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The first motherboard designed to run any Operating System you choose out of the box.
The first motherboard designed to run any Operating System you choose out of the box.
509 backers pledged $189,451 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator my account on August 23, 2013

      8 days since I got and reply to the "Optional Shipping DHL" offer...Quo haven't contacted me since then...The webpage ships in one week?

    2. Creator Flip on August 23, 2013

      @Javier Roman I experienced the same issue on my second install. I had enabled the quick boot option in BIOS and that is what I blamed for the issue, as for me it happened when the installer tried rebooting. So I went into to BIOS to disable quick boot and noticed that anything inBIOS i had changed had gone back to the default. So I re-flashed the BIOS and everything went fine.

      @Jonathan Greig Are you using the custom BIOS or the one that shipped? I am asking because on the custom BIOS download page the installation media that is mentioned is Snow Leopard, so I think you should have no problems.

    3. Creator Jonathan Greig on August 23, 2013

      Guys, will the retail disk for snow leopard work fine? After several calls to A***e, it is practically impossible to obtain the mountain lion without already owning a mac. I just ordered an unopened snow leopard disk from some random guy on ebay.

    4. Creator Javier Roman on August 23, 2013

      sorry it says there was a problem installing mac os x

    5. Creator Javier Roman on August 23, 2013

      Has anyone had any issues with a reinstall? mine fails saying mac os x installer couldnt load and to try reinstalling. i figured it had something to do with nvram. cleared the cmos but still no luck. any help is appreciated

    6. Creator Flip on August 22, 2013

      I'm currently running HD4000. I tried my Radeon HD 6870 and it worked great with the BIOS set up like fadeawayleft mentioned. The Init Display First does not have to be set to IGPU unless you still plan on using HD4000 along with your graphics card.

    7. Creator fadeawayleft on August 22, 2013

      @Wim Hollebrandse
      Yes, H3A.739M ROM works with GTX 670 for vanilla install.
      Set Init Display to "IGPU" and Integrated Graphics to "Enabled" in BIOS.

    8. Creator Wim Hollebrandse on August 22, 2013

      @Flip Are you running with a decdicated gfx card or Intel 4000? Does the latest Tor distributed BIOS work (for vanilla install) with GTX 670?

    9. Creator Tuco Valenzuela on August 22, 2013

      @tplen Are you assuming 7 days a week with that estimate? You might consider 4-5 if that.

    10. Creator tplen1 on August 22, 2013

      Has anyone overseas who didn't use FedEx/DHL **actually** got a shipping notification yet?

      I know they are a small company and plenty of unanticipated problems came up with "other vendors" but they've had boards for more than a month now.

      I'm also worried by the website listing 162 boards in stock now for general customers (compared with @Randall's report of 254 on 18 July). While one might hope that Kickstarter backers are the source of this depletion, I have doubts given the website never showed enough stock to fulfil this company's first and most loyal customers. Even in the 'best' case scenario of this figure representing backers, 92 boards have been shipped in 30 days (3.06 daily). At this rate 509 boards would take from 18 July until January 1st 2014 to complete.

      I really, really want to see this ship but am increasingly worried that I'll never see it. Perhaps as a matter of confidence restoration they could outline how many they've shipped, where each outstanding backer sits in the queue, and a realistic expectation as to how many they anticipate shipping this week.

      While I've been a lot more patient than other commentators and genuinely don't care if I have to wait a little longer, the repetitive promise breaking and completely ignoring emails is getting to me. I've also well-and-truly passed my bank's timeframe for a credit card chargebacks (which I wouldn't want to do anyway as I want the board and don't want to take Quo's time away from serving other backer orders).

    11. Creator hubgodsfan on August 21, 2013

      @ Alex - correct, there is no printed manual in the box, it is on the CD. As for Thunderbolt, I am using one port for my display and the other for a Drobo Mini Thunderbolt storage device. Both work fine, but hot swap is not supported. Also, I can't get into the BIOS at boot using my TB port - I have to plug into HDMI. Not sure if it is my display causing this. I do plan on getting a new Apple TB display when (I'm sure) it comes out with the Mac Pro.

    12. Creator Alex on August 21, 2013

      BTW. Mine didn't have a manual in the box, but I can just print the one I obtained from Jeff Carnell.

    13. Creator Alex on August 21, 2013

      The only things I'm still wondering about is the FW800 bracket and Thunderbolt (hotswapping etc..).

    14. Creator Alex on August 21, 2013

      My board FINALLY came today! I had 2 bags of 2 Sata cables in my box (4 total)... I'll have to check out the board tonight or tomorrow to see if everything is in working order as the box looked like it had been soccer kicked a few times by USPS.
      The "initial" shipping I got was just to verify that I wanted X shipping method. I just chose regular USPS and they sent it via 2 day express a week after I replied to the shipping message.
      The box had the board, backplate for I/O, 4 sata cables, SLI bracket, and Driver CD. You have the option of waiting until the WiFi/BT add-on board is done to have all shipped at the same time for no added cost, or have your motherboard sent ahead of the add-on board and pay half of the price to ship it later.

    15. Creator hubgodsfan on August 21, 2013

      @ Brendan - I received a similar email and it was because I had selected uplifted shipping method and had to pay the difference before the board would really, really ship. :)

      Not sure about the cables as I did not see/hear that - there were (4) SATA cables in the box.

    16. Creator Brendan on August 21, 2013

      @kang no. Board is Ivy Bridge.

    17. Creator Brendan on August 21, 2013

      Received an email which is confusing because it claims my board is coming, but I have two shipping options - so which is it - sent, or not sent and I have to reply to ask it to be sent?

      Also what's now *actually* in the box? Wifi is obviously delayed (and I'll have to pay to get it?). I'm told I can buy SATA III cables (but board is already either on it's way, or not) so I take they aren't included.

      I have less clue as to what is supposed to happen now, than before.

    18. Creator Alex on August 21, 2013

      As you know, this board uses Ivy Bridge processors and has Cactus Ridge Thunderbolt controllers. Redwood Ridge Thunderbolt controllers are to be in the new boards using Haswell processors. It's akin to asking if you can update a PCI slot to PCI Express.
      Also, barely any Macs have Haswell. I think just the Macbook Airs so far. So, this board is not all that behind Macs.

    19. Creator Kang Yue on August 21, 2013

      Do anybody notice that gigabyte has announced new Z87-Deluxe/Quad seires motherboard?It has 2 thunderbolt 2.0 ports which can operate at 20Gb/s.Is it possible enable thunderbolt 2.0 for projectQ?plus still waiting for my board.....

    20. Creator hubgodsfan on August 21, 2013

      @ Jonathan - sorry I can't help you with anything OC-related as I gave that up years ago. I also looked through the manual on the CD and it is pretty barebones.

      Overall, I'm really happy with the performance and stability of the system, especially since I have essentially filled every port on the back (sans Audio).

    21. Creator Flip on August 21, 2013

      @ Jonathan Greig There is a manual on the driver disc that came with your motherboard. I don't know if it will be any help in regards to overclocking though. I looked over it but don't remember what all was discussed in it. I don't plan on overclocking myself, although I do have the 3770K installed. I would be hesitant to try it without a working hardware monitor application.

    22. Creator Jonathan Greig on August 21, 2013

      @hubgodsfan sounds good it works with the retail app store copy. I plan on setting up win/linux first on separate drives and then doing the osx install on another drive.

      I was joking when I mentioned in the unboxing video that he went straight for the instructions. There isn't even a motherboard manual with the darn thing that would explain codes, etc.... Suggestions anyone? Every mobo is different and I'm never OC'd a gigabyte mobo before. Is there anything special that needs to be known to recover from a bad OC? Is there a manual online that I'm missing?

    23. Creator Flip on August 20, 2013

      Did the reinstall, no problems there. Followed the instructions in the readme.txt file and audio is working perfectly. This is awesome. I am very excited to not need any other applications such as Multibeast to get this machine going. Just a few simple terminal commands with the correct files in the correct locations and BAM!

    24. Creator Flip on August 20, 2013

      I tried applying the audio patch from the legacy files after having already "fixed" the audio with multi beast. It didn't work. I actually lost audio, which really isn't a surprise. That's why I cloned before I made my attempt. I am going to completely reinstall and use the legacy patch because I want as "vanilla" an install as possible. Also, using Multibeast doesn't give us HDMI audio and mDP audio, this legacy patch should.

    25. Creator Flip on August 20, 2013

      I had a feeling I probably overlooked them....

    26. Creator jt on August 20, 2013

      I got my audio going and now have a very fast and perfectly working machine! Also, thanks to Rashantha for the timely new project update and tech support e-Mail. Viva projectQ!

    27. Creator Flip on August 20, 2013

      I was not aware of these legacy files. I'm sure that is the best way to get audio going, although not the easiest. It does contain a handy readme.txt file that clearly explains how to go about installing it though. Seems pretty straight forward.

      @ileopod where/how did you discover these legacy files? It would have been nice to have someone point us to them before now. Perhaps someone and we overlooked them?

    28. Creator Flip on August 20, 2013

      @jt no audio is normal for your install as the ALC892 Audio Codec is not supported by Apple. I suggest reading through this thread for more info: . The unofficial BIOS cannot be shipped on the board or officially supported by QUO for legal reasons. We do not want them to do that, because if they did, Apple would surely sue, then we would all be out of luck when QUO went under. The audio is a simple fix. Download Multibeast from here:… , you will have to create an account first. Then run the program, select the drivers/audio/realtek/ALC892 only. Don't select anything else. Install it. Then open Disk Utility. Repair permissions on your startup volume. Reboot. It will all be working.

    29. Creator Jon Wright on August 20, 2013

      How are you connecting your video card? HDMI? If so, check the audio output settings to be sure that audio is going out that way.

    30. Creator Tuco Valenzuela on August 19, 2013

      I requested shipment status from quo and got a blank email response. This isn't the first blank response from them. Maybe his kid is in charge of email.

    31. Creator jt on August 19, 2013

      Using a vanilla install of OSX 10.8.4, I managed to get my computer working with my GTX 670 vidcard utilizing Foggy's link for an updated version of the unofficial and unsupported H3A BIOS.

      The only problem now is that there isn't audio output through any of the ports. No sound! I'm starting to believe that the real reason that the shipping of the MB's has been delayed is because the official BIOS for this board simply isn't ready for primetime.

    32. Creator Somelet Patrick on August 19, 2013

      @Foggy :
      > "good things come to those who wait"

      I hope my MB before 1500 comments :-) I am ready for a long wait... I am one of the last backers, so... A lot experience for me with the other backers and maybe the official quo forum before my board arrived :-)

    33. Creator Foggy on August 19, 2013

      @Somelet Patrick, same here, trying to learn from other backers and collating info, “Good things come to those who wait”

    34. Creator Somelet Patrick on August 19, 2013

      Tks @Foggy
      No Mb at the moment :-) but later if nothing better arrived...
      Tks again

    35. Creator Siegfried Bruner on August 19, 2013

      Correction: 42 others.

    36. Creator Siegfried Bruner on August 19, 2013

      @ John T Bolds: Crickets here. I'm thinking we might receive a query e-mail next month, then another month or so for complete systems delivery. But it's just a wild guess based on information provided to date. At least you can take comfort that you and 36 others share this status, myself included.

    37. Creator Randall Clark on August 19, 2013

      Thanks @foggy

    38. Creator Randall Clark on August 19, 2013

      @Javier thanks. that would be great.

    39. Creator Randall Roman on August 19, 2013

      Looking for the H3A bios as well.

    40. Creator Javier Roman on August 19, 2013

      @randall i can email you one

    41. Creator Randall Clark on August 19, 2013

      The site with the H3A bios version seems to be offline. Does anyone know where an alternative method to get a copy?

    42. Creator Javier Roman on August 19, 2013

      has anyone setup a successful raid 0 with the H3A firmware?

    43. Creator Brendan on August 19, 2013

      Interesting BIOS discussion. Native install is the goal. Hope to have a board at some point to test it on. How are folks find theirs (for the rare few who have them)?

    44. Creator John T Bolds on August 19, 2013

      So has anyone with a complete system heard anything about shipments yet?

    45. Creator Massimo Marabese on August 19, 2013

      Jeff, many thanks. Did you try to run Geekbench?

    46. Creator Jeff Carnell on August 19, 2013

      It's 739M, email sent

    47. Creator Massimo Marabese on August 19, 2013

      @Jeff - email sent
      In a earlier post hubgodsfan mentioned the file Z77MXQUOAOS.H3A.739M.ROM
      I don't know if it's the same that you have

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