Sierra Presents:

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I am looking forward to the latest edition of OS X macOS called “Sierra”.

Also I definitley want to get it running on my Xeon machine. Currently I am however relocating which limits my time to look into this hobby. I got my hands on the dev DMG however already, and will look into booting it in VirtualBox.

Update:

I finished installing Sierra in VirtualBox. I basically prepared a ISO similar to El Capitan discussed here (while running it on my MacBookAir): http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/309654-run-vanilla-os-x-el-capitan-yosemite-or-mavericks-in-virtualbox-5010-on-a-windows-host/

Some screens: Bildschirmfoto 2016-06-16 um 14.48.39(hmm is this really 10.12 ? Looks like El Cap.)

Bildschirmfoto 2016-06-16 um 14.55.00(OK it is 10.12)

Bildschirmfoto 2016-06-16 um 15.35.08(Don’t think Siri works in VM – but sure)

Bildschirmfoto 2016-06-16 um 15.40.45(Finished – good to see Spotlight search still exists and Siri is next to it)

OSX & iTunes

It appears there is no list available regarding which OSX version comes with which iTunes version out of the box – or I couldn’t find this list.

So I have to start one myself (the SHA1 value is the InstallESD.dmg, which was downloaded from Apple’s AppStore):

  • 10.8 build 12A269
    • SHA1: E5DD2BF5560033CADE7DD7D7DA5CEEC49F701B0E
    • iTunes 10.6.3 (25)
  • 10.8.1 build 12B19
    • SHA1: 7b993b9171270cc4892fcb48ab0c8d3739af29f1
    • iTunes iTunes 10.6.3 (25)
  • 10.8.2 build 12C60
    • SHA1: EAF54B1B1A630AF85547FED8EABBF6FE159F2B42
    • iTunes 10.6.3 (25)
  • 10.8.3 build 12D78
    • SHA1: 945B234B8CAE169983D5E70EA9116CA42FE5F82B
    • iTunes 11.0.1 (12)
  • 10.8.5 build 12F45
    • SHA1: 98e52d0fc443940265780539a311833ee5814ddd
    • iTunes: 11.0.4 (4)
  • 10.9.0 build 13A603
    • SHA1: e804dea01e38f8cd28d6c1b1697487e50898dbe7
  • 10.9.5 build 13F34
    • iTunes: 11.3.1 (2)
  • 10.10.5 build 14F27
    • iTunes 12.2.1.16
  • 10.11 build 15A284
    • iTunes 12.2.2.25
  • 10.11.1 build 15B42
    • iTunes 12.2.2.25

AsRock, Aptio, AMI BIOS update crap

There haven’t been some updates for quite a while. But that’s not because I abandoned this site, but rather because I fried my mainboard when a BIOS update failed.

Of course I have been up- and downgrading my BIOS a lot which always is kind of risky – even more when you are using patched firmwares / BIOS’es. ‘Funny’ thing is it all went wrong with the BIOS Instant Flash feature and with a non-patched BIOS. And here is what happened:

I had all my flash files prepared on my MicroSD card. But it turned out named SD card had some corrupted sectors (I wasn’t aware of this when doing my BIOS flash unfortunately!)
So I did a regular BIOS update with the BIOS Instant Flash feature and it all (seemingly) went ok. When asked for a restart at the end, I confirmed – thus sending the motherboard into oblivion.

So learn from it: the BIOS Instant Flash feature doesn’t do any checking on read errors or corrupt sectors on your media. Also it doesn’t do any hashing (crc, md5, etc) to ensure a correct reading of data and flashing consequently ! So before flashing you should make damn sure your media is free of any errors and your files are ok (unfortunately AsRock also doesn’t provide a SHA-1 checksum of their downloads)

Meanwhile I got my motherboard replaced and already downgraded the BIOS, not before checking my USB stick is without any errors – what can take some time on a 32GB stick.

By the way AMI seems also to have problems with their website and https certificate, so theoretically also their webpage could be corrupted😉

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The new Apple TV – the worst Apple product I own

Honestly the new Apple TV is a piece of crap – at least by Apple-standards! And I am not an Apple hater: I own a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, 2 iPads and every iPhone introduced since the 1st iteration (except the new 6S) and the 3rd gen Apple TV.

But the new Apple TV, which I started to use yesterday is mostly underwhelming and here is why from my point of view:

1) Firstly Apple chose to power the Siri remote with a lighting cable, but the TV itself has a USB-C port. Why can’t both have the same ? Of course I knew that before buying the device, but this doesn’t make it any better. Why in gods name 2 different ports for the same device!? It hurts ‘only’ developers mostly, but still. Anyway that’s not the most annoying.

2) What is really annoying is the on-screen keyboard which was changed from 2D matrix style of input to a loooong 1-dimensional string where you have to enter everything from artists you search, to iTunes account information and passwords (in case you intend to buy something from the AppStore). This is totally user unfriendly. Of course you can safe the passwords for iTunes purchases, but then maybe as a parent you have to enable parental controls (with password protection) so this kind of neglects it. With the new Siri remote why I have to use a 1D left-right scroll “keyboard”, it’s annoying, it’s frustrating, it sucks.

The ‘String-Keyboard’:
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3) Next is the unsatisfying (movie) player experience. Half of the time when I want to fast-forward the subtitle / dubbing menu pops down and I can’t ‘swipe’ it away easily. I ‘swipe’ to fast-forward and it appears, I ‘swipe’ and ‘swipe’ and ‘swipe’ up and this menu just stays there. I think one of the number one usages of the Apple TV is to play media. But the media player experience is leaps behind even the versions before. Why ? And Why ? And again why ?

So to conclude as of today, the new Apple TV is a usability nightmare and definitely a step back from the prior models. I guess Apple would have been better of in keeping the old UI and ‘just’ adding and AppStore.

I will keep my new Apple TV (and also the old one), but I seriously recommend everyone for the time being to stay away.

How to downgrade E3C226D2I (from 3.30 to 2.10)

ASRock provides a warning on downgrading:

Due to BIOS code major upgrade to support Broadwell CPU feature, this BIOS update (P3.xx and after) will be backward compatible to Haswell CPU (E3 v3), but won’t be able to downgrade to P2.xx versions after upgrade to P3.xx BIOS.

For me the steps below worked and so far I have not experienced any issues in doing. But proceed at your own risk.

1) Create a FAT32 formatted USB DOS boot stick.

2) Get 2.00 Update BIOS Under DOS version from ASRockRack: http://asrock.pc.cdn.bitgravity.com/BIOS/Server/E3C226D2I(2.00)DOS.zip

3) Extract the ZIP File and copy the EXE file on the USB DOS boot stick. Then boot with it.

4) Start the DOS BIOS Updater with /X parameter: C:\226D2I~2 /x

Parameter /X ignores the current BIOS ROM ID

5) The updater will remain some time (approx 20 -30 secs) at 75%.

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After this it will proceed. Just wait for some time to finish.

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6) Restart and go into the BIOS. You will see it is downgraded to 2.00

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7) Then use the BIOS Instant Flash feature to upgrade to 2.10. I UEFI patched version 2.10 before.

8) Restart

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(if you compare above 2 pictures system time you will see it took approx 2 minutes, including booting and going into BIOS again😛 )

Warning: 226D2IL3.30

I just updated to the latest Bios (3.30) on my E3C226D2I and since then OSX stops booting at pci configuration begin. Or even with CPU Sensor issues.

OSXeon:UEFIPatch_0.3.8_osx userone$ ./UEFIPatch ../226D2IL3.30
patch: replaced 10 bytes at offset 114Ah 75080FBAE80F89442430 -> EB080FBAE80F89442430
Image patched
OSXeon:UEFIPatch_0.3.8_osx userone$

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