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
testing.

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.

 

 


Shuttle SH67H3 Ivy Bridge – Lion

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.

 


Shuttle SH67H3 Ivy Bridge

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.


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.


Shuttle SH67H3 version 2 motherboard upgrade

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)

Procedure

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.


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.

 

Update

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.


Ivy Bridge Support on the Shuttle SH67H3

April 20, 2012

Shuttle just released a BIOS update for Ivy Bridge support, but, only for the Version 2 motherboards.

Here is a link on how to identify your motherboard version.

Here is a link to the BIOS update version 201.

Unfortunately,  I have a “version 1” motherboard in my H3, so no Ivy Bridge upgrade on this one.

I’m checking with Shuttle to see if we can get the “Version 2” motherboard to upgrade the existing SH67H3 with the “Version 1” boards.  I’ll let you know what I find out, if anyone would like to go that route.

So, for those that have to have the latest and greatest Intel processors, this is definitely an update you want.

Just a quick reminder on how to update the BIOS on the SH67H3:

When you download the BIOS there are three folders.  The W32 and W64 folders have BIOS files as EXE and a DOS folder that has the BIOS as a ROM file that you would use with AFUWIN utility.

The EASIEST way in Windows:

Open the W32 or W64 (depending on your OS architecture) folder, right click the .EXE file and click “Run as Administrator”, if you don’t “Run as Administrator” you will get an error stating it “Can’t update the BIOS”.

It flashes the BIOS and reboots your computer and its done.


Shuttle SH67H3 DSDT

April 6, 2012

I found an AMI BIOS DSDT for the Shuttle SH67H3/7, peterhaas says it works with Snow Leopard and Lion 10.7.2.

Here is the link to the DSDT.  Maybe, this DSDT can be used to fix the Audio using the ALC888 AppleHDA.kext so we can have native sound. This kext can only be used in Lion 10.7.2/.3.   I’m going to give it a try when I have the time.  If anyone else can get it to work before I can,  let us know.


Update on the Audio for SH67H3

April 6, 2012

Without a DSDT for this board, I finally got the Audio to work using VoodooHDA 2.7.2 and I installed the modified AppleHDA.kext 2.13.

I have restarted this 5 times now and no KPs have occurred.

I tried using the VoodooHDA 2.7.3 and got a panic everytime, even with the modified AppleHDA.kext 2.13 or the AppleHDA Rollback, that some people have said stopped the KPs on the H3/7.


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.