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Freezing at the boot (installation process) on Dell Inspiron 6400

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Hello everyone!

I would like to install Snow Leopard on my old notebook Dell Inspiron 6400; I read many guides, tutorials about the installation process but I have immediately find the first problem...


The specs of my laptop are:

CPU: Intel T2060 @ 1.60GHz (2 cores; support MMX and SSE 1,2,3)

Chipset: Intel i945PM

Southbridge: Intel 82801GHM

Memory: 1GB DDR2

Graphic: ATI Mobility Radeon X1400


I'm trying to install iATKOS S3 (Snow Leopard 10.6.3) from a USB flash drive. I created the USB bootable using ddmax.exe utility (Leopard hd install helper).


Well, I start the PC and I choose the USB boot, then I press F8 and type -v.

The results are:

Darwin/x86 boot v5.0.132

1022MB memory



Loading Darwin/x86

Loading kernel mach_kernel

Loading HFS+ file: [mach_kernel] from 422d480

Loading HFS+ file: [mach_kernel] from 422d480

Nothing else; the system freeze and it remain in this state.

I tried to combine the flags -v -x -f arch=i386 platform=acpi -legacy but nothing change the freeze.


What could be the problem? How can I fix it and start the installation process?



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I feel your pain. I have pretty much the same hardware, but my video is the ATI x1300. I can't find a tutorial that isn't bogus, either.

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