Creating a Hackintosh Linode instance seems entirely achievable after reviewing the steps in creating a Windows linode instance here:
Getting macOS running on VirtualBox doesn't seem to be much of a challenge (example), yet getting to the hfs+ resizing step could be a little trickier (unless perhaps we create an additional boot volume that has something like iPartition on it to resize the primary volume).
Any thoughts on achieving this?
It should be pretty cost effective to fire up Linodes with macOS / Hackintosh on them. I'll probably go with the 8192 size (8GB with a quad core Xeon and 96 GB SSD storage), but a little smaller could work.
Almost a year ago. I read a forum post on another website of of a guy named xxredxpandaxx modding an old apple XRAID. Essentially Gutting the unit and painstakingly soldering sata through the mother board to allows the caddies to hold SATA drives. It was a great idea and it got me thinking of undertaking such a task. I however have no soldering skills. And with say 14X 8TB I don't trust my soldering when data is at stake. Also nothing on the outside was functional. It was just a case mod, nothing more.
Link provided https://forums.lime-technology.com/topic/29324-unraiding-an-apple-xserve-raid/
SO I had an idea, redesign boards for both the XRAID and the Caddies. So that at least the drive lights worked in front of the caddy.
If you are having a hard time picturing this I will provide pictures.
But basically my idea entailed making a Daughter card which would accept multple sata and power wires from a mother board and power supply and then transfer the leads through the XRAID style connectors (SCSI 80) into the Caddy and then back to a sata connector to use with sata drives inside the caddy. I wanted the lights to also be functional.
Again I hit a road block I don't know much about making PCB boards. So I enlisted the help and expertise of another forum member, an electrical engineer. Not only was he able to make new caddy boards for SATA, and make the large daughter board to accept the sata from a pc motherboard. He also was able to get the caddy lights to be functional.
So the caddies are done. We are now in the final stages of the large 17" daughter board. I will also have pictures of the progress.
The third task which will be started soon is getting the throughput lights to work in the center of the machine. My hope is to have it register network bandwidth. Also rewiring of the power button from the back to the front is also on the list.
The second part of this project is aesthetics and airflow. I again have no knowledge of how to cut aluminum or design mother board trays. So I enlisted help from someone in the UK. And let me tell you he designed the most beautiful pc tray and top. The tray will have holes for risers for mitx, or matx. and the top will have a cutout that will make it easy to swap cards out so you dont have to unscrew everything to get to them.
I will have more pictures and will be editing this post to make it a little bit more linear.
I think this will be the best looking NAS out there. Perfect for holding all your data and transcoding plex videos provided you buy enough horsepower under the hood.
I updated this Xserve to 10.12.2 using the patcher tool, It worked successfully however the integrated graphics no longer work due to driver issues. I installed a low-profile Nvidia GT 210 and installed drivers for it and it works perfectly. The problem is the ATI x1300 which is integrated in the machine is acting as if the monitor is plugged into it so when I VNC or Screen share from my Macbook into it, it shows 2 screens and has major lag issues due to that. Is there anyway I can disable the ATI??
EDIT: I've found a solution for anyone looking. Either using SwitchRezX for a less permanent solution or removing the X1300 from just under the PCI-E slot where the mini DVI is found. Did the latter and it's working fine now, However if you plan on doing OS upgrades that require you to get into the boot menu you're going to have to put the old card back in and use Mini DVI.
Hello, I am looking for information for installing MacOs on a Dell Precision T5600 Workstation. I have not found anything yet and I was wondering if there is anyone around here with experience in these towers. Thank you very much.
Precision T5600 Chipset
Manufacturer Model Intel Intel C600 Chipset
Manufacturer Models Intel Sandy Bridge E5-26xx series, LGA2011 :Intel® Xeon™ processors 4, 6, and 8 Core support Up to 150W Instruction/Data Cache: 32KB Supports Dual Processors Intel® Xeon®E5-2620 Processor (Six Core HT, 2.0GHz Turbo, 6 MB Intel Smart Cache, 95 watt)
Type Models Discrete PCIe 3.0 / 2.0 x 16 Up to 2 full-height, full length (maximum of 300 W) 2 GB AMD FirePro™ W5000
Specifications Supported configurations Memory type DDR3 1333 MHz and 1600 MHz RDIMM ECC Memory connectors 4 DIMM slots with single processor; 8 DIMM slots with dual processors Supported memory module capacities 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB RDIMM ECC Minimum memory 4 GB Maximum memory 64 GB single processor; 128 GB dual processor
Type Model Integrated RealTek ALC269 High Definition Audio
Type Model Integrated Intel 82759
Has anyone seen or heard of running macOS on this motherboard? http://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=C2550D4I#Specifications
I am building an NAS, and while I could use FreeNAS, I need macOS. I need full iTunes on it to run my AppleTV's. Also, since I will be using ZFS, I am looking for a board with ECC. Mini-ITX preferred because of the case, but if need be, I can switch form factors. I saw something online that seemed like someone had installed macOS on this, but couldn't quite tell for sure.