Mi aventura creando una Hackintosh

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This guide is unfinished, I still have some components to complete, but I think my experience could be useful for many.

Well, I’ve taken on the task of modifying a Dell Inspiron 1440 to create a “Hackintosh” Snow Leopard dual boot / Windows 7.
The computer itself is quite compatible:

Dell Inspiron 1440
Intel Pentium T4500 (1M Cache, 2.30 GHz, 800 MHz)
vid: 384MB Intel GMA 4500MHD
aud: IDT HDA 102802
ACPI x64 based
Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN mini-card
RealTek PCIe 8136
1.3 Mega Pixel Camera

After searching extensively on the net, I found a couple of places where they explain the process at least a little clearer: macyourpc which use a similar laptop, and offer a variety of leagues and patches that create a functional whole. Osx86project.org forums also, and especially insanelymac.com tonymacx86.blogspot.com offer many answers and guidance in this maze of patches and updates.

What became very clear to me is that this is not for the novice, you have to know a little about Windows, Linux and Mac also have to muster the patience, read a lot and be very clear that it will not be easy, but the result is very rewarding.

The first step is to prepare the machine to reformat the disk, as I have the installation disks from Dell, I do not mind losing the data. F2 to enter the BIOS of the laptop and choose to boot from the CD.

De Macyourpc BootSLv3.iso downloaded the bootloader using the Chameleon to allow the installer to run Snow Leopard on the Dell. After burning to a CD, booted the laptop with this CD. Upon entering, I offer a nice graphic of a chameleon, with icons to the center of my boot options: the disc, and Windows. Remove the CD and insert the original disc Snow Leopard (OSX 10.6), after a minute press F5 to refresh and immediately displays the Snow Leopard installation disc.
This moment is crucial, for the first time I selected the installation disc I was a mistake. Reading on the Web, I found to be given a command before running the installer, simply write-v cpus = 1 busratio = 20 and then Enter, so the installer works without problems.

When you start the installer, I selected the utility menu “disk utility” to initialize the disk. I must say that I tried several methods, such as formatting from windows7 but end up doing it from OSX with 2 partitions: a “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and the other “FAT.”

Having done this I rebooted the laptop, and proceeded to install Windows 7. The process is fairly easy, just choose “custom install” and select the partition “FAT” and format it to NTFS. From there – without touching the other partitions – install Windows 7.
Windows installation is complete, restart with the disc BootSLv3.iso and following the aforementioned steps, I installed the OSX partition journaled.

I pause to comment that this procedure is learned by heart from having to reinstall the OSX about 8 times since I made many mistakes that left the facility unusable, almost always kernel panic at startup.

When finished, restart the laptop and you need to insert the disk BootSLv3.iso again, because it is still required to boot into OSX. Here you select the Dell osX and run OSX for the first time.

Following the lead of MacyourPc, I opened the disk BootSLV3 and inside is a folder called “post Install” where you have to run the installer “Chameleon 2 RC3. This allows the Dell Inspiron boot menu without the CD.
At this point my experience differs from MacyourPC guide: being a different model, the required kexts in the folder “Extras” and install were guilty of my “kernel panics” and subsequent installations.
The Kext are a kind of “drivers”, enable certain components and have to be specific to the hardware installed.

I installed some kexts related to my configuration, such as WiFi enabler directly from the “post install” CD. I looked kexts compatible with my components, and reach forum.voodooprojects.org where they have the latest versions of kexts for my hardware. I installed and VoodooHDA VoodooBattery.
There is a folder called “Extras” in the new Mac, which contains kexts and boot configuration, here is where you store the same and you can change the resolution.

As the graphics card is the Intel GMA X4500 and no kexts available yet, to alter the decision to edit a file called com.apple.Boot.plist where you have to modify this line:

<key> Graphics Mode </ key>
<string> 14400x900x32 </ string>

This is how I managed to change the resolution of 1024 x 768 by default.

Conclusion: The Hackintosh works perfectly, fast, functional and best of all: two operating systems on one computer, half the price of a macbook with the same processor, RAM, etc.. I will use that does not include games or complex graphics. I installed word processing, spreadsheets and presentations, and photo editor, all updated and working perfectly.

What works for me:

Video resolution 1440 x 900
Audio (but unable to control volume)

What does not work yet:

“Sleep” or “Stand-by” – the system freezes the assets and leave the computer alone for a while, or closing the screen
Volume control
Video card – I can not change resolution or brightness

I have not tried the card reader, microphone or monitor output.

Following steps:
I think the first is to do a full system backup, so I can regenerate in case of failure.
Search kexts compatible with my specific components
Upgrade to 10.6.3 because I read that is pretty solid and stable.
I upgraded to 10.6.3 without problems.
I solved the problem by installing volume “flower sound”.
I still do not solve the problem of “sleep”, the video and Quartz extreme.

5 Comments on “Mi aventura creando una Hackintosh

  1. Puedes decir específicamente que kexts y extensions usaste y recopilarlos. La 1440 funciona con los kexts de macyourpc, aunque sin audio, cámara ni Wi-Fi. La primera vez que instale funciono la cámara y el Wi-Fi, pero nunca mas lo han vuelto a hacer (llevo mas de 10 instalaciones), Gracias.

    • Los Kexts que use fueron las ultimas versiones de http://forum.voodooprojects.org/, ahi tienen los kexts de audio y sleep. Ellos tienen para wifi, pero no se si la camara.
      Prueba reinstalar el osx formateando primero la particion journaled, pues tal vez esta escribiendo encima y no borrando toda la configuracion. no olvides el -v cpus=1 busratio=20 al arrancar chameleon.
      Espero que te sirva, voy a intentar copiar mi folder de kexts y subirlo.


  2. Keep it up, I’m about to do this myself, on the same computer, so a link to where you found those files would be AWESOME.

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