An end to an infuriating ethernet bug!

So for the past few weeks, I’ve been experiencing an infuriating bug with my ethernet connection and OSX. The short, short version, is that booting into windows break ethernet in OSX, leaving ethernet constantly with a self-assigned ip. No matter of configuration would change this. I could manually setup the IP config, release/renew dhcp, setup manual IP settings, disable the connection, remove the connection entirely, reboot, and set it up again, etc., etc., etc.

Only one thing would work, physically pulling the power cord from the computer.

Needless to say it’s a bit annoying to have to pull the plug every time you want to reboot from one OS to another.

Well, tonight I think I’ve finally found a solution!

I dug around the intel ethernet driver config options on windows, and in addition to “Wake on Magic Packet” (which has always been there, and I use for wake-on-lan) I found the following settings:

  • Wake on Pattern Match
  • Wake on Magic Packet from Power Off State
  • Wake on Link Settings

So I disabled those settings, and ethernet is once again working fine from a normal/hot reboot! I’ll try them all one by one later, but I suspect it’s the “Power Off State” setting that was causing the issue.

23 October, 2014 – UPDATE: So I did some more isolation testing, and indeed it’s only the ‘Wake on Magic Packet from Power Off’ setting that needs to be disabled, the other two don’t affect my ethernet connection in OSX.

Yosemite Success!

Well, just a quick post for now that the update to OS X 10.10/Yosemite went well.

I’ll update my main hackintosh page asap with new steps, new config.plist downloads, etc., but for anyone who’s used my guide and just can’t wait, here’s a quick list of what you need to do for a smooth upgrade.

EDIT: 17 October, 2014 – Anyone using my setup should see my upgrade page/guide here before upgrading to 10.10 “Yosemite”

I’ll expand on all of this when I’m done with dinner and have had a bit more time to double check that everything is still working right. I’m also trying to find a way to patch the audio layout files to allow for “ambient noise reduction” to be used with the front-panel mic input jack, will definitely update when I figure that out.

EDIT: I’ll update all my guides tomorrow (Oct. 17th) I’ve run into an intermittent/weird issue with audio and just don’t have the energy or time to finish debugging it tonight.

A quick mod for my FT03-Mini

So a quick tip for anyone that might be interested in using the Silverstone FT03-Mini for their mITX build, you may want to file/sand down the inside lip on the plastic top/cover near the cable-routing cutout.

To expand on this for anyone that doesn’t have the case already, there’s a minor issue with the I/O panel cable routing, so if you have more than 3-4 cables plugged in to your motherboard ports (or those cables are really thick, e.g. dual-link DVI) then you might have an issue with the top plastic panel not sitting flush when attached, or the downward pressure on the cables, from that lip, slightly pushing the back aluminum panel away.

After sanding down the lip to enlarge the opening, both issues are gone!

And what’s the next Step on my modding list? Paint/dye all the white plastic parts black for a clean, “apple-esque” silver & black look.