Ultimate Hack Mini - Core i3 2105 - HD3000 - DH61AG

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  1. slowjin

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    Jan 10, 2012 at 7:37 AM #1
    slowjin

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    slowjin's Build: Intel DH61AG - i3-2105 - HD 3000 - Lion
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    Intel DH61AG Mini ITX Motherboard
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057D8DVI/

    G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-12800CL11D-8GBSQ
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231482

    Seagate Momentus 7200 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 16MB Cache 2.5 Inch Internal NB Hard Drive ST9500420AS-Bare Drive
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001R4BBLU/

    Intel Core i3-2105 Processor
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051YS85O/

    Broadcom BCM94322 4322 half mini PCI wireless wifi card (model: BCM94322HM8L)
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/130596958705?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

    Mini PCI-E to PCI-E Wireless Adapter w/ 3 Antenna WiFi (purchase price was $9.99 FS but since then seems to have shot up)
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/130501831715?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

    Viako ML-55 Silver Case with Power Kit (5A/19V/90W)

    Lion download via App store & update to 10.7.2
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/os-x-lion/id444303913?mt=12

    UniBeast with Lion 10.7.2
    http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/2011/10/unibeast-install-mac-os-x-lion-using.html


    Comments

    This hack mini is up and running with native wifi support (via half mini PCI-e wifi card) and up to two hard drives (one mSATA SSD and one 2.5" HDD). This sits atop my desk and runs fairly cool and quiet and performs better than my first hack with core i5 750. The blue LED on power button is quite bright but for the time being does not present a huge problem.

    Much thanks to Tony and MacMan who have always made the journey enjoyable and successful. Also thanks neilhart and beastyfellow for sharing your successes and allowing me to adopt them.

    This journey started with Tony's Hack Mini guide, which quickly led to sourcing the most Mini like case. In a few ITX case threads I noticed the Viako cases and fell in love. When I received the ML 55 case, there was no Pico or Pico-like PSU even though there was a power brick. Viako's response was that ML 55 is usually paired up with Intel DH61AG boards, which has PSU built-in. Although I had a GA H67N USB3 motherboard already, I decided to at least look into the Intel board, as I had never heard of a board with built-in PSU. The more I looked into it, its layout included laptop memory installing horizontally, two mini PCI-e slots for mSATA SSD and wifi, and the aforementioned built-in PSU with options to use 2-pin power connector or the onboard plug. After seeing a few Intel sucess builds in the forum, and confirming that USB, Ethernet, sound were identical to the DH61AG, I decided to go for the build. Worst case scenario was that I have a mini looking maching running W7.

    MultiBeast 4.2.1 selections:

    MultiBeast 1.png
    MultiBeast 2.png

    Steps Taken:
    Create UniBeast 10.7.2
    Set BIOS
    • SATA to AHCI and enable UEFI.
      In Power Mgmt, I set HPET but there was no option for specifying 64 bit
      Enable Integrated GPU and as dedicated
      VRAM set to max, as the highest numbered option was 256MB
    Use beastyfellow's DSDT (http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=76&t=41231&start=60)
    Followed Tony's UniBeast method for installation with the exception of Ethernet and Sound (http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/2011/10/unibeast-install-mac-os-x-lion-using.html) (refer to MB screenshots above)
    Load latest hnak's AppleIntelE1000e Ethernet kext using Kext Utility (http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=205771&st=0)
    Load latest SleepEnabler.kext using Kext Utility (http://www.osx86.net/downloads.php?do=file&id=1948
    *Note: I did create a small 30GB partition on the same HDD and continued to clone the main partition after making changes. So far this has proven well worthy of my time and HDD space, as I was able to delete/replace kexts and other changes that caused KP and/or boot issues, so highly recommend!)

    neilhart had his rig up and running and helped me with BIOS settings and as of yesterday beastyfellow jumped in with sleep/wake solutions. Although everything is functioning well, I am experiencing artifacts and random system freezes. (Freeze occurs on my smaller clone partition only)
    DH61AG - Top - Front View ClosedUp.JPG
    DH61AG - Top View Inside.JPG
    Mini 1.JPG


    Next Steps:

    Install Apple Bluetooth module with 5v to 3.3v converter onto a mobo USB header
    Install Apple IR receiver or venture into IR receiver on DH61AG motherboard
    Get rid of artifacts
    Get rid of system freezes
    Attempt getting this board into a real Mini case?
     

    Attached Files:

    • DH61AG - Top - Front View ClosedUp.JPG  (439.2 KB, 3,106 views)
    • DH61AG - Top View Inside.JPG  (598.6 KB, 5,137 views)
    • Mini 1.JPG  (454.3 KB, 2,940 views)
    • MultiBeast 1.png  (248.4 KB, 2,793 views)
    • MultiBeast 2.png  (257.8 KB, 2,776 views)
  2. nduetime

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    Jan 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM #2
    nduetime

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    subscribed and thank you.
     
  3. ragedarya

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    Jan 13, 2012 at 4:03 AM #3
    ragedarya

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    Where did you get that case? That thing looks amazing and efficient!!
     
  4. slowjin

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    Jan 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM #4
    slowjin

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    Thanks, ragedarya.

    I have a post on this forum with more Viako case info here.

    A thread regarding small ITX cases here.

    The build quality of Viako cases are really good IMHO, but pricey especially after a hefty ~$40 USD DHL charge.
     
  5. mranderson169

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    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM #5
    mranderson169

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    that thing looks sleek!!!
     
  6. loothi

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    Feb 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM #6
    loothi

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    Hiya,

    Great project!.

    Just checking, I am getting the same Broadcom half mini card. This worked out of the box for you?

    Thanks
    ~loothi
     
  7. slowjin

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    Feb 13, 2012 at 4:57 AM #7
    slowjin

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    Hello loothi-

    Yes, this card worked OOB. One of the reason I think this board is great for a compact build.
     
  8. nduetime

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    Feb 16, 2012 at 9:01 PM #8
    nduetime

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    I'm new to this, but according to Intel's website this board supports "DDR3 1333 /1066 MHz DIMMs". Yet you are using "DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)". Can I verify that 1600 is acceptable?
     
  9. Mate94

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    Feb 16, 2012 at 9:04 PM #9
    Mate94

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    You can use a 1600 MHz one, but It will run only on 1333 MHz.
     
  10. neilhart

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    Feb 26, 2012 at 11:56 PM #10
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    slowjin great documentation of your build and very nice and tidy installation. This is one of the best motherboards that I have worked with lately.

    neil
     

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