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Question for DELL Mini Experts
Posted by: TiUser
Date: April 16, 2009 04:38PM
Okay, I have decided to return my eeepc 1000HE and go for a DELL Mini 9. (I just can't work with XP or the various Linux distros that I've tried). Anyhow. I've read the FAQ and installation methods on MyDellMini.com. However, I came across a thread on installing OS X directly onto the Runcore SSD. This is possible since the Runcore has a slave USB port that can be attached to any Mac for easy installation of Leopard. Many on the board here have recommended to buy refurb with Ubuntu installed. Since the stock on the Linux ones are low and if I can install OS X on the Runcore on another Mac, is there any reason for me to wait for the Linux version to become available? Can't I just get the XP version since I will swap out the drive anyway? Has anyone successfully installed OS X directly onto the Runcore? What other procedures are necessary for it to run on the Dell Mini once the drive is swapped? Thanks!
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Re: Question for DELL Mini Experts
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: April 16, 2009 04:52PM
I tried it but messed things when it came time to run DellEFI.
It's all come a long way since then so it's probably doable.

Here is where the knowledge resides.
[mydellmini.com]



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Re: Question for DELL Mini Experts
Posted by: silvarios
Date: April 16, 2009 04:52PM
Woa, big step down in hardware. I'm sorry you don't like the Linux distros. That's a big step down.


Nathan
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Re: Question for DELL Mini Experts
Posted by: deckeda
Date: April 16, 2009 06:01PM
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TiUser
I came across a thread on installing OS X directly onto the Runcore SSD.

Got a link? I didn't find it.
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No help from me...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 16, 2009 06:16PM
...since I'm no expert and I actually like Ubuntu.

(The mini Mini keyboard I'm not so crazy about.)

I'm in D.C. for a couple of days (I leave tomorrow) and traveling with the Mini is truly painless (except for typing which is tougher than using my 'Phone!).

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The hotel has free Wifi in the lobby and free Wired in the rooms. Next time I'll take a AirPort Express.




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Re: Question for DELL Mini Experts
Posted by: guitarist
Date: April 16, 2009 06:18PM
What's a distro?
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Re: Question for DELL Mini Experts
Posted by: wowzer
Date: April 16, 2009 06:39PM
distro is the distribution of linux.

Personally, I got the dell mini with xp in case osx was hard to install and if I needed to use some piece of software that linux couldn't support...



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Re: Question for DELL Mini Experts
Posted by: guitarist
Date: April 16, 2009 07:27PM
It's actually not necessary to get a Runcore SSD. There seems to be a prevailing assumption that a Dell Mini 9 bargain means a mandatory investment in replacement hardware: an internal HD "swap-out". You can also just use the factory-installed HD, and add storage via a fast and affordable SDHC card, or use existing USB storage, thumb drives, mini USB drives, network storage, etc.

For some, it's fun to stay super cheap. For others, it's a platform, like a tuner car, something to customize and lavish attention on, and use as a primary computer, or a hybridized hobby project. Once you start spending $100+ on replacement hardware to customize it, it's no longer an ultra-cheap ultra-portable. It becomes just another computer to customize, fuss over, and spend money on. Runcore optional, not mandatory.
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Re: Question for DELL Mini Experts
Posted by: TiUser
Date: April 16, 2009 08:17PM
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deckeda
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TiUser
I came across a thread on installing OS X directly onto the Runcore SSD.

Got a link? I didn't find it.

Here it is: [mydellmini.com]
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Re: Question for DELL Mini Experts
Posted by: TiUser
Date: April 17, 2009 08:19AM
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guitarist
It's actually not necessary to get a Runcore SSD.
I understand. It's just that it comes with a USB port unlike other drives. So among all the Hackintosh Dell Mini experts here with Runcore SSDs, no one has had the experience of directly putting OS X on the Runcore by connecting it to a Mac?
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Re: Question for DELL Mini Experts
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: April 17, 2009 10:37AM
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TiUser
So among all the Hackintosh Dell Mini experts here with Runcore SSDs, no one has had the experience of directly putting OS X on the Runcore by connecting it to a Mac?
They do.
But the first wave of installers didn't have a RunCore, they had the Dell installed SSD's, now that the RunCore is out in numbers, folks can experiment.

BGnR



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Re: Question for DELL Mini Experts
Posted by: guitarist
Date: April 17, 2009 04:42PM
What's a "hackintosh Dell Mini expert"?

I thought they stopped calling Dell Mini a "hackintosh" when idiots like you and me could install Leopard on them.
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