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  1. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    First 24 hours of testing... Sleep works pretty well. Close the lid it sleeps. Open it, it wakes up. Tapping with the tackpad has issues. I like to tap the trackpad to register a click. If I do that it registers like a click and hold. Turning off "Dragging" under "Clicking" in the Trackpad pref pane fixes that. Battery meter is present but doesn't update. It will update itself when it comes out of sleep, but won't change. I was using it for a while tonight and it said 1:09 left. I looked over at the battery LED and it was orange (meaning it's going to die in 10 minutes or less). I put it to sleep while I carried it downstairs. When I opened it back up it warned me that the battery was low.
  2. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    Let it fall asleep last night and woke it this morning. Clicking in the Finder was behaving strangely. When I clicked on the battery meter icon in the menu bar it would drop down then go back up. I couldn't select icons on the desktop. Then I noticed that the number 7 was being typed repeatedly like the key was held down (it showed up in the Spotlight window and the Help window). Other apps were fine. I simply hit the Backspace key while in the Finder and the problem went away.
  3. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    Investigating the two finger scroll issue. On my first install AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext went in /Extras/Extensions. Not so on the second install. Also, the Trackpad pref pane in the second install only tries to set up a Magic Trackpad. My first install has that but has a "back" button which takes me to a place where I can enable lots of touchpad stuff. I fixed it. Ran [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] 2.6.3 and reinstalled the VoodooPS2.kext which included AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext going to /E/E. It now all works like the first install. Apparently they took AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext out of [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] 3.0. New list: - figure out if SpeedStep works and other power management issues. I can't tell if the DSDT.aml is helping me use the battery efficiently. - do I need platformuuid? - LAN (AppleBCM440Xetherenet.kext?) - SD card reader (VoodooSDHC?) - move kexts to /Extras/Extensions to make it vanilla - backup image - bootloader tweaks, USB boot maybe - dual boot on one hard drive
  4. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    Manually installed a VoodooBattery.kext and got a battery meter working. It told me to service the battery. Could be true. The machine is almost three years old and it's been through a lot of charging cycles. It still gives decent performance though. Being a large 9 cell battery helps. After a full charge it now says that I have 3:50 remaining, which is consistent with what I see under Windows. The VoodooBattery.kext was downloaded in an Archive from http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=213506 and installed manually. Don't know what version it was. Be sure to uncheck "Use secure virtual memory" in "Security" pane on System preferences. I didn't and got a black screen after my first wake from sleep. It was an easy fix. To do list: - figure out if SpeedStep works and other power management issues. I can't tell if the DSDT.aml is helping me use the battery efficiently. - get two finger scroll back - do I need platformuuid? - LAN (AppleBCM440Xetherenet.kext?) - SD card reader (VoodooSDHC?) - do I need AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext ? - move kexts to /Extras/Extensions to make it vanilla - backup image - bootloader tweaks, USB boot maybe - dual boot on one hard drive A tip about dual booting. I bought an extra hard drive case part for this machine. As you may know replacing a hard drive on this system is very easy. Take the battery out. There are four screws on the bottom that hold the hard drive in, remove them. The drive slides out the side. To put a different drive in its place you take two screws off the side of the drive to remove the case piece and put it on the new drive. Well, I bought an extra and attached it to my extra hard drive. Now I can almost hot swap between the two drives. One has XP and an older copy of Leopard 10.5.4. The other is my working drive for the Snow Leopard install. I don't even bother screwing it in, just slide it in place and the friction of the SATA and power connectors hold it in place. Of course I completely turn off the machine before swapping. Like: Alt key next to spacebar acts as Mac command key, just like on a regular Mac. Don't Like: Reboot works, but upon POST the machine takes forever. The little progress bar under the Dell logo takes about three minutes to complete. I think this is because the CMOS in the BIOS may be getting reset and it takes a while for the BIOS to figure it all out. I see this when a machine has had hardware changes or been discharged fully. Last time I rebooted I chose Shut Down and then forced the power off. It was much easier.
  5. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    I found that the DSDT Auto-Patcher has a pre-compiled DSDT.aml for the Vostro 1500! http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...howtopic=235523 I installed that and had working sleep! Only problem is that it's for the X3100 on board graphics and I've got a discrete NVIDIA card, but it seems to be stable. So, I'm doing a new install: - new partition on drive - [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] CD into install - 10.6 Retail DVD on a partition - patched IOATAFamily.kext on 10.6 Retail DVD partition in /System/Library/Extensions - NullCPUPowerManagement.kext on 10.6 Retail DVD partition in /System/Library/Extensions After initial install I have to boot to prior install and delete IOATAFamily.kext from SLE. Then boot from [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] CD to new install, run ComboUpdate to 10.6.5 then install the DSDT.aml file using [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] 3.0. Checked "UserDSDT Install" and "System Utilities", "Rebuild Caches", and "Repair Permissions". Next I reboot. I find the following things working: - NVIDIA graphics at 1440x900 - SLEEP! - Bluetooth comes alive Not working: - keyboard and trackpad, have to use USB keyboard and mouse Only file currently in /Extras/Extensions - fakesmc.kext Next I install "Voodoo PS/2 Controller" and reboot. Now I have working keyboard and trackpad, including two finger scrolling! Files currently in /Extras/Extensions - fakesmc.kext - VoodooPS2Controller.kext Back to [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] to install sound. I select VoodooHDA 0.2.72 and choose the System Utilities to rebuild, etc. then reboot. I'm told that it will be installed in /System/Library/Extensions and I'm not too fond of that for my Vanilla target install, but I'm not expecting this to be my final install. Note: while the rebuild is taking place, before it finishes and I reboot I click the front panel volume button. It's working! I'm 99% sure that earlier I got nothing from it but a circle/slash for any of the up, down and mute buttons. Was it working before I added this kext or did it start working before the reboot? Hmm. Sound is good after reboot. Two finger scroll is gone
  6. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    OK, next steps: - create a boot USB drive with Chameleon RC5 that will be my full-time "hack" booter, everything else should be stock. - prepare a DSDT.aml file for my Vostro 1500 - attempt install with retail 10.6.3 DVD I ordered one of these tiny USB flash drives that can stay permanently installed on the laptop. http://www.amazon.com/LaCie-MosKeyto-Ultra...2/dp/B0041O200O
  7. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    Being the glutton for punishment that I am I dove into this project again last night. I was able to get Snow Leopard installed in what I consider a rough draft form. I started with a new blank hard drive and partitioned it into two partitions - the first a 125GB partition to install the OS on, the second is 16GB and holds an image of the retail install DVD. I first tried using an iFabio RC5 bootloader on an 8GB flash drive. Couldn't find mach kernel. Switched to a 256MB flash drive an dit was fine. Had to remember to boot with -v -x or else it'll kernel panic immediately. With -v -x it will boot all the way to a panic with IOATAFamily.kext. I pulled the drive, put it in my Mac and copied over an updated one (note that I just drug it using the finder, so it probably doesn't have the right permissions / owner info). Now I could boot all the way to AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext. Added an "ignore that kext.kext" (don't remember it's name) and was able to boot all the way to the beginning of the graphical environment to start the install process, but it would hang with a gray background only and a working mouse pointer. Couldn't go any further. Next I tried booting with the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] CD. Now I was able to complete the install. Booted into OS X and updated some kexts. It sorta works. I get errors when doing updates regarding the kexts I sloppily replaced before install. Sleep and lid close don't work. No battery meter or other noticeable power management. What I'm going to try next: - 10.6.3 Retail DVD (was using a 10.6) - maybe that will eliminate some of the install kernel panics with the two kexts I replaced. I really want to use iFabio's RC5 as someone on the wiki said they've got everything working with that (WHERE ARE YOU????) - thought I had a list..., not sure what else I need to try... Priorities: - working sleep: I need to be able to reliably sleep my laptop throughout the workday. If I can't count on that using this machine as a hackintosh is useless - power management: need to use the battery as efficiently as possible. Again, if it sucks the battery dry in a half hour it will do me no good. - Ethernet and all ports working (Wi-Fi works no problem, but I replaced the stock card with a different one a long time ago) - smooth video with acceleration - keep everything vanilla and keep modifications on a flash drive / boot drive
  8. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    I'm tempted to give this another go. I've had 10.5.2 (or 3 or 4, don't remember) in a second partition on my Vostro 1500. I boot it occasionally when needed. Power management never worked. Most other things did. But, without power management it's not too useful on a laptop. I stumbled upon this: http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.ph...les#Vostro_1500 Someone posted in the wiki and it seems they've got everything working with 10.6.5 on this machine. I'm tempted again. Looks like the key may be "Chameleon RC5 Unofficial by iFabio". I found this topic: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=231075 Anyone else using that for a Vostro 1500? It would be nirvana if I could get all that working AND my built-in WWAN card for AT&T 3G service.
  9. 10.6 on a Vostro 1510

    Best way to go about it IMHO? I'd buy another hard drive. They're so cheap these days that it worth a few extra dollars to just swap out drives for trying different things. I can get 120 GB SATA laptop drives for $49 locally. You can also buy the little piece of plastic that attaches to the side of the drive on the Vostro 1500 (which is what I have, not a 1510) so you can just slide one out and the other in. Got mine on eBay for $15. You may also want to review the Vostro 1500 Megathread: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=88345
  10. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    I can't get the DSDT.aml to have any effect on my installations. I've got two different hard drives that I'm experimenting with. One is installed with the munky EFI partition method and Chameleon 2.x RC. I placed the DSDT.aml file in the Extra folder on the EFI partition. No apparent effect. The other drive has a vanilla install from a Boot-132, Retail DVD and the 1.x text version of Chameleon. I've tried the DSDT.aml file in /Extra and in /Extra/Extensions. Can't tell any difference. I wonder if any of these things might cause it: - permissions / ownership not set correcty - my BIOS is version A05
  11. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    I used these instructions to install the DSDT.aml file: sudo -s mkdir /Volumes/EFI mount_hfs /dev/disk0s1 (**THIS ASSUMES INTERNAL DISK IS USED IF NOT PUT IN RIGHT IDENTIFIER) /Volumes/EFI cp DSDT.aml /Volumes/EFI Is that the right way to do it? Do you need to be using munky's method to use the DSDT.aml file (i.e. install it to the EFI partition)?
  12. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    Wow! Thanks so much for posting this. Can't wait to get a chance to try it out! And... HSDPA card??? Really... oh oh oh I'm getting excited. I've got one of those too and it works great under XP. It's so nice having 3G Internet available any time all without plugging in some stupid USB thingy. Mine is a Dell part, I believe it's a "Dell Wireless 5520 Cingular Mobile Broadband (3G/HSDPA) Minicard" according to the Dell utility. Getting that to work would be the Holy Grail of Hacktinosh!
  13. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    Thanks, but I tried all that and it didn't help. The cursor goes away and the system seems frozen. I can regain control by tapping or double tapping the power button - then it gives me a dialog box asking me if I want to sleep, restart, shutdown, etc.
  14. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    Yes, sound is working with VoodooHDA. Although I didn't install sound yet on my second install. I was just trying to get sleep to work as that is pretty important to me.
  15. Dell Vostro 1500 Mega Thread

    The volume up and down definitely work. Mute key I'm not certain about. I thought it didn't function correctly. But with my install on partition number 2 I think it did. I tried the sleep fix of VoodooUSBEHCI.kext and tried to modify the plist according to these instructions: CFBundleVersion was 3.5.2 (not sure if that was exact version, but it wasn't 3.1.5). Sleeep didn't work. That's probably the biggest roadblock to me using Mac OS on a daily basis on my laptop. I need sleep to work and I'm on and off the machine multiple times a day.