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Lion Server on an HP Mediasmart EX485

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ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I
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Vega 64
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I bit the bullet and upgraded my EX495 yesterday to Yosemite by simply following the instruction from this thread. Still testing but it seems to perform suprisingly well. The hard drive lights do not work and the led on the front panel blinks but both are minor annoyances. Loaded Plex server but have not configured it yet. Next steps are to reformat 2 hard drives (2TB each) and add them to the system.

I always hated the clunky HP MediaSmart software that never really worked and still will not buy anything from HP because of their lack of support for the MediaSmart Server. Anyway, new life for old hardware and finally our household is Windows free!:D
 
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HP Elite 8300 CMT - Intel Q77 Express
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Anyone successfully upgraded to El Cap?
 
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HP MediaSmart EX495
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Similar question. Has anyone with an old EX495 (or other Mediasmart server) upgraded to El Capitan yet?
 
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HP Mediasmart EX490
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E5600
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Well, someone has to do it. I'll be tyring el Capitan on my EX495 this weekend. Keep you posted (started out with a Snow Leopard installation a couple of years ago, these things little machines have turned out to be a great deal :) )
 
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Well, someone has to do it. I'll be tyring el Capitan on my EX495 this weekend. Keep you posted (started out with a Snow Leopard installation a couple of years ago, these things little machines have turned out to be a great deal :) )
Hi how did it go, did you manage to upgrade to El Capitan successfully and are there any pitfalls to watch out for?
 
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My EX 485 system drive died a while back.
And I haven't revived it since.
Would also like to know if anyone has successfully installed El Capitan on this one.
Looking forward for some guides too.
Trying to get rid off MS OS from my machines as well. :)
 
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HP Mediasmart EX490
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iOS
Hi how did it go, did you manage to upgrade to El Capitan successfully and are there any pitfalls to watch out for?
Did not get it working and gave up after trying for a day. Now running Yosemite again with no issues.
 
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HP OEM, LGA 775, American Megatrends BIOS
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Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200
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Intel G33/G31
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Power Mac
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iOS
In case anybody still interested: I had no problem installing El Captain on the EX490/495 business variant - the X510. And since upgrading to a Core2 Duo E8600 yesterday, (most powerful options would be a Xeon L3360 or a Core2 Quad Q9550S) I'm running full fledged macOS Mojave on this 8TB machine, for use as a backup and home server.

Both systems are up and running using Clover. Only issue I have is, that it sleep does not work (either cannot be waked via Bonjour, or does not even enter sleep).
 
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