Hey all, I decided to quit wasting your time by doing so many little tests on my end. I know that I have one method that works for installing Snow Leopard to your S10, so I'll just share that (as I have done with our wonderful donors). There may be some hangups and there will definitely be some improvements, but I wanted to get something out there since you've all waited so patiently. Let's give it a go!
I've uploaded both the guide (PDF) and a zip file to the web, so go ahead and download them both to start. You will need to do this from a working Leopard install on the same machine as you're installing Snow Leopard to! There are some file manipulations that have to be done from a working OSX environment, we'll get around that soon enough. I'm watching the Dell and MSI Wind forums for any hints, but I am also doing a lot of my own testing.
You should use an MBR hard disk and make sure your BIOS is NOT set to "AHCI."
The majority of kernel panics that EVERYBODY is experiencing come down to two things: Problems with the Extensions.mkext file in /S/L/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup and problems with the kexts themselves. My guide calls for putting ALL kexts into /S/L/E and building an mkext from the whole shootin' match, then placing it in the cache directory above. Extra/Extensions cause problems especially with PCEFI v9, which you're also required to use at this point for simplicity. So if you have a KP, chances are that's what's causing it.
IMPORTANT: Please see my updates about three posts down from here. I'll add that to the OP as soon as I get things cleared up a bit more. At this point, I have followed my own guide and the notes below, and I'm booting Snow Leopard.
Maybe hold off on steps 17 and 18 in my guide unless you're into testing and breaking things, it's not necessary to boot Snow Leopard. Just my advice.UPDATE:
My install would not boot after the first boot. I think the solution would be to run Kext Utility (just open the app and let it run on both /S/L/E/ and /E/E) as soon as you are in your first desktop. Not sure about this, but I do remember doing it last time I had a working system, so maybe that was the key. I'll test later, right now I've got some other business to attend to.
And if you appreciate my work, please donate! I'm planning on an S12 project now that the S10-2 project is rolling along so well. Thanks!