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iPC OSx86 Universal 10.5.6 Successfully Installed on a Dell Inspiron 600m or Latitude D600.


Dell Inspiron 600M comes with an Intel Pentium M processor and 802.11b wireless network. Those wishing to pay a little more can upgrade the system to a 802.11g wireless adapter. Memory is above average with 384MB, but below the leading 512MB of competing models. Audio is powered by AC’97 Audio. Graphics is a good mix of a 14.1″ LCD matched with an ATI Radeon Mobility 9000 graphics processor. Physical dimension of laptop is 12.4″ x 10.1″ x 1.2″ @ 5.3 lbs. Here we have a simple to follow guide on how to install OSX86 on Dell Inspiron 600m or Latitude D600. In the following guide we used iPC OSX86 Universal 10.5.6. iPC is the most advanced distro. If you are more experimental and looking for a dual boot then check my dual boot guide here.



                                                                                   Phase 1

                                                                Installation and Customization.


1. Update Your BIOS to Revision A17

2. If you want to reset your BIOS Settings to factory default, at which the settings are properly configured for iPC OSx86 Universal 10.5.6, enter Setup by pressing F2, then press Alt-F to reset, then Esc, and select “Save changes and reboot”. This will reset your clock as well, so don’t forget to set it back.

3. Put your DVD in rom and restart your computer with the DVD in Drive,now you should see Darwin load screen.


4.  As counting starts press F8 key and you will be able to have some more option’s.


5.  Now type -V and press enter now entered in VERBOSE mode here you are able to see any error if your screen freezes for more than 15 minutes than note last three lines and google them to find out a solution for your problem. If every thing goes fine after 15-30 minutes installation screen appear’s hold your breath we are not quit yet here.


6.  On the top a menu bar appears click Utilities >> Disk Utility.


7.  Here select the destination drive where u want to install Mac OSX.


8.  Now click on ERASE on right hand side and under the format option select
” MAC OSX Journaled Extended ” and click Erase. Now the disk will be erased and mounted once this done you are very near to near to your destination.


9.  Now close the disk utility and click on the partition which you created at previous Step.


10.  In Customize option select the following patches.

          • iPC OSx86 10.5.6 Base System
          • (Optional) Language Translations pack of your choice.
          • 9.5.0 Voodoo Kernel
          • AGPGart 2.7.1
          • LegacyAppleIntelPIIXATA
          • AC97 Audio
          • PowerManagement Package
          • ACPI fix – CPUS=1 One Core Fix
            (Optional) IOPCMCIAFamily – Seatbelt.kext 10.5.5
          • IntelCPUPMDisabler
            PS/2 Keyboard Fix
          • Patch DSDT

          11. Now your disk will be checked for consistency than installaion begins. It will take 30-45 minute’s as your hardware.



                                                                                             Phase 2

                                                                    Change your Default Screen Resolution.



          1. Once the installation finishes, reboot with the DVD in the drive. Press F8 at Darwin Boot Loader and type – F – S – V and press enter and execute the following commands :


          2. In single user mode, enter these commands:
          /sbin/fsck -fy
          /sbin/mount -uw /
          cd /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration
          nano -w com.apple.Boot.plist

          3. And add the lines:
          <key>Graphics Mode</key>

          4. Save by by entering: ^X (Control+X)

          5. When promted to overwrite, enter: Y (Yes) Save n Exit.


          For wireless connection, Get iwi2200.dmg from the main project page, http://code.google.com/p/iwidarwin/ , not from the iPC install. If you have one of the older Dell Inspiron 600m, you may have a different wireless card. Check it first. The iwidarwin project has drivers for the PROSet/Wireless 2100 and a few other as well.


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          1. TenoLibreDR April 25, 2011 Reply

            who help me, please with the installation of Snow on Dell 600m?
            2 Gb Ram and Procesor 2.0 Ghz PLEASE!!1

          2. Ken Chiu September 16, 2010 Reply

            I bought Boardcom BCM4318 for my Dell D600 and replaced the PRO/Wireless.. Mac OS recognize automatically and work perfectly.
            Now, I still can’t change the resolution to 1400×1050 even after add those 2 lines in com.apple.boot.plist……anybody can help? I added those 2 lines just above Kernel, it it correct?

          3. Bong Chan September 9, 2010 Reply

            Why not this is for work of me? I am try many times with the gateway or HP not having working the Dell? Do I driver for the A17 and also wifi display adapting to resolution? Help me making the Mac 600M Dell with ProSet adapting?

          4. Ken Chiu September 2, 2010 Reply

            Hi Chuz696, you may forgot to type exactly of this line “/sbin/mount -uw /” the last “/” since I got the same read-only problem at first. But don’t know why the resolution still the same!? Even can’t change at “Display” after os loaded.
            Now I still can’t make the wifi work as my card is Intel PROSet/Wireless 2200 even I installed iwi2200.dmg driver! I am consider to buy a Broadcom instead…..

          5. ned September 1, 2010 Reply

            hey i have dell d600 i can not find ACPI fix and IntelCPUPMDisabler & i have iPC OSx86 Universal 10.5.6 i !!!! why?

          6. chuz696 May 17, 2010 Reply

            hey men. I try to change the resolution but it says that it cant be done because is read-only.
            What i have to do to change the disco to read-only to read and write?

          7. Jazz May 1, 2010 Reply

            There isn’t an a17 driver for the dell latitude d600 on the dell drivers site. Could you post the link please

          8. dellguy February 22, 2010 Reply

            do as the site say.
            is work for me.
            dell inspiron 600m
            intel m 1.8g
            768 m of mem
            60 g hd.

          9. Machammer February 2, 2010 Reply

            degreecy – how did you get the wifi working? I look at the link you have above and cannot figure it out for the life of me. Read the link page a bunch of times but can’t find what you refer to. Have a D600 with Wifi card. OS will not recognize the Wifi card nor the onboard NIC.

            Thanks if you can help.

          10. degreecy January 7, 2010 Reply

            I finally got it working using this method. I had a few difficulties with WiFi, but ended up finding this http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t51725.html which worked ! (Search for D600 in the post, there are some comments a long way down about getting the kext from 10.5.5.).

            Does anyone have iPhoto’09 (v8) installed and working ? It works but you can’t view photos bigger than thumbnails and editing leaves blank screen. I’ve read posts about this being lack of Quartz Extreme, but I can’t believe that would stop you being able to view photos larger than thumbnails… ?

            Anyone found any other ATI 9000 drivers or solutions to help this ?

          11. tim January 4, 2010 Reply

            i have a netbook eee pc intel celeron and i have installed the ipc universal 10.5.6 and i cant boot it the installation disc doesnot give me a chance to chose my bootloader any thoughts thanks

          12. brian December 23, 2009 Reply

            Installing 10.5.6 on Latitude D600. Going crazy trying to get the TrueMobile Wireless working. I was able to get a USB Netgear WG111 working but would really prefer to use the internal wireless.

            The internal wireless works fine under Windows and Ubuntu

          13. Steve November 17, 2009 Reply

            my install looks great but I was unable to make any changes to the file under phase 2
            I got in and was at the root but thethe final command didn’t work
            2. In single user mode, enter these commands:
            /sbin/fsck -fy
            /sbin/mount -uw /
            [bold]cd /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration
            nano -w com.apple.Boot.plist[/bold]
            is this something that has to be done
            everything works.
            thanks in advance

          14. grogargh October 28, 2009 Reply

            I got my Dell 600M Broadcom 440x to work now – If your 600M has this, then when you “Customize” right before installing, in addition to the all the above mentioned drivers/patches, select:


            Under “Ethernet” – works now!

          15. grogargh October 28, 2009 Reply

            Some things that I needed to do to get this to work (better)

            In “Phase 2” it tells you to boot “with” the DVD ad press F8 – DONT DO THIS. BOOT WITHOUT THE DVD AND THEN PRESS F8. This is why when you execute the commands it tells you that the drive is “locked/no write” – its talking about the DVD which is obviously read-only (duh).

            Oh, and the commands after you press F8 are “-f -s -v” – not “-F -S -V” – yes its case sensitive…

            Now if i can only get the Ethernet (Broadcom 440x) to work – I am re=installing for the second time, this time I selected the Apple BCM440X patch – lets see if it works… other than that, I got a random freeze and DO NOT software update to the latest 10.X.X.X (whatever it is) – it totally crashed my system.

          16. mitch October 14, 2009 Reply

            okay..i got everything to work on this. but the actual screen isn’t filling the monitor, it looks like it has black bars on all sides of the screen. we all know screen real estate is important, and one open safari window fills everything. please help

          17. jeff August 9, 2009 Reply

            check sleep compatibility controller will be unloaded across sleep

            this comes up while booting up disk with -v googled it with no results anyone have any ideas email me casper_h3@hotmail.com

          18. HawaKama July 3, 2009 Reply

            The procedure is very simple and worked fine without any problem at all. Mine is Inspiron 600m bought in 2004, brcm modem, dell 1350 wireless, A17. I tried several versions of OSX but only succeeded with IPC OSX86 Universal 10.5.6. Thank you for all you hard work. Keep up the good work!

          19. Russ June 26, 2009 Reply

            I’m having the same issue that Mike is having. I get that the disk is locked when I enter “/sbin/mount -uw /” I used the iPC OSx86 10.5.6 Universal PPF5 (Final).iso. Is this wrong distro?

          20. Devin June 3, 2009 Reply

            I dont understand step 3…. What dvd are you putting into the drive? The mac install dvd or another dvd? I tried downloading a kalyway 10.5.1 but it was corrupt? and I didnt know how to burn it to a dvd… well more like what files to burn to the blank dvd… I am a complete noob… and I was just wondering if you could help me do this. Thanks in advance.

            • Vinay June 3, 2009 Reply

              @Devin This guide is prepared with iPC 10.5.6 you need to download iPC 🙂

          21. mike May 30, 2009 Reply

            Everything goes fine, but when I do the part “/sbin/mount -uw /” it reports that the disk is locked for writing….??? Then I try to go ahead anyway, and edit the next file with nano, but it reports “command” not found. So I suppose nano is not installed?

          22. buffdaddyjr May 15, 2009 Reply

            I have it working on a 600 as well. VERY COOL. Just need better video driver to get better resolution and for video. Cannot play a DVD video. Although if that is the only thing that does not work I cannot really complain.

          23. Russianspi May 14, 2009 Reply
          24. colbey May 11, 2009 Reply

            My D600 loaded perfectly with the modified permissions. Much Thanks for the instructions. Everything including wifi is working perfectly, even software update. My only questions is whether I can change the resolution higher than 1024×768. Thanks

          25. wsbsteven May 5, 2009 Reply

            This setup seems to work but there isn’t a graphics kext that supports opengl so you won’t get anything 3d on it.

          26. Jack May 2, 2009 Reply

            Hey Hector, I installed iatkos 5i in my dell inspiron 1420 like 4 months ago. The problem of the dell 1420 is the graphics card, i really dont know why, anyway what you need to do is to disconnect the laptop as soon as the screen turns off, and close it, then wait for exactly 11 min, open it again and press any key and you should be in the language selection. Now as soon as you get to the desktop go to sys. preferences, then in the expose config choose at any corner “sleep”, so when you log in you move the mouse to that corner and awake the display, with this you should fix the login problem.

          27. Hector April 29, 2009 Reply

            Hello, I installed iPC on my Dell Inspiron 1420 but after it boots (Apple screen with the gear) appears a blue screen, then the display is turned off and after that it doesn’t shows anything… I will try to do it like this, it could work…


          28. Jason April 29, 2009 Reply

            @ Vinay Prashar

            I’m trying to install 10.5.6 on my Inspiron 600m, but it just won’t work. I put the DVD in and tried to boot from it, but it goes straight to Windows. How can I resolve this?

          29. wozbacca April 28, 2009 Reply

            i’m having the same problems with the dell d600. no wifi or LAN. its bugging me so much. its working perfectly apart from that. but with no internet connection, its pretty much useless!

            i’ve tried all the kexts i can find to get the broadcom 57xx nic and the intel 2100 wifi card to work. but its not getting me anywhere

            if anyone can shed any light i’d really appreciate it

          30. Ardivian April 25, 2009 Reply

            I over read the A17 bios install so i went w/ A16 even though the Dell website had it in my download section. I installed successfully, but OSX isn’t recognizing the WIFI or Ethernet Adapters. So it was somewhat successful for me. lol
            Now to remedy that little problema.

          31. Robert F April 15, 2009 Reply

            I had the same problem finding A17, so I went with A16. I had problems with even getting the installer to start until I actually enabled Speedstep (restoring defaults). I never would have thought having it disabled would have caused my previous problems. Thank you for this guide. It saved me a lot of time, as I lose most by process of elimination (which kernels, drivers, etc.).

          32. Mike T April 12, 2009 Reply

            Can you send me the iso file so that I can install on a Dell Latitude D600?


          33. egorgry March 23, 2009 Reply

            Great article. I was using kalyway with my 600m and I was having issues with restarting and sleep. I tried this and everything seems ok except when I download dmg files I get a kernel panic when it tries to mount them. This was strange since I had the wifi driver on a thumb drive and it mounted and installed with no issues.

          34. r3c0v3r March 23, 2009 Reply

            OK, I have searched for 4 hours straight and there is no a17 revision for the Dell Latitude d600 so by the miracle of god, if you have one please give it to me. andinolazaro@hotmail.com

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