Update on the XH61 Ivy Bridge support

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.


Shuttle XH61 Lion v. 10.7.4

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.

Ivy Bridge for the XH61

April 25, 2012

Update Update

I received a response from Tech Support at Shuttle, he advised that they did test an Ivy Bridge processor on the XH61, but it wouldn’t post.  So, they are waiting for Shuttle HQ to do the BIOS update and will let me know when it’s available.



I stand corrected, there are 2 Intel Ivy Bridge processors out now with 65W TDP.
The i7-3770S 3.1Ghz Quad core LGA1155 and an i5-3450S 2.8Ghz Quad core LGA1155.

I’m checking with Shuttle now to see if they will be providing support for Ivy Bridge on the XH61 model.
As soon as I hear back from them, I will let you know.

I noticed someone was searching for info on Intel Ivy Bridge for the Shuttle XH61 model, so I thought I would address that now.

The Ivy Bridge CPUs that Intel just released are 95W TDP, the XH61 model will only take 65W TDP, so as of right now there is no support for the Ivy Bridge on the XH61.  I’m not sure if Intel will be releasing an Ivy Bridge CPU with a 65W TDP when the other Ivy Bridge CPUs come out later this year.

If anyone else has any information regarding this, please let us know.

WiFi on the Shuttle XH61 with Lion 10.7.3

March 25, 2012

I bought the Asus USB-N13 adapter, because it has the OSX driver.  Don’t use the Asus driver, I downloaded the driver from the Ralink website.

Use the first driver for the RT2870.  It will install a utility that will connect you to your wireless network.

At first, I couldn’t get it to recognize the adapter, so I tested it on my Win 7 machine.  It worked fine there, then I plugged it back into my XH61 and it worked, weird.

There are other Wireless USB adapters that work also, as long as it has the Ralink chip, as Ralink has all the OSX drivers you can download from their website.

Update on the XH61 with Lion 10.7.3

March 24, 2012

We now have Audio using the back 3.5 jack and the front headphone and mic work also.
Haven’t tried the HDMI yet.

Had to install  the ALC887vdHDA_6Ch_rMic_SPDIF.kext.  Install this with KextBeast.

First remove the ALC8xxHDA if you installed the Realtek driver from MultiBeast.
Leave the Realtek8xxHDA enabler and the AppleHDA Rollback.  These files are in System/Library/Extensions.

Then reboot and you have sound.

Now, I have to test the HDMI sound, will advise on that.

Shuttle XH61 Lion

March 21, 2012


I built another XH61 for Lion testing, used the i3-2125 with the HD 3000 graphics.  I installed 8GB of memory and used a Seagate 500GB HDD.

I created the UniBeast USB installation drive per the instructions here.

Creating the USB drive and the Lion install went smoothly, this was a fresh installation.

Downloaded MultiBeast 4.3.0 and Chimera 1.80 standalone and copied to another USB drive.
First choices in MultiBeast are:  “EasyBeast” and then under “System Definitions”, chose the “Mac Mini”.

EasyBeast will include the bootloader Chimera 1.80 to enable booting from the hard drive, plus the rest of the files needed.

The “Mac Mini” option will enable the ports for the HD 3000 graphics, so you can use the VGA or HDMI ports.

Here is where the 1st problem starts, when booting from the hard drive, I got the “boot0 error” and why I downloaded the Chimera 1.80 standalone.  To fix the boot0 error, I had to copy the “boot1h” file from the standalone Chimera to a USB drive.  Here is the link with the instructions on how to do the rest of this.

When you install EasyBeast which includes the code to enable the graphics.  “GraphicsEnabler=Yes”.  So when you boot from the hard drive you will have to disable the graphics enabler.  On the “boot” line type in “GraphicsEnabler=No”.
Once it has booted up, go to /Extra and edit the “64-bit org.Chameleon.boot.plist” file.  Find the line that reads GraphicsEnabler, the 2nd line “Yes” and change it to “No”, then close the file.

Once you do this, it will boot from the hard drive, then you can open MultiBeast again and install the Lan driver.  I used the LnxMac Lan driver.  This worked fine.

The next driver I installed was for the Audio.  I tried the Realtek ALC8xx with the ALC8xxHDA, AppleHDA Rollback and Non-DSDT HDA Enabler.  Under the Non-DSDT HDA Enabler, I checked the ALC887/888b option.  Make sure that is the only one checked.  This driver did not work, “No Devices Found” in the “Sound and Midi” setup.  It does show correctly in the System Info.  There must be something that I just haven’t found yet, that is blocking the sound.  I will keep working on it though.

I did try the VoodooHDA driver but, it made the system unbootable.  I will try the older versions to see if I can get the sound working with it.

After I got everything fixed and working, I installed the 10.7.3 combo update.

So far, everything works except the Audio.

Shuttle XH61 Hackintosh with Snow Leopard

February 1, 2012

NEW! The Shuttle XH61 has an “Overclocking” option in the BIOS.
Unfortunately it doesn’t apply to this model, but Shuttle is adding “overclocking” options to the BIOS.

Shuttle XH61 build components I used:

Intel Core i3-2120 3.30ghz
4GB DDR3 1333 Memory (recommended amount to install Mac OSX) Add more when install is completed
Toshiba 500GB SATA II hard drive 2.5″
DVD RW Slim drive

Start the computer and get into the BIOS (hit the F1 key for setup)
Adjust the date and time
Make sure the SATA configuration is in ACHI mode (it was set to that by default)
Make your boot priority to boot from the DVD drive first (if you’re using a retail DVD)

Installing Mac OSX Snow Leopard:
Bridge Helper (for Sandy Bridge processor)
MultiBeast 3.10.1
Mac OSX 10.6.3 Retail disk
Upgrade combo 10.6.8

Insert iBoot disk and start the computer
When you get to the screen that shows the iBoot logo
remove the iBoot and insert the the Mac Retail disk, then press F5
This starts the install process
When you see the Mac Install DVD, press enter
Language screen comes up, select your language
When you get to the install screen, select Utilities/Disk Utility
Partition your hard drive to GUID Partition Table (this is default setting)
Format the hard drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Name it “Snow Leopard” or what ever you want
Close Disk Utility
When the installer asks where to install, choose Snow Leopard (or what ever you named it)
Next choose “Customize” at the bottom and uncheck the options (can be added later)
When the installation is complete, restart the computer
Put iBoot back in the DVD drive, to reboot
When you get to the boot selection screen, choose your new Snow Leopard installation, press enter
Go through the setup screens till you get to the Mac desktop screen

Now we need to install the Bridgehelper, MultiBeast and the 10.6.8 Combo upgrade
I have these on a USB flash drive and copied to the desktop

Do the Bridgehelper first (no reboot required)
Then install MultiBeast and check off the options:
System Utilities
-Drivers and Bootloaders
-Kext and Enablers
Realtek ALC887 driver (works)
3rd Party SATA
I didn’t check anything off
FakeSMC (required)
-FakeSMC Plugins
LnxMac’s RealtekRTL 81xx (works)
Boot Options
Instant Menu
-OSX86 Software
Kext Helper
Kext Utility
Show All Files

Now a reboot is required
You should now be able to boot from the hard drive, if all goes well
Now you can install the 10.6.8 Upgrade Combo (if using a processor with the HD3000 graphics)
Reboot again

Here are the problems I did have:

The processor I used has the Intel HD2000 graphics, which is not support by Mac yet. The graphics worked fine as long as I stayed with Mac version 10.6.3
Solution: Use a processor with the Intel HD3000 graphics, that is supported with the Mac OS X Lion.

The Toshiba hard drive I used for some reason wouldn’t install the Chimera, so couldn’t boot from the hard drive. It did boot fine using the iBoot disk.
Solution: Had to manually fix the boot drive and install Chimera.


The Shuttle XH61 works great with the right component selections.
CPU with the HD3000 graphics (for Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or Lion)
Different Brand hard drive (Toshiba was the only Brand I had in 2.5″, so couldn’t try another Brand)

Shuttle XH61 Small Form Factor PC

January 19, 2012

I am about to embark on building a Hackintosh on the XH61 model. For those that don’t know about this model, here are the specs:

3.5 L Chassis
Processor: Intel 65W LGA 1155 CPU (i3, i5 or i7)
Chipset: Intel H61
Memory: 2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM slots (8GB per DIMM, Max 16GB) Dual Channel DDR3 1333 MHZ
VGA: DirectX 10 support, HDMI 1.4 and D-Sub dual Display
Audio: Realtek ALC887 High Def Audio
Ethernet: Realtek 8111E 1GB/s
USB: 6 x USB 2.0
Expansion Bay: 1 x 2.5″ Hard drive and 1 x Slim ODD bay
90W power adapter

Shuttle XH61

Shuttle XH61

This model has on-board video only, specs depending on the Clarksdale CPU you chose. Also no built-in WiFi, so an external WiFi adapter will be needed.

I will let you know my progress and how to do it.

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