iPortable Snow – Dell Dimension 3000 Part 2

Hackintosh Dimension 3000 Part 2

As the second addition to the Dimension 3000 OSX series, I chose to upgrade from OSX 10.5.6 to OSX 10.6.2 using iPortable Snow’s bootable USB method. Snow Leopard still runs great on the Pentium 2.5 GHz Dell. The install is super smooth, once you get the USB to boot. I had the install PDF that comes with the Distro and simply followed the instructions.


Make sure your bios settings have not changed from the initial install of Leopard 10.5.6. Also, make sure the USB is the primary boot device!

Preparing your USB (pictures below)

To begin, we should have a USB (2.0 preferrably as most 3.0 USB will not be recognized on boot) with 8 GB+ of storage and the iPortableSnow installation distro. You will need an active Mac with Disk Utility to format your USB as HFS (Mac Journaled). Once in the HFS format, you may now create a partition on your drive with the option of MBR selected. Once that completes, you are now ready to install the iPortableSnow distro to the USB.


**If you run into errors and are prompted with an issue stating Mac OSX can’t repair your disk, run Disk Warrior and fix this.

 Running the USB

Once the preparation of the USB is complete, plug it in to the destined hackintosh and be prepared to boot from the USB. If you just get a blinking cursor after selecting “Boot from USB,” you may have to boot back into the Mac OS you created the USB on and run iPortable boot fix on the drive. Your drive should not boot just fine. There are several kernals you can choose to boot from depending on your system configuration. KNOW YOUR SYSTEM CONFIGURATION SO THAT YOU SELECT THE PROPER KERNAL! This is a very key point as your system may not run correctly or at all without doing so. Research all the kernals in depth.

These are the choices for the kernals available to be booted within iPortable.

Configuring OSX Snow Leopard

Once you have booted the kernal of your choice, be ready to wait a moment as it takes a while for the USB to boot fully. It may seem stalled, but give it 5-10 minutes to do its thing. It took the Dimension 3000 around 10 minutes to get to the Apple setup. Once you have ran through the basic configuration, you will now be looking at the desktop of OSX Snow Leopard! Now it is time to do the other key parts to make this OS a permanent OS along with having a high functioning bootable USB of Snow Leopard.


Tools that need run on post install:

  • DSDT Patcher – then reboot
  • Pfix – then reboot
  • Clone tools H1 – use this to clone a live OSX system to a hard drive (turn bootable into a permanent OS)
  • More tools and utilities are listed below!
This build is loaded with utilities and handy tools to make your distro customization flawless.



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