Thanks to the original post of Pratician, CalaverX11 and many others people, finally i found a way that i think is the easiest plus with minimum tools require to install a clean Snow Leopard on E6500 (I think the same will work on E6400).
Since the original post is more focus on Leopard, so i decide to start a new thread here and use it as the collection points for Snow Leopard with E6400/E6500. If you interest in original post, below is the link.
In this guide, you do not need any thumb drive or portable hard drive at all. (It had been puzzle me for some time that should i buy a 8GB thumb drive just to install SL on my machine)
What do you need:
1. Boot 132 CD ISO
2. Ubuntu CD
3. Original Snow Leopard DVD
4. Extra Folder for Snow Leopard, attached below. Special thanks for CalaverX11
5. Chamelon 2 RC 3, attached below.
6. Make sure your Bios setting for SATA is AHCI. Do not use IRRT, for some reason it just stop working when i set it as IRRT. Since the laptop have only one harddisk, technically IRRT is useless anyway. You can google around if you wonder what IRRT use for.
Here we go:
Part 1 Format and Install Snow Leopard:
1. Boot using Boot 132 CD loader.
2. Wait until finish booting and your CD stop spinning. Remove the CD and insert Snow Leopard DVD and press F5 (2 times) until you see the SL DVD show up. You might need to wait few sec here.
3. Select and Boot the SL DVD.
4. After the "Installation Language" window, open Disk Utility.
- If you wish to Dual-boot Windows 7, make at least 2 partitions. The first partition reserve for Windows 7 and create the second partitions as [Mac OS Extended (Journaled)] plus GUID option.
5. Exit the Disk Utility and install SL on the second partition. (Be patient here, you will need at least half an hour. If the progress bar did not move, just move your mouse around, it is just because it is not refresh properly).
6. After finish installing, boot again using the Boot CD 132 and this time select the SL that you just install on your second partition. Hope that you can boot into your newly install SL without problem. -
7. Once you boot into SL, install the Chamelon 2 RC 3 below to the partition that the SL currently install.
8. Copy and paste the extra folder attached below to your extra folder. Thanks to CalaverX11 for collecting all the necessary file.
If you just wish to install SL, you can stop here, if you wish to Dual Boot with Windows 7, see Part 2.
Part 2 Dual boot with Windows 7
1. Boot using Ubuntu disk, and choose the first option that did not really install the Ubuntu, just allow you to run it from the disk.
2. Use the Disk Utilities of Ubuntu to delete the first partition and recreate the first partition.
3. Exit Ubuntu
4. Install Windows 7 as usual. At this points, Windows 7 will be your default boot OS.
5. Install EasyBCD. EasyBCD Download Link
6. Inside EasyBCD, click on Add/Remove Entries
7. Add an entry for Mac and select Drive C:
8. Reboot and try to boot into the Windows 7 and SL. At this points you should have the working Windows 7 and SL.
Currently what is not working:
- Processor show as unknown
- Wifi (Intel 5100 a/g/n): NO
- Shutdown/Restart: NO (There is a work around if you do not need graphic card features. Look below for details)
- Sleep: NO (If you do not need web cam, there is a workaround. Look below for details)
- SD Slot: NO
- PCMCIA: NO
- For those looking for USB Wifi, take a look at this "TRENDnet TEW-644UB Wireless N USB Adapter". It is selling for $32 at buy.com http://www.buy.com/r...p?sku=209180504, you can find the driver here http://www.trendnet....b...6&SUBMIT=Go
- For those want internal Wifi, check on Dell 1510 wifi card
2. Build-in Mic
- Just go to audio setting and try selecting different input & output until your speaker and mic work.
3. Sleep issue (Workaround, webcam not working)
- For those want to make sleep work and do not care about web cam. Follow the instruction mention on this
Take a look at post #334
4. reboot/shutdown issue solution (Workaround, graphic card not working)
- For those do not care about graphic card features. There are a workaround to make the sleep, reboot and shutdown work. Meaning that you will not be able to use dual monitor, play games that require graphic card features and etc.
- Download "Shutdown Work Graphic Not Work.zip" and paste it into your extra folder. Please backup your "com.apple.Boot" and "smbios" before you replace it.
5. Processor show as unknown (waiting for solution)
If you manage to make any of those work, please let me know and i will update the guide here. Thanks.