Greetings one and all. I'm a self-taught techie who heard about this weird "hackintosh osx86" thing a few months ago. My first computer purchase was an Apple *** back in 19** so, yes, I AM an old fart. Please bear with me.
I bought a Dell 1545, 3 months ago. According to the HCL, I was out of luck, but I decided to try anyway.
I chose this install method as I lack ready access to a Mac or Hac and I really wanted to use the retail SL DVD. To my absolute shock, it actually worked - somewhat. I'm hoping some of you hotshots can give me a little guidance. Here's how it went.
Intel Mobile Series 4 chipset
2.10 ghz Pentium Dual-Core 4300
500G hard drive
IDT High Definition Audio
Creative Integrated 1.3 meg webcam
Hey Everbody, I'm Going To Keep This As Simple As Possible...
FYI, This Is Only For The Dell Inspiron 1545. Lets Begin!
Please Start by Downloading The Following File:
*SNIPPED download series* DONE
Once You Have The rar File, Extract The Folder ( Dell1545SnowLeopard ) To Your Desktop. - DONE
Then Extract The SL boot132.iso And Burn It To A Cd Using Your Favorite Iso Software. - DONE
Please Make Sure You Have Formated Your Hard Drive To Ntfs/Fat32 Before We Begin. - Well, why do it simple. Let's see, new computer, new Wndows 7, new Snow Leopard and new Ubuntu distro. TRIPLE BOOT!
Now Insert Your Boot321 cd And, Depending On Your Bios, Hit Either ( Esc or F2 ) To Boot From Your Cd Drive. DONE
Once The Boot Cd Has Loaded, Eject It, Insert Your Retail Snow Leopard Install Disk, And Hit F5 ( Note= If Your Disk Wasn't Reconized The First Time Hit F5 Again ). DONE
You Should See Some Scrolling, And Then Mac OS X Snow Leopard Installation Will Begin. DONE
After You Choose Your Language, Choose Utilities From The Above Toolbar, Then Choose Disk Utility. DONE
Used the SL disk utilities to erase the entire drive, GUID formatting, created 3 partitions, OSX formatted HFS, Windows 7 formatted NTFS and the remainder as Free Space for Ubuntu sometime later.
*SNIPPED partitioning, formatting and sl132boot instructions*
Mac OS X Will Now Start Installing Mac OS X Snow Leopard On Your Dell Inspiron 1545. DONE
Once Installation Has Finshed, Click Restart. DONE
Once Your Computer Restarts, You Will See Nothing. DONT PANIC -- I Repeat, DONT PANIC ! Everything is Ok.
Eject Your Snow Leopard dvd, Replace It With The Boot321 Cd, And Power Off Your Compter. DONE
Now Restart Your Computer And Again Boot Your Boot321 Cd By Choosing F2. DONE
Once The Boot Cd Has Loaded You Will See Your Mac OS X Snow Leopard Icon. Click On It To Load Your Brand New Snow Leopard Operating System. DONE (also DISPLAYED all unused partitions)
After All This, When You Are At Your Mac OS X SL Desktop, You Will Now Notice Your Wireless, Audio And Other Things Are Not Working. This Is A Problem That Can Be Fixed By Following The Instructions Below:
Let's just check first
Airport Wireless - working no problems.
Ethernet - also working no problems.
Audio - NOTHING. Non-functional.
Video - works halfway. I can see flash video but I cannot hear a thing. DVD gives me "A valid video device could not be found for playback. [-70017]
Trackpad - working no problems.
Webcam - works halfway. Photo Booth will allow me to take pics but not vids.
Display - only one display option the 1024 X 768. NOT optimal.
Let's Begin By Transfering The ( Dell1545SnowLeopad ) Folder To Our New Snow Leopard Desktop. ( Via Usb Or Sd Card ) DONE
Once This Is Done, Open The Folder And Drag Kext Utility To The Desktop. DONE
We Will Now Begin To Fix All Your Driver/Kext Problems (Your Wireless/Audio/Graphics Issues). OKAY - How?
From Here, You Will Install All The Kext Files From The Extensions folder, Located In The (Dell1545SnowLeopard ) Folder, COOL, but...?
Once That's Done, You Will Need To Install A Bootloader. On Your Desktop You Should See Your SL Boot Cd. Double Click To Open It, Go To The Post-Install Folder, And Inside the Folder. Double Click On Chameleon 2 RC3 To Install Your Bootloader. WAIT, WHAT?
So HERE is where I stopped. The instructions are above but may as well be written in Mandarin given my understanding. The README files weren't especially illuminating. Did I miss a step somewhere? HOW do I install Kext files?
So, at present, I've got a partially working system. Can anyone please explain in detail HOW TO INSTALL KEXT FILES using this method? I've applied the updates and now have SL 10.6.2 running. Thank you in advance and keep up the fine work.
*SNIPPED - Let's try to solve one issue at a time.*
Wait and see if you need any of the kexts after install this will prevent alot problems.
sorry and thanks.