How to Install Leopard Retail on a Dell D600

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How to Install Leopard Retail on a Dell D600
The D600 from Dell has the same Leopard functionality as a lower-end Macbook. (laptop image by Jorge Figueiredo from Fotolia.com)

Installing the retail version of OS X Leopard on a Dell D600 gives users the benefits of owning an Apple laptop at a fraction of the cost of a Macbook from the Apple store. Performing the installation, however, requires the use of a custom bootloader, as Leopard is designed for stock Apple hardware.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Dell D600
  • Blank CD/R
  • USB drive
  • Retail OS/X Version 10.5.6 Installation DVD
  • Boot-132 Generic ISO (see Resources)
  • Chameleon for Hard Disk software on a USB Drive (see Resources)
  • ISORecorder (see Resources)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download ISORecorder and install the application.

  2. 2

    Attach the USB drive. Download the Chameleon bootloader to the USB Drive.

  3. 3

    Download the Boot-132 Generic ISO.

  4. 4

    Find the Boot-132 Generic ISO in Windows Explorer Right-click the ISO and choose "Record to CD" to open ISORecorder.

  5. 5

    Open the disc drive and place the blank CD/R inside. Click "Burn" to begin burning the ISO file. The Boot-132 boot CD will be ready for use when the burn is complete.

  1. 1

    Reboot the computer with the Boot-132 boot CD in the CD drive.

  2. 2

    Press "Enter" key at the initial boot prompt.

  3. 3

    Immediately remove the Boot-132 CD from the CD drive at the second boot prompt, and replace it with the Leopard Retail Installation DVD.

  4. 4

    Press the "Enter" key once the Leopard Installation DVD is safely in the drive. The computer will now boot from the Leopard DVD and the OS X installation will begin.

  1. 1

    Select "Disk Utility" from the "Utilities" menu.

  2. 2

    Select the D600's hard drive.. Choose the "Format" option, selecting "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" from the pull-down menu.

  3. 3

    Quit "Disk Utility" when the format is complete.

  4. 4

    Click the "Continue" button to proceed. Click the "Agree" button at the licensing agreement screen.

  5. 5

    Select the Mac OS formatted drive for Leopard installation and click "Continue" to begin.

  1. 1

    Take out the Leopard Installation DVD and replace it with the Boot-132 Generic Boot CD when the OS/X installation is complete. Reboot the computer.

  2. 2

    Press "Enter" at the initial boot prompt as before. Type "80" (without quotes) at the second boot prompt and press the "Enter" key.

  3. 3

    Select the Leopard hard disk and press "Enter" to boot into Leopard.

  1. 1

    Attach the USB drive containing the Chameleon bootloader.

  2. 2

    Open the USB drive in Finder. Launch the Chameleon installer.

  3. 3

    Install the Chameleon bootloader. Leopard will now be able to boot without needing to use the Boot-132 Generic Boot CD.

Tips and warnings

  • Having another computer or device with Internet accessibility nearby is strongly recommended in case troubleshooting is necessary.
  • Leopard was developed to work with a very specific set of stock Apple hardware. Consequently, some hardware devices may not function properly, or at all.

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