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  1. Dell XPS 410 Resource Extravaganza

    Here are the details of my XPS410 with Lion installed. I'll put the terminal output to make it easier. *The /Extra directory below is added when following the guide I posted about a couple posts back* sh-3.2#cd /Volumes/Lion/Extra sh-3.2# ls -lrt total 64 drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:04 Themes -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 13122 Oct 16 19:05 dsdt.aml [my original dsdt.aml from the SL install] -rw-r--r--@ 1 root wheel 6148 Oct 16 19:05 .DS_Store -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 574 Oct 16 19:05 smbios.plist drwxr-xr-x@ 12 root wheel 408 Oct 16 19:05 Extensions -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 2105 Oct 16 22:08 org.chameleon.Boot.plist [edit the chameleon boot options] sh-3.2# Here is the output of my 'org.chameleon.Boot.plist' which is essentially like the 'com.apple.Boot.plist' for customizing boot options. I didn't bother messing with stuff like darkwake and GeneratePStates....it was already though. I did use kernel cache to use the /S/L/E options at boot, Lion doesn't use mkext and stuff anymore. Also added boot graphic options and my graphics card info. See below: sh-3.2# cat org.chameleon.Boot.plist <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">'>http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>Kernel</key> <string>mach_kernel</string> <key>Kernel Flags</key> <string>darkwake=0 -v</string> <key>GraphicsEnabler</key> <string>Yes</string> <key>GeneratePStates</key> <string>Yes</string> <key>GenerateCStates</key> <string>Yes</string> <key>Kernel Flags</key> <string>Boot Graphics=Yes</string> <key>Quiet Boot</key> <string>Yes</string> <key>Theme</key> <string>Default</string> <key>UseKernelCache</key> <string>Yes</string> <key>Legacy Logo</key> <string>Yes</string> <key>device-properties</key> <string>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</string> </dict> </plist> sh-3.2# Here is the contents of the /Extra/Extensions directory, basically all my original kexts for the SL install. sh-3.2# cd Extensions/ sh-3.2# ls -lrt total 24 drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 AppleIntelPIIXATA.kext drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 AppleAHCIPort.kext -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 6148 Oct 16 19:05 .DS_Store drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 VoodooHDA.kext drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 OpenHaltRestart.kext -rwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 82 Oct 16 19:05 KEXTupdate.log drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 Intel82566MM.kext drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 IOATAFamily.kext drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 FakeSMC.kext drwxr-xr-x@ 3 root wheel 102 Oct 16 19:05 Disabler.kext sh-3.2# **Note above, make sure permissions are set correctly throughout. If you need to set them for any reason, see below command: chown root:wheel file_name [chown root:wheel Intell82566MM.kext] Also, I found that internet and sound wouldn't work until I moved the kexts over to /System/Library/Extensions. See below: directory: /Volumes/Lion/Extra/Extensions command: cp -R Intell82566MM.kext VoodooHDA.kext /Volumes/Lion/System/Library/Extensions command: touch /Volumes/Lion/System/Library/Extensions I also edited the actual 'com.apple.Boot.plist' file located under /Volumes/Lion/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration Here is my file: sh-3.2# cat com.apple.Boot.plist <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>Kernel Flags</key> <string></string> <key>Quiet Boot</key> <string>Yes</string> <key>Boot Graphics</key> <string>Yes</string> </dict> </plist> sh-3.2# So there is everything I did on my system. I didn't mess with the BIOS settings at all. I'm pretty sure its still set as auto detect. I initially added a partition to my HDD giving me the SL partition and the Lion partition but since this went so smoothly, I had already backed up my SL files to an external drive, I just ran the installer on the USB again and partitioned the HDD for 1 partition for Lion, no more SL. So anyhow, not sure if anyone still toys with their XPS410 but I still have this bad boy and figured I'd move on to Lion and its proven to be much smoother in terms of installing and overall the system is much faster and responsive. I don't game or anything so I can't say anything in terms of graphics but everything looks great. I will also note that after the install, updating to 10.7.2 went without a hitch. I like to repair permissions after the initial install but beyond that, no issues with KP's of any kind, I never had 1 KP during the install and none since. Good luck. Later. /browndogfred
  2. Dell XPS 410 Resource Extravaganza

    I'm not at home at the moment but I didn't mess with the BIOS I had setup for SL, but if I recall correctly its auto detect. Everything works perfect. That guide didn't mention anything about moving the internet and sound kexts to /S/L/E but seeing that those 2 didn't work at first, I just moved em over and everything was fine. I'll post full details when I get home but it was stupid easy with Lion compared to SL...... /browndogfred.
  3. [GUIDE] A fast and easy way to install Lion

    Thanks for sharing this guide. This install went flawlessly on an old Dell XPS410 that had been running Snow Leopard 10.6.8. I placed my original DSDT.aml file in the /Extra directory and actual copied my kexts over to the /Extra/Extensions directory as well. I think there a total of 8 that I copied over that are related to this system [P965 chipset]. No issues at all. Once I was able to boot cleanly off the USB with no issues in the logs, I got rid of the SL partition and did a full install using the entire HDD with no issues booting up. The only thing I ran into was flakey internet and no sound but I just took the 'Intel82566.kext' and the updated 'AppleHDA.kext' and put them into /S/L/E and I was set. I also used the kernelcache bootflag in the com.apple.Boot.plist so that the system would read off /S/L/E, once I did that internet and sound worked fine. Anyhow, the guide is simple and works. Thanks again.
  4. Dell XPS 410 Resource Extravaganza

    Ahhhh the XPS410 that never dies...... I went ahead and decided to update the reliable XPS410 I've had running SL 10.6.8 to Lion finally. This ended up being about 100% easier than originally hacking this thing to run Leopard & Snow Leopard. Here is the link for the guide/tools/etc for a fast & easy install, took about 45 minutes total to complete, that including the actual upgrade to Lion and stuff. Link: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/lofiversi.../t259068-0.html Follow the steps and read the posts/answers and you'll have Lion running almost perfect outta the box. I tweaked the 'com.apple.Boot.plist' on mine a little but nothing as detailed as the requirements for SL, just little things like the boot theme/quiet boot/etc. Unlike the "vanilla/EFI" method that I personally was so fond of, this install wouldn't be technically referred as that since you'll have to move some kexts over to /S/L/E but thats about it. I kept copies of all of my stuff including the original Vanilla directory and its contents......basically it included the DSDT.aml file made for the XPS410, the com.apple.Boot.plist for reference on this install, and of course the kexts for this system. I believe the kext count is 8.....just look at previous notes a handful of pages back. Basically all you need is an 8gb USB drive, a PURCHASED copy of Mac OSX Lion from the app store, the 'install' tool referenced in the guide above and the ability to follow directions. You'll end up creating a bootable USB drive with a copy of LION on it, your needed kexts and a copy of chameleon to allow you to boot. It's obviously much easier to accomplish all of this with a working OS X install, be it Leopard or SL. Anyhow, just wanted to keep this thread alive and let everyone know who hasn't updated that its way simple to update to Lion. Updates worked flawlessly and the system is blazing fast, not a single KP experienced and boot up time is about 25 seconds. Pretty cool. Anyhow. Cheers. /browndogfred
  5. Dell XPS 410 Resource Extravaganza

    Yeah I told him to do the updates individually too....we'll see what happens. His KP's aren't anything major.....just graphics based it seems. I'll have to toy with Lion more I guess and see how good it is.
  6. Dell XPS 410 Resource Extravaganza

    I just installed it in VMWare and its pretty good. Nothing crazy, some cool new features I suppose. Its kind of one of those things where Snow Leopard was a decent jump from Leopard, Lion doesn't see "that" much different. Visually some changes and some added tools. I say all of that but I'm sure the XPS will be running it soon enough. HAHA. Cool man. Rob, didn't you used to have this card?
  7. Dell XPS 410 Resource Extravaganza

    So you're just running straight Lion huh? Any weird issues?
  8. Dell XPS 410 Resource Extravaganza

    I got ya. Cool. I'm going to try and include all possible info that I have and can think of. Over the past year and a half or so, the journey of getting OSX to run smoothly on this low dollar XPS410 has been a trip. Sometimes hard, sometimes easy, but in the end a pretty solid learning experience. It'll be coming to an end here pretty soon when Lion comes out, as I'll use this machine to continue to the Hackintosh experiment. For those of you who have played with all kinds of different methods of install, here is my take. Can't say its right or wrong as there are a handful of us that have very smooth running machines. Mr. RobG got me started on this gnarly fiasco quite a while back when I was simply trying to get Leopard 10.5.8 installed. That lasted about a week and I couldn't take it so I ventured on to Snow Leopard. Kernel panic after kernel panic after kernel panic.......I finally managed to get things right. Cheers to everyone who has contributed. RobG, I'm sure we'll be doing this all over again soon when Lion comes out. Here is what I've got, it might take a couple posts to get it all up. STEPS: 1. See posts #1035, 1041, and 1042. [basic instructions on what ya need to do] 2. If you can't see your HD on the first boot after making the USB booter, use the -f boot flag, that should help. 3. I'm uploading the EFI Finisher and the kexts that I currently run on my XPS410. 4. For this method, DO NOT make any changes to the Snow Leopard file system, only use the /Vanilla folder for any changes. 5. See step 4 again. 6. I'm using an Nvidia 9400GT video card, so you'll have to use OSX86 Tools to get the string for your cards device properties which get added to the 'com.apple.Boot.plist'. 7. I'll add a copy of my 'com.apple.Boot.plist' just for reference. Over time I've set it a certain way and broke and fixed things here and there. Thats it for now. Reply to this post if something is missing or if you have questions. Again, this is my method, there is no right or wrong, just preferences. I think its pretty dope that this thread has gone on for so long.......I've recently bit the bullet and dropped $$ on a 2011 Macbook Pro i7 but still feel obligated to keep my old XPS410 running solid. Cheers. /browndogfred Current kexts as of 03-22-2011: Intel82566MM.kext SleepEnabler.kext [newest release] VoodooHDA.kext * The above 3 are placed in the SLEkext subdirectory within the /Vanilla directory AppleAHCIPort.kext AppleIntelPIIXATA.kext Intel82566MM.kext IOATAFamily.kext fakesmc.kext PlatformUUID.kext [kext is edited to include UUID of my hard drive, when bootup occurs, it knows to boot off this] VoodooHDA.kext SleepEnabler.kext OpenHaltRestart.kext * The above 9 kexts are in the EFIkext subdirectory within the /Vanilla directory. I put Intel82566MM.kext and VoodooHDA.kext in both subdirectories. Attached is my dstl.aml file. I edited it to work solely for the XPS410, there are a few others uploaded throughout this thread but here is mine. Its location is the DSTL subdirectory within the /Vanilla directory. Attached is my smbios.plist file. I've edited it once from the beginning with no additional changes since. Its located in the smbios subdirectory within the /Vanilla directory. Attached is MY 'com.apple.Boot.plist'. Obviously these are customized to your specific liking but mine is pretty basic. It is located in the boot.plist subdirectory within the /Vanilla directory. Update: Alright I'm having issues uploading these files. The only quick solution I can think of is to put my stuff on Dropbox. Basically I uploaded all of my files to a folder called DELL_XPS_410. You can reply or message me with your email and I can give you access to it......unless anyone else has a better idea. I can't think of anything better at the moment in order to share this stuff. Dropbox is free for Windows, Mac OSX, iPhone, etc......
  9. Dell XPS 410 Resource Extravaganza

    Did you KP without adding that? I updated without making any changes and didn't have any issues. No updated kexts or anything. I kept the original PmVersion set to 21 as that didn't change.......this was a pretty basic update. Later dude.
  10. Dell XPS 410 Resource Extravaganza

    What kind of card do you have?
  11. Dell XPS 410 Resource Extravaganza

    here ya go. SleepEnabler.kext.zip
  12. Dell XPS 410 Resource Extravaganza

    Update to 10.6.5 without any issues. All I did before the update was add the new SleepEnabler.kext and repair permissions. It uses a pmVersion of 21, or you can just set it to 0 to bypass it. [32bit mode only] No issues.
  13. Dell XPS 410 Resource Extravaganza

    I haven't installed it yet but not expecting any issues. We shall see. Sometimes it takes all the fun away if everything goes smooth. ha.
  14. Dell XPS 410 Resource Extravaganza

    Dig the fancy signature. haha. You put the 10.6.5 release on yet? I got a MacBook now but still gonna keep the mighty XPS410 up-to-date, just saw the update came out. Figured I'd take a gander and see if the XPS likes it. Let me know what you've stumbled across if anything. Later dude.