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In Topic: OS X Mountain Lion Install Guide for Dell XPS 17 L702x Optimus

09 May 2012 - 08:48 PM

Hi! What do you mean when you say I would have "better luck than the rest of [us] with the non-3d model"? Does it mean that the 3d model works better, or that the non-3d model works better? Can I choose to use between the 3d or the non-3d version? I don't think I would get 3d support on the hackintosh, would it?

In the 3d model, you can get the nVidia graphics card to actually work for 3d graphics (I don't know if stereoscopic 3d works though). In the non-3d model, you'd be confined to using the Intel HD graphics card.

Would I need a different DTSD file if I upgrade the bios?

Yes. But they are available in this thread, as well as Tonymac86.com threads.

In Topic: OS X Mountain Lion Install Guide for Dell XPS 17 L702x Optimus

09 May 2012 - 08:32 AM

hi there,

This is my first post ever (so please, be gentle ;) )

I have the exact same DELL Laptop model. At the moment I use Mac OS Lion under VMware, but of course the video performance isn't great. So I am thinking of doing a hackintosh install.

Here is my laptop configuration:

  • video - I got the 3D video with my GeForce 555M (the promotion was really good over xmas), but I rarely use it; just for some gaming. I've been reading the posts here and it seems that the 3D video can be a problem, right? But even if we don't use it with 3D?
  • wifi - I got the Advanced N 6230 wifi/BT adapter with my laptop. Is this the one people are having issues with? What is the latest on the wifi?
I would be happy to join in this project to help each other out. What is the BIOS revision recommended for the hackintosh? I'm looking to try this over the weekend :)


Hi P.,

since you have the model with the 3d screen you're going to have better luck than the rest of us with the non-3d model. But this thread is pretty much limited to the non-3d version, so you may want to look at http://tonymacx86.co...pic.php?t=23185 instead.

Concerning wifi, you will probably have to buy a separate external wi-fi adapter. As I noted in my previous post, the

Belkin N300 USB wireless card worked great for me, but if you browse the forums (as well as tonymac's forums) you'll find other products as well.

As far as the BIOS is concerned, in my non-3d model everything worked fine with A12, but I have updated to A17 without an issue.

In Topic: OS X Mountain Lion Install Guide for Dell XPS 17 L702x Optimus

18 April 2012 - 07:38 PM

First of all, thank you Mahesh for your excellent guide. Everything went smoothly when I tried installing OS X from the iAtkos L2 distribution.

A few notes which may provide further assistance (my Dell L702x specs: i7 2670, 8GB RAM, nVidia GT 555m, non-3d, anti-glare 1920x1080 display, A12 BIOS):

1. Without any further setup, the display was blueish and had low brightness, but the brightness falls back to normal after the display goes to sleep. OS X has the Ctrl-Shift-Eject keyboard shortcut that puts the display to sleep. Since the Dell keyboard does not have an Eject key, I used keyremap4macbook ( http://pqrs.org/maco...yremap4macbook/ ) in order to remap it, so that I can press the combination as soon as I log in. As for the blueish display, the best solution (apart from manual calibration) was the Spyder2express.icm profile posted at http://forum.noteboo...en-matte-3.html .

2. Since the integrated Intel Wireless card does not work, I purchased a Belkin N300 USB wireless card, which functions great with the driver from http://www.osx86.net...f7d2101_v1.html - it includes its own utility for wireless network discovery.

3. Never use the Migration Assistant to transfer data from another Hackintosh - the result was that the other Hackintosh needed the bootloader re-installed (which was a bit of a pain, since I had naively installed OS X on a disk with a GUID partition table).

The one issue that I still have and was not able to solve concerns the external display ports. As I understand, the HDMI port is tied to the nVidia card, so that is out of the question. However, I was not able to use the Mini-display port either (with either a mini-display to VGA or a mini-display to DVI adaptor). Did anyone have better luck with this and could possibly guide me on how to enable the mini-display port? In case it helps, the system report tool reports two video cards (I have removed the nVidia kexts):

  PCIe Lane Width:x16
  Vendor:NVIDIA (0x10de)
  Device ID:0x124d
  Revision ID:0x00a1
  Kernel Extension Info:No Kext Loaded

Intel HD Graphics 3000:
  Chipset Model:Intel HD Graphics 3000
  VRAM (Total):512 MB
  Vendor:Intel (0x8086)
  Device ID:0x0116
  Revision ID:0x0009
	  Resolution:1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
	  Pixel Depth:32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
	  Main Display:Yes

Any help with the external display setup would be greatly appreciated. :)
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