Ta for the update. Could you bung up a pic of the bracket if you have the time? I might give it a bash myself and was considering taking this approach myself so I could have the option of using the card in a standard machine later should I need to. If you don't want to dismantle your machine again, I'll understand. It is a bit of a faff getting the motherboard in and out.
With regard to the USB 3.0 port, I have a Startech card in mine at the moment and get full USB 3 goodness, so I wonder which kext you used. As far as I know, the Asus card is not known as problematical for USB 3.
will take some pics and post np - hopefully in next day or 2. will take them of the asus card in situ initially - as you say - pain in backside dismantling.
but also have the esata card i practiced on - out of the machine, so you can see what that looks like too. it's been straightened out again to full height & is also not pretty.
both are fine examples of a bodge it approach!
When I take the pics - if it's not clear enough what i've done will dismantle - but will need to wait till weekend.
re the kext - thats a very good point. iirc when i had it installed in my Mac Pro i used the Lacie standard and the modbin modified from here. dont remember any major probs as you say.
When I installed it in the HP at weekend, this site seemed to be down so I used google to track down the files - so may have used wrong/different kexts - will need to look into that at weekend too.
One last update from me - i've now been trying to use it as a server proper rather than as a 2nd desktop to play and I'm finding that it's locking up overnight.
Lockup = no ability to share screen, use apple remote desktop, click on icon in other macs finder sidebar and login - these all fail.
When i hook up a vga display, the desktop or whatever app is displayed, but no response from the kb or mouse.
Tried pressing power switch to see if that helped - no change so had to press and hold to power down.
On reboot there's nothing obvious in the console just some regular events from the torrent client which stop - presumably when the lockup occurs.
Will pay some more attention to console next time it happens.
Anyone else experiencing this? i'd say it happens regularly - often within 24hrs and definitely within 48 of a boot.