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  1. Let me say that I have built many dual cpu socket 'Hack' Pro's and, for the money, Supermicro has never steered me in the wrong direction. I am typing this on one of my main HackPros which has two 5645 hex-core Xeons running on a Supermicro X8DAL mobo and I couldn't be happier. The performance for the price range (or bang for your buck) is unparalleled when it comes to these boards and somehow they seem to just agree with the Mac OS - at least with the socket 771 and 1366 mobos, i can't speak beyond that. On the topic of overclocking - try to avoid it with any dual Xeon rig for the very reason that the chips and mobos in this category are designed to run as stably and with as much power as possible - or in other words, they are not designed to be used in the everyday gaming rig. There are TONS of new boards with the LGA2011 sockets that allow the fastest i7 CPU's to crank to well beyond their means with as many as 8 cores per die that do not have to communicate with another CPU to load-balance. Case in point - if overclocking is the straw that breaks the camels back in this scenario, I would not use the Xeons even with an SR-2 board - there is a reason that these types of mobo's are few and far between. If you want my advice (if it matters at all), here are the parts that have served me well for many years in the dual Xeon HackPro arena: supermicro x8dal-i NOCTUA!!! CPU coolers - (these sinks/fans will destroy any other fan-based cooler; more CFM per dB than any other cooler outside of a custom liquid build) Kingston ECC Buffered DDR3 RAM and a very powerful PSU...1kW should more than suffice. These are just my two cents - the ramblings of someone who has been down this road many times since the early days of Tiger by upchuck. I hope it helps.
  2. Hi All I have 2 x (one pair) INTEL XEON E5530 2.4GHZ QUAD-CORE CPUs for sale on ebay with a starting bid of $550 for BOTH processors. No one has bid as of yet so will literally be paying 50% less than retail if no one else bids...These are powerful processors that work beautifully as the brains of a HackPro - they seem to favor Supermicro motherboards, but I have had them in ASUS as well and they crank all the same. Please send an email to sturzo@gmail.com if you're interested in purchasing direct - I am more than willing to end the auction for a reasonable 'best offer' Here is the Ebay link: http://r.ebay.com/bu5t81 Thank you!
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    Chameleon Wizard - Utility for Chameleon.

    For whatever reason, I cannot boot my octo-core hack pro using any Lion-compatible bootloader options, including this one - every time i try it gives me just a split second of the apple logo and immediately reboots. Any suggestions? i've tried everything, even replacing the motherboard. specs: Mobo: Asus Z8NA - D6 CPUs: 2 x Intel Xeon 5530 RAM: 24 Gb Hynix DDR3 1333 Sys Disk: Corsair Force GT 120gb SSD Several other internal and iSCSI disks If anyone has any suggestions i would be forever in your debt! BTW: I use the chameleon wizard on my other HackPro - its an amazing tool Thank you in advance
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    [Sell] My G5 ATX case SOLD!

    i may be interested if you post pictures of the case without the components inside. also, i need to know the exact details about the case such as what model/year G5 it was, whether or not a standard PSU will fit, if the expansion slots match those of a standard ATX board. having to destroy the case with modifications would defeat the purpose of using it. please post details...thank you.
  5. I have for sale a Supermicro MBD-X7DAL-E motherboard that functions as perfectly as the day it was built and is ideal for any OSX86 installation. This work-horse motherboard functioned as the cornerstone of my Pro Tools rig and ran Tiger, Leopard, and Snow Leopard out of box using all 8 Xeon cores and 8Gb of fully buffered memory without any problems whatsoever--rock solid with some minor BIOS adjustments. I would like to sell this item for $270 but am willing to negotiate and accept reasonable offers. Listed below are the specs of the board: Brand SUPERMICRO Model MBD-X7DAL-E-O Supported CPU CPU Socket Type Dual LGA 771 CPU Type Dual Intel Xeon System Bus 1333/1066MHz Chipsets North Bridge Intel 5000X South Bridge Intel ESB2 Memory Number of DDR2 Slots 6 x 240Pin DDR2 Standard DDR2 667 Maximum Memory Supported 24GB ECC Supported Yes Registered FBDIMM Expansion Slots PCI Express x16 1 PCI Express x4 1 (x4) PCI-et (using x16) slot PCI-X Slots (64-bit 133MHz) 2 PCI Slots 2 Other Slots 1 x UIO slot Storage Devices PATA 1 x ATA 100 2 Dev. Max SATA 6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s SATA RAID RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support (Windows Only) RAID 0, 1, 10 support (Linux) Onboard Audio Audio Chipset AC97 Codec Onboard LAN LAN Chipset Intel 82563EB LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbp Second LAN Chipset Intel 82563EB Second LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps Max LAN Speed Dual 10/100/1000Mbps Rear Panel Ports PS/2 2 COM 2 USB 1.1/2.0 4 x USB 2.0 Audio Ports 3 Ports Onboard USB Onboard USB 1x USB internal header Physical Spec Form Factor ATX Dimensions 12.0" x 10.0" And here is the link to the Supermicro product page: http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherb...00X/X7DAL-E.cfm Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I will also offer free shipping to anywhere in the continental United States--the buyer must pay shipping if outside of the US.
  6. I completely agree with every one of these responses. I have considered selling one or two of my hackintoshes on several occasions; in fact I'm on the fence about selling one of my harpertown octocore hackintoshes right now to a friend who is basically on the same skill level as me. But I could never in good conscience sell a complex osx86 machine to someone who, by his own accord, is not very computer savvy. If you are going run hackintosh (not even including the build process), you need to have at least a moderate understanding of not just the software, how it works, and why it behaves a certain way, but the hardware itself and how certain components interact with other components and how the OS interprets the hw configuration, etc. Say I was to sell you one of my osx86 machines for $800. We go through the ropes of verifying that everything is in perfect working order. There are no bugs and it is, in so many words, a fully functional 8-core mac pro for a quarter the price of a genuine Apple model. Happy with what you see, you make the purchase and take the computer home. Later on down the road, you mistakenly set the preferences to download and install updates automatically and Apple releases an OS update. Overnight your fancy mac pro would go from top of line model to an expensive pile of rubble because you would not know where to begin to bring it back to life. Even if you were an avid Time Machine user or kept backup images of the system disk, you would still need to know how to boot the machine from a disk or usb stick in order to use any of those methods. And the fact of the matter is that simply because I sold you the machine and know how to maintain it does not mean that my cell phone is a tech support hotline. My honest advise would be to do some research and put one together yourself. You don't need to be an expert in software engineering or know the first thing about the actual electrical circuitry on a piece of silicon to build a basic hackintosh. Start small; buy a decent Intel based Gigabyte motherboard and a lower end i7 CPU and hit the forums for advise. I guarantee that you would have at least a bootable osx86 machine in a couple weeks. And believe me, the first time you see the apple logo and little progress wheel successfully load the OS you'll be hooked. 80% of running hackintosh is the fun of the learning process, as frustrating as it can be sometimes its well worth your time. The other 20% is the money you save which is quite substantial. Sorry if this seems verbose but I'm really into this stuff and feel that its not worth the effort if you're not willing to do at least a little research. In that case, the logical thing for you to do would be to do what every other person in your shoes would do...save your money and hit up the Mac store if you want to run mac. Just my two cents...
  7. Hi I too am building a nehalem octocore with an x8dtl-i board and cannot seem to get the network ports to function to save my life. you say the 82574L nic's are working, but how? i've tried every kext available but havent had a chance to patch the dsdt. years ago i built a fully functional harpertown octocore on supermicro x7dal-e board that worked completely out of the box in both leopard and SL without a single tweak but this board seems to be an entirely different story. If by chance you find a way to get the NIC's on your board to work would you be so kind as to post the solution? I've gone so far as to order a PCI gigabit ethernet card in the hopes that i can get networked that way--but that is still pending results. would you be able to send your dsdt file? i'm having trouble with a few other features on the board and have very little experience patching dsdts. i'd be happy to help you out with any snow leopard tips if need be. Thanks.
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    released Update to 10.6.4

    updtaded to 10.6.4 via 10.6.4 10F569 Delta update NO PROBLEMS. no need to update/alter kexts. seeing as that it is a beta update, i recommend updating a disposable/duplicate install of osx. ---- octocore hackintosh supermicro x7dal-io nvidia 8600GTS 256 intel x-25 80gb ssd (not sure if i'm running correct dsdt) 10.6.4_baby.tiff
  9. I've been running Leopard on this mobo with great success for ages but the update to retail snow leopard has given me nothing but trouble. For whatever reason, I have been unable to boot SN from disk using darwin bootloader--it hangs a second or two after the disk loads and freezes for good. Installing from USB stick causes a panic as well. I was able to install SL on a separate drive using my preexisting 10.5.8 install but it panics every time i boot, usually because of the IOATAfamily.kext despite adding the updated kext patch to the extensions folder. Could it be chameleon 2.0 causing problems? I patched the dsdt and followed every step to a T but still feel like I'm missing something. Suffice it to say that I've had no luck pin pointing the cause of the problem(s). Long story short--installing retail Snow Leopard is becoming a thorn in my side but really I don't want to abandon the project. Can you (or anyone else) PLEASE describe to me the process that worked for you in detail?
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    Actual Mac Pro Mobo

    I don't experience any sort of hassle when installing updates, adding components, etc. By "functionally very similar" to a Mac Pro, I meant behaviorally as well. At the moment I am running a retail version of Leopard 10.5.4 with a few adjustments to the extensions folder. The only reason that I have not updated to 10.5.5 is because of Pro Tools and it being notorious for its inability to play well with any updates--Digidesign is always one step behind in that sense. (On a side note, the Mbox2 Pro works flawlessly as a sound device directly out of box with any installation method, be it hack or retail.) The only inconvenience, if you could call it that, is having to use osx86 Tools to backup my Extensions folder prior to updating.
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    Actual Mac Pro Mobo

    It is easy to build a Mac that is functionally very similar to a real Mac Pro, although not with the actual Mac Pro mobo. At the moment I am running an 8-core home built machine with 8 gigs of memory using a Supermicro dual 771 server board with a 5000X chipset. After just a few kinks in the building process, its as stable and fast as I could possibly want it to be. That being said, I made a few attempts to build a mac pro using an Asus Z7S mobo with the 5400 chipset but for the life of me could not manage to even get the installer [any version] to boot the machine. I tried every BIOS configuration imaginable yet to no avail, although i must be overlooking a key element somewhere. Case in point, I think saving your money and buying cheaper components to achieve near identical results is what this project is all about. Why blow the money and potentially waste the time to buy the exact components that Apple uses? Why not simply go buy a REAL Mac Pro at that point? Best of luck
  12. I would like add another success story to the OctoCore Hack Pro Forums. The price was fairly low if I remember correctly. Heres the breakdown: 10000 RPM 300gb Velociraptor HDD $300 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB $99 Intel Xeon E5405 Harpertown 2.0GHz LGA 771 80W Quad-Core Processor x2 $219/each SUPERMICRO MBD-X7DAL-E-O Dual LGA 771 Intel 5000X ATX Server Motherboard $270 [OpenBox] Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM ECC Fully Buffered DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) x2 $179.99/each [8 Gigs] ARK SR-10569BG Beige Pedestal Server Case - Retail $53 Dynatron H6EG 60mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler x2 $49/each [although i was only charged $65] PHILIPS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe 2-Tone SATA Model $20 2 60x60x25 [i think] Silenx replacement fans for the Dynatron CPU [Jet engine] Fans $15/each 120mm Silenx case fan $20 Thermaltake 2 pci slot horizontal fan $15 Pci-e firewire 800/400 card $56 I already had the gigabyte 8600GT Graphics card as well as several other external and internal HDDs making the grand total for all pieces purchased apprxomimately $1712. The box is currently running both Tiger and Leopard, PC_EFI installed, without any real issues aside from the onboard sound not functioning on either install. However, my Digidesign MBox 2 Pro Firewire works flawlessly so there is no need for onboard sound. All 8 cores are fully functional and because of the the 10000 RPM Velociraptor drive, the response time for opening/closing apps, booting/shutting down, and overall point and click ease of use is virtually immediate. The only issue that occurred during the entire process was the tiger installation. Many attempts yielded nothing but a kernel panic when booting regardless which distro used. As a last resort, I added an IDE drive to the internal array and installed Tiger using an IDE DVD drive to the IDE HDD. Much to my disbelief [as I had all but given up on Tiger], this method worked like a charm. I then used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the tiger partition to partition # 2 of the 10000 RPM drive. Doing so resolved my issue and left me with a dual booting, fast as lightning, 8-core Mac Pro that can easily be expanded upon as new technology arises. Leopard: Kalyway 10.5.2 distro with Jas 10.5.3 combo update Tiger: Jas 10.4.8 distro with Jas 10.4.9 combo update
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    New Kalyway 10.5.2 Release!

    I had the same issue. To remedy, I disabled all AHCI and RAID support in the BIOS on Gigabyte GA P35 DS3L Mobo. Booted from disc without error.