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Guide for Gigabyte H/Z97N-WIFI Using HD4600 or GTX 750 Ti Using Clover (El Capitan)

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Introduction

Hector (as I named my Gigabyte H97N-WIFI system) is using an i5-4690 Haswell Refresh processor, driving two monitors using the motherboard's DVI and bottom HDMI ports. (Apple has not supported VGA natively in OS X for years. So don't use the on-board VGA connector. Instead, use either the DVI and/or the HDMI connectors.) Although I wrote and tested this guide to use the on-board HD4600 graphics, I am using a Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti card in Hector for everyday use now. Consequently, I have written this guide for either using HD4600 or with a nVidia GTX 750/750Ti and 900 series, marked as optional steps.

Additionally, this installation procedure will work for a Z97N-WIFI as the two motherboards are very similar; similar enough to share the same motherboard User's Manual. Any Intel i3/i5/i7 4000 series processor, which supports HD4600 Intel Integrated Graphics, will work with either motherboard. See also the Hector build description for more information (link in signature block) as this guide assumes that you have read it.

In El Capitan, Apple change the way it does the USB 3/2 port assignments which meant we had to jump through our Hula Hoops to get the USB ports working. The good news is that RehabMan was on it, and we finally have a fix in MultiBeast for El Capitan v8.2 that allow the USB ports use.

According to the H/Z-97N User Manual, the motherboard has
Chipset: [Intel 9-series chipset]
- 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
- 6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)​
Using the formula for counting USB ports (USB 3 count as 2 ports), the H97N has 16 ports, one over the Apple max of 15. The good news is that all the ports are part of Intel 9-series chipset; no 3rd party USB chipset. So, we'll use a Clover config.plist file kernel patch to increase the number greater than 15 ports.

Unlike my previous installation guide for the Gigabyte H/Z97N-WIFI motherboard based systems, I am not going repeat most of the steps in the tonymacx86 https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/unibeast-install-os-x-el-capitan-any-supported-intel-based-pc.172672/ because the 9-series motherboards are now old enough to be supported by an iMac System Definition. So, I will only highlight those installation items and procedures that are unique to the Gigabyte H/Z97N WIFI motherboard.

As in the past, I've written this guide with as a detailed installation procedure with the check boxes so you can copy & paste into a document for printing and checking off each step as you accomplish the step so as not to miss a step.


Preparation

Now is a good time to check and see if you have the latest version of the BIOS.
To update to the latest BIOS version, see How to Update Your Gigabyte Motherboard's BIOS.

:ch: Prepare the UniBeast USB thumb drive in accordance with the tonymacx86 guide https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/unibeast-install-os-x-el-capitan-any-supported-intel-based-pc.172672/. Steps 1-2, using the UEFI Boot Mode.
Note:Your USB Thumb drive needs to have 7.63 GB of free space to build the UniBeast installation thumb drive. Otherwise, you'll need a 16GB USB thumb drive (or two 8GB thumb drives) which is a better size so you can load the following applications for use in the post installation phase:
:ch: MultiBeast for El Capitan which you can probably put on a 8GB USB thumb drive, but that's about it
:ch: EFI Mounter V3
:ch: Clover Configurator
:ch: (Optional) the nVidia Web drivers for the Maxwell chipset cards (750, 750 Ti, 950, 960, etc). See NVIDIA Releases Alternate Graphics Drivers for OS X 10.11.6 (346.03.15) or MacVidCards driver list
:ch: Power down the computer;
:ch: Disconnect all drives except for the drive onto which Yosemite will be installed;
:ch: Connect you monitor to either the DVI or HMDI Back Panel connector; and
:ch: Put the UniBeast USB thumb drive in an USB 2.0 socket on the motherboard Back Panel.

BIOS Set-up
Rather than clutter up this guide, I won't show a lot of BIOS screen snapshots, just the actual BIOS parameters that I changed to start the Installation of El Capitan. (Note: the BIOS set-up below is the same as my previous guides. So you can skip the BIOS set-up if you followed my guides in the past.)

:ch: Boot into the BIOS by holding down the DELETE key on your keyboard's numeric keypad. (Also see Step 3 in the tonymacx86x 10.11 El Capitan Installation Guide.)
:ch: Load the Optimized Defaults (F7);
:ch: M.I.T. > Advanced Memory Settings > X.M.P. > Profile 1 for memory not recognized with the Default setting;
:ch: BIOS Features > Boot Options Priorities <--- set this to the UEFI version of the UniBeast USB thumb drive
:ch: BIOS Features > VT-d > Disable <--- for non K processors and the new Haswell Refresh "K" and non "K" processors
:ch: BIOS Features > Windows Features > Other OS <--- should be the default, but make sure
:ch: BIOS Features > Boot Mode Selection > UEFI only
:ch: Peripherals > Initial Display Output > IGFX <--- make sure on-board graphics is enabled
:ch: Peripherals > Intel Processor Graphics > Enable <--- likewise, make sure this is enabled
:ch: Peripherals > XHCI Mode > Auto <--- Smart Auto gives you problems with USB peripherals
:ch: Peripherals > EHCI Hand-off > Enable
:ch: Power Management > Wake on LAN > Disable
:ch: Save & Exit > Save & Exit Setup (and the computer will reboot)


Installation of OS X

:ch: At the Clover screen, choose the External icon (UniBeast USB thumb drive) to execute and follow Steps 4 & 5 in the tonymacx86 guide. But,
:ch: (Optional) If you have a current nVidia graphics card, then Boot with nv_disable=1 until you install the nVidia web drivers
:ch: Important. When the Part 2 install process ask you to log into iCloud, do not log in - skip it - as it messes up Messages.​
:ch: Open up the Applications folder and create a new folder by Finder > File > New Folder (or just type Command-Shift-N), and name it Hackintosh (or whatever);
:ch: Copy the MultiBeast and other files you copied to the UniBeast thumb drive above into this new folder;
:ch: Un-zip the files and put the zipped files into the Trash;
:ch: Run MultiBeast and selection the following:
:ch: Quick Start > UEFI Boot Mode
:ch: Drivers > Audio > Realtek ALC892
:ch: (Optional) Drivers > Disk > 3rd Party SATA
:ch: (Optional) Drivers > Misc > FakeSMC Plugins
:ch: (Optional) Drivers > Misc > FakeSMC HWMonitor Application
:ch: Drivers > Network > Atheros > AtherosE2200Ethernet <----If you're using the Atheros Ethernet port and/or
:ch: Drivers > Network > Intel > AppleIntelE1000e <----If you're using the Intel Ethernet port
:ch: Drivers > USB > 7/8/9 Series USB Support <----Rehabman's two FakePCIID kexts
:ch: Drivers > USB > Increase Max Port Limit
:ch: Customize > System Definitions > iMac > iMac 14,2
:ch: Build <--- To see your full configuration​
MultiBeast for El Capitan
Note: While the MultiBeast Configuration snapshot above may reflect earlier versions of some of the drivers/kexts, the .mb file will automatically be updated by MultiBeast to the current MultiBeast versions.​
:ch: Save <--- Save your MultiBeast configuration file somewhere convenient
Here's my MultiBeast configuration file: View attachment Hector El Capitan.mb
To use it
:ch: Download it;
:ch: Run MultiBeast and click on the Load button and select the downloaded .mb file; and
:ch: Click on the Install button in the MultiBeast window bottom right hand corner.​
:ch: (Optional) If you have a current nVidia graphics card, install the driver now.
:ch: Restart the computer.
:ch: Boot into the BIOS.
:ch: Change BIOS Features > Boot Options Priorities > set this to the UEFI setting for the El Capitan drive.
:ch: F10 to save the BIOS update and reboot.
:ch: To make sleep/wake-up work, go to the Energy Saver pane in the System Preferences and uncheck the "Wake for network access" box. If you're running SSDs, uncheck the "Put hard disks to sleep when possible" box, too.

Comments

Hector is running El Capitan as good as it did with Yosemite. USB 3/2 ports work at their appropriate speeds. Bluetooth works for the keyboard and mouse in the BIOS (tapping the Delete key on the keyboard several times as the computer boots).



Updates

October 25, 2016. Updated the Nvidia driver link for the current version of the web driver.
April 23, 2016. Add the last step to change the System Preference's Energy pane's options.
April 20, 2016. MultiBeast for El Capitan v8.2 does away with the need to manually modify the config.plist with the "Increase in USB Port Limit" patch.
March 21, 2016. Updated to 10.11.4 without any problems. See Post #2 in the OS X 10.11.4 Update sticky thread.
January 19, 2016. Updated to 10.11.3 without any problems.
December 13, 2015. Initial posting.



References

https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/unibeast-install-os-x-el-capitan-any-supported-intel-based-pc.172672/
http://www.tonymacx86.com/user-builds/136386-storks-entry-level-hector-build-ga-h97n-wifi-i5-4690-hd4600-two-monitors.html
http://www.tonymacx86.com/el-capitan-laptop-support/173616-guide-10-11-usb-changes-solutions.html
http://www.tonymacx86.com/basics/171680-clover-basics-switching-advice.html
http://www.tonymacx86.com/yosemite-desktop-guides/149123-guide-gigabyte-h-z97n-wifi-using-hd4600-chimera-multibeast-method.html
http://www.tonymacx86.com/mavericks-desktop-guides/135365-early-adopters-mavericks-gigabyte-h-z97n-wifi-using-hd4600-no-graphics-card-needed.html
 

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Will those Wifi Drivers/kexts work with the Gigabyte Z97N-Wifi as well?
 

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Will those Wifi Drivers/kexts work with the Gigabyte Z97N-Wifi as well?
No, they are for a specific Broadcom chipset while the H/Z97N-WIFI card has an Intel chipset for wifi.
 
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Wow, just in time. Thank you very much, your guide worked very well. My only problem was with EFI Mounter (something about Finder and AppleEvent-Routine (-10000) ), so i used Clover Configurator instead to mount the EFI-Partition.

USB-3 never worked as good as now. I didn't know which path to use for RehabMan's two kexts, so i decided to go with S/L/E.

My configuration:

Z97N-WIFI
i3-4360
Super Flower 350W Golden Green
Samsung 500GB 850 EVO (without trim enabled)
16GB Corsair
 
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Thank you very much, we are very grateful for your amazing work.
 
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Excellent guide stork, as always :D. And a merry christmas to you, but it comes with a few woes.
Got everything up and running, but no sound? I installed the ALC892 patch from MB twice but it still isn't a go. What can I do?

EDIT

Further use and it seems I don't have QE enabled either. Standard HD4600.

EDIT 2

It seems that I can't boot from the hard drive either? KP, Unknown thread. If I boot using the unibeast USB everything is fine, using the same boot args...
 

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usb3 not works??? :( **see attachment

i used RehabMan-FakePCIID-2015-1207
Make sure you use both of Rehabman's kexts - FakePCIID.kext and FakePCIID_XHCIMux.kext


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Done, Stork.
Sorry for my mistake.

i use same mobo with you, ga-h97-wifi with i5 4460 integrated graphics version (hd4600). i used RehabMan-FakePCIID-2015-1207 (FakePCIID_XHCIMux.kext + FakePCIID.kext).

the problem, my system does not recognize usb3 (USB3 always recognized in usb2). and every boot, my system reboot before entering the desktop.

sorry for my english, and thanks you for your helping.
 

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ohdediku,

Did you also add the mod to the config.plist file in the OP for increasing the default number of USB ports from 15 to 30? Remember a USB 2 port counts as one USB port while a USB 3 port counts as two USB ports. Additionally, only the Intel chipset USB ports are supported at this time.
 
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