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pastrychef's Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming (WI-FI AC) build w/ i9-9900K + AMD Vega 56

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quick question ... how do I know if my designated boot-up HD has mackernel ... getting a message it doesn't?
I don't know what you mean. Please post a picture. I've never seen this.
 
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I don't know what you mean. Please post a picture. I've never seen this.
it's happening after i attach another hd--to transfer files (a nice brainless activity, I thought, while I am fried and before I try to implement your suggestions)--and then try to boot. the usb booter is attached, but the cloover boot screen doesn't come up, but something else that shows all drives, and when i choose sierra, the message comes back ... 'no mach kernel' ... sorry can't take a screen capture when in this situation. wondering if that's indicative of the reason for my previous post
 
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i should probably tackle your idas first before trying to do other things using only the usb booter to access the hd
 
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ok ... off to your step one ... will updating the bios require me to re-input values/perimeters in the bios after the update is done?
 
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ok ... last question before I first work through your suggestions (sorry) ...
pls take a look at the attached screen shot ...
could it be that the install never finished? Why is the macos install data there?
Is there a way that I can check if the install was completed?
maybe that's what the problem is ...
 

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ok ... last question before I first work through your suggestions (sorry) ...
pls take a look at the attached screen shot ...
could it be that the install never finished? Why is the macos install data there?
Is there a way that I can check if the install was completed?
maybe that's what the problem is ...
This is also something I've never seen. Try installing macOS again. Keep in mind that the system will reboot and continue installation. On reboots, select the "Install" partition until it no longer shows up on the Clover boot menu. This is also true for future macOS updates.

Don't over think this. It's very easy.

Create USB installer.
Copy my EFI folder to USB installer.
Install macOS.
Copy my EFI folder to your system drive.
Done.

You don't have to install anything else. The only thing that's different from install on a real Mac is that you have to copy the EFI folders to the USB installer and to your system drive.
 
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This is also something I've never seen. Try installing macOS again. Keep in mind that the system will reboot and continue installation. On reboots, select the "Install" partition until it no longer shows up on the Clover boot menu. This is also true for future macOS updates.

Don't over think this. It's very easy.

Create USB installer.
Copy my EFI folder to USB installer.
Install macOS.
Copy my EFI folder to your system drive.
Done.

You don't have to install anything else. The only thing that's different from install on a real Mac is that you have to copy the EFI folders to the USB installer and to your system drive.
gottcha ... the instruction "On reboots, select the "Install" partition until it no longer shows up on the Clover boot menu" is key. thank you ...

after automatic restarts, i'm always choosing the usb stick, and it keeps giving me --- so far -- installation partition choices, but ...

how many restarts are there (just for orientation purposes) ... i'm now on number 4; 15 mins, 34 mins, 34 mins and 34 again ... don't remember mac installs having that many restarts, nor exact 34 min repeaters ... feels like somethings off
 

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gottcha ... the instruction "On reboots, select the "Install" partition until it no longer shows up on the Clover boot menu" is key. thank you ...

after automatic restarts, i'm always choosing the usb stick, and it keeps giving me --- so far -- installation partition choices, but ...

how many restarts are there (just for orientation purposes) ... i'm now on number 4; 15 mins, 34 mins, 34 mins and 34 again ... don't remember mac installs having that many restarts, nor exact 34 min repeaters ... feels like somethings off
No, don't choose the Install from the USB flash drive. That just needs to be selected once.
 

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Good news!!

Asus sent me a pre-release copy of BIOS 1802 and the missing "Primary Display" option is back!!
 
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No, don't choose the Install from the USB flash drive. That just needs to be selected once.
Thanks for hanging in there with me pastrychef ... The next time you are in Germany, the first six pack is on me =)

I finally understood what I did "right" during the first installation process, but decided to abandon a second installation on a separate partition and have gone back to tinkering with the first install, which resides on a partition that I didn't erase. Why?

It turns out that the first install was not corrupted during installation: the "MacOS Install Data" wasn't related to an incomplete or botched installation of 10.12.6, but to my having used Migration Assistant to migrate docs, apps etc. from another drive, including unwittingly parts of 10.13.6 used in an attempt to create install media from an interrupted App Store installation of 10.13.6 per Tonymac and Apple Support instructions on how to do that. Since that didn't go so well, I decided to stick with 10.12.6.

So, the first troubleshooting I did was to go back (no bios upgrade, bios changes, etc) and just replace the EFI folder with a pristine copy of yours ("High Sierra"), then tried to boot up from the HD disk it's attached to, and lo and behold, it worked!!!!!!! Just like that! USB stick not necessary any longer!! =) That's a solid EFi you've made for us. I must have read something in a different post and then made an alteration that messed stuff up.

I am sitting in front of a screen with 10.2.6 running off my Seagate drive. Can't believe my eyes ... I'm doing a reboot now just to make sure I'm not dreaming .... yeah , it's real, it booted again. Picts to follow ... Now, the good and the bad news ...

Here's what's working so far (the Good):
--all ram recognized
--Nvidia 1070 mini (haven't installed the second one yet, but I don't expect problems)
--sleep, reawakening etc, no problem
--Belkin pci wifi card works too (but may eventually want to go your way on the wifi connection, especially because an installed 2nd 1070 will make it impossible to also populate the smaller pci with the Belkin)

So far, here's what's not working (the Bad & Ugly):
--no audio: itunes not working, nor quicktime: no music progress bar moving, no sound

If I remember correctly, the audio is supposed to work "out of the box", isn't it? Any suggestions? Maybe something I can add, or take out?
 
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