Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Creating a hackintosh from a Dell Inspiron E1505/6400

I had an old Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop so I decided to try my hand at making a hackintosh out of it. Apparently, the motherboard Dell used in these was the same as the first MacBook (2006-era), and many of the components were compatible, so this is one of the easier laptops to convert to the Mac OS.

We're going to install a flavor of Snow Leopard (10.6.3) and make some changes to kexts (like drivers for a Mac) to get everything working nice.

Through quite a bit of trial and error I was able to get it working nearly flawlessly, so I figured I would detail the exact steps it took. If your configuration is different, you're likely to get somewhat different results, but the process is basically the same.

I have also put together a video that takes you through these steps in about ten minutes. You might want to use both the video and the directions below as you work on your computer.