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If it is of any interest I have just installed Yosemite 10.10.2 with no problems using the modified DSDT and Audio kext that I posted above.

 

Audio works - have not tested much else yet.

 

I now have instances of Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Yosemite all running on this board. 

 

It might be old - but it works (a bit like me, I suppose !)

 

Wow this is awesome. I still have this board with regular Lion installed from an upgrade of Snow.

 

I'd love to get it updated to Yosemite. What do you think is the best route? Upgrade of start fresh?

 

I'd love to compare notes. Do you have any special BIOS flashed on yours? If I remember I had to flash a certain BIOS as well.



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If I were you I would start afresh as the DSDT you will need ( posted above ) is not compatible with Lion.

 

This DSDT should also mean that you don't need to flash the bios - unless you are not using the latest one.

 

The Uni forbidden and Multi forbidden method is your best bet.

 

Good Luck



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Ahh, this thread (like this board) appears to be an oldie but a goodie.

 

I noticed the previous links for the DSDT and HDA kext are broken, but nowhinjng was gracious enough to respond to my request for a repost, so for other future people stumbling across this thread, here is a new copy:

 

P5n7a-vm DSDT and HDA kext



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Also, FWIW, during the ##### install of Yosemite, for whatever reason, I needed to ignore the kextcache (-f) and use:

 

USBLegacyOff=yes nv_disable=1

 

In order for the USB bus not to give me a "could not acquire from the bios…" message, or have the monitor go to sleep after booting the kernel, respectively.



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Hi, I just tried to update this old thing to Yosemite. Thought about getting the Server app and playing around a bit.

 

This machine worked fine for years. Now I am not even getting the panic freeze. It simply restarts.

 

Anyone who has this running on yosemite might mind sharing his Extra folder and what BIOS he is using?

 

That would be great.



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also just for the record or Google that is:

Installing Yosemite using Clover on P5N7A-VM with BIOS 519 and no external DSDT.

You have to use the I/O BIOS Block option. Executable Bit must be disabled or it will crash the moment XNU tries to say something. I assume I didn't need it before because the flashed Bios i had back then must have blocked that part so I wasn't aware (and it was in 2009 or something!). Drop the whole SSDT table, else crash acpi plattform.

For my CPU, Core2Quad Q8200, generating C and P-states didn't work, although Clover lists them with the right values, it only has 2 of each. Selecting the KernelPM patch enables it. No Null CPU needed. ACPI must be Patched. In regard to USB, it doesn't matter what is set in the Bios, I guess because the table gets dropped. Still not really happy with it (pain from the beginning with this board. I blame Asus.) Having the clock injected lets the System sleep, even in front of the installer. Wake up with power button all fine. But the USB won't work! Only selecting fix USB in the DSDT has USB working (sort of) but sleep and restart is now broken, I need to fix this. It must sleep else this thing uses way to much energy by todays standards.

 

Graphics is done with injecting nvidia, I only tested it with one Display but all outputs work (it should be able to do any 2 out of 3 if it is working right, I think it is)

 

Audio? Just use Voodoo. It is far superior to patching. It doesn't pop and it won't break. You even can adjust the amplifier. But the optical doesn't work, well that is a technology gone by anyway.



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Hey guys, I'm still on Mavericks with Clover rev 2236 (or something like that) and I decided to try installing El Capitan.

The first task obviously is to update Clover to a newer version. But this is where the pain already starts :-/ I went straight ahead to rev 3346 and all I get is an almost black screen with the exception of a single character _ (underscore) in the upper left corner (even before the clover boot menu comes up). Afterwards, all my Bios settings get corrupted. I tried to activate logging in config.plist but I don't get any log file under EFI/CLOVER/misc. In addition I tested a bunch of other revisions with the same behavior.

The newest version I could get to work, however, is revision 3185. This would at least give me support for Yosemite but still I'm far away from El Capitan. I already studied the changelog but I could not find an obvious reason for this behavior. Do you have any idea how to get newer versions to work?

 

The install options I used for clover:

Legacy boot with MBR (boot0ss)

BiosBlockIO for SATA drives

 

Update Feb 08

I got it working! My system now runs El Cap 10.11.3 with the "franken" method for Clover. I simply used the installer from latest working Clover (3185) and afterwards copied over the EFI Folder from rev 3346. This and some fine tuning on the config.plist (added the number of memory slots and modules inserted in SMBIOS section -> otherwise kernel panic!) allowed me to boot El Capitan. I'm pretty happy now and so far everything seems to work (although I haven't had much time for extensive testing). Oh and just bought a super cheap ssd (from sands, only 64GB) and built a FusionDrive. Definitely a nice upgrade for this old system :-)







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