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  1. Tucker28

    ASRockRack C2550D4I, ECC support and macOS

    I have also found this board: http://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=E3C236D2I#Specifications Which I am much more pleased with than the Gigabyte board. I love Gigabyte, but being that this is meant to be a specialized machine, this board will work much better, I think. It is a C236 chipset, uses Xeon E3 processors, and is the mini-ITX form factor that I wanted plus already has 2 gigabit NIC's, plus even an IPMI which considering this will be a headless unit is a great feature. It only has 6 SATA ports and the case I have in mind has 12 bays, so I'll just add in a SATA controller card for the additional ports when needed. Is there anything I am missing? I can't see anything that prevents macOS from being installed. Thanks spakk and TheRacerMaster for your help in guiding me though this. I have built a few hackintoshes with great success, but those were all on consumer grade boards. This specialized ECC NAS machine and its desired features left me with more questions than I could find the answers to on my own. So a heartfelt thanks to you. If there is anything I've missed that would interfere in my installing macOS on it, please let me know. Sierra will be out by that time, so that's most likely what I will install on it.
  2. Tucker28

    ASRockRack C2550D4I, ECC support and macOS

    The suggestion for the C2xx chipset and Xeon E3 was perfect for my budget while letting me build it on a faster timeline. Thank you for that. I have looked and found this board: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5732#ov It doesn't come with 2 NIC's, but I only wanted those for future proofing and I can add in a second NIC if I ever fully saturate the onboard one. It's also not mini-ITX like I wanted, but it is micro ATX, so I should still be able to find a case with plenty of disk expansion bays and still keep it relatively small. I don't see anything on it that would prevent me from installing macOS, macOS Server, ECC, ZFS, and doing exactly what I need it to do. As far as I have found, I should be able to add a NIC later if I need one. Also, the onboard SATA ports don't have as many as I want, since I want dual redundancy, and by the time I get this thing built, O3X will hopefully have support for triple redundancy in ZFS, so I'd like to add a controller card to help me with that. I'm sure I can find a list of macOS compatible NIC's and SATA controller cards (not RAID, just normal controller cards). It also does not have a video circuit, but it will ultimately be a headless unit, so the only time it will be connected to a monitor will be during initial installation. Although it does have a Thunderbolt connector, so I should be able to use that instead of buying a cheap video card that I'd use once. Any thoughts on this? Have I overlooked something? Thanks for everyone's help while guiding me through this process!
  3. Tucker28

    ASRockRack C2550D4I, ECC support and macOS

    Thanks for the advice. I wasn't getting many results in searching myself for some reason. And I can usually find anything. This helps a lot. =)
  4. Tucker28

    ASRockRack C2550D4I, ECC support and macOS

    It didn't look like it offered ECC. It did have an option to have ECC on the GPU which I thought was strange. But it did give me the chipset it used. Basically if I used the C600 chipset series along with a Xeon processor, I should be able to use macOS, ECC and ZFS. That really have me a good starting point. =) Are there any other chipsets that support ECC that I should look for. I found an Intel board based on it. Expensive, but I can save for it. Data integrity is too important. https://www.amazon.com/Intel-DBS2600CP2-LGA2011-Chipset-Motherboard/dp/B00JZEUC9G
  5. Tucker28

    ASRockRack C2550D4I, ECC support and macOS

    Sure thing. I want to be as compatible as possible. The sticking point with me is finding a processor/motherboard configuration that supports ECC memory. I understand ZFS can work just fine without ECC but it is highly recommend and after that last loss I want to do everything in my power to prevent that from happening again. Do you know of a motherboard that is compatible that supports ECC? I'm flexible on that form factor, what I really want is a combination of macOS and ECC with ZFS. Thanks =)
  6. Tucker28

    ASRockRack C2550D4I, ECC support and macOS

    Top link? Not entirely sure what you meant there. I'll be building this one slowly. I'll be buying the parts over the next few months, so by the time that happens, I hope to be fully versed in this. Always before this build, I'd build them with macOS in mind, this is the first one I've tried to build where something took precedence over macOS, in this case, data integrity. I've lost libraries. Never again. But I also want something that will run macOS. So research this time has gotten more complex. =)
  7. Tucker28

    ASRockRack C2550D4I, ECC support and macOS

    Great, thank you very much for the information. This will be perfect for me. =)
  8. Has anyone seen or heard of running macOS on this motherboard? http://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=C2550D4I#Specifications I am building an NAS, and while I could use FreeNAS, I need macOS. I need full iTunes on it to run my AppleTV's. Also, since I will be using ZFS, I am looking for a board with ECC. Mini-ITX preferred because of the case, but if need be, I can switch form factors. I saw something online that seemed like someone had installed macOS on this, but couldn't quite tell for sure. Thanks for your time, Scott
  9. Thanks, that did have a beneficial effect. It did boost my FPS a little bit. My Cinebench score went from 15 fps to 24 fps. Trying the game now gives me playable conditions if left on the Good setting, and WoW is recommending Good instead of Fair now, so that's something. When I switch to to Ultra, I am getting 3 fps... entirely unplayable, however it is improved over the 0.25 before. There is still an enormous discrepancy between running it under OSX and Windows however, something I didn't have the last time I had this machine up in Snow Leopard. Maybe it's something I have to live with if I want to keep Mountain Lion over Snow Leopard? Not sure. Is there anything else to try? Also, where did you get the EFI string? I want to keep up with the OSx86 scene even after I get it set up and purring. Thanks, Scott
  10. Hi, After a few days, I got 10.8.4 installed and running on my GA-EP45-UD3P v1.6 FB with a Q6600 CPU. All is fine except one thing. Audio is working, speedstep is working, power management is working, and the graphics card is working fine until I launch WoW, at least it's working good enough for me not to notice an issue. In Windows 7 on this same machine, this PC gets in the high 80's and 90's while running on Ultra. But when I run WoW on OSX, Ultra gets 1 frame every few seconds. The menu lists it as 1 fps, but it would be more accurate to say 0.25 fps or lower. Bringing it down to fair only gets me up to the teens on fps, and low teens at that. When I had this machine set up with Snow Leopard, this same card sailed through WoW at over 100fps on Ultra. So, I know I missed something on this install. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Scott
  11. I downloaded patches for GA-EP45-UD3P, ALC 889a, and 2 for my processor (Q6600, cpu0-3 & Q6600, cpu1-4). I'm not sure whether to use the ones for my processor or not, so I used DSDT Editor to extract my DSDT, then I opened the motherboard patch and audio patch and applied them. I've ignored the CPU patches unless someone here tells me I actually need them. When I compile them, I had 3 errors and 4 warnings. 258 Error Method local variable is not initialized (Local0) 262 Error Method local variable is not initialized (Local0) 435 Error Length is larger than Min/Max window 3024 Warning ResourceTag larger than Field (Tag: 16 bits, Field: 8 bits) 3026 Warning ResourceTag larger than Field (Tag: 16 bits, Field: 8 bits) 3378 Warning Statement is unreachable 3494 Warning Statement is unreachable When I hit Fix Errors, it fixes the 3 errors, but I don't know what I need to do about the warnings. I had Snow Leopard running on the machine 3 years ago, and that ran flawlessly. But I broke it out of storage last week and am trying to install Mountain Lion, and the DSDT thing is new to me. I need iCloud, so Snow Leopard isn't an option anymore. Mountain Lion is working at the moment from a fresh install, although it still needs my USB flash drive to boot. I have tried different ASL's for my motherboard from searching over and over. but every time I apply them, it hoses my system. At that point, it will not go past the apple logo upon startup. So I decided to try to make my own. So far, on the fresh install, in my System Report, the graphics card, memory and hard drives all are showing up perfect. Even Sleep seems to be functioning, although it does take a bit to wake back up... about 2-3 times the wake up time on my MBP. The Q6600, however, is showing up as a 2.13 GHz Xeon instead of a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Quad. It does show 4 cores, though. I've included my uncompiled DSL file, and a few screen shots of applicable System Report pages. I've tried to include every thing that might be relevant. Sorry if it is too much. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Scott Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P v1.6 FB Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz Q6600 4 GB G.Skill DDR2 800 nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB Samsung SH-S203B 20x DVD Burner Western Digital 250 GB WD2500AAKS-00SBA0 (Windows 7) Western Digital 320 GB WD3200AAKS-00VYA0 (OS X 10.8.4) Western Digital 500 GB WD5000AACS-00ZUB0 (Time Machine) Graphics.tiff Hardware.tiff Memory.tiff Power.tiff SATA.tiff GA-EP45-UD3P.dsl.zip
  12. Tucker28

    SL 10.6.2 and nVidia 8800GTS 320

    At least I know I'm not the only one with this problem. Hopefully someone will have an answer for us soon. Thanks for posting!
  13. Tucker28

    SL 10.6.2 and nVidia 8800GTS 320

    Sorry to bump this, but wanted to check to see if anyone has any advice for me. I've been searching for solutions to this for weeks and cannot find any. At this point am I better off going back to 10.6.1?
  14. I installed Snow Leopard with the guide on Lifehacker here. The system is working, though I do get slow-downs here and there that are mildly annoying. The worst problem I have is with my video card, specifically when running 3D games (World of Warcraft primarily). The system will give me extreme lag sometimes depending on how much is on the screen and then eventually will lock up and not even Force Quit works. When this happens, I have to reboot the computer. I have been looking to see if I can find any information on SL with the 8800GTS 320, but have not been able to. The other day, I noticed that my System Properties shows the video card with 512MB of VRAM instead of the actual 320. It seems that I have the wrong kext loaded, but nothing I have tried has worked. I have used the EFI string, injectors, etc, but nothing ever works. I have searched this site up and down and I am quite honestly lost at this point. I am also concerned that if the VRAM is set wrong if it's possible that any hardware damage could take place. Here is the screenshot of the properties window: Following is my com.apple.Boot.plist file: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>Kernel</key> <string>mach_kernel</string> <key>Kernel Flags</key> <string></string> <key>device-properties</key> <string>7a02000001000000010000006e0200000d00000002010c00d041030a010000000101060000010 101060000007fff04001e00000072006f006d002d007200650076006900730069006f006e00000035 0000004e7669646961204765466f726365203838303020475453205b4738305d204f70656e474c204 56e67696e65205b4546495d22000000400030002c006400650076006900630065005f007400790070 00650000000b000000646973706c6179100000004e005600430041005000000018000000040000000 00003000c00000000000007000000000e0000006e0061006d00650000000b000000646973706c6179 14000000400030002c006e0061006d0065000000120000004e5644412c446973706c61792d4110000 0006d006f00640065006c000000210000004e7669646961204765466f726365203838303020475453 205b4738305d0e0000004e00560050004d00000020000000010000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000014000000400031002c006e0061006d0065000000120000004e5644412c 446973706c61792d4220000000400031002c0063006f006d00700061007400690062006c006500000 00e0000004e5644412c4e564d6163220000005600520041004d002c0074006f00740061006c007300 69007a0065000000080000000000001420000000400030002c0063006f006d0070006100740069006 2006c00650000000e0000004e5644412c4e564d616322000000400031002c00640065007600690063 0065005f00740079007000650000000b000000646973706c61791c000000640065007600690063006 5005f00740079007000650000000f0000004e5644412c506172656e74</string> </dict> </plist> Could having it set to 64-bit affect this in any way? I didn't have any of these problems when I was running Leopard. Thanks, Scott
  15. Tucker28

    WoW and SL 10.6.2

    I'm having the same issue, though not as often or as quick as you. Sometimes I can play for hours, other times it happens within minutes. But the end result is the same... I need a Force Quit or even a computer reset. I'm running 10.6.2 Gigabyte EP45-UD3P motherboard 4 GB memory Q6600 cpu nVidia 8800 GTS 320