A Very Successful High Sierra build - Asus VIII Gene i5-7600k - GTX 1050

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  1. WedgeTail

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    Mar 10, 2018 at 6:35 AM #1
    WedgeTail

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    WedgeTail's Build:
    Asus Z170 Maximus VIII Gene - i5-7600K - GTX 1050

    Components

    Asus Maximus VIII Gene Z170 mATX Motherboard
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012NH1MCM/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132569

    CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB 2x (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013GZ5PD2/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
    https://www.newegg.com/global/au/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233835

    Intel Core i5-7600K LGA 1151
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRRPPQS/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
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    Noctua NH-U12S Processor Cooler
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    https://www.newegg.com/global/au/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAADY44C5851

    Samsung SM951 128GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 AHCI SSD
    eBay search for SM951 SSD

    GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 2GB (GV-N1050D5-2GD)
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MEGB6LK/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
    https://www.newegg.com/global/au/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125920

    Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Galaxy Silver Aluminum (3mm), Tempered Glass
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    https://www.newegg.com/global/au/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811854059

    Fenvi FV-T919 802.11AC A/B/G/N/AC Desktop Wifi Card

    Seagate Desktop HDD ST3000DM001 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005T3GRLY/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
    https://www.newegg.com/global/au/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148844

    Cooler Master V650 - 650W Compact Fully Modular 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply
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    https://www.newegg.com/global/au/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171100


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    Comments

    Background
    I have had a successful Sierra 10.12.6 build, following Stork’s and Pastrychef’s guides, for nearly eight months. I tried upgrading to High Sierra several times, and also tried a clean install. There was always some problem. Given that my configuration was not too different from others that made the transition successfully, I suspect I had some undetected issues with installed software. But I am a compulsive fiddler, always looking to improve or try something new.

    I did finally get a clean install of HS working quite well on an external USB 3 hard drive, but I was still having problems with waking from overnight sleep. Searching the web for answers, I came across a website where they used a quite different installation process, and I tried it with a clean install. It worked so well that I have been able to avoid the lag problems with Nvidia drivers for both 10.13.3 and the supplemental update. Everything I have tried works, except for Handoff, and I put that down to my confusing Apple Id and iCloud with a number of installs and user accounts. What follows is my summary of the method I followed, based on their guides. Their standard High Sierra EFI is attached at the end of this guide summary.

    1. Creating the installer
    The USB installer is created with the well-known terminal command below. I have named the installer drive "USB-HS"
    Code (Text):
    sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app  --volume /Volumes/USB-HS/
    Transfer prebuilt EFI Bootloader
    Once the step above is complete, the prebuilt installer EFI is put on the installer USB.

    · Mount the Install USB EFI with Clover Configurator
    · Open the partition
    · Delete the EFI folder in the mounted partition
    · Copy the High Sierra EFI folder provided (copy is at the end of this summary)
    · Paste the copied EFI into the mounted EFI partition.​

    Configure config.plist
    The prebuilt EFI folder contains four config.plists

    · config-Backup.plist
    · config-Haswell.plist
    · config-Skylake.plist
    · config.plist (for Kaby Lake CPU)​

    Choose the appropriate one and rename the plists if necessary.

    There are also extra steps and instructions for Pentium users, but I won’t go into those.

    I have a Kaby Lake CPU, so I deleted all except the default config.plist.

    Installer tweaks
    There are steps for MSI motherboard users only. Basically, they insert OsxAptioFix2Drv-free2000.efi in drivers64UEFI and delete OsxAptioFix3Drv.efi.

    For Asus/Gigabyte motherboard users, for proper shutdown, it advises to open the config.plist with Clover Configurator, check FixShutdown in ACPI, and Save.

    Also in Clover Configurator, in Boot, for Asus, Asrock and MSI motherboards users are advised to set darkwake=1 for Asus, darkwake=8 for Asrock and MSI, and then Save.


    2. BIOS settings
    For boards that have these settings, the recommendations are:
    • Virtualization : Enabled
    • VT-d : Disabled
    • XHCI Hand-Off : Enabled
    • Legacy USB Support: Auto/Enabled
    • IO SerialPort : Disabled
    • Network Stack : Disabled
    • XMP Profile : Auto / Profile 1/Enabled
    • UEFI Booting set to Enabled and set Priority over Legacy
    • Secure Boot : Disabled
    • Fast Boot : Disabled
    • OS Type: Other OS
    • Wake on LAN : Disabled
    For dedicated graphics cards:
    • Integrated Graphics : Disabled
    • Graphics: PEG/PCIe Slot 1
    • Initial Display Output : PCIe 1 Slot
    For Intel iGPU:
    • Integrated Graphics : Enabled
    • Graphics: IGD/Integrated/iGPU/CPU Graphics
    • DVMT Pre-Allocated : 128M
    Finally, set the Installer USB as Boot Option #1 (or use F8/F11/F12 to select the boot drive at each restart) until you’ve finished the installation.


    3. Installing macOS
    Insert the installer USB in the appropriate USB port, and reboot to the Clover Menu.
    • Choose to boot OS X install from Install macOS High Sierra.
    • When the installer loads, use Disk Utility to format the target disk as usual, i.e. Mac OS Extended (Journalled), GUID Partition Map. Close Disk Utility.
    • Choose Install macOS High Sierra.
    The initial install phase processes, completes and restarts in the Clover menu.

    3 (a) Disable APFS conversion?
    If you want to prevent conversion of your target disk (if it’s an SDD) to APFS, the steps are:
    • Again select Boot OS X install from Install MacOS High Sierra (your USB installer)
    • Open the Terminal through the Utilities menu and type
    Code (Text):
    ls -1 /Volumes
    The available volumes are listed. Choose your target drive and enter:
    Code (Text):
    cd /Volumes/<name of your target volume>
    cd “macOS Install Data”
    vi minstallconfig.xml
    minstallconfig.xml will populate in the Terminal pane. Use the arrow keys to move to and highlight the ‘t’ in true, then press delete 4 times, removing true. Type i to enter insert mode, type in false, and press Esc key.

    If the insertion is correct press :wq to save or :q! if you made an error, and then you can retry by reentering
    Code (Text):
    vi minstallconfig.xml
    Close Terminal and restart the computer from the top Apple menu.


    4. Complete the Install
    When restart occurs from step 3 or from 3 (a) if you disabled APFS conversion, select Boot macOS install from <name of your target volume>. The computer will restart during the installation and you repeat that choice.


    5. First boot
    The computer restarts when the install in complete and you choose Boot macOS from <name of your target volume>. Then you do the normal steps – Country, keyboard identification, etc.

    Before you eject your installer USB and change the boot volume priority in BIOS:
    • use Clover Configurator to mount the installer USB EFI and open the partition,
    • copy the installer EFI folder to your desk top, unmount the installer EFI, eject the installer USB.
    • mount your new High Sierra system EFI partition using Clover Configurator and open the partition
    • paste the installer EFI folder from the desktop over the new volume’s existing EFI folder, selecting Replace when you are prompted that the EFI folder already exists.
    In this method, this is a vital step. The same EFI used for the installer is also used for the resulting installed system.


    6. Results
    There may still be some things to tweak – sound, or Wi-Fi. I needed none of those for my configuration, beyond selecting the internal speakers and my Logitech webcam for sound input.

    I installed the Nvidia web driver for 10.13.3 (the 156 version) and had no detectable lags. After a couple of days use, I did the 10.13.3 supplemental update and installed the Nvidia 161 drivers. Again no detectable lag. EtreCheck says the performance is excellent.

    I did actually let the High Sierra install convert my Samsung SM951 to APFS, and it seems to be working without any glitches.
     
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  2. Stork

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    Mar 10, 2018 at 3:01 PM #2
    Stork

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    UniBeast and MultiBeast for High Sierra have been updated several times since High Sierra has been released, and they work on my Gene's test drive. So, I recommend you try a fresh install to see if they work for you.

    (I've not published my update procedures in my Gene's build description because I've been recommending for folks to wait for 10.13.4 as High Sierra is still immature. BTW, 10.13.4 is a big step up in cleaning up bugs and adding AMD RX and Vega graphics card support...so I've read.
     
  3. KhelgeBZW

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    Mar 10, 2018 at 7:13 PM #3
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    2WedgeTail
    Due to given description you didn't got Intel Quick Sync Video support. Check System-Monitor are the Airplay present? If not - you got no "very successful build"
     
  4. WedgeTail

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    Mar 10, 2018 at 8:58 PM #4
    WedgeTail

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    Hi Stork -- OK, I'll try the Unibeast-Multibeast method on my external hard drive as soon as I can.
    Airplay is working. As soon as I can, I'm going to see if I can get Handoff working too.
     
  5. Axelfr

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    Mar 10, 2018 at 9:33 PM #5
    Axelfr

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    Hi, well Howard you can see in m’y config, I have the same class or Mobo, but I find some problems:
    First,In m’y bios, I can’t find « IO SerialPort » and « Wake on LAN », si if you can tell me where are them, il could be appreciated.
    Second, When I launch install MacOS in Clover, I see du ring some fiew seconds the apple, and after a wrong Wayne sign appear, and nothing more happen, I don’t find the solution.

    Thanks for you answer.
     
  6. WedgeTail

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    Mar 11, 2018 at 1:08 AM #6
    WedgeTail

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    I assume this was meant for me. As the guide says, those settings are only relevant if your BIOS has them. That slashed circle usually means that the system couldn't find a valid System folder to startup from. So my thought would be that creating the installer USB didn't work properly. Otherwise, I don't know. Suggest you redo the installer create.
     
  7. Axelfr

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    Mar 11, 2018 at 10:55 AM #7
    Axelfr

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    Well, it’s the third Time I do it but okay,
     
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    Mar 11, 2018 at 10:57 AM #8
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    You must boot in verbose mode to see why this is happening.
     
  9. Axelfr

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    Mar 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM #9
    Axelfr

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    How do you that?
     
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    Mar 11, 2018 at 11:59 AM #10
    Axelfr

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    Here are the screenshot with verbose, but I don’t understand, at the end, he send me to Windows, if you now what to do...
     

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