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  1. packcamera

    The OSX tablet experience?

    In the wake of the iPad "Pro" being anything but a professional tool for artists, (if I can't run my Adobe CC apps, then it is no good to me) I'm contemplating loading OSX onto a Samsung Ativ 700T or Microsoft Surface 3, as these units seem to have the most developed guides and are closest to fully-functioning. The Cintiq is under consideration, but seems to be still a work in progress. Most of the discussion regarding OSX on a tablet seems to focus on the aspects of proof-of-concept and getting hardware components to work rather than the long-term experience of digital artists using OSX-ified tablet with their favorite apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. So, assuming that anyone is actually doing this, what's it like? How comparable is it to a Cintiq Companion? Any bugs with using touch/stylus and OSX? Any recommendations for either the Samsung or Microsoft tablet (or is there another option I should consider)? Please share your thoughts - thanks!
  2. Hi C.Frio Thanks for your feedback. I think you may have missed my request for help. The computer is already together and functioning just fine with OS X 10.9 Mavericks on drive 1, and Windows 8.1 on drive 2. When the motherboard is working, even with my weak PSU, my configuration works well when doing heavy video renders or playing video games. My problem is the poor quality control at the factory causing 3 repeated failures of the Asrock Z87E-ITX mobo. The board either fails to boot to BIOS (RMA #1) or has one of the RAM slots stop working (RMA #2). This has happened to many users - you can look up the product on Newegg or other online retailers to see bad reviews that show the same problems. I am looking for another brand/model mobo that is Hackintosh-able and has eSATA to replace the Z87E-ITX. That's it.
  3. At the beginning of this year, I put together a rootin'-tootin' dual bootin' mini Hackintosh centered around a portable shoebox-sized case. You can see my components list here: PC Parts Picker Note: my video card is actually the superior, older, more powerful, yet lower wattage draining Sapphire HD 7750LP (100357LP). I also purchased a USB Bluetooth adapter as well as a Dell DW1520 (Broadcom BCM4322) to make it 100% functional with OSX. Amazingly, the stock 150w PSU handles the load, but can be upgraded with a larger mini-ITX PSU with the caveat of cutting through the case to route the IEC power cord. The eSATA port on the Asrock Z87E-ITX motherboard I selected is of great importance to me, as I use both the 2 front and rear eSATA ports daily in my line of work (broke-a$$ video editor). Having it built into the motherboard frees up the single PCI card slot so I can drop in a decent video card for when I wand to get my 'pew-pew-pew' on. Unfortunately, after 2 replacement boards in less than a year, and loads of BIOS headaches, I am done with this board. I'm going to dump the replacement board on eBay as soon as the replacement board is returned to from Asrock. In the meantime, my system is down. After now reading the numerous bad reviews on various retail websites regarding this model motherboard which are consistent with the three rounds of board failures I have experienced, I can no longer rely on this brand or model. When I began my research about a year ago, this mobo fit my needs perfectly, but had very little competition when it came to offering eSATA. I'm hoping there are more choices now. Can anyone recommend an OSx86-friendly replacement mini-ITX motherboard that is not built by Asrock featuring eSATA, and where my current crop of components can drop right in?
  4. Thanks Vbetts for the reply. I was considering the i3 for a while, especially since my priority is gaming and the GPU is essentially the key factor in performance. My decision to go with an i5 was to future-proof the computer as I'm sure I will be swapping out components as time goes by. I will certainly follow your advice about the paste. It has been a while since I have built up a PC, so I'm sure I will have a few hiccups along the way. As far as OS X and this build are concerned, the only issue I have come across is the wifi card on the ASRock Z87E-ITX board is not supported, but they never are. I think I still have a USB wifi adapter that is OS X friendly, so that should be okay. Can anyone spot any more issues that may hinder OS X from working? Clearly this section of this forum is not the chatty section (nearly 300 views, 1 reply), but I'm hoping to get the bugs worked out, and get this project started soon. I may try to put a guide together as well as I have been thinking of making this a Steam Box as well - triple boot. Should be interesting.
  5. Aloha all! I have been lurking on this and a few of the other OSx86 sites and I think I am ready to de-virginize and start my first build. It is clearly going to be along winter, so I might as well have some fun indoors with a compact budget gaming box to dual-boot Windows 7 and OSX 10.9. The sole priority for me is to have a compact device and I am willing to sacrifice horsepower. I know there are other larger and more popular cases like the BitFenix Prodigy that can hold multiple GPUs and loads of extra hardware, but that is not my concern. My case choice is pretty firm and I am well aware of its limitations. So with that said, below are the parts I plan to use. I will probably replace the CPU fan and case fan once everything is in place. I'm going to try the stock 150w PSU, but I know of a 220w or 300w PSU that will fit with some slight tweaks. From another builder using this case, the 150w PSU was adequate, but they were using a lower power CPU and GPU, so we will see... Anyway, here is my parts list. From what I have researched, I'm hoping everything should play nicely with one another, physically fit in the limited space, and have DSDT/KETX support for OSX-land, but I will defer judgement to you the experts. Antec ISK 300-150 Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 150W ASRock Z87E-ITX Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz SAPPHIRE 100357LP Radeon HD 7750 1GB SanDisk Ultra Plus SDSSDHP-256G-G25 2.5" 256GB SSD 8GB of RAM, CPU fan, and if needed... FSP FSP220-60LE(80) 220W Mini ITX/ Flex ATX 80 Power Supply / 300 Watt version Thumbs up, thumbs down? Anything problematic? Something that I should substitute? Any hand-holding guides you recommend for this sort of build? TIA.
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    Airport-like app for Ralink 2870

    I just came across this while bungling with my WUBR-505 Wireless-N USB Adapter http://www.oxfordtec.com/us/p196/SparkLAN-...oduct_info.html which has the distinction of having the RT2870 and a 5gHz option. I plugged it into the back of my mac mini server hoping to share my ethernet connection at draft-N speeds. Downloaded and installed everything in the posts above. Got it all up and running on 10.5 server. Pop open the new pane in system prefs. and see the card is recognized, active, and can see the networks around me. So all is fine until... Then I try to create a network in the Profile Drawer. I hit "ADD" start filling things in then my system hangs, won't let me click "OK." If I hit cancel system prefs crashes (first time I've sen that.) I've tried switching between the "Infrastructure" and "802.11 Ad Hoc" settings with no security and then every one of the other encryption choices on the list. No dice. Doesn't even save my profile. I check my network settings and the adapter is assigned en2 but states that a cable is unplugged even though it is working. I also have airport off so not to conflict with the internal card, so I guess no status bar feature. Anyone got any ideas how to finish the update my home network?