|How to build the OS X Dell Mini 9 Hackbook|
|Written by TestFreaks|
|Sunday, 03 May 2009|
There are several guides on the Internet on how to install Leopard OS X onto a Dell Mac Mini 9. This setup creates a netbook affectionately known as the MacBook Mini or MacBook Nano. Most of these guides involve the creation of a USB installation drive or the use of an external DVD drive. In today's tutorial I will explain how to avoid those ponderous steps.
Building the fastest and most responsive Dell Mini 9 Mac for a price less than the stock Dell Mini 9 with the same specs and lower grade components from Dell is really quite simple and should take less than an hour. The one caveat is you will need to have access to a genuine Intel Mac machine.
One of the nicest features of the Dell Mini 9 and OS X is that everything works right out of the box. There is no need to run kexts or other patched code to get things working. All the hardware including the LAN jack, the wireless card, audio and video out works after the installation and upgrade to OS X 10.5.6.
This project should cost around $450-500 if you buy things frugally. The Dell Outlet store is a great place to pick up a base model Mini 9 for around $200 or less if you have a Dell coupon, which appear frequently online. The Dell Vostro A90 is another option as it is the same machine as the Dell Mini 9 and comes with built in bluetooth support. Recently Dell was selling that model for $199, so always keep your eyes out for deals. TestFreaks