I finally got around to building a new machine with my QUO Kickstarter board.
I had a hell of a time getting everything working, but my issues weren't related to the board. My issues were related to my own stupidity. Once I got a valid copy of Mavericks, installing OS X was as simple as putting in the USB drive and turning on the machine. After installation, the only thing I needed to do was install the audio drivers. I was delighted to find that everything just worked.
Initially, I had the iMessage problem, but I just added 6 more digits to my serial number in NVRAM and it fixed it after a reboot.
I did run into two issues that I'm not sure about.
- In System Information, under Thunderbolt, it reports "No devices found." I assume this means that there are no Thunderbolt devices attached and not that OS X couldn't find the Thunderbolt chipset. Image is attached.
- The BIOS will not advance past the QUO logo if I have my 3TB Toshiba SATA 3 drive attached to the motherboard. It just hangs and is completely unresponsive. The drive worked fine and showed up in the BIOS before I formatted it. After installing OS X, I used Disk Utility to initialize the drive as GPT and created a single partition which was formatted as ExFAT. The process completed successfully and the drive was available to OS X. Issue didn't show up until I rebooted. If I leave the drive detached until after OS X has loaded, I can plug the drive in to a hotplug-enabled SATA port and it works fine.
Anyone have any thoughts on the two points above? I'm especially interested in the second one. The first one isn't as important since I don't have any Thunderbolt hardware right now.