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Asus P8B75-M LX mobo with Intel i3-3220 and AMD 6570 graphics: which version of OS X would be best?


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Here is what I have in my pc:

- Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M LX
- CPU: Intel dual-core i3-3220 CPU @ 3.30GHz
- GPU: Radeon HD 6570/7570/8550

Beside that I have SSD(64gb), 500gb hard disk. I am not sure how important is that but I just wanted to note.

I want to install OS X mostly bescause I want to do iOS development in XCode.

 

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Your Sandy Bridge CPU is compatible with any recent OS X versions, the oldest you could run being Lion 10.7. You should be able to install and run Yosemite 10.10.5 without problems and El Capitan 10.11 once it comes out in a few months.

 

Your integrated Intel HD Graphics 2500 is not supported in recent versions of OS X (at least not beyond ML as I understand). You'll therefore have to make sure your discrete add-on Radeon HD is. What exact model is it, can you post the vendor/device id?

 

If your Radeon HD turns out unsupported, you'll have no other choice but replace it by a supported nVidia/AMD model or replace the CPU by a Sandy Bridge with integrated HD3000 or an Ivy Bridge with integrated HD4000...

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As far as I know, the Radeon HD 6570 is natively supported but you probably have to play around with framebuffer personalities. Can you please post the card device id to be sure of the model? In Linux, use Terminal command lspci -nn; in Windows, go to the Device Manager->Driver tab for the card.

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Okay, I typed lspci -nn in terminal and got this:
 

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller [8086:0150] (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor PCI Express Root Port [8086:0151] (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller [8086:1e31] (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 [8086:1e3a] (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1e2d] (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1e20] (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:1e10] (rev c4)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 5 [8086:1e18] (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1e26] (rev 04)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge [8086:244e] (rev a4)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation B75 Express Chipset LPC Controller [8086:1e49] (rev 04)
00:1f.2 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family 4-port SATA Controller [IDE mode] [8086:1e00] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller [8086:1e22] (rev 04)
00:1f.5 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family 2-port SATA Controller [IDE mode] [8086:1e08] (rev 04)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Turks PRO [Radeon HD 6570/7570/8550] [1002:6759]
01:00.1 Audio device [0403]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Turks/Whistler HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 6000 Series] [1002:aa90]
03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [10ec:8168] (rev 09)
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01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Turks PRO [Radeon HD 6570/7570/8550] [1002:6759]
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[1002:6759] -> so it would appear to be the Radeon HD 6570 then. That should be natively supported since it is covered by the AMD6000Controller kext:

<key>IOPCIMatch</key>
<string>0x67681002 0x67701002 0x67791002 0x67601002 0x67611002 0x67501002 0x67581002 0x67591002 0x67401002 0x67411002 0x67451002 0x67381002 0x67391002 0x67201002 0x67221002 0x67181002 0x67191002 0x68401002 0x68411002 0x67041002</string>

You may only have to play around with framebuffer personality. If you use Chameleon bootloader, you'll be able to do this from the Chameleon Wizard tool by picking the appropriate frame buffer from the list of ATI config.

 

Refer to RampageDev's blog for details: http://www.rampagedev.com/?page_id=82&page=4

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You can follow the well-known Yosemite USB installer creation + Yosemite installation as detailed in many threads on the forum. You can look up the various Sandy/Ivy Bridge E6xxx guides available here for instance. Obviously, do not use any DSDT or SSDT from an existing pack (they don't apply to your machine and would cause problems), you'll create your own tables in due course.You may simply use a default boot pack with FakeSMC + PS2 controller + NullCPUPM or patched AICPUPM (necessary for Sandy/Ivy Bridge CPUs to avoid Kernel Panic at boot time).

 

For SMBIOS profile, pick-up iMac 13,1 or 13,2 but you may also test with iMac 12,1 or 12,2.

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