Sunday, May 17, 2009

Update on Dell Mini 9 - Hackintosh

I've been quite pleased with my little Dell Mini 9 that has been loaded with Apple Macintosh OS X.

The couple of little things that bothered me, namely the smaller keyboard, and the lack of the standard Macintosh two-finger scrolling and two-finger right-click.


Well, this week I did an update to the OS X operating system to the latest 10.5.7. It totally crashed the little guy... until I went online and learned a couple of 'tricks' on how to let the software/hardware find itself all over again. Now we're fine!
In addition - and to my great surprise - I also found the latest drivers that allowed me to make the little Hackintosh's trackpad act just like a real Macintosh! I now have two-finger scrolling and two-finger right-clicks working. Yea!

No software is going to make this little keyboard get bigger all of a sudden - so I guess I'm stuck with that.


The little Hackintosh makes a great second computer. I take it on all my trips. I've pre-loaded the 64GB Solid State Drive with a bunch of TED Talks, Movies, etc. so it's a small little lightweight entertainment device for use on the plane.


In addition, it has an SD slot on loaded with even more movies on a 16GB SD card.


This has been a very fun little project!

On her trip to NYC with the High School Fashion Team, my daughter used it as in-flight entertainment, and to check her e-mail and update her facebook page during the trip. (WiFi in the hotel worked great)
Since I've got all my 'important' stuff like Calendar, Contacts, E-mail, etc. all sync'd to Mobile Me - it was a simple exercise to get the Hackintosh to also sync to Mobile Me. Now it is a nice 'backup' laptop if anything happens to the 'big brother' (my main machine - the Macbook 13" Unibody).

And for everyone reading this - Backup your data today!
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If you'd like your own Dell Mini 9 Hackintosh, just drop me a line and I do my best to help out.

From my Twitter posts - http://twitter.com/keithparsons or @keithparsons

Dell Mini9 Hackintosh *lives* once again. Just had to do a bit of 'tweaking'. Yea! - Instructions here http://bit.ly/EUes4

Hackintosh is even better than before! Now with 2-finger scrolling, and 2-finger right click! Yea! Instructions here http://bit.ly/oQLpw

3 comments:

Janet said...

Just making sure - I'm all taken care of in the "backing up" department with time machine - right?

Gramps said...

Thanks for the update. I'm glad that you are enjoying some fun and exciting experiences related to your field of interest.

Anonymous said...

This would be a whole lot more useful if you provided some real info. Like where you found the drivers for two finger support!