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  1. Hi Ed, Yeah, it looks like the whole iCloud thing could get old fast. I'll be digging into my AppStore issue tonight. It might be something as simple as moving over to Ethernet from WiFi for a bit, but I'm sure it'll come right eventually. If I remember correctly I just downloaded one of the Generic OpenELEC builds. I can't stress enough how much fun it is to play with. Consider yourself warned! It's pretty darn cool. OS X Server was a piece of cake to get running. It's now just a small-ish App you download from the AppStore, so nowhere near as complex as the Snow Leopard server installs I've done on these machines in the past. I haven't put it through much of a grilling just yet, mostly just basic local network File Sharing and Time Machine back ups over Wifi - I still need to get it onto my gigabit ethernet network to get some better data throughput and do some proper experimenting with Remote Access and VPN etc. Unfortunately, my new place doesn't have any built-in CAT5 cabling or infrastructure for wired home networking, so maybe another DIY project for the summer... Hmmmmm. As for the offer regarding your graphics card... what I actually should have explained was that it was to edit or help you edit your AMD6000Controller.kext to correctly match your Radeon 6450's connector info to your card's framebuffer personality. That way when you enable GraphEnabler with "Yes" at boot, OS X sends the correct info to both About This Mac and System Profiler automatically and your card is recognized with it's correct name rather than the generic one you're getting now. I used to have a thread over at TonyMacx86 doing this for a few Radeon HD 5450 owners, basically dumping their VBIOS files and figuring out the correct changes to make to the connector table using bcc9 and mucha's methods from elsewhere on these forums Cheers for now! J.
  2. Hi Edhawk, Sounds like you're having fun! I just love messing around with these guys. My current Microserver arrangement is almost exactly the same as what you're trying to accomplish for your son at Uni. However, given the limitations of OS X on this AMD hardware, I've made some deviations to achieve similar results. In good news. I've now solved my initial installation issues, still not sure what the whole 'USB to boot issue' was, but after clearing out some Kexts and trying a different AMD kernel, that cleared up. I've also successfully updated to 10.9.3. Yay! Turned out to be the way Apple was updating my previously Hex-edited AMD5000Controller.kext and AMDRadeonX3000.kext, where it was keeping some of the files inside the Kexts and updating others. Basically, ruining the recognition of my Radeon HD 5450. My iCloud, iMessage and logging into the AppStore isn't working. Like you said before, none of the usual fixes seem to be working. I did read somewhere that apparently these services make calls to the Kernel, and since the the XNU source code for these parts of the Darwin kernel were never released by Apple, hopes of a quick and easy solution seem to be fading. Will keep digging for a solution anyway, maybe something will pop up... I fiddled with HDMI audio a little last night, but still no glory. I think the big issue has to do with no native on-board audio on these servers, which is what many of the DSDT and AppleHDA fixes by toleda rely on. VoodooHDA seems to recognize the HMDI audio part of my Radeon 5450 card just fine, but still no joy getting any sound out of the system yet. I think if it's going to happen, it's probably going to be with VoodooHDA drivers and tweaks of some sort. Otherwise, from the sound of it, if you really want both a good OS X solution for centralized Time Machine backups and Media storage plus a nice setup for your son's regular "film fests", you should maybe consider installing OpenELEC (XBMC) on a USB stick. This is what I do and how my setup currently works... I have OS X (with Server) and Windows 8.1 dual booting on Drive #1, with Time Machine and File Sharing on Drive #2, TV and Music on Drive #3 and Movies on Drive #4. The OS X server handles our various backups most of the time and Windows is there for when I need it occasionally. When we're up for Movies/TV or some streaming media (with HDMI audio), I just reboot and plug in my OpenELEC USB drive which then boots into an AppleTV-esque environment which points to the Media on my two media HDDs and the Internet for various streaming services and media scraping if required. The best part of this setup is that OpenELEC has no problems with video card detection out of the box, it plays audio happily through HDMI on my 5450, handles DVDs well (if you have an Optical Drive installed) and is pretty easy to setup and customize! And its free! Did I mention, it will run off of a USB stick? Although, it's much faster on a small USB HDD. Anyway, good luck with your progress. I'll be sure to shout if I make any headway on this either issues... PS. I can probably solve your full video card detection issue in Apple System Profiler and About This Mac if you like? Although the benefits will be mostly cosmetic as you already have acceleration and QE/CI etc. Tthe necessary hex-editing will also need to be re-applied every time Apple updates the video kexts within their OS updates. Just shout if you're keen...
  3. Great work, Edhawk! Sorry I've been quite, I completely destroyed my initial install (a number of times actually) by messing with some kexts and after trying to run the 10.9.2 and 10.9.3 updates. I've also been busy messing with a cleaner install method that doesn't rely on Niresh's Distro or so many Kexts. I also had many KPs when booting after installation, but deleting the GenericUSBXHCI.kext, that was automatically installed by Niresh's Distro, seemed to solve that. After many attempts at a new and cleaner install method (for easier troubleshooting), I have a pretty good install running now with 10.9 again, but for some reason booting seems to get stuck or kill the windowserver (so no desktop graphics just verbose stuff on screen) unless I have a USB drive attached. Not necessarily the USB Installer either, just any data USB stick during the boot process seems to fix the problem. Something to do with USB Mass Storage Device Controller or something. Still no idea. Probably something completely stupid like a USB rollback or something simple I'm overlooking. It might even have something to do with installing Mavericks on a MBR partitioned drive, which it is currently sharing with Windows 8.1. Who knows?!? Serves me right for trying to troubleshoot three completely separate Hackintosh builds at the same time :-( Still too scared to try any OS X updates... again! Enough of my woes. How goes your troubleshooting? I haven't tried iCloud or iMessage just yet, as I'm really only going to be running OS X Server on this little guy, but i'll take a look anyway. As for your graphics issues, are you talking about the glitchy icons and strange pink stuff that sometimes happens in LaunchPad or Preview and some Icons with semi-transparent images and such? If so, that seems to be a patched kernel issue and not your Radeon HD 6450. I think at has something to do with the ssse3 and ssse4 emulation within these Mavericks AMD kernels. From what I've picked up in my search for other usable kernels, the ssse3 and 4 stuff is for the bigger and newer AMD chips that support it and that the emulation that was added for the older chipsets, like ours, is far from perfect :-( As for HDMI audio, you may never get that working, regardless of your GPU. I've yet to have success with that on my Microserver, even on Snow Leopard. I might need to revisit the possibly of it though... Otherwise, It might be time to move this discussion over the the Mavericks AMD thread before we get shouted at for breaking the forum rules ;-) Chat soon, J.
  4. Wow! It has been ages and so much progress since I last checked in on this thread! It seems like just yesterday I was typing that old guide. Since then my Hackintosh journey has taken me to strange and very far off places with a myriad of other builds and projects, yet still I find myself coming back to my good old faithful N36L MicroServers (I have two), which are home to my media and various backups. I just love these little guys. I haven't been running Snow Leopard for some time time now, as my main N36L server is currently running a sweet XBMC installation. But recently I've been looking into running a centralized TimeMachine backup server for my various Hackintoshes and my MacBook Pro. Having messed with a few Ubuntu (running Netatalk) and FreeNas configurations, I just couldn't get the integration, speed or plain ol' ease of use I was after. So the natural solution was, quite obviously, an OS X Server configuration on my spare N36L MicroServer. Luckily, I have had some amazing success running Mac OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard Server running on a MicroServer I had set up at my old workplace. The little sucker has been running perfectly for years now, sharing networked volumes (with about 12 users) and backups in a small monthly magazine production environment, which is no mean feet for a tiny little 1.3GHz MicroServer which we picked up for just under $70!!! Anyway, the big problem, is that Mac OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard is positively archaic now. Still a very stable workhorse, but an old one. Thankfully, there has been huge advancement in the Hackintosh community over the years and after giving up almost all hope of ever running Lion or Mountain Lion on my N36L, I finally came upon Niresh12495's work. I have always steered clear of Mac OS X Distros, because they can be tricky to get up and running, are hard (sometimes impossible) to troubleshoot (due to their heavy customization and pre-configuration), and quite honestly, they make you lazy Never-the-less, my desperation for a more up-to-date OS X installation led me to Niresh's OS X 10.9 Mavericks Distro and having noted its apparent AMD CPU support, I simply couldn't resist the temptation! So? The result? SUCCESS!!! After a 5GB download, some pretty straight forward USB installer preparation, installation and some obligatory tweaking and troubleshooting... I can happily report that I am posting this very thread update from my HP ProLiant Microserver N36L (AMD) running OS X 10.9 Mavericks! So far, I can report that it runs as well, in fact, better and faster than my old Snow Leopard installation. I still need to make a few more basic Hackintosh tweaks to my setup, install and configure the OS X Server (3.0) app and run some tests, but it seems that the major hurdles have been cleared and I'll be able to post some notes and a rough guide soon! Will wonders never cease? It seems not, when it comes to these little servers Stay tuned for more, MicroServer fans... J.
  5. G5 Front Panel to ATX I/O Cables

    My cable arrived today! So excited i could pee! Still got A LOT of work to do on my case mod before i can fire this sucker up, but I just have to say that the build quality and instructions that come with BlackCH's cables are simply amazing! Great work, dude! You rock my world!
  6. Unfortunately, not yet We're still waiting for a patched Legacy Kernel for Lion to run on AMD chips. You're just going to have to hold out until the legendary Nawcom has had a chance to save us all Like us, you can keep an eye on the progress at: http://blog.nawcom.com/ Cheers! j.
  7. Great stuff TK! I had very quickly experimented with manually assigning MAC address when i was testing the patched AppleBCM5751Ethernet.kext file, as the forum i was working from had made mention of the zeroed out MAC address issue... However, i remember using -> sudo ifconfig en0 ether 00:11:22:33:44:55 I left it out of the guide mostly because it would also reset back to 00:00:00:00:00:00 after reboot, and i just figured that manually assigning your IP address in System Preferences was a more stable solution in the long term... Might be worth looking into again if it has been causing such problems, especially if we can figure out a way to make it stick! Let us know how i works out with the gizmolab's solution. Unfortunately, i've been wasting FAR too much time tweaking framebuffer personalities lately and screwing with my video card to get HDMI audio to play through that dratted Radeon HD 5450, so i've put off maintaining and editing the guide. Sorry! My bad! The good news is that i've had some improved success with the 5450 autodetecting the correct type of displays connected (i.e. via HDMI, VGA and DVI) and have FINALLY found a compiled and working DSDT file for our machines! Haven't had much luck with any custom edits just yet, but we are slowly some making progress Chat soon. j.
  8. Sounds like your computer can't find the bootable disk or partition you have just created... Either: a. There is another USB device (disk) being accessed before your USB Installer Disk. This has thrown me before when i've left a non-bootable USB flash drive plugged in after booting. Grrr! or b. Your computer is set to boot from the HDD (which probably has no bootable sector) BEFORE your USB Install Disk. You should be able to change this in your BIOS (press F10 at boot) setup by setting 'USB Device Boot Priority' under the Boot menu to 'High' Hope this helps . . . j.
  9. Hey, bro! So sorry about that! I REALLY need to get around to updating that damn guide! Just had A LOT of family drama to sort out lately... Grrr! Anyhoo, check out the following forum post, it's buried near the bottom where you'll see a bunch of pics of the BIOS setup screen and some of the changes after the hack is applied. The important bits are under the new Chipset options. The last 4 or so images in the batch will show you where to go and what option to disable. http://www.avforums.com/forums/networking-...unraid-nas.html It's quite literally just the one option you need to change: Set 'SATA IDE Combined Mode' to 'Disabled'. Good luck & let me know how it works out for you Cheers! j.
  10. Hey Sunil, I don't see any reason why the 6450 wouldn't work instead. TonyMac's Wiki reckons that the MSI version works without too much hassle, which means that you shouldn't have any problems. (It might even work 'out of the box' with the Lion Kexts, as the Device ID (0x6779) seems to already be in the ATI6000Controller.kext file) http://www.tonymacx86.com/wiki/index.php?t...s_Card_Database I initially chose the 5450 for it's price, but also because it ran silent. But in the end i got it mostly because it fitted in the bloody box! There are some great low-profile cards out there, but most have ridiculously clunky heat sinks or fans that quite simply won't fit because of the rail that the main board slides in on... As for the onboard graphics, you should be able to complete the install and run the machine as is, but don't expect QE/CI or anything great in the resolution department. Good luck with your install Hi tk007b, I remember having a similar problem in the early stages of experimenting with numerous boot loaders and kexts. Took me a while to figure out that pressing the power button would jolt the boot process back into life. I also found that installing certain new kext files without repairing permissions would either kernel panic the machine, totally ruin my installation of give me the unusable graphics issues you described. In all cases a fresh install from scratch sorted out all of those glitches. I know it's a real rash, but it's probably time and effort well spent in the end. It's also all too easy to miss the tiniest step and end up in trouble If all else fails, try another branch or release of Chameleon. I've heard that RC5 v747 has been known to be quite buggy for some users... I'm currently experimenting with Kabyl's boot loader and few others at the moment. I've even begun looking into compiling a slightly tweaked version with ATI Radeon 5450 support. But i'll publish an update the moment i get some better results Good luck, dude! PS. I just had another thought, always be EXTRA sure that ATI kexts from Lion ACTUALLY installed! I had a number of issues and wasted MANY hours when i finally discovered that the kext installer utility i was using didn't copy them over in the end & i didn't notice that they were't in the S/L/E folder. Grrrrr!
  11. Hey, dude! Still need to try some major data traffic on the onboard ethernet LAN port, but it seems to work as expected with the modded Kext. Worst case scenario is you may have to assign a static IP address. HDMI audio on the 5450 is still not working A DSDT hack might help to do the trick, but i've lost faith in getting even a basic DSDT.aml compiled thus far to experiment. Grrrr! If HDMI audio is what you're after you may have to consider an nVidia option for now...
  12. Hey, Chris-CDI. Sounds pretty strange to me.... I assume that you're still at the pre-Mac OS X GUI installer stage? I suspect that it may have something to do with the installer you created, as the error appears to make reference to not being able to access/mount the ramdisk. This (if i'm not mistaken) is the temporary install data created and loaded into RAM on the fly right after the boot stage by Nawcom's ModUSB installer. Which implies that something is missing or wonky with your installer. What method did you use to create your 16GB USB install media? It might be worth trying again, or using a different method. Otherwise, it might be a PCI Config issue. Even though i highly doubt it ... it may be worth trying to adding one of the following kernel flags at boot (ie. when you enter maxmem=2048): PciRoot=0 or PciRoot=1 or PciRoot=2 The last thing i can suggest with the current info at hand is to possibly skip ahead in the guide and install your LG Optical Drive. Then use Nawcom's ModCD install method using a boot CD followed by a Vanilla Mac OS X Snow Leopard Install DVD. Of course, this method will require you to run the BIOS patch i mentioned at the end of 'Part 6: Tweaks'. This is to bypass the dreaded 'Waiting for Root Device" error that we all had when we first tried trying to Hackintosh these machines via the DVD install method. NOTE: I have personally had great success so far with this BIOS patch, but as always, BIOS patching comes with an element of risk, so proceed with caution & at your own risk! I hope this helps you to get up and running soon, so that you can begin to enjoy all of your hard work. Good luck & chat soon... j.
  13. Excellent work, dude! Glad it's worked out for you in the end. So sorry about the mess-up with the AppleBCM5751Ethernet.kext. You are MORE than right! It DOES belong inside the IONetworkingFamily.kext. I was so busy patching the files inside and testing it, that i forgot that it is ACTUALLY supposed to live inside that silly little plugins folder. By the time i starting putting the guide together, i just saw the two Kexts and thought that that was the way it worked so i never even questioned it. Ha ha ha! That would at least explain some of my DHCP issues then. Still can't believe it carried on working, though. A sloppy mistake like that in Windows and it would have been "Game Over". Thanks for spotting that! Good call on the Chameleon build too, v747 was mostly the first one i got working so i kinda just stuck with it for this guide. I've since migrated over to one of Kabyl's exotics, have chucked out the ATI5000Injector.kext and have instead injected the ATI 5450 Device ID directly into the ATI5000Controller.kext in the Info.plist file (which works brilliantly for most bootloaders BTW). I've also hex-edited the ATI5000Controller file and tweaked the Eulemur framebuffer to correctly assign the right Connector types, Sense IDs and Controller Ports, etc to my ATI 5450. Still no Audio via HDMI, but i think i'm getting REALLY close now.... DVD Player App has stopped crashing and ALL three connectors (VGA / HDMI / DVI) are working properly and are automatically assigning the right resolutions when connected too, which is certainly a step in the right direction. I will post some updates when i finally crack this little nut. Also a MASSIVE thanks for the Snow Leopard Server guide! I had quickly tried the install before, but got caught out at the serial validation stage. I thought i was losing my mind when it kept refusing my license and I promptly gave up i favor of solving some other problems. Grrrr! It now makes perfect sense that i should have had my NIC working properly BEFORE validation. LOL! I also REALLY like where you are going with the SMBIOS & 64-bit suggestion. I skipped making one for this setup in favor of fiddling with some DSDT hacks - which merely amounted to a most humbling embarrassment. I never thought that it could be something like a small SMBIOS tweak. I had made a mental note to come back to the SMBIOS if i ran into some unsupported hardware error when installing Aperture or something, but i never got around to installing anything that threw me those kind of errors... I must DEFINITELY look into this again! Thanks so much for the updates and all of your input! I think we're getting REALLY close to a nicely working little machine here... All the best, j.
  14. Hi Pinchies! No probs, dude! I can only suggest installing the latest Legacy Kernel update for Snow Leopard 10.6.8 (Darwin 10.8.0) directly after running the 10.6.8 combo update and before Restarting you computer. You can get it and some more information on exactly why you'll need it from Nawcom's site here: http://blog.nawcom.com/?p=791 Nawcom points out that there have been some big changes with the xnu source between SL 10.6.7 and SL 10.6.8. And it is assumed that these changes are mainly due in preparation for Lion 10.7 later this month. I'm assuming that you can't get back onto your desktop, which means you're probably going to have to start from scratch. I know it sucks, but it certainly makes for great practice. I've had to reinstall so many times now i can do it in my sleep! Heck! most times i AM doing it in my sleep Good luck and keep at it! j.
  15. Excellent! Shout if you hit any snags... I just totally destroyed my current install by mucking around with some HDMI Audio patching. What a rash Good thing i made a clone of the drive before it started! Whew! Good luck! J.