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I have a Dell XPS 710 and cannot find out how to enable ACHI in bios. When I try to install 10.6 from fresh install I get


"Unable to find driver for this platform: \"ACPI\".\n"@/Extra/Builds/xnu/xnu-1456.1.26/iokit/Kernal/IOPlatformExpert.cpp:1393


Debugger Called: <panic>




Ive tried enabling raid in Bios As each SATA drive has the option of off on or raid.

and I have a 2.1 ghz Core2duo with an Nvidia 8600


Im not terrible with troubleshooting but this has me really stumped. Is there anyway to install 10.6 straight from retail. or do i need to find a way to get 10.5 and upgrade?


Thanks for any replies!!

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ACPI and AHCI is not the same thing.




Contrary to popular belief, AHCI mode is not a requirement for installing OS X, if you can't enable AHCI or if your drive controller doesn't support it, you just need to use a non-AHCI mode driver instead - if one exists of course.


For Intel ICHx you can use AppleIntelPIIATA.kext.


The Chameleon bootloader also comes with a bunch of legacy kexts (injectors) that work with Intel ICHx controllers in both AHCI and non-AHCI (PATA) mode.


I don't know what the situation is like for nvidia chipsets like yours. Verdant will know, he's the nforce xpert around here. Use the search to find his nforce installation guides.


And type Dell XPS 710 in the search box above, there are a ton of threads about this laptop here already.

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thanks for the quick reply!!!


well i guess i am not that good at troubleshooting! the retail disk still wont install :/


how can chameleon help me pre installation?and I have installed leopard to my hp dv6xxx laptop but i still cannot figure out what is holding back my desktop from even getting to the language screen. am i missing something vital i need? could it just be [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url]?

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[url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url], Empire EFI, MyHack etc etc are all Chameleon boot CDs.


You can make one yourself and tailor it to your own hardware. Here's a guide I wrote a while back:



As you can see, the RAM disk image on the boot CD holds the kernel extensions (drivers) you need to get your hardware working with OS X.


Of course you have to find out what those are. Fortunately, you already have a Hackintosh to work from. Go buy a CD-RW and start experimenting!


from a quick google, your Dell XPS 710 has nvidia nforce chipset. As I said before, use the forum search to find Verdant's nforce topics, they are full of information and files.


There's a more recent version of cdboot and the new theme for RC5 attached here:



I can't help you with the specifics, I am unfamiliar with your hardware.

Good luck!

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