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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

IDE BluRay/DVD-Rw

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

USBBusFix

EHCIacquire

UHCIreset

/Extra Directory

fakesmc

Disabler

EVOreboot

SleepEnabler

USB patch

AHCI SATA driver

Voodoo PS/2

Voodoo Power

EVO Speedstep

Battery

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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