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ADent's Build: Gigabyte P55M-UD2 - i7-870- Asus 8400GS Silent​


Components

Gigabyte P55M-UD2
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MAPSAI/

Intel i7-870 Processor
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KQ5KEI/

Asus 8400GS Silent
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015UBPA8/

Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 4GB (2x2)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002N19KAK/

Sony SATA Optical drive
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00264GING/

Gigabyte GZ-X2 Case
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0022A90W0/

Seasonic 620W S12II 620 Bronze Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HE7LAS/

Scythe Mugen II CPU Cooler
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OCPRQ0/

Enermax T.B. Silence 120mm front case fan
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000N4W1QY/


Already Owned

Seagate 1TB 7200rpm SATA
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00066IJPQ/

WD 160GB drive pulled from TiVo for Windoze/Linux
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RT77I2/

MS 4000 Keyboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A6PPOK/

Wowpen Mouse
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FWKA7A/


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Note: I am currently running High Sierra 10.13.6. See the posts below (Post #8) to see that upgrade.
Added an Samsung 950 Pro 512GB PCIe SSD with Lycom DT-120 M.2 PCIe to PCIe 3.0 x4 Adapter - See posts below (Post #12).

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I followed the instructions here: http://lnx2mac.blogspot.com/ .

This works well and runs quiet.
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I followed the instructions at lnx2mac. Got the firmware. Expanded it on a Windoze box and put it on a FAT32 memory stick and updated the firmware to f11 w/o booting an OS.

Followed the BIOS optimization on the site, but skipped the Memory voltage adjustment. Looks like my memory is old and much higher voltage than what lnx2mac used, so I left it alone.

On the 3rd step downloading Os 10.4.6 Combo was by far the longest step - should have done that earlier. The links on the blog there take you to the latest versions. The iBoot for NVidia is really just called iBoot.

4th step went fine. Partitioned GUID and my usual couple of partitions (250GB for OS and user data, large partion to hold video & other media, small 20GB partition to play with new OS, etc).

5th step went OK, once we figured out the non-standard interface on Multibeast. Several of the top level options are greyed out with grey arrows. Even though they are grey, the arrow will expand and show lower level options.
My board has the ALC888b, so I checked that instead of what is shown there. And I chose a Mac Pro w/i7 instead of the iMac i7 shown. Also to get the onboard IDE to work you need to also select the JMicronATA driver - we actually used a newer one for some reason, but Multibeast will have it soon.

That was the software build and it went really easy.

Installing Windows7 to an old IDE drive was much harder. Turns out Windoze 7 won't install with the Mac drive plugged in.


We used the stock CPU cooler for awhile, but it was somewhat noisy and very annoying - it varied speed a lot. That is when I went out and got the Mugen2 - much quieter and takes up a LOT of space, but it fit fine.
 
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ADent said:
5th step went OK, once we figured out the non-standard interface on Multibeast. Several of the top level options are greyed out with grey arrows. Even though they are grey, the arrow will expand and show lower level options.
The MultiBeast interface issues are due to Packagemaker. To prevent people from checking a option and installing all sub-choices and hosing their system, the choice is disabled making it gray instead of black. We will eventually replace the GUI and eliminate this issue.
 
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Build Update: Changes since the original build.

Case: Corsair 550D

Graphics: "Batman" ATI Radeon 5770

RAM: Added 8GB. G Skill - now 12GB total.

Keyboard: Cooler Master QFR (Quick Fire Rapid) mechanical keyboard w/o keypad.

Keypad: Genovation 630 USB

SSD: Corsair Force 3 240GB

Disk Drive: 2TB Western Digital. The Seagate failed and took out a few files.

Trackpad: Apple MagicTrackPad

Mouse: Anker 98ANWVM-BA

Bluetooth: Targus ACB10S - Supported directly by OS

USB 3.0: ORICO PVU3-2O2I USB 3.0 PCI Express Card with 2 Rear USB3.0 Hosts and Internal Header. This turns the 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front of the case into USB 3.0.

Monitor: 30" Monoprice 2560x1600. Connected via dual link DVI to video card

Rear Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 FLX set at the medium speed

Blu-Ray: Pioneer BDR-208D

OS: 10.9 Mavericks
 

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ADent,

Please update your original post with your updated components list. Additionally, if you've updated to a newer version of OS X, please include a short installation procedure. TIA.
 
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Now upgraded to El Capitan

I posted my experience here: http://www.tonymacx86.com/el-capita...-p55m-ud2-install-experience.html#post1170383


I will paste the main topic from there to here.
New Post. Now working.
I started by following HawkXP in http://www.tonymacx86.com/el-capita...5-usb3-usb-support-installer.html#post1120197 .

Step 1 - I did this, but did not inject Nvidia (I have a supported ATI - 5770).
Step 2 - Did this
Step 3 - Did this
Step 4 - Did this
Step 5 - Yep. I don't have any USB 3 ports on my motherboard, so I used one of the USB 2 ports on the motherboard in the back.
Step 6+ - Nope.
When I started over a erased the El Capitan partition and the EFI, so this is started from a clean set of partitions.

by HawkXP
1. Create USB drive with Unibeast 6. Choose legacy and inject Nvidia (I have Nvidia GTX470).

2. After USB creation, edit (using Clover Configurator.app) config.plist which is located on the USB in /EFI/CLOVER.
- On SMBIOS tab, click magic wand and select MacPro3,1.
- On Boot tab, select npci=0x2000 and dart=0.
- On Graphics tab, select Inject NVidia.
- Save and overwrite config.plist.

3. Put DSDT.aml on USB drive in /EFI/CLOVER/acpi/patched.

4. Restart.

5. Boot from USB (I inserted my USB drive in a USB 3.0 port). No need to use any other args. I have working keyboard and mouse during install.
I ran Multibeast 8.0.1 and selected Quick Start - Legacy Boot Mode and Drivers - Realtek ALCxxx - ALC887/88b Legacy.

After this I rebooted and removed the Unibeast USB Thumb drive. Yes, even though I selected the drive I installed El Capitan in the BIOS screen, it would still boot to the Clover on the USB Thumb Drive. Arrghh. My Unibeast drive doesn't provide audio.


I did have to go into the Sound control panel select the output (Internal Speakers).

I did have to go back and install a DSDT.aml to get my USB Bluetooth to work. I downloaded the latest DSDT for my board ( http://www.tonymacx86.com/dsdt-database.php ). And I edited the audio string per http://www.tonymacx86.com/el-capita...-el-capitan-mobo-ga-p55m-ud2.html#post1107857 using MaciASL.app in the DSDT, though I don't think I really needed to.

After installing updates and checking the system out I then ran Migration Assistant to move my install from my Mavericks 10.9 drive.

USB FYI: My USB worked the whole time, but my regular keyboard (Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid) does not work in the BIOS screens on my computer. So I plugged in my old Microsoft 4000 keyboard. Then that does not work in the Clover screens (but my Cm QFR does).


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Update. To get USB3 working I picked up the Inateck KT4006 PCIe card to replace my Orico card. Works Out Of The Box with El Capitan.


Inateck KT4006
http://www.amazon.com/product/dp/B00JFR2H64
 
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Upgraded to High Sierra (well did a Sierra upgrade last year between El Capitan and High Sierra).

Mainly to get my RX-560 video card working

Build Update: Current Config
MB: GA-P55M-UD2
CPU: i7 870 (Sandy Bridge)
Case: Corsair 550D
Graphics: RX-560 - Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX560 14CU 4G GDDR5 HDMI/DVI-D/DP OC
RAM: 16GB (4x4)
Keyboard: Cooler Master QFR (Quick Fire Rapid) mechanical keyboard w/o keypad.
Keypad: Genovation 630 USB
SSD: Crucial MX500 500GB
Disk Drive: 5TB Toshiba
Trackpad: Apple MagicTrackPad
Mouse: Anker 98ANWVM-BA
Bluetooth: Targus ACB10S - Supported directly by OS
USB 3.0: Inatech KT4006 with 2 Rear USB3.0 Hosts and Internal Header. This turns the 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front of the case into USB 3.0.

Monitor: Samsung 40" HDTV UN40K6290F
DisplayPort to HDMI 4K60 Adapter - Club3D - CAC-1070
Rear Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 FLX set at the medium speed
Blu-Ray: Pioneer BDR-208D
DVD-R: ATAPI iHAS324
OS: 10.13.6 High Sierra



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Upgrade to High Sierra

Did a fresh install using 10.13.6 and Unibeast and Multibeast. For Multibeast I used the Quick Start "Legacy Boot Mode". To get networking I added Realtek RTL8111 v2.2.2 - which works immediately.

Surprise - The internal disk drives do not show up. They won't even format even in the disk utility on the installer. After some research I found I had to do the ICH10 work around (patch in Clover to Unibeast, installed the older version kext for the hard drive). See https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/high-sierra-on-legacy-p55m-board.264594/#post-1902397. That link also has a patch to AppleRTC that prevents a crash on sleep.

Surprise - My machine will not boot the hard drive. Just gets stuck at Loading Operation System. Unibeast USB installer is fine. I do a lot of things on various threads and get no where. Finally I decide to update to the latest version of Clover using the updater in Clover Configurator (r4871 currently). After that machine boots fine.

To get sound I selected ALC887/88b Legacy in Multibeast. Then reboot. Then select the sound (Internal Speakers) output.

I used Migration Assistant and this caused the machine to not boot. If I migrated the bare minimum things would work. For the full Migration to work I built a second driver and compared /System/Library/Extensions and /Library/Extensions. In /L/E/ there was several old kexts moved by Migration Assistant. Once I cleared out the old stuff from /L/E/ the machine would boot again.

Also when I ran Security Update 2009-001 for 10.13.6 my machine would not boot. Thru in the Unibeat USB drive and booted Clover off of that. Selected the Mac OS Updater on the drive a coupe of times and all was well again - Unibeast not needed after that.
 
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Upgraded to High Sierra (well did a Sierra upgrade last year between El Capitan and High Sierra).

Mainly to get my RX-560 video card working

Build Update: Current Config
MB: GA-P55M-UD2
CPU: i7 870 (Sandy Bridge)
Hello ADent,

I have a similar build (GA-P55M-UD2/i7 860) also running on High Sierra 10.13.6 with no problems. I would like to upgrade to Mojave 10.14 but know that my current GPU (GeForce GTX 570) is not compatible with Mojave.

I was considering upgrading my GPU to an RX 560 or RX 570, which is supported on Mojave.

Have you tried to upgrade to Mojave, and if so, what was your experience? I am wondering if anyone has been successfully been able to run macOS Mojave on our GA-P55M-UD2 MB.

Thank you,

Bruno
 
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Hi ADent,
I have a similar motherboard P55MUD4 and CPU i7-860. I am trying to install an RX 580 with no joy. Do you think you could post your EFI folder so I can have a look at what you have done? I always get a black screen at login.

Cheers

Frank

P.S. You say you have an i7-870 and say it's Sandy Bridge, is this correct? I thought the 870 is a Lynnfield CPU.
 
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