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Warning, before start I highly recommand to save all your data !!


1. BIOS


You must disable multi-core for CPU in the Performance option.
Due to DELL BIOS restriction, we can't use both core (HPET is no supported)
(After install if you put "boot with cpus=1", you can enable it to use with windows)

2. Hard Disk Preparation

In this guide we suppose we have blank hard disk, personnaly i used Kalyway installation.
Remember with kalyway your partition's name must not contain blank or specials characters, if you don't respect this rule OS X will never boot.

2.1 Single boot OSX

- Boot on your OSX86 10.5.2 Kaliway DVD installation
- After choose your language go to Disk Utility application
- Define your partitions with file system and in options choose MBR

2.2 Dual boot OSX/Vista

In this case, I use the Darwin Bootloader to choose OS.
It will be easy to manage partitions with Hiren Boot CD or GParted

- Boot on your OSX86 10.5.2 Kaliway DVD installation
- After choose your language go to Disk Utility application
- Define your partitions with file system and in options choose MBR

Partition1 for OSX, name = "Macintosh", fs = "osx"
Partition2 for Vista, name = "Windows", fs = "fat"

- Apply then reboot your computer on Vista Installation DVD
- Install Windows Vista on partition2, don't forget to format in NTFS
- Reboot on your OSX86 10.5.2 Kaliway Installation DVD
- Install OSX following step 3, then reboot and with any partition tool set partition2 as active
- Reboot on Vista DVD and choose Repair, reboot and test Vista
- Reboot and set partition1 as active with partition tool
- Reboot and now you are able to launch OSX or Vista

3. OS X Installation

- Choose the disk where you want to install Mac OS
- In options choose :

- Fonts
- Kernel
- Graphics_Drivers
-- Nvidia_GeForce
--- NVinjectGO-512 (Choose the one for your configuration)
- Audio_Drivers
-- sigmatel_9200_inspiron_9400
- Networks_Drivers
--NONE
- Mobo_Chipset
--NONE
- Thirds Applications
--MAKE YOUR CHOICE !
- Patches
-- Hardcoded_SMBIOS
--- Lastnetkassmbios
-- Boot_with_cpus=1_flag
-- Francais_pc_keyboard_layout (for french people)

4. Sound

Sound working but some functions missing (no mute, headphones work but we can hear speakers).
For more information go to http://forum.insanel...showtopic=32859

With Kalyway 10.5.2, sound works out of the box, you just need to choose in
System Preferences, Sound, Output : Stereo Master Output

If you want to configure manually, you need 2 files :

AppleHDAPatcherv1.20.zip
Sigmatel9200.txt

- Extract the application from archive
- Drag and drop Sigmatel9200.txt to AppleHDAPatcher application
- Wait for the end of processus and reboot

5. Video

Video must work out of the box with Kalyway 10.5.2 installation DVD

My graphic card is a GeForce 7950 GTX 512 Mb. Method must be similar for others.
Have a look on http://nvinject.free.fr/ for more informations.
Mac OS detect only 256 Mb, thanks to NVinject team, now we don't need to flash card for solve this problem.

You need :

NVinjectGo.0.2.0b_512Mb.zip

- Extract the kext from archive
- Lauch Kext Helper
- Drag and drop "NVinjectGo.kext" in Kext Helper
- Type your paswword and press Easy Install
- Reboot

A the end of this guide, I upload my files for Geforce 7950 GTX, one for 10.5.2 and 10.5.3 or 10.5.4

6. Network

There is actually no method to obtain intregrated network (Broadcom 57xx, intel 3949) to work.
But you can help people from this thread http://forum.insanel...showtopic=84072 to make 3949 working !

If else you can buy another wifi card or usb network adapter, search in the forum to find a compatible model.

7. Customization

7.1 Fix CPU to one core

Not necessary if you check "Boot_with_cpus=1_flag"

To fix this issue without disabling multi-core within the BIOS, load up
Terminal (Applications/Utilities/) from within OS X, then type:

sudo nano /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist

edit the Kernel Flags accordingly:

<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string>cpus=1</string>


This will force your Mac installation to utilize only one core of the CPU without having to disable Multi-core in the BIOS.


8. Conclusion


There is a lot of options in Kalyway 10.5.2, i could missed something important.

You want to correct my english (i'm french), there is no offense.
If I wrote something wrong, you want to update this thread (for your graphic card for example)
or if I don't respect forum rules, just PM me ! :)

Many Thanks to Kaly, Taruga, NVinject Team, devilhood for his Dell Inspiron Guide
and all the OSX86/Insanelymac Communauty for help and advice


Updated 04/08/2008

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it works for me!

thx m8 for this guide :P
hopefully waiting now for the network patches :)

greetz

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Great guide. Sadly there isn't much point in going through all this until they get the wifi working.

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Wonderful guide. My XPS has absolutely everything working but the headphones jack (even mute works!) - although I had to do some extra searching for different drivers for the audio, still worked. Surprised to hear others don't have wifi working, as mine worked upon install. MANY MANY thanks as this OS is now my undisputed fav. With this hardware and performance + Leopard the XPS m1710 is truly an extremely powerful machine (not to mention a dual boot with XP for gaming and certain downloading capabilities).

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*Cheers*

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Thanks guys for comments,
I will publish soon a new guide for Kalyway 10.5.2 DVD installation, seems better.

I made some tests and want feedbacks about temperature and fans.

Did you notice problems ?
Did your GPU and CPU fans worked correctly ?
Did you play with these files :
  • AppleCPUThermo.kext
  • AppleThermal.kext
  • AppleCPUPowerManagement.kext
  • AppleACPIthermal.kext in AppleACIPIPlatform
If you want to monitor hardware, look for Temperature Monitor
If you want to bench, try CINEBENCH R10

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Awesome, can't wait for the 10.5.2 guide so I can do a fresh install!

After Kalyway 10.5.2 update (and kernals), did try the AppleCPUPowerManagement.kext and it screwed up the mac boot. Would get to the Apple loading screen and after abt 10 secs. received a "You must restart your computer..." error. Had to delete the kext by booting the install dvd (could not do it through -s) and use terminal. Solution to that was install the 10.5.1 version of AppleCPUPowerManagement.kext.

In 10.5.2 -
- Bluetooth is not working (did in 10.5.1),
- Hardware information in Profile Editor shows "There was an error while gathering this information." (showed info. in 10.5.1),
- Audio (Built-In) shows "No Built-in Audio" (although I have sound - both 'Subwoofer' control and 'Stereo Master Output' control)
~(Tried mac.nub's AppleSMBIOS.kext (which said would fix all these problems) but still no luck)~
- Headphones jack does not work (Weird tho - when I plug the headphones in noise is heard for a split second but cuts off),
- Computer goes into screen saver (even with screen saver disabled),
- Chess does not work (as soon as program starts, receive error "You must restart your computer...")
- Have yet to gain use of BOTH CORES.. still using cpus=1 method (If someone can get this going we could have a 'scary' machine)
...This is what I've found so far - just minor things (except for bluetooth and Core support!), but I havn't tried everything yet...


~iSOJO

P.S. Tried to be as detailed as possible - and picky :( - (to help others with same problems).

Hope my feedback helps

~THANKS AGAIN~

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SoJo - are you having an issue with LCD sleep and black screening on wake?

I used the 10.5.2 Kalyway build and the only issues I have are:

Chess crashes requiring a reboot
3945 and Broadcomm are dead in the water
LCD and System sleep cause a black screen on wake

Other than that, OSX looks cool on the M1710. I'm having fun with it since the last MAC I owned had OS 8 on it... LOL

Look forward to your 10.5.2 Guide Frak...


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Hi all,

Guide updated for Kalyway 10.5.2.
Everythings work fine except network !

Now we can see battery in menu bar !

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Thanks for updating Fr3ak! When I installed using Kalyway 10.5.2 I checked the box in Customize to disable the second Core. It was automatic and didn't require any additional work on my part. Again thanks for the update...

Also, I actually had to implement the USB FLash Drive fix found - HERE

Are you having the sleep issue I described above? If not, I may just wipe the install and start over to see if that corrects it. Hmmmmm...

Let us know when you figure out how to adjust the XPS LEDs :hysterical: hehehe

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Hello XPS_M1710,

You're right i forgot to mention CPU=1 fix, i must see where in the installation menu this option is.

I have no prob with USB drive, keys or externals disks work fine

I think Chess crash because it's a 64 bits application, i have same error
I had your sleep prob and blank LCD only one time, the other time it's work like a charm (except i need reboot for my USB Wifi key)

It will be worderfull if a coder make an application to let us play with XPS LED !

I'm happy to see our little M1710 community here :(

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I continue testing Kalyway 10.5.2 installation and have different results with Xbench.
Please, can you give me your results and the kernel you use ?

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Hate to sound like a noob, but is there a way to see after installation which kernel I am using? I am not ready to reinstall as things are fairly stable for now - I dont remember which kernel I selected when I installed it last week.

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Well, I reinstalled using the default kernel (sleep) and sleep now works fine. About reports my core as solo though. My previous install was Speedstep and that reported my core as Duo. I know it is disabled and running as solo but it was nice to see. Sleep is buggy however. I may go back to using the speedstep kernel. Also noted that using the volume media keys - volume raises and lowers, mute also works however if you listen closely, it adjusts your subwoofer volume as well. More testing to follow and I'll also post bench results tomorrow.

May also try Leo4All and see if that works any better.

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I don't remember where to see your kernel, but with Kalyway you can choose your kernel.

At boot, type F8 then type the kernel you want to load

sleepkernel
speedstepkernel
modbinkernel
vanillakernel
kabylkernel

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I installed 10.5.2 kaliway and used the Sleep kernel.
Sleep is working but when I shut down my system it turns its self on after a while.
And the other thing, Toast is not working. Could it be because of my Graphics card.

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shaanky98, do you talk about an xps m1710 system ?

To answer you, I never use Toast and never have you shutdown problem.
I use vanilla kernel and speedstep.

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shaanky98, do you talk about an xps m1710 system ?

To answer you, I never use Toast and never have you shutdown problem.
I use vanilla kernel and speedstep.


Sorry fr3ak! I didn't notice this thread was for xps m1710 only.
Iwill try to use vanilla kernel and speedstep as well thanks.

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Ah! I have just changed my graphics card to GeForce 7300 LE and Toast is working now.

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wow nice work guys!

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Good guide Fr3ak, I used this guide when I started the Hackintosh world :)

I have pretty much the same config now, no Ethernet, no Wifi. I was wondering if using any VMware could compensate that?

Using Vanilla Kernel, and testing some Sonotone drivers now (http://forum.insanel...showtopic=97966).

I had first problem configuring my GeForce 7950 GTX 512Mb.
But after following this guide it helped :
http://forum.insanel...resolution 7950

When I rebooted, it still didn't work, but adding the latest nVinject 0.2.1 512mb, the display was fix.


I'm now trial booting with Vista, uBuntu, and OSX :)





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