November 10, 2013
Congratulations Ryan Birk!!
Ryan is the first to submit information successfully installing ESXi 5.5 on the Shuttle SZ87R6.
For all the VMware students and experts, that are thinking of using small form factor whiteboxes for their home labs, the Shuttle SZ87R6 system is the newest technology. The SZ87R6 supports Intel’s Haswell processors, 32GB Ram, up to 4 x 2.5″ HDD/SSD drives (with adapter) plus an MSATA SSD. Also, sports Dual Gigabyte Lan and a 80Plus Bronze 500W power supply.
Here is the link to Ryan’s Shuttle SZ87R6 ESXi 5.5 build and instructions to create your own home labs. He also provides the drivers for the NICs which were removed in the 5.5 version.
March 29, 2013
If you’ve updated the BIOS and the computer won’t post/boot try to reset the BIOS.
Here is how to reset the BIOS on the XH61V:
1.) Unplug the power cord
2.) Remove the lithium battery from the MB
3.) Hold in the power button for 30 seconds
Then put everything back together and boot up the computer, the new BIOS update will remain after the reset.
If your computer still doesn’t post after the reset, you can RMA the BIOS chip for a replacement with the newest BIOS. To do this, you can go direct to Shuttle Tech Support or I would be glad to help out with the replacement.
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.
July 26, 2012
Shuttle XH61V front view
Shuttle XH61V Front & Back Panel
The XH61V model that supports the Intel Ivy Bridge processors is now available for $189.99. You can purchase it from our website.
The XH61V not only supports the Ivy Bridge processors, but they’ve added some additional functionality and made some changes:
1. Dual Gigabyte Ethernet
2. 2x RS232 serial ports (5V/12V, 1x switchable to RS422 / RS485)
3. 2 x USB 3.0
4. Changed the Audio from Realtek ALC887 to ALC662
5. 2 x 2.5″ HDD/SSD
Here is a picture of the motherboard:
Shuttle XH61V Motherboard
Here is a list of the compatible processors:
Shuttle XH61V Processor Compatibility List
Here is a list of the features:
Shuttle XH61V Features
Here is a picture of the front and back panel descriptions:
Shuttle XH61V Front & Back Panel Descriptions
June 13, 2012
Correction – Shuttle was able to do a BIOS update for compatibility with the Ivy Bridge processors on the XH61 model.
New BIOS version is XH61X000.200 which you can download for here.
The current model Shuttle XH61 will not support the Ivy Bridge processors, Shuttle states the motherboard will not support the Ivy processor even with a BIOS update. The good news is, they will have a new model the XH61V which will support the Ivy Bridge low TDP processors in the next couple of months.
May 13, 2012
I just updated to Lion version 10.7.4 on my XH61 with no problems.
Didn’t have to reinstall any kexts.
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.