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This is how i got my Inspiron to work almost perfectly. Hope it helps.

Working:
Graphics Card: Radeon 9600 Mobile (Moblility): CI and QE work
Screen Resolution: 1024x768x32
LAN
USB
Firewire
Bluetooth

Working with Hacks:
Sound Card: SigmaTel 9750
Battery Meter
KeyBoard/TrackPad
Native Reslution: 1680x1050x32

Not Working:
Intel 2200BG Wireless Card
Modem
Screen Power Managment

Install Guide (Dual Boot with XP)
Windows Prep
1. Get partition magic and resize your windows partition, so that you have at least 6GB left.
(or if you're reinstalling windows xp from scratch, when choosing your disk size, just reduce it by how much you want for OSX)
2. Start Menu -> Run... -> diskpart
3. list disk
4. select disk 0 (replace 0 with the disk you'll install OSX on)
5. list partition
6. select partition 2 (replace 2 with the partition you'll install OSX on)
7. create partition primary id=af
8. active (once you do this you wont be able to get back into windows until after you install OSX)
OSX installation
1. Put in the DVD, when booting press F12 and choose DVD/CD
2. Click next, next, next until you get to the desination screen.
3. Open Disk Utilites, and format your free space to HFS Journaled
4. Install OSX w/ Intel Base system, SSE2, and 10.4.5 update
5. Wait until it reboots
First Boot
1. Enter your info
2. use spotlight to find the "chain0" file and copy it to a usb key
3. Use the Keyboard/Trackpad hack. (it may work now but it won't when you restart)
4. Restart, but this time press F8 when booting. (just keep on pressing it when you see the DELL logo)
5. Then select to boot into windows
Back to Windows
1. Copy chain0 to your c:/ drive
2. Right click on My computer -> Properties -> Advanced -> Start up and recovery -> Edit
3. add c:\chain0="OSX"
4. Save
5. Start Menu -> Run... -> diskpart
6. list disk
7. select disk 0 (replace 0 with the disk you'll install OSX on)
8. list partition
9. select partition 1 (replace 1 with the partition you'll install XP on)

Now you can boot between windows and osx ( just remeber to press F8 when you select OSX in the windows boot menu, otherwise darwin will select windows, and youll be back at square one)

Use the Hacks to get the rest of the components working

Hacks

Keyboard/Tarckpad
1. Open Terminal and type the following:
cd /System/Library/Extensions/ApplePS2Controller.kext
sudo find . -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
sudo find . -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;

Sound Card: SigmaTel 9750
1. Open Terminal and type the following:
sudo -s
cd /System/Library/Extensions/AppleAC97AudioIntelICH.kext/Contents
chmod 644 Info.plist
pico info.plist
search for NVIDIA (either by yourself or by using ctrl+w)
add "0x808624C5" to <string> ****other ids are here**** </string>
CTRL+X
Y
ENTER
chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions
chmod -R 755 /System/Library/Extensions/AppleAC97AudioIntelICH.kext
kextload AppleAC97AudioIntelICH.kext
rm /System/Library/Extensions.kextcache
kextcache -k /System/Library/Extensions

Battery Meter
Find out how here: http://forum.osx86pr...showtopic=14912

Native Resolution
Download Callisto 003 (fixed) and ffllow the instructions in the included files on http://omni.starchaser.org/callisto/ Read FAQ question 11 for QE/CI. PCI ID is 0x4e50

I couldnt get the built in wireless to work, but using the D-Link AirPlus DWL-G650, wireless worked no problem

If anyone has ways to get the other stuff to work, please add it here.

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Don't have AppleAC97AudioIntelICH.kext on my install (JaS 10.4.6)... was it replaced with something else in 10.4.6?

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'AppleAC97AudioIntelICH.kext' might be in /System/Library/Extensions/AppleAC97Audio.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleAC97AudioIntelICH.kext/

if not try to use the driver from here http://wiki.osx86pro...3rdPartyDrivers and follow the instructions from http://wiki.osx86pro...index.php/Audio . Just use the codes from the 8600 guide.

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got it working finally. sound is a tiny bit choppy/grainy sometimes, but it's minor. callisto drivers + 9600 mobility = no go still. :blink:

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try to use this code (in the AppleAC97AudioIntelICH.kext folder)

sudo find . -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
sudo find . -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;

and run disk utilites to repair permissions

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The latest Callisto Drivers (Build 003) work. Try them!

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^^^^ If you try the Callisto drivers, let me know if you can get CI and QE working, as per the instructions on Omni's website. The driver fixes my resolution, but I can't enable CI and QE, even with Omni's instructions.

Let me know if you have better luck.

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Yes, my 8600 has CI and QE when using the drivers and following the FAQ. Try it again, and make sure your using 10.4.5 radeon drivers.

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i am downloading 10.4.4 + the 10.4.5 upgrade right now. the JaS install cd was making things really, really wonky.

the 003 drivers work, but when i reboot, the screen goes insane, and i can't even seen enough to change the resolution so it works. i'll boot into single user mode, get rid of all the settings files, but none of the settings files i delete/modify seem to work - so i'm stuck reinstalling.

couple questions. what's the minimal ATI driver set i need for CI and QE to work? like i've said, with ATI drivers installed/running, sound won't work. it's weird, but it's true. also, anyone get opengl working? if so, how?

and is anyone using the extension posted in these forums (don't remember the name... buhhh) to get your card recognized as agp instead of pci? or should i just let my computer think the card is pci? i've heard of crazy conflicts between callisto and the aforementioned .kext.

thanks!

er, acutally, another question. anyone know of an update to 10.4.6 that won't completely break everything, or are we stuck with 10.4.5 for the time being? if so, let me know where to get it, or at least drop a hint. :guitar:

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Try to use the Myzar DVD, and follow my steps to get the hardware to work. It works for me and i assume 8600 w/9600 are largly the same.

I dont know about that sound-video problem your having, but its hard to believe that thier related. Try again with 10.4.5. My CI/QE worked without any hacks w/ 1024x768.

Right now i dont think it makes a difference if the gpu is recognized as pci instead of agp. Mine is recognized as pci and everything works fine (resolution + CI/QE)

I tried to install Jas 10.4.6, but my screen wouldnt work outside of safe mode, and i wasnt going to spend hours to fix it just for 10.4.6, since 10.4.5 works perfectly.

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Hello, I'm very new to this, I've been reading about this but i find confusing what OSx86 version to use.

I have (more or less) the same laptop, although we don't have the same processor :blink:
So what version of the osx86 do u recommend me to use??
Thanx!!!

Dell Inspiron 8600
NVIDIA Go5200
Pentium M (centrino) 1.4 Ghz
512 MB ram

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Hello, I'm very new to this, I've been reading about this but i find confusing what OSx86 version to use.

I have (more or less) the same laptop, although we don't have the same processor ;)
So what version of the osx86 do u recommend me to use??
Thanx!!!

Dell Inspiron 8600
NVIDIA Go5200
Pentium M (centrino) 1.4 Ghz
512 MB ram


try the latest one. 10.4.6, it works for me. No need for audio hacks, but you'll need the airport patch to get the dell wireless card to work.

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how exactly did you get the resolution higher? i tried it following the steps but it didin't work (maybe because I'm using the 10.4.6 version, it didn't need any audio hack, keyboard hack because it works out of the "box")

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I have (more or less) the same laptop, although we don't have the same processor :whistle:
So what version of the osx86 do u recommend me to use??
Thanx!!!

Dell Inspiron 8600
NVIDIA Go5200
Pentium M (centrino) 1.4 Ghz
512 MB ram


The processor doesnt matter, but the video card does. Dont use the higher reslution trick for your card. You need these drivers: http://macvidia.starchaser.org/

And if you have a intel wireless card it wont work, just as mine did not work

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cgtx32:
For the higher resolution hack you NEED 10.4.5 ati drivers. send me your email in a pm and ill send them to you. make sure its gmail though, or something that can accept large files. (not hotmail)

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how do we check to see if we have the 10.4.5 ati driver?
Thanks, btw, pm sent :D

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HELLO GUYS,

I have another question. In inspiron 8600 , it comes with a dell partition at the beggining of the hard disk. Should i get rid of it? What happens if i delete it. I've been having linux in this computer for a while, but my linux partition is an extended one. Not the primary. Will it be possible to install osx86 in the extended partition??

Thanks!

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HELLO GUYS,

I have another question. In inspiron 8600 , it comes with a dell partition at the beggining of the hard disk. Should i get rid of it? What happens if i delete it. I've been having linux in this computer for a while, but my linux partition is an extended one. Not the primary. Will it be possible to install osx86 in the extended partition??

Thanks!


You should leave your dell partitions alone, since they contain diagnostic tools, but you could delete them if you REALLY wanted to. OSX partition should be primary.

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I have an 8600 as well, mine works pretty well with only a few quirks.

When you close your lid does the display turn off, does your battery meter appear in the top menu, things like that? does it look like a laptop? Mine appears to be like a desktop, there are no meters, not a correct sleeping mode (the display doesnt turn off or dimm) etc

Does yours do any of that correctly?

:hysterical:

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Does your ati 9600 turbo card do quarts extreme and all the 3d acceleration? Can you watch dvd's, play games, etc?

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The display turning off thing doesnt work yet, but my dell shows the battery status ... did you read my guide?





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