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Installing Snow Leopard 10.6.3 on your Dell Inspiron E1505 Laptop

THIS IS NOT GUARANTEED TO WORK!

My Hardware

Intel Core Duo 1.6Ghz

Intel GMA 950 Graphics

1390 Wireless Card

So first you are going to need a few things..

1: Dell Inspiron E1505 Patched Boot CD (made by noob766 on InsanelyMac.com/forum)

2: Snow Leopard Retail CD or ISO (Buy the $30 CD, it’s worth it in the end)

*If you have downloaded the Snow Leopard Retail, make sure it is RETAIL and legit*

3: A working OSx86 installation on your computer. *iPC 10.5.6 is recommended, it’s what I used :) *

Preparing the Installation

So on your OS X installation you will want to put in your Snow Leopard retail DVD or mount your Snow Leopard retail ISO. Then you want to go to Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility. Now, click on the Hard Drive you want to install Snow Leopard on. Go to the “Partition” tab and hit the + button below the partitions and make it 10GB, name it Snow Leopard Installer.

Now, make sure the Snow Leopard DVD/ISO is mounted, go back into Disk Utility and right click on the Mac OS X Install DVD and click “Restore” then for the Source, you want to drag the Mac OS X Install DVD onto that. For the Destination you want to drag the 10GB Snow Leopard Installer partition we made earlier onto there.

Now we want to get the Dell Inspiron E1505 Patched Boot CD downloaded if you haven’t already. When you have it, mount the .iso and open Disk Utility again. Click the the mounted ISO and click the button at the top that says “Burn”. Make sure you have a CD in your drive.

So we have everything set up now and we are ready to go.

Installing Snow Leopard

Okay, so what you have to do now is reboot your laptop and hit F12 at the Dell Manufacturer screen to enter the boot menu. Put in your Dell Inspiron E1505 Patched Boot CD and choose to boot from DVD drive. Now you may see some depressing messages but have no fear, just wait for the Chameleon Bootloader to startup. Once it is started up, you will have to hit any key to choose the Hard Drive you want to boot. Now key over to the Snow Leopard Installation and hit the space bar.

If you have the Core 2 Duo, type “arch=i386 cpus=1″

If you have the Core Duo, type “cpus=1″

Now hit enter and you will see the Apple Logo. Once it is all loaded, you will pick your language and hit the arrow. Now you will want to head up to Utilities>Disk Utility. Go to the partition you want to install Snow Leopard onto and go to the erase tab. Name it whatever you want and change it to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) then hit erase. Once that’s done, close out of Disk Utility. Make sure to select the partition we just formatted and hit Install.

Once that is done, make sure to boot from the patched boot cd again and you will set up your account and all that other stuff…

Booting without the CD

So now that Snow Leopard is working on your computer except for dual core and booting without the CD, we are about to fix these problems.

There are a few more files you will have to download…

VoodooHDA Audio Driver

VoodooPS2Controller

VoodooSDHC

VoodooPower

VoodooTSCSync

Chameleon Bootloader

Chameleon Patched Boot File

FakeSMC.kext

NullCPUPowerManagement.kext

Intel GMA 950 Graphics Driver

kext helper b7

ShowAllFiles Utility

After you are done downloading the long list of files, you will want to start off by going to /System/Library/Extensions and deleting AppleIntelCPUPowerMangement.kext and AppleIntelCPUPowerManagementClient.kext.

Now open kext helper b7 and install VoodooHDA, VoodooSDHC, VoodooPower, VoodooTSCSync, fakesmc.kext and NullCPUPowerManagement.kext

Run the installers for VoodooPS2Controllers and GMA950.

Now you run the Chameleon 2.0 RC2 bootloader installer. Make sure to set the install location to your main hard drive that Snow Leopard is installed onto. Then click Customize and deselect the Extra and Option boxes. You can keep whatever themes you like and make sure you choose Chameleon Standard. Then you can install. If it says the installation failed, don’t worry, just exit out. Now open the ShowAllFiles utility and hit Show All Files. Now head to the root of your hard drive and delete the file called boot and put the patched one you downloaded in the root.

Now that you are all done, you can cross your fingers and reboot without the CD. Just boot like you normally would and Chameleon should pop up. This time you don’t have to type “cpus=1″, but if you have the Core 2 Duo then you still have to hit space and type “arch=i386″. Make sure to boot the hard drive that you have Snow Leopard installed onto, not the Snow Leopard Installer partition.

Everything should work now! Congratulations! Mac OS X Snow Leopard is fully working on your laptop.

Updating to 10.6.1

All you have to do is go to Apple Software Update and update to 10.6.1

Upgrading to 10.6.2

Update via. Apple Software Update. When it reboots your computer, you may have to hook it up to another monitor and reinstall the kexts from above.

Upgrading to 10.6.3

Don’t use the Apple Automatic Updater to install 10.6.3, download it here. Then run the .pkg and everything should be working great! If you boot and the screen is black, then connect to an external monitor and reinstall the GMA950.

Booting without “arch=i386″

Go to Library>Preferences>SystemConfiguration and open com.apple.boot.plist

Before the last </dict> add in..

<key>arch</key>

<string>i386</string>

If you aren’t able to save it then right click on the file, hit Get Info and hit the arrow by Sharing and Permissions and change the admin privileges from Read only, to Read and Write only. Then you have to click on a white space in the folder and do the same thing. Save com.apple.boot.plist and reboot, now you don’t have to add “arch=i386″ at boot.

Battery Icon Meter

Download the kext for Snow Leopard at http://superhai.com/darwin.html and install with Kext Helper

Anything Else?

If you have any questions, comments or concerns then you can comment below, email me at evanwilsongz@gmail.com or look under support.