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i extract the ssdts, but i have 9 ssdt! i open a new topic...can you help me?
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Hello And could you make an image of the hard disk installed OS?

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Hi lenjenk. Thank u for your work my 17R SE 7720 (same specs as your Inspiron) is a much better "mac" thanks to u.
One Issue: I used Your DSDT file in order to disable the Nvidia 650 and it did. but, i have win8 on my other disk. When i boot windows i found that the nvidia card disappears and i had to re-flash the bios in order to get it back!
Do You know something about that? it happend to me twice and than i got back to your original DSDT file, Which leaves the Nvidia card working. (is there any possible damage to the 650 graphic card in that case?)
Thanks A lot. I have more Questions but i'll save them for later.

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Hello And could you make an image of the hard disk installed OS?


What do you mean?

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@satyamo i use the latest bios, the A12 thingy...
I do not use Windows anymore, since a week or 2, but i would advice you contact Dell about it, if...The card gives the same problems in Windows, when you do not boot using the bootloader.
Boot with F12, and select the Windows HDD.

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Post has been updated, think i'm done, anything i missed?

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Thank you for update, are your Clover files somehow tweaked? I am asking if it worth to replace my current confing with yours...

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Not really, think i have the optimal setup for my system, but i still get a kernel panic from time to time when booting, the config:
Spoiler


Loading with kexts somehow does not work, still had to place them in /System/Library/Extensions :/

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I can see in your signature something in Speedstep/Sleep that it is done via Clover injection, also in the config you have some C states etc. I dont have these, but I did not had kernel panic, never(since succesfull config) but sometimes I experince shutdown issues, it did not shut down or it take toooooo much time...

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Thanks a lot for the guide bro!
Got my DELL to dual-boot Windows 8 x64 (EFI) and MAC OS X 10.8.3 (EFI) using Clover......

had some issues of losing Windows Boot record. Fixed it... If anyone encounters any problem of losing Windows 8 boot record after this tutorial, I am giving up the solution here...

You will need the Windows 8 EFI enabled boot media (USB/DVD).


Firstly, boot from a UEFI Windows 8 recovery disk (CD/DVD/USB) - I found that the automated recovery process didn't find the correct Windows partition, nor when I managed to add it to BCD settings would it make it reliably bootable e.g. using BCDEDIT I got it to find and launch the Windows partition but it refused to cold boot or would not "keep" the settings after a 2nd reboot or power off.

Go into the Advanced options and run the Command Prompt.

Use DISKPART tool to ensure you have all the right partitions - key thing here is your EFI partition being FAT32

DISKPART> sel disk 0

Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> list vol

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
Volume 0 E DVD-ROM 0 B No Media
Volume 1 C NTFS Partition 195 GB Healthy Boot
Volume 2 WINRE NTFS Partition 400 MB Healthy Hidden
Volume 3 FAT32 Partition 260 MB Healthy System

I then assigned a drive letter to the EFI partition

DISKPART> sel vol 3

Volume 3 is the selected volume.

DISKPART> assign letter=b:

DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.

Exit DiskPart tool and at the command prompt run the following -

cd /d b:\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\

bootrec /fixboot

Delete or rename the BCD file

ren BCD BCD.bak

Use bcdboot.exe to recreate BCD store

bcdboot c:\Windows /l en-gb /s b: /f ALL

The /f ALL parameter updates the BIOS settings including UEFI firmware/NVRAM, /l en-gb is to localise for UK/GB locale, it will default to US English

Reboot and cross your fingers. :)

Windows 8 will boot directly, bypassing Clover. Don't Panic, you have not lost your clover! :)

reboot, keep pressing F2 to enter BIOS setup, go to BOOT tab and move Clover bootloader to the top using '+' key. Exit saving changes.

Voila! Enjoy CLOVER!!!!


Also, I need a help..

My touchpad stopped working after Clover took over from Chimera.. :(

The touchpad only worked under Chimera 1.1 Bootloader, not under chameleon or even Chimera 2.1..

I am using the ApplePS2 Kext you provided!!! PLZ HELP!!!!!


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About the touchpad, install the ApplePS2Controller.kext to /System/Library/Extensions.
Rebuild the kernel cache, or boot with -f, all should be fine after that :)

Thanks for the guide.
The automated recovery will not work when the Windows partition is not set as the active partition. I do not recommend using that recovery option, the above is the best way to not wreck your OS X installation :)

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Nope... that didn't work.

I tried Kext Utility that rebuilds the Kext Cache and restarted => Touchpad did not work.

I booted with -f argument => Touchpad did not work... :(

I have to use an external mouse every time.... :/

Plz help!

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What arguments do you use when booting with clover?
Did you change anything, or just copied the package i provided?

It's strange that the touchpad only works with 1 specific boot loader.

Attached my current PS2controller, works under 10.8.3 with Clover, if not, open terminal and type the following:
sudo -s
password
chown root:admin /
kextcache -system-prelinked-kernel
kextcache -system-caches

It will rebuild the kext and kernel caches.

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Hey Bro!

I tried your commands:



kextcache -system-prelinked-kernel


it returned with an error:

bash-3.2# kextcache -system-prelinked-kernel
Kernel file /mach_kernel does not contain requested arch: i386
kxld[com.apple.iokit.IOAHCIBlockStorage]: The following symbols are unresolved for this kext:
kxld[com.apple.iokit.IOAHCIBlockStorage]: IOAHCIDevice::SetRecoveryState(bool)
Link failed (error code 5).
Prelink failed for com.apple.iokit.IOAHCIBlockStorage; aborting prelink.
Failed to generate prelinked kernel.

However I proceeded with the next command which displayed no errors.

I do not think the process was completed, but will report if touchpad started working or not after the restart....

One thing more, I am experiencing a hang of few secs and subsequent restart of the computer....It happens with no specific pattern..... its like, mac randomly decides to reboot if it experiences a hang....

I have used your downloaded files ONLY. Nothing else. btw, the EXTRA folder is still in place.

I guess m in some weird s*^&!, experiencing Unique errors!!! :/

Thank you for your help!

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Ya, Touchpad did not work after all the fixes... :(

Have to carry my mice hangin' with my laptop! :(

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ok. Sometimes the fault is so small that you become too big to spot it... :pyth:

I feel stupid. :blush: :blowup:

That Kext Utilty App I was using to install the ApplePS2Controller somehow decided not to work but displayed SUCCESS reports!!!

Kext Utility :laser:

I checked the S/L/E folder for ApplePS2Controller... It was not there! :wacko:

Copied-Pasted-manually
Repaired permissions, used Kext Utility to build cache... rebooted....
Yup, TOUCHPAD STARTED WORKING!!
:lol:
:D
Thanks for the help Lejenk! :) :thumbsup_anim:
:yoji:

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Glad you got it working :D

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Glad it works now, what a dumb issue, would have never thought of that. :blink: (But now i know why i gave up on Kext Utility when i switched to ML :P)
May i recommend using Kext Drop, it will install the kexts with the right permissions, but for rebuilding the caches you would have to type the above commands, or use another utility to do so.

Perhaps i should have thought of this earlier, another way to test if a kext is installed (do not try it with system essential kexts, will probably give a kernel panic)
Open terminal and type:
kextload /System/Library/Extensions/kextname.kext
Will return something like this if the kext is not found:

/System/Library/Extensions/kextname.kext failed to load - (libkern/kext) not found; check the system/kernel logs for errors or try kextutil(8).

Also:
Kernel file /mach_kernel does not contain requested arch: i386

is nothing to worry about, i have the same issue when rebuilding the cache, but it does rebuild. I do not know about the other errors, and could not find anything specific on it :/


I can see in your signature something in Speedstep/Sleep that it is done via Clover injection, also in the config you have some C states etc. I dont have these, but I did not had kernel panic, never(since succesfull config) but sometimes I experince shutdown issues, it did not shut down or it take toooooo much time...


Have the same issue since 10.8.3, good news on the other hand, after reinstalling, the kernel panics did not occur anymore.

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Thanks! I wil try that Kext Drop app.

Well, any update about the sleep issue??

I am also getting black screen on wake up.. :(

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Nope. My notebook has been in and out of repairs, they should fix it properly in 1 time, ah well. And due some personal issues i did not bother to look into the problem any further. I'm waiting for 10.8.4 and just hope the problem solves itself, but i doubt it.

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I followed the guide, to a point. I have not gone the extra mile to install Clover as my bootloader, yet... a little wary of that.
Question I have is this... what's the safe way to upgrade the OS?
My install went 10.8.2, and App Store is telling me that the following updates are available for my machine:
iTunes 11.0.2 (I assume this one should be relatively safe?)
OS X Update 10.8.3 (this one I am afraid of...)
Airport Utility (also, should be okay, right? or will it mess with my wifi? I bought a Broadcom-based wifi card, so I have wifi working inside my machine)
MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0 (really unsure what this does, but it mentions graphics, which seem to be a sticking point with this laptop)

Any advice as to what is safe to update and what I should avoid, or the best method to go about doing said upgrades, would be greatly appreciated!

Dell Inspiron 17" 7720 SE, 8GB RAM, 250GB HD (in second HD bay) running 10.8.2





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