Snow Leopard, Apple’s next OS in their lineup after Leopard, was recently released. Thanks to the widespread hackintosh development of Leopard, Snow Leopard can also be installed on your PC. Fortunately, this OS is quite easy to install (much easier than Leopard) and, for the first time on the 1525, we will be booting a retail copy of OS X. This means better overall stability and easier software updates.
We will be running Snow Leopard in 32-bit. The following chart details the working status of Inspiron 1525 hardware in Snow Leopard. Just remember that you need a working Leopard install prior to installing Snow Leopard.
1. For installation, we need a .DMG of the install disc. You can learn how to make one from your Snow Leopard Install DVD here.
a) 10.6 install disk ONLY- If you want to install Snow Leopard onto a HDD formated as MBR Disk, download this (thanks to The Edge3000) and place it in /Volumes/Mac OS X Install DVD/System/Installation/Packages (Source: Infinitemac.com).
2. Launch Terminal and type
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
3. Mount the Snow Leopard DMG from step 1.
4. From the mounted DMG, go to System –> Installation –> Packages and double click on OSInstall.mpkg. If you receive a message telling you your computer is incompatible, simply close the Installer and launch it again.
5. Click continue through the License Agreement until you arrive at the install options. Then click “Change Install Location” and select the drive you want to install Snow Leopard on (It cannot be the drive/partition you’re currently booted to).
6. Click on Customize and select which components you would like to install. Then complete the install, but don’t restart yet.
7. Download the kexts pack and unzip it to your desktop. Note: if you are installing a version of Snow Leopard other than 10.6 (no updates) then do not install SleepEnabler.kext.
8. Open the unzipped folder and go to the Needed Kexts folder. Copy the 5 kexts from the folder to /System/Library/Extensions/ located in your Snow Leopard partition.
9. Follow this guide to install the Chameleon Bootloader so that you can boot Snow Leopard.
10. Copy the dsdt.aml from your Leopard partition to the root of your Snow Leopard partition. If you do not already have a dsdt.aml, you can make one with DSDT Patcher GUI. Just check “Darwin/ Mac OS X” and hit Run DSDT Patcher.
11. Create a folder named Extra in the root of your Snow Leopard partition and, inside that folder, create another folder named Extensions. Then copy the kexts from “Extra Folder” to the new Extensions folder.
12. Open the unzipped folder from step 9 and unzip VoodooPS2Controller-0.98-installer.pkg.zip. Then run the .pkg and check the Trackpad option on the Installation Type step. Change the Install Location to your Snow Leopard partition and install.
13. Now you can boot to your Snow Leopard partition. Boot with the -f arch=i386 flags and go through the process of setting up your User Account. When you get to your desktop, WiFi should already be working (if you have the Broadcom 1395 chipset).
14. Copy the Kexts folder in step 7 from your Leopard partition to your Snow Leopard Desktop.
15. Download and run Kext Helper from your Snow Leopard partition. Drag and drop the kexts in the “Kext Helper” folder onto the Kext Helper screen and install them. Upon rebooting, Audio, Battery Meter, and SD Card Reader should now be working.
16. Unzip the Trackpad Preference Pane (also found in the Kexts folder) and install it with the included instructions.
17. Mount your Snow Leopard Install DVD DMG and navigate to /System/Installation/Packages/ (run the two terminal commands from step 2 if you don’t see the folder). Then run BSD.pkg and install it to your Snow Leopard partition (while booted to your Snow Leopard Partition). 9 times out of 10 you will get a Kernel Panic during the install process and will be forced to restart. This is OK. I had to install BSD.pkg 8 times before it had one successful install. Eventually, the package will install without a KP. When it does, hit OK on the install screen and then restart. Boot back to Snow Leopard and you will notice two things: 1) The system will be much more stable and you should stop receiving those damn Kernel Panics and 2) you can now repair permission in Disk Utility without getting an error.
18. Update to 10.6.1! (Just install the update and reboot)
Upon completion of this guide, you will be running Snow Leopard 10.6.7 and will have a nearly perfect system. If you found this guide useful then feel free to make a donation. Any amount truly does help.