 DM9):

1) Repair Disk Permissions

2) Download nawcom's legacy kernel and SleepEnabler, unzip both files and put them in your root folder

3) You will also need Kext Helper b7

4) Run NetbookInstaller Special (xxx2351)

5) Download and install 10.6.8 Combo Updater

6) When it is finished, let it reboot (do not run the NBI special again)

7) NBI special will run automatically (takes about 10 min) after reboot, and then you will get the reboot loop

8) Press shift key to get to the Chameleon prompt and type "recovery=yes"

9) Boot into safe mode, and rename legacy_kernel in your root directory and change owner

Code:
sudo mv /legacy_kernel-10.6.8 /mach_kernel
sudo chown root:wheel  /mach_kernel
(if you want to, mark the file hidden with "SetFile -a V" or "chflags hidden")
10) Reboot again, and this time boot loop will be gone, we are in OS X, sound is working, but sleep is not. Now we need to fix the sleep crash.

11) Run Kext Helper and drop SleepEnabler.kext into its open window or icon

12) Finger crossed. Restart your Dell Mini the last time.
Brilliant! Many thanks!

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Default 07-10-2011, 06:02 PM

Working for me :-) but one annoying issue that I had before that I don't think is related.

I followed the steps and boots fine, even Sound and Mic input working without problem which is good. My problem is when I reboot, more often than not the trackpad and keyboard are inactive and I need to plug in an external keyboard and mouse to continue... clearly not practical. I have to force shutdown and start over and hope it works - sometimes but usually have to try 2 or 3 times.

When I had this issue before I reinstalled the O/S Combo update (it was 10.6.5 at the time), reran NBI, repaired disk permissions etc but none of this worked. In the end I discovered I had USB Legacy Mode Enabled and when I Disabled it everything was ok.

This time around at 10.6.8, I checked and USB Legacy Mode was still Disabled. I changed it to Enabled, no difference, back to Disabled... sometimes works. I also tried reinstalling 10.6.8 combo, rerunning NBI and repairing disk permissions but no luck.

Not really sure what else I can do and not seen many other people having this issue either. But when I do get the keyboard and trackpad back, everything is fine.

James

Dell Mini 9 - Mac OS X 10.6.8 - 2GB RAM, RunCore 64GB SSD, USB Legacy Disabled, Working Sound and Mic.
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