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S3 v2 installed, need upgrade help from 10.6.3 to .8

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Ok, this is my first post and I've been doing a lot of reading and guides and upgrading info, but everytime I upgrade (trying to get to 10.6.8), something inevitably fails. So I thought I'd start over, get just my base system, then get some hints and tips about what avenue I should take.

My system:

Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop

Intel Core2Duo T7250 at 2.00GHz

2x2gb DDR2 RAM

Broadcom 9843x wifi (N and not stock card)

Intel 2gb Turbo Memory mPCIe

The dreaded X3100 graphics on a 965 chipset


SATA Seagate 750GB Momentus 7200RPM HDD

I seem to have QE/CI working (can open Front Row and Chess)

I have NOT placed a DSDT.aml file and am using the 'sleep trick' on boot up (I have a DSDT from when I tried this on 10.5.x 2 years ago.

I have done a pmset hibernatemode 0 to prevent sleep

I used iAtkos S3 v2 for the initial install, due to problems installing from SL DVD.

I used these Options on install:

Chameleon v2 RC5




/Extra Directory





USB patch

AHCI SATA driver

Voodoo PS/2

Voodoo Power

EVO Speedstep


Card Reader

TSC Sync

Intel EFI String

Natit (32 bit)

GMA X3100 with Frambuffer (32 bit)

Broadcom wireless

What I'm looking to gain from the forum:

About This Mac reports the CPU as 1.81GHz (even under load)

Sleep doesn't work

Want to get to 10.6.8

I am not HUGELY brilliant when it comes to OS X, but have played with Windows since 3.10, and am mainly doing this as a hobby and to play with programs like Aperture and Final Cut for photos/video of the family. I want to eventually get a MBP, but don't want to dish out 2Gs if the gains of photo/video aren't worth it.

I can post whatever screenshots, files (might need help finding them) or whatever other info needed for everyone to help. I've tried the multishit upgrade path and a couple others that I can't remember right off hand (can find them if needed).

What do you think, on a virgin system to get the best out of it? Should I go through upgrades individually (.4, .5, .6 etc) changing the sleep enabler and pmversion? Do I need to do anything special for my dsdt to make it 'more compatible' to the hardware I have (I had a base system when I put Leopard on it)? I'm an open book, up for suggestions...

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