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  1. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    1. OK I admit to that statement being gloriously presumptuous, but after boot the Nvidia Control Panel says the Apple Drivers are loaded, and without the Web driver package installed kp is a certainty (just try booting off the recovery disk where these aren't installed -> kp / auto reboot). So whatever is being loaded, the Nvidia installer has changed something that makes the card half recognisable... 2. Nope no Defaults.plist 3. com.apple.boot.plist is as virgin as could be: <?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 Flags</key> <string></string> </dict> </plist> 4. 2 Full DarwinDumps to compare working and non working configurations: a: Intel HD 4000 b: Nvidia GTX 750. The only thing I changed was the graphics card (HDMI out). Note I had to moreover the graphics card for the Integrated graphics to be recognised (always had to do that btw... even with previous version of the bios...I'm guessing that's a firmware thing....) Sorry for the full dump (5.2MB each, zipped) - I figure the more info the better... everything is well laid out though. Boot log output (bdmesg) is easy to find.. Note: After having spent a bout in Windows, I now no longer have HDMI AUDIO via the Nvidia card anymore (VoodooHDA injection disabled) I did notice from the bdmseg output when hooked up to the IGPU, this line is not present in Nvidia config output: Found HDA Codec #3: Intel Panther Point HDMI [8086:2806] Rev 0x00 Stepping 0x00 So for some reason the HDMI HDA codec is found twice with the onboard graphics, but only once with discrete GPU. I suspect Codec #3 is what was driving the HDMI audio? 5. Nvidia control panel loads fine and drivers correspond running OS X 10.11.3 (15D21), Nvidia Web driver version is 346.03.05f01) 6. Nope re Clover, the juice wasn't worth the squeeze IMHO... Small parenthesis here, on a less related note, what software do you guys use for file comparison? I've used ExamDiff Pro extensively at work for quick code/text/everything comparison and quick code modding, but can't find anything as good for OS X. Would make comparing dumps a hell of a lot easier!
  2. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Hi Qs, Anyone managed to get their Maxwell (GTX 750 TI here) graphics card working properly with 10.11.3 and latest Nvidia web drivers for 10.11.3? This "impulse buy I can replace my two radeon 7750s its an Nvidia card and reports show it is working should be straight forward" is itching my synapses (gnnnnh)... On the plus side, my system is up to date now (always look on the briiiiight sii..) ! Here's a condensed version of the steps I did... - Updated to latest BIOS H2C.167X-MASS seems to be working fine (thanks devs - 1479 just did not work for me, and glad to see I can use Oz UI with the keyboard now (it's the little things you know ..)) . Btw, could someone update the wiki (AND MAKE THE WIKI A STICKY ON PAGE 1 please)? - Using iGPU, updated Mavericks to El Capitan so I could install the Nvidia drivers if necessary, no problems there (albeit VoodooHDA doesn't recognise my home cinema amp via HDMI - disabled with NVRAM command as per Readme (hey some of us do read it )) - After getting stuck in a boot loop with the new card installed (system can't find drivers - ok fair enough), disabling ATi injection, Nvidia injection and other various permutations booted with iGPU (intel HD4000) installed latest Nvidia web drivers. That should do it right? Nope. - Clean slate with Nvram reset -> boots ok with GTX 750 ti, however it's the OS X driver that is loaded, no graphics acceleration (sluggish retracing, colours washed out etc) - nvram boot arg nvda_dvr=1 to load nvidia drivers at boot -> aha progress. It boots! but into a black screen (no kp, can reboot with keyboard shortcut) - safe boot, clear boot args... reboot. google - more google... reports on tonymacxx86 point this issue to a problem with AppleGraphicsdevicePolicy.kext and later Mac model numbers (Mac Pro 3,1/board ID F42C88C8 here, so not an issue). Dig into the plist anyway just to check (the policy calls none/config1/config2 depending on the board ID - we want none here)... all OK - I've tried switching some of the GPU settings in the BIOS to no avail - same result. it's a UEFI GFX card, GPU settings are set to UEFI first - My head hurts... guess it's time to ask for some help! Oh yeah... before you ask, card works in win10 fine btw, so that's some(major)thing to rule out at least! Any ideas/pointers/matrix style crash course in apple architecture guys? Thanks S.
  3. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    That's right! you can find this out using dmesg | grep "EFI v". Make sure you're booting in UEFI though (enter this command to find out: [ -d /sys/firmware/efi ] && echo UEFI || echo BIOS). Btw UEFI BIOS is like saying OS X WINDOWS... the two are completely different. Here's a an interesting read that filters out all the misinformation about UEFI / BIOS if you want to know more about it: https://www.happyassassin.net/2014/01/25/uefi-boot-how-does-that-actually-work-then/ I don't know what results you get under os x, but for some reason with the above command, os x always returns on this board BIOS (all legacy booting - net, disks, etc... - is disabled on my setup) With efibootmgr (linux), I can't get a boot order list (None set), though there if definitely one defined since OS X is my default boot disk. Haven't tried creating one though. Could it be that the UEFI implementation of this firmware according to EFI spec is "sloppy" (no disrespect to the devs - glad to have something that works)? or I'm missing something about the limitations of efibootmgr Note that according to spec, though not imperative, you can/should have an /EFI partition per OS since the boot loader loads the kernel into the /EFI partition (this is why the /EFI partition is 200MB +, unlike BIOS where the MBR is too small and the rest is loaded in a tweaked kinda way into an unknown amount of free space left on disk), and the firmware should be hardware agnostic to this respect (location of EFI partition should not matter e.g. SATA 0,0 for EFI partition). It would be nice to have a solid UEFI firmware though... BIOS is so 80s ;-)
  4. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Hi fellow Qs, Been a while since I've been on here, all has been running smooth for over a year and half now... I'm running the quo MB with 4Gb of ram, a bunch of SSDs (triple boot), core i5 3500K with intel HD4000 gfx only via HDMI to a Panasonic HDTV. I use to use 2 radeons 7750s but have removed them for other reasons, without any issues (I use this board as a htpc for general mac stuff, kodi, and sporadic steam gaming)... With the rewrite of the OZ firmware I thought it was time I updated the latest bios and upgrade to a nice OZ GUI to select the system to load on boot. 5 hrs later, I'm still at it... Here's what I tried: 1. 1479 from github with Ozmosis -> setup screen graphics are messed up, half are missing, cursor selection is off, cannot configure bios settings. 2. Load optimised defaults. Reboot & load setup. no change 3. Managed to load the Oz GUI (mouse input direct from MB port only working), loaded BIOS setup from there, same issue. 4. Reset NVRAM (I figured what the hell...) -> HermitCrab labs screen (hey that's new!) -> direct boot into windows (ugh winblows..) 5. reload mb bios from mb backup, try again with direct link from wiki -> same problem. 6. loaded backup (I saved my initial 894 working bios to file thankfully), all working fine, except quartz extreme is not working anymore (stuttered window effects, no ripple effect in dashboard), probably because I reset the NVRAM...? 7. Did some googling, found out Ozmosis writes some stuff to the first GUID efi partition it finds on first boot. Since I had 2 (mavericks + mavericks install), did a cleanup so I only had my OS X system disk as GUID. Mounted the Efi partition on this one, checked the contents of Efi/Oz and Efi/Quo. Both had only 2 empty folders. Copied to a safe place and deleted them. Clean start. 8. tried the same as above with 894 from github (first commit with Ozmosis) -> same display problem as 1479. 9. reloaded the backup I dumped, back to initial config but still no Quartz Extreme Something's not playing nice.. any ideas? Any magic shell commands to get around (fix) this? Or at least how to get quartz extreme running again (afaik, there was no need for gfx enabler or anything like that...)? Thanks S. (geesh the mighty tangent you spur on to get the godfather trilogy blasting in full Dolby TrueHD... :-P )
  5. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Thanks Timmy Pete! Since Hermicrab labs no longer seems to be online, what is the official (unofficial) source? I mean, these things don't grow on trees and drop down from the sky, so how do you track the latest releases? The Github repo? A mystery poster?.... A man, (or woman) ... (or robot!) who's name nor avatar does not exist in this physical nor ethereal world... (hush hush! ) ?
  6. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Hi guys, I can't find the (custom) Bios on the Tor network anymore (and the latest bios isn't mirrored in the Wiki). Pointers Anyone? Cheers S.
  7. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Hello everyone, Just a quick update to confirm that both my Radeons 7750 (HIS + Sapphire) are working side by side with the latest bios (894) in Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.9.2. CROSSFIRE IS WORKING TOO!! ) (tested with unigen benchmark tool, FPS more or less double with Xfire active in catalyst center - note windows only of course)
  8. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Lol ok, fair enough Thanks for the advice. I tried all the above, but still no luck.... I wonder if the bios writes a log somewhere... maybe accessible through the uefi shell? But that would also mean storing incrmental data in the ROM, which has a limited capacity....
  9. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Ram is ram as far as I'm concerned (speeds not withstanding this comment). Go for the cheap stuff u'll be cursing, especially with OS X - doesn't like the {censored} stuff (kernel panic prone), not to mention ur data will probably corrupt with flipped bits. Personally I'm running. With corsair XMS3 works just fine. You might wanna check the max ram ur CPU can handle though, no point maxing out to 32 gb if it can only handle 16.... As for gfx, the Same rules apply here as for a normal hack I reckon. It's all down to the drivers present in OS X. Nvidia is usually hassle free, Ati better choose wisely.
  10. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Sorry for the garble tapatalk screwed this post up... Here goes again GOOD NEWS!!!! (Well for me at least ) HIS RADEON RADEON 7750 (low profile) WORKS OOTB, FULLY RECOGNISED IN MAVERICKS !! (With 828 bios) Woohoo!! On not so good news, Mavericks isn't liking the Sapphire version of this card. I get a black screen after the boot loader (first apple I guess) loads mavericks. From then on its allll black. I'm guessing maybe if I add the device id to AMD7000controller.kext it may work, (card works fine in Linux btw, just to rule the harwdare out)... It's strange that on Tony's forums this specific card has been reported to work OOTB though.... To be continued.... Now for the bad news. CAN'T POST with both cards on board. Could this be broken in the BIOS? ( Both PCI express lanes work (1&4). Each card works separately in one of those lanes by themselves. Put both in, no go. No Quo Logo, Nada. I can tell it hasn't posted yet because in this condition a single press of the power button switched the machine off, whereas if an OS has loaded it requires a long press to power off. A single press puts it to sleep. Not the case here. 've tried the following settings in 828 bios, changing one at a time, starting from loaded optimised defaults. - init graphics Auto - init graphics PCIe - PCIe gen set to auto - PCIe fixed to Gen3 - PCIe fixed to Gen2 - 3mark01 boost set to normal - 3dmark01 boost set to legacy - video cable attached to card in lane 1 (hdmi / dvi) - video cable attached to cable in lane 4 (hdmi / dvi) In every single test, on power on I get a black screen, no Quo Logo... Even after 5 min wait... Anyone else tried two video cards (let alone crossfire) with the Oz bios? (King? If u still have any patience left.....?) My setup: core I5 3570k 4gigs of ram, 2 ssds, HIS + SAPPHIRE Radeon 7750 1024 GDDR5
  11. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Wiki is based on info gathered from this thread, that doens't mean it's exclusive. We have two major variables with this board: 1. any hardware that deviates from proven, 2 a custom 'grey area' bios which gives us the advertised AOS functionality (personally that's my main pickle with this board - no disrespect to the bios devs - quite to the contrary - infortunately when things don't work as advertised, the devs have no obligation to QUO i'm guessing and we're basically at their mercy, or go tonyhack which is kinda an insult to this board's potential). Bottom line is try and test for yourself, like the rest of us. We're all walking on grey lines here... ;-) => FAO the forum moderators, can we pin the link to the wiki as 1st post to this thread?
  12. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Read the wiki .... http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Z77MX-QUO-AOS Thunderbolt is v1, USB3 is present on current macs so should work OOTB.
  13. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Hi yall! Finally got my board running with Mavericks (nice work btw - was relatively painless once I managed to get a booting installer) , flashed to 828 bios and an i5 3570K, 4GB of RAM, 2 SSDs... boots in 4 seconds! However... I also bought 2 radeon 7750s low profile (Sapphire + HIS), has anyone managed to get any of these (or other radeon 7750) to work on this board under Mavericks (no problems with Linux Mint)? I get a black screen at boot - sometimes the quo (bios prompt) screen (bios init graphics was set to auto). I've tried the following, one card at a time: - Load optimized defaults (828 bios), default for init display is auto -> black screen, reboot, black screen reboot, black screen-> QUO logo, booting OS (presumably) -> black screen - Bios set init graphics to PCIe (no IGPU) -> QUO logo - but then thats it- black on black... These GPUs have been to proven to work almost vanilla on other hacks, I'm guessing this should be the same. ATIController7000.kext (I think that's how it's written) is present. Any hints oh masterful ones? Cheers S. ------------------------------------ JONSBO S1 htpc case QUO AOS m/board Core i5 3570K Corsair XMS3 4GB 2x 128GB + 1x 64GB SSD Cheap ass noisy dvd burner (yuck)