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An attempt to install Mac in my Dell D430

Yesterday, I suddenly felt like installing my Dell D430 with Mac. I searched for iATKOS 10.5.4 given to me by my colleague ages ago & installed it into the Dell. All using the default setup. In one attempt the Mac booted up very nicely! Wow!

However I got two major problems, the network, both LAN & WiFi are not functioning. So did the sound. I managed to installed necessary kext (Sigmatel 9200) using AppleHDA Patcher 1.2 & now the notebook can sing nicely. I am now desperately searching for the kext for my network devices in Dell D430. Anyone?

Update:

OK, I found one solution. This is for my WiFi driver PROSet/Wireless 3945a/b/g. It’s from ocix33 at http://www.hackint0sh.org/forum/f180/61609.htm:

I’ve managed to make mine working, but there’s always a BUT.

Card is recognized and is making search for wireless networks available and shows them, BUT these drivers only conect to networks WITHOUT security. This means that only free wireless’s will work.

How to install:

Go to http://code.google.com/p/iwidarwin/

and download

PROSet/Wireless 3945a/b/g OS X 10.5 SVN latest

now, on your MAC, do the following:

Install the .pkg and when it tells you to press restart DON’T DO IT right away. Wait a minute because Leopard will recognize the card and ask you to go to network preferences. When that happens, press APPLY in network preferences.

Now you can reboot.

DON’T TRY TO OPEN THE UTILITY TO WORK WITH THE WIRELESS CARD YET.

After reboot, go to disk manager and make a permissions repair action. After that, reboot again.

Now you can go to Applications folder and start the NetworkSelector app.

Enjoy your wireless device.

BTW the Disk Manager mentioned in the message above is actually Disk Utility available in your Applications/ Utilities folder. This solution didn’t work for me tho’ :(

My notebook crashed again!!

Haiyya…..it happens again. Dell Latitude D430 crashed again. Can’t explain how horrible I feel at the moment.

My notebook crashed again! Reason for a change?

I have been using notebook since 1998. My first notebook is NEC Versanote. Later I changed to Toshiba Satellite, the Dell Inspiron (2 models), IBM Thinkpad (2 models), Dell Latitude D420 & now Dell Latitude D430. The best notebook ever is IBM Thinkpad!

With Thinkpad, I rarely need to reformat the notebook. The system & driver update was very convenience & fast. All over the net, done automatically. Now with Dell Latitude, I need to reformat, maybe once in every 2 months! And today I am reformatting it again! Sigh!

I am a very heavy user of notebook & I rarely shut down the system. I run all major statistical packages from SAS 9.1.3 with Enterprise Guide, SPSS 15 & 16, Stata 9.2 and Stata 10. I tried Microsoft Vista, and I don’t like it. Its slow. In Malay….slow giler! Now using Microsoft XP SP3 with Office 2007 and full Adobe CS3 Suite.

All the recent notebooks are ultra-portable because I travel a lot. But that had caused me poor processor capability. With the latest Latitude, the harddisk is 1.8″ 4200 RPM which make the speed even worse. Thinking to change to the latest Thinkpad X300 with SSD 64GB which I reckon will run pretty fast. The only problem is $$. I have to find another 10K to change the system. Must start looking for biostat consultation job to finance this change I guess :)