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Installed 10.6.3 on Dell 1525, help to upgrade

06 September 2012 - 05:17 PM

Ok, this is my first post and I've been doing a lot of reading and guides and upgrading info, but everytime I upgrade (trying to get to 10.6.8), something inevitably fails. So I thought I'd start over, get just my base system, then get some hints and tips about what avenue I should take.

My system:
Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop
Intel Core2Duo T7250 at 2.00GHz
2x2gb DDR2 RAM
Broadcom 9843x wifi (N and not stock card)
Intel 2gb Turbo Memory mPCIe
The dreaded X3100 graphics on a 965 chipset
SATA Seagate 750GB Momentus 7200RPM HDD

I seem to have QE/CI working (can open Front Row and Chess)
I have NOT placed a DSDT.aml file and am using the 'sleep trick' on boot up (I have a DSDT from when I tried this on 10.5.x 2 years ago.
I have done a pmset hibernatemode 0 to prevent sleep

I used iAtkos S3 v2 for the initial install, due to problems installing from SL DVD.
I used these Options on install:
Chameleon v2 RC5
/Extra Directory
USB patch
AHCI SATA driver
Voodoo PS/2
Voodoo Power
EVO Speedstep
Card Reader
TSC Sync
Intel EFI String
Natit (32 bit)
GMA X3100 with Frambuffer (32 bit)
Broadcom wireless

What I'm looking to gain from the forum:

About This Mac reports the CPU as 1.81GHz (even under load)
Sleep doesn't work
Want to get to 10.6.8

I am not HUGELY brilliant when it comes to OS X, but have played with Windows since 3.10, and am mainly doing this as a hobby and to play with programs like Aperture and Final Cut for photos/video of the family. I want to eventually get a MBP, but don't want to dish out 2Gs if the gains of photo/video aren't worth it.

I can post whatever screenshots, files (might need help finding them) or whatever other info needed for everyone to help. I've tried the ###### upgrade path, nocyzek and a couple others that I can't remember right off hand (can find them if needed).

What do you think, on a virgin system to get the best out of it? Should I go through upgrades individually (.4, .5, .6 etc) changing the sleep enabler and pmversion? Do I need to do anything special for my dsdt to make it 'more compatible' to the hardware I have (I had a base system when I put Leopard on it)? I'm an open book, up for suggestions...

Thanks everyone!!

Next steps help needed on Dell 1525

15 September 2011 - 07:54 PM

OK, first time post. I've had my Dell 1525 running OS X for quite a while now. I originally had Leopard and made the jump to SL. It's been running great, dual booted with Windows 7. I got extremely busy and put off playing with my hackintosh for far too long, and want to get it back up to speed. I previously played with it, started getting KPs so I went back to what I had and put it off.

Firstly, my hardware config:
Inspiron 1525 running SL 10.6.6
Core2Duo T7250 (1.86GHz)
Seagate 5400rpm HDD (really need to change that!!)
Dell 350 Bluetooth module (I think it's the 350)
Intel 2GB flash cache module
Broadcomm BCM94312 b/g/n adapter
Good ole Intel graphics
Loaded originally with iAtkos if memory serves me right, cause I couldn't get the Boot132 with original DVD method working.

So the questions... I updated to 10.6.8, changed the PMVersion to 23 and got kernel panics. This is where I just reset back to 10.6.6 via Time Machine and didn't go much further. I see forum after forum of people that have tried PMVersion 0, different DSDT.aml files, etc etc. Is there a 'good' upgrade path to take to get to .6.8? Changing PMVersion, new DSDT, editing config files that are wrong? I'm hoping in my ignorance that I just have a bad config or DSDT or something that can be changed and then the correct PM parameters or whatever wrote. I'm hugely PC savvy, but very newb at Mac. This was originally a try to see if you can project that ended up being a 'I like OS X, maybe I need to get a real Mac' project!
Secondly, I can't find good info about whether 3100 graphics are getting any success (QE/CI). I'm running at the right resolution for my Dell, but if it can be perfected with 3100, I want perfet :) I can answer or upload any files/info needed to get me pointed in the right direction. Since I am so young to OS X, I just don't know where to start. I don't need my hand held and spoon fed, but with my limited knowledge, every problem is a molehill to a mountain problem for me. I barely was able to get my hack running again after the 10.6.8 update/downgrade. I thought I was going to have to start from scratch.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Oh, and if/when I get it successfully updated, is it worth reading the tutorials to go to Lion? I've seen mixed reviews from the hackintosh and Apple community about Lion being a good, bad or indifferent upgrade.
I'll shut up now, I've babbled long enough!! Thanks in advance!!
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