IT WORKS! MCP55PRO SUPERMICRO H8DAE-2 for 2X OPTERON
Greetings! I'm writing this post in order to inform you guys that
there is a fully working,almost rock stable version of Mac OS on my computer. This is my hardware list:
Motherboard: Supermicro H8DAE-2 with nVidia MCP55 Pro chipset which supports up to two Six-Core AMD Opteron 2000/8000 processors
Super Micro Computer, Inc. - Aplus Products | Motherboards | H8DAE-2
Processor: 1x Opteron 8214 (for the time being) :-)
Ram: 4 GB Samsung DDR2 667 Registered ECC Unbuffered
Graphics Card: Nvidia 9400 GT
I also have two SATA hard disks, 120 GB and 640GB , a Sony IDE DVD reader and an Optiarc DVD Recorder.
I was trying to install 10.5.7 iATKOS but without success.The installer was booting fine, the disk utility was working but I was always getting "kernel panic" after about five to ten minutes at "Installing" screen. So I couldn't manage to install this at all!
My next attempt was with iDeneb 10.5.5. The installation was smooth, but my system couldn't boot (I remember that it was always freezing after loading my dual ethernet cards, but without an error message) So no boot.
My last and successful effort was with XXX 10.5.6 OS. Everything went smooth with the first installation!! The system boot is very nice and quick -it takes only 68 seconds to boot! :-D The OS runs flawlessly, it is very stable. (Untill now) the only problem is a hesitation and a time waste wherever I want to change the screen resolution but i really don't care about it!
Safari,iTunes,Firefox,Opera,Openoffice,Vlc,Transmi ssion,Proteus -everything rocks!
I have some screenshots too but I don't know how to upload them.
Thank you XXX team! :-)
More Details on installation and how to update to 10.5.7.
Ok! Here are my selections from the XXX 10.5.6 installation CD:
*Essential System Software -> ALL
*X11 -> ALL
*Optional Bootloader -> PCEFI_V9.0
*System Kexts->Essential System Kexts ->ALL
*Optional Kernel -> 9.5.0 Voodoo XNU
*Chipset Support-> AppleNForceATA (or AppleNForceATAtest)
*Network Drivers-> nForceLan ethernet
*Tools -> All
Note:I haven't selected any audio kext, because I'm using voodooHDA.kext 2.2 (without prefpane,but both are ok).
I updated my installation from 10.5.6 to 10.5.7 using apple combo update. I was an easy procedure, all I had to do was:
1) backup my voodoo 9.5 kernel
2) install the Voodoo based XNU 9.7 kernel by qoopz (I named it voodoo97 and NOT mach_kernel)
3) run the combo updater
4) restart using "voodoo97" kernel (2 times)
5) delete AppleHDA.kext, AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext Rename "voodoo97" kernel as "mach_kernel"
6) Run Disk Utility / Repair permissions / Reboot
OK,Here are 2 screenshots from my system profiler: