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[SUCCESS] Gigabyte Designare Z390 (Thunderbolt 3) + i7-9700K + AMD RX 580

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Yes it should be okay. As always, however, a full backup should be made before updating. Because I'm running 11.3 Beta, I don't plan to go "back" to 11.2.2!
Done

Ok for me with 3 reboots

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Hi Casey, all,

Long time lurker, infrequent poster. Huge fan of this thread and community!

Since upgrading to Big Sur and adopting OpenCore I’ve been having a heck of time with Bluetooth connectivity. Bluetooth always “shows up” in my system report and the OS. I can connect devices. But the devices always lose connection after a random period of time. After losing their connection, are totally unable to reconnect. My Hackintosh, built to nearly the exact specs Casey recommends, is housed in a Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C. I’ve found that if I leave a USB device plugged in to one of the front USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth works much more reliably and only infrequently fails, a minor win of sorts.

After much reading and head banging, I think my issue may be a new weirdness introduced in Big Sur (I didn’t have any issues in Catalina!) and believe it may relate to USB mapping and/or power management. I like to think of myself as relatively tech savvy, but Casey’s guides are much easier for a noob like me to follow than, say, the USB mapping guide on the dortania Github. I’m generally not super clear on how exactly kexts “work” or how to alter boot-related things beyond adding new files to the relevant EFI folder and/or opening my config.plist file in OpenCore Configurator and saving changes. But I’m good at reading! Most of the time.

Any thoughts on what’s causing my Bluetooth issue? Agree it seems related to USB mapping and/or power management? Could you point me to the best guide for someone like me to work through the issue?

Appreciate any help! In case it’s helpful attached please find a screenshot of the “Bluetooth” section of my system report. Very happy to provide additional detail or context.

Thank you!
 

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I thought so too, but another one didn't fix it for me unfortunately.
Please try disabling XMP Memory Profile in BIOS. We can then set memory multiplier to 29.33 for 2933MHz.
 

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Hi Casey, all,

Long time lurker, infrequent poster. Huge fan of this thread and community!

Since upgrading to Big Sur and adopting OpenCore I’ve been having a heck of time with Bluetooth connectivity. Bluetooth always “shows up” in my system report and the OS. I can connect devices. But the devices always lose connection after a random period of time. After losing their connection, are totally unable to reconnect. My Hackintosh, built to nearly the exact specs Casey recommends, is housed in a Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C. I’ve found that if I leave a USB device plugged in to one of the front USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth works much more reliably and only infrequently fails, a minor win of sorts.

After much reading and head banging, I think my issue may be a new weirdness introduced in Big Sur (I didn’t have any issues in Catalina!) and believe it may relate to USB mapping and/or power management. I like to think of myself as relatively tech savvy, but Casey’s guides are much easier for a noob like me to follow than, say, the USB mapping guide on the dortania Github. I’m generally not super clear on how exactly kexts “work” or how to alter boot-related things beyond adding new files to the relevant EFI folder and/or opening my config.plist file in OpenCore Configurator and saving changes. But I’m good at reading! Most of the time.

Any thoughts on what’s causing my Bluetooth issue? Agree it seems related to USB mapping and/or power management? Could you point me to the best guide for someone like me to work through the issue?

Appreciate any help! In case it’s helpful attached please find a screenshot of the “Bluetooth” section of my system report. Very happy to provide additional detail or context.

Thank you!
Hello @coman05,

Thank you first of all for providing such a good description.

Which Bluetooth devices are you using?

Do they disconnect randomly?

Could it be a signal attenuation issue? Have you considered using an outboard antenna instead of the directly connected antennas?
 
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Hey Casey,

Thank you so much for the response! Answers below. Appreciate any other guidance or recommendations you may have.
Which Bluetooth devices are you using?

Only two: a Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse.

Do they disconnect randomly?

It does feel random, but the disconnection seems correlated to having devices plugged into one of the front USB 3.0 ports. I nearly wrote my bluetooth works "flawlessly" whenever I have something like a USB mouse plugged into one of them, devices working for days on end and even to sleep/wake the machine, but it does still randomly drop from time to time even when I have a USB device attached, though I'm sometimes able to reconnect bluetooth devices after that happens. If I have no USB devices attached, which is my usual and preferred setup, bluetooth devices typically connect and work on startup, but then randomly lose connection after a short period of time ranging from 1-4 minutes, and like I said originally, are totally unable to reconnect after that happens.

Could it be a signal attenuation issue? Have you considered using an outboard antenna instead of the directly connected antennas?

Maybe? I don't have an outboard antenna to troubleshoot this with, but I would note that I didn't have this issue in Catalina with Clover, so it feels unlikely to be the cause. If it's helpful context, my bluetooth mouse and keyboard are a mere ~6 feet from the antennas on the back of my machine. That said, there's a few other bluetooth devices nearby -- namely a PS4 Pro and Sonos. But the location of all these devices hasn't changed since I made the Big Sur leap, and I had no problems back in my Catalina/Clover days. If you think this could be the issue and I should troubleshoot it, I appreciate any specific recommendations you have for an outboard antenna.

Finally, in case it's meaningful, I upgraded to Big Sur and OpenCore 0.6.6 following your guides, and have since upgraded Big Sur to 11.2.1. However, when I follow your guide, I always have to use the config.plist file HackinDROM generates by ticking the "generate a new SMBIOS" box and selecting the latest AMD version of your files from the dropdown. If I do "browse..." to upload the "config-AMD-GPU.plist" file included in your attached zip in the guide, I get that lovely not working/not found symbol on startup. But beyond that, I've followed all your guides to a T -- and hugely appreciate them! Worry this is superfluous detail or indicative of some other issue, but wanted to share just in case.
 
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Hey Casey,

Thank you so much for the response! Answers below. Appreciate any other guidance or recommendations you may have.


Only two: a Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse.



It does feel random, but the disconnection seems correlated to having devices plugged into one of the front USB 3.0 ports. I nearly wrote my bluetooth works "flawlessly" whenever I have something like a USB mouse plugged into one of them, devices working for days on end and even to sleep/wake the machine, but it does still randomly drop from time to time even when I have a USB device attached, though I'm sometimes able to reconnect bluetooth devices after that happens. If I have no USB devices attached, which is my usual and preferred setup, bluetooth devices typically connect and work on startup, but then randomly lose connection after a short period of time ranging from 1-4 minutes, and like I said originally, are totally unable to reconnect after that happens.
Do you have other Bluetooth HIDs (HID = human interface devices)? Apple Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard, unfortunately, lose most of their magic on Hackintosh. We recommend Logitech wireless mice and keyboards that use the Logitech Unifying receiver. These devices work in BIOS, in OpenCore Picker, and of course in MacOS, Linux, Windows, everything under the sun.

Maybe? I don't have an outboard antenna to troubleshoot this with, but I would note that I didn't have this issue in Catalina with Clover, so it feels unlikely to be the cause. If it's helpful context, my bluetooth mouse and keyboard are a mere ~6 feet from the antennas on the back of my machine. That said, there's a few other bluetooth devices nearby -- namely a PS4 Pro and Sonos. But the location of all these devices hasn't changed since I made the Big Sur leap, and I had no problems back in my Catalina/Clover days. If you think this could be the issue and I should troubleshoot it, I appreciate any specific recommendations you have for an outboard antenna.
Pressing Shift-Option while clicking the Bluetooth icon in menu bar will reveal an extended window as shown below.
  • Under Devices you will see blue icons for connected peripherals and gray icons for paired, but disconnected peripherals.
  • For each connected device you will see RSSI that stands for Received Signal Strength Indicator, which is a measure of the strength of the signal received by the connected device.
RSSI Summary Description
-30 dBm Excellent Max achievable signal strength. The client can
only be a few feet from the AP to achieve this. Not typical
or desirable in the real world.
-67 dBm Very Good Minimum signal strength for applications that
require very reliable, timely delivery of data packets.
-70 dBm Okay Minimum signal strength for reliable packet
delivery.
-80 dBm Not Good Minimum signal strength for basic connectivity.
Packet delivery may be unreliable.
-90 dBm Unusable Approaching or drowning in the noise floor.
Any functionality is highly unlikely.

Source: https://www.metageek.com/training/resources/understanding-rssi.html

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The Designare Z390 comes with an outboard antenna with two coaxial connectors. If RSSI is low, disconnect the bottom two antennas from your Fenvi and attach the outboard antenna in their place. Then move the outboard antenna in various positions to see if RSSI changes.

You can also try Factory reset all connected Apple devices and Reset the Bluetooth module.
 
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Hello @CaseySJ,
As you suggested, I reset CMOS to try to repair Fenvi WiFi but it not worked for me.
Also, I tried to flash back F9i instead of F9j. Unfortunately, still no WiFi.
I tried to change Antennas, too.
No problem with BT. it works as expected.
I'm using your latest OC EFI.

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My system boots perfectly. But, after I enter my login data, it takes about 30 seconds for all the icons in the upper taskbar (where date and time are) to load. This is extremely annoying since even the Little Snitch Filter doesn't load, so every time I boot up, I end up waiting almost 1 min for Internet. It doesn't seem like the system is loading anything, but rather waiting for something to happen. Because when it eventually starts loading everything, it happens in a matter of 2 seconds. Anybody know how to investigate this?
 
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