HCL 10.4.6

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Note: Because of the introduction of the Macintels, this list can also be used for hardware that you have tested with the new Macs! Just make sure that you let us know you're using it on an Apple machine.

This is a component level hardware compatibility list. We want to keep it as accurate as possible, but please, do not entirely rely on this list when buying hardware. Add which parts you have working in the categories listed below, or create a new category. Please keep alphabetical order inside the categories. The categories themselves are ordered by popularity. Please list any caveats or problems as well.

  • ONLY add hardware that you have TESTED. Don't add hardware just because you think it might work.
  • Please add hardware into tables.
  • This is for 10.4.6 builds only.



For a comprehensive list of possible Intel chipsets: http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/

Hardware Name Manufacturer Notes Fully working without patching Chipset
P5GD1-VM Asus Sound (only out), ethernet, USB, SATA, GMA900 and Firewire (P5GD1-VM BULK version have built-in Firewire and yes it works. Tested with M-Audio FW-410) Note: P5GD1-VM Retail version does not come with Firewire ports. Yes 915G
K8V Asus Installation working, but booting from a SATA drive using the onboard VIA SATA controller is not working. Recommended to use an IDE drive and make it Primary Master No K8T800
AX8 2.0 Abit Everything works fine except SATA RAID (VIAATA charge only IDE ???), Sound with AC97 text from 10.4.3 (only left channel no spdif) No  
SK8T800 Chaintech Only one audio channel. Via Rhine ethernet adapter needs Pin Xue driver. Sata is not working. Usb mouse&Keyboard are now working with IOUSBFamily.kextform 10.4.3 But still doesnt mount Usbkey. No K8T800
GA-8i915G-MF Gigabyte Everything works, Except Audio(Azalia) no solution as yet. No I915
GA-81945GMF Gigabyte Works, havent tested on-board audio(Azalia) or sata (using ide) or firewire as i have no sata/firewire devices yet. No  
SL-K8AN2E-GR Soltek Everything works fine except for onboard network drivers. This driver fixed that though No  


Please include different processors only. There is no difference beetween a 2.4 GHz P4 'C' and a 2.8 GHz P4 'C'. They both have Hyperthreading, FSB 800, SSE2 and 512KB L2 cache.

Hardware Name Manufacturer Notes Fully working without patching
Xeon Prestonia Core Intel Remember to apply patches Yes
Celeron D 320 Intel Works great Yes
Athlon 64 3200+(Socket 754) AMD Despite only being SSE2 capable, it works excelent Yes
Pentium M Banias (400MHz bus) Intel Works perfectly Yes

Sound Cards

Please specify the number and type of audio in and out channels. "Yes" is not a complete answer! Incomplete information about the supported channels is crippling home media center users. Unless the data is entered here, it is nearly impossible to locate short of testing every piece of equipment personally.

Use /Applications/Audio MIDI Setup.app to explore the capabilities of your sound hardware. Anybody can test 5.1/7.1 analog out - even without "surround sound" gear. Just plug standard stereo speakers/headphones into the other channels one at a time and use Audio MIDI Setup to generate test sounds to verify they're working - it only takes a few moments.

Hardware Name Manufacturer Number/Type of Audio Out Channels Number/Type of Audio In Channels Software Volume Control? Notes & Quirks Fully working without patching
Transit USB M-Audio 2 ch spdif/analogue 2 ch spdif/analogue Yes Sometimes the sound jitters and un-plugging then replacing has to be done to resolve (happens rarely) Yes (M-Audio drivers available)

Optical Drives

Hardware Name Manufacturer Notes Fully working without patching
DVR-109 Pioneer DVD-/+RW(DL) Shows Apple Shipped/Supported Yes

Graphics Cards

Please specify if your card is AGP, PCI or PCI-E.
Also, please try to differentiate chip and board manufacturer (i.e. "ATI / Sapphire" or "NVidia / Gainward").
Note: For NVidia users, visit http://macvidia.starchaser.org/ for updated drivers.

Hardware Name, [Bus] [(VRAM)] Chip-Manufacturer / [Board-Manufacturer] Notes QE / CI Resolution Full Work / No Patch
Radeon X300SE ATI Supports QE/CI, resolution up to 1280x1024 via "GraphicMode" setting, leaves mouse trails No 1280x1024 No
Radeon X800 Pro 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI-Express
ATI / Sapphire
QE/CI needs John Koverg's patch (http://forum.osx86project.org/index.php?showtopic=10415). Edit com.apple.Boot.plist to get resolutions other than 1024x768.
Radeon 9600 256 MB
ATI / Rosewill
Didn't have to patch..leaves mouse trails.
Works out-of-the-box with default VESA driver. No nice features, though VLC with the SDL drivers works brilliantly.

Wired Network Cards and Ethernet Cards

Hardware Name Manufacturer Notes Fully working without patching
BCM5751 Broadcom Needs Hater's method to make it works. See forum No
WG511T Netgear Detected as Airport card. Nice. Yes


Hardware Name Device Manufacturer Notes Fully working without patching
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