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Mac OSX 10.5.4 on Dell XPS m1330

Yes, it violates Apple's license, so I am classifying this as "experimentation" aka lab fun.

I have managed to get a reasonably usable Mac OSX installed on my dell.  I've tried various distributions, but had limited success.  If you follow my blog, you have seen that I had good success putting Mac OSX on my Dell Mini 9.  That uses the new Dell EFI emulation, and works 100% -- very nice.  The dell XPS was a bit more work to get going.

My first attempt on the Dell Mini was using a Mac OSX dvd made for the MSI Wind netbook.  It was easy but had some issues, and almost worked.

Out of frustration of not being able to get anything stable on my XPS m1330, I popped in the MSI Wind DVD into the XPS and it installed with minimal headache!  When it was done, a bunch of things didn't work, as was expected.

I then downloaded and ran the Dell Post Installer from here:

(self explanatory on how to use)

And only recently found a stable audio kext here:

(google "Kext helper" and use that to install)

When it was all done, I have the following working:

nvidia drivers
external display
limited usb support (connect the usb device before booting)

What is not working is:
fingerprint scanner
shutdown doesn't fully process, i have to hold the power button to cut the power
dual cores (mac osx sees it as one processor)

I can live without the "not working" list -- and I am thrilled to have a working mac, especially with audio, which seems to be the kicker for most.

Now lets encourage Apple to make the next OSX a lot more open with licensing.  I know a LOT of people who will buy OSX and install it on their PCs if it wasn't a serious chore.

Hope this helps somebody out!

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