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  1. kmhacker

    Download OX 10.7?

    I own OSX 10.7 (LION) and used it for as past build. All of my Hacks are on 10.8 now. I want to repurpose my Mac Pro 1,1 for my kids and it won't accept ML. I cannot find anyway to download the coopy of Lion that I bought and I don't seem to have it on any of my old drives. Is there a...
  2. kmhacker

    GA-Z77X-UP5-TH :: Non-Standard Thunderbolt Ports?

    I've tried two different Thunderbolt cables (Apple & LaCie) and neither fit in the tbolt ports on this mobo. Do they require a special cable or, do I have defective board? KM
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    Weird Boot Issue :: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 (F10) & Pentium G630

    I have this box together and experienced a weird issue I thought I'd run by the community. When installing to a 2.5 500 GB WD Black drive, I would consistently get the boot failure seen in the attached photo. I reinstalled and reconfigured five times trying the available DSDT, EasyBeast and...
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    Source for replacement switch & USB assemblies for front panels?

    I've been searching PC mod sites all morning looking for a USB3 front panel assembly to replace the USB2 assembly in my new rackmount case. No luck. Does anyone know of a good source for these sorts of bits ... 1) USB3 front assembly 2) LED lit power switches, vandal style. 3) HDA...
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    GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 :: Cheapest Compatible 1155 Proc?

    During the rebuild process, I ended up with a spare mobo, the GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3. I have everything I need to build another box except the proc. This is just going to be a big file store or, maybe a surfing box for my kids. So, I don't need a lot of juice. So, what is the cheapest...
  6. kmhacker

    Issues with GA-Z77X-UP5-TH (F11) and 10.8.4

    In addition to the updated boxes in my previous thread, I am building an entirely new box for video editing based on the GA-Z77X-UP5-TH. I am having some trouble getting the correct configuration. Here is the box so far: * GA-Z77X-UP5-TH (BIOS F11) * Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor...
  7. kmhacker

    Optical Drives & 10.8.4 (Not Reading DVDs & Blu-Rays)

    My brother and I have spent the last week rebuilding & repurposing all of our CustoMacs. We now have four new, clean 10.8.4 installs with everything working but the DVD/Blu-Ray readers. The machines are all different builds (e.g. mobos, procs, video cards) and different optical drives. But...
  8. kmhacker

    Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge & Thunderbolt

    I have a great early generation Sandy Bridge Hackintosh I use for video editing. I am thinking of upgrading to a new Z77 mobo with dual thunderbolt. Do I need to upgrade the proc as well or can I get away with my old proc on the new Ivy Bridge mobo? Thanks, KMH
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    GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD6850 & HD6870 - Dual Monitor Issues

    I have three CustoMacs set up behind a IOGEAR 4-Port Dual View KVM. All three are fully up-to-date (10.7.4) and work fine except for the fact that none recognize the second monitor. I am about to pull each one off the KVM and see if it works off of the direct connection, but I see a lot of...
  10. kmhacker

    GA-Z68MX-UD5-B3 Issues with RAM

    I've built the second hack with this board. Both are loaded with Corsair RAM (16GB). Machine #1 works like a champ. Machine #2 rejects anything over 8MB of RAM. When the additional sticks are in place, it goes into a continuous reboot cycle. It spins up for 5 seconds then reboots ... it...
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    RAID Card for LION (Need RAID 5)

    Has anyone gotten a PCI-E RAID CARD working in LION? If so, which card? I need RAID 5 for video editing. My mobos are listed in my sig. It looks like the onboard hardware RAID won't work. And Apple's software RAID does not support RAID 5. Thanks, KMH
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    MOBILE BEAST: A 2U CustoMac for video edit/render

    Mobile Beast will be a screaming fast mobile capture/edit/render platform with the easy ability to offload rendered video to the client at an events. The unit will be rack-mounted with other production gear and shipped around, so stability/durability is required. Proposed component list below...
  13. kmhacker

    Stickies for discussion of USB3, SATA(6GBps) & Thunderbolt?

    So, I've been poking around the forums searching for answers to the following questions. So far, I cannot find them. As I imagine others will have the same questions as these techs become more widespread, I thought it might save some time to do an FAQ-style sticky post to provide the definitive...
  14. kmhacker

    Low Profile Video Cards?

    I need to build a 2U, rackmount mobile render box similar to the music "gig" box built here: viewtopic.php?f=43&t=21069 I was ready to pull the trigger when it occured to me that almost none of the beefier video cards will fit the 2U form factor. So, I stated digging and found this selection...
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    GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 CustoMac is throwing ACPI Kernel Panic

    I am building a top-end CustoMac as outlined here: With the exception of my power supply, all of the components were purchased directly from the or from the links provided in the post (all listed below). So, everything...
  16. kmhacker

    Short 2U Rackmount Mobile Renderbox

    In addition to the customacs I am building for the studio render farm, I plan to build a 2U unit for remote production. This will be as beefy as I can cram into a 2U form factor. It looks like this fellow has a good start: ... e-playing/ I've include...
  17. kmhacker

    My Starter Hackintosh :: SUCCESS!!!

    I am planning on building 2-3 beefy "CustoMacs" to act as a render farm for FCP/FCPX. Before I buy all of the gear, I'd like to build my first Hackintosh on an old box(es) I have lying around. My logic is ... "Make mistakes with older gear befor investing in the new & shiny". Here is what I...