- Sep 3, 2012
- Ga B250M HD3
- i5 7500
- HD 630
- Mobile Phone
Gigabyte Z77 D3H rev. 1.1 Bios F18
i7 3770K (stock speed)
Asus GT 640 2gb
Corsair Vengence black LP 2x4GB at 1600mhz
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold
Cooler Master hyper evo 212
Samsung 830 128gb (Mac OS X 10.8 2)
Samsung 830 128gb(Windows 7 64bit)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (user home folder)
Corsair Obsidian 550D
STARTECH PEX1394B3 Firewire PCIe Card
WD 1TB External HD USB 2.0 (Time Machine Back-up)
WD 320 GB on an HDD USB 3.0 Enclosure (System Clone using Carbon Copy Cloner)
Pioneer dvd drive (scrapped from an old HP desktop pc)
Logitech PS/2 Gaming Keyboard, USB Mouse
Apple Wired Keyboard with numeric keypad
My late 2008 MacBook Pro 15 inch died a while back so I decided to build a hackintosh to use mainly for audio recording (Logic Pro) and video editing (Final Cut Pro X). This is my 2nd build. My first build (G41M Combo-Q6600) was sort of a test to see if I can actually make Mac OS X run on PC hardware, using some parts scrapped from my old desktop. Thanks to this community, installation was not as difficult as I expected and my first build was problem free though not very powerful. I liked how fast everything was on my 2011 Macbook Air so I decided to use SSD's for my boot drives in this build. Since this machine will be used for recording, I got the Obsidian 550d. Really great case but I may have to upgrade my fans to make it even more quiet.
In my first installation attempt with this system, I tried using a dsdt made for me by a fellow hackintosher. Although this is a UEFI motherboard and dsdt is not necessary, I thought it might help me make use of the unsupported audio chipset, but I ran into more problems with the dsdt, one main issue was no display after sleep. My present installation is DSDT free and everything works including audio (VIA VT2021) and ethernet (AR8161). There are still some very minor issues though, see below.
Everything works including:
1. Boot from HDD (boot time from chimera to desktop is around 9 secs). Dual boot with Windows 7 on a separate ssd
2. Audio (green port at the back and front, VIA 2021 chipset) - using Voodoo 0.2.7.3 from Multibeast 5.1.3. Very stable, no kernel panics, no boot errors, no popping sounds during playback
3. Ethernet (AR 8161) - I'm using Shailua's Experimental Atheros AR81(31/32/51/52/61/62/71/72) Driver for 10.7/10.8. Works great, no login problems with appstore and iTunes. I cloned over 100gb of data from my HDD to a network drive, no hiccups and connection was stable. Get the kext from http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/284119-experimental-atheros-ar813132515261627172-driver-for-107108/
UPDATE: this kext is now included in the latest version of Multibeast (v5.2)
4. USB 3.0
5. Sleep and wake
a. Forced sleep from Apple Icon>Sleep works. External hard drives and USB keyboard are force ejected upon sleep command, install jettison app to fix issue
b. Timed Sleep does not work - only display sleeps but not the system. Use PleaseSleep app to use timed sleep.
UPDATE: I discovered that it's my DVD drive that's stopping the system from sleeping. I unplugged the thing from the mobo and timed sleep does work, in a weird way though. If I set display to sleep after 1 minute, and computer to sleep after 2 minutes, the display sleeps on time while the system sleeps only after 6mins 30secs. Will have to find a fix for this.
6. Better p-states using cosmicjoke's patched_10.8_IOplatformPluginFamily.kext.zip. See post #936 on http://www.tonymacx86.com/dsdt/43486-asus-1155-patched-bios-repository.html#post500626
7. Asus GT 640 works OOB - change entry in org.chameleon.Boot.plist to GraphicsEnabler=No
8. Geekbench Score - 13500 +/-
UPDATE: OC'd to 4.2 Ghz, with the CPU Vcore at Auto (max reading is 1.27V) Geekbench score improved to 14,500 +/-
1. "Unknown AHCI Standard Controller" - I've read a couple of posts that can fix this, but this is purely cosmetic and is not a big deal for me.
UPDATE: Quick fix by installing AHCISeries7Injector.kext using kextbeast. See post no. 1 of this thread: link
2. When I install Fake SMC and Fake SMC plugins with multibeast, the system hangs on Apple logo on boot. What I did was I installed the plug-ins kexts separately using KextBeast, and then Hardware Monitor App using multibeast. No more hang on Apple logo.
UPDATE: FakeSMC from Multibeast 5.2 solves this problem. No more issues with the plugins causing hang on apple logo.
3. While Startech FireWire PCIe Card works great with Logic Pro, it messes up my Sleep/Wake/Shutdown/Restart. System won't sleep nor shutdown (restarts immediately). My workaround now is I remove the card when I am not recording, or when it is installed, I restart to my windows partition and then shutdown from there. This is a known issue with Gigabyte UEFI motherboards but I'm hopeful there will be a fix soon. I tested the same card on my previous build (G41M Combo - Q6600) without any issues. See http://www.tonymacx86.com/general-help/65531-gigabyte-uefi-bios-startech-firewire-pcie-card-sleep-wake-shutdown-restart-issues-thread.html#post484355
Overall, this is a very fast and very stable build. Many thanks to everybody in the Tonymacx86 community for all the help and support.