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.

If you’re interested in purchasing one, visit our website for only $179.99.


Shuttle has discontinued the PC55 450W Power Supply

December 24, 2011

The PC55 450W power supply upgrade or replacement fit the SN27P2, SD37P2, SD39P2, and All P chassis (SB81P, SN25P, SN26P, and SD31P) is no longer available from Shuttle.

Macbuntu on the SH67H3

November 20, 2011

I ran the live Macbuntu from the flash drive I created on the SH67H3.

It worked perfectly, all drivers were there, including the Asmedia USB 3.0 and the sound worked perfectly.

This is based off the Natty 11.04 version of Ubuntu.

So, if you want a system with all working components and the Mac UI interface and no kernel panics, this is the one.
Download Link

Macbuntu links

November 12, 2011

Here are the links I used to create a Live Distribution of Macbuntu and install it.

To create a flash drive installation go to the Pendrivelinux website. Just follow all the instructions there, it was very easy.

This gives you the ability to run Macbuntu or what ever distribution you want on your PC to see how you like it before you install it on the hard drive.

I installed this on a Shuttle X50V2 model and amazingly it had all the drivers I needed for that model.
If you decide you want to install on the hard drive, there is an icon on the desktop that you can use to install it. The only thing you do have to do on the Shuttle X50V2 model is go into the BIOS and change the WiFi and Webcam to “always on” to get them to work. The setting for these are under the “Power Management” tab. Then I did have to download and install a Webcam software.

I’m going to try this on the Shuttle SH67H3 model to see how well it works on it. There are linux drivers for the Asmedia USB 3.0 chip and I’m sure the RealTek sound driver is there also.

I’ll post the results when I’m finished.

2.5″ Hard drives in the SH67H3

October 25, 2011

You can install 2.5″ hard drives in the SH67H3. You need a 3.5″ to 2.5″ bay converter which gives the capability of installing 2 – 2.5″ drives.

I used the SilverStone brand bay converter on the demo unit I built and installed a Crucial M4 SSD drive.
The SSD drives increase the load and application speed considerably, they are well worth the money.

I can recommend the Crucial M4 SSD drives, as I have had no problems with these drives. I have read several poor reviews on the OCZ SSD drives, so do your homework before you buy one.

Need a Productivity Suite on your Hackintosh?

October 19, 2011

If you use your Hackintosh for work or business, you can install a FREE Productivity Suite that is compatible with MS Office. Some of you might already know about it, it’s called “OpenOffice Productivity Suite”. There is a version for all platforms including Mac OSx. It includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database and a few other useful apps. You can save your files in .doc, .xls, .ppt, etc. formats to make it compatible with MS Office. It will also open files created in MS Office.

You can download it from here.

Mac OSX 10.6.8 MultiBeast options for SH67H3

October 16, 2011

Install EasyBeast
System Utilities
select Both

Drivers & Bootloaders
Kext & Enablers
select “Universal”
select “VoodooHDA 0.2.72
If you have an ATI graphics card
Select appropriate driver
If NVIDIA, don’t select any (I used NVIDIA GeForce graphics card)

select IOUSBFamily Rollback

select LNX2Mac’s Realtek RTL81xx

You can also download and install the “SleepEnabler kext”

Problems I’m still having:
USB 3.0 (don’t work)
Sleep and Shut down (even with the SleepEnabler kext installed)
Occasional KP on boot up (just restart and it boots)

My sound works well with the VoodooHDA 0.2.72 driver.

My installed components:
Intel Core i3-2100 1155
Crucial M4 SSD (Win 7 Pro)
Western Digital HDD (Mac)
16GB Memory
CD/DVD RW drive
NVIDIA GeForce GT240 graphics card


Sleep is now working, still have a problem with the shut down, it restarts.
Will continue to try and resolve this problem.

Got it to dual boot with Mac and Windows 7 on separate drives. This is a very nice option, don’t have to change drives in the BIOS to boot between the two OSs.

Still no USB 3.0, but can use the USB 2.0 ports at least. Guess we’ll have to wait for an Asmedia driver for the USB 3.0.

Haven’t had a KP on boot up for a while either, maybe that is fixed also.


I did a reinstall on the above mentioned H3 using the newest MultiBeast version 3.9.1.

This fixed the “shut down” problem, it actually shuts down now.
The sound still works with the VoodooHDA 0.2.72 driver.
I installed the sleepenabler kext, but will not sleep.
The new MultiBeast has a new look when selecting the Mac drive to boot. It has a drop down menu with different boot options, memory and video info.

I am getting an error that it found an “unidentifiable chip” in the
log files. It’s probably the USB 3.0, which we still have no driver for. It doesn’t seem to affect the operation.

Regarding the Asmedia USB 3.0 driver, if anyone knows how to make a Linux driver work in Mac, let me know.
I can send the information for the Asmedia Linux driver that I received from Asmedia and Shuttle.

Installing Mac OSx on the SH67H3

October 9, 2011

Here is what I’ve found to be the best installation process in order to avoid some of the kernel panics such as the ACPI driver panic.
Shuttle BIOS version 114
I started with the Mac SL 10.6.3 retail version, iBoot 3.1.1 and MultiBeast 3.10.1.
Then install and configure MultiBeast.
I used the VoodooHDA 2.72 audio driver, not the Realtek driver. The sound was good, no buzzing with the green port on the back panel. Haven’t tested any other connections yet.
I also used the Realtek 8.1.xx Lan driver and works good.
Then install the Bridgehelper and reboot with iBoot.
Now install the 10.6.8 updcombo and reboot from the hard drive.
When you install the Bridgehelper before the 10.6.8 updcombo, this will stop the ACPI driver panics.
You won’t need to run the -v platform=ACPI PCIRootUID=1 command at the boot screen.

I’ll post the rest of the MultiBeast options I used shortly.
Hope this helps. Stay tuned.

Announcement from Shuttle Computers, Inc.

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.

Updated release info on Shuttle SH67H3

April 29, 2011

I received word from Shuttle that the SH67H3 model will be released in mid May in the U.S.  Not an exact date yet, but getting closer.  I see some Shuttle Hackintosh lovers are already downloading the new iBoot, Multibeast and Bridgehelper.  I’ll be posting instructions on installing Snow Leopard on this model as soon as we can get our hands on one.

Here is a list of compatible CPUs for the SH67H3:

Socket Model number BIOS How to find BOM How to find
Core™ i3 Intel® Core™ i3-2100 Processor (3M Cache, 3.10 GHz) SH67H000.105 Download BIOS All
Core™ i3 Intel® Core™ i3-2100T Processor (3M Cache, 2.50 GHz) SH67H000.105 Download BIOS All
Core™ i3 Intel® Core™ i3-2120 Processor (3M Cache, 3.30 GHz) SH67H000.105 Download BIOS All
Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5-2300 Processor (6M Cache, 2.80 GHz) SH67H000.105Download BIOS All
Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5-2400 Processor (6M Cache, 3.10 GHz) SH67H000.105Download BIOS All
Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5-2400S Processor (6M Cache, 2.50 GHz) SH67H000.105Download BIOS All
Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5-2500 Processor (6M Cache, 3.30 GHz) SH67H000.105Download BIOS All
Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (6M Cache, 3.30 GHz) SH67H000.105Download BIOS All
Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5-2500S Processor (6M Cache, 2.70 GHz) SH67H000.105Download BIOS All
Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5-2500T Processor (6M Cache, 2.30 GHz) SH67H000.105Download BIOS All
Core™ i7 Intel® Core™ i7-2600 Processor (8M Cache, 3.40 GHz) SH67H000.105 Download BIOS All
Core™ i7 Intel® Core™ i7-2600K Processor (8M Cache, 3.40 GHz) SH67H000.105 Download BIOS All

I’ll add the compatible Graphics card list in a separate post shortly.