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

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I've only ever had one freeze on my Hackintosh because of a faulty USB device plugged on a HUB. I guess-if you've not tried this already-you could try unplugging everything except keyboard and mouse for one of these long sessions where you would get a freeze, you could also try a different GPU output if you haven't done so already.

Also, I'm using HWMonitorSMC2 to monitor my GPU temps and fan speeds, works great here, just remember to enable GPU temp from its options.
Thanks for your reply. I’ve tried pretty much everything up to now. over the weekend I swapped out the power supply for a new one, some issues.

things I’ve tried but still get freezing:

  • unplugging all USB devices except for mouse (and used a different mouse/keyboard)
  • changed power supply for a new one
  • unplugged nvme drive and ran OS from a SATA ssd via USB 3 and internally
  • swapped nvme drive for a new one
  • unplugged all SATA drives and cables
  • disconnected all USB board headers
  • disconnected Thunderbolt audio devices and turned off Thunderbolt in bios and used a different audio interface.
  • Used 1 screen only without and with WEG/LILU
  • tried different graphics ports on card
  • disconnected wifi/bt PCIE card
  • disconnected USB 3 PCIE card
  • Swapped out 5700xt with a new different brand of 5700xt
  • swapped out for a older known working rx 580
  • tried a different power outlet from my wall
  • reseated and checked my cpu and board pins for damage
  • swapped ram for new ram
  • xmp for ram off and on
  • tried BIOS with all auto OC off and on
  • tried setting ram voltages and speeds/timings manually
  • turned off turbo/speed step cpu stuff
  • tried bios versions f7, f8 and f9b
  • reset cmos and Bios settings
  • checked motherboard and sockets for visible signs of damage
  • check all power connections to board (I have ALL optional connectors and power attached from an 850w psu)
  • turned off screen sharing settings
  • deleted and disabled photos app/library
  • checked for rogue kexts
  • checked EFI folders and files and plist 1000x times
  • tried different smbios
  • forgot all the other things I’ve tried....
Things I haven’t tried:

- reverting to Mojave (stubborn)
- swapping out the motherboard
- swapping the cpu
- disconnecting fans or swapping them
- swapping case (is that even a thing?)

Today or tomorrow I’m swapping out the motherboard, so I’m begging the computer gods to have mercy on me. It’s been 3-4 months of computer hell. Moreover, it like the graphics card just stops communicating with the system, the screens freeze the audio continues, mouse moves, then the whole system just halts and I need to hard reboot. Really only happens when working on things in audio or video apps. During the last few days of intensive testing, I found I don’t need to wait to be the freezing to happen, I can just load up a project in an app and crash it within 1-10mins.

yay!
 

CaseySJ

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** Thunderbolt Devices Made Compatible After Enabling Thunderbolt Bus **
Please do not quote this list. Post a link instead.

So you've successfully flashed the modified Thunderbolt firmware and System Information --> Thunderbolt is finally looking like a real Mac! Congratulations. In this post we'll compile a list of Thunderbolt devices and features that did not work before, but suddenly became operational after enabling Thunderbolt Bus.
  • Apple Thunderbolt Display.
    • It's truly a miracle! On 16 April 2020, @NCMacGuy found that the seemingly impossible had become a reality. The Apple Thunderbolt Display is working after flashing the modified Thunderbolt firmware. Details are posted here.
  • Thunderbolt Ethernet Bridge.
    • This establishes a point-to-point Ethernet connection between two Thunderbolt-capable Macs.
  • Target Disk Mode.
    • This allows a real Mac's drives to be mounted to a Hackintosh as if they were local drives. Only a real Mac can be the "host", but now for the first time a Hackintosh can be the "client" that connects to the host.
  • PowerColor Gaming Station X eGPU with USB/Ethernet dock built-in.
    • All features of the Gaming Station X are operational.
    • eGPU can be safely ejected from the menu bar.
  • Razer Core X eGPU.
    • Fully functional.
    • eGPU can be safely ejected from the menu bar.
  • OWC Dock Ejector App.
    • This app works with all OWC Thunderbolt docks to safely eject all mounted disk drives and allowing for the dock to be safely disconnected. It's similar to the "eGPU Disconnect" menu-bar icon that safely disconnects an eGPU.
  • Universal Audio Devices (UAD) Apollo 16 MkII
    • Please see these two posts by @smashdownbabylon for significant improvements made possible after enabling Thunderbolt Bus. Note carefully from the posts below that UAD hardware reset was necessary.
  • QNAP Thunderbolt-Based NAS Devices
    • These devices will connect to a Hackintosh only when Thunderbolt Bus is activated.
  • Promise Pegasus R4 (Thunderbolt 1)
  • LaCie External Thunderbolt Drive
    • Pending
  • OWC External Thunderbolt Drive
    • Pending

Are you aware of any other device that is working only after enabling Thunderbolt Bus? Please let us know.
 
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CaseySJ

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@bigboosh,

Hopefully it's the motherboard. A similar thing happened very recently to a family member. We replaced PSU and CPU before deciding to replace motherboard. It was the motherboard. Let us know how it goes.
 
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I finished the installation of Catalina. The only problem is that on BIOS disappeared all my bootable disks. I can enter on the Clover Boot Menu just loading the USB installation pen drive. After that, if I press boot from Catalina, it starts. What can I do?
 
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Thanks for your response. I believe it is in fact the GPU causing problems, i was on 10.15.3, but switching back to Mojave as i don’t really know that it wasn’t the sketchy Russian copy of Catalina i had, lol. Also getting an Rx Vega 56 as those seem to be well suited to this build. Otherwise, thank you very much for your hard work.
Just to confirm: are you on 10.15.3 or 10.15.4?

If you're on 10.15.3:
  • Please have a look at the troubleshooting section at the bottom of the Catalina Mini-Guide (this one).
  • Also note that MSI RX 5700 XT's have caused various issues. As a last resort, try removing that card and switching iGPU to platform ID 0x3E9B0007.
 
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[QUOTE="CaseySJ]
Are you aware of any other device that is working only after enabling Thunderbolt Bus? Please let us know.
[/QUOTE]

Can I assume this milestone you've accomplished applies only to the on-board Thunderbolt on your Z390? Or do you think it applies to other implementation of Thunderbolt on hackintoshes (particularly those with add-in cards)?
 

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i finished the installation of catalina ... the only problem is that on bios disappeared all my bootable disks... and i can enter on the clover menu just loading the usb installation pendrive.. after that if i press boot from catalina ... it starts ..what can i do?
You should be able to fix this by shutting down the computer and then flipping power switch on PSU to OFF for 10 seconds.
 

CaseySJ

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Can I assume this milestone you've accomplished applies only to the on-board Thunderbolt on your Z390? Or do you think it applies to other implementation of Thunderbolt on hackintoshes (particularly those with add-in cards)?
It should certainly apply to other devices as well, as long as Thunderbolt Bus is activated "properly".
 
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Can I assume this milestone you've accomplished applies only to the on-board Thunderbolt on your Z390? Or do you think it applies to other implementation of Thunderbolt on hackintoshes (particularly those with add-in cards)?
It should certainly apply to other devices as well, as long as Thunderbolt Bus is activated "properly".
[/QUOTE]

Hmmm....."properly". Sounds like more detail is needed. Any thoughts about a guide for add-in cards? And, btw, congrats on a job well done!
 
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Thanks for your reply. I’ve tried pretty much everything up to now. over the weekend I swapped out the power supply for a new one, some issues.

things I’ve tried but still get freezing:

  • unplugging all USB devices except for mouse (and used a different mouse/keyboard)
  • changed power supply for a new one
  • unplugged nvme drive and ran OS from a SATA ssd via USB 3 and internally
  • swapped nvme drive for a new one
  • unplugged all SATA drives and cables
  • disconnected all USB board headers
  • disconnected Thunderbolt audio devices and turned off Thunderbolt in bios and used a different audio interface.
  • Used 1 screen only without and with WEG/LILU
  • tried different graphics ports on card
  • disconnected wifi/bt PCIE card
  • disconnected USB 3 PCIE card
  • Swapped out 5700xt with a new different brand of 5700xt
  • swapped out for a older known working rx 580
  • tried a different power outlet from my wall
  • reseated and checked my cpu and board pins for damage
  • swapped ram for new ram
  • xmp for ram off and on
  • tried BIOS with all auto OC off and on
  • tried setting ram voltages and speeds/timings manually
  • turned off turbo/speed step cpu stuff
  • tried bios versions f7, f8 and f9b
  • reset cmos and Bios settings
  • checked motherboard and sockets for visible signs of damage
  • check all power connections to board (I have ALL optional connectors and power attached from an 850w psu)
  • turned off screen sharing settings
  • deleted and disabled photos app/library
  • checked for rogue kexts
  • checked EFI folders and files and plist 1000x times
  • tried different smbios
  • forgot all the other things I’ve tried....
Things I haven’t tried:

- reverting to Mojave (stubborn)
- swapping out the motherboard
- swapping the cpu
- disconnecting fans or swapping them
- swapping case (is that even a thing?)

Today or tomorrow I’m swapping out the motherboard, so I’m begging the computer gods to have mercy on me. It’s been 3-4 months of computer hell. Moreover, it like the graphics card just stops communicating with the system, the screens freeze the audio continues, mouse moves, then the whole system just halts and I need to hard reboot. Really only happens when working on things in audio or video apps. During the last few days of intensive testing, I found I don’t need to wait to be the freezing to happen, I can just load up a project in an app and crash it within 1-10mins.

yay!
If you run an alternate O/S (Linux, Windows) does the machine lockup? Try running Linux + some applications off of the Ubuntu or Fedora Live disk and see if the machine locks up. I would do this for a couple days before tearing the machine apart.
 
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