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Thanks. I'll re-enable the secure boot.i read step three of the unibeast osx install guide.

So far the install is working. I'll be purchasing a m2 ssd tomorrow and basically redoing everything I've done on that. Today I just installed everything on an old 5400 rpm spin hd.
 
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Hi- Just an update. About 10 days ago I installed a couple of HDDs, small Logitech USB speakers and a webcam with mikes (the camera works with Preview for capturing signature images!). I migrated my apps from my iMac and copied my data over. Very few issues about the migration - just a couple of apps that needed reinstalling and a few permission errors. The biggest PITA was iCloud — I had to keep entering passwords for my Apple Id for quite a while.

Apart from these very minor, typically Apple issues, everything I've tried and use works fine. Graphics are great, no sound issues, scheduled and prompted sleep and wake always work. The only time my system has closed down was when I ordered it to. I'm on 10.12.6. so there haven't been any OS updates yet. Love the Phanteks case and Noctua cooler — even when the fans are working I can barely hear them. The 31.5in AOC at 2560 x 1440 is very usable for me - on the 27in iMac that was too small for these ageing eyes.

I don't have an SSDT yet - not sure what it would improve.

EDIT 19 August: I did an SSDT, but got 2 warnings and error that I'm uncertain about, though the compile completed with no errors. I've posted in the Quick guide to Generate a SSDT for CPU Power Management looking for advice.
 
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Guys, if the latest version of BIOS (3504) does not start installing macOS, then here's the solution - turn off the keyboard simulation in the USB settings. I myself encountered such a problem after updating BIOS. It turned out that the keyboard emulation function prevented the loader of the USB-drivers macOS. Also, in the new BIOS, there is no XHCI hand-off function. (Sorry for bad English))
 

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blacktea, Thank you for that information. It's good to know the latest BIOS brings some BIOS changes.


pastrychef, Looks like ASUS is making our life exciting by always making some changes in the BIOS and not noting them in any documentation.
 

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Yes, I don't know what the keyboard and mouse simulator does in BIOS... Nor do I know why they removed the XHCI handoff. I wonder if they've implemented these changes to their 200-series motherboards.

In my opinion, 2202 remains the best choice for those who are using Skylake CPUs and 3401 has been working well for me on Kaby Lake.
 
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Did they, perhaps, set XHCI to always enabled (I don't know why it wouldn't be needed, given what I believe it does) and thus removed the option to disable it?
 
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Guys, if the latest version of BIOS (3504) does not start installing macOS, then here's the solution - turn off the keyboard simulation in the USB settings. I myself encountered such a problem after updating BIOS. It turned out that the keyboard emulation function prevented the loader of the USB-drivers macOS. Also, in the new BIOS, there is no XHCI hand-off function. (Sorry for bad English))

Yes, after UEFI bios update to 3504 (Maximus Ranger VIII) MacOS boot hangs. Disabling USB keyboard and mouse simulation in bios solved the problem.
 
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Quick update:

Apple Logic / Mainstage / Ableton / Scarlett 6i6 seem to be working as expected with everything I've tried so far.

Only issue I am encountering is if I turn off my monitor and then turn it back on, there is nothing displayed. I don't think it is sleeping since I have checked "never put my mac to sleep" in energy savings, and I can hear the screenshot shutter noise if I hit the keyboard shortcut. I've tried unplugging and reconnecting the HDMI cable--no change. The issue does not carry over into my Win10 drive. Only difference is Win10 is installed on an M.2 SSD, and OSX on a standard 2.5" SSD.

Probably a BIOS setting that I haven't found yet, so if anyone has pointers let me know.

As always...THANK YOU!
 

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Stork - do you know if ASUS stopped making Gene mobos? I did not see any in the buyer's guide list for i7-7700K CPUs. The only mATX ASUS mobos now look to be the Strix.
Yes, ASUS appears to have not issued a GENE model for Kaby Lake. There is lots of "chatter" on the Internet review sites as to why ASUS didn't issue an updated GENE, but no facts, just conjecture.

However, the bit-tech web site is convinced the ASUS ROG Strix Z270G is the next generation GENE. I don't know. But, I'm looking at the Z370 ROG mATX motherboards to be a candidate for my next build.

BTW, pastrychef, another GENE user, assessed the ASUS Z270 mATX motherboards last January to see if there was one compatible with the GENE. See > https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...i7-7700k-gtx-1080.198470/page-26#post-1409086
 
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