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May 22, 2009

How To Update Your Dell Mini 9 Hackintosh to 10.5.7

After lots of trial and error I am finally here! Finally at the latest version of Mac OSX Leopard 10.5.7 running on my Dell Mini 9 netbook. How did I finally do it? Surprisingly, it was pretty easy. All you have to do is RTFM!

One thing I had to do different since I first mentioned my Hackintosh on Bauer-Power Episode 9 was I HAD to use the retail version of OSX. There just was no upgrading from 10.5.2 Kalyway to 10.5.7 on my Dell Mini 9. The big problem with the retail version? It’s almost 8GB! You have to put that S.O.B. on a Double Layer DVD!

This article assumes you already have OSX installed on your Mini. If you haven’t done that yet, read this Gismodo tutorial: (Gismodo Hackintosh)

So you are ready to install 10.5.7 huh? If you do it without this tutorial, you will boot up to a white screen with a bunch of black slashes and a mouse pointer, so you better listen up!

Preparing for the Upgrade

  1. Download  DellEFI 1.2a5
  2. Extract the files onto a USB drive
  3. Download the Combo Update


Upgrading

  1. Run the Combo Update (downloaded in Step 3 above)
  2. Let the Mini reboot
  3. Boot into SAFE MODE (DellEFI 1.1 use "-x" at the prompt |DellEFI1.2 hold SHIFT)
  4. After booting into Safe Mode, run the DellEFI  1.2a5 from your USB drive
  5. You want to do a "Custom" DellEFI – Remove your custom dsdt.aml file
  6. Reboot
  7. Boot into SAFE MODE (DellEFI 1.1 use "-x" at the prompt |DellEFI1.2 hold SHIFT)
  8. After booting into Safe Mode, run the DellEFI  1.2a5 from your USB drive
  9. You want to do a "Custom" DellEFI -- reinstall the Mini 9 Extensions and recreate custom dsdt.aml file
  10. Reboot


Post Upgrade

  1. Re-run the AboutThisMac.pkg
  2. Run XSlimmer or Monolingual

You should now be at 10.5.7! Special thanks goes to bmcclure937 who posted these instructions on the MyDellMini forums here: (10.5.7 On Dell Mini)

Here is a screenshot of my Hackintosh Dell Mini 9:

Hackintosh 10.5.7

After the upgrade I busted out my trusty Carbon Copy Cloner program I mentioned on Wednesday, and created a ghost of my drive. There was just too much work to get me where I am at!

How about your Hackintosh? Were you able to update to 10.5.7? What kind of special finagling did you have to do? Let me know in the comments!



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