Jump to content

Dell Inspiron 17R Notebook (Inspiron 7720) - Can run Mac OS X


  • Please log in to reply
199 replies to this topic

#1
Coasterghost

Coasterghost

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 23 posts
Here are the Specs.

SYSTEM Inspiron 17R Notebook (Inspiron 7720)
PROCESSOR 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM processor (6M Cache, up to 3.3 GHz)
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64-Bit, English
MEMORY 8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
HARD DRIVE 2TB 5400RPM SATA HDD + 32GB mSATA SSD w/ Intel Smart Response
VIDEO CARD Nvidia GeForce GT 650M 2GB w/ 3D Glasses
INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE Blu-ray Disc (BD) RE with Cyberlink Power DVD 9.6 (Blu-Ray)
SYSTEM COLOR Stealth Black Anodized Aluminum 3D
DISPLAY 17.3" 3D Full High Definition (1080p) LED Display with Truelife
BATTERY OPTIONS 48 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Battery
WIRELESS CARDS Intel® Centrino® Wireless 2230, 2x2 bgn + Bluetooth
SOUND Skullcandy Speakers with WaveMaxx 4.0
NETWORK CARD Integrated 10/100 Network Card
KEYBOARD Dell Backlit Keyboard with Multi-touch Touchpad, English-Int'l
POWER CORD Power cord, 125V, 3.2 Feet, US
ADOBE & ENTERTAINMENT Adobe Elements 9.0 Photoshop and Premiere Bundle
DATASAFE DataSafe 2.0 Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
WIRELESS DRIVER Intel® Centrino® Wireless 2230, 2x2 bgn + Bluetooth

A speedy Response is really appreciated!

#2
ThibaultAnd

ThibaultAnd

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 40 posts
Hi there,

I'm also interested whether this laptop (The same 17R SE 7720 : http://www.materiel....7720-80006.html) can run OSX since it has almost the same specs as the MBP retina. I Believe It's possible but I can't try since I don't have the laptop yet.

Thanks.

#3
Coasterghost

Coasterghost

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 23 posts
Here is More Infomation, I can provide DETAILED infomation on the 21st (I get the unit the 20th) here is more info. ocessor Help Me Choose
  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3210M processor (3M Cache, up to 3.1 GHz)
  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM processor (6M Cache, up to 3.3 GHz)

Operating SystemHelp Me Choose

  • Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64-Bit, English

Memory3Help Me Choose

  • 8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory

Chipset

  • Mobile Intel® 7 Series Express Chipset (HM77)

Video CardHelp Me Choose

  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GDDR5 2GB
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GDDR5 2GB w/ 3D Glasses

Display

  • 17.3" Full High Definition (1080p) LED Display with Anti-Glare
  • 17.3" 3D Full High Definition (1080p) LED Display with Truelife

Audio and Speakers

  • 3 Skullcandy Speakers (including subwoofer) with Waves MaxxAudio® 4.0

Hard Drive Help Me Choose

  • Up to 2000GB6 SATA hard drive (5400RPM)

Optical Drive

  • 8x DVD+/-RW (standard)
    Blu-ray Disc™ combo (reads Blu-ray Disc™ & writes to CD/DVD) (optional)
    Blu-ray Disc RW (writes Blu-ray, DVD&CD) (optional - availability may vary by region)

Power

  • 6-cell 48WHr Li-Ion Battery

    90W AC Power Adapter (standard) / 130W AC Power Adapter (standard with 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 quad core processors and discrete graphics)

Camera

  • Native HD 1.0 MP webcam with digital microphone

Wireless

  • Wi-Fi Bluetooth Options:
    Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230 + BT 4.0

    Wired communications:
    Integrated ethernet 10/100

Ports, Slots & Chassis

  • Color, Material & Finish:
    Matching display back and palmrest in Stealth Black Anodized Aluminum with precision etched honeycomb design.

    Keyboard:
    Standard full size chiclet keyboard w/ 10-key numpad;(Backlit option - availability may vary be region) spill-resistant

    Externally Accessible
    (3) USB 3.0 + (1) USB 3.0 PowerShare;
    RJ45 Ethernet (10/100),
    HDMI™ v1.4a,
    VGA,
    Headphone jack,
    Microphone jack

    Multi-media Card Reader
    Digital (SD) Memory Card
    Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
    Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)
    Multi Media Card (MMC)
    MultiMedia Card plus (MMC+)
    Memory Stick (MS)
    Memory Stick PRO (MS Pro)

    Dimensions & Weight
    Width: 16.4” (416.8mm)
    Height: 1.27” (31.9mm) front / 1.47” (37.37mm) back
    Depth: 10.87” (276mm)
    Starting weight of 7.23 lbs (3.28 kg)


#4
stoneyjonez

stoneyjonez

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 5 posts
First of all, just listing the system specs doesn't allow anyone to truely know whether you will have any issues or not. If you're asking "Is this a good set of hardware to run OS X smoothly?", I would say absolutely. I actually purchased the 7520 model (Inspiron 15R Special Edition) and will most likely be installing OS X today or later this week, so I'll let you know the full details after that if you want. The hardware is very similar. The main difference I see here is that mine has ATI graphics, but video is usually the least of your worries when setting up a Hackintosh. I'll let you know how it goes...

#5
ThibaultAnd

ThibaultAnd

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 40 posts
Finally got the Inspiron 7720

I didn't manage to enable HD4000 (Even with tutorial) nor 650m (I heard it was supported natively but It is not (or if it is I would like to know)), Wifi obviously doesn't work OOT (no intel wifi card in MBP).
Got full resolution 1920x1080 by adding "Graphics Mode"="1920x1080x32" but no hardware acceleration.
Sound doesn't work. Ethernet doesn't work either (recognized (kind of, random KP) but no IP address).
Bluetooth is the only think which works natively... (No trackpad by the way, you will have to use the mouse after the install (although it works during installation)

I don't understand why there isn't any topic about the 650m, which is very common in the new MBP (There is a GTX680 Thread, why not 650m ?)
I installed it a day ago, that is why a few things works.

Hope someone could help us...

#6
giz_modo

giz_modo

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
Hello,
I also got the 7720 yesterday and the first thing I tried after unboxing is installing ML :)
I used ML+Chameleon/Chimera/######, but all i get with either method (and trying all all available boot options) is the famous "still waiting for root device" error message. Can you explain which method with which settings you used to at least get a somewhat working installation to have a starting point for addressing the other issues?

Any help is appreciated,
Thomas

#7
stoneyjonez

stoneyjonez

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 5 posts
Haven't you guys ever done this before?? You need to get all the right kexts installed and all will work... I think I'm gonna go ahead and start mine now...

#8
treyhamilton25

treyhamilton25

    InsanelyMac Geek

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 134 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Maverick Hunter HQ
  • Interests:Hackintoshing
http://www.insanelym...howtopic=281800
Try this post here. It's not the exact specs of your machine but should work. It worked on my MSi Notebook too. Just have to change my signature a bit now. :) Somehow or another the tutorial was all messed up, but I got it cleaned up for the most part. If you have issues with it pm me and I'll help as much as possible. ;)

#9
ThibaultAnd

ThibaultAnd

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 40 posts

Hello,
I also got the 7720 yesterday and the first thing I tried after unboxing is installing ML :)
I used ML+Chameleon/Chimera/######, but all i get with either method (and trying all all available boot options) is the famous "still waiting for root device" error message. Can you explain which method with which settings you used to at least get a somewhat working installation to have a starting point for addressing the other issues?

Any help is appreciated,
Thomas


I had this problem too... I had to use another stick to bypass the still waiting for root device (Altough the first stick used to work but I don't understand why it stopped working...) ;)

Haven't you guys ever done this before?? You need to get all the right kexts installed and all will work... I think I'm gonna go ahead and start mine now...


I have ever done this before with a desktop pc (9600GT, Core 2 Quad, Atheros Wifi, Asus motherboard and other stuffs) and EVERYTHING WORKED EVEN SLEEPING so don't tell me I haven't done that before... And no, you have sometimes have to patch the kext (like injecting some device id) to get it to work... I have the right kext for my HD4000 since it's supported natively thanks to the 2012 MBP but we have to patch it to enable QE/CI and I didn't manage to work...


http://www.insanelym...howtopic=281800
Try this post here. It's not the exact specs of your machine but should work. It worked on my MSi Notebook too. Just have to change my signature a bit now. :) Somehow or another the tutorial was all messed up, but I got it cleaned up for the most part. If you have issues with it pm me and I'll help as much as possible. ;)


I'll check it when i'll have time, thank you for your help :)

#10
treyhamilton25

treyhamilton25

    InsanelyMac Geek

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 134 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Maverick Hunter HQ
  • Interests:Hackintoshing
No problem. :) Glad I can help. Just doing my part. :D

#11
stoneyjonez

stoneyjonez

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 5 posts

I have ever done this before with a desktop pc (9600GT, Core 2 Quad, Atheros Wifi, Asus motherboard and other stuffs) and EVERYTHING WORKED EVEN SLEEPING so don't tell me I haven't done that before... And no, you have sometimes have to patch the kext (like injecting some device id) to get it to work... I have the right kext for my HD4000 since it's supported natively thanks to the 2012 MBP but we have to patch it to enable QE/CI and I didn't manage to work...

I asked a question. I didn't say that you hadn't done it before. Calm down lol.

#12
ThibaultAnd

ThibaultAnd

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 40 posts

I asked a question. I didn't say that you hadn't done it before. Calm down lol.


Ok, I'm sorry then. I was tired, that's why I thought it wasn't a question lol

#13
ThibaultAnd

ThibaultAnd

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 40 posts
I ask for some help in the forum. Rampage_dev is trying to help us making our cg to work thanks to a custom DSDT. Feel free to try, ask him questions and tell him what you got so we could get (at least) our 650m to work :)
http://www.insanelym...0

#14
ThibaultAnd

ThibaultAnd

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 40 posts
Did somebody manage to do something with the laptop ?

#15
rpriyana

rpriyana

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 16 posts
I just bought the Inspiron 15 R SE 7520.
Managed to partially install it, but because I am so new to the hackintosh, I didn't know the right steps.
In my case, installing ML.
Here goes:
1) create the installer boot stick
2) inject the following kexts
2870-DP3.kexts.zip
2870-PXHCDv1.0.8.kext.zip
(these two all from here http://www.osx86.net...do=file&id=2870)

PS2 kexts.zip
(from http://www.insanelym...1)

the first 2 to allow the use of USB 3.0, hence eliminating the "waiting for root device"
the last for the inbuild keyboard and trackpad.

3)Install as usual (partitioning, bla,bla as per this guide
http://www.insanelym...howtopic=280756

Edit: boot using parameter -v GraphicsEnabler=No PCIRootUID=0

I got it installed and boot to usb again and select the OS disk , which is a wrong step.
I must do this with the Kexts (as per the guide)

3.B Fixing the OS X install

1. From the installer go to Utilities and Terminal.

2. Type cp –R /System/Library/Extensions/NullCPUPowerManagement.kext /Volumes/"OS X"/System/Library/Extensions/
3. Type cp –R /System/Library/Extensions/FakeSMC.kext /Volumes/"OS X"/System/Library/Extensions/
3b. Type cp –R /System/Library/Extensions/<those kexts> /Volumes/"OS X"/System/Library/Extensions/
4. Type reboot

I was too stupid to think once I injected the kexts to the installer USB, it will get installed to the HDD during install.

So, this is where I stop today.



I will continue with more (DSDT stuff) once I get further.


Edit: Continue


Ok, I am supposed to put the Essential stuff from the guide linked to above.

Unzipped them into the installer USB stick,

I boot from USB but select the HDD, successfully boot into and continue with the install/setup with keyboard and trackpad working.

So far so good.

As per the guide,

Part 4 – Booting ML
1. Reboot your system and boot to the USB stick again but this time select your OS X install. This should boot you into your installed copy of ML.
2. Open "System Preferences" go-to "Security and Privacy", click the lock and give it your password then set "Allow applications downloaded from" to anywhere.
3. Navigate to your folder of essential software and run the chameleon package, install it to your OS X drive.
4. Copy the Extra folder on your USB drive to the root of your HDD (open Finder -> Go -> Computer -> OS X -> paste folder).
5. Reboot and let the computer boot from your HDD, select OS X and it should boot straight to ML.


No, didn't happen.

I get

boot0: GPT

boot0: test

boot0: test

boot0: GPT

boot0: test

boot0: test

boot0: error


I read that this could be due the 4K sector disk, I have a 1TB WD disk in the Inspiron,

so now testing this method:

http://www.insanelym...howtopic=278198

so, using my ubuntu netbook boot usb, I did the dd command


done, reboot and get a proper boot greeting,

supplied the -v GraphicsEnabler=No PCIRootUID=0



Ok, I need more readings, or if anyone can help.

1) when boot from USB stick and choose my HDD, I boot with working trackpad and keyboard, but when boot off HDD, trackpad is not working. How is this explained?
2) My ethernet card is detected and has mac address, but I can't connect to my LAN. Neither DHCP nor manually set. I need to sniff the traffic but pulling my hair now
3) DSDT Editor can't run, need Java, and I have no network. Stressed...

Edited by rpriyana, 28 August 2012 - 12:08 PM.


#16
ThibaultAnd

ThibaultAnd

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 40 posts
1) It's the same case for me, I tried to copy the trackpad .kext from Extra/Extensions (I've installed Chimera 1.11.1) to System/Library/Extensions. It worked partially because it made "random moves" when you touch the trackpad... Now it doesn't work anymore and i don't know why...
2) Also the same thing, plus some random kernel panics due to the Ethernet card kext... (Realtek8189something.kext)
3) You need to download Java for mac here : http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1515 : Put it on a USB/External HDD/whateveryouwant and DSDT Editor should work. :)

#17
rpriyana

rpriyana

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 16 posts

1) It's the same case for me, I tried to copy the trackpad .kext from Extra/Extensions (I've installed Chimera 1.11.1) to System/Library/Extensions. It worked partially because it made "random moves" when you touch the trackpad... Now it doesn't work anymore and i don't know why...
2) Also the same thing, plus some random kernel panics due to the Ethernet card kext... (Realtek8189something.kext)
3) You need to download Java for mac here : http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1515 : Put it on a USB/External HDD/whateveryouwant and DSDT Editor should work. :)


Hi ThibaultAnd,

I will try the java today.
I am still a noob in this stuff.
What actually the DSDT Editor will do for me.
The other guide wasn't so clear for me. It gather my device details? and how does it help adding drivers for me.
Also the guide didn't mention anything about #####.
Do I need that to get my devices detected as well.
Very puzzling about the trackpad thing. It wasn't working in usb installer until I put the PS2 kext, and yet the same PS2 kext doesn't work in the HDD.

Edit: also, can you guide me on how to get my display working nicely. Mine also HD4000 and nvidia 650M
Now I use the GraphicsEnabler=No option on boot.

#18
ThibaultAnd

ThibaultAnd

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 40 posts

Hi ThibaultAnd,

I will try the java today.
I am still a noob in this stuff.
What actually the DSDT Editor will do for me.
The other guide wasn't so clear for me. It gather my device details? and how does it help adding drivers for me.
Also the guide didn't mention anything about #####.
Do I need that to get my devices detected as well.
Very puzzling about the trackpad thing. It wasn't working in usb installer until I put the PS2 kext, and yet the same PS2 kext doesn't work in the HDD.

Edit: also, can you guide me on how to get my display working nicely. Mine also HD4000 and nvidia 650M
Now I use the GraphicsEnabler=No option on boot.


Hi rpriyana,
Using DSDT Editor will help you to edit your DSDT and patch it so your hardware could be "better" supported : once you patch your dsdt and put it in Chimera, it will recognize the hardware but it doesn't mean it will works since you always need the use of kext. It's not compulsory, but it's better if your dsdt is patched (faster boot, less kernel panics)
I didn't patched myself, rampagedev actually patched for me, so if you need help about dsdt patching or DSDT Editor, just ask him ;).

I'm stuck on not getting fully hardware acceleration... I only just get full resolution by adding GraphicsMode="1920x1080x32" in the boot.plist.

#19
oletorvmark

oletorvmark

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
Hi !

I Have an Inspiron 17 R Notebook, and I have gotten HD4000 to work with acceleration and the DSDT posted in this post.

Here is what I added to my org.chameleon.Boot.plist :

<key>device-properties</key>
<string>7f0000000100000001000000730000000200000002010c00d041030a000000000101060000027fff04002c0000004100410050004c002c00690067002d0070006c006100740066006f0072006d002d006900640000000800000004006601140000006800640061002d0067006600780000000d0000006f6e626f6172642d31</string>

This is described as the 01660004 option described here :

http://www.tonymacx8...ble-hd4000.html

My acceleration is functioning properly with semi-transparent menu bar and all.

So now we need to figure out how to get the nVidia 650m :)

Hope this helps someone :)

Ole A.

#20
rpriyana

rpriyana

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 16 posts

Hi rpriyana,
Using DSDT Editor will help you to edit your DSDT and patch it so your hardware could be "better" supported : once you patch your dsdt and put it in Chimera, it will recognize the hardware but it doesn't mean it will works since you always need the use of kext. It's not compulsory, but it's better if your dsdt is patched (faster boot, less kernel panics)
I didn't patched myself, rampagedev actually patched for me, so if you need help about dsdt patching or DSDT Editor, just ask him ;).

I'm stuck on not getting fully hardware acceleration... I only just get full resolution by adding GraphicsMode="1920x1080x32" in the boot.plist.


Hi ThibaultAnd,
Yes, I have got his reply with edited DSDT.aml, so no need to do further patching on DSDT? He seems to say it was just cleaned up to basic or something?

And we have very similar hardware, although I I only have 1366x726x32 display.
Can you share with me what other kexts you are adding, apart from perhaps the PS2 and the DP3/PXHCD ?


Hi !

I Have an Inspiron 17 R Notebook, and I have gotten HD4000 to work with acceleration and the DSDT posted in this post.

Here is what I added to my org.chameleon.Boot.plist :

<key>device-properties</key>
<string>7f0000000100000001000000730000000200000002010c00d041030a000000000101060000027fff04002c0000004100410050004c002c00690067002d0070006c006100740066006f0072006d002d006900640000000800000004006601140000006800640061002d0067006600780000000d0000006f6e626f6172642d31</string>

This is described as the 01660004 option described here :

http://www.tonymacx8...ble-hd4000.html

My acceleration is functioning properly with semi-transparent menu bar and all.

So now we need to figure out how to get the nVidia 650m :)

Hope this helps someone :)

Ole A.


Thanks Ole,
I will add that string.
Did you get your trackpad working as well?
I might want to get wifi dongle as well. Been thinking about either doing that or get a AR5B195 combo card, but need to dismantle quite a bit of the new laptop.

BTW,
Any of you guys use smbios.plist ? which one works for the 17R SE?





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

© 2014 InsanelyMac  |   News  |   Forum  |   Downloads  |   OSx86 Wiki  |   Mac Netbook  |   PHP hosting by CatN  |   Designed by Ed Gain  |   Logo by irfan  |   Privacy Policy