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[Micronet] Help with Dell Inspiron Mini Hackintosh

Eric Fong-2

Hello:

 

One of my users has a Dell Inspiron Mini (N series) that was running a Mac OS X version.  (No idea of what version since there is a problem with it now.)

The netbook cannot find the OS, so I think it needs to either have a complete re-install, or maybe just to go back to a Windows OS.  I read that you would need an Intel-based mac to install the Mac OS onto it, which we don’t have.   Is there somewhere to borrow one, or an easier way to put it back on, or should I just have the original Windows OS put on it since I do have an external PC disk drive to use?  Thanks.

 

eric

 

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Eric Fong

Computer Resource Specialist

Department of Ethnic Studies

UC Berkeley

506 Barrows Hall #2570

Berkeley, CA  94720

510.642.6555 – Office

510.642.6456 - Fax

Hours:  Mondays & Wednesdays 8-5

               Tuesdays 9-1

 


 
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Re: [Micronet] Help with Dell Inspiron Mini Hackintosh

Sean McMahon
Hi Eric,

When I first saw Hackintoshes used 6 years ago or so I thought it was a neat trick. They were used in a music recording studio as a way to provide cheaper computer hardware that could run recording software with the ease of the Apple interface. The main problem, and the reason why I didn't like working with them, was that there was no easy way to update the OS, as Apple updates are designed to be downloaded from Apple's Software Center. The only way to "update" the Hackintosh OS software was to re-install a newer hacked version, too much of a pain for me. Maybe have the user try using Ubuntu Linux, which would provide a similar "free" experience, and may open new doors into alternatives to Windows for them.

Simply reformatting the computer and following the instructions at http://www.ubuntu.com/ would be a good start. Today, November 20th, is Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day :-)

Cheers,

Sean


On Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM, Eric Fong <[hidden email]> wrote:

Hello:

 

One of my users has a Dell Inspiron Mini (N series) that was running a Mac OS X version.  (No idea of what version since there is a problem with it now.)

The netbook cannot find the OS, so I think it needs to either have a complete re-install, or maybe just to go back to a Windows OS.  I read that you would need an Intel-based mac to install the Mac OS onto it, which we don’t have.   Is there somewhere to borrow one, or an easier way to put it back on, or should I just have the original Windows OS put on it since I do have an external PC disk drive to use?  Thanks.

 

eric

 

===============================================================================

 

Eric Fong

Computer Resource Specialist

Department of Ethnic Studies

UC Berkeley

506 Barrows Hall #2570

Berkeley, CA  94720

510.642.6555 – Office

510.642.6456 - Fax

Hours:  Mondays & Wednesdays 8-5

               Tuesdays 9-1

 



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