Thursday, March 1, 2012

How To Install OS X 10.7.3 on a Dell Dimension 9200 / XPS 410.


If you own a Dell Dimension 9200 aka XPS 410, and you would like to "hackintosh it" i.e install OS X on a PC then this guide is for you.

Disclaimer: Please backup your data before attempting any part of this guide MacTipsNow holds no responsibility for any damage or loss of data.

Preface:

This guide assumes you have basic OSx86 knowledge, you should be able to follow along ok if not, but please don't be afraid to ask questions I will do my best to help. This guide is wrote from my experience installing OS X Lion 10.7 on my Dell Dimension 9200, just because it works for me doesn't necessarily mean it will for you, our hardware could be slightly different but in reality you should have no problems if you follow this guide step by step.

Please check your hardware against mine, most likely you'll have a different graphics card, but hopefully you have one that's OS X compatible. To find out if your graphics card is OS X compatible search google for "<your cards model number here> OSx86 compatibility" if you need help figuring out how or if your card will work please comment below.


Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz - Any stock installed Dell CPU will work.
6GB RAM - Only have 4GB during install - Might work with 6GB.
1TB SATA HDD.
nVidia 8400GS graphics card.

Install Guide.

In order to install Lion you have to be on 10.6.8, or at least you do if you want to install using the Mac App Store's Lion Installer.

I purchased Lion through the App Store a few months after it came out to update my Hackintosh Dell, but unfortunately I couldn't get it to work for various reasons.


Fortunately though I figured out another way, it involves downloading a pre-patched OS X DVD iso, called iAtkos L2 10.7.2, I wont link to it but it can easily be found by searching.

In order to install iAtkos successfully you will need to do a few extra things. Please follow along below and you should end with a fully working OS X install.

Step 1: Download the iAtkos .iso and burn it to a DVD.

Step 2: Downgrade your BIOS to 1.0.3 for 9200. I'm unsure if its the same for the XPS 410?. This helps with hard drives not showing up during installing, it might not be needed but it was for me.

Step 3: Set BIOS to raid off / Auto ATA.

Step 4: Boot off your iAtkos DVD, this will take some time dont worry.

Step 5: Open "Disk Utility". On the menubar you will see "Utilities" and on that menu is "Disk Utility" 

Step 6: You will need to change your hard drive to GUID Partition Map, usually it would be MBR (Master Boot Record). 

Firstly select the hard drive you wish to install OS X on the left side and then go to the Partiton tab and then select Options... here select "GUID Partiton". Then Format your HDD to "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Step 7: Close Disk Utility.

Step 8: Continue with installation, agree to license agreement.

Step 9: Choose the hard drive you formated in step 6 then click "Customize"

Leave what is already checked and select the following:

Under "Patches"

Check "IOPCIFamily"

Under "Bootloader Options"

Check "PCI Root-1"

Under "Drivers" > "Main Hardware" > "SATA/IDE"

Check "NON-AHCI SATA"

No other options are necessary.

Click ok then install.

Step 10: Hopefully your System has booted.

If not and there is an issue i.e it just freezes or restarts try to boot using flags -v -f -x altogether.

To do this as the system boots you will see chameleon bootloader countdown before the apple logo, just hit any key there. The timer should of stopped, then just type -v -f -x with spaces and hit enter.

Your system will boot in Verbose mode with the -v flag, Safe Mode with -x and -f tells it to ignore the boot config file.

If your system still doesn't boot please post below the last two lines that you're seeing and I will try to help.

Step 11: Download Multi-Beast HERE you will notice there is a folder named "Extra" Ignore it for now.

When Multi-Beast is open check the same as the image below:



Step 12: Remember that Extra folder? Well the Extra folder has .kexts I had to find, and other fixes like an App Store fix already applied to make it easier for you. Now copy that folder to the root of your hard drive, just drag and drop the folder into your hard drive icon. Select "Replace" if promoted enter your password.


Step 13: Goto /Extra/Extensions and drag and drop all the .kexts onto the kext utility icon in your applications folder. 
If you dont have a nVidia 8400GS delete the nVidiaEnabler.kext before doing this step.


Step 14: Open Disk Utility and repair disk permissions. 


Reboot.


You should now have a fully working system.


To update to 10.7.3 you can either download it from Apple as a Combo Update, or just use the built in Software Update. 


I used Software Update and had no issues, I just opened kext utility after rebooting and draged and dropped the .kexts inside /Extra/Extensions on the kext utility icon again and then opened Disk Utility and repaired disk permissions.


If you have any problems please post below and I will do my best to help.
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