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Dell 5420. What do I install.

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I had Yose installed but keep crashing on Dell 5420.

Thinking about installing Maverick.

I found an old USB drive with Leopard on it, that I used a few years ago for backup. It works! everything. 

The draw back is my apps don't work on Leo.

Thinking about Maverick and see if the Leo kexts for sound , Net and ect.will work on Mav? 

Any suggestions would be nice, thanks.

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I'm  looking for the best OS. So far haven't been a big fan of Yosemite. Used Leopard a lot then Maverick. 

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Oh my  :wacko: , when i told you about post your hardware specs was to post the CPU model and basic things...but let it be. It sounds good!  ^_^

 

Your hardware is good, but for Snow would not be the best option. Mavericks will be better.

 

And your WiFi card doesn't work in all OS X versions, buy another card or use Doodle USB.

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Thanks Allan, 

would I be able to use kext from Snow in Maverick. also do you know how to open .raw file.

Gonna try Maverick, don't like Yose.

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Thanks Allan, 

would I be able to use kext from Snow in Maverick. also do you know how to open .raw file.

 

 

Some for Snow kexts are very old to use in Mavericks. Is not a good idea.

 

Gonna try Maverick, don't like Yose.

 

 

Me too  ^_^

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Well I have Maverick 9.4 working.

boots with no flags. - No sound and wiffi (it reports no hardware installed)

 

 I use Snow Leopard on a Tosh. with myhack to make a usb Maverick installer.

It would not boot on 5420, so I installed on portable USB HD.

with a i5 extra folder I got from here,>  I replaced those in the  USB HD extra folder.

USB HD then booted on 5420.with no track pad.

I made an image of USB and restored to 5420> It Booted no trackpad , use usb keyboard.

I transfered snow leo  extensions with kexthelper  to 5420.

Trackpad worked. 

Now if I boot the USB on 5420 it has wifi.

 

Thanks to who ever posted the i5 extra folder.

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wireless shows up gives me the option to connect to linksys "my wifi" but will not turn on when I click turn on.

I have Windows 10 installed so I went to devices it says Broadcom 811 spc.

sound is general HDA sound.

 

any help please . I 'm a dumb 74 yr old fart !!!

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That's the point Allan it does work on Maverick,when i boot to the Portal able Maverick USB drive. I have wifi but no track pad.

Also ,I can't use any boot flags. 

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well I used multibeaste  trying to tweak Dell 5420. well 5420 is dead. so i will start over.

my usb got killed also,trying to repair 5420

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That's the point Allan it does work on Maverick,when i boot to the Portal able Maverick USB drive. I have wifi but no track pad.

Also ,I can't use any boot flags. 

 

For TrackPad you can use VoodooPS2Controller, but go to RehabMan's version.

 

well I used multibeaste  trying to tweak Dell 5420. well 5420 is dead. so i will start over.

my usb got killed also,trying to repair 5420

 

TonyTools =  :stretcher:

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Thanks Allan.

It's dead now after running the  Maverick Beast.app. I have to start over.

I had everything working except wifi. That is why I ran the Beast. 

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Thanks Allan ,

 I used the voodoo and everything worked.

Then I got a kernel panic  couple boots later.

I think it because of Dual boot with Windows 10 !!

Windows 10 uses EFI , not like the old days.

 

So I'll start over with out Windows 10 1049 on the Dell 5420

I have windows 10 on Dell 755 desktop. really like it .It's Mac like. with 50" uhd Vizio TV.

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I don't like Windows 8 !!!  Windows 10 is a whole new ball game.

I fact I like windows 10 better than Yosemite.

It's hard to crash win 10,runs things virtual mode.

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Oh yes yes.

 

But the guide that i recommend for you, you can use in Windows 10 too.

Is not for you use Windows 8, but is for you get the dual-boot  ;)

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Allan 

I dump Windows 10 and Maverick is working fine !

I am using 2 displays. Dell 5420 and Vizio 50" uhd 4k at 1080p. HDMI.

After i erased  win 10 and booted up with no flags, Everything works !! even the camera.

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