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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi biks04, I think you'll find that people have had mixed results using DVI to VGA adapters. Even in this thread, there has been some discussion on this topic, as for instance my experience with one Intel adapter that worked versus an Apple adapter that didn't work as noted here. I'm not sure...
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi qooimcool, yes it is indeed quite amazing, but I can assure you that this MiniMacPro setup works exceptionally well. During 8 months of daily use that included both light to heavy computational loads, I have not noticed any processor instability. Based on manufacturer specifications, a...
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi mareko2, you can see some screenshots in this earlier post. I used "Profile1" for the "Extreme Memory Profile(X.M.P.)" This MiniMacPro setup does not support over-clocking, so the BIOS is missing the "Internal CPU PLL Overvoltage" setting. The plist files are simply the default...
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi Tozmo, no mate, it's all cool. There are some interesting cases on that site.
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi biks04, not liking the recent Apple innovations and Apple lineup were precisely my reasons for building this MiniMacPro... 8 months later, still no regrets. Theoretically, the power budget permits a second HDD. Practically, the power budget is already extremely tight, which I recently had...
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi norms2017, yes the Atheros AR5B97 appears to be compatible. Searching this forum, NEOMorphey even posted a success in a Mountain Lion Laptop build.
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi alexg2222, thanks for posting your findings. I have yet to find the time to run this upgrade. The MiniMacPro is just using the default DSDT file downloaded from this site.
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi chezzy1013, thanks for the link. It's nice to see these cases finally appearing down under.
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi probieJ, HDMI (audio and video) is working on the MiniMacPro. However, I don't use it very often and most recently I noticed some unusual behaviour. Exhibiting at a trade show last week, we connected the DVI port to a Samsung SyncMaster as the primary monitor and one of the HDMI ports to a...
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi tpho2500, the answer to your question is no. The highest workloads this system has seen would be light graphics work with Photoshop, compiling code with Xcode and MPLABX (PIC), routing boards with Eagle, running WinXP in VirtualBox... all of which are still light work for the i7-3770...
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi norms2017, this MiniMacPro system was my first CustoMac build as well. Thanks to the excellent guides on this tonymacx86 site and user experiences shared on the forum, building a CustoMac is not much different to building or installing a Windows or Linux system. Possibly the best advice...
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi remote, to date I've only connected DVI monitors to this system (without VGA adapters). The MiniMacPro's main monitor, also used during the initial system installation, is the Samsung SyncMaster 2333SWPLUS using 1080p at 60 Hz. Occasionally I've connected it to various BenQ monitors (also...
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi ghuxley, that does indeed sound like the classic boot0 error, a problem with HDDs using the "advanced format" 4,096 byte default block size rather than 512 bytes. I see that your error was resolved thanks to Adrian B in another thread.
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi remote, that's great to hear of your success! :thumbup: You should find that such wireless cards can operate even using just a single antenna. Additional antennas add robustness to improve link quality and reliability, known as antenna diversity (typically dual diversity for two antenna...
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    bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

    Hi Keema, we've just been through a hot North Queensland summer and the system performed without error. It's by far the best performing desktop computer I've used. Temperatures under load are fine. If you browse through some of my earlier replies in this thread, you'll find some system and also...
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