Shuttle SH67H3 Ivy Bridge – Lion

I have some new SH67H3 Ivy Bridge models on the way.

Once they get here, I’m going to take one and install Lion on it.

Here are the specs I’m going to use:

Intel Core i5-3570K
8 GB DDR3 1333 Memory
2-Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Hybrid 2.5″ SSD/HDD
LG 22X Super Multi Dual Layer DVD +/- RW
Graphics Card – still undecided

I’ve read some great reviews on the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid drives, so I thought I would get some and test it out.  I’ve read they boot and apps are as fast as a full SSD drive and you have 500 GB of storage space.  Sounds like we get the best of both worlds and it’s less expensive than a full Solid State Drive.

I have created a DSDT for the version 1 board, which I haven’t shared yet.  But I will have to create a new one for the new version 2 board.  I’m hoping since the new v 2 board actually has HDEF instead of Azalia, I’ll be able to get native sound and possibly fix the shut down problem with the NEC/Renasas USB 3.0 driver installed.

I will post complete instructions on how I installed this and if the DSDT works well, I will upload it for anyone to use.

Stay tuned gang, good things are coming, hopefully a perfect H3 hackintosh.

 

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12 Responses to Shuttle SH67H3 Ivy Bridge – Lion

  1. Martin says:

    I’ll be waiting for any updates with anticipation. 🙂 I am trying to get a v2 board; but just replacing the board (without sending in the compete system) seems to be a non-trivial affair. I would really prefer to have a new board available and replace it myself before parting with the old one. It might be that the com.lnx2mac.driver.RealtekRTL81xx kext set the chip in a state which was tricky to get out of.

    I believe the NIC is the same on the v2 board, so if it indeed is the driver it would be better to use a dedicated NIC.
    How did you arrange your v1-to-v2 swap? I can’t find any details on this on Shuttle’s webpages (either the U.S or in Europe, which is where I’m at btw.)

    I might try installing 10.7.4 on my rescue partition just to determine whether the SH67 Shuttles are affected by the cpu-multiplier issue or not (and reinstall 10.7.2+upgrade to 10.7.3 if they are)

    btw. – The reason I suggested that the 888s was a re-branded 887 was based on “toleda”‘s comments in his AppleHDA thread.

    • cinlortech says:

      The NIC is the same on the V2 board. I haven’t swapped a V1 for V2 board yet. I purchased complete systems with the V2 board so I would have some in stock. I didn’t realize you were in Europe, I can get the V2 boards separately, so a Shuttle dealer in Europe should be able to also, of course more money.
      I’m going to try to work on the install this weekend, I’ll keep you posted.

  2. Martin says:

    Just wondering whether you received the v2 motherboard and what your findings are wrt. running Lion on it? If you have replaced it–is the new board easy to install?

    Also, if you need someone to test the DSDT for the old board, I am of course interested in doing that as well.

    Let me know if you’ve tried updating to 10.7.4.

    I have RMA’ed my board on the SH67H7 btw. (although the NIC now works fine). Hoping they can send a replacement one so I’m not without the machine for an extended period.

    • cinlortech says:

      Martin – I did receive a shipment of new H3s with the V2 boards. I took one and built it this last weekend. So far, I’ve only installed Win 7 Pro on it. Right now, the machine is at a clients as I’m testing some old software they use, in Win XP mode connected to their network. They want to upgrade to Win 7 if it all works.

      Replacing the motherboard shouldn’t be too difficult, just have to reconnect all the cables/wires like any other new build.

      Regarding the DSDT for the V1 board, it’s not quite finished yet, I’ve only added the HDEF and DTGP so far. When I finish it, I will let you know.

      I’m assuming you’re getting another V1 board, one of the differences between the V1 and V2, is the audio. The V1 board has Azalia audio in the BIOS, which I think is causing the problems with getting native ALC888 Mac drivers to work. They changed the BIOS to High Def on the V2 board, which I’m hoping will make it easier to get the native ALC888 to work with Mac.

      Anyway, time seems to be my enemy right now, so bare with me on all this.

  3. Martin says:

    It’s running the most recent BIOS for the v1 board – SH67H000.116

    I also sent this issue directly to Shuttle, which recommended I RMA the motherboard. I have however seen the issue with intermittent problems with the Realtek NIC on forums such as tonymacx86.com where they have a 20+ page dedicated to it.
    (i.e, booting up with no network, rebooting and it works, losing network connectivity after havy traffic, etc.) This problem however did not get resolved simply by powercycling the system or leaving it off.

    And yeah, I tried basically everything including swapping the cable, replacing the gigabit switch, hooking the Shuttle up to the gateway directly (which was verified beforehand as working using other systems to rule out any strange issues with the gw).

    • cinlortech says:

      I would RMA it and get the V2 board. You might have to pay the $40, but its still cheap for an IB board.

      • Martin says:

        I have considered that option. But I’ve been unable to get a confirmation of 100% compatibility for Sandy Bridge i7 procs on the new v2 board. It would be a shame to have to ditch the 2700K. Considering the machine now works normally it would be strange to send it back when no identifiable fault can be found.

        Also, it would be extremely useful to know how the audio chip works with Lion on v2. Is it the 888s (re-branded 887) that’s on this board? I notice the newer Shuttle use that audio chip.

        Man, I am longing back to the good old days where you could just buy a decent PCI-based audio card and be done with it…
        (I’m thinking of you, Gravis Ultrasound! 😉

        –Martin

      • cinlortech says:

        I haven’t used the i7-2700k cpu, so I can’t confirm that either. Regarding the Realtek 888s chip, it’s suppose to be an advanced version of the 888 chip. I think the rebranded 887 is the 888b. My H3 v2 arrives tomorrow, so I’ll be testing the audio in the next few days. I’ll keep you posted on my findings.

  4. Martin says:

    Interesting news. I don’t experience as many kernel panics during boot after upgrading the BIOS on my v1 board, but it would be good to have the official driver working. Frankly I’ve been having bigger issues with the Realtek network port (it dies for extended periods of time – not just in OS X but on other O/S’es as well.)

    btw. – have you tried upgrading to 10.7.4 on either the v1 or v2 boards? I’ve been putting this off until I can verify if the Shuttles are affected by the CPU-multiplier bug (causing them to run at half-speed).

    • cinlortech says:

      Hi Martin – Did you have the problem with the network port before you updated the BIOS also? I have not upgraded the H3 to v 10.7.4 yet. I have updated the XH61 to 10.7.4 and haven’t noticed any issues with slower speeds. I will run a CPU monitor to check though.

      • Martin says:

        Yes, I did. As a matter of fact, the very reason I upgraded the BIOS was to attempt to resolve the strange NIC behaviour. Frankly, I thought the whole chip had died (seen reports of this for the RTL 8111E).

        Even Realtek’s diagnostic tools were unable to reset it and get it working again. For some reason though it came back to life after I reinstalled 10.7.2 and used Realtek’s driver. I’m not sure if that was the deciding factor, as the card was dead under all my rescue USBs and under Ubuntu as well. Never seen anything like it.

      • cinlortech says:

        Which BIOS version are you running? Sounds very strange, maybe driver issues or the chip is going. Probably a dumb question, but, did you try a different RJ45 cable? I sent an email to my Shuttle Tech support guy, let’s see what he says.

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