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GA-Z77M-D3H mATX build. Tips and Wifi question

Joined
Apr 2, 2012
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Motherboard
GA-Z77M-D3H
CPU
i5-3750K
Graphics
RX 570
Hi.

The parts are:
CPU: Intel S1155 Core i5 3570K 3.40Ghz Quad Core CPU $239.00
MB: Gigabyte S1155 MicroATX GA-Z77M-D3H Motherboard $109.00
RAM: DDR3 8GB (2x4G) Kingmax 1600MHz RAM Kit $59.00
HDD: 120GB OCZ 2.5" Agility 3 SATA 6Gb/s SSD Drive $129
Video: Galaxy Geforce 7900GS with Acer 1916W on VGA output.

Install was very tricky ))
1. Grey apple logo and crossed circle sign - option -v revealed "waiting for root device".
2. In install -> Disk utility - no drive apart from USB.
Fixes were:
- MB BIOS upgrade from F4 to F8
- Plug SSD in blue (3GB/s) port
- Disable XCHI in BIOS. Also SATA=AHCI, HPET=enabled
- KB and mouse in USB 2.0 ports, not USB 3.0
- On every boot press F12 and select the device, not EFI.device - every device there had EFI variant. So no EFI stuff to boot from.
3. Follow this guide http://legacy.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=59052
4. In Multibeast I checked only User DSDT (with no files on desktop), Audio VoodooHDA latest and maoljsAtherosEthernet.
5. Graphics not worked, booting was only possible with GraphicsEnabler=No at Chimera prompt (red apple - press any key)
6. Booting with -v showed that native Geforce7xxx.kext was failing and making kernel panic.
7. Few days of reading about EFI strings, nvidia injectors, enablers and editing info.plists passed )) I didn't want any changes to native Lion sw.
8. What worked is booting in 32bit mode - native Lion Geforce7xxx drivers are 32bit. Type arch=i386 at Chimera boot. Then put it into /Extra/org.chameleon.boot.plist as permanent boot option.
9. CI/QE and S3 sleep (lights off), audio are working, geek bench 9872.

Later I'll make use of Intel HD4000 built in CPU, when I'll buy another monitor (one I have is VGA only).
And theoretical question to gurus: Chimera (Chameleon) bootloader emulates EFI Bios of real Mac's. But latest Gigabyte MBs do have EFI Bios. Maybe it may filled with correct data and work without bootloader? Just thinking :)

Questions're welcome!

May someone recommend proper Wifi card or dongle (PCIe card preferred)? My Atheros AR5007UG dongle is useless I reckon.
 
Joined
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Messages
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Motherboard
GA-Z77M-D3H
CPU
i5-3750K
Graphics
RX 570
Will this build work in a similer fashion? It is also Z77

MB:MB GIGABYTE|GA-Z77-DS3H Z77 1155 R
CPU INTEL|CORE I5 3570K 3.4G 6M R[/TD]

Mobo and CPU is fine - most recommended in other guides. RAM and HDD are not an issue if it works )

Nvidia GeForce GTX260 - no idea, prob yes. Check the fresh Customac Guide 2012.
 
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Motherboard
GA-Z77M-D3H
CPU
i5-3750K
Graphics
RX 570
Update - hardware added and working out of the box (OOB):

1. Firewire card on Via VT6306. Works natively in Lion 10.7.4 after few reboots.
2. Blu Ray writer LG BH10LS30.
3. Geforce 7900GS changed to GT 520 Asus Silent GT520 http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/ENGT520_SILENTDI1GD3LP/ Works OOB in 64bit (removed arch=i386 from /Extra/org.chameleon.boot.plist)

Happy as Steam's Couner Strike Source did not support Geforce 7 series.
 
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Motherboard
GA-Z77M-D3H
CPU
i5-3750K
Graphics
RX 570
To keep track of my build ))

1. Updated to ML 10.8.1 via xmove. 10.8.2 fails - will try later
2. iCloud, iMessage fail -
- Must enable EthernetBuiltIn in org.chameleon.Boot.plist (use Chameleon Wizard)
- delete NetworkInterfaces.plist, preferences.plist in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/
- delete all interfaces in System Preferences / Network. Reboot. Enjoy ))
3. Got TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter (TL-WDN4800) and disabled ethernet - lousy driver for Atheros in MultiBeast.
4. Tried to enable HD4000 along with GT520 dedicated card - no joy.
 
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Motherboard
Z170X-UD5 TH
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i7 6700K
Graphics
GTX 980 Ti
Mac
  1. MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
  1. iMac
  2. PowerBook
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
Thank you for keeping this up-to-date, I'm planning on buying a similar build:

Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H
Intel Core i3 3225 with HD4000
TP-Link TL-WDN4800

can you tell me what wattage you PSU is? And did 10.8.2 work out in the end?

thanks!
-Erik
 
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Motherboard
GA-Z77M-D3H
CPU
i5-3750K
Graphics
RX 570
Hi.

Case is Antec NSK 1380 with internal 350 W PSU.
No time to try 10.8.2 yet ))
 
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Motherboard
Mac Pro
CPU
Intel i5 3570K 3.4Ghz
Graphics
GTX 650 Ti 1GB
Mac
  1. Mac Pro
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
ive read all over the place that motherboard has no issues withthe 3570k processor, and specifically said it was from tonymacx86.

jus curious
 
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