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    Installation on a Dell Latitude XT Tablet

    Not yet... work had kept me from woking on this any farther. However that has cleared up so I thought I'd come back here first to see if there were any posts with other tips. I have confirmed that I have a regular ATA controller and internal drive (not a SATA after all) so I am a bit puzzled on why it isn't being recognized. I have spoken with a few contacts I have at Dell and they may be able to provide me with appropiate timing data for creating my own kext. But I'm not even close to there yet. I am still booting from the external HDD. Also, after awhile, it seems to lock up completely (but I think that may be due to the external USB drive). Thanks! Brian
  2. Hello all- I am new to InsanelyMac but I have been looking through these threads for a week now while I am attempting to install OSx86 on my Dell Latitude XT Tablet. Thus far, it's been a bumpy road trying different things. At this point, I don't know if I can call it a success (and probably wouldn't) but I do have it booting nicely (from an external USB drive). Here are the details on the unit: Dell Latitude XT Tablet, BIOS A01 Intel Core 2 Duo Proc, 1.2 GHz 2 GB RAM (1.79 GB available) 80 GB Toshiba ATA-6, 1.8" HDD ATI Radeon Mobility x1250, 256 MB RAM Sigmatel 9205 Audio Controller Dell 1490 Dual-band Wireless (Broadcom) N-Trig Digitizing Tablet SD reader and firewire as well Now that's out of the way, here's what I have so far: I tried the Kaly Leopard but was quite discouraged when I didn't see the internal HDD. Somehwere (mistakenly) I read the internal drive was SATA and to use the TOH Leopard. So that's where I'm at today, I used the TOH (plus that one had some extra scripts but I can't rule anything with Kaly out because I learned so many other techniques and steps working through ToH). Neither one can see my internal HDD (which I learned later is not SATA but ATA-6) so I decided to try and use an external USB 40GB HDD. The install saw the USB drive and after following some additional steps regarding using MBR rather than GUID for the partitioning scheme I created the drive and loaded Leopard (just to note, that even before with using the GUID method, Leopard did install however at the end I received a "install failed"). After using MBR scheme I didn't receive the "install failed"... in fact it was successful. Of course then I had to boot back in with the DVD and go to "Terminal" to set the drive to properly boot and "blessed". Now you have my "back story". I connect the external USB drive, power-on the tablet, and it boots straight into Leopard. I even installed Office 2004 without any problems. I still cannot see the internal HDD either. The tablet / digitizer part works though right from the start. The Latitude XT tablet's screen works with both a pen and touch... under Leopard both are on at the same time but do work. Firewire works as well as USB and accessing the CDROM. Also surprisingly, right out of the box, my wireless works too!! I have not tested the internal NIC yet because I want to figure out why it does not see my internal HDD. Also, sound doesn't work yet (but then again I have done anything to help it work or look for/modify any Kext). All of the "running" stuff above was done after using a ToH Leopard install... I may wipe it out and do the same steps with Kaly. Before that I thought I should start writing on here to see if anyone had any comments first. Should I stick with Leopard or try to find a Jas Tiger? Thoughts on ATA-6 and why I can't see my internal HDD?? ToH or Kaly... which should I use?? I haven't found anywhere anyone who was installing OSx86 on a Dell Latitude Tablet so here I am. I've been keeping notes and as I make progress I will post up here. When completed, I will also post my steps and update the wiki for the Dell tablet. Thanks all!! Brian FYI- I have a 17" MBP and a 17" iMac G5. Looking to create a Mac Tablet from the Dell Latitude XT.
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