[Micronet] Help with Dell Inspiron Mini Hackintosh, Pt. 2

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[Micronet] Help with Dell Inspiron Mini Hackintosh, Pt. 2

Eric Fong-2
Hi all:

Well, I started to reinstall Vista into this thing, and right after I put in the drivers for most of it and did a restart, the screen is just black, but I can tell it's running.  The problem is, I can't even get it to show a startup screen with boot or setup options.  So did a reinstall kill it or did it just develop a whole new set of problems?  :(  Any suggestions on what to tell the user?  I am thinking of telling her to bring it to the Used Computer Store on Shattuck and have them look at it.  Thanks.

eric

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Eric Fong
Computer Resource Specialist
Department Cluster:  African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies
506 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA  94720
510.642.6555 - Office
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Re: [Micronet] Help with Dell Inspiron Mini Hackintosh, Pt. 2

Sean McMahon
Hi Eric,

Maybe the screen itself is broken. Can you try plugging in an external monitor and seeing if you can get something on the display that way?

Hope that helps,

Sean


On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM, Eric P. FONG <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi all:

Well, I started to reinstall Vista into this thing, and right after I put in the drivers for most of it and did a restart, the screen is just black, but I can tell it's running.  The problem is, I can't even get it to show a startup screen with boot or setup options.  So did a reinstall kill it or did it just develop a whole new set of problems?  :(  Any suggestions on what to tell the user?  I am thinking of telling her to bring it to the Used Computer Store on Shattuck and have them look at it.  Thanks.

eric

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Eric Fong
Computer Resource Specialist
Department Cluster:  African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies
506 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA  94720
510.642.6555 - Office
510.642.6456 - Fax


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Re: [Micronet] Help with Dell Inspiron Mini Hackintosh, Pt. 2

Stuart Damon
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First check all the connections, and input selections on monitor.

Then, Try booting it in Safe Mode by pressing F8 when you see the Dell logo when it first starts. Then if it comes up in Safe Mode (bare bones drivers) it is a Vista Driver incompatibility issue.

Suggest you save yourself and the user a headache at that point and just install Windows 7. Because while you could probably get it to work on Vista, its probably just the beginning of your troubles. 

Best of luck, Stuart Damon

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-------- Original message --------
From: Sean Michael McMahon <[hidden email]>
Date: 11/27/2013 11:43 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: "Eric P. FONG" <[hidden email]>
Cc: micronet-list <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Micronet] Help with Dell Inspiron Mini Hackintosh, Pt. 2


Hi Eric,

Maybe the screen itself is broken. Can you try plugging in an external monitor and seeing if you can get something on the display that way?

Hope that helps,

Sean


On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM, Eric P. FONG <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi all:

Well, I started to reinstall Vista into this thing, and right after I put in the drivers for most of it and did a restart, the screen is just black, but I can tell it's running.  The problem is, I can't even get it to show a startup screen with boot or setup options.  So did a reinstall kill it or did it just develop a whole new set of problems?  :(  Any suggestions on what to tell the user?  I am thinking of telling her to bring it to the Used Computer Store on Shattuck and have them look at it.  Thanks.

eric

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Eric Fong
Computer Resource Specialist
Department Cluster:  African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies
506 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA  94720
510.642.6555 - Office
510.642.6456 - Fax


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