I have a number of incompatible or missing devices. Let’s have a look at them.
USB Bluetooth Dongle
My Mini USB Bluetooth dongle won’t let me wake my hack with a wireless keyboard/mouse, which sucks, but the good news is that my Magic Trackpad works. Flawlessly.
The network chip on most motherboards are incompatible, and so is the one on my motherboard. I need to install a kext after I installed OS X. What I need is a Intel compatible one, without the need of having me to install a kext.
My motherboard lacks WiFi and thus I have to install a third party adapter for it, which is not guaranteed to work with OS X. What are you guys using at the moment?
Older motherboards don’t have SATA III and modern motherboards usually only have two connectors. Then we have to patch our DSDT and install/modify a kext to get the Asmedia – or whatever – controller going.
But I would love to install a Apricorn Velocity Solo 2 but there isn’t a single shop here that sells them. No wonder, because there isn’t a distributor for Apricorn products in my country.
You can install a SSD on either side of the card in a (hardware) RAID-0 configuration, and there is one extra connector for a third drive. Fully supported by OS X and thus this thing boots just fine with OS X.
Expensive Watercooling Parts
Watercooling is either too expensive or simply too complicated for people. Kits are more easier to install, and a lot more affordable. However. They have their limits and don’t look as nice as the real water-cooled configurations but I do not want to pay a premium for a stupid radiator, fitting, hose et all…. just because it is a niche market.
UEFI BIOS modification chips
You need to have a BIOS chip programmer and search for the right chip for your motherboard. After programming it, you can only hope that it works.
What I want is a insertable print/adapter with two DIP-8 sockets on it. One for the factory UEFI and one for the modified UEFI BIOS chip. A simple switch should allow me to switch between the two. This way we can reprogram the mod chip without having to worry about anything.
Cable sleeving may look nice, but you have to order it from a webshop that may not sell anything else that is interesting. I mean not a special kind of deal for your hackintosh.
So. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could purchase everything we need for our hack.. from one address? The good news is that Jeroen is working on something that could make this possible for us. I just hope that he can pull it off.
Oh and people who are interested in becoming a distributor/reseller – one or two per country – can contact me and I’ll forward it to Jeroen. The idea is that people can order from one place, and you do the rest.
USB Bluetooth Dongle:
two ways: 1. build your module based on macbook parts (5V to 3.3V conversion needed) if you need mode details just let me know. 2. find dlink DBT-120 – works OOB with sleep and wakeup (the same chip as Apple used…)
HP NC360T – dual Gigabit card working OOB
PLANET ENW-9700 – OOB
1) I would love to have a preassembled one.
2) Oh. I was under the impression that it stopped functioning in Snow Leopard.
3) The HP NC360T card is pretty expensive. The PLANET ENW-9700 is much cheaper, but discontinued. This may Intel card may be a better alternative:
Ad1) it is really easy to do and you can also add irda module too. I finally used IR receiver case to put all stuff in it – take a look I made few: http://forum.osx86.org.pl/topics26/apple-bluetooth-i-irda-vt6142.htm
Ad2) ? never heard before
Ad3) you can buy NC360T at $40 at ebay (cards removed from servers) – it is really good card. According to Planet card – still avaible in shops in my country @20-25$. I saw the intel card from link you gave, but I didn’t find any confirmation of working under OS X
Ad WiFi) I’m using iMac WiFi module with PCI-E adapter. I’m not sure, but I think there was some Planet card too that is working, but now I can not find which one or if it’s true…
WiFi: TL-WDN4800 – I thought about Planet, but it was TP-Link
Ok that one is should be affordable for everyone. Thanks for the tips!