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Hp z800 Workstation Install Guide for OSX86 10.6.7

This is an update to my previous install here: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=188857


"This document is made strictly for educational purposes (of course) and don't pirate software..."

Here is the Machine:




Here are the specs:

Processor type

Intel® Xeon® Quad-Core processor (2.93 Ghz 6 Gigs of 1333 MHz Memory)

Processor front side bus

800 to 1333 MHz Front Side Bus

Chipset: Dual Intel® 5520



6 Gigs DDR3 1333 MHz ECC Unbuffered or Registered DIMMs

Memory slots: 12 DIMM slots


Internal drives

3 external 5.25" bays (up to 4 eSATA, up to 8 SAS)

Internal drives

Up to 5 3.5" SATA drives, or up to 6 2.5" SATA drives, or up to 5 3.5" SAS drives


Storage controller

Integrated 6 channel SATA 3 Gb/s controller with RAID (0, 1, 5 or 10) capability, integrated 8 channel SAS controller with RAID (0, 1 or 10) capability, optional LSI 8888 ELP 8-port SAS HW with RAID (0, 1, 5 or 10) capability

Optical drives


Flexible disk drive

Optional 1.44 MB Diskette Drive

System features

Internal audio

Integrated High Definition Realtek ALC262 Audio

Expansion slots

1 PCI, 1 PCI Express Gen1 (x8 mechanically, x4 electrically), 1 PCI Express Gen2 (x8 mechanically, x4 electrically), 2 PCI Express Gen2 (x16 mechanically, x8 electrically), 2 PCI Express Gen2 x16

External I/O ports

Front: 3 USB 2.0, 1 IEEE 1394a, 1 microphone in, 1 headphone out; Rear: 6 USB 2.0, 1 IEEE 1394a, 1 audio in, 1 audio out, 1 microphone in, 2 PS/2, 2 RJ-45 to integrated Gb LAN, 1 serial; Internal: 3 USB 2.0

Graphic card 01

Professional 2D: NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800 (1 GB)

Network interface

Integrated dual Broadcom 5764, Infineon TPM 1.2 Controller


I bolded the NVIDIA CARD because the "Displayports", the new connections for monitors, sucks in both windows and OSX. Well, they don't work in OSX, and are glitchy in windows. Get a different card, I didn't have a choice.

Also the Broadcom 5764 doesn't work. UPDATE! It does now under the new install.



These are cards I added on:

Nvidia Gt7300 (Mac Edition) - Lets me get 2 extra monitors attached.

Intel Pro 10/100/1000 Pro MT Dual Port Server Adapter (PCI-X, but I let the pins hang over in the PCI Slot) - Hard to see in picture.

PCI-E Firewire 800 Card

I took these cards out, since the onboard NIC now works.




Hard Drive Configuration


You'll notice in the pic a lot of options for Sata and SAS drives. The top 6 ports are for AHCI and the bottom 8 are for SAS drives. Don't be fooled though, you can plug the SATA drives into the SAS ports with no noticible speed differences.


Which to use? And why are all my drives in SAS ports?

The SAS ports are Compatible and work great. The AHCI ports currently don't. Which means you can't boot from AHCI. BUT SAS works fine, so you can simply plug your drives into those and it will work. SAS drivers are on the OSX install native and work perfectly, so don't sweat it.


By Default, the computer's SATA cables for it's rackmounted Sata drives, seen below, are patched into the AHCI ports, so I just moved them down to SAS.




I like to label my drives so I know what is where.




Many of these install tips are taken from:

http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/2010/04/ibo...ac-os-x-on.html and adapted to work with the z800.



  • A computer running an Intel Processor
  • A blank CD
  • A Mac OS X Snow Leopard Retail DVD


  • If you have greater than 4gb of RAM, remove the extra RAM for a maximum of 4gb. You can put back any extra RAM in after the installation process.
  • Use only 1 graphics card in the 1st PCIe slot with 1 monitor plugged in.
  • Remove any hard drives besides the blank drive being used for OS X.
  • Remove any USB peripherals besides keyboard and mouse.
  • Remove any PCI cards besides graphics- they may not be Mac compatible.
  • Empty hard drive- you will have to partition and format the drive.

  • Connect ps2 keyboard in case USB doesn't function on install. (We'll fix this later)
  • Ok, so put your DVD drive and your Hard drive onto an SAS Port. DO IT, and don't argue or I'll pull this tutorial over.


  • After you turn the computer on, go into your Bios settings, I believe it's f10.
  • Update your Bios to the newest version. 1.17 currently. This might not be a dealbreaker, but the newest version works.
  • These settings are FOR INSTALL ONLY!
  • Go To-> Advanced -> Device Options
  • Disable NIX-PXE (Because it slows up the boot through bios. If you use it, leave it on, but my guess is you won't)
  • You can set what other options you need to, Boot options, etc, but I advise not to change too many settings from the defaults. The reason being, inside the Security Tab, there are options that if disabled, don't let OSX boot. I played around for a long time before I figured out that one.


In order to boot the Mac OS X Retail DVD, you'll need to download and burn [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]. For desktops and laptops using unsupported Intel CPUs and graphics, a legacy version of [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] can be downloaded here.

  • Download [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]
  • Burn the image to CD (Most likely on another computer)
  • Place [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] in CD/DVD drive
  • Insert your disc and select f9 to boot from Optical storage. (Yes I'm including every step)
  • Restart computer
  • At Chameleon prompt, eject [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]
  • Insert your Mac OS X Snow Leopard Retail DVD and press F5
  • When you see the Snow Leopard disk appear (you might have to wait a second and then hit f5 once it reads it) Type -V and enter. This is verbose mode. I like it so you know where it stops if something goes wrong.
  • Install should load as normal and you should partition a new drive with the GUID option selected for the boot.


YOU WILL HAVE USB PROBLEMS POSSIBLY DURING INSTALL OR AFTER! This is NORMAL! Hence the use of the ps2 keyboard. You can get through the initial install with only the keyboard through the clever use of the "Tab" key and spacebar to select the options you need. To Fix the USB, after the install reboot and boot off your [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] disk. Our objective is to remove the AppleHPET.kext from your System\Extensions folder. When selecting the boot option, select the newly install OS drive and type is -S. This will put you into Single user mode. It's a command line. Once it loads.


sudo bash
cd /System/Library/Extensions
rm -rf AppleHPET.kext

(I'm 90% sure this will work, if it doesn't or does, let me know and I'll update this post.)


STEP 3: UPDATE TO 10.6.7

  • Open Finder and navigate to your new hard drive.
  • Download the Mac OS X 10.6.7 Combo Update
  • Download [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]
  • Open [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]- don't run it yet, just leave it open.
  • Mount MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.7.dmg
  • Install MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.7.pkg
  • Upon completion, the installer will ask you to reboot. DO NOT REBOOT.
  • Switch to the already open [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]. If it closes, just re-open it.
  • Select the following options:
    1. [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] (First option at the top)
    2. NVIDIA 256 (In video)
    3. Voodoo P/S2
    4. AppleIntelE1000 (In network)
    5. Kext Helper (In Utilities?)
    6. Kext Utility (In Utilities?)


    Install all those options. Eject your disks once finished and reboot.

    On the next boot, go into System Preferences and Network. It should detect your new network card and you can now go online.

    Download VoodooHDA 2.7.2 for Snow Leopard 10.6

    This is just the Kext file (Driver). Open up Kext Helper in your applications folder, drag the kext into the open window, type in your system password and click easy install. Done. Reboot. You'll have sound now.


    That's it! You now have 10.6 Working on your z800.


    Note: If there are any updates or problems with this install, please let me know and I'll update it.



    AND YES, my Signature is very old!

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  • 4 weeks later...

Hi Wayland,


if you can give me some update or some feedback I will be very thankfull.


I tried to install on my new z800 with just 1 xeon 5620, I try to do everything you told,

but always, after start the installtion with an Original Mac OSX SL 10.6.3, the screen becomes

light blue and keeps this way forrever, I see that the DVD is reading sometimes, but nothing

appears on screen besides thie flat light blue screen. I also tried changing my Video cards,

I use the Quadro FX4500, an ATI Firexxx, and also with a Gigabyte GTx980, all give me the same flat screnn with no infos. And the only way I got it installed on the machine

was using the iATKOS S3 V2 . But things don't work as well as using [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url], when using the iATKOS.


I hope you can help me.... thanks in advance.

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