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    Dell XPS 13 9343 Touch thread

    Can you post a step-by-step guide? Maybe not quite as long as the M&Ms story, but something to get "the rest of us" to where you are? Do you think the graphics issues/crashes are related to the QHD+ Touch display and won't be present on the regular 1920 x 1080 non-touch display?
  2. Thanks Zaap, despite my searches on newegg I didn't find the models you linked to and this information is invaluable! Do you know any bargain-priced (below $400) pre-built system which would allow me easy HDD expansion? I've seen some Acer desktops selling for a little over $300 during sales.
  3. Can you recommend a case then? The one where I don't have to screw in HDDs but I can slide them in.
  4. I have one of these "pre-built dedicated NAS boxes" and from my experience the ones which are fast enough for me would cost more than a hackintosh. Also, not all these boxes are available bare and if they come with HDDs already inside it adds quite a lot to the already hefty price-tag. It might be, but I don't want to go with Atom for compatibility reasons and anything slower might not be enough. On top of it, I will be running the server there which does realtime video conversion so i5 would be just fine. Thanks for the link it certainly looks like a nice case, however the rackable cases take alot of room if you don't have a stack for them (and I don't). They certainly take more floor space than any tower.
  5. I'm looking for an advice from the hardware gurus on what should I get for the NAS box I'm thinking of building. In case I'd need to run some Mac apps there I'd like to keep my options of installing SL open. I need the MB which would be as small as possible (the smaller case I can get the better), and ideally it should have: 1. support for intel dual-core CPUs 2. 6x or more 3.0Gbps (or better) SATA ports 3. At least 1x 1000 Ethernet port 4. Preferably integrated video 5. Preferably built-in WiFi-N module 6. Core 2 Duo or iCore CPU compatible Is there a motherboard which would have all these working OOB on the vanilla SL install (well, plus some EFI module)? I've read a few topics on the Gigabyte MBs, but some of them had remarks that well, built-in ethernet is not working or something else is not working, so I'm just trying to figure out what's the best I can get. Besides the MB I also need an advice on which case to get, since I'll be using it as file server I'd really like to have an option of easily adding hard drives, however I want as small of a case as possible. I've looked at the 4-in-3 enclosures (which take 3 5.25" slots and turn them into the 4x HDD tray/trayless HDD enclosures), but most of the cases having 3x 5.25" slots are huge. I'm looking for something smaller which would have the Mac Pro-style slide-in HDD slots -- ideally 6, but at least 4 with an option to mount the system HDD somewhere else.
  6. Hey folks, haven't been around in a while and things sure have changed. Anyways, I'm looking for an advice from the hardware gurus on what should I get for the NAS box I'm thinking of building. In case I'd need to run some Mac apps there I'd like to keep my options of installing SL open. I need the MB which would be as small as possible (the smaller case I can get the better), and ideally it should have: 1. support for intel dual-core CPUs 2. 6x or more 3.0Gbps (or better) SATA ports 3. At least 1x 1000 Ethernet port 4. Preferably integrated video 5. Preferably built-in WiFi-N module Is there a motherboard which would have all these working OOB on the vanilla SL install (well, plus some EFI module)? I've read a few topics on the Gigabyte MBs, but some of them had remarks that well, built-in ethernet is not working or something else is not working, so I'm just trying to figure out what's the best I can get. I'd also welcome recommendations for as small as possible case which would let me easily install 5-6 3.5" SATA drives, ideally slide in/out style.
  7. Hey folks, I'd appreciate some help here as I couldn't find anything posted yet. I've been thinking of getting an Acer Aspire Easystore H340 unit and running an SL server on it. I prefer a single unit 4-bay installation over the Mac Mini + extra (firewire) drives for aesthetic and space-saving concerns (if only they made the Mini Server with additional bays). There're a few problems when considering running SL on it. First of all when I tried to pull down the specs for this model from the Acer site it of course asked me for a serial number which I don't have. Newegg lists H340 as having Intel Atom Processor 230 1.6Ghz and Intel 945GC Express Chipset + ICH7R. I know there're also a Gigabit ethernet card and some WLAN card but I have no idea where to get exact specs on them. AFAIK there's no video-card and no USB ports to hook up kbd/mouse, so I'll need to install SL on a HDD while it's connected to a different machine, configure remote access and then insert it into Easystore. Most of the SL install instructions I've read describe installation on the target machine, you think it will be possible to install SL on another machine and then insert that HDD into Easystore to boot from? Any help on that (or suggestions for running an elegant Mac Mini solution with 5TB of storage) would be appreciated!
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    Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    Descalzo below has described what happens to restart/shutdown if you use the nvidia kexts. You can remove the nvidia kexts to regain the shutdown/restart, but then you will lose Quartz Extreme/Core Imaging. It's ok if all you do is Office/Internet, but most games, the built-in DVD player and some iLife applications require QE/CI to run. Essentially you either get a QE/CI or the shutdown/restart for now, until someone comes up with the proper kexts.
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    Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    Do both QE/CI and restart/shutdown work for you now? The Vostro 1500 I've experimented with before belonged to a friend and I no longer have access to it, but will ask my friend to bring his laptop in if you have found the solution for the shutdown/restart problem. thanks!
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    Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    there was a post about Dell BT 350 module that once it was used under Vista it doesn't work properly under Mac OS X (Vista driver sets some profile so that the mice will work in the BIOS, before the OS loads), not sure if it affects 355 cards, but you might want to research that.
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    Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    Well, if you follow instructions in the first post here, you will get QE/CI (but will lose restart/shutdown). Is it only mouse you're having problems with? Are you sure it's a bluetooth, not just a regular wireless mouse? What's the make/model?
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    Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    It sure can. Use HDA Patcher version 1.18 and the patch/kext from the attached file. Not sure if it'll work on Kalyway, but it should on iAtkos/Vanilla installation. Sound.dmg
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    Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    From what I've read the Intel WiFi card won't work, but you can pick a broadcom one on ebay for next to nothing. Bluetooth (355) works, however there's no option on the menu to switch it off. The WebCam works, however on the system I've seen it looks like it's way below 2 megapixel, looks like it's a cheapo webcam from last century.
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    Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    From what macgirl told me, the problems with the reboot/shutdown are due to the NV* kexts. If you remove them, the reboot/shutdown work, but you lose QE/CI. If anyone finds the properly working NV kexts, I do hope they'd share the findings. PS. Not sure if sleep will ever work.
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    Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    Oops, I'm very sorry it did that. Could be that you've downloaded and extracted on a windows machine and then copied to Mac or could be that you didn't set owner/permissions (chown -R root:wheel <bundle name> and then chmod -R 755 <bundle name>) -- not sure if Disk Utility does that. I should probably stop interfering with this thread tho, I've used a different method of install than what's described on the first post, and I'm running as much Vanilla stuff as possible, that could also be the reason some of the things which worked for me do not work for you. Uhm, you mind sharing with the community? I have a lousy connection and still can't upload less than 2Mb file containing HDA patcher, the patch and the kext which worked for me, including the working mute button. A BIG QUESTION I have -- the sound control buttons when pressed work fine and cause the OSD with the sound volume meter. The screen brightness buttons even tho they work do not bring up the OSD (like the do on my Mac). Has anyone got the screen brightness OSD working?
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