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katz

Turning a Dell Server into a Hackintosh? Why not? Issues inside...

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I've done a few hackintoshes over the years. I happened upon a Dell R410 server and I'm thinking "why the heck not turn this into a bitchin' hackintosh workstation." ... eventually I'll get a true Mac-compatible PCI-X graphics card for it and some USB-sound card that works, but right now I just want to get it to boot.

 

So that's my project this weekend.

 

It has 12G of RAM, 2x E5504 CPUs (2 * quad core, 2Ghz) and 2x 500GB SATA drives

 

Right now I'm trying to get iATKOS L2 to boot from a USB stick using Chimera. I have the USB stick built correctly and the kernel begins to load, then panics. Look at the following screendump (iDRAC is nice for that) to figure out what I'm doing wrong. I've tried a few different boot flags including CPUS=1 DSDT=no -f -v -x busratio=22 (in different permutations.) Each time I get the same panic (see attached.)

 

Any clues? Any other boot flags I can try?

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I don't think there are any PCI-X Intel Macs, PCI-X was only on the Power Mac G5 for a very short time before it was replaced with PCIe then the G5 itself was replaced with the Intel Mac Pro.

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I don't think there are any PCI-X Intel Macs
Nevertheless it DOES work in Mac OS X (in Snow Leopard/Leopard at least). I have few PCI-X slots in the desktop PC. There is a sound card used in one of these slots. It works perfectly (with 3-d party driver).

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Nevertheless it DOES work in Mac OS X (in Snow Leopard/Leopard at least). I have few PCI-X slots in the desktop PC. There is a sound card used in one of these slots. It works perfectly (with 3-d party driver).

 

Hmm...ok, I was just thinking there was something wrong in there somewhere. If you can get it to work, so much the better!

 

Nevertheless it DOES work in Mac OS X (in Snow Leopard/Leopard at least). I have few PCI-X slots in the desktop PC. There is a sound card used in one of these slots. It works perfectly (with 3-d party driver).

 

Leopard supports PowerPC hardware so would definitely have a PCI-X kext or compiled directly into the kernel in PPC at least, hopefully compiled into i386 too.. Snow Leopard was supposed to be the first Intel-only but had a ton of PPC code left, so it could still work.

 

Mountain Lion I doubt would still support a PCI-X bus, so I'd suggest starting out with Leopard.

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