Installing Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook

Installing Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook

Summary: Here you can see the Mini 9 (still running Windows XP) sitting on top of the MacBook Pro 15-inch unibody.

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  • Here you can see the Mini 9 (still running Windows XP) sitting on top of the MacBook Pro 15-inch unibody.

  • (Note: sorry about the iPhone photos, it was the best way to tweet the experience.)

    In this photo we see the lovely OS X installer's pick your language screen. Good times ahead!

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Dell, Hardware, Mobility, Software

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  • Wow!

    Now THAT is a major accomplishment. So now after all that effort, what can you do that you couldn't do before?
    Woned B. Fooldagan
  • RE: Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook 25/27 (Installing Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook)

    There is hope!
    carlvincent
  • Next question...

    Is it Plug and Play?
    Lost Cause?
  • RE: Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook 25/27 (Installing Mac OS X on a Dell

    Can this be done on an Asus or Acer with a hard
    drive?
    brunet42
    • Yes.

      I've got an Eee machine with a 160 gig hard drive and it's solid. I'm sure the answer is yes but I haven't done it.
      deowll
  • RE: Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook 25/27 (Installing Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook)

    2 questions.

    1. Why do you need a Blueray drive to install, when you can't get an Apple with a Blueray drive?

    2. Why would you want it, if it takes that long just to load it?

    I have 2 other O/S that don't take anywhere near as long to load or use on my computer. But then again, I also like faster hardware than what Apple is comfortable with.
    mjolnar@...
  • RE: Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook 25/27 (Installing Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook)

    Could Mac OS X be installed on a desktop computer with Windows XP Prof SP 2 (Intel Duo Core 2 6600@2.40 GHz) as a separate OS on its own partition?
    Please advise me.
    Thank you.
    Alexander
    ajnok@...
  • RE: Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook 25/27 (Installing Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook)

    MAC OSX is really unix with a mac user interface. You can install it on any PC if you're careful and follow a
    few specific restrictions. One of the prime reasons for apple's reputation for stability is that they have only a limited range of add-in cards to support. Therefore pick a graphics card that is supported on the Mac, network cards etc. and get the bios tweak from any hackers bulletin board and have at it.
    dick@...
  • RE: Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook 25/27 (Installing Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook)

    where is the lawsuite?
    fiveohjim1
  • RE: Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook 25/27 (Installing Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook)

    I had to jump through a lot of hoops to post my experience installing OS X to my Mini 9. ZD wanted a bunch of personal information that I didn't want to give.

    Once I entered it all and confirmed my account, my post didn't show up.

    Thanks, Ziff Davis.
    bkkilby
  • RE: Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook 25/27 (Installing Mac OS X on a Dell

    Hello:

    Very good work you done. I just installed MacOs X in Desktop and
    laptops with some miss-functioning, like not recognize bluetooth
    or wifi cards.

    Then, how was your test?, Works all the hardware without inconveniences?

    Bye
    Francisco Javier Dominguez Rogers
  • RE: Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook 25/27 (Installing Mac OS X on a Dell

    I am typing my opinion on a Dell Inspiron 910 (Mini 9)
    running the latest currently available version of OS X. It
    works perfectly. It is quite the snappy little computer for
    most everyday functions.

    I haven't run into any software limitations, although you
    have to remove the system check routine from some
    installers (it confuses the Atom processor for a PowerPC).

    I wanted a netbook and I am not about to use Windows.
    Apple is not giving one and while I heartily disagree about
    an iPhone being as good as a netbook (I live in an area that
    does not receive AT&T service, won't get it soon, and the
    few people I know with out of town phone numbers and an
    iPhone in their hands loathe the poor service over all and e
    even spottier data service availability in the area [only 3 or
    4 places in town an iPhone actually gets full use of its
    service plan]), Apple wouldn't give me a netbook so I hand
    to hack together my own.
    dad2ways
  • RE: Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook 25/27 (Installing Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook)

    How do I do this for my wife...?
    cad-man-06
  • RE: Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook 25/27 (Installing Mac OS X on a Dell Mini 9 netbook)

    is this good for snow leopard?

    if not can you install snow leopard after?

    i have purchased a 64gb ssd would that be fine?

    thankyou

    reply to my email @ jackr1909@gmail.com
    jack.renshaw@...