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I am getting a boot0: error any ideas?
Also sound is not working.

I installed the kexts from the dell pack and using the dsdt file from John L for the core i5

Specs
Dell Xps 17 L702X
Core i5-2450m @2.5ghz
6gb ram
Intel HD Graphcis and NVIDA Geforce GT550M
Bios A16
Installing to Same drive Win7 is on, with its own partition in HFS+
Installed MacDrive 8 & 9 but can't see the HFS partition

Edited by Chrisemtpa, 30 March 2012 - 03:46 PM.


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I just picked up a

Tenda W311M WIFI adapter since a few people reported success with it, but it is not working for me. Any suggestions?



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I've followed this as best I could numerous times and I'm still having difficulties...

Let's start off with specifications:
Dell XPS 17 L702X (named Ganymede), A17 BIOS
Core i7-2720QM CPU, 16GB RAM,
2x 750GB HDD (first is partitioned to Windows NTFS (Io), then there's that little recovery partition) (second has a large chunk to Windows NTFS (Europa), and then a smaller 54GB Mac HFS+ (Callisto)
NVIDIA GeForce GT555M w/ 3D (I've not heard the term Optimus until I started trying to install OSX, and wasn't even aware of the HD3000 Intel chip inside.)

So basically, I've had a few different tries and got different things working at different times. I was able to put in an Artheros wifi chip, so there's no internet issues... I wasn't sure which DSDT/SSDT to use.
I'm using Windows 8, and it seems like it's totally dominating any Chameleon set up I'm trying to do, so I keep having to boot from the iAtkos L2 disk and then selecting Callisto (Mac partition). And also, MacDrive's incompatible with Windows 8 so I'm having to use Paragon, which is a little sketchy.

On one install I got audio to work (I think using the original poster's DSDT.)

I was only once able to get it to go to full 1920x1080 (with an Nvidia driver, showing up as a GT440m i thinkkkk...), though everything was quite slow and laggy, no hardware acceleration. No videos were even able to play. I then tried doing the Apple update to 10.7.3, and then that botched everything all up again spewing kernel panics upon boot.

I was wondering if there's a specific solution given the i7-2720QM, the A17 BIOS, the GT555M, etc.

I'm about to do another complete reformat and reinstall using the L2 disc. I've got all the attachments from the original poster. I can't be too far off, can I? After all that I'd like to hopefully be able to update to 10.7.3.

(really, really sorry for this jumbled up message, I've been spending my entire spring break trying to get this going and sleep hasn't quite been on my mind hahaha. Any help would be greatly appreciated!)

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Furthering my previous post, this is what System Profiler shows under Graphics/Displays:

Display:

Type: GPU
Bus: PCIe
PCIe Lane Width: x16
VRAM (Total): 5 MB
Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
Device ID: 0x0dcd
Revision ID: 0x00a1
Kernel Extension Info: No Kext Loaded
Displays:
Display:
Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes


Resolution should be 1920x1080 and VRAM should show 3GB as far as I know.
By the way, I didn't think there was a difference in the systems, but this IS a 3D display system.

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@Mahesh, I was wondering if you could do something for me, Id like to disable the nvidia card to extend battery life, I tried doing this

http://www.osx86.net...do=file&id=2586

by adding the lines they say to add to DSDT but get compile errors, Im not very familiar with DSDT so I didnt know how to correct it, could I possibly get you to mod your DSDT to disable Optimus if you have the time to do it?

Thanks in advance!!

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Hi Mahesh, and everybody. Wondering if anyone has attempted to upgrade to 10.7.3? Would this be unadvisable at this point?

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Hi Jon,

i heard that 10.7.3 is unstable with kernel panics. If u feel like updating, give it a try. After successfully updating to 10.7.3 dont restart, force quit the installer. Delete the kernelcache, delete all unneccessary graphics kexts except for intel hd 3000 and then install all the 10.7.2 kexts from my kext pack.Make sure that new kerelcache is generated and then restart. And do update to the latest available chameleon bootloader to avoid any problems.

Cheers,
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Hi Mahesh,

first of all I want to say thank you! You was made my wish come true to run Mac OS on my Notebook, really great work! Everything descriped works!
Here my configuration:

XPS 702X Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2
i7-2670QM @ 2.2GHZ
6GB RAM
No 3D
Bios A17

By following the whole topic only a few questions are still open, I hope you have the time to answear them.

1. Can I get HDMI out with a normal minidisplayport to HDMI Adapter like this MiniDisplayPort HDMI Adapter (clear that the build in HDMI out is linked to the GeForce and for this there is no way)
2. Is there a chance to get the Sleep Mode running with the A17 BIOS, I also get the black screen at wake up
3. Is the GeForce Graphiccard completely disabled by the DSDT while running Mac OS X or is it still active and drains energy?

Many thanks in advance!!

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Hello Everyone,

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Enjoy my Stripped down Windows 7, hope u like it.

cheers,
Mahesh

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Hi Schattenzwerg,

Here are the Answers for ur questions.

1. I am not 100% sure whether u can get minidisplayport to HDMI adaptor to work, but i heard that it works with MacBookPro 8.1 Smbios where as we are using MacBookPro 8.3 smbios. If ur willing to test the minidisplayport to HDMI adaptor then i will make one MacBookPro 8.1 smbios for u. Even i am planning to buy a cheap MiniDisplayport to HDMI adaptor from ebay. Hopefully it should work.

2. No As of now A.12 is the only bios where wake works 100 %, but A.12 is not down gradable on XPS 17 with 2670 QM processors. So as of now there is no solution for Sleep on XPS 17 i7 2670 QM processor Laptop.

3. Yes the Nvidia GT 550 M or 555 M ( depends on ur configuration) is active with this DSDT, i havent disabled Nvidia Card. As i dont know how to do it. There are many people saying that they have successfully disabled Nvidia card but lets wait for some more time, so that we can have some concrete evidence on how to disable Nvidia card. As of now i am not interested in playing with my Nvidia card in DSDT, if something goes wrong then it might lead to a dead graphics card. So i dont want to experiment as of now, unless & until some one comes with a good guide on how to disable the Nvidia card. if u have found any resources on how to disable Nvidia card please forward those links to me, i will have a look.

cheers,
Mahesh

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Looking for some help. I was able to install Iatkos L2 installed all the kexts and chameleon boot loader, but I am unable to boot to osx. The hard drive is in 5 partitions, 1-is dell utilities-Fat16, 2-win7 recovery-NTFS, 3-Win7OS NTFS, 4-Lion-OS Extended Journal 5-FileStg-fat32. The hard drive is formatted as MasterBootRecord. I keep getting a bootmgr: missing. Will I need to reformat the hard drive and repartition it to something else? I don't often use Win7 as a matter fact only used it to delete the kext files and stuff. I have formatted the NTFS drives to Extended Journal. Any ideas I currently use the iatkos dvd to boot.

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Looking for some help. I was able to install Iatkos L2 installed all the kexts and chameleon boot loader, but I am unable to boot to osx. The hard drive is in 5 partitions, 1-is dell utilities-Fat16, 2-win7 recovery-NTFS, 3-Win7OS NTFS, 4-Lion-OS Extended Journal 5-FileStg-fat32. The hard drive is formatted as MasterBootRecord. I keep getting a bootmgr: missing. Will I need to reformat the hard drive and repartition it to something else? I don't often use Win7 as a matter fact only used it to delete the kext files and stuff. I have formatted the NTFS drives to Extended Journal. Any ideas I currently use the iatkos dvd to boot.


Hi Chrisemtpa,

I had the same problem, as solution I deleted the Dell Utilities & Win7 Recovery Partition, I moved my Win7 Partition at position 1 and the HTFS+ Partition at Position 2. Before this I created a Win7 recovery CD from my Windows. I did all operations on partitions with Gparted-USB-Boot Stick. After GParted finished, I repaired my Boot Informations with the recorvery CD. At this time my Windows Booted again and was in normal state. Then I started the iATKOS Installation again and followed the Guide here. The Camelon Bootloader worked afterwards without problems. In the iATKOS Guide you will find the information that your Win7 and MacOS X Partion must be one of the first 3 partitions, maybe there is a workaround or other solution, but this worked for me.

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Hi Christempa,

Just make sure the hard drive is in MBR format not GUID. I recommend you to install windows 7 & Mac os x on the same hard drive and remove all other recovery partitions. If ur inetrested in a clean install then first install windows 7 to the first partition and Mac os Extended (Journaled) foramtted second partition and always install the latest available chameleon bootloader ( Just install bootloader with default setting dont customize it). Hope this solves ur boot problem.

Ok guys i will not be available for good 3 to 4 weeks, as i will be on a holiday to LA. So if any one has any queries please help each other.

Cheers,
Mahesh

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Hi Christempa,

Just make sure the hard drive is in MBR format not GUID. I recommend you to install windows 7 & Mac os x on the same hard drive and remove all other recovery partitions. If ur inetrested in a clean install then first install windows 7 to the first partition and Mac os Extended (Journaled) foramtted second partition and always install the latest available chameleon bootloader ( Just install bootloader with default setting dont customize it). Hope this solves ur boot problem.

Ok guys i will not be available for good 3 to 4 weeks, as i will be on a holiday to LA. So if any one has any queries please help each other.

Cheers,
Mahesh


Hi Mahesh,

I wish you a good stay in LA, I hope I can get tomorrow my Minidisplayport to HDMI Adapter and then I will feedback to you if it will wok OOB.

For all others that want have WiFi and already have a iPhone (Jailbroken), I can recommend to you tu try PDANet, with that Application on Mac and iPhone you can use your iPhone as a WiFi Adapter over the USB-Cable. For me it seems to work very good for now. I even have the possibility to connect my IPad2 to my iPhone in HotSpot mode and serve the web by this :)

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Hi Schattenzwerg,

Here are the Answers for ur questions.

1. I am not 100% sure whether u can get minidisplayport to HDMI adaptor to work, but i heard that it works with MacBookPro 8.1 Smbios where as we are using MacBookPro 8.3 smbios. If ur willing to test the minidisplayport to HDMI adaptor then i will make one MacBookPro 8.1 smbios for u. Even i am planning to buy a cheap MiniDisplayport to HDMI adaptor from ebay. Hopefully it should work.

2. No As of now A.12 is the only bios where wake works 100 %, but A.12 is not down gradable on XPS 17 with 2670 QM processors. So as of now there is no solution for Sleep on XPS 17 i7 2670 QM processor Laptop.

3. Yes the Nvidia GT 550 M or 555 M ( depends on ur configuration) is active with this DSDT, i havent disabled Nvidia Card. As i dont know how to do it. There are many people saying that they have successfully disabled Nvidia card but lets wait for some more time, so that we can have some concrete evidence on how to disable Nvidia card. As of now i am not interested in playing with my Nvidia card in DSDT, if something goes wrong then it might lead to a dead graphics card. So i dont want to experiment as of now, unless & until some one comes with a good guide on how to disable the Nvidia card. if u have found any resources on how to disable Nvidia card please forward those links to me, i will have a look.

cheers,
Mahesh


Hi Mahesh,

I bought know a minidisplayport to hdmi adapter, oob it doesnt work, proberly because of the missing Macbook 8.1 smbios. As soon you can provide me some new files I will test it again.

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Hi Schattenzwerg,



Play with both smbios 8.1 and smbios 8.2. Lets see how it pans out in testing.



Cheers,


Mahesh

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Hi Schattenzwerg,



Play with both smbios 8.1 and smbios 8.2. Lets see how it pans out in testing.



Cheers,


Mahesh



Hi Mahesh,

I tried both files, added my service tag, exchanged in extras folder and restarted. Both times I could'nt get any output at the tv. After every restart I checked the display settings and tried detect display", but unfortunately without success. Do you have any idea what else I can try? (btw, the adapter works in windows ;) )

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Hello again, just to let you know I'm running 10.7.3 fine with no panics and geek bench 10200. i updated then booted with -v -x then reinstalled your kexts usin kexthelper and all is good :-) also i placed a broadcom wifi card in the second mpci slot so in windows i use the centurion one and in mac i use the broadcom,

I was interested in your windows 7 lite versions. i install win 7 all the time being a repair man but all I'm getting is "[#103137] You do not have permission to view this topic."
i have registered with them.

any idea how we might update to mountain lion?

any way you can think of to swap the @ " locations on the keyboard?

Very happy with my mac installation, thank you for all your help.

also I've managed to get a dual boot with windows on second hd and mac on first hd. First i installed windows while that hd was in slot 1. removed it and installed mac on a hd in slot one. after it was done i installed the windows hd to slot 2 and all is good. 1tb each but I'm only really using the windows one for games.

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Hi Chrisemtpa, I had the same problem, as solution I deleted the Dell Utilities & Win7 Recovery Partition, I moved my Win7 Partition at position 1 and the HTFS+ Partition at Position 2. Before this I created a Win7 recovery CD from my Windows. I did all operations on partitions with Gparted-USB-Boot Stick. After GParted finished, I repaired my Boot Informations with the recorvery CD. At this time my Windows Booted again and was in normal state. Then I started the iATKOS Installation again and followed the Guide here. The Camelon Bootloader worked afterwards without problems. In the iATKOS Guide you will find the information that your Win7 and MacOS X Partion must be one of the first 3 partitions, maybe there is a workaround or other solution, but this worked for me.


Schattenzwerg, how did you move your partition? I was able to combine the the Dell Util and Recov partitions to make one unallocated space before the OS and MacOs partitions. It does not show up as a partition but I am also not able to move the partitions around. I used easyBCD to make a windows boot screen allowing for the option of the OsX but i was unable to boot into OSX it can't be found which i believe is an issue with EasyBCD. I also am unable to get the keyboard and trackpad working but thats the least of my concerns. If i can't get it to boot its going back to the original system and back to dell...

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Hi Jupitermoon,

Nice to hear from u after a long time. Well u need to compete 25 posts in order to view my threads. As they are not for forum newbie's. So just register with the forum and go to newbie corner and start posting. Once u get past 25 posts u can get access or just request the moderator to give u the access.

And regarding mountain lion as of now its only working on the external hard drive not with internal. Just follow the same procedure to install ML.And u can also use the same lion 10.7.2 kexts with ML as well. Just dont use intel hd 3000 kexts from lion as ML has more matured & stable drivers or kexts.

Cheers,
Mahesh





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