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This is a guide for installing Snow Leopard 10.6.8 on a Dell Optiplex GX280. Everything will work when you are finished except the onboard ethernet. You will have quartz extreme, sleep and sound. You will need to install a compatible ethernet card to have a fully functional system.

 

**********************Specs*****************************

2.53GHz Intel Celeron microprocessor. The chipset was an Intel 915 Grantsdale Express with a data bus speed of 533.0MHz.

integrated Intel Extreme Graphics Accelerator

audio AC97 driver from Realtek

 

 

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 82915G/P/GV/GL/PL/910GL Memory Controller Hub [8086:2580] (rev 04)

00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82915G/P/GV/GL/PL/910GL PCI Express Root Port [8086:2581] (rev 04)

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 82915G/GV/910GL Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2582] (rev 04)

00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation 82915G Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2782] (rev 04)

00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:2660] (rev 04)

00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:2662] (rev 04)

00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 [8086:2658] (rev 04)

00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 [8086:2659] (rev 04)

00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 [8086:265a] (rev 04)

00:1d.3 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 [8086:265b] (rev 04)

00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:265c] (rev 04)

00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge [8086:244e] (rev d4)

00:1e.2 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:266e] (rev 04)

00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FR (ICH6/ICH6R) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:2640] (rev 04)

00:1f.2 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FW (ICH6/ICH6W) SATA Controller [8086:2651] (rev 04)

00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:266a] (rev 04)

02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express [14e4:1677] (rev 01)

 

 

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Boot into your bios (F2 key) and make sure that your SATA Operation is set to Combination and that your Video Memory size is set to 8MB.

Change the boot order so that you boot off your optical drive first.

 

You will need to collect some things before you get started:

• A retail Snow Leopard installer disk, I used 10.6.3

Nawcoms ModCD 0.3.2

• A kext installer utility

legacy_kernel-10.6.8.v2.pkg (attached)

MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.8.dmg from Apples website

AppleAC97Audio.kext(attached)

AppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer.kext(attached)

ElliottAppleIntelGMA950LegacyEnabler.kext (attached)

AppleSMBIOSEFI.kext (attached)

 

 

Burn the Nawcoms ModCD 0.3.2 image to a CD

 

Put everything else on a flashdrive, CD, external hard drive or whatever works for you. They will need to be copied to your GX280 later on.

 

Put your Nawcoms ModCD 0.3.2 in your optical drive.

 

Reboot

 

When you see the screen with the white phone, eject the Nawcoms ModCD 0.3.2.

 

Put your Snow Leopard installer disk in your optical drive.

 

Hit the F5 key.

 

The Snow Leopard installer disk should appear on screen.

 

Use the arrow keys to select the Snow Leopard installer disk and hit Enter. There will be some text on the screen. When asked, press any key to continue. The screen will go black , there will be allot of white text (this may take awhile) and then you should get the gray Apple start up screen.

 

When the first window comes up, select your language , and hit the arrow button.

 

 

************************Format your Drive***************************

 

Go up to the tool bar and under Utilities, select Disk Utility.

 

When Disk Utility opens, highlight your hard drive and select the Partition Tab.

 

Select the number of partitions that you want. Name them and make certain that their format is Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Hit the Options button and choose GUID Partition Table. Hit the Apply button, when the window pops up hit Partition. **My keyboard was not functioning at this point and I could not change the name of the hard drive. I was using a USB keyboard.

 

When the partitioning is done, quit Disk Utility.

 

 

************************Basic System Installation***************************

 

Continue with the Snow Leopard installation. The button sequence is Continue, Agree, Select the hard drive you are installing on and hit the Customize button.

 

In the Customize window, expand the CUSTOM OPTIONS line by clicking on the little triangle.

Check Legacy Kernal

Check ElliotLegacyRTC Fix

Check Apple PS2

Check AppleIntelPIIXATA under Chipsets

Uncheck AppleAC97Audio. under Audio

Uncheck Autodetected Wired LAN support under Networking

Check GraphicsEnabler

Hit the OK button.

 

Hit the Install button. The install will take about 45 minutes. It will seem like the install has frozen, the progress bar won't move, but don't worry it is installing, just leave it alone.

 

Let the GX280 restart.

 

You will need to go through the set-up process. This is where you enter your address and time zone as well as other information. It is a well guided process, just follow the instructions, I won't go through the details here.

 

 

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Eject the retail Snow Leopard installer disk

 

Copy the following files to your GX280

• A kext installer utility

• legacy_kernel-10.6.8.v2.pkg

• MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.8.dmg from Apples website

• AppleAC97Audio.kext

• AppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer.kext

• ElliottAppleIntelGMA950LegacyEnabler.kext

• AppleSMBIOSEFI.kext

 

 

 

************************Update to 10.6.8***************************

 

Open the MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.8.dmg. Hit Continue, Continue, Continue, Agree and Install. Authenticate with your password and let it install.

 

DO NOT RESTART when installation finishes. Drag the installation window off to one side and leave it alone.

 

Open the Legacy Kernel 10.6.8 package and install it. Hit Continue, Continue, Continue, and Install. When the installation has finished hit Close.

 

Open your root directory and then open System/Library/Extensions scroll down until you find ATI300Contorller.kext. Highlight every kext that starts with ATI. Right click and select "Move to Trash." You will have to authenticate with your password to throw the ATI kexts away.

 

Restart your computer. You should see the start up screen, the gray apple screen and then you are running 10.6.8!

 

 

************************Fix the Audio, Video and the About this Mac crashing ***************************

 

Use your kext installing utility to install the following:

• AppleAC97Audio.kext <--fixes the audio

• AppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer.kext <--fixes the video

• ElliottAppleIntelGMA950LegacyEnabler.kext <--fixes the video

• AppleSMBIOSEFI.kext <--fixes the About this Mac crashes

 

 

************************Ethernet***************************

 

I could not get the built in ethernet to work. Some people have used the following, but it didn't work for me.

http://www.insanelym...blem-sometimes/

 

or this http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/155590-broadcom-5751-applebcm5751ethernetkext/page__hl__+gx280?do=findComment&comment=1715195

 

************************Updating***************************

 

Use Software Update to update your system and applications

 

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AppleAC97Audio.kext.zip

AppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer.kext.zip

AppleSMBIOSEFI.kext.zip

ElliottAppleIntelGMA950LegacyEnabler.kext.zip

legacy_kernel-10.6.8.v2.pkg.zip

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I know this is old but thanks for this, provided some files I couldn't quite find anywhere else. I'd give you a kiss if I weren't {censored} to thank you. :P

 

Holy {censored} the word is censored? O_o

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Indeed this post is almost a year old but it has helped me immensely, I had my second MBP die on me, so this project is keeping me sane as I can't readily afford $2500 for another laptop at present besides the (S)ThinkPad T500 I picked up second hand gets the basics done I await the rest of the parts I ordered to build my (second due to this posting) Hackintosh so I can return to my more advanced musings, some would say, "You should save up, wait it out, & buy another MBP. You can't use a Hackintosh daily for mission critical tasks!" I shall endeavor to prove all the naysayers wrong!!! Thank you again!!! 

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Thanks for this very useful guide, I follow instructions and all works fine for me. Only troble with power management after 10.6.8 update. Shutdown, Stop and Reboot doesn't work properly, i've only blu screen after hard disk led activity. I try to install many times different types of Evoreboot, sleepEnabler etc with no success... any suggestion? Thanks

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Thanks for this very useful guide, I follow instructions and all works fine for me. Only troble with power management after 10.6.8 update. Shutdown, Stop and Reboot doesn't work properly, i've only blu screen after hard disk led activity. I try to install many times different types of Evoreboot, sleepEnabler etc with no success... any suggestion? Thanks

I didn't keep the GX280 for very long so I can't say now if mine had sleep problems.  It sounds like you are trying the right sort of kexts.  You could also try DSDT Editor.

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************************Basic System Installation***************************

 

Continue with the Snow Leopard installation. The button sequence is Continue, Agree, Select the hard drive you are installing on and hit the Customize button.

 

In the Customize window, expand the CUSTOM OPTIONS line by clicking on the little triangle.

Check Legacy Kernal

Check ElliotLegacyRTC Fix

Check Apple PS2

Check AppleIntelPIIXATA under Chipsets

Uncheck AppleAC97Audio. under Audio

Uncheck Autodetected Wired LAN support under Networking

Check GraphicsEnabler

Hit the OK button.

 

Hit the Install button. The install will take about 45 minutes. It will seem like the install has frozen, the progress bar won't move, but don't worry it is installing, just leave it alone.

 

Let the GX280 restart.

 

You will need to go through the set-up process. This is where you enter your address and time zone as well as other information. It is a well guided process, just follow the instructions, I won't go through the details here.

 

 

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If at this point you are on the base 10.6.3 install DVD how are you getting these options via Customize? Am I missing something?

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      Credits
      Thanks to those who contributed to my Mojave solution and to the DosDude team (for the incredible macOS patchers), I think this Catalina installation was the easiest macOS installation that I have experienced (so far).  Many thanks to @Slice and his team for the incredible work on CLOVER and for continuing to support old legacy systems like this.  Also, thanks to @Mieze and @headkaze and others I'm sure for maintaining the Brcm kexts.  And finally, I still prefer to manually apply patches to the DSDTs in my systems.  CLOVER offers extensive patching functionality, but I'm old-school and like to have an error-free, fully-patched DSDT with a simple CLOVER config.plist.  I think that this manual DSDT patching approach (which required an extensive review and debugging of the original unpatched DSDT in this thread) is the reason that this Latitude E6410 is such a perfect MacBookPro6,2.  Thank you @RehabMan for being a great teacher and for always insisting on problem reporting files .
       
       
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    • By Rich_T
      My  PC is  a Dell Optiplex 790
      I am installing  Catalina then hopefully upgrading to Big Sur
      Intel Core i7 2600 @ 3.40GHz (sandy bridge?)
      16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz
      NVIDIA GeForce GT 730
      I have been following the guide at https://dortania.github.io/OpenCore-Install-Guide/installer-guide/mac-install.html
      Currently I’m on step “Gathering files” I’m not to sure which SSDTs I should use for my system to work properly.
       
      Also this will be dual booting with Windows 10 Pro
    • By tlefko
      Version Info
      This build is compatible up to Big Sur Beta
      Now Compatible with macOS 11 Please leave feedback with issues or w/o Comitted to Updating up to OS 11 MULTITOUCH TOUCHSCREEN SUPPORT Latest Release Notes
      Fixed Bluetooth and Wifi Stability Issues Improved Preformance and Power Managements Can Provide Files for Display Overrides Additional Patches for 3K Display updated for 15.4 rev 1 if using unsupported wifi card disable it in bios use config.plist not HD520 Perfect Sleep/Wake for 1080P Model no-touch, still bugs for 3K Exact same functionality as Catalina Notes
      Never tested USB C except for charging, works great USB devices eject on sleep (not really an issue) 4K model has minor sleep wake issues occasionally, 1080P is fully functional 4K sleep has been heavily improved however and glitches are rare, fixed by reopening lid POST
      run sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0 If on 3K disable sleep completely for maximum stability If no mouse, install all voodoo kexts using Kext Utility Description
      This esentially an ultra-simplistic version that is stable without the use of a deploy or complicated file installations and copies. You can easily view all the SSDT patches along with configuration files for the bootloader as they are all documented clearly in the files. This does include a copy of Clover, which of course I do not contribute to and am only responsible for the provided files, patches, and kext placements This guide provides a working setup with little knowledge of the topic and without "optimization" (because often they can break things). But, it is fully functional and preforms properly and is stable
      Make sure you are using DW1560 for wifi or else KP. If not using remove BRCM kexts from CLOVER>kexts>other. BIOS Setup
      Set all SATA operation as AHCI Disable Secure Boot, Fast Boot For Coil Whine improvement disable C-States Enable UEFI Booting INSTALL (VERY IMPORTANT)
      Due to structural changes in the setup of apple's Big sur, this EFI cannot boot the installer it can only boot into a system / device that has already been created and setup. To do this, you need to install Big Sur to a virtual machine (lots of guides online) and then create an dmg of that system, and restore it onto your HDD using the 'dd' command There are various guides online how to get this virtual machine setup complete. You can then use the attached EFI folder to boot and use macOS big Sur You can use this video to show you how to get your macOS pre-installed onto your hard drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMU3nhcbWHw Boot Entry Setup
      Boot into the BIOS of the computer, then navigate to the Boot setup (or entries (not sure what it is called exactly, but it will be a list of the options your computer selects to boot) Click add new, and make sure the USB isn't plugged in. Select the only option that is avaiable, and in FS0 navigate to Boot/BOOTx64. Add this as an entry, then select this as whatever priority you would like. Messages and Facetime
      Gnerate your own Serials, Board Numbers, MLB There are various guides online to do this and as default they're set to essentially Null (Fakeserial) This is fairly straightforward and there is lots of external recourses, or you can contact me for support. Headphones and Audio
      All audio from speakers should work perfectly along with Bluetooth and USB audio To resolve headphones static issue (wired) install combojack Finished!
      Congratulations, there really aren't any more steps that are required. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Donations
      Send me a coffee lefkotyler@gmail.com  
      Latest releases hosted here https://github.com/tlefko/XPS-13-9350-Big-Sur/ along with faster replies
      EFI.zip
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