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Hi all,

I am a complete newbie to this whole hackintosh process but decided to try to follow lifehacker's guide to installing SL on a newly bought Inspiron 545. I have done a bit of research for about two weeks and I've gotten as far as getting the SL installation on a thumbdrive with chameleon 2.0 RC3+netkas boot file+kexts I've collected around in several places.

I was able to boot in to the loader and load the installation program. However, when it gets to the part where I can select a drive to install the OS, I don't see any drive being recognized at all. Going to Disk Utilities only shows my thumb drive as the only drive available. After going to the system profiler in the install, I can see that ATA drives are not showing up, Serial-ATA is not showing up either and I don't hear my HDD spinning.

My guess is that I'm missing some Kext in the boot loader or I'm missing a step here. I think the boot drive I created is fine since I can get as far as the install program I just need help getting my HDD recognized. I have a bunch of kext in my /extras/extensions folder but the ones that should be working with my mobo/chipset don't seem to be get my SATA HDD recognized. One thing I noticed is that I can't explicitly enable AHCI on my bios; I only see IDE and RAID available.

Below are the spec of the computer. If some one could help me I'd greatly appreciate it. And if you could please be detailed in the answers that would be very helpful. Again, I'm very new to this all but willing to learn.

Dell Inspiron 545
MOBO: DG33M06 OR DG33FB
Chipset:G33 ICH9R or ICH9DH
Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q8200 (2.33GHz, 4M, L2Cache, 1333FSB) 95W
1 TB SATA II Hard Drive
256MB ATI Radeon HD 3450

Let me know if you need any more information.

PLEASE HELP!!!!!

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Anyone out there have an idea if this has to do with the wrong Kext files?

Do Kext interfere with each other e.g. if I have the AppleIntelPIIXATA.kext and the IOATAfamily.kext in the /extra/extensions file for the bootloader.

I see I'm not the only one with this problem but no clear answer yet on why these drive can't be seen.

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Solved by using LegacyAppleAHCIPortIntelICHx.kext referenced here http://www.insanelym...howtopic=147102


I was finally able to see me SATA drives and got 10.6 installed. Now just need to get it to boot with out the usb stick in the machine.

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I have the same computer as you, the only difference that my motherboard is an Intel G33 Bearlake. I would like to install snow leopard on my computer.
Have you managed to switch to AHCI, how are you made thee? could you explain it step by step please.

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Please help !

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I have this spec too:

Dell Inspiron 545
MOBO: DG33M06



I followed lifehackers guide but like the author of this thread I get stuck at the point where no hard drive is found on booting up off the usb stick --> can't install as hard drive not detected

I then tried messing around with the advised kext file:

Solved by using LegacyAppleAHCIPortIntelICHx.kext referenced here http://www.insanelym...howtopic=147102


What do I do with the ktext? I tried putting it in the usb like this /Extra/Extensions/LegacyAppleAHCIPortIntelICHx.kext but all I get is a blank grey screen and spinning beach ball.

I have Sata setting in bios set to IDE rather than RAID.
I am using Chameleon-2.0-RC4-r684.bin and PC EFI v10.5 (deviated from lifehacker's tutorial by using newer boot and loader files).

Anyone got a simpler way of doing this else I'm going to have to drag myself back to doing Final Cut work on my shoddy dual core macbook. :(

Lifehacker or Bigoats or anyone else please help :wacko: :( :(

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Please help !


Hi did you get this resolved?

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Hi did you get this resolved?


not yet, What is the version of your Dell ? a 545 inspiron ?

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not yet, What is the version of your Dell ? a 545 inspiron ?


Dell 545 / 8707 that has a G33 chipset, 4 gb ram, 500gb hd, integrated gma 3100 graphics driver.

I saw this forum before I purchased it for a bargain price and now I'm not sure if I've done the right thing :)

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Solved by using LegacyAppleAHCIPortIntelICHx.kext referenced here http://www.insanelym...howtopic=147102


I was finally able to see me SATA drives and got 10.6 installed. Now just need to get it to boot with out the usb stick in the machine.

I have a very similar Dell Desktop 545 as yours and I wish to install Snow Leopard on it.
Been trying without much success. Either get stuck at the apple logo prior to the installation or preparing for installation stage.
Can you share your list of kexts and files that worked well for you?
Thanks.

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I have a very similar Dell Desktop 545 as yours and I wish to install Snow Leopard on it.
Been trying without much success. Either get stuck at the apple logo prior to the installation or preparing for installation stage.
Can you share your list of kexts and files that worked well for you?
Thanks.


I've followed the instructions to the letter here

http://lifehacker.co...start-to-finish

but used the aforementioned newer chameleon and efi files and get stuck on installation part as no drives are detected :mellow:

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I've followed the instructions to the letter here

http://lifehacker.co...start-to-finish

but used the aforementioned newer chameleon and efi files and get stuck on installation part as no drives are detected ;)


Alright, let me take a look at this as well. Will share my experience here. With both of us sharing, it should be much easier to get Mac up running soon.

For your case, are you able to boot up your installer and see the select language page? For me, it gets stuck forever after that....

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Have you installed MACOSX in IDE mode or RAID ?

Please would you keep me informed of your installation evolotion, if you succeed, tell me how you did it.
thank you All

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Ok guys...sounds like a plan:

I can boot into the installer and get past the language selection. When I get to the part where it asks for which disk to install to - there are no disks available.

I get to the same point whether my Mobo Sata option is set to IDE or RAID.

But if I use the additional Kext file and place it in /Extra/Extensions/LegacyAppleAHCIPortIntelICHx.kext like the author of this thread did then I get stuck at a blank grey screen at the point the language selection should appear.

UPDATE: Flashed my bios with DELL vA12 and I tried using the original (older) chameleon files (RC2) and efi files (v10.1) as Lifehacker but still no luck!

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Observation: I thought the kexts added to /Extra/Extensions on the USB stick were killing the installation and giving me a grey screen of death!

But just tried removing all the kexts from it and leaving the Extensions folder also gave me the grey screen. When I remove the Extensions folder and leave everything else intact. It boots into the installation screen but I still can't see my drives.

Question: In order to mess around with different kexts to detect Sata drives where would I place them as merely creating the Extensions folder within /Extra on the USB stick crashes the installation!!!??!! ;)

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Anyone manage to get some sort of result yet?

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Observation: I thought the kexts added to /Extra/Extensions on the USB stick were killing the installation and giving me a grey screen of death!

But just tried removing all the kexts from it and leaving the Extensions folder also gave me the grey screen. When I remove the Extensions folder and leave everything else intact. It boots into the installation screen but I still can't see my drives.

Question: In order to mess around with different kexts to detect Sata drives where would I place them as merely creating the Extensions folder within /Extra on the USB stick crashes the installation!!!??!! :wacko:


Have not had much time recently.
Just resumed this project... my thoughts..
At this stage for us, certainly some kexts must not be working well. What I need to do is to find out what causes the unsuccessful installation. (instead of hitting around in the dark and hope to find a perfectly fitting package from other successful PC installation).
To do that, boot into verbose mode after you boot up your Mac OS X Install (be it USB, HD or DVD) by hitting UP or DOWN arrow key. Choose verbose. Then see what breaks. Go net and search for more details regarding that broken part. Find the right kext and iterate the process again.

What I just said is so basic so don't laugh at me.. I am a Mac newbie (using iMac) and now trying on PC.. (osx86 newbie as well) .. lol

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Hey dont worry I'm a noob at this too. Thanks for the tip about pressing arrow keys I didnt know that!

Gonna give it another shot tonight and see what happens - keep me posted on your progress too :(

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Ok pressed the arrow keys as it loads to get into verbose mode - no effect - how do you do this again?

...The author of this post moved a legacy AHCI kext file. I'm guessing to Extra/Extensions so I tried doing the same and following advice here to rebuild the Extensions.mkext file this way:

http://forum.insanel...mp;#entry222574

But again no luck! Basically create a folder at root of my macbook drive. Executed commands to transfer kexts to that folder then included the legacy kext file there. Run another set of commands to turn it into a mkext file. Then copied that over to the USB stick into the Extra folder. Tried to load the hackintosh box with Extensions folder being present with legacy file and without the Extensions folder and legacy file. Not sure if I'm not rebuilding it correctly but I still get the same hanging grey screen with beachball of death!

Where's the hackintosh wizards when you need em?

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Ok pressed the arrow keys as it loads to get into verbose mode - no effect - how do you do this again?

...The author of this post moved a legacy AHCI kext file. I'm guessing to Extra/Extensions so I tried doing the same and following advice here to rebuild the Extensions.mkext file this way:

http://forum.insanel...mp;#entry222574

But again no luck! Basically create a folder at root of my macbook drive. Executed commands to transfer kexts to that folder then included the legacy kext file there. Run another set of commands to turn it into a mkext file. Then copied that over to the USB stick into the Extra folder. Tried to load the hackintosh box with Extensions folder being present with legacy file and without the Extensions folder and legacy file. Not sure if I'm not rebuilding it correctly but I still get the same hanging grey screen with beachball of death!

Where's the hackintosh wizards when you need em?

What bootloader are you using? Chameleon?
To insert extra parameters, hit TAB. You can key in -v to go into verbose mode.





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