- May 26, 2014
- 27" iMac late 2009
- 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
- ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
penrimainwaring's Build: ASUS Z170-A - i7-6700K - GTX 970
Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card
XFX XTR 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Been a Mac user for years. I needed a new machine for graphical work as my iMac wasn't powerful enough anymore. Prices of new Macs were, well, out of my budget.
I build a PC to go down the Windows route as it was cheaper. After about 2/3 months with Windows I really couldn't take it anymore and went down the Hackintosh route.
How I did it
For the most part I followed the tonymacx86 Installation Guide . It's very clear and easy to follow, but I will give info in regards to the BIOS settings.
On the ASUS Z170-A, in the section where you pick 'Other OS' the "Disable' part for the Secure Boot Mode is greyed out.
I followed this instruction to open up that settings - http://www.technorms.com/45538/disable-enable-secure-boot-asus-motherboard-uefi-bios-utility . I am aware it is not the same motherboard but this worked for me. Just follow the steps and after a restart the setting to 'Disable' Secure Boot Mode will be there.
Please make sure you have done all of the required BIOS settings. I did a "test" install before without touching the BIOS and I got nowhere. Just follow the instruction and you will be fine.
After Installing MacOSX
Once it was all installed I ran Multi Beast
Quick Start - UEFI Boot Mode
Drivers - Audio - Realtek ALC892
Network - Intel - IntelMausiEthernet v2.1.0d0
I also installed the Nvidia WebDriver using THIS instruction.
Saved everything. Shut down. Removed USB and booted.
For the first boot and troubleshooting, I only had one monitor connected.
Logged in fine, but there was no Audio.
Downloaded the KEXT file from here:
Download KEXTBeast from tonymacx86. Empty the folder you downloaded from that youutbe link onto the Desktop. Run KEXTBeast. Restart and you should have audio!
But no...after sleep there is no audio, nuts!
No worries, download the KEXt from here - http://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/no-sound-after-sleep-alc-892-el-capitan-clover.174727/
Do the same again, Empty folder onto your Desktop, Run KEXTBeast. Restart and there you go! Audio before and After Sleep.
Although I am using a DragonFly stick for my audio, I wanted to make sure the onboard one worked just in case. I did sleep it and wake it a couple of times and it worked.
I have since moved over to my DragonFly stick, so if there is a problem after I'm sorry I haven't covered it in this post.
No major issue here with graphics. A slightly annoying restarts with cables removed or different combos. I have a 1440p displayport monitor and a 1080p HDMI tv/monitor all working fine. I can't see any major issue but for some reason it took about 10 minutes for everything to just work. It was either not seeing the right resolution or not picking up a signal. But, as I said, it's all ok now.
Pretty much everything.
iCloudThe only part that isn't working are the front USB 2.0, but the front USB 3.0 are working just fine. Probably wont bother trying to fix this.
And that's that.
Thank you tonymacx86 for all the great downloads, links and help. The process was long, challenging but fun.
Just remember READ all instructions and don't rush. Make check lists and keep at it. If there's a problem, someone else has had it and some clever guy has fixed it.
Any questions or info you wont, give us a shout!