Shuttle SH67H3 ESXi 5

September 16, 2012

If you are looking to build a VMware Home Lab, Ryan Birk a Certified VMware instructor recommends the Shuttle SH67H3.
You can view the write up on his blog, Ryan Birk’s Virtual Insanity.


August 23, 2012

These are instructions from one of our blog readers gatd, thanks man!

First update your BIOs to the latest version

In windows update your USB 3 Firmware and Drivers to the latest version

Download MultiBeast 4.6.1 and 5.0.2 and ShowAllFiles from and put on another USB stick

Download UniBeast Mountain Lion 1.5.3

Run and select your ML image (it takes a while so be patient)

Copy onto your USB stick

In BIOS set your USB stick as the First Drive

Format your HD as 1 partition GUID (select in Options)

Install ML ( I used a wired Mac keyboard and mouse in the rear  top USB 2 port)

Keep USB Stick in

On reboot Select Your HD (right arrow at screen after bios)

Fill out your details

Start Using ML

At this point I filled out all my mac details for iTunes, iCloud, FaceTime and Messages.

Then run Multibeast 5.0.2 ( Hold the ctrl Key on your Keyboard to open) and select the following:

 Drivers & Bootloaders / Drivers / Audio select  = Realtek ALC8xx /Without DSDT / ALC888 / V100302 Current ( my board has ALC888)

Miscellaneous / = FakeSMC and NullCPUPowerManagement and USB 3.0 -3rd Party

Network / = Lnx2Mac’s RealtekRTL81xx

Customizations /System Definitions = Mac mini (I am using a i3 with HD3000 built in Graphics)

/Themes  = tonymacx86

Bootloaders / = Chimera v1.11 r1394

Run “showallfiles” and go to the Extra folder on your HD and open the org.chameleon.Boot.plist (it is invisible)

Replace contents with:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>

<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC “-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN” “”&gt;

<plist version=”1.0″>








<key>Kernel Flags</key>

<string>npci=0x3000 darkwake=0</string>

<key>Legacy Logo</key>


<key>Graphics Mode</key>







(the 1920x1080x32 part is for my TVs resolution and the Graphics enabler is for the built in graphics HD3000)

Open MultiBeast 4.6.1 ( Hold the ctrl Key on your Keyboard to open) and select System Utilities and continue then Install .


For bluetooth I am using a Belkin mini USB dongle F8T016NG and everything works great, including wake from sleep.

hope this helps someone

How to update the BIOS w/DOS for the SH67H3 V2 Ivy Bridge

August 9, 2012

I’ve noticed that some people are having problems updating the BIOS on the SH67H3 V2 model, so here are some instructions that should help.

Create a DOS bootable Flash drive:

You are going to need the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool:
(NOTE: click “PRIMARY DOWNLOAD SITE” to download this utility.)

You will need Windows 98 System Files to be able to boot in DOS:
(NOTE: click “PRIMARY DOWNLOAD SITE” to download this folder.)

Be sure to extract all the Win 98 boot files.

Insert your flash drive and open HP USB utility (should automatically detect the flash drive)

Under “Format Options” select:

1.  Quick Format
2.  Create a DOS start up disk
click the radio button to select “using DOS system files located at”
browse to the folder with the extracted Win 98 boot files

Then click “Start”

Once the format is complete, download the latest BIOS update from here

Extract the folder and open the DOS folder

Copy those files to the bootable flash drive you just made.

Now, start the computer and enter the BIOS to change your first boot device to the Flash drive.

It should now boot to a DOS prompt.

At the C:\

Type: flash

This should automatically flash the bios.

The system should be rebooted, enter the BIOS again to change the first boot device back to your hard drive.  Check all the settings in the new BIOS, ie date and time, etc.

If you have any questions, post it in the comments and I’ll be happy to help.

Hope this helps.

Internal Mini PCIe WiFi card for the XH61V & SH67H3 models

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.

Shuttle XH61V Ivy Bridge is now available

July 26, 2012
Shuttle XH61V front view

Shuttle XH61V front view

Shuttle XH61V Front & Back Panel

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

Shuttle XH61V Motherboard

Here is a list of the compatible processors:

Shuttle XH61V Processor Compatibility List

Shuttle XH61V Processor Compatibility List

Here is a list of the features:

Shuttle XH61V Features

Shuttle XH61V Features

Here is a picture of the front and back panel descriptions:

Shuttle XH61V Front & Back Panel Descriptions

Shuttle XH61V Front & Back Panel Descriptions

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.

Asmedia USB 3.0 Update

June 12, 2012

It seems we finally have some options for the Asmedia drivers for Mac 10.7.x.

There is now an Asmedia USB 3.0 driver package available, which you can download from here.

I installed this package and now get kernel panics and system won’t boot.  I’m going to have to do a fresh install and do more

Also, there is a Native USB 3.0 driver you can download here.

I haven’t tried this one yet, maybe when I do the fresh install I’ll try this one first.

Just want to thank John for bringing the Asmedia USB 3.0 driver pkg to our attention.  He has it working on his H3.

I’ll let you know my experience with both on the Sandy Bridge system.