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nomad9's ASRock H67M-ITX HackMini

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nomad9's ASRock H67M-ITX | Core i3 2125 | Corsair XMS 8GB RAM |
HDMI Audio | HD3000 Graphics

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ASRock H67M-ITX Mini-ITX motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004RQAT3G/ || http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157238

Intel Core i3-2125 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005L9D5X4/ || http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115093

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005RUBFAC/ || http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233223

Corsair XMS3 8 GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 MHz PC3-10666 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003N8GVUY/ || http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145315

MI-008 Tower Black P4 Chassis with 250W Itx Psu+sata Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001H0BA24/

Asus Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Drive (BC-12B1ST)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SUO068/ || http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

PPA International 9017V Bluetooth Network Adapter http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009WU66C/


Already Owned

Apple OS X Lion @ Mac Apps Store
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/os-x-lion/id444303913?mt=12

TCL L40FHDF12TA 40-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004UETB20/

Apple Wireless Keyboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002TMRZOQ/

Apple Magic Trackpad
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003XIJ3MW/


Comments:

After reading tonymac's Guide on CustoMinis I decided to build one for my bike shop to stream videos and music in from a separate media server. The recommended GA-H76 mobo has been discontinued so I looked around for a board with similar specs and found the ASRock.

I had read a couple different posts on the forums that had great instructions on building a DSDT for boards not in the database, HDMI audio, and another on patched BIOS to enable speedstepping for 1155 boards - see the Credits section below for links to these fine works. Armed with all this information and the parts from Amazon it was time to put the rig together.

The build started with a standard UniBeast install method (http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/2011/10/unibeast-install-mac-os-x-lion-using.html), which went fine. Next I followed saminsakes instructions to extract and patch a DSDT for the forum post listed below. Then used the MultiBeast config show in the screenshot - one exception I did have nullcpu initially installed to get the system to boot but that was removed following the patched BIOS install. System came right up. HD3000 graphics worked OOB.

I came across the ASRock Patched BIOS testing post and jumped on that. Pulled the file down, placed it on a thumb drive, and followed the BIOS flash steps. Rebooted and now have Speedstep working without having to mod any kexts. I mostly shut this rig down when I'm not in the shop, but a quick test of sleep appeared to work.

Final step was to get HDMI Audio working. toleda's multi-part guide provided the secret sauce to get this going. Stepped through the 3 part guide to end up with a fully functional ALC892 HDMI audio rig with 1080p HD3000 graphics.

The system is very quiet - hardly notice it's running unless you get right up next to it. Bootup is nice and quick thanks to the SSD and SATA3. All in all one of the easiest builds I've done.


Cedits

Thanks to the following folks for their guides/information:
tonymac - for this community and the unibeast install at http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=168&t=33412
samisnake - Custom DSDT http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=35559 and Patched BIOS http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=54196
toleda - HDMI Audio http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=162&t=31664

MultiBeast Configuration for HackMini
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Geekbench scores
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Speedstep
23kxmxl.png

Final Thoughts
Next will likely be an HTMac for the house. I'll likely go with one of the Viako - most likely the ML 55-TR. The MI-008 case works but doesn't have the eye candy appeal of the Viako case.
 

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looks like an excellent alternative to the gb h67
nice one
 
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Hello,

I was thinking about building a mini build with GA-H67N but I can't find it and now I think I'll go for this ASRock mobo.

Have you got your system runing 100% without any problem? are you using a WIFI usb adapter?

Do you think it's better to go for the HT model (H67M-ITX/HT) with WIFI integrated or may I have problems with that? bios patch is not the same for both model, isn't it?

Thank you
 
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Hey thorn,
I'm not using WiFi with this build. Everything else is working well. I looked at the HT version of the board and the remote that comes with the package doesn't appear to work well, if at all. Got a bunch of negative reviews. Since I wasn't looking to run Wifi with this rig figured I'd save a few dollars and go with the non-HT version.

Shakin_Handz has the HT version and appears to be having trouble getting sleep to work correctly. Check out some of his posts to the forum. He didn't appear to have any trouble with the WiFi, just sleep at this point.

samisnake has a mod-ed BIOS rom available for the HT version. You can get that here:
http://bios.zmac.net/asrock/H67MIHT1_modified.zip

Hope that helps,
nomad9
 
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Hi nomad9,

if HT version is having errors I will go with your same version, remote it's not important for me and I can buy a WIFI usb adapter if needed.

I've downloaded the patched bios that samisnake made (http://bios.zmac.net/asrock/H67MITX1_modified.zip) and the DSDT pack from olarila.com forum.

I've seen another user with a similar build (http://tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=50852) and his multibeast options are different from yours, Is that because of the patched bios?

If I use a i3-2105 and a HDD SATA, your DSDT file will work for me? in that case, would you please share it?

So, when I bougth my hardware (I have to sell my old build first :( )the install process will be:
- Update bios with patched file and configure it
- Install Lion with usb stick (already prepared)
- Before first reboot apply your DSDT file with multibeast options you marked
- Reboot and my system will be working 100%? HDMI too?

Thank you for your time :)

Thank you
 
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Hey thorn,
foxhndr's build is slightly different than mine. I used the HDMI work that is linked in the write-up so don't need the audio kexts, the BIOS takes care of the speedstepping so no nullcpu kext, and I'm running an SSD so I loaded the TRIM Enabler to improve performance.

The DSDT should work. Give it a try.

Your summary is mostly correct. Depending on which version of Lion your usb stick is at you may want ot apply the latest update. Only other thing is you'll need to follow the HDMI audio guide toleda put together. The link is referenced above. There is some work you'll need to do with the audio kext, but it's pretty simple. After that everything should work nice and smooth.

Good luck.
 

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Hi again,

I have Lion 10.7.3 in my usb stick.

So you're using HDMI to get audio out and your onboard audio card is not working? but if I want to use the onboard audio too, I only have to mark the Realtek options in multibeast and have two ways of getting my audio, HDMI and stereo jack. You didn't activate the onboard audio because it may have incompatibilities with HDMI or only because you don't want to use it?

Thanks for the DSDT file ;)

EDIT: I forgot to ask about Viako ML 55-TR, you said you like this case and it has only 120W, is this enough for this build?
 

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thorn said:
...I have Lion 10.7.3 in my usb stick...
Does that mean you've got Lion running off a USB stick? Or is that the UniBeast install stick?
 
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