Hi Guys,thanks for all your sharing on installing Snow Leopard and Lion on this Dell E6400 notebook.Currently I've been able to run Lion 10.7.2 on my E6400,
I installed Lion by using a thumb drive,which I've made a bootable Lion Install Disk. Simple stuff as it is ,just restore base system image to the thumb drive,copy packages folder and mach_kernel from Lion install DVD, and put them in respective places in the thumb drive.You'll have to replace original 'osinstall' and 'osinstall.mpkg' with the right ones.
Install Chamelon,Copy Extra Folder and paste root directory of the thumb drive,delete or paste some kexts under S/L/E,and then everything is done.
Plug in your thumb drive,switch on your E6400 Laptop,choose to boot from usb device,press F8,then type -v -s, type some command lines to repair permissions of the thumb drive,otherwise you'll come up with countless headaches when you try to install.
After you've finished repairing permissions,type 'reboo't,then do this again:
'Plug in your thumb drive,switch on your E6400 Laptop,choose to boot from usb device'.
Just wait a few minutes, if you're lucky then you can start the installation process.
After installation is done,reboot into your newly installed Lion,set up all things as instructed.then again you'll need to add or replace some kexts under S/L/E folder,otherwise you'll get system panic when you try to boot into Lion later.Copy Extra folder to OS X drive's root directory. Run disk utility and repair disk permission.reboot,now chances are you get a working lion installed successfully!
Below is what's working and what's not.
Wifi: Dell 1397 Wireless Mini Card,by using broadcomxxx_enabler.sh
Ethernet: Intel 82567 LM Gigabit Network Connection,by using intel 82566.kext
Bluetooth: Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth,by installing 370 bluetooth driver.
Shutdown&Restart: Out of the box!
Webcam: Out of the box! Facetime is useable.
Graphics Card: Out of the box! Haven't get the time to test video games or dual-monitor yet,but all I can say is so far so good.
Audio: Well, it kind of works, headphone/speaker just work,volume +/- also works,while every time you boot into Lion,you'll have to press the volume+ button on your keyboard to max the sound before you can really adjust the volume and hear any music.
If anyone has got a better audio kext, plz do tell me,I appreciate it.
Sleep:this is commonly seen on hackintosh,still hope to see a solution!
Keyboard:can stop working at any time,which is totally unacceptable, because I want to use this wonderful machine with OS X installed,for work! Trackpad and Trackpoint just won't work!I've tried using different sets of Keyboard kexts,like:[AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext + ApplePS2Controller.kext],and [ AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext + VoodooPS2Controller.kext ],
CPU&Ram info:not recognized correctly
Can any one please tell me how can I get my keyboard stay working on Lion instead of suddenly become dumb without a warning? I really wish this could be solved,and I appreciate any help.