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I sold mine yesterday evening. The main reason for this was the lack of proper OC capabilities. Not to mention that one single Intel i7 980 eXtreme – which I am reviewing right now – is so bloody fast (can be OC'ed way over 5GHz). Even faster than my dual Xeon board, and thus this new Intel CPU is what I will be using from now on (waiting for a test sample of the 24GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 modules).

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::jealous:: ;)

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that´s destiny..........you build a hell of a machine and then you realize it´s already outdated :)
but I must say after fixing the last problems with my dsdt, my fake-pro is snappier and really fast. what I enjoy the most is the silence...... ;)

only issues are still: shutdown doesn´t work ( the fans are still working ), not going to sleep.
@ Master Chief: any ideas resolving these things?

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that´s destiny..........you build a hell of a machine and then you realize it´s already outdated :P
but I must say after fixing the last problems with my dsdt, my fake-pro is snappier and really fast. what I enjoy the most is the silence...... :)

True, but this time I was lucky to have a co-worker who was willing to pay the same price for it. I was sold instantly. He a new fast Linux computer, and I the money for my next adventure.

only issues are still: shutdown doesn´t work ( the fans are still working ), not going to sleep.
@ Master Chief: any ideas resolving these things?

Worked here. I need a IORegistryExplorer dump to see what you have.

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here is the IORegistry. with dsdt apple lpc loaded and IRQ´s fixed in TMR and PIC

Attached File  peach_MacPro.zip   520.29KB   21 downloads
Attached File  dsdt.aml.zip   8.14KB   10 downloads

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here is the IORegistry. with dsdt apple lpc loaded and IRQ´s fixed in TMR and PIC

Attached File  peach_MacPro.zip   520.29KB   21 downloads
Attached File  dsdt.aml.zip   8.14KB   10 downloads

Ah yes. Your DSDT is still a mess – using the wrong object names and it is incomplete. Please have a look at one of my DSDT's here and you should get it sorted.

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Ah yes. Your DSDT is still a mess – using the wrong object names and it is incomplete. Please have a look at one of my DSDT's here and you should get it sorted.


thanks!

you say it´s incomplete? what parts are missing? I extracted it from the original bios...hmmm

the link you provided leading to page 41 doesn´t include any of your dsdt´s - searching all the sites for an example is a lot of time ;)

could you give me an other link or upload one?

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thanks!

you say it´s incomplete? what parts are missing? I extracted it from the original bios...hmmm

S3 is missing [almost at the end of the DSDT] and the USB objects are also incomplete. Have a look at my DSDT for what I mean.

the link you provided leading to page 41 doesn´t include any of your dsdt´s - searching all the sites for an example is a lot of time ;)

could you give me an other link or upload one?

Sorry. Should have been this one. I also added two more links [under: "Release Notes"] to make it easier to locate the DSDT I was talking about [v3.4].

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I compared your dsdt step by step, changed names and corrected some settings. does it make sense to add s3 in the WAK method if it´s nor present in the original? added it - but still not that much changes.

the bios of this board has no options to switch to s3. do you know if it has a kind of "plug and play" implementation for sleep?

I tried to add the usb power settings you used in your dsdt, but couldn´t compile without errors.
guess that usb is still the problem.

with the attached dsdt the behaviour changed a little bit. it´s going to sleep, the light stops for a second but then it makes a kind of a restart and stops. after that I have to restart it twice to make it boot

Attached File  dsdt.aml.zip   8.1KB   10 downloads

P.S.: best would be you still have the dsdt that you used before for your tests on this board :lol:

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Finally I could finish the project and I´m meanwhile using it in my daily work.

I added some things: the missing two HD´s and a miniNG to slow down the DangerDen pump.
Also I modded a gfx cooler to fit on my 9800gt. I had this one already and it wasn´t a big deal

the result is that everything works except proper shutdown and sleep. the geekbench result of this machine is 11875.
xbench shows unbelievable bad results like 165 points, but this tool is outdated and doesn´t recognize both cpu´s.
the cinebench R10 result was 20033 - what is better than the MacPro octacore 2,26 and close to the 3,0.

temperatures are around 38°C idle and 48°C max. I didn´t expect that low temps cooling two cpus, a gfx and the chipset with a 120 dual rad only ! Marc, I´m impressed by your cooler - good work man ! :)

here the final pics:

my amazing silent fake-pro with 5 hotplug HD´s

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as you can see everything fits: the plexi window and the closing mechanism is working 100%

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before I added more pci cards and the HD´s

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the MiniNG was a really good investment - it makes the pump really silent

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the DangerDen surrounded by alien-technology :thumbsup_anim:

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....and finally added my two UAD-1 cards before I closed the case

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although meanwhile some i7 machines have better benchmarks, I´m really satisfied with this project. I will use it for music with Logic 8/9, rendering videos and webdesign.

still to do: make a better wiring for the HD´s inside, fix sleep and shutdown and buy an UAD-2 card. unfortunately there is no slot for my 3rd UAD-1, so the UAD-2 is the solution.....wanted to buy one anyway :)

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WOW,
you really filled that G5-Case....with excellent hardware.
Congrats on your work.

I really like and envy your hotswap solution. How much harddisk space do you really need? Did you think about a SSD as boot/scratch disk? I think this would speed things up.

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I´m using 2x250GB softraid for my samples - this gives really useful speed with logic audio. also I´m booting from softraid 2x250gb. the fifth HD is for sensible data (all my projects).

of course I´m planning two SSD´s for the system.....but I saw a couple of hours ago on asus website following:
new bios - added microcodes for westmere cpus :unsure:

I should win in a lottery :lol:

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man, that is awesome.. great use of space too - i'm still trying to figure out if watercooling will be the way to go for me

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the machine is a lot of fun
for this I would use always watercooling again. the max of the cpu´s is 48°C and idle at 34°C and amazing silent :)

still hoping for some help with dsdt to solve the sleep problem :)

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Great job!!! It looks like you’re using a late 2005 G5 case. I’m starting my mod with the same case as yours and was wondering if you can please provide some information on how you wired the front panel power/led connection. I found the link below but I’m a little confused on which ground I should use for the power/led and USB.



http://www.insanelym...showtopic=88856



Any help will be greatly appreciated.



Thank you in advance.

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you could use this one Attached File  possible_pinout.txt   802bytes   34 downloads - credits go to the guy who wrote it ....I can´t remember where I have it from :(

I double-checked it also with my voltmeter and this pinout is correct :)

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Thanks for the response peach-os. According to the text, there’s about 5 GND connection (07, 08, 14, 16, 19), does it matter which GND is should use for the pwr/led and USB? Or should I a specific GND? If that’s the case, can you please let me know which one you used?



Thanks again for all the help. Looking forward to finishing up my mod.

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Thanks for the response peach-os. According to the text, there’s about 5 GND connection (07, 08, 14, 16, 19), does it matter which GND is should use for the pwr/led and USB? Or should I a specific GND? If that’s the case, can you please let me know which one you used?



Thanks again for all the help. Looking forward to finishing up my mod.


sorry - didn´t see your post earlier. it doesn´t matter - if you check the connections between the ground pins with a voltmeter, you will realize that they are all connected B)

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Thank you for the information peach-os!!! :ninja:

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peach-os, is there any chance you could post the pinouts for the back panel? I have this case and board as well, so it would be extremely helpful to me!





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