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  1. Edhawk

    Low profile Sierra card

    I use a number of low profile passive cooled graphics cards in my HP Microserver hacks. Asus Radeon HD 5450 1GB - This requires a SSDT to work at its optimum under Sierra and High Sierra - see attachedSSDT-GFX0 zip. The SSDT was downloaded from a post by another forum member on this site. You would also need to use the Eulemur Framebuffer, ATI Inject and a FakeID (0x68E01002) in Clover config. Asus Radeon HD 6450 1 GB & Asus Radeon HD 6450 2GB. The two HD 6450's work out of the box in Sierra & High Sierra but require the AMD drivers from High Sierra 10.13.6 to work in Mojave. Screenshot below showing Graphics card system information for the 2GB HD 6450 working under Sierra, using Pithecia framebuffer and with ATI inject selected in Clover. I would assume that the other cards shown on the report screen, HD 7450/8450 & R5 230 would also work. The HD 5450 is glitchy under Mojave even with copying the AMD drivers from High Sierra. None of these cards require additional power and work just fine with a 150W and 200W PSU. SSDT-GFX0.zip
  2. Sinetek, do you have a version of this kext that will work in El Capitan. I have a second HP laptop that has the same Realtek card reader 0x522710ec, but it had too many other issues when I tried to upgrade it to MacOS Sierra so it needs to stay on El Capitan. Thanks for your great work on this kext.
  3. Thanks for creating and posting this kext. I now have my laptop card reader working. I believe I have the Realtek 0x522710ec card reader in my HP 350 G2 laptop.
  4. Still playing with the Microserver, just updated it to OS X 10.11.6 (15G31), using Shanee's AMD kernel (10-2) dated 5th August 2016. USB information missing from About this Mac, but the ports work OK. Having applied Spakk's El Capitan USB Fix v3.
  5. Ok, not that many people are still playing with one of these Gen7 Microservers, but I thought I would post this just to update this thread. I have El Capitan 10.11.6 running on a HP N36L Microserver! Before anyone gets carried away I have cheated big time, by installing OS X 10.11.6 (15G31) on another AMD PC I own, and moving the hard drive from the Asus Sabertooth & FX3850 PC to the Microserver. With a few tweaks to the Extensions folder and a change of the smbios file this has worked without too much hassle. The AMD install follows Shanee's installation methodology with Enoch as the boot loader, which is similar in most ways to Chameleon. I have replaced the apple kernel with an AMD Kernel created by one of the AMD developers on this site, not sure which as I tried a few before settling on this one - Darwin/x86_64 [Darwin Kernel Version 15.6.0: Fri 5 Aug 2016 21:00:14 BST; root:xnu-3248.60.10/BUILD/obj/RELEASE_X86_64]. Sorry can't point you to the kernel. Smbios used for the Microserver is Mac Pro 3.1. org.chameleon.boot.plist is attached. Boot Args: -v kext-dev-mode=1 npci=0x2000 usekernelcache=No I have disabled the onboard Broadcom Ethernet controller and I am using a Realtek 8111 ethernet card in the x1 pcie slot. I have an AMD HD 6450 2GB graphics card installed in the x16 pcie slot. I have a few minor issues with USB details not showing in 'About this Mac'. But otherwise my bluetooth and Wi-Fi usb dongles attached to the Microserver work without any issues. I thought it would take a while for anyone to be able to get El Capitan up and running in a reasonable manner on one of these old Microservers, and I wasn't wrong, I have managed it just before Mac OS X 10.12.0 is released. Anyway, good luck to anyone else interested in getting the latest OS X running on one of these servers.
  6. No problems with the Realtek card to date. I have been moving movie files back and forth between my hack and the server to test it, hundreds of GB's moved both ways.
  7. Saf, I am currently using the Realtek card in the PCI-e x1 slot and it works just fine with the latest 8111 kext. I had to delete the existing network preference items and also Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/NetworkInterfaces.plist in order that the Realtek card was given en0 rather than en2 as happened when I first installed the card. FYI I came across an updated BCM5722D kext version 2.3.6 which is supposed to have solved the connection dropping under intense load, see http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/files/file/79-bcm5722d/ I'm not sure what version the kext you are using is but this updated kext looks promising. As per usual we have to add the device ID for the built-in network card to the info.plist - DEVICEID_BCM5723 0x165B before the network card in the HP MicroServer will be recognised.
  8. Saf, Thanks I'll give the BCM5722D kext you are using a try and see how it works out. FYI, I had received the new Ethernet card by the time you posted, one of the benefits (or in this case drawbacks) of Amazon Prime next day delivery!
  9. Saf, I am now also having Ethernet issues with the built-in adapter dropping under heavy load. So I have ordered a low profile Ethernet card with a Realtek 8111 chipset and will swap out the Wi-Fi card in the x1 pci-e slot as I don't use the wireless aspects of this machine. I plan to disable the built-in a adapter and install the latest 8111 driver for the new card. I will let you know how I get on with the new card, it cost around £10 on amazon.
  10. Saf, I have not changed any SMBIOS settings with this install. I have given up trying to get iMessage and iCloud to work with the N36L and Yosemite. It is using a Mac Pro 3.1 SMBIOS. I know some of the testers who are testing the El Capitan kernels have got all the Apple applications working on their AMD Hackintosh's. For us it will be a similar story to Yosemite, we will only be able to install El Capitan once the AMD kernel development is mature, which means Apple will probably be offering 10.12.1 before we get El Capitan to install on a Microserver! But I believe we will be able to make El Capitan work on a Microserver once a mature kernel has been developed. In my opinion there are too many USB and artefact issues that cause problems for high powered AMD CPU's at the moment, never mind the low power units we are trying to use.
  11. Saf, I will have a look for the SATA Warning message when I reboot next and let you know if it appears during boot. El Capitan on AMD is still problematic, I have been keeping an eye on the posts in the AMD Development section for EC and will like you probably play with a spare hd when I have the inclination and they have developed a kernel that will work for most low end AMD CPU's. The iOS sections do look interesting but as you say shame they don't work on Yosemite. Clock speed is fine on my machine. EDIT SATA Warning does appear when my machine boots in verbose mode, as you say it doesn't appear to effect the boot process. it appears at the point where the 'Still waiting for root device' message would appear during boot, if you had a problem with your HD or USB installer.
  12. Saf, The Gen8 has a worse bios and initial setup than the Gen7. HP have gone out of their way to make their Intelligent Provisioning start-up process good for Windows and some specific Linux installs. Anything else and you are on your own and likely to struggle to get the system configured for a non supported OS. None of the Ethernet kexts are perfect, because we have had to add the device ID for our adapter to a kext that was originally written/converted for some other 'similar' Nextreme Broadcom adapters. The only issue I have found with this kext/adapter is when the network shares on various machines are slow to populate when I select Network from the server and my main Hack. Other than this the network transfers have been reasonably constant and at a reasonable speed. I've not had any issues with USB ports and not needed to amend/delete or add any kexts to get these working. I had included a GenericUSB kext in my S/L/E as part of my installation but it wasn't loading in Yosemite so I deleted it and repaired the permissions. I don't know what could be causing your issues with the external drives. I had a WD external drive connected to my N54L via USB for Time Machine backups and didn't have any problems with it. I have installed the Apple Server app on my N36L, seems to be working just fine - file sharing, time machine backups and apple cache serving. I have not installed/activated any of the other server options yet but may do so as time allows and need arises.
  13. 85Razor & Saf, I reconfigured my Gen8 Microserver to Windows 10, OS X wasn't happening for me with this new server. Too many USB and Raid issues for me to resolve. I have just reconfigured my N36L by installing 10.10.5 using Clover with the all in one installer recommended by 85Razor. The installation worked a treat, only issue I had was with the ethernet kext not being recognised and my Wi-Fi card being set as EN0. I ended up placing the kext in S/L/E using Kext Wizard and now that I have reconfigured my Wi-Fi and ethernet to correct the EN0 & EN2 issues everything is working just fine. I now need to tweak my install to have Trim for the OS SSD, install OS X server and then start redeploying my data hard drives. The clover boot and latest AMD kernels from Bronya and Spakk are amazingly fast compared to my previous build. No issues with icons or graphics.
  14. I have found my attempts to install OS X on my new Gen8 Microserver to be futile, for a number of reasons: Gen8 wants hard disks set in a RAID array. Even with creating 5 Raid 0 arrays and selecting the SSD in the OOD bay it doesn't like booting OSX, definitely not with the HP intelligent provisioning. Selecting AHCI mode over the B120i raid card has a number of problems, it doesn't want to allow you to boot from a SATA drive in the OOD port and ports 2 & 3 do not work under AHCI mode, only ports 0 & 1 (the two SATA III ports). I could boot to the clover USB pen drive I created, using the latest clover and with a well defined clover config plist, however the installation stalls very quickly due to USB issues. I read up on USB issues for other desktop machines running OSX but could not find anything similar to this issue. All of the fixes I tried failed at the same point. None of the USB ports are Intel, and the two USB 3.0 ports are automatically disabled during start up. This installation issue due to USB errors happens with Mavericks and Yosemite, never bothered with El Cap. I have spent best part of the last week seeing if I could get this to boot OSX but am about to give up and install Windows 10 Pro on the Gen8 as the base OS for my family media server, this is currently on my old N36L with Windows 8.1 Pro, so I will shortly have a Gen7 Microserver available to play with again.
  15. No it won't be the first time someone tried to install OS X on a Gen8. I have another Gen8 that I tried installing Mavericks on a couple of years ago. It didn't go smoothly and was at the time my first N54L died, so I ended up moving my company server on to the Gen8, installing WS2012 R2 essentials on to it. I hope that with the improvements in Clover and the various installation methods available now for OS X that it will be smoother this time around. I will let you know how I get on. If I am successful I may start a new guide/topic for the installation of OS X on the Gen8. I know there is a whole bunch of adapters for installing additional hard drives etc. that have been developed for the Gen8. I already own a couple of floppy - SATA power cables, which are required for installing an SSD in the optical drive bay. I think the loss of the second pci-e slot will be a serious restriction in getting handoff and continuity working on the Gen8 Microserver. The built-in graphics on the Gen8 may be suitable for running as a headless server but I don't think it will be any good for running OS X on a monitor for daily use. Plus the way the SATA drives are connected through the Dynamic Smart Array B120i may cause problems installing OS X, as this may need different drivers that are not available in OS X.