Hackintosh/Osx86: How to Install Lion 10.7.2 on Dell XPS M1330 Using USB Install Method

// November 30th, 2011 // Posted in Hackintosh/Osx86, OS X


My "About This Mac"About This Mac

If you are looking for tutorial on how to install Snow Leopard instead of Lion then you should read my other journal.

I’ve been using a Dual-boot setup for more than a year between OS X Snow Leopard and Linux Mint 9 KDE (based on Kubuntu 10.04 LTS). These days instead of Snow Leopard I’m using OS X Lion. This journal shows you on how to install OS X Lion vanilla kernel on Dell XPS M1330. Since it can run vanilla build just fine I would suggest you use this method instead of using custom hack builds like iATKOS, iDeneb, Kaliway, etc.

The Machine

My old Dell XPS M1330 still has more than adequate processing power to do programming and compiling. I can even do Rigging and Modeling just fine in Maya.

The specs are:
– Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 2.0GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB L2 cache
– NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS 128MB GDDR3
– 4GB (2 x 2GB) SDRAM DDR2 667MHz
– Broadcom NetLink BCM5906M Ethernet 10/100 Mbps
– Intel PRO/Wireless 4965 AGN
– Intel 82801H ICH8 onboard HD Audio
– 200GB SATA 7200 RPM HDD
– 13.3 TFT active matrix, 1280 x 800 (WXGA)
– Ricoh Memory Card Reader
– Integrated DVD±RW
– 6-cell Lithium Ion Battery

What You Can Expect

Things That Should Works:
– NVIDIA GPU in the Accelerated mode
– Intel onboard Audio
– Built-in Broadcom Ethernet
– Trackpad
– Bluetooth
– Webcam
– Restart

Things That Will Not Work:
– Shutdown
– Intel 4965 AGN Wifi

Things That I Haven’t Tested:
– HDMI (will not work according to this post by immo.)
– Card Reader (according to the same post it works unreliably using VoodooSDHC.kext)

Shutdown on XPS M1330 never works. That is the case with it running any kind of hackintosh be it vanilla Snow Leopard or even custom build like iAtkos & Kaliway. According to some posts in many hackintosh forums this is caused by the USB frequency in XPS M1330.

What You Need

I tried using Unibeast with the Lion USB version and for some reason it doesn’t work for me. It keeps on saying that “The installation disk is corrupted” hence for this journal I’m using the downloaded version instead. Also why I use MultiBeast 3.x instead of 4.x is because for some reason 4.x won’t install the proper “/Extra/Extensions/” path for the bootloader (maybe I’m missing something here?). We’re going to use MultiBeast to install the bootloader ONLY as we still have to manually install the custom kexts.

Before we move on it would be a great idea to save those downloaded kexts and the rest of the files into another usb stick or an external hard drive so we can quickly applying them after the main OS installation.

Preparing The USB Installer

Disk Utility USB01. Disk Utility USB
Disk Utility MBR02. Disk Utility MBR

We need to partition the USB thumb drive using MBR. Launch Disk Utility from the Applications – Utilities folder. In the Disk Utility on the left column select the thumb drive. On the right side select the “Partition” tab. In the “Volume Scheme” pull-down menu choose the “1 Partition” option. Under the “Volume Information” area fill-in the “Name” field. This is the partition name. In my case I just put “LionUSB”. In the “Format” field I chose the “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” option. Leave the “Size” field be as we’re going to use the whole space. Take a look at image 01 as a reference. Before you go any further we need to set the partition table type as MBR. Click the “Options …” button and make sure you choose the “Master Boot Record” (image 02). Click “OK” to change the partition table type, then in the Disk Utility click the “Apply” button and it starts formatting the thumb drive. Wait for a moment then after it’s done close the Disk Utility.

UniBeast Choose USB03. UniBeast Choose USB
UniBeast on AppStore Version04. UniBeast on AppStore Version

Download OS X Lion from the Apple app store and put it in the “Applications” folder. Launch the TonyMac’s Unibeast package and make sure the USB thumb drive that you formatted just now is still pluged. Click “Continue”, then “Continue”, then “Continue”. then click “Agree” on the EULA, then it will ask for “Select a Destination”. Choose your USB thumb drive just like in image 03 (in my example it says “LionUSB”) then click “Continue”. Check on the “Mac App Store Install Mac OS X Lion” then click “Continue” (image 04) and finally click “Install”.

Kexts on Desktop05. Kexts on Desktop

Remember those required stuff that you need to download? now it’s a good time to extract them. Make sure these following stuffs are in your desktop:
– DSDT.aml and smbios.plist.
– FakeSMC.kext.
– VoodooSDHC.kext.
– VoodooPS2Controller.kext.
– VoodooBattery.kext.
– VoodooHDA.kext.

Take a look at image 05 for reference. Don’t mind the other stuff that are not related for this USB installer and focus only on the list above.

Let’s customize kexts and the bootloader on the USB drive but before doing that let’s make sure we are on the same page regarding the thumb drive mounted partition name here. My Lion USB installer is called “LionUSB” so whenever I make a reference to it please replace that with your own thumb drive name. Also please notice that for now we need to make changes to system folders on the USB thumb drive and not on your actual OS X installation. You’ll notice those folders reside on the “/Volumes/LionUSB/” instead of your root path “/”. Three folders that we definitely need to make changes are:
– /Volumes/LionUSB/Extra/Extensions/
– /Volumes/LionUSB/Extra/
– /Volumes/LionUSB/System/Library/Extensions/

First we need to delete some kexts that are not compatible with our machine. Go to your Terminal app and type:

pietra@unix$ sudo rm -Rf /Volumes/LionUSB/Extra/Extensions/*
pietra@unix$ sudo rm -Rf /Volumes/LionUSB/System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext
Go /Extra/Extensions/06. Go /Extra/Extensions/
/Extra/Extensions/07. /Extra/Extensions/
/System/Library/Extensions/08. /System/Library/Extensions/
Go /Extra/09. Go /Extra/
/Extra/10. /Extra/

We need to go to the “/Volumes/LionUSB/Extra/Extensions/” folder to copy some kexts but the way Unibeast installs the bootloader it makes the whole “/Volumes/LionUSB/Extra/” folder hidden from the Finder. To go there you need to press Command-Shift-G and type “/Volumes/{your_usb_drive}/Extra/Extensions/” just like in image 06. From your Desktop drag and drop these following kexts into the folder: FakeSMC.kext, VoodooSDHC.kext, VoodooPS2Controller.kext and VoodooBattery.kext. Take a look at image 07 for reference.

Now let’s go to the “/Volumes/LionUSB/System/Library/Extensions/” folder on the USB installer. Press Command-Shift-G again and type “/Volumes/LionUSB/System/Library/Extensions/”. From your desktop drag & drop the VoodooHDA.kext into the folder (image 08).

We need to modify the “/Volumes/LionUSB/Extra/” folder as well. Go there by pressing the Command-Shift-G and type “/Volumes/LionUSB/Extra/” (image 09). From your desktop drag & drop into it the DSDT.aml and the smbios.plist (image 10). To finalize the USB installer we need to customize the smbios.plist and the org.chamelleon.Boot.plist.

Lion nano smbios.plist11. nano smbios.plist
Lion nano Boot.plist12. nano Boot.plist
Kext Wizard13. Kext Wizard

Let’s use nano to edit the smbios.plist. From your Terminal app type:

pietra@unix$ sudo nano /Volumes/LionUSB/Extra/smbios.plist

We need to change the CPU speed. Look for a <key> that says “SMmaximalClock” and change the <string> value to match your CPU speed (image 11). You can find the actual CPU speed info in the BIOS. In my case it’s 2Gz hence the value 2000. Press Ctrl-O to save and Ctrl-X to quit.

Let’s customize the org.chameleon.Boot.plist as well. From your Terminal app type:

pietra@unix$ sudo nano /Volumes/LionUSB/Extra/org.chameleon.Boot.plist

Find the <key> “Kernel Flags”. Delete whatever values in the <string> and replace it with “DropSDDT=y”. Also make sure that there is a <key> named “GraphicsEnabler” with the <string> value “Yes”. Take a look at image 12 for reference. Press Ctrl-O to save and Ctrl-X to quit.

As the final step run the Kext Wizards with the “Target Disk” value set on the USB thumb drive and make sure that all check boxes are checked (image 13). This will fix files permission and rebuild caches for OS X Lion kexts on the USB.

The Installation

Let’s boot the USB installer. Make sure that the USB is plugged then reboot the machine. During the BIOS/Dell logo display press F12. Select the “USB Storage Device” then choose your Lion USB installer. In my case it’s called “LionUSB”. Wait for a moment and you’ll be asked to choose the language for the installer. Pick the “Use English for the main language” and you’ll be at the “Install Mac OS X” stage. Before moving forward we need to partition your hard drive first. You can skip these steps if you already partitioned and format your drive.

Partitioning and Formatting

We’re not going to dual-boot and therefore will use the whole disk space for OS X Lion. From the top bar select the “Utilities” menu then select the “Disk Utility …”. It will launch the OS X Disk Utility tool. On the left column select the hard drive. On the right side select the “Partition” tab. In the “Volume Scheme” pull-down menu choose the “1 Partition” option. Under the “Volume Information” area fill-in the “Name” field. This is the partition name. In my case I just put “Lion”. In the “Format” field I chose the “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” option. Leave the “Size” field be as we’re going to use the whole space. Before you go any further we need to set the partition table type as GUID. Click the “Options …” button and make sure you choose the “GUID Partition Table”. Click “OK” to change the partition table type, then in the Disk Utility click the “Apply” button and it starts formatting the hard drive. Wait for a moment then after it’s done close the Disk Utility.

Installing OS X Lion

Click the “Continue” button and you’ll be presented with the EULA. You have to click the “Agree” button to move forward. Click “Agree”. It will ask you “Select the disk where you want to install Mac OS X”. Select the partition that you just created. In my case it’s called “Lion”. You can click the “Customize” button to customize the OS components. As for me I just accept the default and click “Install”. Wait for a moment and after its done it will ask you to reboot the machine.

We still need the USB installer to boot the newly installed OS X because we haven’t install any bootloader. Reboot the machine using the USB again but this time select the new installed OS X Lion. The display name is based on the partition name. In my case it’s called “Lion”. Boot into it and since this is the first time you boot it will ask you to create a new user account. Please do so and once you’re finish we’re going to install the update.

Updating the OS

Lion Offline Update14. Lion Offline Update
Restart Confirm15. Restart Confirm
Update Done16. Update Done

Before installing the bootloader we’re going to update the OS to the latest (as of this writing it was 10.7.2). Mount the MacOSXUpdCombo10.7.2.dmg that you’ve downloaded earlier and update the OS (image 14). Before starting it will ask you that it needs to boot the OS once it’s done (image 15). Wait for a moment and when it’s done reboot (image 16) and load the OS using the USB stick again.

Installing Bootloader & Kexts

Lion Desktop17. Lion Desktop
MultiBeat 3 UserDSDT18. MultiBeat 3 UserDSDT

Remember the USB stick that contains our kexts and some extra files? it’s time to plug it back and extract those stuff to the desktop. Make sure these following stuffs are in your desktop:
– MultiBeast 3.x.
– DSDT.aml and smbios.plist.
– FakeSMC.kext.
– VoodooSDHC.kext.
– VoodooPS2Controller.kext.
– VoodooBattery.kext.
– VoodooHDA.kext.
– BCM5722D.kext.

Take a look at image 17 as reference. We’re going to use MultiBeast 3.x since MultiBeast 4.x won’t install the “/Extra/Extensions/” folder properly. Launch MultiBeast and make sure that DSDT.aml is on your Desktop. On MultiBeast click “Continue”, then “Continue”, then “Continue” then Agree to the license and you’ll see options for MultiBeast. Select the “UserDSDT install” ONLY then click “Continue” (image 18) and choose your Lion partition then click “Install”. After you’re done close the MultiBeast window.

/Extra/Extensions/19. /Extra/Extensions/
/S/L/E/ Path20. /S/L/E/ Path
/System/Library/Extensions/21. /System/Library/Extensions/
AppleHDA22. AppleHDA
/Extra/ path23. /Extra/ path
/Extra/24. /Extra/

Let’s customize the kexts now. The concept and the idea is exactly the same as how we customize kexts and bootloader for our USB installer. But instead of applying it to the USB we apply it to the local installed OS X instead. First of all let’s delete the custom kexts that is installed by MultiBeast. From your Terminal app type:

pietra@unix$ sudo rm -Rf /Extra/Extensions/*
pietra@unix$ sudo rm -Rf /System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext

Press Command-Shift-G and type “/Extra/Extensions/”. That will takes you to the folder. From your Desktop drag and drop these following kexts into the folder: FakeSMC.kext, VoodooSDHC.kext, VoodooPS2Controller.kext and VoodooBattery.kext. Take a look at image 19 for reference.

Go to the “/System/Library/Extensions/” by pressing Command-Shift-G and type-in the full path (image 20). From your Desktop drag and drop these two kexts: VoodooHDA.kext and BCM5722D.kext (image 21). VoodooHDA is not compatible with the stock AppleHDA which we just deleted from the command-line. Make sure that you don’t have it in there. If you do then please delete it (image 22).

Press Command-Shift-G again and this time go to the “/Extra/” folder (image 23). From your Desktop drag and drop the “smbios.plist” and the “DSDT.aml” into the folder (image 24). Make sure you’re using the smbios.plist which you’ve modified earlier.

Customizing the Bootloader

nano Boot.plist25. nano Boot.plist
Kext Utility26. Kext Utility

The NVIDIA acceleration can be enabled from the org.Chameleon.Boot.plist. Let’s modify the file using nano. From your Terminal app type:

pietra@unix$ sudo nano /Extra/org.Chameleon.Boot.plist

Find the <key> “Kernel Flags” and delete whatever in the <string> value. Put “DropSSDT=y” in there. Also make sure that it has the “GraphicsEnabler” <key> with the <string> value “Yes”. Take a look at image 25 for a reference. Press Ctrl-O to save and Ctrl-X to exit. Since we’ve made some modifications into the “/Extra/Extensions/” and the “/System/Library/Extensions/” then we need to run the Kext Utility for fixing permissions on those folders and rebuilding the kext cache (image 26). That’s all and we’re done! You can restart your machine now.

Additional Extra Stuff

These stuff are not really required for your machine but might be nice to have them.

  • NVClockX by slice. A FakeSMC plugin for monitoring NVIDIA graphics hardware.
  • IntelCPUMonitor also by slice. Another FakeSMC plugin for monitoring Intel CPU.


I’ve been using OS X Lion on XPS M1330 for few weeks now. Although I appreciate features like Mission Control and Launchpad I have to admit that performance wise Snow Leopard is a bit faster than Lion. I hope you managed to install the OS on your machine using this guide. If you did then congratulations and I hope you enjoy the Lion! If not then feel free to ask me your questions.

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54 Responses to “Hackintosh/Osx86: How to Install Lion 10.7.2 on Dell XPS M1330 Using USB Install Method”

  1. Matteo says:

    It works on Dell Vostro 1500 too!
    You need to fix:
    sudo rm -Rf /System/Extra/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext
    sudo rm -Rf /System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext

    On Vostro 1500 I have an error as I copy BCM5722D.kext into


    • pietra says:

      Thanks for the correction Matteo! Glad it works for you!

      the error that pops up when you copy kexts into /System/Library/Extensions/ is normal because you’re trying to make changes to kexts on a running system. Just ignore the errors, rebuild the kext cache and files permission then reboot. The broadcom ethernet should work after that.

      • Mathis says:

        @WupgupThanks it is woirkng right now, the only problem as a lot of people is the Atheros AR9285 wifi, hopefully there will be a solution a.s.a.p.

    • Voyager says:


      Which DSDT.aml should I pick for vostro 1500? Any idea?

      Out of this, I can’t reach th following needed 4 folders, cause my registration from websites not confirmed yet..

      Unibeast and Multibeast..
      Voodoo HDA.kext

      do you have them?

      Thanks in advance..

  2. Matteo says:

    I have some problem with Ethernet and Wireless Card…
    In Netwerk preferences I read only FireWire (Not Connected)

    I should have this device on Vostro 1500
    – Ethernet : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller
    – Wireless : Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card
    What do you suggest me?

    • Matteo says:

      Using AppleBCM440XEthernet.text instead of BCM5722D.kext and the Ethernet appears now :)
      Now I am looking for Wireless, but reading wiki It should be native

      Power off is not working. Power led is always On

      • pietra says:

        cool! awesome you found the right driver for your Vostro. As for the Wifi honestly I have no idea how to make it work. Mine is Intel 4965 and it doesn’t work.

        by Power off you mean shutdown? with M1330 it never works. When you shutdown the power led will always be on and the machine will not shut off. You have to manually shut it off by pressing the power button long enough. Is that the case with your Vostro as well?

        • Brandon says:

          Thanks a molliin! I ran into this same issue and have been pulling my hair out for days trying to find a solution! I was ready to fallback to 10.6.3, since I didn’t have to use VoodooHDA with that version of SL (used HDAEnabled and a modified AppleHDA). THANKS!!!

  3. Jonathan says:

    Ok so I’m at the step where I need to type code in Terminal to delete the incompatible kets (one of the very first steps). I copy and paste the text into Terminal but it says “Command not found”. The Mac I’m using is an OS X Snow Leopard (not Lion). Do you think you might be able to tell me what I’m doing wrong? Thank you so much!!!

  4. Jonathan says:

    Well, I’ve figured the first part out. I found that by typing it in it worked (rather than just copying and pasting). Now I’m having a problem with getting into the hidden folder. I’m sure I will figure it out soon.

    • pietra says:

      To go to the hidden folder you simply have to press cmd+shift+G in the Finder. or from the pulldown menu select “Go” then choose “Go to Folder …”. Yes, typing would help and you can use the tab key for path & command completion

  5. Jonathan says:

    Yesterday I got all of this to work right, but now as I boot into the USB and it shows the Apple logo it usually freezes and it it ever does make it past that stage it usually freezes during the setup of the installation. Do you think I might have done something wrong? Would you advise to re-try the process? Thanks!

    • pietra says:

      It’s hard to tell without knowing what’s going on during the boot process. You can display all the boot message using the -v flag. From chamellon select your USB drive, then press the down arrow key

  6. Jonathan says:

    Ok I just have one question. When you say the Intel WiFi does not work. Does that mean that you can’t get WiFi to work in OS X at all? Are there any fixes?

    • pietra says:

      Yes, Intel WiFi doesn’t work at all. Totally unsupported in All OS X and on any kind of form of hackintosh. There is no work around. I would suggest buy a USB Wifi adapter that is supported in OS X. Mine is Prolink WN2100 and it works wonderfully. Other than that, the Broadcom network card works with custom kext (driver).

      • pietra says:

        sorry i just found out that Prolink WN2100 does NOT work on Lion. The driver is still based on Leopard 10.5. It works just fine on Snow Leopard though …

  7. jeopardy says:

    My Bluetooth isn’t working (Dell Bluetooth 355, I think..) It shows up in System Profiler (Broadcom BCM2045B2) but I don’t have the Bluetooth icon on my title bar or the Pref Pane in System Preferences. If I search for it in spotlight it says “cannot find hardware” or something along those lines. Any suggestions? Other than that, great guide!! Thank you!

  8. jonbovi says:

    I can’t download the three files from the insanelymac forums. (BCM5722D.kext, VoodooPS2Controller.kext, DSDT.aml)

    I’ve registered, but still can’t download. Can you post alternate links?

  9. Izakbar says:

    Cheers bud. Works a charm on my M1530 !
    Only issues I have are :
    Sleep – need to turn this off, else lappy sleeps and dies bad.
    WiFi – Intel card does not work, managed to snaffle one form an old dead lappy that DID work though (Broadcom). Anyone having issues with Intel card should perhaps check out any spare/old laptops… (friends might be willing to swap cards etc).
    Fans – always seem to be on.. loads of heat. Usually like this a lot of the time with graphics stuff in winblows anyway..
    Think my next laptop will be a proper mac.. :)

    • pietra says:

      Hey cheers! Glad you got it working. for Sleep on M1530, have you check immo’s thread on insanely mac? maybe there’s a patch for your laptop in there. As for WiFi yes, Intel card doesn’t work on it.

  10. Jonathan says:

    Thank you for your help so much!! I will just have to buy my sister a Wireless USB adapter and she will have a fully functional Mac like the rest of her sisters n’ brothers and the rest our family!!! :D Thanks again!!

  11. Edip says:

    I had the monitor display “Before You Begin There is no keyboard connected to your computer. Please connect your keyboard.”
    Any suggestions?

    • Edip says:

      I reply with the Google help;
      1. Boot into Lion installation media (with unibeast drive),
      2. Open Terminal, 3. Type “cd /Volumes/(Insert drive name)/var/db”, 4. Type “touch .AppleSetupDone”, 5. Type “resetpassword” 6. Select your drive at the top
      and change root password in dialog, 7. Reboot, 8. Log on as “root” 9. Create new user account from System Preferences.

  12. Hamish says:

    Hi, thanks for the guide. Everything working except sleep. Help

  13. PAVEL says:

    This installation method works on Dell Vostro 1500. But I didn’t get scrolling on the touchpad yet (synaptic)
    Good news that media buttons work without Butler (on Leo/SL only volume buttons worked without it)

  14. Matteo says:

    I had Lion working on my Vostro 1500 using your howto (lion+seven)…
    but some minutes ago I try to install PdaNet to have my Lion working with teatering using my Android device…
    After I restart from installation of PdaNet the boot of Lion I have only…

    From path :”uuid” waiting on key>IOProviderClassIOResourcesIOResourceMatchboot-uuid-media
    Still Waiting for root device
    Still Waiting for root device
    Still Waiting for root device
    Still Waiting for root device
    Still Waiting for root device
    Still Waiting for root device
    Still Waiting for root device

    What I can do ?
    Please tell me that I dont have to reinstall all Lion partition…

  15. Sick Again says:

    Worked for my M1530, but my keyboard and mouse stopped working after running Multibeast 4.2.1, doing the kexts and custom bootloader. I can plug in usb mouse and keyboard but built in ones don’t work

  16. Sisira says:

    Thanks you pieta. You saved me a lot of time.
    I had to do extra Kext Wizard with all the items checked to get the Trackpad working.
    HDMI, Sleep, and WiFi are not working all others work fine.

    Should the speaker work with the mentioned next(only headphone works)?

    Thanks again.

  17. Sisira says:

    I got speakers working with this but mic and one headphone jack will not work after this.



  18. Jimmy says:

    Dude, amazing write up. Got my XPS – M1530 running flawless. Thanks again.

  19. ncohen says:

    First thank you very much for this tuto… I followed it and everything works except two things (I also have a M1330):
    – scrolling with the trackpad
    – sound (the middle jack plug and the mic work but not the speakers)
    How did it work on your computer? Did you do anything else?

    Thanks in advance!

  20. GoLdenhand says:

    I tried to greenate a .aml using dsdt auto patcher but i got the same problem, so when i use a .aml i got the screen which turn off problem, if i use easy beast i d’ont have this problem, i just need to find a way to have my sound working and check if my 6870 is working correctly.

  21. Marco says:

    Thank you!!
    I used the 10.7.3 combo update during install (instead of 10.7.2) and it worked perfectly.

  22. Josh says:


  23. Ray says:

    Just wondering if 10.7.4 worked or not?

    • pietra says:

      Unfortunately no 10.7.4 nuked my XPS M1330. Not sure if there are new kexts version that are compatible with 10.7.4

  24. Leo says:

    Tank you so much for this site!

    I have a Problem: i have a “LionUSB” Stick. When I try to boot, it starts. I can choose between Lion and iTunes. Of course I decide for Start Lion, and then, a few seconds later ist stops. I See the Apple logo, but it does Not work.

    I have a M1330 like you.

    Sorry for my English, I am from Europe (Austria)

    I would be very glad, if you could help me!



  25. Leo says:

    Me again…
    Now i bootet with V
    It stops after writing:
    [ PCI configuration Beginn ]

    This is the Last Thing, my m1330 tells me….

  26. Frank says:

    Hi, i’ve m1330 laptop,
    and i have problem with:
    -Shutdown and reboot
    -8400m GS is too slow with fullhd youtube video, mov file full hd that contain x264 codec…
    -Speakers don’t work.

    Do you have problem with you graphic card (8400m gs 128mb) for scattering…etc.. ?

    • pietra says:

      hi Frank,

      Shutdown will never totally shuts the machine. It shuts the OS down but in the end you have to manually press the power button long enough to totally power off the machine. Reboot should work fine though.

      Using VoodooHDA speakers works on one channel only. That is the best I can get.

      8400m GS never plays 1080p smoothly even on Windows and Linux. It’s an old-graphic card that doesn’t have x264 acceleration. 720p should be fine though.

  27. Akhil says:

    Any word on getting this to work on the Intel GMA 965 x3100 version of this laptop?

  28. Chris says:

    Will this work with Quartz Extreme and iMovie HD?


    • pietra says:

      For QE with M1330 nvidia it does work (I don’t have M1330 intel). for iMovie I have no idea, but M1330 nvidia doesn’t have hardware playback for full HD.

  29. edip says:

    hi pietra what about installing mountain lion on dell xps 1330

  30. Nick says:

    Hey man, I got to the par where you use chameleon to boot into the OS X installer. The grey apple logo shows up, but then it is just stuck on a white screen with the beach ball. Not sure how I should proceed from here. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks for this tutorial, it has gotten me really far and I hope I can fix this!

  31. Nick says:

    I decided to try and boot with -x and I got into the installer. Great, I can now install it and fix that other problem later! Wrong.

    Now, when I select Disk Utilities to format the drive, it doesn’t pop up in the pane. The LionUSB drive does, but not my drive with Windows installed. Really infuriating.

    I have looked it up and I guess it is a common problem with the XPS 410, not being able to enable AHCI through the Bios. I have tried driver updates, reinstalling windows, editing registry files, updating and downgrading the Bios, and nothing is working. My drive still won’t show up in disk utilities.

    Please help! Thank You!

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