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  1. UberNoob is now using the X-Mass Oz release, has his GTX 680 flashed with GOP support and is downloading 10.11.5.  :)



    The AOS board needs NVRAM protection disabled because Oz is using a AptioFix1 style memory map fix (thank-you crusher. for telling me this).


    You can disable NVRAM SIP in a few different ways:


    EFI Shell:

    setvar csr-active-config -GUID 7C436110-AB2A-4BBB-A880-FE41995C9F82 -nv ="50000000"
    Oz Defaults Plist:

    NVRAM (older OS X):

    sudo nvram 7C436110-AB2A-4BBB-A880-FE41995C9F82:csr-active-config=%P%00%00%00
    CSRUtil (from Recovery):

    csrutil enable --without nvram

    Thank you for helping out with guidance and contributions. Good Karma.

  2. Folks, I need to ask the community for a bit of help. Has anybody of you folks run into issues with connected drives (either SSD or HDD) that got corrupted? 


    I have spent the better part of the new year holidays reformatting drives and trying to restore info from different backups. I have tried several different SDDs after the first has been beyond what diskutil could repair (a120GB OWC SDD) and after a while they all came out as corrupted after the system freezing.


    I have tried our both the X-Mass BIOS and the Z77MXQUOAOS.H3C.1669M.ROM to see if that would change the behaviour, but it did not (last trial was with the 1669M). Of course the usual things (exchanging SATA cables, checked RAM) has been done.   


    I do remember I had a similar issue way back then, when I got the board, but in the meantime it was behaving very well so I had plainly forgotten about the issue. Is there any way to triage the onboard SATA controller?


    The reason for me to have and love this system is to dual boot it with a highly customized Linux and run it with OS X SL alternatively.  


    Any hints would be highly appreciated!

  3. Thanks, adding it to the list of possible choices. How is it connected to your Hack (DVI, DP, HDMI) ? Do you rember which cables where included in the box if any ? 

    If I remember right it came with DVI and HDMI included. I am using both cables. The HDMI shows me the boot process on the integrated graphics (and is connected to my Apple TV sometimes) and the DVI is for serious working. The sound is okay, but doesn't blow you away, so there is a SONOS soundbar under the Apple Display as sound output connected to the optical on the back of the hack plus two SONOS play:3 for surround, which provide more than adequate ambience.


    I do not play at all, so can't comment on that use-case.

  4. Shopping for a 27" inch monitor for general use and normal gaming that is not a TV ( NOT 1920x1080) and will not break the bank ( < 700$) ... suggestions are welcome from monitor owners 

    I am extremely happy with an BenQ BL2710 that sits next to my Apple 30" Cinema display. It has a wee bit lesser screen estate, but brightness is comparable, text appears in similar size so there is nearly no strain on the eyes. The proximity sensing touch buttons need a bit of getting used to, but are better than flimsy real buttons or some that are hidden in the back. Great number of interfaces and even has a hanger for the headset. Cost was 489€. I checked with AmaUS, is listed as CAD/CAM for $539.94.


    LED-Monitor 68.6 cm (27 inch) BenQ BL2710PT 2560 x 1440 Pixel 16:9 4 ms DisplayPort, HDMI™, VGA, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, height, tilt, pivot, and swivel


    I love the 2560*1440 resolution.

  5. It's been awhile since I used boot flags. That enables verbose mode right? I should throw that in there to see why booting is so slow.

    Several members have reported keeping verbose booting on leads to flaky booting in their respective configurations. I belong into this group and I have switched it off again, which rendered the booting flawless. So once you have found the root cause, you may wish to switch it off again.

  6. @samkunun: As I have experienced failures to send any sound out any of the interfaces (line out in the back or front, digital) and wanted to connect my Sonos to the computer via optical I have searched high and low and finally found a german forum, which had a link to a driver called "VoodooHDA.kext" that goes into /System/Library/Externsions, which worked incredibly well - recognised all ports, even giving the color codes - and digital out works like a charm. {I do hope this kext is not in any shape or form linked to Voldemort's blog?}


    But mind: I am preferring SL and the great patch by The King (kudos! It is all greek to me when looking into the script....) is making the ports visible, but not usable under SL (obviously not intended to use with 10.6.8), so if you are on a more "modern" incarnation of OS X you should normally be fine with the patch AFAIK.


    Also, the previous Apple provided AudioHDA.kext must go for the voodoo to work.

    Just reporting back on the encrypted SSD-issue. Searching through a number of Linux forums, I found a link with a BIOS extension ( http://www.fitzenreiter.de/ata/ata_eng.htm ), which could be packed onto a BIOS of a network card or ven into some area of our Quo-Bios, for those that are not faint at heart.


    I would so much appreciate to see the capability of an OZ BIOS version with SATA security extensions. I have a couple of ideas on how to get it done regardsless (a way that requires several boot processes to happpen, but something more elegant would be highly appreciate.


    How can I send a prayer towards the elder gods who develop the OZ.....

  7. There is a fairly good thread in the Apple support forums on (Opal) self encrypting disks and OS X: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2739755?start=0&tstart=0

    Another excellent thread (albeit without an answer to the question on how to achieve HW FDE under OS X) is: http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/76530/is-a-hardware-based-full-disk-encryption-possible-on-a-mac .


    A couple of side-remarks: Using Software on top of the OS does not make sense in my book, as it requires (corruptible) software to work. So, Winmagic for Mac is not a solution (or any other software that requires to be run after the boot process has started). For completeness reasons: http://www.winmagic.com/products/full-disk-encryption-for-mac is the link to the Winmagic solution.


    Of course, many use the SED SSD by Samsung (same here). Interestingly enough, these are not all OPAL compliant (some seem to be). I personally would think this is actually an advantage. :yes: ATA commands are a clear and safe way of handling stuff. Why add third party leverage to the security that tries to keep exactly these third parties out.


    Therefore the question remains (and The King has indicated where that is headed above), how to reach full disk encryption from UEFI.


    Short of hacking around in the BIOS (yes I have found some pastebin info on the AMI, but unfortunately I am braindead in BIOS hacking) I see that I have only one option for now: Find an adapter/controller for SATA that clicks into the UEFI.


    Any pointer is taken with gratitude.

  8. Thanks, The King. Will look into it and see if I can work out something. Am not a BIOS hacker myself, but some kindergarten experiments with an random Adaptec card and a random SED capable SSD did not work out (as expected) under OS X. That would be the hattrick, but I don't expect it to work, it is just a remote hope.... It may with Linux, though. Will try to look into it and if I find anythign of value, I'll share.

  9. Self encrypting disks



    I have been wondering about self encrypting disks on the AOS. Is there a BIOS (Oz) switch that allows recognition of SEDs? Or does anyone of you have a recommendation for a SATA controller that would have a BIOS and would pop up the window to enter the different passcodes for SEDs? This is one of the features missing in the original, and I thought the copy should be better than the original.  :P Maybe a kind soul can share info?

  10. Has anybody tried booting from an external Firewire device and succeeded? I have a G Technology Raid device I used to boot from on all my Apple boxes in case of need. Is there any experience in this fabulous group? Any twist or tweak in the BIOS which would allow this or do I have to resort to internal stuff or USB instead? 

  11. You need to know few things:


    10.6.3 Retail DVD is limited on hardware install and have checks on hardware and system model,  what is unknown wont work, ...what you did wrong when you edited your system model and stuff, I suggest you to reflash your BIOS.


    For Snow Leopard, as was said here, you will need SandyBridge CPU, HD3000 will work, not sure if it can drive that cinema display...

     - You can use Sandy CPU with discrete gfx card,, just make sure is supported by 10.6.8 at least!

     - You can use your current CPU and discrete GFX but you will not have power management working since no support .


    Hi, The King


    thanks again for a number of really good recommendations and pointers you gave me in my attempts to get SL running on a Que-AOS hackintosh. Now, it is all good, no modifications are necessary, out of the box compatibility and all is groovy.


    Just to connect the dots, I have tried with an Sapphire ATI Radeon HD6870 but when it arrived, it turned out to be defective. I ordered a Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 after rereading all forum recommendations once more and pondering about it for a night.  The 6870 was a huge affair and I was hoping for something less in size. The 5770 fits the bill and has only one power connector (rather than the two of the 6870).


    After a bit of back and forth I had a small display connected to the integrated GPU and connected the Apple 30" Cinema Display with its DVI connector to the Sapphire. Lo and behold: On the small display I was able to determine the OS I wanted (either SL or ML or Linux in several flavors from an external disk). The boot-up Apple appeared on the HDMI-connected display, once I chose SL for booting. I switch it off after chosing the OS I need, as it sticks with the grey Apple screen, anding over to the Cinema display. I would not need it at all if I wouldn't need to use other OS from time to time.


    Now happily working on the large screen with the correct OS on a brutally quick machine. I leave the mini displayport connector for use with my MacBook Pros (and I have to admit blushing, that I had actually forgotten that the monitor had a DVI cable, as I had it stashed away in a bluelounge cablebox and I never used the DVI before, since I always had machines with MDP).


    Thanks folks for all your help and support. 




    You need to know few things:


    10.6.3 Retail DVD is limited on hardware install and have checks on hardware and system model,  what is unknown wont work, ...what you did wrong when you edited your system model and stuff, I suggest you to reflash your BIOS.


    For Snow Leopard, as was said here, you will need SandyBridge CPU, HD3000 will work, not sure if it can drive that cinema display...

     - You can use Sandy CPU with discrete gfx card,, just make sure is supported by 10.6.8 at least!

     - You can use your current CPU and discrete GFX but you will not have power management working since no support .


    Thanks, The King


    your advice is really appreciated.


    I have ordered a discrete card (Sapphire ATI Radeon HD6870 with mini DP). Have tried using the carbon copied HD with a full install instead of the install-DVD. Without the discrete GPU it gives me VGA resolution on the 30" Cinema ( ^_^ ). Nothing I would appreciate. So for the time being, until the card arrives, I will have to continue with 10.8.2 and once the new card arrives, I will try out the MDP.



  13. Snow Leopard doesn't support IvyBridge (there are some hacks, but that's what they are) so that's probably the root cause of your trouble.

    Thanks for the speed-of-light-reply, Riley.


    Do you have a pointer to a post or a description of the hack? More that happy to try, and as you can see, I am irritated, because it *did* run at some point to my satisfaction from a cc'd disk, just the Apple display stayed black (HDMI based display worked) but later it stopped to work completely (I was blaming my happy-go-lucky-style of editing the nvram?). This includes the DVD, a stick with and without hacks (Chameleon and sound, as well as kexts) and the Samsung disk.


    Still puzzled, but will happily check out your suggestion.

  14. Hello, folks


    I have been lurking in the shadows here for a while, reading and thinking... Now I have finished my first hackintosh project based on the QUO, and wonder how to make OS X 10.6.8 run on it - not the usual noob question, please read on).


    Everything does run fine, technically with my new Quo motherboard, 16 GB Ram and Intel.


    I had to resort to 10.8.2 which is all nice and dandy, but the reason for me to hack the Intosh was precisely my wish to break out of the Apple jail with regards to the limits of being able to freely up- and downgrade. 10.6.8 is the OS that covers my needs best and all later editions don't. Some family members have a different opinion, and use whatever they like and the same is true for my co-workers. I personally prefer 10.6.8. 


    Initially SL was all good and ran, except for the use of my Cinema HD display that did not respond to OSX, while working fine with Fedora and giving no hints that anything tangible could be the root cause. I used another small TV monitor using HDMI to display OS X SL (that display was a royal pita). I flashed the BIOS 801 to 828 to troubleshoot the version of OZ being the culprit - but no game. All of the worked and all of them did not help me start SL.


    I figured, the system info was the faulty part, as not compatible with my wished for setup, and decided to write the system info into nvram.

    I followed the nvram writing routine (sTaN comment #477, currently on  of course giving it the appropriate SystemSerial and BaseboardSerial. I assumed, this would release the capability within OS X to use the Thunderbolt port.


    So the system showed up as a Macmini6,2.


    Alas, it did not and the OS X SL boot disc (original out of the box, family license) did not boot any more, neither did the install (carbon copy from a stripped down version I was running on another system). Then, I figured this was due to the Macmini6,2 systems not being compatible with SL.


    So I booted with 10.8.2 and redacted the nvram so it would be a system that according to my understanding would let OS X know that it is compatible with 10.6.8:


    sudo nvram 4D1FDA02-38C7-4A6A-9CC6-4BCCA8B30102:BiosVersion=IM121.88Z.0047.B1D.1110171110
    sudo nvram 4D1FDA02-38C7-4A6A-9CC6-4BCCA8B30102:ProductName=iMac12,2
    sudo nvram 4D1FDA02-38C7-4A6A-9CC6-4BCCA8B30102:SystemSerial=(... as per advice)
    sudo nvram 4D1FDA02-38C7-4A6A-9CC6-4BCCA8B30102:ProductFamily=iMac
    sudo nvram 4D1FDA02-38C7-4A6A-9CC6-4BCCA8B30102:ProductId=Mac-(... as per advice)


    I left the base board serial as it was.



    In "About This Mac" it now shows as a 27" iMac mid 2011 with 3,4 GHz Intel Core i7 and OS X 10.8.2 (12C60) nicely, and it is blazingly fast.


    I did the Darwindump and can share if this would be required, but I am totally puzzled why OS X SL does not work on this nice machine. Booting with both disk and a bootable stick still fails showing only the grey/white Apple screen.


    Configuration: Z77MX-QUO-AOS, Intel® Core i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 16 BG RAM, Samsung Evo SSD and 828 OZ-BIOS


    Would any of you mages have any helpful pointers?