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So probably a common question but has anyone tried running OSX on a Dell XPS M1210 as of yet?


I've had some issues with quality of Apple laptops(never desktops) and love OS X but am starting to get tired of Apple Laptops.


Would I have much trouble at this point buying one of the M1210's and installing OSX on it? Also would most if I was able to achieve this would I be able to run most Apple UB Apps such as Final Cut & DVD Studio Pro?


Besides the Manual/Walkthroughs is there anything else I should look at before purchasing this laptop with this intention?

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I use the m1210 as my main computer, it's decent. I think I put a pretty complete entry in the HCL but here are my issues:


Sigmatel 9220 audio, runs but only through headphone #1 port. No internal speakers, I do miss having internal speakers. Headphones are fine for me but there is an audible hiss from the audio-out that doesn't exist in Windows, and if you plug headphones into the #2 slot the #1 headphone stops working, audio starts coming out of the microphone in port but at very low volume--need to reboot to get your audio working again.


Webcam is recognized as a standard Logitech USB camera, but nothing I've found will light it up.


Wireless you obviously need to swap the 3945 for something else (I used a 1390).


Processor, one core works, one doesn't.


Performance, I have the 1.66 core duo (OS X thinks its a 1.8) with 1gb and it's really good speed-wise, you won't have any trouble loading all your apps even with half the processor crippled. I don't do much video editing but heavy photoshop use under rosetta along with office stuff, torrents, usenet, and parallels. 3d acceleration is rock solid with GMA950, I didn't opt for the discrete Nvidia option because I knew I'd be using OS X.




It's a decent machine, but honestly I wish I had my old HP back. The m1210 weighs as much as most 14.1" laptops but only has the 12" screen, the battery life is strictly mid-range (about 1:45 - 2hrs on OS X with the standard battery), and for some reason Dell gives you the shortest power cord known to man. You have to sit right next to the power outlet, a real challenge if you do a lot of coffee-shop computing.


I used JaS 10.4.7, easy install, only updating I needed was the 10.4.7 smb fix, power managament for battery meter, and sigmatel 9220 patch--none of which are m1210 specific. If the audio were fully supported, the machine would be 100% usable.


Anyhow good luck if you do go with the m1210, hope my experience helps.

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I'm not quite sure about XPS M1210 but it is working flawlessly with my Dell XPS Gen2 laptop. Wireless is working via D-Llink DW-122 and the sound is also working.


I used the 1.0.8 installer from Macvidia , rebooted and now running at a resolution of 1400x1050 but could easily go up to 1920x1200 but I prefer a smaller resolution. I'm also dual booting with Windows XP. In case somebody needs to do that follow these simple steps;


Install Mac with Disk Utility and choose 2 partitions. The first one journalized and the other free space. Install Mac and after it is all done install XP. XP will say that it needs to put the other unknown partition inactive, bla bla bla, no problem. After windows is installed, use Special Fdisk to put the Mac Partition active and you will now have 2 partitions. No need for the {censored} Vmware or other complicated steps that other sites are providing.


Here are my Xbench results from my Dell XPS Gen2 laptop with a Nvidia 7800 GTX. Not that bad isn't it



Results 77.59

System Info

Xbench Version 1.3

System Version 10.4.7 (8J2135)

Physical RAM 1024 MB

Model ADP2,1

Drive Type HTS726060M9AT00

CPU Test 58.81

GCD Loop 277.02 14.60 Mops/sec

Floating Point Basic 36.07 857.04 Mflop/sec

vecLib FFT 44.60 1.47 Gflop/sec

Floating Point Library 70.10 12.21 Mops/sec

Thread Test 110.53

Computation 82.18 1.66 Mops/sec, 4 threads

Lock Contention 168.76 7.26 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads

Memory Test 79.29

System 83.86

Allocate 90.52 332.42 Kalloc/sec

Fill 78.70 3826.55 MB/sec

Copy 83.19 1718.28 MB/sec

Stream 75.19

Copy 68.08 1406.17 MB/sec

Scale 69.24 1430.56 MB/sec

Add 83.25 1773.38 MB/sec

Triad 82.96 1774.82 MB/sec

Quartz Graphics Test 75.28

Line 62.25 4.14 Klines/sec [50% alpha]

Rectangle 74.18 22.15 Krects/sec [50% alpha]

Circle 70.83 5.77 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]

Bezier 96.54 2.43 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]

Text 80.68 5.05 Kchars/sec

OpenGL Graphics Test 39.87

Spinning Squares 39.87 50.57 frames/sec

User Interface Test 202.16

Elements 202.16 927.80 refresh/sec

Disk Test 31.40

Sequential 41.90

Uncached Write 20.50 12.59 MB/sec [4K blocks]

Uncached Write 69.22 39.17 MB/sec [256K blocks]

Uncached Read 53.95 15.79 MB/sec [4K blocks]

Uncached Read 72.90 36.64 MB/sec [256K blocks]

Random 25.11

Uncached Write 8.23 0.87 MB/sec [4K blocks]

Uncached Write 69.14 22.13 MB/sec [256K blocks]

Uncached Read 75.87 0.54 MB/sec [4K blocks]

Uncached Read 97.95 18.18 MB/sec [256K blocks]



Hardware Overview:


Machine Name: jMac

Machine Model: ADP2,1

CPU Type: Intel® Pentium® M processor

Number Of CPUs: 1

CPU Speed: 2.13 GHz

L2 Cache (per CPU): 2 MB


Memory: 1 GB

Bus Speed: 533 MHz

Boot ROM Version: A05 (Dell Inc.)

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