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I have a Latitude e6410 and have attempted to do the 'Hackintosh' thing using the guide...

I get to step 5. - so before even being asked to accept the license and am getting the attached error.

I have upgraded the BIOS to A05, and am still getting exactly the same error...

I would appreciate if someone could point me in the right direction.

Thanks


after your upgrade to A05 did you do step #1 and check if AHCI in on.
it's better to use a new hard drive, but if you already have window on it you will have to format your drive with disk utility to install 10.6.3
at boot try -v -f

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after your upgrade to A05 did you do step #1 and check if AHCI in on.
it's better to use a new hard drive, but if you already have window on it you will have to format your drive with disk utility to install 10.6.3
at boot try -v -f



Yes AHCI was defiinately selected.

I do already have windows installed on the machine, however this has been imaged and I'm not bothered about having to format the drive. Does this need to be done so that I can get the installation process to start? Note: I cannot even get to the accepting the license, so I don't have a chance to get to Disk Utility.



How do I enable -v -f? I use the BootCDE6410 boot CD then boot the Retail DVD.

I have tried pressing F8 while both are loading but nothing happens...

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Could someone post an updated version of the guide, especially now that Project Camphor (http://projectcampho...rcurysquad.com/) has had a release.

I would appreciate it if the entire install process is USB drive based (I dont have a DVD drive in my E6410).

Also, will OSX still be usable if I have only an intel card on my laptop ?

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Yes AHCI was defiinately selected.

I do already have windows installed on the machine, however this has been imaged and I'm not bothered about having to format the drive. Does this need to be done so that I can get the installation process to start? Note: I cannot even get to the accepting the license, so I don't have a chance to get to Disk Utility.



How do I enable -v -f? I use the BootCDE6410 boot CD then boot the Retail DVD.

I have tried pressing F8 while both are loading but nothing happens...


When you take out your boot cd and put your dvd, hit f5, then select your dvd icon, then type -v -f and enter ....

Could someone post an updated version of the guide, especially now that Project Camphor (http://projectcampho...rcurysquad.com/) has had a release.

I would appreciate it if the entire install process is USB drive based (I dont have a DVD drive in my E6410).

Also, will OSX still be usable if I have only an intel card on my laptop ?

Project Camphor is great, WPA is not yet supported so  ...

I will stick with my USB airlink 101, just getting rocking speed..

to make a usb bootable thumb drive go > here   

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I'm following the guide and I get past the install. I see the expected error message and then reboot. When I try to load my mac partition from the chameleon bootloader, it goes through for a while, and then just halts the CPU and my computer turns off. Any ideas?

Edit: After trying it again it gets to com.apple.AppleFSCompressionTypeZlib load succeeded and then just stops and occasionally says "Still waiting for root device"

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I did a 10.6.5 update direct from apple, all is working fine but like before..

like restart - shutdown not working properly..

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I'm following the guide and I get past the install. I see the expected error message and then reboot. When I try to load my mac partition from the chameleon bootloader, it goes through for a while, and then just halts the CPU and my computer turns off. Any ideas?

Edit: After trying it again it gets to com.apple.AppleFSCompressionTypeZlib load succeeded and then just stops and occasionally says "Still waiting for root device"


Strange that you get an error that is so different than any that other E6410 users have seen. Can you list the full specs of your computer? Perhaps there is newer hardware in yours that previous builds didn't have?

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First up, thanks for putting this guide together...if there's a donate now button anywhere so I can buy you a case of beer let me know :)

So I finally cracked and went out to bestbuy today and picked up a copy of Sony Leopard (10.6.3). Followed your instructions, and after I worked out that the 8gb of ram in my E6410 was the problem, was able to follow the install guide without any major issues.

I did the software update and it seems to be mostly happy running 10.6.5

A quick question - has anyone had problems running flash content in safari? It causes Safari to die on this hackintosh.
I'm about to go hit the search button, but on the off chance anyone knows, how do I get into single user mode to do the fix to allow me to put the other 4Gb dimm back into the E6410?

Cheers!



Turns out the flash problem is limited to Safari...Firefox has no issues with it at all! Still curious however if anyone has a solution.

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Hi there,

I've followed the instructions and have now reinstalled 3 times trying to get a later release working on my E6410. The first time after installation and the two kexthelper installs (mouse and ethernet)..I'm installing 10.6.0 retail CD btw...I try to update the OS using the combo pack to 10.6.5, however after reboot I get the apple logo and it will just sit there.

So I reinstalled thinking I might do an incremental upgrade and downloaded the individual update files from the apple site. 10.6.1 and 10.6.2 installed fine...but then the 10.6.3 had the same issue as when I did the 10.6.5 combo with the apple sitting there after reboot.

I'm assuming I need to get it to the latest before doing the Voodoo kexts etc.

Any help would be appreciated

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Hi there,

I've followed the instructions and have now reinstalled 3 times trying to get a later release working on my E6410. The first time after installation and the two kexthelper installs (mouse and ethernet)..I'm installing 10.6.0 retail CD btw...I try to update the OS using the combo pack to 10.6.5, however after reboot I get the apple logo and it will just sit there.

So I reinstalled thinking I might do an incremental upgrade and downloaded the individual update files from the apple site. 10.6.1 and 10.6.2 installed fine...but then the 10.6.3 had the same issue as when I did the 10.6.5 combo with the apple sitting there after reboot.

I'm assuming I need to get it to the latest before doing the Voodoo kexts etc.

Any help would be appreciated


What are your system specs?

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What are your system specs?


Have the Intel graphics,
4 gig RAM,
Intel Centrino Advanced-N Wireless
I7 CPU

I'm a bit of a noob with Macs...but happy to run any commands that give you a better idea....where the hell is lspci when you need it :)



EDIT: I managed to get my hands on a 10.6.3 disk and installed using that...I've just ran the 10.6.5 combo update and it looked better but still stalled after rebooting. I've realised though, that at the end of the updates I was using previously that would fail the reboot, the screen would go translucent and tell me I had to hold the power button down and restart the machine right at the end of installation. It didn't do it with the new 10.6.3 to 10.6.5 update though. So now I guess I'll try 10.6.3 to 10.6.4 and work my way up again. I still haven't loaded the sound drivers and I'm not sure if that's whats causing my issues or not...

UPDATE: I have tried incrementally upgrading from the 10.6.3 install to 4 then 5 and dont get the transparent screen telling me to restart...but still get stuck at the apple logo on reboot. I've also tried the combo update to 5 straight from 3 with the same problem. I've also tried adding the Voodoo kext before upgrading to no avail. I'm currently reinstalling 10.6.3 and I am going to compare the verbose boots of each...there were a bunch of errors at the stall point of my last upgrade...but I want to see a comparison between the two to see where its going wrong.

UPDATE 2: They're significantly different verbose startups...obviously it is a bit hard for me to capture unless I took a photo. Might be stuck with 10.6.3 until a newer retail version comes out -_-

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Somebody got VGA working with the NVIDIA 3100M? When I'm using GraphicsEnabler I can use DisplayPort, but not VGA. I can get NVENabler 0.1 working on the notebook monitor, both ports not working. Never got NVEnabler 64 to work, somebody else did?

At work we have dual monitor setups, VGA and DisplayPort. I'd like to use both, somebody got that working?

To share my experiences: I got 10.6.4 working by installing from the 10.6.3 retail, and then upgrading with the combo update. System is quite unstable. Doesn't lock up, but software becomes unresponding. Kinda weird. Somebody recognizes this?

Thanks in advance!

And while we're on the subject. Someone with any luck in running 64-bit?

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Have the Intel graphics,
4 gig RAM,
Intel Centrino Advanced-N Wireless
I7 CPU

I'm a bit of a noob with Macs...but happy to run any commands that give you a better idea....where the hell is lspci when you need it :P



EDIT: I managed to get my hands on a 10.6.3 disk and installed using that...I've just ran the 10.6.5 combo update and it looked better but still stalled after rebooting. I've realised though, that at the end of the updates I was using previously that would fail the reboot, the screen would go translucent and tell me I had to hold the power button down and restart the machine right at the end of installation. It didn't do it with the new 10.6.3 to 10.6.5 update though. So now I guess I'll try 10.6.3 to 10.6.4 and work my way up again. I still haven't loaded the sound drivers and I'm not sure if that's whats causing my issues or not...

UPDATE: I have tried incrementally upgrading from the 10.6.3 install to 4 then 5 and dont get the transparent screen telling me to restart...but still get stuck at the apple logo on reboot. I've also tried the combo update to 5 straight from 3 with the same problem. I've also tried adding the Voodoo kext before upgrading to no avail. I'm currently reinstalling 10.6.3 and I am going to compare the verbose boots of each...there were a bunch of errors at the stall point of my last upgrade...but I want to see a comparison between the two to see where its going wrong.

UPDATE 2: They're significantly different verbose startups...obviously it is a bit hard for me to capture unless I took a photo. Might be stuck with 10.6.3 until a newer retail version comes out :)


Okay, so there are a number of differences between your specs and mine. For starters, make sure that GraphicsEnabler is off in Chameleon. Next, use your BIOS to shut off the WiFi, just in case that's an issue. The Voodoo audio shouldn't be the issue so I would worry about that secondarily. It's possible that the i7 makes a difference with the kernel but that seems unlikely. Your RAM shouldn't be a problem. Anyway, my bet is that it's the video that is causing the trouble since that's the most significant difference between what I have and what you have.

One more thought is that there's a possibility that the Mac isn't hung but is actually working without video. And that the video will eventually start working. One way to check is to make sure that you can telnet/rsh in to the Mac from another computer even though the graphics will be out. If you can, and all appears well, give it as much as 15 minutes to see what happens. I had one hacintosh (not the E6410) that just needed to sort of settle it's video issues over a few minutes and I kept on interpreting the blue screen I saw as I would a Windows BSOD. I don't know if your apple logo screen is a similar issue - probably not.

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First up, thanks for putting this guide together...if there's a donate now button anywhere so I can buy you a case of beer let me know :D

So I finally cracked and went out to bestbuy today and picked up a copy of Sony Leopard (10.6.3). Followed your instructions, and after I worked out that the 8gb of ram in my E6410 was the problem, was able to follow the install guide without any major issues.

I did the software update and it seems to be mostly happy running 10.6.5

A quick question - has anyone had problems running flash content in safari? It causes Safari to die on this hackintosh.
I'm about to go hit the search button, but on the off chance anyone knows, how do I get into single user mode to do the fix to allow me to put the other 4Gb dimm back into the E6410?

Cheers!



Turns out the flash problem is limited to Safari...Firefox has no issues with it at all! Still curious however if anyone has a solution.


Thanks, but I think we should hold the beer until we get the WiFi and the graphics fully functional with an easy install that doesn't have problems with updates!

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After a bit of reading, I think the 10.6.4 and 10.6.5 updates install the new intelhd driver from Apple, but this driver is for the macs with the i3,i5 and i7 cpus with the inbuilt Intel HD video cards and that have the added ATI/NVidia cards. I believe the driver tries to find the other video card and as my specific machine only has the Intel HD card it will lock the PC up on load.

There doesn't look like a native IntelHD kext will be written in the near future as Apple aren't selling any hardware with only that. I believe the MBA was going to be the closest thing, but they changed the CPU to a Core Duo and not the i(x) series CPU's.

Been a long learning curve and I'm really bummed QE/CI don't look like they're going to work with this particular laptop for a while at least. (I really wanted a hackintosh mainly for iMovie which requires QE).

Thanks for the reading my {censored} :)

EDIT: Does anyone know if QE will work with the inbuilt NVS3100M cards that come optional with these laptops? I'd look at buying one seperately if QE would work with it!

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Thanks, but I think we should hold the beer until we get the WiFi and the graphics fully functional with an easy install that doesn't have problems with updates!



I don't mind either way :) Your guide gave me the momentum I needed to actually try a hackintosh (in 21 easy steps or whatever it was), which ultimately led to me purchasing one yesterday.
I also picked up a Dell DW1397 wifi (B/G) card on ebay (I figured it's only $20) which I've now got in the E6410 and it works fine under windows 7 (x64 Ultimate), but OS X doesn't seem to detect it (that said, I'm only on 10.6.3 as I haven't got round to running the software update since the reinstall).
Has anyone else hit this hurdle, as my (evidently insufficient) research on the internet suggested that this particular card worked well with Hackintoshes...am I better off picking up one of the DW1520 cards?

TIA

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Looks like I may have jumped the gun a bit.
I reinstalled SL again last night, added the additional device string to the info.plist and then installed the intel LAN drivers this morning, and touch wood it appears to work.
As an FYI for other E6410 users, it would appear that the wifi light on the top of the keyboard doesn't illuminate, but that the wifi card does actually work :(

Ready for that beer now ktbos?

Minor update. The 10.6.5 update 'broke' the wireless. A couple of reboots didn't do the trick.
Went back into the NetworkInterfaces.plist and renamed the en0 to en1
Most entertaining upon the next reboot as plugging in the LAN cable showed the airport as connected.
Changed it back, and after the next reboot it's still behaving.
Flash in Safari + the Voodoo kext appears to yield unstableness, although it's fine still in firefox...

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Can you expand on the additional device string you entered? are you running with the NVS3100M card. 10.6.5 doesn't seem to ever install for me.

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Can you expand on the additional device string you entered? are you running with the NVS3100M card. 10.6.5 doesn't seem to ever install for me.


Sorry, I should have prefaced my post. The additional device string was to add the Dell Wireless 1397 to the Broadcom detected devices list.

The 6410 I'm using is an i7 (620 Dual core), 8gb ram (although I have to pull one of the 4Gb sticks out as I've not quite worked out the patch to fsck as yet...)

It's got the NVS3100M graphics (it just worked out of the box - I'm using the 10.6.3 SL Retail DVD, although I'm not sure the QI/QE or whatever it is that people on these boards get excited about are working yet...I don't intend to do 3d games/HD movies, so that's low on my priority list to work out :))

Aside from that I think it's fairly standard. OS X doesn't see the built in webcam (but I think it's a creative one, so it should be fairly easy to find drivers). I don't have the built in modem (not sure if that makes a great deal of difference, but figured I'd mention it incase it helps you track down the root cause)

And since the 10.6.5 update the bluetooth light doesn't come on anymore (I'm not sure if that's a powersaving thing, or if the update killed it. I've been tempted by a magic mouse for quite some time now, so might use 'testing' the bluetooth as an excuse to get one :))

It had the Intel 6250 Wimax-N adaptor, which even project camphor didn't seem to like (hence the purchase of the DW1397)

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I switched out my dw1520 wifi card on the e6410 for dw1397 but wifi is still not working. I've tried adding dev id to kext and its still a no go. Can any one help a newb out? btw im running 10.6.3





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