Modding of the G5 for the first time
For ATX Motherboard
-To create a G5 mod with little hassle and cuts as possible, and make it 'authentic'. Hassle came , was forced to make contingency plans along the way.
-Dual Boot OS X and Windows
-To feed something back to the community
Step 1: Purchasing the case
I found a nice one for only £20 on gumtree, but it has a massive scratch down the side lol
Heres an image:
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Step 2: Purchasing the parts
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R rev 2.0 £142.14
Processor: Intel Core i7 950 £180
Graphics Card: XFX HD 6870 £139
RAM: Corsair 4GB £37.18
PSU: Arctic Power 700W PSU £43.98
EXTRA RANDOM STUFF:
Zammykoo's Rear I/O: £49.87
SATA Cables: £11.50
Front I/O Wiring (Gus.Carrie): £15.50
Motherboard Tray: £32.69
DVI Extension Cable: £5.99
In total the Hackintosh costed £677.89.
Step 3: Sawing the Motherboard Tray
I bought a motherboard tray so that the heavy graphics card and other PCI things is secure.
I didn't want to create custom shelves or drill into my cards or anything lol
Here's a pic:
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Step 4: Case Fan
I wanted to keep the original location of the case fan. By using a spare fan I found in an old Dell Inspiron, I decided to drill into the original Mac case fan support and added my own.
Here's a pic:
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(I had to extend the wires too because it was too short)
Step 5: ZAMMYKOOOO!
I used Zammykoo's rear I/O to not cut the original back of the G5
I mounted it to the original standoffs and glued it down in place with expoy
I had some trouble at first because it kept on coming off, and it wasn't aligned but after removing the grey plastic lining, it was fine.
Here's a pic:
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Step 6: The Graphics port
I made a cut as shown in the picture and placed a DVI-VGA converter as my monitor is VGA
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Step 7: POWER
I made an odd connector for the power using scrap metal, power cable and an old PSU (took the plug out)
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Step 8: Cables and Tidying
I removed the default black wires from the case (shown in the first picture), and replaced them with 2 SATA cables as I intend to use the default drive bays to store the HDDs
I also plugged in the Front I/O wires and CD drive.
Oh yes, I had to remove the front plate of the CD drive or else it won't come through the slot.
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Step 9: Final Assembled Result
I "THINK" the two hard drives over heat in the top shelf, because after a while I get stuck at bios... It works fine when I take the hard drives out and run it outside of the case. I tried connecting the HDD fan/blower to the MOBO, but I can't seem to get it to work... Any ideas guys?
FIXED: I added two fans. One blower (original case fan), and one fan from an old PC (it has blue lights I wanted it to not emit anything, oh wells).
Step X: Installing the X
This is truly a d*ck in the ass. If anyone can help it would save me.
Bios settings: ACHI for drives
Used a DSDT found somewhere in the Forums, I'll provide a link if requested.
Methods I have tried:
Kakewalk 4.0 (Lion) FAILED
Reason: Memory stick fails to complete, haven't got a spare memory stick.
iDeneb 10.5.7 (Leopard) FAILED
Reason: Waiting for root device error? Doesn't get past the DVD
iAtkos s3 v2 (Leopard) FAILED
Reason: Waiting for root device error? Doesn't get past the DVD. Restarts randomly.
iBoot/MultiBeast (Snow Leopard) SEMI-WORK
Reason: iBoot works with
-x -v GraphicsEnabler=no PCIRootUID=1
This installs. 1024x768 resolution with OOB internet. Great.
Note: Graphics Card fan spins very loud and scary unless GraphicsEnabler=no is used at every restart.
Did Combo Update to 10.6.8.
Upon using MultiBeast, it fails.
Using GraphicsEnabler=no causes the GFX Card to run normally, but however I get a grey screen
Any other options guys?
UPDATE: Oh my god. It works! I don't fully understand it, but I'll give it a shot at my understanding, ok here goes:
I installed Windows just after assembling my computer, so at least I have an OS to work on, and do every day tasks etc. I used EasyBCD and created a Dual Boot of Windows and OS X (I couldn't specify the location of OS X because it didn't exist).
Then after installing Snow Leopard with iBoot/MultiBeast, with no hope left...I plugged both HDDs in to boot into windows. I then took my chances once again and selected OS X from the windows Boot loader, and BAMM, it worked :S
God knows why Chameleon RC5 or the iBoot boot loader didn't work
This Forum for advice and tips
Zammykoo for the rear I/O, or else I would've done a cut mod
Dad, for his amazing metal work skills