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[Success] 5k High Sierra | GA-H170N-WIFI | GTX-960 | Dell UP2715K

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Mobile Phone
iOS
grtdemo's 5K miniITX Build:
GA-H170N-WIFI - GTX-960 - Dell UP2715K

Components

Gigabyte GA-H170N-Wifi Motherboard
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015CQ8D9Q/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Broadcom BCM94352Z DW1560 Wifi/Bluetooth in replacement of the original on motherboard
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JY6X9HM/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAA7W60E9360

Intel Core i7-6700 Skylake Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Processor
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0136JONG8/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117560

Noctura NH-L9i CPU Fan
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009VCAJ7W/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA25V6D48963

Corsair Value Select DDR4-2133 (2 x 8GB)
https://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.3699381

Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LF10KTO/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147361

Gigabyte GeForce Nvidia GTX 960 4GB GPU
https://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GTX-Graphics-Cards-GV-N960WF2OC-4GD&tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125864

Fractal Design Node 202 Case
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015MKDOPU/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352058

Corsair SF450 Power Supply
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CGGOXWQ/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139156

Dell UP2715K (27'', 5120x2880) Monitor
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA25V53J0336

Also using a new Apple magic Keyboard with numeric pad and a Logitec MX Master mouse.


Comments

Just want to share my 5k build as it took me a while to build. I hope it can help somebody else.

I first installed Sierra in July 2017, but had the very annoying mouse pointer bug. Seems to be working much better now with High Sierra.


Installation notes

For the installation you need a wired mouse and the keyboard need to be connected with the Lightning to USB cable (before
Bluetooth works)


BIOS Settings
  1. In BIOS Features:
    • Fast Boot: Disabled
    • Windows 8/10 Features: Other OS
    • LAN PXE Boot Option ROM: Disabled
    • Storage Boot Option: UEFI Only
    • Network Stack: Disabled
  2. In Peripherals:
    • Initial Display Output: PCIe 1 Slot
    • XHCI Hand-off: Enabled
  3. In Chipset:
    • VT-d: Disabled



MultiBeast Settings

MultiBeast - High Sierra 10.1.1


Step by step procedure


Files needed

Prepare Bootable USB Drive Installer

This whole section should be performed on the working Mac/Hackintosh
  1. Insert the USB drive
  2. Open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
  3. Highlight the USB drive in left column
  4. On a Yosemite or older system:
    • Click on the Partition tab
    • Click Current and choose 1 Partition
    • Click Options...
    • Choose GUID Partition Table
    • Under Name: type Installer
    • Under Format: choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    • Click Apply then Partition. When it finishes, close Disk Utility.
  5. On an Sierra or higher system:
    • Click on the Erase button in the toolbar
    • For Name: enter Installer
    • Make sure Format is set to OS X Extended (Journaled)
    • Make sure Scheme is set to GUID Partition Map
    • Hit Erase. When it finishes, close Disk Utility.
  6. Run UniBeast
    • Hit Continue on the main screen, Continue on the UniBeast+MultiBeast screen, Continue on the Clover Credits screen, Continue on the Software License Agreement screen, and agree to the license
    • Select your newly formatted USB drive (so it turns blue) on the Select a Destination screen and hit Continue
    • Select High Sierra (so it turns blue) and hit Continue
    • Select UEFI Boot Mode (so it turns blue) and hit Continue
    • Select appropriate graphics options (nothing checked for the GTX960) and hit Continue
    • On the Verify Installation Options screen, hit Continue
    • Enter your password when prompted and wait
    • When the install finishes, hit Quit
  7. Customize the USB install drive so all USB ports on the machine are recognized for the installer. Mount the EFI drive with Clover Configurator and:
    • Go to EFI/CLOVER/kexts/ and copy the USBInjectall.kext you downloaded (get it from the "Release" directory of the ZIP) into 10.13
  8. Create an extra directory called Postinstall on the USB drive to hold the files you’ll need on the machine after installation. Copy these files you downloaded to the new directory:
    • MultiBeast
    • Clover Configurator
    • KextBeast
    • USBInjectall.ktext
    • Nvidia web drivers
    • audio_cloverHDMI-130.command
    • RehabMan-FakePCIID
    • RehabMan-BcrmPatchRAM
  9. Eject the USB drive and insert it into the new machine.

Install High Sierra
  1. Start the GA-H170N-WIFI machine with the USB drive inserted.
  2. Enter into the BIOS settings and select the UEFI entry for your USB drive as unique boot device
  3. Select Boot Mac OS X from Installer (it should have a picture labeled "EXTERNAL"; use left/right arrow keys to select from multiple options and press enter when the correct one is selected)
  4. You should see the apple logo and a progress bar as the installer loads.
  5. After a couple of progress bars (one of which takes a long time with little apparent progress), you should be prompted to select a language. Then you should see the OS X screen.
  6. Select Utilities / Disk Utility... from the menu bar.
  7. Select the drive on the left where you want to install High Sierra
  8. Hit Erase
  9. From the dialog that pops up, put in whatever Name you want for the disk, select the Format macOS Extended (Journaled), and the Scheme GUID Partition Map
  10. Hit Erase
  11. When the erase finishes, hit Done then Quit Disk Utility from the menu
  12. Back at the OS X screen hit Continue.
  13. On the license screen hit Continue
  14. Select the disk you just created by name and hit Continue
  15. This stage of the installation will take some time. It may stick for up to 5 minutes at different points, but it should eventually restart. (The installation is not yet complete, though; do not remove the USB drive.)
  16. After the reboot, the machine should boot to the Clover menu again. If it says there's no boot device or boots to the wrong thing, reboot and hit F12 from the BIOS splash screen and select the USB drive. At that point you should get the Clover menu. At the Clover menu, select Boot Mac OS X from YourDiskName and you should get to the Welcome screen.
  17. Select your country, keyboard, and complete the rest of the setup process. Tell it your computer does not connect to the Internet. Do not "Transfer Information to This Mac" yet either (you can run Migration Assistant later to do that).
  18. After the setup, you should end up at the desktop. Congratulations! But you must still perform the post-install setup next.

Post-Installation Configuration
  1. Copy all the files from the Postinstall directory of the USB stick to your new High Sierra install (e.g. to Desktop)
  2. Run the copy of MultiBeast you just copied to the new drive.
  3. Select Quick Start and then UEFI Boot Mode
  4. Select Drivers and then Audio and then Realtek ALCxxx and then 100/200 Series Audio for Dell monitor audio. (For on board audio, select ALC1150 - not tested)
  5. Still in Drivers select Network then Intel then IntelMausiEthernet v2.3.0 (for RJ45 Network)
  6. Still in Drivers select USB then Intel then Increase Max Port Limit 200 Series (enable all USB)
  7. Select Bootloaders and then Clover UEFI Boot Mode + Emulated NVRAM (for Nvidia)
  8. Select Customize and then System Definitions and then Mac Pro 5,1 (the only one that worked with my Dell 5k)
  9. Hit Save on the top right to save a copy of this configuration for future reference.
  10. Hit Build and then Install
  11. When it says "Install Succeeded" then quit MultiBeast.
  12. Run Clover Configurator and mount the EFI partition
  13. With Clover Configurator Open EFI\EFI\Clover\config.plit
  14. Select Acpi and tick FixShutdown_0004 (will fix the restart after shutdown problem)
  15. Select Boot and tick nv_spanmodepolicy=1 (allow 5k with 2 display port cables)
  16. Select Kernel and Kext Patches and add
    • Kext: AirPortBrcm4360
    • Find: 81F952AA00007529
    • Replace: 81F952AA00006690
  17. Select SMBIOS and set the Size and Frequency for each of the two memory entries to match your installed RAM.
  18. Set the SlotCount to 2
  19. Save
  20. Unzip RehabMan-FakePCIID.zip and copy FakePCIID.kext and FakePCIID_Broadcom_WiFi.kext from the Release/ directory to the Desktop
  21. Unzip RehabMan-BrcmPatchRam.zip and copy BcrmPatchRAM2.kext and BrcmFirmwareRepo.kext from the Release/ directory to the Desktop (make sure these are the only two kexts on the Desktop)
  22. Unzip the KextBeast application you copied from the Postinstall directory of the USB stick earlier. Run the resulting application, and select /Library/Extensions as the install location when prompted.
  23. After KextBeast finishes, delete the kext(s) from the Desktop
  24. Setup Nvidia web driver
  25. Eject and remove the USB install drive
  26. Restart your system. It may take some time to restart.
  27. Enter BIOS and change the boot partition
  28. You should get a Clover menu on restart, and you can select Boot Mac OS X from YourDriveName or let it do it automatically. It should quickly proceed to the login screen. If the screen is not sized correctly, switch the monitor off and on.
  29. Open Clover Configurator, mount your EFI partition
  30. Execute audio_cloverHDMI-130.command
    • answer y when needed
    • enter password when requested
  31. Restart






Ressources and references I used
UniBeast: Install macOS Sierra on Any Supported Intel-based PC
[Success] El Capitan 10.11.5 - Skylake i5 6600 - Mini ITX GA H170N WIFI - GTX 950 - 16 GB Ram
[Guide] El Capitan on the Skylake H170N-WIFI


Summary

What Works:
  • 5k resolution
  • HDMI audio
  • Bluetooth
  • Wifi
  • AppStore
What Does Not Work:
  • After boot, the monitor need to be switched off and then on again to have the correct screen size/resolution (not really a problem)
  • Sleep will make OS crash; I disabled automatic sleeping
  • Film rented or bought on iTunes doesn't play
  • Sometimes the mouse "bug" appears, but very rarely comparing to Sierra

I didn't tested iMessage and FaceTime yet as I don't use it.
 

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Thank you for sharing to install steps. I'm planning to install High Sierra on my hackintosh maybe this week.
 
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I've updated today the OS with macOS Security Update 2017-001 without problems.

Simply install the update from App Store, update the NVIDIA web driver (378.10.10.20.109) and restart.
 
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Thanks for your guide and plist! Wifi & BT works perfect with Broadcom BCM94352Z and kext installed or u required a BT dongle usb, or other stuff?thanks
 
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Thanks for your guide and plist! Wifi & BT works perfect with Broadcom BCM94352Z and kext installed or u required a BT dongle usb, or other stuff?thanks
Broadcom BCM94352Z Wifi and BT work perfectly!
 
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Of course an internal antena will have a weaker signal, but probably still enough.
 
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Broadcom BCM94352Z Wifi and BT work perfectly!
Does your handoff or personal hotspot work? I have a similar build and the icon shows up in the dock and in the wifi menu, but its fails to complete the handoff or connect to hotspot.
 
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Sorry but I don't use handoff. I use however the card to connect to my router (or any other Wifi) without problems.

Just tried Airdrop for the first time and it does not discover my MacBook Air, so handoff probably doesn’t work either.

I'll try to spend some time on this to see if I can do something.
 
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Just a message to let you know that your post made me confident to upgrade to High Sierra on my Classic Mac Pro with my Dell 5K. It works and since today I'm even on macOS 10.13.3 (17D47).

Thanks!
 
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