July 31, 2012
Shuttle has tested and recommends these 3 Mini PCIe WiFi cards for the SX79R5, SZ68R5, SH61R4, SH67H3, SA76R4 and the XH61V models:
1. Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 WiFi and Bluetooth
2. Intel Centrion Advanced-N 6230 WiFi and Bluetooth
3. Realtek RTL8191SE WiFi only
Mini PCIe Internal WiFi card kit
These were all tested with Windows 7 only. We will have to test compatibility with Mac Lion, Mountain Lion.
If anyone knows if drivers for these cards are available for Lion and Mountain Lion, please let us know in a comment.
May 25, 2012
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.
May 13, 2012
Shuttle has a new Ivy Bridge BIOS v 202, with a modified uCode and SMBIOS.
uCode basically identifies the processor in the BIOS
SMBIOS is System Management BIOS which addresses how motherboard and system vendors present management information about their products in a standard format by extending the BIOS interface on Intel architecture systems.
The IVY Bridge BIOS updates have to be installed using DOS mode only, so I thought I’d post the link for creating a DOS bootable Flash drive. How to create a DOS bootable Flash drive.
NOTE: This BIOS update is only for an SH67H3/7 with a “version 2” motherboard.
See my prior posts on how to tell which version motherboard you have and if you want to upgrade to the “Version 2” motherboard (for US customers only).
For those that don’t have an SH67H3 you can purchase one here with the “Version 2” motherboard Ivy Bridge support for $249.99.
May 4, 2012
If anyone is interested in getting the new Version 2 motherboard that supports the Ivy Bridge processors here is what Shuttle is doing:
Fee: upgrade fee will be $40.00 (shipping not included, customer has to handle sending in and ship out cost)
- Customer has to call our tech support for a case# at 1-626-820-9000. Then customer has to apply for a RMA# on our website using the case# that they get from our tech support. Link to RMA page.
- Our RMA department will issue a RMA# for customer to return V1 MB (MB must be returned in good condition, no physical damage will be accepted).
- After received customer’s return board, we’ll charge $40 + shipping then ship out V2 board to customer.
This info is for Shuttle in the United States.
Not a bad price for an Ivy Bridge motherboard, even with shipping costs both ways.
Only bad thing is you’ll be without your machine for a week or so.
January 24, 2012
Here is what I’ve concluded regarding the Asmedia USB 3.0 problem.
The NEC/Rensas USB 3.0 driver that is included in MultiBeast is causing the “shutdown” problem on the SH67H3/7.
So, we still need an Asmedia USB 3.0 driver for Mac, for all to work perfectly.
Right now, here are your choices:
1) Working USB 3.0 ports, with a shutdown problem
2) Don’t install the NEC/Renasas driver, no USB 3.0 ports working, but hackintosh shuts down properly
As I’ve stated before, I have access to the source code for the Linux Asmedia USB 3.0 driver, but need someone to convert it to Mac. If anyone has the ability to do this, please let us know, so we can all experience some JOY here.
January 11, 2012
There is a firmware update for the Asmedia USB 3.0 that can be installed on the H3.
The update only works with Mac OS X Lion and must be installed through Windows. I did test it on Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and it definitely does not work. So, I’ll be upgrading to Lion very shortly.
You can use the NEC/Renesas USB 3.0 driver in Multibeast.
Here is the download link for the firmware update.
August 8, 2011
We received an announcement from Shuttle Computers, Inc. that they have upgraded their Warranty from a 1 year to a 3 year Warranty with Lifetime Support effective 8/1/11 on select new models. These models include X50 V2, SX58H7 Pro, SH67H3, XG41, XS35 V2 and XS35GT V2.