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To be honest, both Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server works like a charm on these Dell Laptops. I always try to create as transparent hackintoshs as possible (as few hacks as possible, preferably an original install booted with a Chameleon or Boot 132 cd). This enables neat features like upgrading directly from the Apple Updater, and so on!

You need
  • A laptop, preferably an Inspiron 6400
  • A Macintosh, or Hackintosh, to perform the initial tasks
  • A Snow Leopard or Snow Leopard Server installation DVD (buy one from Apple store)
  • And if your equipment don't support several disks, an external chassis for your hard drive.
  • This package with drivers and boot loaders

The rest of the guide can be found here, http://trikks.wordpr...leopard-server/

Check the video proof at youtube,

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vanilla? if you are not using vanilla gma950 kexts then you will get artifacts in memory hungry programs such as iTunes, firefox, msword.
if you have a core2duo or a coreduo then you need the TSCSync kext to get both cores, otherwise you need to use cpus=1.
if you have core2duo you need to force system into 32bit as well.

more details here and in noob's guide (who has the 6400 as well).


Well, yes and no. The GMA950 installer (enclosed in the package) ensures an artifact free environment. I always figured the TSCSync to be a bit buggy so it's excluded. The system boots to 32 bit unless you force it to boot to 64.

The guide you refer to is one of the worst to follow, the number of conditionals and unknowns are way to many. With this package (which i claim no credit for) your 6400-system is up and running within 20 minues. Take it or leave it, it's still here - working extremely well! :P

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where did you get the gma950 installer? did you make it yourself? any older appleinteintegratedframebuffer kext will lead to artifacts unless you patched the vanilla gma950 kext, which to my knowledge does not exist yet. and if you call noob's guide one of the worst to follow then I call your guide the most useless to follow. Any 6400 user that tries to use it and has hardware the differs from yours will fail and has no clue why.

thanks.


Woaa, I meant no offense so chill in the corner of the nerds please. Let anyone try it and return their agony to me then and we will fix it together, like a team. Or I will fix it, I'll even keep you company in the N-corner. Promise.

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Woaa, I meant no offense so chill in the corner of the nerds please. Let anyone try it and return their agony to me then and we will fix it together, like a team. Or I will fix it, I'll even keep you company in the N-corner. Promise.

ok, I will stay in the nerd corner. good luck :P

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Anyone has any luck with the instruction above? I followed it step-by-step 3 or 4 times and still no luck. It shows the apple logo and the spinning wheel, that's about it.

System Specs

Dell Inspiron 6400 Firmwawre A09

INTeL Centrino DUO

T2050 @ 1.60ghz

2GB RAM

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Anyone has any luck with the instruction above? I followed it step-by-step 3 or 4 times and still no luck. It shows the apple logo and the spinning wheel, that's about it.


Have you disabled the Dual Core in bios?

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Would this work with the Inspiron e1705/ 9400?

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Would this work with the Inspiron e1705/ 9400?


Dont know, worth a try perhaps. This compile is originally made for Inspiron 6400 with Core(2)Duo processors and GMA950.

Otherwise I'd recommend these guides
here and in noob's guide

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i have inspiron 6400 C2D 2GH GMA950 i follow installation guide put when i want to install gma950 pakage i have this error(running preinstall script for gma950 please help

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Have you disabled the Dual Core in bios?


Still no luck with my Dell Inspiron 6400. Just a gray spinning wheel with apple logo. I got it working great on my Sony Vaio cr490 but the "About this Mac" does not work. the screen fades for a few seconds and then it takes me back to the desktop.

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The GMA950 installer (enclosed in the package) ensures an artifact free environment. I always figured the TSCSync to be a bit buggy so it's excluded.


Hi,
my 6400 now runs fine (10.6.1). Your GMA950 gave me the full resolution (1280x800) and your BMC400x did the net. Thanks alot. :D

But i also needed the TSCSync because of the screen and the mouse pointer lagged and had artefacts. The sound was fine with VoodooHDA (after removing AppleHDA)

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I got mine working: fantastic! Thanks for the files and the info! Only small problem... I can't get an upgrade to work. Not 10.6.1 or 10.6.2: screen goes black and does not come back! I'm restoring back to 10.6 now and expect that to work, but I'd like to upgrade eventually!
Thanks!

To be honest, both Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server works like a charm on these Dell Laptops. I always try to create as transparent hackintoshs as possible (as few hacks as possible, preferably an original install booted with a Chameleon or Boot 132 cd). This enables neat features like upgrading directly from the Apple Updater, and so on!

You need

  • A laptop, preferably an Inspiron 6400
  • A Macintosh, or Hackintosh, to perform the initial tasks
  • A Snow Leopard or Snow Leopard Server installation DVD (buy one from Apple store)
  • And if your equipment don't support several disks, an external chassis for your hard drive.
  • This package with drivers and boot loaders

The rest of the guide can be found here, http://trikks.wordpr...leopard-server/

Check the video proof at youtube,



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I got mine working: fantastic! Thanks for the files and the info! Only small problem... I can't get an upgrade to work. Not 10.6.1 or 10.6.2: screen goes black and does not come back! I'm restoring back to 10.6 now and expect that to work, but I'd like to upgrade eventually!
Thanks!

see the post #8 above with link. your black screen is likely due to gma950 sleep/wake problem on boot. If you do have gma950 follow the instructions and you should be able to upgrade to 10.6.2.
good luck

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I have a dell Inspiron 6400
here are the specs
Intel Core 2 T7200@2.0Ghz
1Gb Memory DDR2
ATI Radeon x1400
Broadcam 440x 10/100
Intel R Pro Wireless 3945

currenty installed win 7 ultimate. how can i dual boot with win 7 and osx
what's my first step to install osx. i already downloaded ipc osx86 10.5.6final iso and burned to dvd.
do i just need to boot from dvd drive and install everything just like i instaleed win7? thanks

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I have a dell Inspiron 6400
here are the specs
Intel Core 2 T7200@2.0Ghz
1Gb Memory DDR2
ATI Radeon x1400
Broadcam 440x 10/100
Intel R Pro Wireless 3945

currenty installed win 7 ultimate. how can i dual boot with win 7 and osx
what's my first step to install osx. i already downloaded ipc osx86 10.5.6final iso and burned to dvd.
do i just need to boot from dvd drive and install everything just like i instaleed win7? thanks


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My Dell 6400/1505 is working great! I have 10.6.2 and I"m very happy with it! Question: Apple informed me that there are updates available: Safari, and two others... is it safe to install them? What do I need to do after I do (if anything?)
Thanks: this site is fantastic!

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My Dell 6400/1505 is working great! I have 10.6.2 and I"m very happy with it! Question: Apple informed me that there are updates available: Safari, and two others... is it safe to install them? What do I need to do after I do (if anything?)
Thanks: this site is fantastic!

those should be safe. It may ask you to reboot. it may not. I am updated to latest updates and have no problems.

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Any idea when the slow detailed method will be ready???
Having a bit of troubles getting it working.

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The install files (like GMA950) give me an error when trying to install: "Install Failed. The following install step failed: run preinstall script for gma950. contact the software manufacturer for assistance"

Anyone know why I'm getting this error on each install file?

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I have a 6400 with an ATI x1400 card and a T2400 CPU - is there anyway to get OSX to work on this setup?

thanks,

[quote name='trikks' date='Sep 23 2009, 08:48 PM' post='1278215']

You need
  • A laptop, preferably an Inspiron 6400






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