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  1. StringsOnFire

    13" Macbook Backpack Bag Needed, Any Recommendations?

    I got the STM Evolution Small in the end. Brilliant bag, and I'd recommend it
  2. Hey Now I'm at uni, I cycle everywhere, and so my crumpler messenger back is a pain the neck. Really. I've been looking for a good backpack to hold my 13" Macbook Pro with a Speck hard case on it. I've sort of settled on the STM bags, but although the Revolution is newer, the Evolution looks better, has a better layout in the front pocket, and has elastic straps, good for holding my helmet. As I can't see any major differences, I wonder if anyone else can explain why the revo is better than the older evo, or in fact just recommend a new bag I haven't mentioned. Thanks!
  3. well if it might be the hdmi, unplug it I'm not too up on DSDT files, but it includes data that a normal computer knows about in the bios, such as where internal parts are and what they do, like USB and firewire, storage controllers, stuff like that. i think. more info on google. The one included is the best premade one suited to the XPS 420. Only problem is the USB devices are recognised as hubs, not as internal. If you figure out how to make them internal, post it here! some usb devices, such as some audio interfaces, only work if the port is 'internal' to reduce latency issues.
  4. well its a hdd problem methinks. this is a 420 right? is RAID on in the bios?
  5. not really sure, all I can recommend is removing any hardware that's not essential, anything that wasn't in my box when I did the install could do it...
  6. StringsOnFire

    Dell XPS 420

    just finished a guide on it http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=231347
  7. See here for a guide http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=231347
  8. StringsOnFire

    XPS 420

    Here's the guide for 10.6.0 http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=231347
  9. Sorry I can't speak French anymore, but if you're ok with english, try this http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=231347
  10. StringsOnFire

    Dell XPS 420 with Snow Leopard

    Finally got round to writing the guide, so here goes... http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=231347
  11. How To: Dell XPS 420 as a Hackintosh, 10.6.0 Snow Leopard, including Windows 7 Dual Boot By StringsOnFire (Previously makeluv247) Update: If you already have Windows 7 installed, and have ben using the computer with the BIOS set to RAID OFF, then you will need to install RAIDfix before continuing. Get it HERE. Note: This guide is also included as a docx within the zip file detailed below. I suggest printing it before trying to install! Introduction Previously, I was using 10.5.8 flawlessly (that is to say I was using a sound card and Ethernet card instead of the internal ones) on my XPS 420. However, we always want what we can’t have, so I gave it a go. I am now running Snow Leopard 10.6, and the only fault is the USB ports are recognised as external, so I haven’t been able to use anything with drivers that don’t allow USB hubs. I can only detail my own experiences, and my methods weren’t the most orthodox. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE GUIDE THROUGH BEFORE ATTEMPTING! A note on Dual-Booting with Windows 7 Installing a fresh copy: I understand that Windows 7 will only install to the first Hard Drive, i.e. the one on SATA0. I have Windows 7 and OSX86 on 2 separate hard drives. Install Windows 7 first to your Windows 7 hard drive, plugged into SATA0. Ensure that RAID is turned on in the BIOS settings (F2 during boot to access BIOS). Once you’ve set it up, carry out his guide to install OSX. However, after the initial install of OSX, the system will reboot into Windows 7. Shut down, unplug from the mains, and switch the Windows 7 and OSX hard drives around, so OSX is on SATA0. Plug back in and turn on. You should now continue with OSX. Windows 7 uses a separate partition to boot. So when you have installed Chameleon, upon the Chameleon boot screen, press the right arrow key and select “System Reserved”, the Windows 7 Boot Partition, to boot Windows 7. If it shows no other hard drives but the OSX drive, just press F12 at boot before chameleon and select the correct hard drive. My Specifications This guide is based on my own XPS 420, and so your own installation may vary slightly. This is my setup: • CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 • RAM: 8GB (4 x 2GB 800MHz modules) • HDD: 3 500GB SATAII Hard Drives • GFX: nVidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB • SOUND: Creative Audigy 2 Platinum EX • LAN: Edimax EN-9230TX-32 Gigabit PCI Downloads Here are the bits you’ll need to get to carry out my method. I don’t take credit for any of them. Thank xenophex for giving me some kexts and pointers. • SnowOSX 3.5 install DVD. You can find this in the usual places • Dell BIOS update A07. Get it from http://support.euro.dell.com/ and install it prior to OSX86 installation via Windows if you don’t have it • Copy this folder to a USB drive before the install: http://rapidshare.com/files/417716428/XPS_..._Files.zip.html BIOS Update At the time of writing this guide, the most up-to-date version of the Dell XPS 420 BIOS is version A07. You’ll see the BIOS version on the boot screen every time you turn on the computer. If you do not have the A07 BIOS, go to the dell website as above, download the BIOS update, and run it. I believe you’ll need a Windows installation to install the BIOS update. I don’t remember there being a bootable version. BIOS Settings To enter the BIOS setup, press F2 while booting at the Dell loading screen. • Under “Drives -> SATA Operation”, set the SATA mode to “RAID Autodetect / ATA”. Note that the eSATA port will not work in this mode, but I’m not sure how to get the installation running with the SATA controllers set to RAID mode. • Under “Onboard Devices -> Integrated NIC”, select “Off” (Unless you want to try with the onboard LAN). • Under “Onboard Devices -> Integrated Audio”, select “Off” (Unless you want to try with the onboard Audio). • Both Windows SideShow, i.e. the small screen on the case, and the Dell Media Accelerator, will not work with OSX. Therefore, unless you will also be booting Windows, you may set both “Miniview Display” and “Media Accelerator” to “Off”. • Under “Video -> Primary Video”, select “PEG”. • Under “Performance”, both “Multiple CPU Core” and “Virtualization” should be “On”, and “SpeedStep” should be “Off”. SnowOSX 3.5 Installation 1. READ TUNING FIRST! 2. Press F12 at boot to select a boot device, and insert the SnowOSX 3.5 install DVD. Select “Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive”. Proceed with booting from the DVD. 3. Under “Utilities”, select “Disk Utility”. Choose the hard drive you wish to install OSX on and click on the “Partition” tab. 4. Click “Options”, and choose “GUID Partition Table”. Click OK. 5. Enter a name for your OSX partition, and select “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” as format. Apply. Exit the Disk Utility. 6. Continue with the installation until you may select to “Customise” on the bottom left. Click “Customise” and select all except “PS2”. 7. Install and reboot. 8. If you also have Windows 7, you will now boot into it. Shutdown and switch hard drives as explained (far) above, then turn on. Tuning 1. You may not experience this issue, but OSX will probably crash in a minute or so. So the first time it boots after install, set up the account AS FAST AS POSSIBLE! If it then crashes restart. Plug in the USB drive before OSX loads. 2. As soon as you’re in OSX, open up the USB drive, and install chameleon (Open up terminal and “HOW TO INSTALL.txt, and do as it says). Do this QUICKLY, you want it to crash afterwards, believe me. Reboot. 3. Crash issue is now sorted. Once you’re back in, copy “DSDT.aml over to the root (your OSX hard drive). Restart. 4. Open EFI Studio and install your graphics card. 5. Use “Kext Helper” to install the kexts I have included. 6. Run “OSX86 Tools”, and click on “Enable/Disable Quartz GL”. Enable it and reboot. 7. Install your sound and Ethernet drivers. (If you are using the onboard LAN, use “kext Utility” to install Intel 82566MM.kext.) Reboot. 8. Don’t try updating to 10.6.1 etc unless you’ve backed up, or face doing all of this again! 9. Install any extra drivers you may need, such as printer drivers. 10. I suggest you start backing up using “Time Machine” or “Carbon Copy Cloner” from http://www.bombich.com/ to save you from having to install again should something go wrong in future.
  12. StringsOnFire

    Dell XPS 420 with Snow Leopard

    Hi I've got snow leopard working, but only 10.6.0, no upgrades. I was planning on writing a guide, but as we're on 10.6.4 now, I thought i'd get up to date. but I can't get iAtkos S3 v2 to install. 'Stil waiting for root device'. So I'll write a guide for 10.6.0 if that helps? Might have to give me a week though...
  13. StringsOnFire

    XPS 420

    I've finally got Snow Leopard working with some help from xenophex. Once I figure out how to keep it working after some updates, I'll upload the guide I'm working on. But at 10.6.0 there are still a few problems with certain apps and SL. Until I get it working at 10.6.2 or .3 (Unless someone has any tips they'd like to provide me to speed things up!) I suggest you search for my previous guide to get 10.5.8 working. I think it may have been better than my SL experience so far... stay tuned for the guide!
  14. Did you try switching the hard drives as instructed? Windows 7 wants to be on the primary. so switch the SATA connectors and startup, install windows 7, and switch the sata cables back again. that should do it
  15. nope, never. try removing cards like the wlan card that don't need to be there? might be your graphics card. the 9800... was hat out before or after the ipc disk?