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Help configuring OpenCore for Gigabyte Z390 + i9-9900k

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hey @jdapolo , how's it been with your hackintosh? Did you find time to dig in?
I've been wanting mine to be more reliable; too many small things trip me up and when you're on a project and just need to get work done, you don't have time to troubleshoot.

Thus, I've been using my Macbook Pro, but really wishing I could take advantage of the power in my Hackintosh that isn't being used.

I've considered pulling the trigger and just buying a base model Mac Pro from Apple and then putting in my Radeon VII and the 64GB of ram in my Hackintosh.
I've also thought about swapping out this motherboard with another one that is more common so that I can just mirror someone else's setup and use their EFI.

Things that sometimes work, sometimes don't:
bluetooth. Still no luck with Fenvi card, so I rely on the usb dongle which works, but not consistently and often hangs.
audio. Sometimes I'll get consistent good sound out, and often I get crackly sound that hangs and stutters
networking. I need to file share with my Macbook Pro that has a Thunderbolt 1 drive connected to it. Sometimes it shows up on my Hackintosh, and sometimes it doesn't. Drives me nuts, because when it doesn't show up, I can't work on the Hackintosh.

Seriously envious of anyone that has a 100% reliable hackintosh, because I really don't want to drop $6,000 on a mediocre machine from Apple, but I need reliability.
OH SNAP!
Just a little more digging around and I finally found a 100% solid solution to my bluetooth problems!
I saw one person on another thread suggest installing the Fenvi T919 drives on Windows 10 and then they worked in macOS. I started up my Windows 10 drive, having disabled WiFi and Bluetooth in BIOS for Windows profile as well, and installed the T919 drivers
I ALSO, used the giant antennas that were plugged into the motherboard Wifi and plugged them into two of the ports on the Fenvi card... figured having the extra signal boost from these large antennas couldn't hurt.
Started up my macOS drive and the bluetooth works 1000%. Super strong signal, super responsive keyboard, Apple Watch unlock works, handoff works, everything I've been wanting to work for months is finally working!

To solve audio, I plugged my Klipsch speakers into a USB port instead of using the mini jack and that is taking care of my audio problems.
As for networking, I've been able to just use cmd+k to connect to my MBP since it doesn't always show up thru bonjour.

And to think I was actually looking at the $6k Mac Pro because of this mess.
 
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@pastrychef wanted to ask you if there's anything I should be aware of or do before attempting to update to 10.15.4?
I'm using your EFI (mostly, though I've had to modify a few things for myself), and so was curious if you had any issues updating to the latest?
Other than backing up my EFI, do you recommend doing a complete backup of the OS drive?
Thanks!
 

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@pastrychef wanted to ask you if there's anything I should be aware of or do before attempting to update to 10.15.4?
I'm using your EFI (mostly, though I've had to modify a few things for myself), and so was curious if you had any issues updating to the latest?
Other than backing up my EFI, do you recommend doing a complete backup of the OS drive?
Thanks!
You shouldn't have any problems.
 
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@Covalt Hey mate real sorry for the delay in my reply. Been super busy with work especially with this whole pandemic thing (I work from home). Anyway, I have exactly the same issue with you with the Fenvi and just like you, I just opted to use the bluetooth dongle I have lying around somewhere. In my case though, it's working real awesome, no hanging or what unlike with Fenvi.

And that is awesome news about installing the Fenvi drivers in Windows and it working flawlessly in Mac after. Do you have to reboot to Windows first, then restart and boot to Mac OS before it works well? Or do you just do that driver install once in Windows and it works fine everytime you turn on the computer already? And how stable has the connection been with you since you got it working well? Really excited to try that this weekend.

For audio, I use my Sony XM3 headphones mostly (connected through the dongle) so I never notice any sound stutters. But it's connected to an audio amp through optical cable and when I use it, it seems to be fine too.

For networking, I was about to suggest Cmd+K because that networking error is not exclusive to hackintosh, but you beat there to a punch haha. Accessing other macs really works weirdly even with real Macs.

Also, just like you, I had so much work/projects in me that I can't be bothered troubleshooting my rig too often. So I used my original Clover EFI again after the OC EFI you sent me suddenly stopped working a few days after I tried it.

Do you mind sending me your EFI again (in case you updated something in it especially if you did update to OC's latest .8 version). Would really love to try OpenCore again this weekend.

Lastly, good decision in not purchasing the base model. I'm also so tempted to get one myself but thinking about how expensive it is compared to similar Hackintosh builds, it's just not worth it. Thanks again for sharing mate. And hope to hear from you as soon!

hey @jdapolo , how's it been with your hackintosh? Did you find time to dig in?
I've been wanting mine to be more reliable; too many small things trip me up and when you're on a project and just need to get work done, you don't have time to troubleshoot.

Thus, I've been using my Macbook Pro, but really wishing I could take advantage of the power in my Hackintosh that isn't being used.

I've considered pulling the trigger and just buying a base model Mac Pro from Apple and then putting in my Radeon VII and the 64GB of ram in my Hackintosh.
I've also thought about swapping out this motherboard with another one that is more common so that I can just mirror someone else's setup and use their EFI.

Things that sometimes work, sometimes don't:
bluetooth. Still no luck with Fenvi card, so I rely on the usb dongle which works, but not consistently and often hangs.
audio. Sometimes I'll get consistent good sound out, and often I get crackly sound that hangs and stutters
networking. I need to file share with my Macbook Pro that has a Thunderbolt 1 drive connected to it. Sometimes it shows up on my Hackintosh, and sometimes it doesn't. Drives me nuts, because when it doesn't show up, I can't work on the Hackintosh.

Seriously envious of anyone that has a 100% reliable hackintosh, because I really don't want to drop $6,000 on a mediocre machine from Apple, but I need reliability.
 
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Also, do you have a specific link of the T919 driver I should install in Windows? Thanks again
 
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Also, do you have a specific link of the T919 driver I should install in Windows? Thanks again
Hey man! Sorry I totally spaced on getting back to you. As for the driver, I just did a google search when running Windows and installed what I found. On this page you should find what you need.

To answer some of your questions, I don't have to reboot to Windows first, then restart macOS. For me, after installing the drivers in Windows, my performance in macOS has greatly improved. I no longer have the bluetooth dongle plugged in; I'm only using the Fenvi T919 bluetooth and WiFi now.
I think using the massive antennas from my Evolve X case is probably also helping - I screwed those 2 cables into the Fenvi instead of the original WiFi inputs on the motherboard.

All that being said, my bluetooth keyboard would still occasionally hang, and not having a keyboard work 100% of the time is super frustrating. As such, I bit the bullet and paid $200 for the Logitech Craft keyboard. This way I can use the Logitech unifying receiver for my mouse and keyboard and no longer rely on bluetooth.

Bluetooth is still working really good though. My Apple Watch reliably unlocks the mac, I can use AirDrop, handoff, etc.

Audio, yeah I'm still just using USB audio since the audio outputs on the motherboard never worked reliably for me.

And yes, cmd+k for file sharing, but even that is not working right. I can't figure it out, but the nice thing is that it's not isolated to my hackintosh. I can't connect to attached USB drives on my MBP from even my MacMini. I think it has to do with FileVault maybe. I've asked on Apple's forums but still haven't gotten an answer.

Let me know if you still want a copy of my EFI - I'm happy to drop it here if it'd still be handy for you to work with.
 
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Hey @Covalt nice to hear everything's going well with your setup. I tried your Windows suggestion and I was having a smooth time until unfortunately just minutes ago, my bluetooth dropped again. Had to restart by screen sharing my Hack from my MBP. Anyway, yeah, it'd be really great if you could send me an updated EFI of your system. I still think there's some USB mapping issue I have with my EFI that's causing this bluetooth drops, cause if your bluetooth is working really well, then definitely, something is wrong with mine. Thanks in advance again mate! Hope to hear from you soon.


Hey man! Sorry I totally spaced on getting back to you. As for the driver, I just did a google search when running Windows and installed what I found. On this page you should find what you need.

To answer some of your questions, I don't have to reboot to Windows first, then restart macOS. For me, after installing the drivers in Windows, my performance in macOS has greatly improved. I no longer have the bluetooth dongle plugged in; I'm only using the Fenvi T919 bluetooth and WiFi now.
I think using the massive antennas from my Evolve X case is probably also helping - I screwed those 2 cables into the Fenvi instead of the original WiFi inputs on the motherboard.

All that being said, my bluetooth keyboard would still occasionally hang, and not having a keyboard work 100% of the time is super frustrating. As such, I bit the bullet and paid $200 for the Logitech Craft keyboard. This way I can use the Logitech unifying receiver for my mouse and keyboard and no longer rely on bluetooth.

Bluetooth is still working really good though. My Apple Watch reliably unlocks the mac, I can use AirDrop, handoff, etc.

Audio, yeah I'm still just using USB audio since the audio outputs on the motherboard never worked reliably for me.

And yes, cmd+k for file sharing, but even that is not working right. I can't figure it out, but the nice thing is that it's not isolated to my hackintosh. I can't connect to attached USB drives on my MBP from even my MacMini. I think it has to do with FileVault maybe. I've asked on Apple's forums but still haven't gotten an answer.

Let me know if you still want a copy of my EFI - I'm happy to drop it here if it'd still be handy for you to work with.
 
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Hey @Covalt nice to hear everything's going well with your setup. I tried your Windows suggestion and I was having a smooth time until unfortunately just minutes ago, my bluetooth dropped again. Had to restart by screen sharing my Hack from my MBP. Anyway, yeah, it'd be really great if you could send me an updated EFI of your system. I still think there's some USB mapping issue I have with my EFI that's causing this bluetooth drops, cause if your bluetooth is working really well, then definitely, something is wrong with mine. Thanks in advance again mate! Hope to hear from you soon.
Agh my bad for not getting back earlier! Our city is kinda burning down right now, so have been a little distracted..
Anyway, posting my EFI here - hope it helps!
 

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