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intel pro/1000 MT Dell Precision 670 Snow Leopard 10.6.8

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Hi all,
After several attempts and tests I've got flawlessly working Dell Precision 670 workstation under Snow Leopard 10.6.8.

I used Nawcomm ModCD 0.3.2, Nawcomm's legacy kernel 10.6.8, ##### SL 3.10.1 with my own generated DSDT (without patches). Everything works fine except NIC.

I could not bring to life onboard NIC so I started to test various PCI NIC cards. After some research I decided to buy refurbished PCI-X Intel PRO/1000MT DUAL (Intel 82546EB chip). I assumed the card will work because I found it was sold by Mac accesory producers: Sonnet (Presto Dual Gigabit NIC) and SmallTree. Therefore I think I'm very close to get it to work.

Remark 1: Precision 670 mobo has following PCI ports:
1x PCIe 16X (graphics),
1x PCIe 8x (works as 4x)
1x PCI (32 bit)
3x PCI-X (64 bit)

Short PCI slot is reserved for my Audigy soundcard (btw working great with kx driver) and PCIe is reserved for the Revodrive 3 which I'm going to buy in near future. So, available slots for NIC are PCI-X slots.

Remark 2: I also buy refurbished Realtek 8169 PCI-X card, which works OOB in Snow, but - and this is somewhat funny - I could not find working Windows 7 driver and my 670 has to be dual OS'ed. I also noticed poor network performance using this card.

OK, let's back to Intel NIC. Card is properly recognised by OSX:

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Now:
  • I've modified AppleIntel8254XEthernet (in IONetworkingFamily) setting valid device ID: 0x10108086 (default was 0x10008086).
  • Plugin ethernet cable causes kernel panic, when configuration in Network system preferences either is set to DHCP or manually:
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And, of course I found the SmallTree drivers which someone in this forum reported working, but I could not manage it to work, trying 3.2.22 and newest 3.4.24 version. SmallTree kext is installed but it is not loaded on startup.

So, dear community, I appreciate any help or hints to work this s..t out ;]

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Try this one:
Attached File  AppleIntel8255x.kext.zip   85.89KB   57 downloads
This version is compiled from sources (not by me, found this in the forum) and it is not the same as IONetworkingFamily plugin version. It's a stand-alone version. Place it to /S/L/E.

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Thank you Pir2. I have also added my dev id to this kext but it doesn't work.

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I've been on this one for ages on my Precision 670 too. Nothing worked.

My built-in Intel Pro/1000MT PCI dev id differs from that of your add-on model: mine is reported with device id 0x1026. It's the single-port built-in version on the workstation (chip 82545ep according to PCI Database site). It gets detected properly by AppleIntel8254XEthernet plugin of IONetworkingFamily kext and will display proper MAC address but keeps reporting that it's not connected, no matter what.

I don't believe you require to patch your AppleIntel8254XEthernet kext plist: your card device id should be covered by the built-in wildcard mask: 0x10008086&0x0000ffff. I would change that back.



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Well, I also spent hours (days) on this with no success so nothing's left but give up. Intel PRO/1000 is reported to work with 10.5 here, so this might be OS version related issue.

I'm very curious whether SmallTree PCIX NIC will work on SL but this card is no longer available and buying it used is almost impossible. If I find it someday, I'll report results here.

Now, I just have bought Netgear GA311 which is reported as working in HCL 10.6.8.

Many thanks for your support!

Cheers

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I take it you tried this too:
http://www.insanelym...ge__hl__+0x1026

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Hi, yes, I know this SF project and I used this kext trying to get to work onboard NIC. I have install it now to S/L/E. There is progress - no KP, but Network in System Preferences shows it's cable is unplugged.
You are still waking my hopes hahaha ;]

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Well, finally got it!!! Success at long last!!! Better late than never I hear you say...

 

The attached old AppleIntel8254XEthernet v1.1.2 (from Tiger 10.4?) brings life to my Precision 670's built-in Intel Pro 1000/MT under Snow Leopard. Note that it only supports PPC & Intel i386 mode, i.e. it's 32bit-only, not 64bit.

Attached File  AppleIntel8254XEthernet.kext.zip   66.83KB   30 downloads 

03:0e.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation 82545GM Gigabit Ethernet Controller [8086:1026] (rev 04)

I verified this under SL 10.6.8 (browsed another Hack attached to the Ethernet, transferred some files both ways, etc.). Ethernet interfaces were configured in automatic mode (i.e. autonegotiation) on each side and settled at 100Mb/full-duplex (as expected since laptop connected to Precision 670 had 10/100Mb Ethernet interface). Doing various files transfers gave me about 60-80Mbps throughput, which I found excellent on a 100Mb/FD connection. This older kext v1.1.2 should therefore be used instead of v2.1.3b1 which is provided as Plugin of IONetworkingFamily kext in /S/L/E.

 

In the case of my particular myHack SL installation, I simply placed the older kext in /E/E, then ran myfix (quick) to supersede the vanilla kext whilst leaving /S/L/E unmodified.

Attached File  WS670_Intel_Pro:1000MT_Ethernet.jpg   78.27KB   5 downloads Attached File  WS670_MAC@.jpg   58.81KB   3 downloads Attached File  WS670_ifconfig.jpg   90.05KB   3 downloads

 
 


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Well, my hopes raised up to the skies but apparently unnecessarily...

 

After install system info shows it "does not contain any ethernet devices"

 

I even replaced AppleIntel8254XEthernet to 1.1.2 version in the IONetworkingFamily kext in /S/L/E.

 

I generated my DSDT with onboard NIC turned off - do you think it matters?

I've also noticed you're using different kernel and install method. Mine is 10.6.8 Legacy kernel and the Nawcom ModCD (please refer to this topic).

 

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I'm not sure the DSDT bears any relevance in your case (kernel will not for sure), but use IORegistryExplorer to see if you have an "Ethernet" entry under PCI5 within PCI3. I assume you have re-enabled the NIC in BIOS Setup… If not, you know what to do. You can also boot with Chameleon option DSDT=No to bypass your DSDT.

 

You say you replaced the AppleIntel8254XEthernet next in the PlugIns folder of /S/L/E/IONetworkingFamily; however, did you repair permissions and rebuild kextcache afterwards? If not, your changes are ineffective until these steps are done.



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I do have "Ethernet" entry under PCI3@0,2 (albeit I can't see any PCI5 there) and of course NIC is enabled in the BIOS :)

 

All permissions and kextcaches are rebuilt after every modification.

When I install 1.1.2 kext to /E/E (I use Kext Wizard app) System Profile shows Ethernet Card still uses version 2.1.3b1...

 

I also installed it to /S/L/E using Kext Wizard and still the same: NIC is present with 2.1.3b1 kext and cable unplugged



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That won't work: OS X will always use the kext with higher version in the presence of multiple kexts of a same name. You need to remove the original kext to use the old one. This is where myHack comes really handy as it bumps version of kexts placed in /E/E to 1111 so that they supersede any vanilla kext in /S/L/E.

Delete the original kext and replace it with older version and you should be sorted.



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Well i did it but obviously it does not want to work :)

I'll try to install fresh copy of the system using your DSDT. We'll see!

 

Thank you for your help and have a great 2014!



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Was the older kext loaded? Was the card reported in System Report->Ethernet with that kext or the older kext reported loaded in SystemReport->Extensions? Remember: it's an old kext and only works in PPC and Intel i386 (32bit) modes. It won't load in 64bit mode.

 

You don't need to re-install to use my DSDT, you can simply copy it to your / or /Extra folder under a different name and call it through Chameleon boot option DSDT=<path>/<filename> (eg: DSDT=/Extra/dsdt2.aml). In fact you should also try with no DSDT at all (Chameleon boot option: DSDT=No).

 

Bear in mind that we have different hardware (CPU and NIC to name at least those two), so my DSDT might not work/work well on your own workstation...



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Hi,
forgive me long time lack of response but I had really hard time last monts and had to break my hackintosh developement...

 

I can confirm the kext you shared works on my Dell 670 but only in 32bit mode. Anyway I can't use this due to my 64bit architecture.

 

I wish I had skills to mod it to 64bit... Maybe someone has?

 

Cheers!



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Can't you just run SL in 32bit mode? That's what I chose to do.



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Yes, I can but I don't want to :)

 

Why?

 

http://www.insanelym...sh-in-64bit-sl/

 

Maybe you help?







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