Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2 on Dell Mini 9 Guide

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Here we’ll guide you through all the necessary steps to get Mac OS X Snow Leopard installed on your Dell Mini 9 netbook, including updating it safely to 10.6.2.

Requirements:

  • Dell Mini 9 with at least 8GB of hard disk space
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard retail disc
  • Intel-based Mac with DVD-ROM drive and USB port
  • 8GB or larger external USB drive (hard disk or flash drive)
  • NetbookBootMaker (download here)
  • NetbookInstaller (download here)
On your Mac with DVD-ROM drive and USB port:

1. Insert the Mac OS X Snow Leopard retail disc into the Mac’s DVD drive, and connect the external USB drive to the Mac too.
2. If your Mac is running Mac OS X 10.6 or later then launch the ‘Disk Utility’ application located in your ‘Utilities’ folder, and skip to step 7. Else, proceed to the next step.
3. Double-click on ‘Mac OS X Install DVD’ and then double click the ‘Install Mac OS X’ icon.


4. Click the ‘Utilities’ button.


5. Click the ‘Restart’ button. The Mac will now boot from the Mac OS X Snow Leopard retail disc.


6. Once you’ve selected your language, click on the ‘Utilities’ menu and select ‘Disk Utilitiy…’.

7. Select the external USB drive in the left-hand column, ensure that you click on the parent icon which states the drive capacity, e.g. “931.5 GB”.


8. Select the ‘Partition’ tab and then under “Volume Scheme:” click on ‘Current’ and change it to ’1 Partition’.


9. Change ‘Name:’ to “OSXDVD” and ensure that ‘Format:’ is set to “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)”.


10. Click ‘Options…’, select “Master Boot Record” and then click ‘OK’.


11. Click ‘Apply’ and then ‘Partition’ and give the Mac a moment to format your USB drive and create the new partition.


12. Next we need to copy Snow Leopard to the USB drive: select the ‘Restore’ tab.


13. From the left-hand pane, click and drag the ‘Mac OS X Install DVD’ icon to the ‘Source:’ field and release.


14. From the left-hand pane, click and drag the ‘OSXDVD’ icon to the ‘Destination:’ field and release.


15. Tick the ‘Erase destination’ box, then click the ‘Restore’ button and then click ‘Erase’. Allow between half an hour to 2 hours for the copy to complete.


16. Once complete, if you skipped to step 7 at step 2 in this guide, you can now skip to step 19. Else, proceed to the next step.

17. Quit ‘Disk Utility’ and from the ‘Utilities’ menu, select ‘Startup Disk…’.

18. Select the Mac’s normal startup disk, click ‘Restart…’ and then click the ‘Restart’ button. The Mac will now reboot from its hard disk.


19. Launch the ‘NetbookBootMaker’ application and from the select menu labelled ‘Select USB Partition:’ select the USB drive which is now titled ‘Mac OS X Install DVD’ and then click ‘Prepare Boot Drive’ (you’ll be prompted for the Mac Administrator’s username and password.


20. Once complete, you can eject the USB drive and disconnect it from the Mac.

On your Dell Mini 9:

1. Before we start installing we should set up the BIOS for the Dell Mini 9: turn on the Dell Mini 9 and at the point where the Dell logo appears, press ’2′ for setup.

2. You are now in the Dell Mini 9′s BIOS. Press the right arrow key once to move to the ‘Advanced’ tab.


3. Ensure that the option ‘USB BIOS Legacy Support’ is set to ‘Enabled’ – if not, select it using the arrow keys, hit ‘enter’, select ‘Enabled’ and hit ‘enter’ again.


4. Ensure that the option ‘USB Wake Support’ is set to ‘Disabled’ – if not, select it using the arrow keys, hit ‘enter’, select ‘Disabled’ and hit ‘enter’ again.

5. At this point, connect the USB drive to the Dell Mini 9 and power on the USB drive.

6. Press ‘F10′ (key combination on Dell Mini 9 keyboard is ‘Fn’ and ‘;’) and then select ‘Yes’ and hit ‘enter’ to save & confirm these changes to the BIOS: the Dell Mini 9 will reboot and as soon as the Dell logo comes up press ’0′ for boot options and you’ll be presented with a ‘Boot Menu’ of drives to boot from.


7. Select ‘+USB Storage’ and hit ‘enter’. The Dell Mini 9 will now boot into Mac OS X Snow Leopard from the USB drive!


8. Once you’ve selected your language, click on the ‘Utilities’ menu and select ‘Disk Utilitiy…’.

9. Select the Dell Mini 9′s internal (SSD) drive in the left-hand column, ensure that you click on the parent icon which states the drive capacity, e.g. “64.11 GB”.


10. Select the ‘Partition’ tab and then under “Volume Scheme:” click on ‘Current’ and change it to ’1 Partition’.


11. Ensure that ‘Format:’ is set to “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)”.


12. Click ‘Options…’, select “GUID Partition Table” and then click ‘OK’.


13. Click ‘Apply’ and then ‘Partition’ and give the Dell Mini 9 a moment to format your hard disk and create the new partition.


14. Once complete, quit ‘Disk Utiltiy’.

15. Configure your installation as you would on your normal Mac and let the installation run, and then that’s it!

Update to 10.6.2:

  • Run the ‘NetbookInstaller’ application and click ‘Install’.
  • Run ‘Software Update’ and update to 10.6.2. 
  • Restart your Dell Mini 9.
Via MyMacNetbook

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