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[Guide] Dell XPS 15 L502X (Early 2011) Snow Leopard Install (possibly L702x too)

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Better insert it after... you never know how jumpy the dell guy may be.

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Hey btw, it worked JUST as you said ! ;) quite easy too.... :) Since it is the "maintenance" cover under which it was , will dell refuse to grant me my warranty if they see the new card?
The point is that i will have a dell guy coming to my place replace the display and some of the cpu cooling paste and housing. Should i insert the Intel Card before that again?
(Don't have the original ram though :D)

Glad to hear it! :)
I don't think they can refuse your warranty for that, but as DoiX said, you never know... So put the Intel back before the dell guy come.
You have problem with your screen and your CPU?
And how about the RAM, what brand did you buy? Haven't met any problem since you changed it?

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Glad to hear it! :)
I don't think they can refuse your warranty for that, but as DoiX said, you never know... So put the Intel back before the dell guy come.
You have problem with your screen and your CPU?
And how about the RAM, what brand did you buy? Haven't met any problem since you changed it?

Ok will do that.
Well no the ram i changed at the very beginning already, about a year ago when the laptop was delivered to me. Sold the old 4GB stick and have 8 GB running in it.
At that time, still on WIN7, i let run several memory checks, they all said its fine, so don't think the ram makes any problem :)
And well yeah my screen, the joint is broken.
My CPU, i noticed it being quite loud , the cooling fan, and the dell guy said they just change that as well..good for me :)

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To see if SpeedStep is activated on your L502x :

- Download MSRDumper.kext ;
- Open Terminal and type :

sudo kextload [DRAG & DROP MSRDumper.kext HERE]
- Enter your password ;
- Go to Utilities > Console ;
- Look at the lines with something like "Pstates" and "Pstates reached" ;
- If you see more than 2 values (8 and 24), then it's working. If you only see 2 values, Speedstep isn't activated.

Hope it helps

PS: To install Speedstep, use the link to Speedstep in DoiX's Tuto, or install the "Patched AICPUPM.kext" from DoiX's package... If you have an i7, then use AICPUPM from DoiX's package. If you have an i5, then I'll upload you my own AICPUPM (AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext) as I have one.


I downgraded the bios to A06 and sleep is working, but when I wake up I have to unplug the mouse and lan cable and replug them, they are not working if I don't.
Also, I cant run the command, it says "failed to load - (libkern/kext) authentication failure (file ownership/permissions); check the system/kernel logs for errors or try kextutil(8)" but I changed the permitions on the kext file I downloaded to read & write for all users. Anyways when I installed iATKOS I used the DoiX's package and selected AICPUPM 10.7.2 (because it was iATKOS L2) and choose the 8,2 because I have i7. I think I am good, do I have to do anything else? btw my battery meter is not working, it has x all the time, how do I fix that? I have 10.7.2, do I need to update and if I update do I have to install all the kexts again(run the package and ###### again, or just kext utility and repair permissions?)

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10.7.4 upgrade went smoothly. Here's how to do it, further to what DoiX said:

1) Download complete 10.7.4 client update (not partial)
2) Back up specific kexts (in my case: AICPUPM, IOAudioFamily, VoodooHDA, ApplePS2Controller)
3) Deploy NullCPUPM.kext
4) Run upgrade
5) Reboot, replace kexts
6) Patch AISNBFB.kext to work with multi-monitors on MBP8,3

On 10.7.4 now - not sure what's changed but feels smoother. If anyone needs any specific help on any of the above steps let me know.

@DoiX - there's a minor step ahead with bios modding - if we manage to enable NT32/NT64 debugging on the PXE module (and thus enable emulation). I'm encouraging everyone to focus efforts on that, instead of blind BIOS patching. Any extra pair of hands earns lots of respect :)

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@jkbuha Have you tried contacting RevoGirl (http://revogirl.wordpress.com) they unlocked the Asus UEFI bios recently.

Also, http://sourceforge.n.../cloverefiboot/ this seems to use efi modules and has a sort of efi shell terminal at boot (not exactly sure whats the purpose of that) anyway it's based on this http://sourceforge.n...x.php?title=EDK

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10.7.4 upgrade went smoothly. Here's how to do it, further to what DoiX said:

1) Download complete 10.7.4 client update (not partial)
2) Back up specific kexts (in my case: AICPUPM, IOAudioFamily, VoodooHDA, ApplePS2Controller)
3) Deploy NullCPUPM.kext
4) Run upgrade
5) Reboot, replace kexts
6) Patch AISNBFB.kext to work with multi-monitors on MBP8,3

On 10.7.4 now - not sure what's changed but feels smoother. If anyone needs any specific help on any of the above steps let me know.

@DoiX - there's a minor step ahead with bios modding - if we manage to enable NT32/NT64 debugging on the PXE module (and thus enable emulation). I'm encouraging everyone to focus efforts on that, instead of blind BIOS patching. Any extra pair of hands earns lots of respect :)

I'll try again later, but about now, it failed.
I'll make a fresh install this weekend and then try again. Did you install iAtkos L1 or iAtkos L2 at the very beginning?

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I'll try again later, but about now, it failed.
I'll make a fresh install this weekend and then try again. Did you install iAtkos L1 or iAtkos L2 at the very beginning?


Yep. But it worked on vanilla as well. I usually ghost the entire partition before any upgrades just in case. I also had to remove AppleHDA but that is because my card only works with VoodooHDA (ie: I've been too busy to bother patching the AppleHDA layouts for my 0269).

@jkbuha Have you tried contacting RevoGirl (http://revogirl.wordpress.com) they unlocked the Asus UEFI bios recently.

Also, http://sourceforge.n.../cloverefiboot/ this seems to use efi modules and has a sort of efi shell terminal at boot (not exactly sure whats the purpose of that) anyway it's based on this http://sourceforge.n...x.php?title=EDK


I follow revogirl quite often - not sure if that project has gone beyond what we've done for Dell. The main difference seems to be that their bios does not use a bitmap to display menus, but conditional jumps (like older bioses). Still let me touch base with her and see.

CloverEFI sounds interesting - if we can find a way to port our bios to the project we can in theory support emulation. Maybe we should look into this further.

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Yep. But it worked on vanilla as well. I usually ghost the entire partition before any upgrades just in case. I also had to remove AppleHDA but that is because my card only works with VoodooHDA (ie: I've been too busy to bother patching the AppleHDA layouts for my 0269).

I did it too, but I think that the installation has something wrong, so I'll make a fresh one =)

Anyway, thanks for the answer.

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CLOVER
http://www.projectos...=2304&hl=clover

works fine. L502x

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CLOVER
http://www.projectos...=2304&hl=clover

works fine. L502x


I just tried it, i encounter a restart loop, but i think thats caused by 10.7.4 rather than Clover. Since the first beta of 10.7.4 i lost the ability to boot without -v or in GUI mode... and i have no idea why.

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I just installed 10.7.4, but ran into a restart loop? managed to bypass that with UseKernelCache=No, but now I can't get the Audio or Battery Working?

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@Kirky, restore your kexts... also 10.7.4 presents itself with a stupid bug, restart loop if you don't boot with -v (beside UseKernelCache)

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@Doix I've got the audio and battery working now using dropbox.app, I don't need to boot with -v, but still using UseKernelCache=No does that make much difference though as my system seems very stable with no graphics glitches and I'm back with 8gb ram

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how did you fixed the battery?

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Look here.

My battery icon had a cross in it after the 10.7.4 upgrade. It is now working perfectly after the installation of these kexts. I would recommend using Kext Wizard, though.

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Look here.

My battery icon had a cross in it after the 10.7.4 upgrade. It is now working perfectly after the installation of these kexts. I would recommend using Kext Wizard, though.


You know those are the EXACT kexts i have included in the installer pack/archive/tutorial and what people posted across this thread, right? :D

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how did you fixed the battery?


As has been mentioned today, it was the Voodoo Battery kext, the same that's included in Doix's pack. The problem I had was that Doix's v6 pack wasn't working for me when installing the audio and battery kexts for some odd reason? so, using KextDrop.app I installed my backup of AppleHDA.kext, Dell_XPS_ALC665.kext, IOAudioFamily.kext for the audio and AppleACPIPlatform.kext and VoodooBattery.kext for battery meters

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Thanks for the answers,
For some reason, the DoiX's package wasn't working for me for audio and battery(battery icon has a cross in it). I copied the audio kexts manually, will copy these too. I have 10.7.2

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AICPUPM10.7.4
Attached File  AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext_10.7.4.zip   147.14KB   101 downloads





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