This topic is based loosely on my original posting located at:
I've had my XPS Studio 9000 for a couple of years now and pretty much know it inside and out. I've added more RAM, been thru half a dozen different video cards and just as many different hard drives. The hardware is solid and very compatible. Below are the base hardware specs from dell.
ICH10 disk controller
Realtek RTL8111/8168B Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 02)
Realtek ALC1200 audio chip
JMicron Technology Corp. IEEE 1394 Host Controller
475watt Power Supply
Intel i7 CPU, various clock speeds
Up to 3x SATA Hard Drives
Up to 2x SATA Optical Drive
Various AMD and nVidia graphics cards
The hardware has proven to be compatible with Mac OS X, as well as Linux and Windows. All in all this is a great machine to use as an OS X workstation or even gaming machine (with a good video card).
Over the past couple of days I've installed Mac OS X 10.7 Lion DP4 and GM on it a couple of times to get my method down to a science. After all the fiddling around I now have a fast and stable XPS Studio 9000 running OS X Lion. Below are my notes for this adventure.
I used this guide ( http://www.insanelym...howtopic=256729 ) for 99% of my installation. It's a great guide and has been updated for Lion GM. You'll need at least an 8GB USB memory stick (or thumb drive) for this project.
Just follow the instructions in the above guide for making a bootable USB installation stick. After you have your bootable memory stick in hand its time to get down to business.
Start out by plugging your bootable memory stick into a USB port. Next you'll want to power on your machine and start hitting f12 at the DELL boot screen. This will take you into the boot drive selection list. You'll choose your memory stick form the list of bootable drives. Every memory stick is named differently in this list so you'll have to play it by ear and choose correct drive.
Your system should boot to the chameleon menu, choose "Mac OS X Base System" and let it boot into the installer. From here it's the standard Mac OS X installer. Click next and at this point you MAY need to go to the menu bar and under the Utilities menu choose Disk Utility to partition and format your hard drive for OS X use.
Once your hard drive is formatted exit Disk Utility and continue the installation. "Continuing the the installation" consists of hitting next a few times and waiting about 20 minuets for the installer to finish. Once complete your machine will reboot.
After installation completes and your machine reboots you'll need to hit the f12 key again at the DELL screen. Again, this will take you into the boot drive selection list. Choose your memory stick and let it boot. When the chameleon menu is displayed choose the hard drive you just installed OS X Lion to. If all went well it should boot into OS X Lion.
Upon first boot you'll have to answer a few questions to set your timezone and account information. Don't be scared. just provide the information it asks for. Once you arrive at the desktop you'll want to install your boot loader so you can boot your system without the USB memory stick installed. I used the same Chameleon installer .pkg that was used earlier to create the bootable memory stick.
After installing the boot loader you'll want to use the below Extra folder creator and generate an Extra folder for your installation. Just double click the .pkg and run they the installer, for SMBIOS use the Mac Pro 4,1 option.
Next up is ethernet and networking. You'll want to use the below linked ethernet driver form LNX2Mac, it's by far the most stable for our computer. Download the .pkg and run it. Once installed reboot and enjoy stable networking.
For sound you'll want to use the below VoodooHDA.kext driver. Make sure you also install AppleHDADisabler.kext.
At this point you should have a bootable system with sound and networking. I'll touch upon video cards a little later since there are so many possibilities.
Standard Hardware Drivers:
Sound: Dell_XPS_Studio_9000_Audio.zip 167.6KB 178 downloads Don't forget to install AppleHDADisabler.kext along with VoodooHDA.kext
Ethernet: LNX2Mac Realtek Driver
Use this driver for ethernet. Very stable and no KPs (so far).
Extra Folder Creator: Extra_Folder.pkg.zip 473.32KB 82 downloads Package to generate a Extras folder for various computer systems
Chameleon Dell Theme: Dell_Theme.zip 152.18KB 43 downloads This is a boot loader theme with a Dell motif, edited from another theme (can't remember name) but actually looks pretty good