New Player - Low Profile Intel DH61AG mini-ITX - G4 Cube

Discussion in 'PowerMac G4 Cube' started by neilhart, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. ersterhernd

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    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:32 AM #211
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    Hi PsycoGeek, there are several forum members (myself included) who have implemented the use of the DQ77KB already. Some have used it in Cube builds, Neilhart is midway through a very interesting custom build right now using the board. Its definitely a winner with OSX and growing in popularity in this community.

    Cheers!
     
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    Mar 6, 2013 at 2:48 AM #212
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    Wow! That is fantastic! Will be checking out your build (as well as others).

    With the cost of the build vs. buying a real Mac Mini I'm still debating taking on the build.
     
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    Mar 6, 2013 at 3:28 AM #213
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    I am not sure that cost justification is major concern in this section of the forum. This section is about interest in G4 Cube re-engineering.

    The Intel DH61AG motherboard is a Sandy Bridge generation item where the Intel DQ77KB is an Ivy Bridge generation. The major feature of both boards is the "low profile" design with the PSU on board. With either board the selection of the correct CPU is key when your intent is to run OS X as on board video support (HD 3000 for Sandy Bridge CPUs and HD 4000 for Ivy Bridge CPUs). But then you most likely already have discovered this information.

    Also I own both of these Intel motherboards and both are capable and run the latest OS X very well.

    Welcome to the forum and I encourage you to build your own machine as it is much more satisfying then purchasing a Mac Mini...

    neil
     
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    Neil,

    I soooooooo get the re-engineering aspect of these projects. It's about having something productive and fun to do, the engineering challenges, the satisfaction of making something useful again, and being able to be proud of the finished product. I've been case modding since around 1998. Most of what I've done have been performance mods, like air flow and filtration of the intake, and water cooling. I even did a Sun (I think) cube mod. It was a purple case. I just wish I had pictures of some of my projects to share with you all. I once built a PC into an old SCSI external tape backup drive case, when mini-ITX boards first made it to market. I had to fit a 3.5" HD, a slimline DVD reader, and a power supply into the thing. It's possible I could even use that case for a custom Mac Mini.

    I'm so glad to hear that the DQ77KB is working out so well with OS X. It makes tackling this build all the more accessible to me. I will be searching the forums for into on this board for sure.
     
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    Hello friends. I have the same motherboard DH61ag but USB3 doesnt work in sierra. Do you have a proper kext, that I can use with clover? Thank you
     
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    Well this is a very busy holiday period and I am not getting much free time to noodle on problems. I did fire up my DH61AG G4 Cube hack which had El Cap 10.11.6 on it. So I made up an Sierra USB installer using the latest Unibeast and App Store DL of macOS 10.12.2 using the 'legacy mode'. I added support apps to the USB stick such as MultiBeast 9.0.1, SuperDuper!, ShowAllFiles and a few more.

    I removed my existing drives and set them aside and took an 80 GB 2.5" HDD with fresh partition into dual 40 GB partitions. I used this scratch drive to do a fresh install of Sierra. (Note that I use Mavericks on my main workstation to prep the drive as I find the current Disk Utility.app being a real PITA.) I went through my usual procedure following the TonyMacX86 install process (Clover legacy mode) and installed Sierra on the first try and then cloned the install to the second partition before running the post install MultiBeast process.

    At the moment, I have the G4 Cube Clover booting Sierra 10.12.2 with HD3000 running well accelerated, dual display, Ethernet, sound, restart and shutdown all working. At this point I only have USB 2.0 functionality.

    As I get time I will attempt to get USB 3 working. I will share how when/if I am successful.

    Good modding,
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    And another thing that I have noticed: WiFi does not work in Sierra 10.12.2 whereas it is OOB with El Cap 10.11.6 (my card is a BCM94322MC), And the USB3 problem has been around with this MB sense day one. I found this by re-reading this thread.

    If I find a solution for either issue I will post it. Don't hold your breath as these issues may never get resolved.

    Good modding,
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    Dec 24, 2016 at 2:14 PM #218
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    But I remeber, in mavericks (or sooner) I got superspeed USB, which is USB3, but as I can see in sierra it is broken :(
    Thanks for your shared knowledge :)
     
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    Feb 14, 2017 at 3:31 PM #219
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    Any news about the USB3, neilhart? Thanks
     

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