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Has anyone succesfully installed on a Dell Inspiron 530 using retail DVD method?

I followed the guide posted here:
http://lifehacker.co...start-to-finish

However, during the install of Snow Leopard, Disk Utility is unable to see any of my SATA drives even though the bootloader recognized them. I've switched BIOS from IDE to RAID, and neither option resolve this.

Do I need a kext? If so, which one? And where do I install it, onto the Install image inside S/L/E or in the Extra folder?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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I was able to install using the SnowOSX Universal ISO. It just required changing the BIOS SATA option to RAID (Which really means AHCI & RAID)

I was able to get ethernet working quickly using Intel82566MM.kext

Sound isn't working yet. The codec dump I used in Leopard with AppleHDAPatches seems to hang on me, and other ones I've tried resulted in an immediate kernel panic. Anyone have a solution?

Once I tackle sound, I also need to do the CMOS DSDT patch, since my BIOS resets everytime I reboot Snow Leopard now.

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I was able to install using the SnowOSX Universal ISO. It just required changing the BIOS SATA option to RAID (Which really means AHCI & RAID)


Ah I got all excited there for a moment.. I tried installing from snowiso yesterday.. I couldn't get the install via leopard to work.. probably permissions, so tried the via a modified USB drive.. but couldn't see the disk in disk utility..

So I tried RAID after reading your post... but I still cant see the disk.. I have several inspiron 530 all running leopard..

Mind if I ask what method you are using to install SL, also what firmware is your inspiron 530? this particular one is still on 1.0.12 ?

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Ah I got all excited there for a moment.. I tried installing from snowiso yesterday.. I couldn't get the install via leopard to work.. probably permissions, so tried the via a modified USB drive.. but couldn't see the disk in disk utility..

So I tried RAID after reading your post... but I still cant see the disk.. I have several inspiron 530 all running leopard..

Mind if I ask what method you are using to install SL, also what firmware is your inspiron 530? this particular one is still on 1.0.12 ?


I set the BIOS to RAID and booted right from the Snow OSX Universal v3.5 DVD (Not the Snow Leopard Retail DVD, check google for download link) That allowed me to see all my SATA drives during the install. I don't know what specifically is different that allowed it, if I get curious, I may diff the Extensions folder between this and the retail DVD which I have in hand. I was hoping to use the retail DVD, but I couldn't get it to work.

I'll check the firmware next time I reboot, though I think it's at the latest rev. from Dell.

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Many thanks. Now downloading I'll give it a try tomorrow

btw you may want to give raid 0 a try now that SL can see
bios raid

I had this working in fedora before turning it in to mac


http://thelostbrain....g=/inspiron 530

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Has anyone succesfully installed on a Dell Inspiron 530 using retail DVD method?

I followed the guide posted here:
http://lifehacker.co...start-to-finish


I followed that guide too and can't even get into the installer without a panic. I just get the "Your computer needs to shut down" message. I guess it's something to do with the boot files as I needed a specific Inspiron Boot132 disk to install Leopard.

Did you use the boot in the tutorial or another one?

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I was able to install using the SnowOSX Universal ISO. It just required changing the BIOS SATA option to RAID (Which really means AHCI & RAID)

I was able to get ethernet working quickly using Intel82566MM.kext

Sound isn't working yet. The codec dump I used in Leopard with AppleHDAPatches seems to hang on me, and other ones I've tried resulted in an immediate kernel panic. Anyone have a solution?

Once I tackle sound, I also need to do the CMOS DSDT patch, since my BIOS resets everytime I reboot Snow Leopard now.

I have the audio working, the voodoo hda works fine. I did the same install as you with the raid switch. Now all I need is the CMOS DSDT patch.
Go here for audio fix http://www.insanelym...howtopic=175372

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Quick update:
I've patched the dsdt.aml and put it on the root partition and cmos is fixed! Still need to change IDE to RAID tho
Everything except sleep seems to be working on my inspiron 530. btw i have an 8600gt card which works with the universal injector from http://netkas.org/?p=104
Good Luck, I'm going to try retail boot next

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Yep mine is working now too with the v3.5 iso..

How did you get the audio working? the kexts I used for leopard do not work..

Also I have an ATI Radeon 2600HD which I haven't got working yet..

The cheap Netgear gigabit card works OOTB though.

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Quick update:
I've patched the dsdt.aml and put it on the root partition and cmos is fixed! Still need to change IDE to RAID tho
Everything except sleep seems to be working on my inspiron 530. btw i have an 8600gt card which works with the universal injector from http://netkas.org/?p=104
Good Luck, I'm going to try retail boot next


Congrats. I'd be curious to hear if you can get retail boot to work. The thing for me was that the retail DVD, put on a USB stick with a bootloader (The lifehacker link I posted) would not detect my hard drives, and I've yet to figure out what SnowOSX did to resolve this.

Was it just me, or does the SnowOSX DVD only do 32-bit? I have a Q6600 quad core processor which supports 64-bit, but SL installed using the SnowOSX 3.5 ISO seemed to be running 32-bit (uname returned i386)

btw i have an 8600gt card which works with the universal injector from http://netkas.org/?p=104


You can also just use EFIStudio, select your card from the list, and have it add the string to your boot plist file. No kext needed. I have the same card which worked perfectly with this method.

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OK I have everything working now except for sleep..

I replaced my ATI Radeon 2600HD with an Nvidia 8600GT and used an EFI string.

I used the HDAEnabler.kext and AppleHDA.kext to enable audio.


Oh I also patched the DSDT.aml with CMOS fix, simply replace the two instances of 0x04 in the RTC section with 0x02 and recompile.

Sleep anyone? I tried OpenHaltRestart for snow 64 but that did not work..

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OK I have everything working now except for sleep..

I replaced my ATI Radeon 2600HD with an Nvidia 8600GT and used an EFI string.

I used the HDAEnabler.kext and AppleHDA.kext to enable audio.


Oh I also patched the DSDT.aml with CMOS fix, simply replace the two instances of 0x04 in the RTC section with 0x02 and recompile.

Sleep anyone? I tried OpenHaltRestart for snow 64 but that did not work..


Did you start with a prepatched disk or a retail Snow Leopard DMG?

I built my Dell 530 with a retail DMG installing on an external 120GB HDD and I got it to work without sleep too. However, when I installed it to internal 500GB everything just went to pieces. It did not import my Time Machine backup (KP after import) and when I copied files manually, I saw random kernel panics when I started using my computer on a regular basis.

That put me in a dilemma. I did not get any Kernel Panics from the external HDD but since it was only 120GB, I could not put it to any serious use anyway. So I ordered another 1 GB HDD which should be here in a few days. I will start building once again on that HDD since that will allow me to import my files and use the computer regularly. When it is stable, I will overwrite my internal Leo install.

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Did you start with a prepatched disk or a retail Snow Leopard DMG?

I built my Dell 530 with a retail DMG installing on an external 120GB HDD and I got it to work without sleep too. However, when I installed it to internal 500GB everything just went to pieces. It did not import my Time Machine backup (KP after import) and when I copied files manually, I saw random kernel panics when I started using my computer on a regular basis.

That put me in a dilemma. I did not get any Kernel Panics from the external HDD but since it was only 120GB, I could not put it to any serious use anyway. So I ordered another 1 GB HDD which should be here in a few days. I will start building once again on that HDD since that will allow me to import my files and use the computer regularly. When it is stable, I will overwrite my internal Leo install.


How did you manage to install from a retail DMG to an internal disk? I think several of us have run into the install not recognizing internal SATA drives during install from a retail disk.

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Anybody want to be so kind as to post the DSDT.aml with CMOS fix for everybody with a Inspiron 530. We could definitely turn this into a good tutorial thread.

I just got my leopard install working on my 530 so I can start the Snow Leopard process.

SOO much easier to install Leopard on this 530 than the 730i,750i, and 780i boards I've been trying to install on for the past week.

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Anybody want to be so kind as to post the DSDT.aml with CMOS fix for everybody with a Inspiron 530. We could definitely turn this into a good tutorial thread.

I just got my leopard install working on my 530 so I can start the Snow Leopard process.

SOO much easier to install Leopard on this 530 than the 730i,750i, and 780i boards I've been trying to install on for the past week.


Here is a copy of my patched dsdt.aml. I posted it to these boards in another Inspiron 530 thread.

http://www.insanelym...p...st&id=54992

Its showing 11 downloads.

How did you manage to install from a retail DMG to an internal disk? I think several of us have run into the install not recognizing internal SATA drives during install from a retail disk.


I had that problem too. IntelPIIXATA.kext is needed and it wasn't being loaded due to some dependency problem. I think I had to get a different kext and delete its copy from the S/L/E. OR something like that. Sorry I am being sketchy but the key is loading the IntelPIIXATA kext correctly.

The problem I faced was, even after I recognized the internal HDD, installer just kept crashing on me. So in the end I cloned the external installed partition onto the internal HDD using the disk utility. I don't know if it was that or something else, but my internal install was never as stable as Leopard. So I restored Leopard from my time machine backup and gave up on Snow.

I am getting another 1TB external drive tomorrow, so I will give it another shot with some different method then.

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Use the attached AppleIntelPIIXATA.kext from your E/E folder to see your internal SATA drives. I just tried it on a vanilla system and it works.

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Use the attached AppleIntelPIIXATA.kext from your E/E folder to see your internal SATA drives. I just tried it on a vanilla system and it works.


Got it to boot Snow Leopard in 32 and 64-bit, but I have random kernel panics. I could never get the Intel SATA Kext's that you posted above to work with the installer (it was in RAID mode too). Ended up installing from Snow Leopard, and then using the automator from here: http://www.insanelym...howtopic=185823 to install to the Snow Leopard partition, and copied the DSDT over and now it boots fine.

Still don't know why I get the random kernel panics. Hopefully somebody has some insight.

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I had the same issues when I installed to internal using disk clone. Now I have perfected the installer using another external disk and today I am going to be installing snow using the installer.

With the above kext, you need to be in IDE mode not RAID mode.

The final bit of good news is that I found a kext that makes the internal network card work in snow. That has not worked for me *ever*. So I am looking forward to switching to snow today. Internal network and Apple updates would be the two biggest upgrades for me. I will also experiment with sleep today.

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hello fellow i530 users.
I have had much success with Leopard by using iPC10.5.5 and am now happy to say that i have gotten through the installer and sucsesfully am running Snow Leopard.

I have read every message in this thread and I have chosen to go the non-retail route and used universal ISO 3.5 SL.
google to find

I tried the retail method and my drives were never detected. I wanted so badly to have a retail install, but its ok.

right off the top I will say that I did not try a usb installation method, i used the DVD and it only worked when bios was set to AHCI/RAID

the installer ran for me flawlessly.

of course I now face issues with what i understand to be something wrong with my dsdt or whatever in my bootlist.

i am very new to this but am happy to provide my information.

However, I will not be needing to find any audio solution because i am running a firewire based DAW box that runs off of the manufacturers software - sorry.

once i get SL running with QE graphics and Networking, I will reply back.
I will also have to research this whole dstd or whatever its called so that my bios quits resetting.

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Hey everyone, I'm a 530 users as well, and plan to write a guide for both 10. 5 and 6. For the audio, after AppleHDA.kext this should enable audio. I haven't tested them myself, but I was told these are Snow Compatible.

-------------- The posted kext (ALCinject.kext) will screw up your installation.
If you installed it... Boot up as -s and
(run the commands is says to run if you want to make modifications to files)
rm -r /System/Library/Extensions/ALCinject.kext
reboot, this time with -f.
Repair disc permissions and reboot.

If you need anymore kexts for Sno, check out this link.


Btw, has anyone seen a boot up slow down since either the switch to AHCI or Snow? Leopard booted up in 26 seconds (record, compared to my MacBook) and Snow boots in a minute or so, what the heck? I am lead to believe that this is Ahci, as the DVD boot up is taking longer than the older DVD.





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