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Hello all,

My Hackintosh is freezing up randomly. So far my only solution is to hard reset the machine. I am trying to figure out what is causing the crash. What information can I post here on this thread so that we can determine the reason for the freeze? Attached is my zipped EFI folder, and screenshots of my l/e installed kexts and my EFI/..other/ installed kext.

Here is some info to get us started.
I am running Mojave 10.14.6 18G95
MB: Gigabyte Z390 DESIGNARE
CPU: i9-9900k w/ NZXT Kraken X62 280mm
GPU: Radeon 7
MEM: HyperX Predator Black 64GB kit 3600MHz DDR4
STO: Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB (boot drive - APFS), Samsung SSD 860 QVO 2TB (APFS), Seagate Desktop HDD ST2000DM001 2TB (3 drives, GPT)
PSU: EVGA Supernova 750 G3, 80 Plus Gold 750W
CASE: Fractal Design FD-CA-DEF-R6C-WT Computer Case Define R6

My monitor is a BenQ PD3200U 32" 16:9 4K IPS Monitor plugged in via Display Port.

There is also a Samsung 970 PRO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe installed to an internal m.2 slot, from which I run windows 10 occasionally. I have two external hard drives plugged into the red USB 3.1 ports from the mobo. One is a 10tb Time Machine drive, the other is an 8tb storage drive. I have a Super drive plugged into my monitor blue USB 3.0 port. my monitor has a USB 3.0 cable plugged into a USB 3.0 port on the mobo. There is a Steel Series Rivel 110 gaming mouse plugged into an apple keyboard plugged in via USB 2.0 on the mobo, and another mobo USB 2.0 port running to the cyberpower backup UPS ( handles auto shutdown in the event of a power failure)

As I am typing this I am experiencing some serious lag in performance. a good 3 seconds of delay. I am running the creative cloud application, google chrome with 5 tabs open, apple mail and spamseive. Also, I am running Console, Activity Monitor and HWMonitor.

That's all I can think of for now. Thank you for reading.
 

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Hello all,

My Hackintosh is freezing up randomly. So far my only solution is to hard reset the machine. I am trying to figure out what is causing the crash. What information can I post here on this thread so that we can determine the reason for the freeze? Attached is my zipped EFI folder, and screenshots of my l/e installed kexts and my EFI/..other/ installed kext.

Here is some info to get us started.
I am running Mojave 10.14.6 18G95
MB: Z390 DESIGNARE
CPU: i9-9900k w/ NZXT Kraken X62 280mm
GPU: Radeon 7
MEM: HyperX Predator Black 64GB kit 3600MHz DDR4
STO: Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB (boot drive - APFS), Samsung SSD 860 QVO 2TB (APFS), Seagate Desktop HDD ST2000DM001 2TB (3 drives, GPT)
PSU: EVGA Supernova 750 G3, 80 Plus Gold 750W
CASE: Fractal Design FD-CA-DEF-R6C-WT Computer Case Define R6

My monitor is a BenQ PD3200U 32" 16:9 4K IPS Monitor plugged in via Display Port.

There is also a Samsung 970 PRO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe installed to an internal m.2 slot, from which I run windows 10 occasionally. I have two external hard drives plugged into the red USB 3.1 ports from the mobo. One is a 10tb Time Machine drive, the other is an 8tb storage drive. I have a Super drive plugged into my monitor blue USB 3.0 port. my monitor has a USB 3.0 cable plugged into a USB 3.0 port on the mobo. There is a Steel Series Rivel 110 gaming mouse plugged into an apple keyboard plugged in via usb 2.0 on the mobo, and another mobo usb 2.0 port running to the cyberpower backup UPS ( handles auto shutdown in the event of a power failure)

As I am typing this I am experiencing some serious lag in performance. a good 3 seconds of delay. I am running the creative cloud application, google chrome with 5 tabs open, apple mail and spamseive. Also, I am running Console, Activity Monitor and HWMonitor.

That's all I can think of for now. Thank you reading.
My 2¢ on Random Freeze:
Very difficult to pinpoint
in an established system whether Windows , Linux or Mac.

Most common causes
in my experience are:
  1. overheating,
  2. lack of adequate Power Supply for the hardware and software to be supported during use,
  3. Inadequate RAM or failing RAM modules.

  • In the last Category you have 64GB RAM more than adequate in amount.
    • But I would still check if all are recognized in BIOS and Mac-> System Report >Hardware>Memory.

  • CLOVER and kexts are mainly involved in booting and I don't think it will help to narrow down the cause of Random Freeze/Crash.

  • The only minor criticism or suggestion if any about the uploaded CLOVER are:
  • Can you substitute OsxAptioFix2Drv-64 + EmuVariableUefi.efi in place of OsxAptioFix3Drv.efi + EmuVariableUefi.efi and check if booting will be OK?
  • config.plist_Boot _Args Remove [√]debug=0x100 as it does not serve any useful purpose in a system that normally boots.
I hope others will pitch in to help solve the issue.
I will be very much interested to know the final resolution of the problem to learn what you did to fix it.

Edited to add one more thing: in your Samsung 970 PRO Series have you done any firmware update?
 
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My 2¢ on Random Freeze:
Very difficult to pinpoint
in an established system whether Windows , Linux or Mac.

Most common causes
in my experience are:
  1. overheating,
  2. lack of adequate Power Supply for the hardware and software to be supported during use,
  3. Inadequate RAM or failing RAM modules.

  • In the last Category you have 64GB RAM more than adequate in amount.
    • But I would still check if all are recognized in BIOS and Mac-> System Report >Hardware>Memory.

  • CLOVER and kexts are mainly involved in booting and I don't think it will help to narrow down the cause of Random Freeze/Crash.

  • The only minor criticism or suggestion if any about the uploaded CLOVER are:
  • Can you substitute OsxAptioFix2Drv-64 + EmuVariableUefi.efi in place of OsxAptioFix3Drv.efi + EmuVariableUefi.efi and check if booting will be OK?
  • config.plist_Boot _Args Remove [√]debug=0x100 as it does not serve any useful purpose in a system that normally boots.
I hope other will pitch in to help solve the issue.
I will be very much interested to know the final resolution of the problem to learn what you did to fix it.

Edited to add one more thing: in your Samsung 970 PRO Series have you done any firmware update?
Thank you for your response. I have not updated the firmware for my 970 PRO Series. This is my windows install boot drive. Would you recommend any logs from the console I might include in my thread that would help identify the cause of the freezes?

EDIT: I was wondering if you might explain to me the difference between OsxAptioFix2Drv-64 and OsxAptioFix3Drv.efi. I only know that they fix how mac os handles the memory. And to complete your suggestion would I reinstall clover and check the appropriate settings, or can I just delete the Fix3 file and drag/drop the Fix2 file into the EFI folder?
 
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Radeon VII do you have a different card you can test system with?

XMP detection, is it also set in Mobo bios? Maybe deactivate it and disable in clover?
Thank you for your response. Mobo bois is set to XMP Profile 1. I have tested with XMP deactivated, but not disabled in clover. Will try.
 
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Thank you for your response. I have not updated the firmware for my 970 PRO Series. This is my windows install boot drive. Would you recommend any logs from the console I might include in my thread that would help identify the cause of the freezes?

EDIT: I was wondering if you might explain to me the difference between OsxAptioFix2Drv-64 and OsxAptioFix3Drv.efi. I only know that they fix how mac os handles the memory. And to complete your suggestion would I reinstall clover and check the appropriate settings, or can I just delete the Fix3 file and drag/drop the Fix2 file into the EFI folder?
OsxAptioFix2Drv-64 has a longer track record of good Memory Mapping than its successor OsxAptioFix3Drv.efi.
You can just mount EFI with CCG and open CLOVER/drivers/UEFI and trash OsxAptioFix3Drv.efi. and paste the replacement OsxAptioFix2Drv-64.

This only a test to see system boots ok and works and you don't need the OsxAptioFix3Drv.efi. I am not sure if that will make any difference to the freeze as I have not tested to confirm.

In my Z390 GAMING X, after Install on an SSD, I am using OsxAptioFix2Drv-64 +EmuVariableUefi-64.efi in EFI/CLOVER/drivers64UEFI without any issues.

Do you have any issues like Frequent Freeze you have experienced in the Hackintosh side when you use your Windows? This is to know if the problem is related to any hardware issue like Overheating, RAM or PSU.

Edited to add. Please check this post about Samsung 970 Pro: https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/freezing-samsung-970-pro.3436192/
 
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Thank you for your response. Mobo bois is set to XMP Profile 1. I have tested with XMP deactivated, but not disabled in clover. Will try.
On my Gigabyte Z390 motherboard, I had to disable XMP in BIOS and in Clover to stop random freezes. The same RAM on my old Asus Z370 motherboard ran 24/7 for weeks at a time.
 
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On my Gigabyte Z390 motherboard, I had to disable XMP in BIOS and in Clover to stop random freezes. The same RAM on my old Asus Z370 motherboard ran 24/7 for weeks at a time.
On my GA-Z390 Gaming X, I have BIOS_XMP.Profile1 and no issues running Windows 10, Mojave 10.14.6 with Supplemental Update +Catalina Beta 7 Public Release.

See images: 1.BIOS 2.
System Report from Catalina B7
 

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On my GA-Z390 Gaming X, I have BIOS_XMP.Profile1 and no issues running Windows 10, Mojave 10.14.6 with Supplemental Update +Catalina Beta 7 Public Release.

See images: 1.BIOS 2.
System Report from Catalina B7
I'm guessing that it has to do with the type of RAM. I'm running 64GB of 3400MHz RAM with pretty tight timings. I can probably get it running at 3400MHz loosing the timings a bit. I've just been too lazy to do testing...

On the other hand, my Gigabyte motherboard can overclock my i9-9900K to 5.2GHz with just 1.35v. On my Asus, I needed 1.32v to get just four cores at 5.1GHz and four cores at 5.0GHz.
 
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