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From the posts on the KS page it looks like the boards are out in force.  Good for Quo but it was a painful launch.  I suppose it's part of the KS pseudo open hardware movement that in the olden days we weren't involved with when the product was due let alone being able to be in on the ground floor funding.  Seeing "how the sausage is made" has been unpleasant for some.

 

One thing I noticed is there are a fair number who are looking at Hackintosh only as a way to get a cheap Mac.  No matter how many times people here or elsewhere say it, if you are only looking for a cheap Mac get a Mini.  Hacking requires effort.  Even with an all in one tool (though one could make a pretty good case that in many cases and frequently on more complex builds they can do more harm than good) one is still going to need to know a bit about what's going on to have a fully functioning Mac.

 

I'm enamored with the boot to flash then the capability of installing straight from the App store download.  Nice work guys.  The Thunderbolt issues are interesting and I'm wondering if Apple is doing something else in hardware for hot swap and the video issues.  Good Thunderbolt info outside of Mac hardware is far and few between right now.  Hopefully in some of the 87 series chipsets coming that integrate TB controllers can help lead to more adoption since the price of a standalone controller will disappear.  Over the next few weeks as the last of the initial orders arrive it will be interesting to see the issues and improvements to the board and firmware.

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From the posts on the KS page it looks like the boards are out in force.  Good for Quo but it was a painful launch.  I suppose it's part of the KS pseudo open hardware movement that in the olden days we weren't involved with when the product was due let alone being able to be in on the ground floor funding.  Seeing "how the sausage is made" has been unpleasant for some.

 

One thing I noticed is there are a fair number who are looking at Hackintosh only as a way to get a cheap Mac.  No matter how many times people here or elsewhere say it, if you are only looking for a cheap Mac get a Mini.  Hacking requires effort.  Even with an all in one tool (though one could make a pretty good case that in many cases and frequently on more complex builds they can do more harm than good) one is still going to need to know a bit about what's going on to have a fully functioning Mac.

 

I'm enamored with the boot to flash then the capability of installing straight from the App store download.  Nice work guys.  The Thunderbolt issues are interesting and I'm wondering if Apple is doing something else in hardware for hot swap and the video issues.  Good Thunderbolt info outside of Mac hardware is far and few between right now.  Hopefully in some of the 87 series chipsets coming that integrate TB controllers can help lead to more adoption since the price of a standalone controller will disappear.  Over the next few weeks as the last of the initial orders arrive it will be interesting to see the issues and improvements to the board and firmware.

 

Anyone who is looking for a cheap mac by going down this path is foolish.  Just buying reasonable components has put me pretty near the price of a mini.  I think the point is customization, and one thing that you really can't get from Apple, which is variety of expansion.  Of course, you pay for it in difficulty of configuration, and if you don't get it right, instability.

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@Guys that are using Ozmosis based bios for this board.

Does This bootloader have any configuration on this board?

How to access this configuration?

How doo u guys acess Shell from bios?

 

I have Modded Z77X UD5H with this bootloader and it work perfect but would like to know if there are any options at all..

thx.

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Like some other members I was getting impatient with the process and wanting my motherboard. I set up an appointment and visited Quo Computers in Alhambra, CA so I could pick mine up instead of waiting for it to be shipped. It is not an impressive location by any means, no signage or anything, more of an underground vibe (check google maps street view) suitable for the product being sold. It all worked out....I have my board and will install and flash the bios this weekend and can post again then.

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Considering you can boot up with nothing but FakeSMC and a bootloader already on pretty much all Gigabyte 7x series boards, what is the big deal here?  The ethernet not requiring one kext?

Custom bootloader that work perfect.

Brainless hackintosh..

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Custom bootloader that work perfect.

Brainless hackintosh..

But I do not see anyone saying that the custom bootloader works perfectly.

 

Going to their FB page I just see dozens of complaints about unshipped orders and not a single link with a thorough review.  Even this thread has no actual testing of the built-in Chameleon and its use in the wild along with any information on what is supported, automated, etc.

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But I do not see anyone saying that the custom bootloader works perfectly.

 

Going to their FB page I just see dozens of complaints about unshipped orders and not a single link with a thorough review.  Even this thread has no actual testing of the built-in Chameleon and its use in the wild along with any information on what is supported, automated, etc.

i am sure this its not chameleon...

It looks like clover to me when i try to hex edit...

Chameleon cannot boot boot.efi

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Well I can say that it works perfectly and have said pretty much so previously over on kickstarter.  There are several over there who are using the custom BIOS and nobody has complained about it to my knowledge.  It's pretty freakin' sweet.  This board, once flashed to the custom BIOS that is not shipped or provided by Quo, is totally ready to go.  Pop in your installation media and OS X doesn't give you any problems.  The only thing not working at that point is audio.  Install the motherboard's legacy audio kexts with a couple terminal commands, reboot.  All is working beautifully.  I've done a couple reinstalls and it was just as easy every time.

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i am sure this its not chameleon...

It looks like clover to me when i try to hex edit...

Chameleon cannot boot boot.efi

Clover would make a heck of a lot more sense.  

 

Well, glad that a new development has been started in OSx86.

 

I hope that they, or someone, will continue to do this with current generation motherboards that would work for workstations and are not obsolete.  Since it is not socket 1150 or 2011 I have to say they are about 1.5 years too late.

 

In the meantime, guess I will continue to just install Clover, FakeSMC, and use an extra LAN kext to have a working system.

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Well I can say that it works perfectly and have said pretty much so previously over on kickstarter.  There are several over there who are using the custom BIOS and nobody has complained about it to my knowledge.  It's pretty freakin' sweet.  This board, once flashed to the custom BIOS that is not shipped or provided by Quo, is totally ready to go.  Pop in your installation media and OS X doesn't give you any problems.  The only thing not working at that point is audio.  Install the motherboard's legacy audio kexts with a couple terminal commands, reboot.  All is working beautifully.  I've done a couple reinstalls and it was just as easy every time.

can u upload a picture of ozmosis gui and all settings that u have in ozmosis.

Thx.

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I haven't seen the actual boot loader or any GUI.  It goes straight to white Apple boot screen, unless you hit one of the keys for BIOS or boot devices.  I'm sure there is probably a keystroke to stop the default boot  but I do not know it.  I will be happy to give any suggestions a try though

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I haven't seen the actual boot loader or any GUI.  It goes straight to white Apple boot screen, unless you hit one of the keys for BIOS or boot devices.  I'm sure there is probably a keystroke to stop the default boot  but I do not know it.  I will be happy to give any suggestions a try though

Delete, or any of the F-keys?  Is there a manual or PDF that might explain boot options or configuration?

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Oh, so I guess you are just talking about the BIOS in general, not a separated boot loader interface.  I'll have to look at it again, as I know there were some options in regards to boot up.  I just don't remember specifically what they were.

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Oh, so I guess you are just talking about the BIOS in general, not a separated boot loader interface.  I'll have to look at it again, as I know there were some options in regards to boot up.  I just don't remember specifically what they were.

home key its for enter ozmosis gui.

Plz make some screenstots.

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The link is up now.  Over the last week since I have had my board, the OZ link has been up and down numerous times.  

 

I tried the Home button when booting.  It did not seem to do anything but slow down my boot time.

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The link is up now.  Over the last week since I have had my board, the OZ link has been up and down numerous times.  

 

I tried the Home button when booting.  It did not seem to do anything but slow down my boot time.

it says like this

INSTRUCTIONS

OZ Boot Manager GUI

Tap HOME key
Use mouse to select OS to boot into. You may also use F12 to access BIOS Boot Manager and select your favorite OS. Simply tap F12 on boot up. 
Verbose: When in Boot Selection Alt + V (fixing bug please just tap V once) and then make your choice. 

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Considering you can boot up with nothing but FakeSMC and a bootloader already on pretty much all Gigabyte 7x series boards, what is the big deal here?  The ethernet not requiring one kext?

 

Thats pretty much every board if you know what you are doing. There is nothing special at all with GB boards. Just cool aid that you have been drinking to much of from another site. 

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Yeah but the actual link takes you here:

https://mrq7bqbfgwmjzd5m.tor2web.org/Z77MXQUOAOS.H3A.739M.zip

Which seems to be rev 739M.

And that is the version that flashes, H3A.739. Anyone who has followed the link and downloaded the modified bios has seen the comments below and it's part of understanding the next step. I left my 650Ti card in at first and it complicated the flashing process for me, once I removed the card and used the HD4000 graphics built into the CPU things went great. At some point I'm going to want to tackle using an external video card again but for the time being its good and 100% functioning.  

 

I used a flash drive with ML 10.8.3 and once it was done it rebooted and I was good except for on board audio, there are a couple of fixes for that out out there including in this thread. 

 

 

 

Welcome to The HermitCrab Labs

 

We like to present you our first Ozmosis (OZ) release!

 

BIOS

Z77MXQUOAOS.H3A.723M.zip

ZIP:

MD5: 42920fd6bb7f4b9fef07cf4020b2faea

SHA-1: 98f7333ba639754e498ae19cdd523eec948c37cd

BIOS:

MD5: 0075a1008cef8f2dbac913a27ebdc061

SHA-1: c81c777ac121e4061f1b8322a0106a04d7589ad2

Click on the link above, download OZ and unzip to any Fat32 USB flash drive.

Restart with USB flash drive and tap 'End' Key on reboot.

Flash new BIOS

After system verifies flashing, computer will reboot twice.

Enjoy.

INSTRUCTIONS

OZ Boot Manager GUI

Tap HOME key

Use mouse to select OS to boot into. You may also use F12 to access BIOS Boot Manager and select your favorite OS. Simply tap F12 on boot up.

Verbose: When in Boot Selection Alt + V (fixing bug please just tap V once) and then make your choice.

Install from DVD

Insert 10.6.3 DVD

Restart Computer

Tap F12

Select Mac OSX Install DVD

Graphics Cards

Install your compatible [OS specific] GFX

After flashing Init Display and Integrated Graphics will be set to AUTO To use Graphics Card set Init Display : IGPU, Integrated Graphics : Enabled

Restart Computer

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Hi Guys,

 

I wanted to report that I finally got to building my box, flashing the ProjectQ motherboard and installing 10.8.4 today. Sweet! Installs from normal retail USB installer without issue. Everything worked except Audio. Installed ALC892 from Toleda to get that working.

 

Then I got greedy and decided to boot a drive from a MBP.  Everything fired right up! Amazing! I had to install FakeSMC & Plugins to get temp sensors working in iStat Menus and install audio drivers.  Is there a better way to get temp sensors and audio working?

 

The only issue I can detect is that my CPU multiplier is fixed at the maximum.  My Chameleon system will scale down to 1.6GHz to 3.2GHz to save power. Any idea how to get power management working on the ProjectQ?

 

Thanks!

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