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.
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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)
Download ISORecorder and install the application.
Attach the USB drive. Download the Chameleon bootloader to the USB Drive.
Download the Boot-132 Generic ISO.
Find the Boot-132 Generic ISO in Windows Explorer Right-click the ISO and choose "Record to CD" to open ISORecorder.
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.
Reboot the computer with the Boot-132 boot CD in the CD drive.
Press "Enter" key at the initial boot prompt.
Immediately remove the Boot-132 CD from the CD drive at the second boot prompt, and replace it with the Leopard Retail Installation DVD.
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.
Select "Disk Utility" from the "Utilities" menu.
Select the D600's hard drive.. Choose the "Format" option, selecting "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" from the pull-down menu.
Quit "Disk Utility" when the format is complete.
Click the "Continue" button to proceed. Click the "Agree" button at the licensing agreement screen.
Select the Mac OS formatted drive for Leopard installation and click "Continue" to begin.
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.
Press "Enter" at the initial boot prompt as before. Type "80" (without quotes) at the second boot prompt and press the "Enter" key.
Select the Leopard hard disk and press "Enter" to boot into Leopard.
Attach the USB drive containing the Chameleon bootloader.
Open the USB drive in Finder. Launch the Chameleon installer.
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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