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Successful 8-core, dual booting [tiger and leopard] install


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I would like add another success story to the OctoCore Hack Pro Forums. The price was fairly low if I remember correctly. Heres the breakdown:

  1. 10000 RPM 300gb Velociraptor HDD $300
  2. SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB $99
  3. Intel Xeon E5405 Harpertown 2.0GHz LGA 771 80W Quad-Core Processor x2 $219/each
  4. SUPERMICRO MBD-X7DAL-E-O Dual LGA 771 Intel 5000X ATX Server Motherboard $270 [OpenBox]
  5. Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM ECC Fully Buffered DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) x2 $179.99/each [8 Gigs]
  6. ARK SR-10569BG Beige Pedestal Server Case - Retail $53
  7. Dynatron H6EG 60mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler x2 $49/each [although i was only charged $65]
  8. PHILIPS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe 2-Tone SATA Model $20
  9. 2 60x60x25 [i think] Silenx replacement fans for the Dynatron CPU [Jet engine] Fans $15/each
  10. 120mm Silenx case fan $20
  11. Thermaltake 2 pci slot horizontal fan $15
  12. Pci-e firewire 800/400 card $56

I already had the gigabyte 8600GT Graphics card as well as several other external and internal HDDs making the grand total for all pieces purchased apprxomimately $1712.


The box is currently running both Tiger and Leopard, PC_EFI installed, without any real issues aside from the onboard sound not functioning on either install. However, my Digidesign MBox 2 Pro Firewire works flawlessly so there is no need for onboard sound. All 8 cores are fully functional and because of the the 10000 RPM Velociraptor drive, the response time for opening/closing apps, booting/shutting down, and overall point and click ease of use is virtually immediate. The only issue that occurred during the entire process was the tiger installation. Many attempts yielded nothing but a kernel panic when booting regardless which distro used. As a last resort, I added an IDE drive to the internal array and installed Tiger using an IDE DVD drive to the IDE HDD. Much to my disbelief [as I had all but given up on Tiger], this method worked like a charm. I then used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the tiger partition to partition # 2 of the 10000 RPM drive. Doing so resolved my issue and left me with a dual booting, fast as lightning, 8-core Mac Pro that can easily be expanded upon as new technology arises.


Leopard: Kalyway 10.5.2 distro with Jas 10.5.3 combo update

Tiger: Jas 10.4.8 distro with Jas 10.4.9 combo update

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