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New EFiX Module V1.1 Now On the Way

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 3 comments

This week, Art Studios Entertainment announced that it has released a new version of its EFiX module.

The new module improves on the stability of the unit's internal electronics, allowing it to be used in a greater variety of conditions. According to Art Studio's CEO, Davide Rutigliano, the new EFiX 1.1 uses both new material on the body as well as new components on the inside. The new module also contains a new protection scheme implemented to avoid the possibility of corruption from irregular power delivery from bad power supplies, or faulty motherboards.

Recently, several users confirmed that they were experiencing issues using the EFiX module with the Bonjour networking protocol in OS X Leopard. We have confirmed that this isn't in fact an EFiX issue at all, but an issue pertaining to BIOSes on Gigabyte motherboards--which are one of the brands listed on EFiX's compatibility list. When in use with a comparable DFI motherboard however, Bonjour works without problems. However, Rutigliano and team say that a fix is on the way.

Rutigliano indicated that the new EFiX 1.1 will be more widely available for purchase than the previous version, but he added that firmware for 1.1 will be completely backwards compatible with previous EFiX modules.

For those who aren't familiar, the EFiX module is a hardware EFI device, that when installed, interrupts the regular boot process and boots the installed operating system using EFI rather than the aging BIOS standard. Consequently, this allows an EFiX installed system to install and run operating systems like Apple's OS X Leopard. With the right hardware configuration, an EFiX system will run an unmodified retail version of OS X well as well as all software for OS X. System Updates also work properly without illegally modifying OS X or any other EFI-based OS.

Take a look at our past interview with Rutigliano here, for a detailed idea of what makes the EFiX module work.

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    Tekkamanraiden , March 16, 2009 11:17 PM
    Didn't know that about the gigabyte motherboards. I've has one of these modules in use for months now, and it works great. Unless apple releases a headless imac I'll be building OSX compatible systems with this device for years to come.
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    Tindytim , March 17, 2009 1:41 AM
    TekkamanraidenDidn't know that about the gigabyte motherboards. I've has one of these modules in use for months now, and it works great. Unless apple releases a headless imac I'll be building OSX compatible systems with this device for years to come.

    Do you use Bonjour? That seems to be the only issue.
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    kansur0 , March 17, 2009 3:14 PM
    I have been visiting the e-fix site constantly and they are so far behind in putting up compatibility lists. If they truly want to make this product viable they have to get the website up to date. The ATI 4870 for Mac is out in the wilderness and that isn't on the list yet. Mac is notoriously slow to support video cards and that is the one thing they need to stay ahead of in order to make this worthwhile. Granted the money saved in hardware is fairly substantial but if you can't stay ahead of Mac's hardware spec on all levels it makes this product less appealing. GPU acceleration will become just as important as CPU power when Snow Leopard comes out.