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  1. Upgraded to 10.6.8 with a few hiccups: 1. No sound 2. No network (fixed by installing Lnx2Mac RealTek driver) Everything else seemed to work fine, EXCEPT: When I start up the computer, I can backup to a remote Time Machine volume (via AFP) without a problem. However, when I put the computer to sleep and wake it up, going to do a Time Machine results in the black KP screen (with no kernel.log to help). Any thoughts?
  2. This week I ordered and installed my home HacServer based on the above. Here is what I ended up with: Gigabyte G41M-ES2L Motherboard $57 Samsung 2TB Spinpoint F4 Hard Drive $100 Samsung 1TB Ecogreen F3 Hard Drive $60 Intel Celeron E3300 2.5 GHz CPU $51 Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D 380W Power Supply $45 Crucial 2GB DDR2 800 Memory $31 NORCO RPC-230 2U Rackmount Server Case $70 They also shipped me a "free" keyboard. I used that and an existing monitor and mouse for setup. However, it the basement, it doesn't need those three items. I have a family pack for Snow Leopard, so I was also good there. My total server cost is $414. I used the following installation mini-guide from iRobie: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=182655 This is my third Hackintosh, so there wasn't too much of a learning curve. I got everything built, installed and running in an afternoon. Another day to do a TimeMachine backup and it is good to go. I have it boot straight into the basic user interface. I have file sharing and screen sharing turned on so I can manage it from my other Macs. iTunes starts up on boot. I am using on-board video. I didn't do anything about the sound because I am not planning on using the sound on it. Gigabit ethernet looks like it is working great. I have seen peak transfers (peak, not sustained, according to iStat) of 683Mb/s which has got to be close to real-world spec. When idle, the computer draws 40W according to my Kill-a-Watt. Although I would prefer it to sleep and wake when needed, the amount of brain power I would put in to save $30/year in electricity seems unnecessary. This is something like 65W less than my other Hackintosh. Of course, that has a GT120 video card and a Q6600 CPU. I imagine that you could save a little more power by going the Atom route. For those of you looking for a rackmount server, this case and motherboard were about perfect. The motherboard fits very nicely into the case. The case has room for up to five (5) 3.5" HDD's. Or four HDD's and a CD. I modified the fans, which were very loud, use only pull 7V instead of 12V (swapped pin 2 & 4 on the power input). That solved the noisy fan problem. It was very noisy. I think there is adequate airflow at 7V. TimeMachine over the network goes great. The computer automatically connects. So far, iTunes works fine as well. I have homesharing setup so I can easily move individual files/playlists across from my primary library. Now I am going to reconfigure my hard drives on my desktop computer so that I have one boot drive with most documents and applications (640GB) and a second drive for media (1TB). The media drive is my former local TimeMachine backup which I don't need anymore since that is done via the network. Here is a picture of my setup:
  3. DSDT editor and patcher

    Firstly, thank you MaLd0n for the help with the DSDT. That got my CStates and PStates working fine and everything showed up properly in native power management. However, my WOL still didn't work. So I've been working on that. With very little progress, despite using three different drivers. One thing I noticed is that some people were claiming to have had some success by changing settings in Windows. This didn't really make sense to me. And I don't have Windows, so I couldn't do it anyway. What I did think was maybe it wasn't Windows. Maybe it was that the board needed to be reinitialized. So I unplugged my computer and let it sit for a little while. When I plugged it back in (the assumption being that a hard boot would wipe out any residual information held on the board), WOL worked when I send the magic packet! I am still having problems with the AppleTV waking it up, but I think that has to do with Bonjour services being turned off on sleep. So, for those of you who are having that problem, try unplugging the computer for a fresh start.
  4. DSDT editor and patcher

    Well, proving the adage that you shouldn't mess with something that is working, I updated to Chameleon RC5 and my WOL seems to have stopped working on my GA-EP45-DS3R. Regular sleep works fine (forced and using PleaseSleep, timed leaves the fans on and, I believe, doesn't really put the computer to sleep). To troubleshoot, I went whole hog and redid my DSDT using DSDTEditor. Interestingly, Wake on Network is an available option in System Preferences. Right now, I am running Chameleon RC5. The com.apple.boot.plist looks like this: <key>Graphics Mode</key> <string>1344x840x60</string> <key>Kernel</key> <string>mach_kernel</string> <key>Kernel Flags</key> <string>x32</string> <key>GraphicsEnabler</key> <string>yes</string> <key>EthernetBuiltIn</key> <string>yes</string> <key>GeneratePStates</key> <string>yes</string> <key>GenerateCStates</key> <string>yes</string> plus a string for my video and Ethernet (maybe I should remove the ethernet string?) The only kexts that I am running non-standard in /E/E/ are: fakesmc.kext IOAHCIBlockStorageInjector.kext LegacyHDA.kext I installed the following DSDT patches: EHCI sleep WAK GIGE ALC889a AZAL to HDEF HPET RTC Q6600, CPU0-3 I am also running the ifconfig Bonjour fix. attached is the generated DSDT.txt. Does anyone have any thoughts? I am using the standard Apple network driver. It appears that the network card is getting shut down on sleep. Any way to avoid that? I appreciate the assistance. NEW_DSDT.txt
  5. As I complete my home wiring project, I am interested in building my third Hackintosh. The first is a desktop Q6600 based on the EP45-DS3R motherboard. Generally works great. I've had it a couple years without significant problems. My second was a Dell Mini 9 which was pretty straight forward and has been convenient to have around. I think I will probably replace it one day with an iPad though! But that brings me to my third Hackintosh. What I have found is that I "need" (replace all instances of "need" with "want") a home server so that my two Hackintoshes, one real Mac (G5 iMac) and two Apple TVs can have some sort of consolidated storage. Ideally, the new Hackintosh would function as a server running as a Time Machine backup device over the network, as an iTunes centralized server for the Apple TV's, and as shared storage space for the netbook and two desktops. In real life, this computer does not need to be on 24/7, that would be a waste of energy. With the Wake on LAN (WOL) feature of modern computers, this would be ideal as it could sleep with 1 watt of energy use. When it's on, it would be ok to be burning upwards of 60 watts. I had originally thought of an Atom-based processor, but that seems unnecessary is the sleep function works well. Also, as the computer is basically going to be headless (not headless, but with limited use of a monitor since it will sit in a closet and serve data without interaction) video capability and audio in/out aren't really something I am going to care about. What I do care about is the following: 1. Low-energy sleep works reliably. 2. Wake On LAN (WOL) works reliably (via ethernet connection to Airport Express). 3. Bonjour works reliably after repeated sleeps. 4. Can serve multiple SATA hard drives (not an issue) 5. Ideally has on-board video for lower power consumption, but I have an 8600GT card I can use if I have to. 6. Allows remote access via VNC (so I don't have to go to the closet in the basement to manage the computer). 7. Allows for file sharing and remote Time Machine (shouldn't be an issue). 8. Gig-E ethernet (the ATV's are only Fast Ethernet, but I have a Gig-E switch and my desktop is Gig-E) I figured a configuration of the following might be cost-effective and meet my goals: GA-G31M-ES2L motherboard ($53) E5300 Dual Core Processor ($66) WD "Green" hard drives (~$200) SATA CD/DVD player (~$40) 2GB or 4GB memory ($90 for 4GB) Snow Leopard (own the family pack) Decent power supply in the 400 watt range ($70) Case that I can rack mount in basement closet ($75) cost without monitor, keyboard or mouse: ~$600 This motherboard should allow me to use the on-board video. Since I don't really need it on a daily basis. Likewise, I don't need audio in or out to work. In terms of configuration, the primary desktop Mac would share its iTunes library with the server's main drive (1.5TB?) via Home Sharing. The various Macs would backup to a dedicated large (2TB?) hard drive on the server via Time Machine. The home server would run iTunes to share content via streaming to the Apple TVs, the iMac and the netbook. Share space would be on the main home server drive via regular file sharing. The share space could be backed up to the local Time Machine. It seems from the postings online that sleep works fine with this motherboard. The various postings were unclear about WOL though. I have found on my current computer that once WOL turns it on, that going back to sleep is sometimes a problem. I would prefer this computer go back to sleep after it has done it's network duty. Any thoughts on this configuration? Most interested in the Bonjour, Sleep, & WOL issues.
  6. Wake on Lan

    Is this via a hardwired connection or wireless? Wake on LAN appears to work on my Gigabyte EP45-DS3R motherboard and ethernet. I am interested in building a new hackintosh which will function as a 24/7 iTunes media server and Time Machine backup. Since I am usually not at home, I would prefer it to put itself to sleep and wakeup when I need it to. I can wire it straight into my router (Airport Express), so that eliminates problems with wireless. Any thoughts on a good motherboard that has flawless sleep, WOL and will do TM and iTunes? I would remote login to administer it, although I would have it hooked to a basic keyboard and monitor. I was thinking the GA-G31-ES2L and using on-board video since I don't really care about video output or sound - just SATA, sleep, GIG-E, and WOL.
  7. Nvidia GT 120

    Today I moved around my Samsung HDTV, put on a mini Displayport -> HDMI converter and checked out the GT120 hooked to that monitor/HDTV. Not quite the same as hooking up an Apple 24" LED, but a good test of the mini Displayport. The results were, for the most part, satisfactory. 1. My HDTV and Acer monitor do not really share the same resolutions, so mirroring did not work. 2. Booting with just the HDTV connected worked fine. 3. Setting the monitors up separately, but adjacent to one another worked fine. If I want to splurge on a 24" Apple LED, I have the confidence now that the video out will at least work. I also have a nice connection via 15' HDMI cable to my HDTV, although I will not leave it connected all the time. Hope this helps. Still running Chameleon RC1 and Snow Leopard 10.6.2.
  8. Nvidia GT 120

    Ricci- What is your configuration? I am running SL 10.6.2 with a retail install, EFI string for the graphics card, and ChameleonRC2 as the bootloader. Here is a link where someone had a similar problem as you. It might help. I haven't gotten a 24" LED yet, so I can't say for sure. I am would really like to test one out before I buy, but I think I am going to have to assume the risk... http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=158852&st=0&gopid=1182286entry1182286 My System Profiler looks a little different than yours - it may be monitor dependent or because your are running 10.5: nVidia GeForce GT120: Chipset Model: nVidia GeForce GT120 Type: GPU Bus: PCIe PCIe Lane Width: x16 VRAM (Total): 512 MB Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de) Device ID: 0x0640 Revision ID: 0x00a1 ROM Revision: nVidia GeForce GT120 OpenGL Engine [EFI] Displays: V223W: Resolution: 1344 x 840 @ 60 Hz Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888) Main Display: Yes Mirror: Off Online: Yes Rotation: Supported Display Connector: Status: No Display Connected
  9. Nvidia GT 120

    I have the Apple GT120 working on a Hackintosh running on the GA EP45-DS3R motherboard using an EFI string on boot. The card is recognized as a true Apple card. I don't have a 24" Apple LED monitor yet, so I cannot verify that it works with the MiniDisplayPort yet. I plan on getting one in the next six months and will post an update then. I used the OSx86Tools to create a custom EFI string. The NVCAP string I used to generate it was: 0400000000000300000000000000000700000000 I had a lot of help from this thread: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...amp;mode=linear Look especially at posts #39 (for the procedure) and #95 (to get the right NVCAP string). To blatantly steal from SnarkNL: - Open OSX86Tools - Add EFI Strings - Click on GFX Strings - Choose Custom GeForce (you need to scroll the list) - Enter your video card name (in my case: "nVidia GeForce GT120" - enter memory size (in my case: "512MB") - NOW choosing your display configuration, choose "Custom..." - Enter the custom NVCAP string: ("0400000000000300000000000000000700000000") A hex string will be generated for you to put into the com.apple.Boot.plist file in your /Extras folder. My file looks like this with the long hex string added at the appropriate point marked: <?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>Graphics Mode</key> <string>1344x840x60</string> <key>Kernel</key> <string>mach_kernel</string> <key>Kernel Flags</key> <string>x32</string> <key>GraphicsEnabler</key> <string>yes</string> <key>device-properties</key> <string>INSERT EFI STRING HERE</string> </dict> </plist>
  10. I got sleep working on my EP45-DS3R. I claim no real credit for it. I am using the "Please Sleep" application that will put it to sleep after an appropriate idle period. Here is the link. http://www.dragonone.com/products/macosx/pleasesleep/ Not an ideal out-of-the-box solution, but solves one of the last remaining major problems for me. The other problem was front mic not working. I figured out how to get the back mic working, so I am good to go now. I'm sure I will identify something else in the future, but I am pretty happy right now.
  11. I thought neither front nor rear worked, but it looks like just the front. Is that a bridge too far to swap the two or have both working?
  12. I'm having problems getting the Microphone In to work on my GA EP45-DS3R motherboard. Sound out is fine, just not sound in. I am running Chameleon RC1 bootloader and have the LegacyHDA kext in my /E/E folder and the basic AppleHDA in S/L/E. I used to get a failure to load AppleHDA on boot, but fixed that by adding: <key>OSBundleRequired</key> <string>Root</string> into the various dependency info.plist files, so no errors related to AppleHDA on boot anymore. I have a DSDT file modified for sound and ethernet. My video is via an EFI string in com.apple.boot.plist. The system does, in fact, recognize that there is a microphone in jack. It just doesn't work when I plug something in. The headset jack works fine: From System Profiler: Intel High Definition Audio: Device ID: 0x1458A102 Audio ID: 885 Available Devices: Speaker: Connection: 1/8-Inch Jack Line Out: Connection: 1/8-Inch Jack Line Out: Connection: 1/8-Inch Jack Line Out: Connection: 1/8-Inch Jack Internal Microphone: Connection: Internal External Microphone: Connection: 1/8-Inch Jack Line In: Connection: 1/8-Inch Jack Headphone: Connection: 1/8-Inch Jack S/P-DIF Out: Connection: Combo S/P-DIF In: Connection: Combo ------------ Anyone got any thoughts on a solution? I'm wondering if I don't have an 885 & 12 swapped somewhere, but everywhere appropriate the Layout ID seems set to 885.
  13. Do you have sound in working on both the front and back panel (ie- microphone?)
  14. I used this setup guide: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=181903 The key kexts for sleep are: OpenHaltRestart SleepEnabler In the Energy Saver Control Panel, I only have three options other than the time settings: put hard drives to sleep, wake on ethernet, allow power button to put computer to sleep. They are all off. The problem is the Mac OS X doesn't fully recognize the energy saving features of the board. There is an AppleScript someone wrote that checks the idle time and forces sleep if the idle time is greater than the sleep delay. I haven't successfully gotten it working, but I haven't invested a huge amount of time in it either.
  15. Sleep sorta works on my EP45-DS3R. I can manually select "Sleep" from the menu and the computer will go to sleep. Press a key on the USB keyboard will wake it up. I have not gotten timed sleep to work properly. However, if I tell the computer to put itself to sleep at 11pm, it will. I don't know why it can do that and not count to 15 minutes...