Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • Allan

      Forum Rules   04/13/2018

      Hello folks! As some things are being fixed, we'll keep you updated. Per hour the Forum Rules don't have a dedicated "Tab", so here is the place that we have our Rules back. New Users Lounge > [READ] - InsanelyMac Forum Rules - The InsanelyMac Staff Team. 
trikks

Snow Leopard on Dell Inspiron 6400 - Working!

44 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

To be honest, both Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server works like a charm on these Dell Laptops. I always try to create as transparent hackintoshs as possible (as few hacks as possible, preferably an original install booted with a Chameleon or Boot 132 cd). This enables neat features like upgrading directly from the Apple Updater, and so on!

 

You need

  1. A laptop, preferably an Inspiron 6400
  2. A Macintosh, or Hackintosh, to perform the initial tasks
  3. A Snow Leopard or Snow Leopard Server installation DVD (buy one from Apple store)
  4. And if your equipment don't support several disks, an external chassis for your hard drive.
  5. This package with drivers and boot loaders

 

The rest of the guide can be found here, http://trikks.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/del...leopard-server/

 

Check the video proof at youtube,

post-458412-1253735266_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
vanilla? if you are not using vanilla gma950 kexts then you will get artifacts in memory hungry programs such as iTunes, firefox, msword.

if you have a core2duo or a coreduo then you need the TSCSync kext to get both cores, otherwise you need to use cpus=1.

if you have core2duo you need to force system into 32bit as well.

 

more details here and in noob's guide (who has the 6400 as well).

 

Well, yes and no. The GMA950 installer (enclosed in the package) ensures an artifact free environment. I always figured the TSCSync to be a bit buggy so it's excluded. The system boots to 32 bit unless you force it to boot to 64.

 

The guide you refer to is one of the worst to follow, the number of conditionals and unknowns are way to many. With this package (which i claim no credit for) your 6400-system is up and running within 20 minues. Take it or leave it, it's still here - working extremely well! :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
where did you get the gma950 installer? did you make it yourself? any older appleinteintegratedframebuffer kext will lead to artifacts unless you patched the vanilla gma950 kext, which to my knowledge does not exist yet. and if you call noob's guide one of the worst to follow then I call your guide the most useless to follow. Any 6400 user that tries to use it and has hardware the differs from yours will fail and has no clue why.

 

thanks.

 

Woaa, I meant no offense so chill in the corner of the nerds please. Let anyone try it and return their agony to me then and we will fix it together, like a team. Or I will fix it, I'll even keep you company in the N-corner. Promise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Woaa, I meant no offense so chill in the corner of the nerds please. Let anyone try it and return their agony to me then and we will fix it together, like a team. Or I will fix it, I'll even keep you company in the N-corner. Promise.

ok, I will stay in the nerd corner. good luck :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anyone has any luck with the instruction above? I followed it step-by-step 3 or 4 times and still no luck. It shows the apple logo and the spinning wheel, that's about it.

 

System Specs

 

Dell Inspiron 6400 Firmwawre A09

 

INTeL Centrino DUO

 

T2050 @ 1.60ghz

 

2GB RAM

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Anyone has any luck with the instruction above? I followed it step-by-step 3 or 4 times and still no luck. It shows the apple logo and the spinning wheel, that's about it.

 

Have you disabled the Dual Core in bios?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Would this work with the Inspiron e1705/ 9400?

 

Dont know, worth a try perhaps. This compile is originally made for Inspiron 6400 with Core(2)Duo processors and GMA950.

 

Otherwise I'd recommend these guides

here and in noob's guide

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i have inspiron 6400 C2D 2GH GMA950 i follow installation guide put when i want to install gma950 pakage i have this error(running preinstall script for gma950 please help

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Have you disabled the Dual Core in bios?

 

Still no luck with my Dell Inspiron 6400. Just a gray spinning wheel with apple logo. I got it working great on my Sony Vaio cr490 but the "About this Mac" does not work. the screen fades for a few seconds and then it takes me back to the desktop.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The GMA950 installer (enclosed in the package) ensures an artifact free environment. I always figured the TSCSync to be a bit buggy so it's excluded.

 

Hi,

my 6400 now runs fine (10.6.1). Your GMA950 gave me the full resolution (1280x800) and your BMC400x did the net. Thanks alot. :D

 

But i also needed the TSCSync because of the screen and the mouse pointer lagged and had artefacts. The sound was fine with VoodooHDA (after removing AppleHDA)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got mine working: fantastic! Thanks for the files and the info! Only small problem... I can't get an upgrade to work. Not 10.6.1 or 10.6.2: screen goes black and does not come back! I'm restoring back to 10.6 now and expect that to work, but I'd like to upgrade eventually!

Thanks!

To be honest, both Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server works like a charm on these Dell Laptops. I always try to create as transparent hackintoshs as possible (as few hacks as possible, preferably an original install booted with a Chameleon or Boot 132 cd). This enables neat features like upgrading directly from the Apple Updater, and so on!

 

You need

  1. A laptop, preferably an Inspiron 6400
  2. A Macintosh, or Hackintosh, to perform the initial tasks
  3. A Snow Leopard or Snow Leopard Server installation DVD (buy one from Apple store)
  4. And if your equipment don't support several disks, an external chassis for your hard drive.
  5. This package with drivers and boot loaders

 

The rest of the guide can be found here, http://trikks.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/del...leopard-server/

 

Check the video proof at youtube,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I got mine working: fantastic! Thanks for the files and the info! Only small problem... I can't get an upgrade to work. Not 10.6.1 or 10.6.2: screen goes black and does not come back! I'm restoring back to 10.6 now and expect that to work, but I'd like to upgrade eventually!

Thanks!

see the post #8 above with link. your black screen is likely due to gma950 sleep/wake problem on boot. If you do have gma950 follow the instructions and you should be able to upgrade to 10.6.2.

good luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a dell Inspiron 6400

here are the specs

Intel Core 2 T7200@2.0Ghz

1Gb Memory DDR2

ATI Radeon x1400

Broadcam 440x 10/100

Intel R Pro Wireless 3945

 

currenty installed win 7 ultimate. how can i dual boot with win 7 and osx

what's my first step to install osx. i already downloaded ipc osx86 10.5.6final iso and burned to dvd.

do i just need to boot from dvd drive and install everything just like i instaleed win7? thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I have a dell Inspiron 6400

here are the specs

Intel Core 2 T7200@2.0Ghz

1Gb Memory DDR2

ATI Radeon x1400

Broadcam 440x 10/100

Intel R Pro Wireless 3945

 

currenty installed win 7 ultimate. how can i dual boot with win 7 and osx

what's my first step to install osx. i already downloaded ipc osx86 10.5.6final iso and burned to dvd.

do i just need to boot from dvd drive and install everything just like i instaleed win7? thanks

 

http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=194738

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My Dell 6400/1505 is working great! I have 10.6.2 and I"m very happy with it! Question: Apple informed me that there are updates available: Safari, and two others... is it safe to install them? What do I need to do after I do (if anything?)

Thanks: this site is fantastic!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
My Dell 6400/1505 is working great! I have 10.6.2 and I"m very happy with it! Question: Apple informed me that there are updates available: Safari, and two others... is it safe to install them? What do I need to do after I do (if anything?)

Thanks: this site is fantastic!

those should be safe. It may ask you to reboot. it may not. I am updated to latest updates and have no problems.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The install files (like GMA950) give me an error when trying to install: "Install Failed. The following install step failed: run preinstall script for gma950. contact the software manufacturer for assistance"

 

Anyone know why I'm getting this error on each install file?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I have a 6400 with an ATI x1400 card and a T2400 CPU - is there anyway to get OSX to work on this setup?

 

thanks,

A laptop, preferably an Inspiron 6400

 

yes you can. i have the same laptop. only problem you will have is lack of full graphic support. everything else will work just fine. (except maybe the wifi card, if its an intel version)

 

i changed mine to nvidia to get full graphic support.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The install files (like GMA950) give me an error when trying to install: "Install Failed. The following install step failed: run preinstall script for gma950. contact the software manufacturer for assistance"

 

Anyone know why I'm getting this error on each install file?

 

Did you find a fix for this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi,

 

I have 10.6.2 working fine on my 6400. The only thing I cannot get to work is the Broadcam 440x 10/100 ethernet. All I have in Network preferences in Airport and Firewire (although bluetooth seems to work). I've added AppleBCM440XEthernet.kext to the SLE folder, but with no noticeable change. Is there something I need to delete? Any idea would be helpful.

 

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi trikks,

 

you are great and many thanks for this tutorial!! I, however don't have access to any mac machine and therefore cannot install Leopard in this way. Is it possible for you to make a disc-clone of your disc after installation and put it on a torrent or something, because if we have the same system, it should work by just copying the disc image with some program, right?

 

So that I just use a program for disc-imaging and copy your disc-image over mine, having everything perfectly installed.

 

Please let me know if this is possible! I would be more than greatful!

 

All best and keep up the good work!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hi trikks,

 

you are great and many thanks for this tutorial!! I, however don't have access to any mac machine and therefore cannot install Leopard in this way. Is it possible for you to make a disc-clone of your disc after installation and put it on a torrent or something, because if we have the same system, it should work by just copying the disc image with some program, right?

 

So that I just use a program for disc-imaging and copy your disc-image over mine, having everything perfectly installed.

 

Please let me know if this is possible! I would be more than greatful!

 

All best and keep up the good work!

 

Hi

That would be a kind of piracy that I unfortunately cant do :(

The installation procedure works fine with a legit snow leopard dvd (29$ us), if you don't feel to pay for the os google is your friend!

 

Good luck! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×