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are you running your setup in a ahci? or normal. auto detect. also what is not working for you.


I'm not at home at the moment but I didn't mess with the BIOS I had setup for SL, but if I recall correctly its auto detect. Everything works perfect.

That guide didn't mention anything about moving the internet and sound kexts to /S/L/E but seeing that those 2 didn't work at first, I just moved em over and everything was fine.

I'll post full details when I get home but it was stupid easy with Lion compared to SL......

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Here are the details of my XPS410 with Lion installed. I'll put the terminal output to make it easier.


*The /Extra directory below is added when following the guide I posted about a couple posts back*


sh-3.2#cd /Volumes/Lion/Extra
sh-3.2# ls -lrt
total 64
drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:04 Themes
-rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 13122 Oct 16 19:05 dsdt.aml [my original dsdt.aml from the SL install]
-rw-r--r--@ 1 root wheel 6148 Oct 16 19:05 .DS_Store
-rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 574 Oct 16 19:05 smbios.plist
drwxr-xr-x@ 12 root wheel 408 Oct 16 19:05 Extensions
-rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 2105 Oct 16 22:08 org.chameleon.Boot.plist [edit the chameleon boot options]
sh-3.2#


Here is the output of my 'org.chameleon.Boot.plist' which is essentially like the 'com.apple.Boot.plist' for customizing boot options. I didn't bother messing with stuff like darkwake and GeneratePStates....it was already though. I did use kernel cache to use the /S/L/E options at boot, Lion doesn't use mkext and stuff anymore. Also added boot graphic options and my graphics card info. See below:


sh-3.2# cat org.chameleon.Boot.plist
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com...yList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>Kernel</key>
<string>mach_kernel</string>
<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string>darkwake=0 -v</string>
<key>GraphicsEnabler</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>GeneratePStates</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>GenerateCStates</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string>Boot Graphics=Yes</string>
<key>Quiet Boot</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>Theme</key>
<string>Default</string>
<key>UseKernelCache</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>Legacy Logo</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>device-properties</key>
<string>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</string>
</dict>
</plist>
sh-3.2#



Here is the contents of the /Extra/Extensions directory, basically all my original kexts for the SL install.

sh-3.2# cd Extensions/
sh-3.2# ls -lrt
total 24
drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 AppleIntelPIIXATA.kext
drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 AppleAHCIPort.kext
-rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 6148 Oct 16 19:05 .DS_Store
drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 VoodooHDA.kext
drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 OpenHaltRestart.kext
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 82 Oct 16 19:05 KEXTupdate.log
drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 Intel82566MM.kext
drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 IOATAFamily.kext
drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 FakeSMC.kext
drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 Disabler.kext
sh-3.2#


**Note above, make sure permissions are set correctly throughout. If you need to set them for any reason, see below command:

chown root:wheel file_name [chown root:wheel Intell82566MM.kext]


Also, I found that internet and sound wouldn't work until I moved the kexts over to /System/Library/Extensions. See below:

directory: /Volumes/Lion/Extra/Extensions

command: cp -R Intell82566MM.kext VoodooHDA.kext /Volumes/Lion/System/Library/Extensions
command: touch /Volumes/Lion/System/Library/Extensions

I also edited the actual 'com.apple.Boot.plist' file located under /Volumes/Lion/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration

Here is my file:

sh-3.2# cat com.apple.Boot.plist
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com...yList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string></string>
<key>Quiet Boot</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>Boot Graphics</key>
<string>Yes</string>
</dict>
</plist>
sh-3.2#




So there is everything I did on my system. I didn't mess with the BIOS settings at all. I'm pretty sure its still set as auto detect.

I initially added a partition to my HDD giving me the SL partition and the Lion partition but since this went so smoothly, I had already backed up my SL files to an external drive, I just ran the installer on the USB again and partitioned the HDD for 1 partition for Lion, no more SL.

So anyhow, not sure if anyone still toys with their XPS410 but I still have this bad boy and figured I'd move on to Lion and its proven to be much smoother in terms of installing and overall the system is much faster and responsive. I don't game or anything so I can't say anything in terms of graphics but everything looks great. I will also note that after the install, updating to 10.7.2 went without a hitch. I like to repair permissions after the initial install but beyond that, no issues with KP's of any kind, I never had 1 KP during the install and none since.

Good luck.

Later.

/browndogfred

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first off hello and i am about to convert my 410 to OSX. I started wading through the 64 pages but was hoping you could give me the easiest way to get this done.

I have a copy of snow leopard i am going to use for this build.

the machine is a 410 xps with 8 gb of ram a 500 Hd and I have a brand new 1tb that i just installed. If you need more specs let me know

I am also going to use a upgraded sound card since it is not supported by vista this is what is prompting me buid the machine this way plus i am tired of running windows and want to give this a shot

thanks

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Just wanted to say thanks to everyone on this thread. I was able to get Lion 10.7.2 fully working and functional on my dell xps 410 yesterday.

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How I made a working Lion installation with iATKOS L2


My Dimension 9200/XPS410 is an old friend and I’ve been trying to make a working Snow Leopard or Lion environment for a while. I’ve tried a number of installs using information from posts in this thread by browndogfred, Rob G and several others. For this noob it’s been close but no cigar.

In the past few days I’ve been playing with iATKOS L2 and have finally made it all work.

Let me re-emphasize that I’m a noob and if you follow this without success, I probably can’t help a lot. Please share your experience because we will all benefit and you may well find someone else who’ll contribute the key insight that gets your install working.

Specs are:
BIOS 2.5.3 (11/22/07), C2D E6600 2.4GHz processor, 2GB RAM, a WD Raptor 74GB HD, onboard sound and an Asus GT520 Silent.

Files and their sources:

* XPS410 Extravaganza, Post #1012 (Nov 22 2009, 11:46 PM) by Rob G
Snow Leopard files from
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=47FX5UWG

* ATY_Init.kext.zip from
http://rghost.net/10381881
This works for my Nvidia GT520 but you may need a different version for your card

* If you use a PC keyboard get IntelliType Pro 8.2 for Mac (dmg):
http://download.micr...esktop_d305.dmg

* Chameleon-2.1svn-r1650.pkg from kexts.com at:
http://www.osx86.net..._2.1_r1650.html

This is the same version as the iATKOS install.

Make sure your BIOS is set to “RAID Autodetect/ATA” not “RAID On”. The HD should be on SATA-0. I set the Boot Sequence to 1. CD Drive, 2. Onboard Sata HD.

The installation sequence is at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vHBJZbKYqI

Boot the iATKOS L2 DVD and on the Install screen go to Utilities, run Disk Utility and erase the target drive. (In the partitioning options I selected GPT.) Exit Disk Utility.
After the agreement, choose your install disk, then Customize.
The only customizations I chose were in Drivers:
Main Hardware
SATA/IDE
+ Non-AHCI SATA
VGA
nVidia
+ GF100

Network
Wired
+ Intel Gigabit

For me, the Time Remaining estimate was wildly optimistic. After the restart at the iATKOS screen I pressed F8 and chose the Lion partition to boot from. At this stage there is no sound and your graphics will probably default to 1024x768. Complete the setup and close the iCloud window because it won’t work yet.

Now fix your Sound and Graphics.
For Sound, open Rob G’s Snow Leopard zip and find VoodooHDA.kext in Extra/Extensions.
Drag it onto the Kext Utility found in Applications/Utilities/Tools and wait while it is processed. For Graphics, drag the ATY_Init.kext onto the Kext Utility. Reboot.

System Backup.

I tried cloning to a new HD with Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper. The clone would only boot by starting with the iATKOS install DVD and pressing F8 to choose the hard drive. I finally realized that Chameleon needed to be reinstalled.

Unresolved Problems:

* Sleep does not work, so make sure your Computer Energy Saver setting under System Preferences is “Never”, and disable power button sleep.
* I’d like to make the “RAID On” BIOS setting work but haven’t succeeded yet.
* iCloud/App Store access doesn’t work. I don’t yet understand how to fix this.

I welcome any suggestions for fixes or improvements.

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Unresolved Problems:
* Sleep does not work, so make sure your Computer Energy Saver setting under System Preferences is “Never”, and disable power button sleep.
* I’d like to make the “RAID On” BIOS setting work but haven’t succeeded yet.
* iCloud/App Store access doesn’t work. I don’t yet understand how to fix this.

I welcome any suggestions for fixes or improvements.


I can help you with two of your problems. To fix sleep you have to install the new SleepEnabler kext from http://code.google.c.../downloads/list
The easiest way to install it is to download Kext Utility and then drag the kext to the kext utility icon and it will autoinstall it. Sleep should be working now.

Kext Utility can be found here: http://cvad-mac.naro....Lion.ready.zip

To fix iCloud I just followed the directions at http://3rr0rists.net...ion-10-7-2.html

Basically you have to change your serial number in the smbios.plist file (located in extra folder) and add one thing to the com.apple.boot.plist

<key>EthernetBuiltIn</key>
<string>Yes</string>

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I just wanted to post my success with getting 10.7.2 running on my Dell XPS 410.

Before I start, I want to say that I have a few different components than what came originally on the xps:
  • My video card is a Nvidia 9600GT 512mb which I got running with NVEnabler.kext (attached below)
  • My onboard ethernet NIC is DEAD. I am using a Netgear GA311 (realtek 8169 chipset)
Since this has been a very long, confusing process, I'm just going to attach the extra folder including the DSDT that I use minus the NVenabler since not everyone will need that.

I used a 10.7.2 retail file with ######. SATA is on AUTO-DETECT and remains that way. I recommend just having one hard drive (your target install HD) installed and no other drives installed for the initial install. I also recommend unplugging any USB device other than mouse/keyboard/###### jump drive.

And lastly, I recommend removing ALL PCI cards other than what is required (for me is only my ethernet card). I stress the importance of this as it was the only thing preventing me from working ethernet (and of course the last troubleshooting step I had made with SEVERAL attempts before it).

My only problems right now are that:
  • I have to boot from the USB drive still since my hard drive has a 4k sector size (a known issue). I'll attempt to fix this when I care/am bored.
  • I was having issues connecting to app store and icloud, but managed to fix it with this guide:

This is after updating to 10.6.8

Ok for the app store sign in issues here is a simple fix.

First go to Extra folder and check your com.apple.Boot.plist to make sure that this string is in it,

<key>EthernetBuiltIn</key>
<string>Yes</string>

If it isn't add it restart and see if that fixes it.

If it is in there or if adding it didn't help you need to remove some other items
Go to,
System preferences/Network
You'll want to highlight each one and remove it by clicking the - tab at bottom of box.

Then go to,
Library/Preferences/System Configuration
and delete or place on desktop the NetworkInterfaces.plist


Then restart system.

After you restart you will want to go back to System Preferences/Network and
add all the things you removed starting with ethernet.

What I had noticed is that the ethernet was labeled en0 and Airport card was en1 and after update the numbers got switched. It was only switched in the NetworkInterfaces.plist but stayed the same in every other settings so it was give conflicting things while trying to log into the app store.


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Files and their sources:

* XPS410 Extravaganza, Post #1012 (Nov 22 2009, 11:46 PM) by Rob G
Snow Leopard files from
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=47FX5UWG


BigYin, thanks for the step by step. I've been MIA on this forum for a while because I was happy with my 10.5.7 install and never got SL to work on my rig. Now that my brother ruined my setup by updating the system to 10.5.8 through software update, I'm forced to redo my computer and thought I'd take another stab at updating to the Lion.

However, since the FBI shut down megaupload...does anyone have the SL files for "XPS410 Extravaganza"? Also, where can i find the iATKOS L2 DVD file???

Thanks!

ok, nevermind about the iATKOS dvd...found it on the iAtkos website...

So if I use that iAtkos Lion 10.7.2 dvd, I won't need to run any of the SL files from the megaupload site right since I won't be dealing with SL at all. c3hutson's XPS 410 DSDT and Kexts.zip files should be good enough to finish the install right? Anyway, I'll report later when I actually start the install.

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Ok, the process seemed simple enough using the iAtkos L2 dmg. Here are the settings I used to finally get mine working without KP.


Bootloader Options
-Graphics Enabler
Drivers
Main Hardware
Hardware Sensors
+CPU sensor
+nvidia vga cards
Audio
+VoodooHDA
SATA/IDE
+ Non-AHCI SATA
VGA
nVidia
+NVEnabler
Network
Wired
+Intel Gigabit

With these settings the video and audio worked right off the bat! The only extra Kext I had to install was the sleep.

I've tried the iCloud fix but it's not working. My guess is because I installed a quad core 2.4ghz processor into the socket instead of the original so there might be a conflict in the settings when it tries to sync with the Apple servers. Either way, it's not a deal breaker.

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so what hasnt been fixed? what doesnt work?

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Got my Xps 410/Dimension 9200 updated to 10.7.3 using the same way as browndogfred. Really easy to do, the only issue is the sound but I've got an extra usb sound card so I´m in no hurry!

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Just wanted to to add to the last posting, if anyone read it, that I updated the bootloader to chimera 1.8 using ######. After that the sound works without moving the sound kext!

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Hi everyone! I successfully installed iAtkos 10,7,2 on my Dimension 9200 (q6600, 8800gts 512mb) with just the settings used by sandman post 1330. I am a beginner but is there a way to update to the latest 10,7 osx version? And what about 10,8? Is it an automatic update?

Thanks in advance and sorry for my bad english....

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I recently re-acquired this machine back form a friend. I'll be looking into getting 10.7.5/10.8.2 working on it.

Check out Original Post for information and driver pack for 10.7.5 Lion. Setup for 10.8.x Forthcoming.

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Anyone here had any luck with Mountain Lion? I can only get it to boot into safe mode, and it just doesn't seem worth the effort when I have a great 10.7 install at this point...

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I had a motherboard failure on my XPS 410 so I've been out of the loop with 10.8 Mt. Lion on this machine. Good news is I've ordered a new replacement motherboard and it should be here next week. I'll play with gettting 10.8.x running on it. Hopefully I'll have good news.

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Weird, on this new motherboard (same model) I'm having trouble getting the hard drive to show up in Disk Utility, even with the proper KEXTs loaded. Back to the drawing board. I'll figure it out :)

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Hard drive problem figured out. I forgot the 410's Motherboard is really picky about RAM. I had to try about 3 or 4 different combinations of RAM placement to get one that would work. Might be a bad stick of ram or just an overly picky Motherboard.

So far I have it loaded (audio and network work great), the only issue is the Video Card (Geforce 7900GS) does not initialize properly. So I'm stuck at 1024x768 with no acceleration. Weird thing is If I boot form USB to the OS X Installer the video works fine with all the bells and whistles. I'm using the exact same kexts, exact same boot loader and exact same Extras folder on both the USB drive and on the final install. But the final install will not initialize the video no matter what settings or combinations of kexts I use. I've tried NVEnabler64.kext and Natit.kext. Strange, huh?

As soon as I can track down a Mountain Lion compatible video card I'll start in on 10.8. That should be a trip.

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Does anyone have a step-by-step guide for installing (or better yet, upgrading) to Mountain Lion on the XPS 410?

I currently have Lion 10.7.2 working on it, but can't seem to create a USB thumb drive that my machine will recognize on boot in order to install 10.8. Any post-installation guides for XPS 410 would be great too...

TIA!

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I have 10.8.3 run on this and I have a guide


10.8 on dell XPS 410 aka Dimension 9200


http://www.insanelym...dimension-9200/





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