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    Hello, I am new to the community and I am currently selling my MacBooks to build a dual boot desktop Hackintosh gaming machine. I have looked at the instructions for building on Life Hacker and have a few questions. The biggest compatibility issues seem to me to be the motherboard and graphics card (as I expected). I want to make sure that my hardware will work with OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion. I have heard tell of successful builds on my Mobo in the community, however I have seen mixed methods as to how. I am a huge fan of the on board BIOS, and thus I'd like to try a DSDT instead of a custom BIOS. I've seen the link to the forum everyone keeps sharing about the Asrock z77 Extreme4, but I didn't find it helpful, please don't share that with me again. I'm asking here, if anyone can confirm a successful boot from this motherboard and if so, could you please provide a direct link to the DSDT file for download reference?

    That out of the way, the graphics card I intend to use for gaming on the windows side will be the MSI Twin Frozr 4 NVIDIA 660ti power edition 2gb. Can anyone confirm a successful boot with this card and if so, what settings did you use to achieve compatibility? Did you just turn off Graphics enabler? What must I do to get this card to work? I suspect OSX 10.8 is compatible with most of the NVIDIA 600 series anyway, I just want to make sure I'm right.

    Aside from the DSDT and compatibility of the graphics card, is there anything else I need to consider? I know about Unibeast and Multibeast and am prepared to make a legit OSX 10.8 bootable drive.

    The rest of my hardware is 16gb of Corsair Dominator 1600mhz RAM, i7 3770k, the Corsair HX 750, WD 1tb Black, and OCZ Agility 3 Max IOPS edition 128gb SSD. I don't suspect any of this other hardware is all too relevant to the build of a Hackintosh and I doubt that any of this will cause me trouble. Correct me if I am wrong. Otherwise, this information is simply here for the sake of completeness and for your consideration. Thank you for any help you can provide, I am looking forward to my completed Hackintosh.

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    There is a 660 Ti complete discussion that a quick search would locate. I would post the link for you and I believe learning how to use the search function will be very useful on this forum.

    Any motherboard with a locked MSR will need the custom BIOS. No way around it that I have foreseen.

    All your other parts should be fine. HX750, are you sure you need so much. It is doubtful unless your going to run about 8 drives or a second 660 Ti. Good luck and have fun getting your machine up and running. Just ask if anymore help is needed.

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    What exactly is it that you mean by a locked MSR? I wanted to keep the stock BIOS since I am a fan of the overclocking abilities and other settings contained therein. Does the custom BIOS retain the look, feel , and function of the stock BIOS with the OSX compatibility flashed in? Or is it a complete redesign?

    I'm getting an HX750 because it is the lowest wattage modular PSU from Corsair as best I know, and because I will be overclocking and perhaps running SLI in the future so I need the overhead.

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    not a 'custom bios'.

    its 99.99% the same. only a very slight difference. apart from allowing you to boot with the native power management kext, there is no difference with stock

    also, the modded bioses dont change the need/lack of need for dsdt edits.
    your board will need a dsdt edit for sleep to work

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    Quote Originally Posted by samisnake View Post
    not a 'custom bios'.

    its 99.99% the same. only a very slight difference. apart from allowing you to boot with the native power management kext, there is no difference with stock

    also, the modded bioses dont change the need/lack of need for dsdt edits.
    your board will need a dsdt edit for sleep to work
    I couldn't have said it better. On the PSU, I was making sure that was a plan. Yes, get a Large PSU.

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    Thanks for the clarification there. Do you happen to have a download link to the DSDT and custom BIOS that I would need to flash to the Extreme4?

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    I've seen the link to the forum everyone keeps sharing about the Asrock z77 Extreme4, but I didn't find it helpful, please don't share that with me again.
    use that guide that you mentioned (also post it here, ill have a look at it for you to make sure the info is relevant and there isnt any mistakes).

    now you know the 'custom bios' isnt that custom, you can follow that guide with the knowledge you arent gonna mess up your system.

    for the dsdt, you wont find a 'ready made' dsdt file to just download. thats not the way it works.
    i suggest you do some reading.

    Modified UEFI Rom FAQ to understand what the modded bioses are and why you need them, then you can get the modded bios for your board from www.biosrepo.wordpress.com

    this thread for sleep, but specifically this post Sleep/Wake solved on ASRock z68 motherboards (Lion)

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    Thanks for the references to the modified UEFI page and the custom BIOS page, and the Sleep page, they helped. The two Asrock z77 Extreme 4 pages I've seen a lot of are these

    http://www.tonymacx86.com/mountain-l...tain-lion.html

    And this one

    help with asrock z77 extreme4

    Neither had helpful guides on them that I could follow. From what I gather on the BIOS page you referenced, the addition of a modified BIOS to the Mainboard removes the need for a DSDT in most cases "Most UEFI boards do not need a modified DSDT, and those that do only require a slight alteration in most cases." Would you concur with that?

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    However, the sleep thread deals with the z68 Mainboard line, not the Z77. Someone in the thread claims to have a solution for the extreme 6, but not the 4.

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    both of those threads are rubbish, so forget them.


    for the multibeast settings, this is all youll need to select




    the whole quote is
    Does flashing a modified bios mean that i won't need to use a patched/modified DSDT?
    No.
    The modification to the bios does not alter the native DSDT.
    Whether your board needs a modified DSDT or not is unrelated to the modified bios.

    Most UEFI boards do not need a modified DSDT, and those that do only require a slight alteration in most cases.
    ive highlighted the important bits.
    maybe the wording isnt exactly clear, but what it means is whether or not your board needs any dsdt edits is completely unrelated to these bioses.
    for example, asus and msi boards also need modded bioses, but they do not (with the exception of one asus board) need any dsdt edits, apart from edits for hdmi audio.
    asrock boards on the other hand need a dsdt edit for sleep to work.

    the bit you mention, "Most UEFI boards do not need a modified DSDT, and those that do only require a slight alteration in most cases", refers to uefi boards in general not needing dsdt edits for most things. there was a time when boards using the older BIOS needed dsdt edits for loads of things which we now take for granted, eg. shutdown, restart, sleep, usb ports, power management etc.
    nowadays, most if not all uefi boards (not just gigabyte uefi boards) can do most of these things without ever touching the dsdt. it is often called 'dsdt free' on these forums.
    your board, however, needs a dsdt edit for sleep to work. thats all.

    the thread i linked to dealing with sleep is what you follow. specifically the post about the extreme6 board. the model name of your board is irrelevant, follow the thread, but use the info in elinato1's post for your board (the first post deals with the older style of asrock uefi which you arent using, thus the extreme6 post which yours is the same as).

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