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rayman121985

Shuttle core duo! Hackintosh compatible?

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Hey guys,

 

I was checking out Newegg.com and saw this beast.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingIte...N82E16856101059

 

I need this for the size factor. I know the gigabyte mobos are better but would this run a hackintosh pretty easily? Thanks in advance!

 

::rayman::

 

I won that exact model in the shuttle case modding contest.... but I promtly sold it before I had a chance to test it.

 

Anyway, I have the SD32G2 model and it has been trouble free, and it's basically the same specs...

 

I would say it is a safe bet....

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I'm starting a build using a G31-based Shuttle (45 nm support, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera), mainly because my Psy**** OpenComputer (nee OpenMac) is G31-based and it works very well, thank you, with 10.5.3 and an XBench around 140.

 

The specific Shuttle model is: XPC SG31G2.

 

Shuttle now has an ePay store, and it is selling refurbushed SG31G2's for $150 Buy-It-Now, but they were accepting "Make Offers" as low as $125, to which they made a "Counter Offer" of $129 as their absolute-rock-bottom price. I think they have a dozen XPC SG31G2's left at this moment.

 

A Core 2 Quad ... haven't decided which, a Q6600 or a Q9450 ... will be going into the Psy****, and the Core 2 Duo Q4500 recovered from the Psy**** will be going into the Shuttle.

 

4 GB of Crucial RAM will be going into the Shuttle.

 

Haven't decided on a video card yet, but the GeForce 7200GS 256 MB in the Psy*** is satisfactory for my purposes.

 

I'm going to start out with PATA devices in the Shuttle mainly because I already have these available, and I already know these will work on a G31-based box as my Psy**** has PATA devices as its second optical drive and its backup hard drive.

 

I am using large eSATA drives (1-1 TB, 1-0.5 TB and 1-0.4 TB) on my Psy****, and I will be shuttling these between my Psy**** and the Shuttle, as my media "work in progress" files are resident thereupon.

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I have a SG31 and it works great with Leo4All V3.

 

Only issue is the system restart and shutdown.

 

Vid card: XFX 7800gt

 

C2D 6550

 

4 GB A-data ram

 

Sata Liteon and WD HD.

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I'm starting a build using a G31-based Shuttle (45 nm support, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera), mainly because my Psy**** OpenComputer (nee OpenMac) is G31-based and it works very well, thank you, with 10.5.3 and an XBench around 140.

 

The specific Shuttle model is: XPC SG31G2.

 

Completed initial build.

 

2 GB (2 x 1 GB) Crucial 800 MHz DDR2 RAM, and recognized as such.

 

Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz processor, D0 stepping ("SLACR"), but not recognized as such by "About This Mac" until the patch was installed. Operating cool as a cucumber, what with Shuttle's ICE "heat pipe" cooling technology.

 

ALC888.text and Taruga's patcher worked, but DVD Player cannot see any devices, which also happened on my Psy****.

 

Booted 10.5.3 drive from my Psy**** with great difficulty (a copy of the Psy**** boot hard drive). The Shuttle and the Psy**** are both G31- and ICH7-based, but the similarities end there.

 

LAN not working at all. Using Airlink101 AWLL-3026 USB 2.0 dongle, for now.

 

Successfully downloaded several application updates using Apple's Software Update.

 

Not at all happy with the integrated video, so I will be trying GeForce 7200 GS from Psy****, tomorrow. This is necessary in order to go beyond 1024 x 768.

 

Not using SATA at all right now, but I will be installing two iSATA to eSATA adapter cables so that I may access my media data, which is stored on eSATA devices, and is accessible to all my machines.

 

I gotta say that the Shuttle XPC SG31S2 platform is a good starting point.

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LAN not working at all. Using Airlink101 AWLL-3026 USB 2.0 dongle, for now.

 

Marvell 88E8056 LAN is now working.

 

Change 8053 to 8056

 

Change 4362 to 4364

 

Using sudo nano /System/Library/Extensions/IONetworkingFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleYukon2.kext/Contents/Info.plist

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I'm starting a build using a G31-based Shuttle (45 nm support, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera), mainly because my Psy**** OpenComputer (nee OpenMac) is G31-based and it works very well, thank you, with 10.5.3 and an XBench around 140.

 

The specific Shuttle model is: XPC SG31G2.

 

Shuttle now has an ePay store, and it is selling refurbushed SG31G2's for $150 Buy-It-Now, but they were accepting "Make Offers" as low as $125, to which they made a "Counter Offer" of $129 as their absolute-rock-bottom price. I think they have a dozen XPC SG31G2's left at this moment.

 

Starting build of a second Shuttle XPC SG31G2.

 

The two Shuttles will replace four dual processor G4 Macs in my shop.

 

The small form factor and the easy stackability of the Shuttles was a significant factor. (Ever tried to stack two G4 Macs? Ever tried to stack four G4 Macs? It can't be done ... neither two nor four).

 

Got the same $129 price from Shuttle_Store for the second SG31G2. They may have one or two left.

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Marvell 88E8056 LAN is now working.

 

ALC888 (Port 2) working, thanks to Taruga's 1.20 patcher and ALC888 dump

 

Nothing appears in "About This Mac ..." however.

 

 

 

Taruga's ALC888 AppleHDA.kext installed using Kext Helper

 

"About This Mac ..." now shows the various ports.

 

Everything seems to work as expected. Which is more than can be said for the Psy****, which still shows no audio, although the audio works for applications, thanks to Taruga's patcher and dump.

 

 

Tested built-in Firewire using my Fuji S2 Pro digicam as the source. The built-in application worked as expected, and as required.

 

External SATA (eSATA) tested using one of those import iSATA to eSATA cables.

 

Several DVDs were authored using component parts imported on another Mac to the external 1000 GB drive.

 

The quad core performance was better than expected ... a significant savings of "wall clock time" over the dual core Psy****, which, in turn, was an astonishing savings of "wall clock time" over the dual 1.0 GHz G4.

 

This Shuttle is looking more and more as if it is ready for Prime Time, replacing two of my dual 1.0 GHz G4 Macs.

 

The second Shuttle G31 is expected tomorrow. I'm going to have to name these guys.

 

The names Enterprise, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavor (sic) come immediately to mind.

 

(Columbia and Challenger crashed and burned, so those names are out).

 

One name may be taken by the Psy****, presently stored operational, as is, I believe, Enterprise.

 

Perhaps Discovery (for the "discovery" of true, production-level OSX86-based computing, on a Shuttle) and Endeavor (for Inspector Morse's never-mentioned first name).

 

Or something like that.

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Hey guys,

 

I was checking out Newegg.com and saw this beast.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingIte...N82E16856101059

 

I need this for the size factor. I know the gigabyte mobos are better but would this run a hackintosh pretty easily? Thanks in advance!

 

::rayman::

 

Shuttle SG31G2s make excellent Hackintoshes, but these are not the most overclockable systems out there.

 

I have since completed two Shuttles, and both are in production.

 

Shuttle #1, named Shuttle Discovery (after the Space Shuttle of the same name) is a Core 2 Quad Q6600. Normally 2.4 GHz, I have OC'd mine to 2.6 GHz. The Northbridge is not the limiting factor as it is running at 1156 MHz. Neither PC2-5300 RAM nor PC2-6400 RAM would be OC'd, but I'm using PC2-6400 RAM, so that is not an issue.

 

Shuttle #2, named Shuttle Endeavor (after the Space Shuttle of the same name, but I elected to use the Americanized spelling of Captain Cook's ship) is a Core 2 Duo E8400. Normally 3.0 GHz, I have OC'd mine to 3.1 GHz. The Northbridge is the limiting factor as it is running at 1377 MHz, about a 104 percent OC. PC2-5300 RAM would be somewhat OC'd, but I'm using PC2-6400 RAM, so that is not an issue.

 

Although I started out with Kalyway 10.5.2 on Shuttle Discovery, I was not happy with the installation at all.

 

I wound up with a more-or-less generic Leo install, with a lot of kexts borrowed from my Psystar OpenComputer (formerly OpenMac). The borrowed ones mainly addressed the video card (CI/QE is fully supported in hardware), and Software Update (fully supported).

 

Shuttle Endeavor, which was completed much later as I was then awaiting delivery of the E8500, is otherwise a clone of Shuttle Discovery.

 

Both have XBenches in the 160 range. Shuttle Discovery, with its four somewhat slower cores, will be used primarily for off-line rendering. Shuttle Endeavor, with its two somewhat faster cores, will be used primarily for on-line rendering.

 

Otherwise, both have 3 GB of PC2-6400 RAM from two of the "usual suspects" memory merchants (spreaders on all sticks), a 500 GB Seagate PATA drive as master, and a Pioneer DVR-110D as slave. Each has a GeForce 7200GS video card as the on-board GMA3100 SVGA/DVI video is stuck at 1024 x 768 for lack of a suitable driver.

 

On account of issues with the first two SATA connections, which are reserved for internal drives, and which are not at present used in my Shuttles, the eSATA connection is taken from the third iSata connector.

 

External SATA drives are used for "works in progress", and 1 TB and 500 GB drives are available, and can be used interchangeably on the Shuttles and on my few remaining dual 1.0 GHz G4s.

 

Future upgrades will be to replace the PATA internal drives with SATAs. A 20X Lite-On DVD burner, for sure, and possibly a 640 GB WD HD. If not the WD, then 750 GB Seagates or Hitachis.

 

Oh, Temperature Monitor is installed on both, but it is pretty much unusable on the 45 nm E8400. It will read the HD's temperature, though. On the 65 nm Q6600, it will read all four cores' temperatures, and these typically run between 109 F and 118 F. The SG31G2 platform includes water cooling for the processor, and air cooling for the remainder. The HDs typically run at under 109 F, which is the ambient temperature inside the Shuttle with its case closed.

 

The "small form factor"/"Shuttle Form Factor" SG31G2 product is a good one. I recommend it!

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any of ya'll have problems with the computer power staying on when trying to shutdown or reboot? when I shutdown or reboot, the OS shuts down, but the power on the sg31 stays on. is there an easy fix?

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@kyungjae. Look here for the power off fix. Works great on my SG31G2. Common for multicore intel builds, need to disable all cores but one before powering down. Lots of info if you google "poweroff fix site:insanelymac.com"

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@kyungjae. Look here for the power off fix. Works great on my SG31G2. Common for multicore intel builds, need to disable all cores but one before powering down. Lots of info if you google "poweroff fix site:insanelymac.com"

 

Thanks a lot! Reboot and shutdown are working fine now.

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I was thinking of installing Kalway on my SG31G2. Currently it has an Nvidia 7300GS video card, and a logitech wireless keyboard and mouse (will this cause any problems?).

 

Do the updates work? Do I still need to install the driver patches as mentioned in wildwobby's blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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I've just purchased a Shuttle xpc g31, I liked the form factor and the fact that the power supply matched the case. Into the case I installed Pentium duo 2.5 , Hatachi 1t, and 4 gigs of ram. I also installed asus geforce 9400gt ,, I've ordered an airport card from ebay. I loaded in osx from an actual Apple OS disc. I used boot loader 132 to prep for the install and after it completed I loaded in Chameleon DFE for hard disc. total time for install 15 minutes. The Geforce 9400 card increased screen resolution to 1440 x 900. I added kext OHR which fixes shut down errors. And Software and Kext for the video card. I had an LG IDE dvd burner and usb keyboard. Surprizingly the ide burner worked in conjunction with the SATA drive no problems.

This is a work in progress Ethernet does not work and sound I'm working on. Built in Firewire works .

any suggestions would be appreciated

rickgerhart@acanac.net

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I've just purchased a Shuttle xpc g31, I liked the form factor and the fact that the power supply matched the case. Into the case I installed Pentium duo 2.5 , Hatachi 1t, and 4 gigs of ram. I also installed asus geforce 9400gt ,, I've ordered an airport card from ebay. I loaded in osx from an actual Apple OS disc. I used boot loader 132 to prep for the install and after it completed I loaded in Chameleon DFE for hard disc. total time for install 15 minutes. The Geforce 9400 card increased screen resolution to 1440 x 900. I added kext OHR which fixes shut down errors. And Software and Kext for the video card. I had an LG IDE dvd burner and usb keyboard. Surprizingly the ide burner worked in conjunction with the SATA drive no problems.

This is a work in progress Ethernet does not work and sound I'm working on. Built in Firewire works .

any suggestions would be appreciated

Dear rickgerhart,

I also bought this barebone SG31G2 with the hope of making it a nice mobo.

 

I installed a QuadCore Q9950 at 2.83GHz and 4GB of OCZ RAM 800MHz. Seagate 750GB sATA and Sony/Optiarc DVD/RW sATA too (was hard to find a gray front panel ! ). I kept the on-board GMA3100 video...

 

I spent hours reading across forums, and eventually, with some luck I got iATKOS v7 (10.5.7) installed, having ethernet working but not video/audio. Tonight I will see which kext is used for ethernet gigabit and wil let you know.

 

I originally wanted to make a clean vanilla installation, so that I can update just like my original iMac.

 

I first tried BOOT-132 and my Mac's official retail Leopard 10.5.0 / 10.5.4 discs, but failed to reboot. Can you please get me through the steps that you followed?

 

1. Boot with BOOT-132 (which one?) and swap DVDs. Partition GUID/install Leo.

2. Upon reboot, what did you do? I am stuck at the logo white screen...

Did you install Chameleon v2 or some type of boot-loader?

 

Thanks! I hope this will be a more lively thread, now...

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