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[SUCCESS] Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3 + Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce 210

Joined
Jan 26, 2012
Messages
5
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA Z270 Gaming K3
CPU
i5-7600K
Graphics
gt 210
Mac
MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
My Setup
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3 (rev. 1.0)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K
  • RAM: 2x8GB Ballistix Sport LT BLS2C8G4D240FSCK @2400
  • Harddrive: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
  • Graphics: Gigabyte GeForce 210 (PCIe)
  • Soundcard: RME AIO (PCIe)
  • DSP Card: UAD Solo (PCIe)
Working
  • USB: all ports working
  • SATA: all ports working
  • Ethernet (Killer E2500 LAN chip): works
  • PCIe Bus: all slots working (tested with GeForce 210, RME AIO and UAD)
  • Sleep, Wake: works (in Clover configurator provide: darkwake=1)
  • Graphics: Dual Heading works (with GeForce 210, in Clover only provide: nvda_drv=1, that's all! Don't use web drivers or anything else!!!)
  • Graphics: Internal Graphics Intel HD630 deactivated (dual heading can't be made possible with acceptable investment of lifetime, I went for that GeForce 210 card instead: 40€!)
  • Hibernation: not tested yet
  • HDMI Sound: not tested yet
  • Audio: Realtek ALC1220 not installed (b/c of running RME AIO. To make ALC running ppl are coding tons of things since 10 yrs. Check here for details.)
Remarks
This is a stable installation of Sierra 10.12.6. I had to read a few pages here and there, but it was a lot more simple than my EP35DS3 10yrs ago, where I even set my DSDT. I had to replace the EP3DS3 now, b/c of Ableton 10's requirements.

0. UEFI BIOS Preparation
  • System (BIOS Version): F8
  • System (BIOS Date): 07/06/2017
  • BIOS (Windows 7/10 Features): Other OS
  • BIOS (Storage Boot Option Control): UEFI
  • Peripherals (Initial Display Output): PCIe 1 Slot (or whatever slot you installed your graphics card into)
  • Peripherals (Onboard LAN Controller): Enabled
  • Peripherals (USB 3.0 DAC-UP 2): Normal
  • Peripherals/USB Configuration (Legacy USB Support): Enabled
  • Peripherals/USB Configuration (XHCI-Hand-Off): Enabled
  • Peripherals/USB Configuration (USB Mass Storage Driver Support): Enabled
  • Peripherals/SATA and RST Configuration (SATA Controllers): Enabled
  • Peripherals/SATA and RST Configuration (SATA Mode Selection): AHCI
  • Peripherals/SATA and RST Configuration (Aggressive LPM Support): Enabled
  • Chipset (VT-d): Disabled
  • Chipset (Internal Graphics): Disabled (don't try it with 2 Monitors, it's just not worth the life time to see your system crashing on and on)
  • Chipset (Audio Controller): Disabled (you may try to get this running, but it was just not needed by me)
  • Power (Platform Power Management): Disabled (**new 3/11/2018: I enabled this in the meantime)
1. Installation
  • created bootable pen drive with UniBeast (version 7.1.1)
  • used USB 3.0 for the pen drive (only the red USB 3.0 port on the back works during installation, otherwise take the USB 2.0 ports, but that takes a bit longer)
2. Post Installation

2.1. MultiBeast configuration (get version 9.2.1 here):
  • Quick Start: UEFI Boot Mode
  • Drivers (Disk): Intel Generic AHCI SATA
  • Drivers (Misc): FakeSMC v6.25-333-g05e0f4be.1759
  • Drivers (Misc): FakeSMC Plugins v6.25-333-g05e0f4be.1759
  • Drivers (Misc): FakeSMC HWMonitor Application v6.25-333-g05e0f4be.1759
  • Drivers (Misc): NullCPUPowerManagement v.1.0.0d2
  • Drivers (Network): AtherosE2200Ethernet v.2.2.1
  • Drivers (USB): Increase Max Port Limit 200 Series
  • Bootloaders: Clover v2.4k r4173 UEFI Boot Mode
  • Customize (Graphics Configuration): Inject NVDIA (only!!!)
  • Customize (SSDT Options): (none)
  • Customize (System Definitions): iMac 14,2
  • then click '''Build'''
2.2. Clover Configurator:
  • Tools (Mount EFI): Mount the EFI Partition where MultiBeast installed your UEFI Clover boot loader into
  • Open: EFI (partition) -> EFI -> Clover -> config.plist
  • ACPI (Fixes): FixShutdown (needs to be enabled, otherwise shutdown too often just reboots) **new 03/11/2018
  • ACPI (Generate Options): Generate PStates, Generate States
  • Boot (Arguments): darkwake=1, dart=0, nvda_drv=1
  • SMBIOS (Up/Down Arrows, on the right): select iMac 14,2
  • SMBIOS (Serial Number): click "Generate New"
  • Save config.plist and reboot. You should be good to go...

// minor updates (03/11/2018):
// - Shutdown had issues (FixShutdown had to be enabled in Clover Configurator)
// - I also updated to TonyMac's latest Clover installer (version 4411), provided here
// - in contrast to the first attempts, in the meantime I also enabled the Platform Power Management in BIOS (see above).
 
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Joined
Jan 26, 2012
Messages
5
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA Z270 Gaming K3
CPU
i5-7600K
Graphics
gt 210
Mac
MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
As an addendum:

if you decide to use that crappy "Migration Assistant" for migrating a Chameleon/Chimera based Hackintosh to a Clover based system, get ready for tons of issues and a non booting system (even if it was running perfectly ten seconds ago).

What does "Migration Assistant" do to our systems what we even remotely don't need:
  • it moves the deprecated "/Extra" folder with all its contents to the Clover based system, which screws up your system, because Clover tries to use what it finds in "/Extra" (you'll see after reboot). Unless you don't have a fallback installation to repair your main installation you would be done here. Neither Safe mode nor single user mode can be booted...
  • it moves tons of old outdated kexts to the "/System/Library/Extensions" folder. So even if you need them, you'd better move them to "/Library/Extensions" (which is the right place for all third party kernel extensions). So I wish you much fun, going fishing for kexts to remove. As said: I hope you have a fallback installation of the very same system to compare the contents of the folders.
  • it moves the "/Library/Audio" with all its entirely outdated plugins to your new system without asking, thus making your DAW unstable
I will never use that Migration Assistant anymore, that's for sure...
 
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Joined
Jan 31, 2017
Messages
29
Motherboard
Gigabyte Aurus z370 Gaming 7
CPU
i7-8700K
Graphics
RX 540
Mac
MacBook Pro, Mac Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
can you share your last EFI folder?
 
Joined
Jan 26, 2012
Messages
5
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA Z270 Gaming K3
CPU
i5-7600K
Graphics
gt 210
Mac
MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
Sorry for not getting back any earlier, I had issues with my account here.

I am not sure, if sharing the EFI folder is allowed, since I don't know about all the license types. I attach a screenshot for you. I hope this helps... I don't use anything fancy...
 

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