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Dell Inspiron E1505/6400: Where To Go From Here...?

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Hi, Everyone! My specs are in my Signature...

After getting a new laptop, I have successfully installed iATKOS 1.0i on my old Dell Inspiron E1505. I have 4 partitions: Leopard, Recovery HD (clone of Leopard), UsersHD (my Users' folder) and Time Machine (for the Time Machine app).

It runs without any boot flags, but there are issues:

  1. Brightness doesn't work, even with Shades prefPane installed.
  2. Resolution is stuck at 1024x768, though the screen is capable of 1280x800.
  3. Impossible to upgrade with either Software Upgrade or Combo Upgrade.

I've tried unsuccessfully a number of upgrade paths: USB (U{censored}), Software/Combo Upgrade, and most recently iB{censored} 3.3.0 with a Lion ESD (10.7, not Mountain).

I need advice on where to go from here; I would be grateful just to be able to upgrade to the latest Leopard and to get higher resolution on my ATI Radeon X1300.

Thanks for your reply!

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Did you ever try nawcom´s mod CD 0.3.1 or the USB mod and a retail SL DVD? Nawcom´s is available from the forum´s DL area.

Some people made run 10.6 and 10.7 on a similar laptop (Lenovo T60 with ATI X1300).

ATI1300Controller.Kext is available for 10.6, may need some tinkering with an external display, but worth a shot for your backup partition.:)

As your T5600 is 64bit capable, myHack and a 10.7 ESD image should work for you too, given you have 10.6 up and running.

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The boot CDs I've tried are ModCD, HackBook & iB{censored}; i get the ACPI driver error.

One piece of good news: upgrading my Inspiron's BIOS from A13 to A17 got my brightness where it should be...absolutely clear and beautiful (though to do it I had to load an old sata hd and install Win7 on it).

I also got sound working with the Sigmatel 9200 drivers (AppleHDA.kext & HDAEnabler.kext) located on www-nawcom-com.

For some reason my WD Passport USB drive won't boot.

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Can you try ACPI set to S1? Usually S3 should work, but...

For your USB HDD, did you install a bootloader on the drive? Cloning utilities for Mac disregard the EFI partition.

Thats why a loader for OSX has to be installed manually for each drive.

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