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  1. Sorry I'm unclear, just trying not to inundate you with too much information (so maybe I've been too abbreviated). I have 2 builds on my laptop (which is now an Asus G74SX 3D model) - the first is the Lion 10.7.2 build I did on the Dell XPS 17, which works on the Asus and has perfect sleep mode, just no audio, wifi, or battery (since I've still been using the same DSDT you provided, which is configured for the Dell). The second build is the 10.7.3 build I've been experimenting with, straight Asus. I've been afraid to try anything on the "Dell build" as I didn't know if I'd be messing up the working sleep function. After my earlier post, I tried replacing the boot files you provided in this post (DSDT, smbios and org.chameleon.Boot.plist) with ones I'd edited to work with the Asus hardware. Yes, I'm aware this is not a thread for the Asus, but I'm using mostely your guide here as it's the only one I've had such great success with so far; and Thank You, by the way, as without your work I'd have so much more frustration and failure than I already have had! As I was saying, I simply replaced the DSDT.aml, smbios.plist and org.chameleon.Boot.plist in your kit with the ones edited for this machine. You said sleep was primarily all about the AICPM kexts, not in those files. I am working on it right now and am working from the build from your guide, simply with those files for the Asus hardware. As soon as I booted using the Asus DSDT and such, immediately the battery meter started working without any additional help from me. I understand your time constraints, I am just trying to keep you updated as to what I'm working on, whether it's successful or if I'm back to the start (of your guide) again. I haven't tested sleep mode since replacing the DSDT.aml and such, but so far I'm encouraged. I will let you know how things proceed from here.
  2. @Mahesh, I fully understand the demands of education, I appreciate the information given here. I have been following the SpeedStepper discussion (all 22 pages), and have even tried to use a couple of their so called good patched AICPM Kexts. All that did for me is cause instability and the comatose mode (sleep, black screen, lights are on but nobody's home mode). I understand NullCPUPM will negate sleep, but at least it's stable for use. I do have 10.7.3 installed at the moment, for some reason when I repartitioned and reinstalled the other day I couldn't get past the "please connect a keyboard" error. Probably something minuscule and stupid I missed from fatigue! At this point the build I created on the Dell XPS (using bios a16, by the way) with 10.7.2 is stable, perfect, sleep, wake, graphics and everything but sound, card reader and battery works well on my Asus. If I'm understanding what you're telling me, it's the AICPM kext that helps it to work this well. I have backed up that partition, so do you think if I replace your DSDT.aml with my own so I can get sound working, that won't change sleep and stability? It's the exact same processor on both machines, Intel core i7-2670QM. I also have been very careful to avoid letting that build update to 10.7.3.
  3. Mahesh, I've been following your thread since I found it in January, and to date it's the only guide I've been able to get most things working successfully and stably. I'm thinking more than anything the DSDT.aml is very clean and is helping things to work well. I gave up trying to force my Dell XPS to do what I want, which it wasn't designed to do. Dell wasn't working with me at all so I bought another laptop, an Asus G74SX-DH73-3D, and moved the hard drive I had functioning over into the Asus. The funny part is that it booted up successfully off the hard drive for the first time since I built it! In the Dell I had to leave a Windows Setup disk in the optical drive or I'd get "no operating system found" (I built a GPT disk with 2 partitions - MACBOOT and WIN7BOOT, installed Chameleon to the EFI partition). Sleep works in my Asus, flawlessly! I have 1920x1080x32 on a GeForce GTX 560M (3072MB), beautiful. I have no sound, no battery and no wifi, since it's all incorrectly identified in this build. I have tried for the past month to re-create that success, with no success whatsoever. I have since learned how to extract a proper DSDT, have patched it with the patches available over at olarila.com, have edited my smbios.plist and org.chameleon.Boot.plist so I have full graphics, sound, battery meter, wifi; the only thing missing would be to be sleep mode and bluetooth. I think the bluetooth is tied to the USB 3.0, which seems flaky even in Windows (don't know if it's a bios thing, or what - I did see BT listed once, at the same time "USB Super High-Speed Bus" was listed, then it crashed). I'm more concerned with being able to get sleep working. I understand this thread is all about the Dell XPS L702X 17 (non-3D), but I was hoping I could implore you for help with this. I have a fairly clean extracted dsdt.dsl, the DSDT.aml I've been using with the olarila.com patch installed for my laptop, whatever else you might need (outside of my shipping my laptop to you ). I have no experience or training in C programming at all, and have been neglecting my school work to try to figure this out. Ordinarilly I try to buy a book, get more education or whatever, but I just don't have the time (or feeble brainpower!) to spare and need to get this stable before I add another class to my schedule next week. Would you be willing to have a look for me? I suspect, based on all the forums I've been perusing in trying to research this, that if you're able you will be helping quite a few people out there with this model of laptop. This thing is a power beast! I just don't have any more time to spare than I have. Right now I've used ######## boot disc to install 10.7.3 using (once again, ######) ##### created Installer partition. Installed beautifully, but this model is notorious for KP'ing on the AICPM kext, so I then booted back into the MACBOOT created using your guide (the only stable thing I have outside of Windows!), ran ###### to get the basic important kext installed, created an Extra folder on the newly installed drive and copied over my DSDT.aml, smbios.plist and org.chameleon.Boot.plist. I ran Chameleon Wizard to install Chameleon to the EFI partition of this drive, and rebooted in. I had full graphics and was able to get it configured. I've installed audio, wifi, battery, all from various sources I've found work well for this machine. I just had to use NullCPUPowerManagement.kext because otherwise it KP's. Model Asus G74SX-DH73-3D Intel Core i7-2670QM Intel HM65 Express Chipset 12gb DDR3 RAM Dedicated GeForce GTX 560M w/3gb RAM dual hard drives blueray disk burner Audio chipset is ALC269 WiFi is Atheros AR9002WB-1NG combo WiFi/BT (containing chipsets AR9285/AR3011) Ethernet Realtek RTL8169 If I've forgotten something, please let me know. I hope either you, or someone else can offer some assistance. Extrafiles.zip dsdt-files.zip
  4. Atheros AR9285

    FYI: if you're still having trouble with Atheros AR9285, I found this package works like a charm: http://www.osx86.net/view/2311-ar5b195_-_ar9002wb_pcie_wireless-half_size.html
  5. I will also upload my DSDT.aml, currently using it successfully under Lion 10.7.2 with Dell BIOS A16 installed. I haven't put my second RAM stick back in yet (as I tweak things I boot into the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] USB drive and image my working boot to an external partition as a backup), but I have all USB ports working and functional, both 2.0 and 3.0. eSATA works, as does audio, function keys on the keyboard (haven't tried brightness control, but backlit key brightness works, as well as volume), and bluetooth. Intel HD 3000 graphics are recognized, thought it only shows 384mb RAM. It works, just haven't had time to mess with it (besides being afraid I might mess up what I have working so far). I haven't had any perceptible problems with the new BIOS; in fact, it seems I've gotten the most success after I installed it with the most recent build. As I said previously, I have it dual-booting from a single (GPT) partitioned drive (WD 750 GB), MACBOOT as the first partition, formatted Mac OS, Journaled. WIN7BOOT is the second partition (partition 3), formatted NTFS. I know nothing about C+ programming, so if anyone sees anything of note in this DSDT, or makes useful changes to improve it, please let me know or re-post it. Thought I'd also provide this screen shot, in case it gives any further helpful information. If you think it will help, let me know if you'd like to see my System Information. **UPDATE** After reinstalling the second 4GB RAM stick, the system now shows 512mb VRAM for the Intel HD 3000 graphics. Dell_XPS_L702X_A16.aml.zip
  6. @JohnC76, While I have experience in the IT field, I've had none whatsoever with anything Mac, Linux, Unix, etc. to speak of until this summer. My summer project was to dual-boot my main desktop between Mac OS X and Windows 7 x64; since then I've gotten several working. The Dell XPS 17 is another matter altogether. I've worked on mine for a couple of months, off and on, and have learned quite a bit in the process (which is part of the goal). In the posts above, ssgoku129 brought up a few things that made me go back and do more research; consequently I found information that has gotten me much farther along [insert celebration/party here]. I did find information on creating GUID partition mirroring for Windows 7, but I also found a guide on TonyMacx86.com to create a dual boot with both Mac OS X and Windows 7 on one drive: http://tonymacx86.bl...-os-x-snow.html. It doesn't work as perfectly as we'd like on the XPS (at least in my experience), but by cobbling together several methods I'm booting to one drive and can boot either Windows 7 or Mac OS X Lion as needed. As I have a fully functioning desktop with the Mac OS on it, I was able to create a [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] boot USB (with laptop files) to get the whole thing started, following the drive set-up method described in the dual-boot guide (partition the drive within Mac OS X setup with 2 partitions, format the first with Mac Journaled and the second partition as MS-DOS FAT). If you can create a [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] USB drive as described, you may have to do a few things to get it to boot into the installer, the first being to be sure you only have 1 4gb RAM stick installed, and no more! When you have the boot menu showing and the USB flash drive selected, you may have to enter start-up options (I had to use: -v busratio=22 PCIRoot=0 GraphicsEnabler=No to get it to work for me). I also had to use my desktop to copy the functioning DSDT.aml to the root of the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] flash drive. Once the drive was partitioned, I booted to the Windows 7 installation disc, reformatted the FAT partition as NTFS, then installed to it as usual. Once Windows was installed, I booted back to the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] USB drive and installed Lion to the Mac OS X formatted partition. I borrowed from StarbucksSteve's guide for some of the kexts needed to get sound, and I admit I followed most of this guide to get everything else working. You have to be patient and follow it line by line, but that's what has worked for me so far. I also used his kexts and DSDT.aml v0.6, edited the smbios.plist with my Dell XPS information. I still couldn't get it to boot from the hard drive, and spent several days with my [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] USB flash drive inserted, using that to boot back and forth. I did more research for "chameleon", and found TonyMacx86's guide to install Chameleon to your EFI partition. That didn't fully work, but gave me the foundation for success; I also found the Chameleon Wizard, which lets you get the bootloader installed on your EFI partition (using the menu). The funniest part of this is if I don't have any USB flash drive or DVD inserted, I get a missing operating system error. It works perfectly when I have the Windows 7 installation disk in the optical drive; you get the "press any key to boot to cd…" message, just let it expire without touching anything. The next thing that came up is the menu screen I installed to my MACBOOT partition using the Chameleon Wizard. I can use my arrow keys to get the boot selection menu and choose my WIN7BOOT partition, or I can just let it go and it boots to Lion. I may find a way to "fix" this, but since it's working I really don't care at the moment. I have way too much homework already to worry about esthetics! I found an updated BIOS on Dell's site, A16, and have created another DSDT.aml with it. I could upload it, but I don't know that it will give anything of use than the one I'm currently using from the afore mentioned "Mac OS X Lion Install Guide for Dell XPS 17 L702x". I am also using the download from here for the voodoobattery.kext, which work well for me. I hope this helps.
  7. I have it working! WOOT! I'm using the v0.6 DSDT.aml posted under DSDTs, and using the simple guide to install on Dell XPS L702X. I used my UniBeastLE thumb drive I managed to get the DSDT.aml on, and also put the USB 3.0 kext in /S/L/E. The only way I've managed to get it to boot without all kinds of weird errors or artifacting is by booting with -v busratio=22 PCIRoot=0. That makes it work perfectly! Following the guide at http://www.insanelym...=273500&st= seems to work pretty well; as I didn't use iATKOS I had to install VoodooBattery.kext, also borrowed a Realtek kext from StarbucksSteve's files to install for ethernet. I also installed TonyMacx86's Chimera stand-alone installer for a bootloader (such as it is with the whole broken bios thing going on). I have audio, sleep, wake, network, graphics, even eSATA working. What's odd is that when I ran the installer my external monitor (on mini-displayport) worked as well as the laptop display panel, now in the regular Lion install I've created and configured, it doesn't seem to see the external monitor. Oh, well. Also, the battery icon shows, but has an X in it and says there's no battery installed. Any ideas? (I still have to install Ubuntu to get the bootloader)
  8. Thanks to your guide, kexts, DSDT and help I have finally been able to get Lion installed on my non-3D XPS! I wasn't able to use iAtkos, but have already purchased Lion anyway. I installed using a UniBeastLE USBInstaller I'd created on my desktop Hackintosh, but since trying this my system always either froze or spontaneously rebooted in the middle of it. I'd read somewhere about using "PCIRoot=0"; since I figured I had nothing to lose I tried it. IT WORKED! I didn't need GraphicsEnabler=0, just -v busratio=22 PCIRoot=0. I followed the rest of your guide (with the exception of using [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] Lion Edition to install FakeSMC and utilities). I also used the Chimera stand-alone installer from TonyMacx86.com. I even have sound now, beautiful! One odd thing: before following your guide I had an external monitor working, now it's not (in the regular install of Lion I configured using your instructions). I boot back into the Lion installer, and it works again! Go figure.... I used a VoodooBattery.kext, but it's got an X on it, and states there's no battery installed. Any ideas? Of course, I'm grateful to have the functionality I do here, anything else is just gravy. Oh, and sleep/wake seem to be working now, too.
  9. My primary focus is to have a powerful laptop (since my desktop is too heavy to carry around!) that I can dual-boot between Windows and Mac OS. I still need Windows for school, but I want my Hackintosh for Adobe Creative Suite. I didn’t go with the 3D because I figured I’m not gaming with it, I want to use it for graphics creation and editing. Little did I know that Dell has “hobbled” the non-3D model – the system shows 4 DIMM slots, but only 2 are accessable! Besides that, Optimus makes it switch back and forth between the embedded video and the NVidia. I didn’t know I wasn’t getting dedicated graphics when I bought it. I’m arguing it out with Dell now, we’ll see where I get with it. I will try to address any concerns as best I can; I’ve been beating my head bloody against this (stubbornly!) since I received the laptop in late October, with few successes. I apologize if this post is too lengthy, but I’ve been working on this “science project” since then, and have had to educate myself with lots of time and failures. 1. As an IT Tech with a heavy background in PC and Microsoft, I can tell you Windows will not boot from a GUID partition, no matter where you put it. -It’s my understanding, from a few sources, that the Dell XPS L702X WILL NOT BOOT FROM ANYTHING OTHER THAN A MBR PARTITION. I sure hope Dell fixes this in the future as they’re breaking a huge functionality point for those of us Uber geeks who want our cake, want to eat it too, even want it to be nutritious and non-fattening as well! (pardon the American idiom) The XPS is presented as a high-end desktop replacement computer, but the bios (at least the currently available bios) limits it to Microsoft. I’m sure they’d argue that they don’t cover anything else in warranty, but I think that’s not what most geeks are interested in. 2. It’s also my understanding that Mac OS X will not boot from anything other than a GUID partition. Between the limited functionality of the bios not allowing you to boot from anything but a MBR partition, and the fact that the Mac OS X must boot from a GUID partition (specifically Mac OS Extended (Journaled)), it doesn’t leave us with many options. I know StarbucksSteve’s “tedious snow leopard back and forth {censored}” is definitely a pain for those of us who just want to slap it on and make it work (speaking for myself), but the point is that when dealing with Snow Leopard you can’t run an update on the booted partition. It will, and does, blow up every time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to force-feed a Hackintosh setup on my XPS, unsuccessfully to date. I’ve got Snow Leopard 10.6.8 running successfully on one of the backup partitions he recommended; I can only get into it by booting to [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] 3.2, and entering “-v -f busratio=22 GraphicsEnabler=No” each and every time. At least I have that, so I can download stuff directly to it, try different things. Until last night I didn’t know how to enable viewing hidden files and folders; now I at least managed to get my DSDT.aml file in the hidden /Extra folder (fat lot of good it did me). I got just so far before I started getting the dreaded “Still waiting for root device” error. [insert head-bang here] 3. I’m afraid I haven’t gotten as far as being able to pair BT devices. I opted for the Advanced wireless device (being Intel, won’t work with OS X anyway), but it looks like it has the same BT 3.0. When I managed to get into 10.6.8 successfully (via StarbucksSteve’s guide), the first thing it did was prompt me to configure a wireless network using the BT adapter it found. 4. I don’t really know how successful my DSDT.aml will be versus the one found here. I have also been reading a guide over at TonyMacx86 on “[url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] on Dell XPS17 L702X” from Starfire-1; both he and StarbucksSteve have mentioned that the DSDT.aml file needs a dual-link reference to be successful. I don’t think I found one in mine, and the best looking one I’ve found I downloaded at another Hackintosh site, OSx86.net, by “macky_reddy”. I admit I know nothing about C+ programming, so I’m clueless when it comes to viewing and editing these files. Searching it shows a lot of information, including the dual-link reference, for the embedded graphics in this XPS model. As far as I’ve been able to find through research, I thing the primary difference between my Core i7-2670QM processor and the 2630 is clock speed, the former being 2.2GHz and the latter being 2GHz. If there is a difference other than that we should address, would someone else educate us? I still can’t make this work, and can’t help but feel I must be missing something glaringly obvious. I’ve been able to boot to the Lion installer before, but now it simply spontaneously reboots during load, no matter where I try to boot from. I’m about to make a clean [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url], edit it with the DSDT, and try again. - I have removed 1 stick of RAM, leaving 1 4GB stick in the “first” slot (Mac OS shows it in Channel B Slot 1, with Channel A being empty) - I have added PXHCD.kext to any booting device, but I still get “Still waiting for root device” when booting to USB 3.0 - I’ve even tried someone’s idea of entering “DSDT=/Extra/DSDT.aml” in the startup commands, no success (By the way, StarbucksSteve has stated his guide is for installing a triple boot Snow Leopard – Windows 7 – Ubuntu on the XPS; he hasn’t written a guide for Lion) It makes sense Lion would be the best way to go, if I could only get it to install! I’d appreciate any useful comments or directions to get me successfully through this. (starting another semester next week!)
  10. I started a new thread in DSDT: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=274474. Here is my file to use, compare (or laugh at if it makes anyone feel better) DELL-XPS-L702X-A14.aml.zip
  11. While attempting to get my Dell XPS 17" L702X laptop working under Lion, I have created a DSDT file for it. Now, I don't know how successful this will make anyone, but I thought I'd share it in case it helps anyone out. I have managed to get my system running with Snow Leopard 10.6.8, have network connectivity, USB, keyboard, mouse, and by some miracle it even sees the BT device! My problems stem from getting into the Lion installer successfully. Anyway, here is my DSDT (created under Windows with DSDTEditor), and system specs. Dell XPS L702X: -2nd generation Intel Core i7-2670QM processor 2.20 GHz -8GB,DDR3, 2 DIMM -17.3in FHD WLED AG (1920x1080) -NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 3GB graphics with Optimus -Seagate Momentus 500GB 7.2k HDD -Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 7.2k HDD -Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card -Tray Load Blu-ray Triple Writer (reads and writes CDs, DVDs, BDs) -INTEL6230 Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 and Bluetooth 3.0 DELL-XPS-L702X-A14.aml.zip
  12. Again, thanks for your help! That edit you recommended did the trick, I was able to save my DSDT.aml file. (if you'd like me to upload it as a reference for another system type for folks to use, let me know)
  13. Just trying to use the DSDTParser as instructed, have run into the following error: Method (_DSM, 4, NotSerialized) { If (LEqual (BRID, One)) { If (LEqual (Arg0, Buffer (0x10) { /* 0000 */ 0xF8, 0xD8, 0x86, 0xA4, 0xDA, 0x0B, 0x1B, 0x47, /* 0008 */ 0xA7, 0x2B, 0x60, 0x42, 0xA6, 0xB5, 0xBE, 0xE0 })) { P8XH (Zero, 0xF5) Return (NVOP) Arg0 Arg1 Arg2 Arg3 } } As you were kind enough to share the previous files with me, I don't see this as a huge problem; I just wanted to give it a try. If you have an idea or suggestion for me it will simply help me learn more about it. (By the way, I LOVE this tool! needed it for awhile!) -In your original instructions, there is no link for iAtkos L2 (or should I just search for it?) -Does this guide assume you already have Mac OS X 10.6.x installed, or will this install Lion from scratch? Sorry for all the questions, but thank you for your help!
  14. That's great! Thanks so much! My bus ratio is 22, which I've already edited (I have at least figured out how to do that much!). I am trying to learn as much as I can, but I haven't found any information anywhere on how to interpret or edit a DSDT file. I appreciate those of you who have taken the time to post help for the rest of us (even if we can't appreciate monetarily!)
  15. I would very much like to try your guide; I've been trying to get my XPS "Hackintosh'd" for a couple of months now, but I guess mine is just slightly off. I don't have the 3D screen (much to my chagrin, I didn't find out the difference until after Dell's 21 day return date), and it looks like just about everyone has a 2630qm CPU (mine is 2670QM 2.20 GHz). Do you think I can adjust/edit some of the instructions or files to work with mine? Here are my specs (if I've left something out, please let me know): Dell XPS L702X (Oct. 24 2011): -2nd generation Intel Core i7-2670QM processor 2.20 GHz -8GB,DDR3,2 DIMM (Hynix 2x4GB PC3-10600S) -17.3in FHD WLED AG (1920x1080) -NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 3GB graphics with Optimus -Seagate Momentus 500GB 7.2k HDD -Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 7.2k HDD -Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card -Tray Load Blu-ray Triple Writer (reads and writes CDs, DVDs, BDs) -INTEL6230 Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 and Bluetooth 3.0 (I know this won't work, I have a USB Wi-Fi adapter to use) UPDATE, 6JAN12: I have rolled the BIOS back to A12, will try this again. I would still like to know how to handle the different CPU, I think it's the same class, just faster (2.20GHz).
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