G5 PowerHac

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So i have all my applications and the OS on a SSD (Solid State Drive) which i highly recommend. This video is of me opening Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and Bridge at the same time. I am very impressed.

Here is the SSD i bought.

COMPLETE!

To get the front pannel I/O pannel to work you need a custom cable to run to different parts of your mother board. You could always make one yourself (which i tried, then failed at) or you could buy one from someone who makes them on a forum. I ended up buying mine from a guy on insainleymac.com named AlohaCab in this forum post. He is selling them for $35 plus shipping to where ever you are. I installed it and now my hackintosh is finished! Here are the pictures of the front I/O panel working (power, hdd led, usb, hd audio and firewire) and the places i connected the wire to on my motherboard. The trick is, if you dont have a firewire 400 connector on your motherboard the wire wont work, thus you could just buy one here

Then after everything was said and done i decided to pick up this wireless card which worked out of box. (pictures of it installed above)

Turns out if you add your serial number to your SMBIOS.PLIST your hackintosh thinks it’s what you put it into (in my case a Power Mac G5) its a pretty cool little glitch.

Turns out if you add your serial number to your SMBIOS.PLIST your hackintosh thinks it’s what you put it into (in my case a Power Mac G5) its a pretty cool little glitch.

So i ran geekbench again after i installed my extra ram and OS X Lion 10.7.3 but i am having problems getting full use of my graphics card. Looked around and found a couple things that might help since going into boot.plist and adding <key>GraphicsEnabler=No</key> just made me get a Kernal Panic. Other than that, my audio is working, dvi is working, my blue tooth is working and its displaying at 1920x1080x32.

So i ran geekbench again after i installed my extra ram and OS X Lion 10.7.3 but i am having problems getting full use of my graphics card. Looked around and found a couple things that might help since going into boot.plist and adding <key>GraphicsEnabler=No</key> just made me get a Kernal Panic. Other than that, my audio is working, dvi is working, my blue tooth is working and its displaying at 1920x1080x32.

So i started cutting the case today. It went over pretty well and the tray fits really snug. I think i might have bought the wrong mobo tray because it completely covered the unlocking latch, so i had to cut a chunk out. If you do this be very careful the mobo tray is thicker metal than the case and by the time i got through the whole way around i forgot to the piece and it shot across the room. One of those small pieces hit me in the Goggles, so ALWAYS WEAR SAFTY GOGGLES!

The last picture is the tray that the disk drive sits on. The X side of the tape is what will be cut out to make room for the mother board.

Tonight’s agenda will be trying to make everything run and be stable (we’ll see how well that works out)

So i set up my system outside of case right now to make sure everything work. Here is my Geekbench score before i installed my extra ram and updated Snow Leopard.

Also i got my G4 Cube in the mail yesterday. It’s non-working aka my future project!

Here is my Setup

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3

CPU: Intel i7 2600k

Memory: SSD Crucial 64gb (i will boot from this) Seagate 1tb (will hold files) 

RAM: 16gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3 4x4gb

Graphics Card: Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 6870

PSU: Corsair TX650

Software: Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Most of these part where purchased from Amazon or Micro Center (they have a great deal on CPUs right now)

So i tore everything out and tried to remove as much rust as i could. I tried to save some random original pieces like the original PSU (power source) that the G5 came with. What i intend to do it remove my new power source from its case an place it inside the old G5 case. The bottom two pictures are of the old PSU case with the rust sanded off. 

So the story behind this is that i wanted to build a “Hackintosh” but in a mac case. I searched around a little and found out that my friend Jonas had one sitting around, he told me that it had some damage from his CPU Cooler that blew up. I underestimated the extent of the corrosion. Nothing looks to far gone though, i think a lot of the rust is just on the surface, which i will sand off hopefully.