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[SUCCESS] SIERRA 10.12.2 - GA-x79-UD5, 3930k, GTX 670

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Josh's Hackintosh Build JAN 31st 2017


OSX SIERRA (10.12.2) INSTRUCTIONS



I.

SPECS:

GIBABYTE GA-X79-UD5
32GB 1600MHZ CORSAIR RAM
3930K INTEL CHIP
GIGABYTE GTX 670 2GB GRAPHICS
H100i CORSAIR COOLING
TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 DUAL BAND WIFI

II.

INTRO:

Purpose of this is to save time for someone else / future self who owns this build.

Took a solid day to go from nothing to fully functioning SIERRA Hackintosh computer. Before this there was a lot of learning from the very helpful forums of tonymac, insanelymac, and ******/hackintosh. Thank you all.

My computer was running Mavericks like a charm, however it had been a few years since upgrading and I wanted the new colourful interface of Sierra, like my macbook pro.

If you’re a visual person like me, this video guide will probably help you with the order of things – however the exact configuration he mentions is not for this build.


III.

CHIMERA TO CLOVER:

Simply converting from old Chimera to new Clover bootloaders was time consuming (did I mention I’m not a computer person?). I didn’t realize you can’t get rid of your bootloader even if you erase your hard drive.


Whenever I tried to boot with clover, my system always defaulted to chimera boot screen. I erased my USB, my SSD, and even flashed my BIOS in attempt to get rid of chimera and start fresh.


Turns out it was on my SSD and you can erase your bootloader by changing the partition scheme from GUID to Master Boot Record, and then back to GUID in Disk Utility.


IV.
USB INSTALLATION PART 01:

Now the real work can begin. Download SIERRA, CLOVER EFI INSTALLER, CLOVER CONFIGURATOR, and EFI Mounter.

I installed Sierra onto the USB using terminal because it’s fastest, guide below. Make sure InstallmacOSSierra.app is in applications.

http://www.imore.com/how-make-bootable-installer-drive

Right away, click on Clover EFI Install and choose your new USB. Before installing, click on “Customize” and check the following options. (This is what worked for me. Not sure if it is “right” per se)

√ Bootloader / Install boot0af in MBR
√ Clover EFI / 64-bits BiosBlockIO
√ Themes / (one of your choice)
√ Drivers / osxAptioFixDrv-64
√ Drivers / PartitionDxe-64

Hit install. (Note I avoided: Install for UEFI booting only)


USB INSTALLATION PART 02:

Open the folder /volumes/yourUSB/EFI/Clover/config.plist with Clover Configurator. I followed this guide with things to input:

https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/guide-ga-x79-ud5-3930k-gtx-560-2gb-10-11-2.181173/

EXCEPT these are different:

RTVariables / CsrActiveConfig = 0x67
SMBIOS / iMac 14,2 (Sierra doesn’t work with Mac Pro 3,1 and 4,1)

Save and Quit.


USB INSTALLATION PART 03:

Download all the kext’s from the same guide above. The ones I needed were:

FakeSMC.kext <-- Very very important. I missed this one and wasted so much time
FakePCIIDXHIMux.kext
FakePCIId.kext
USBXHCI_FL1009.kext
Apple IntelE100e.kext

They can be found elsewhere on Tonymac if the links are down.

Put these into /volumes/yourUSB/EFI/Clover/Kexts/Other

Now we’re ready to boot.


V.

BIOS SETTINGS:

Disable VT-d, and USB 3.0 controllers. Otherwise most settings aren’t too important. If you have Bios update 13w, re-flash to 13p or 12 BIOS’s. This update has been known to cause problems.

To download old Gigabyte drivers, go to their website, and download. If they give you an .exe file, open it with Stuffit Expander. Then the BIOS file is revealed and it can be installed with separate USB.


VI.

INSTALLATION:

Put your USB into a USB 2.0 port on your computer. You SHOULD go to the Clover boot screen. Choose your Install macOS Sierra USB from the menu.

If you chose –v (verbose mode) you will see the text scrolling on your screen. If you run into a problem, take a picture of where it stopped and then search the forum for answers.

BUT! If your build is like mine, you should have gone to the Sierra Installer screen. If not. I’m sorry. Make sure you followed all the steps and try again.

Format your SSD or HDD with Disk Utility to the same settings as your USB (MAC OS Journaled, and GUID). Quit Disk Utility and Install Sierra onto your SSD. Progress bar took 30min despite the 7min prediction.

Once done, the computer will restart itself, then finish installing for another 13 minutes. It will go back to the Clover Boot Menu where you will choose your freshly installed SSD.

It SHOULD get you into the computer setup menu where you can select wifi options and icloud and the like. Getting from Clover to here is probably the hardest and most time consuming part. If you got here in one or two tries, congrats! That’s rare I think.


VII.

POST INSTALLATION PART 01:

Did it! The feeling of getting here was worth all that time spent wondering what kext’s are. The key here is to do almost all the same things you did for the USB, but onto your SSD this time.

What’s probably not working: Sound, Graphics Card, USB 3.0, iMessage. Don’t worry, these are all fixable.

Initiate Clover EFI Installer and choose your SSD. Choose Customize and check all the same ones you did in step IV.

Open the folder /volumes/yourSSD/EFI/Clover/config.plist with Clover Configurator. Use the same settings from IV. Part 02 of this guide.

Put the exact same kext files from IV. Part 03 into this folder here:

/yourSSD/EFI/Clover/Kexts/Other

Save Clover Configurator and exit. Remove your bootable USB and restart the system.

If all went well, it should go to Clover. Click on your SSD. If all went REALLY well it should get you back to your working Sierra. I found that sometimes it would stop at the loading screen, but after restarting again, it worked properly. This goes away after a complete install.


POST INSTALLATION PART 02:

Graphics. You must download the graphics driver from gigabyte. It is ONLY OSX specific (i.e. 10.12.2 aka 16C67 for me), don’t worry if it doesn’t list your card in the “supported gpus” section. Full guide on installing the drivers here:

https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...for-macos-sierra-10-12-0-367-15-10-05.200843/

(Make sure in Clover Configurator to uncheck boot/nv_disable=1 and nvda_drv=1. Then uncheck Graphics/injectNvidia to get the card running by default)

Sound. Download audio_pikeralphaALC-120.command.zip from Toleda here:

https://github.com/toleda/audio_CloverALC/blob/master/audio_pikeralphaALC-120.command.zip

It opens terminal. Enter password and hit “y” a few times.

USB 3.0. I haven’t tested it yet. Could be working, maybe not. Please let me know if you figure it out.

iMessage. Also haven’t tested. Found a good guide though:

https://www.******.com/r/hackintosh/comments/2wohwn/getting_imessage_working_on_10102_generating/

Sleep: Didn’t yet work for me because of my Bluetooth dongle. I can use it but have to hit the power button to wake it up. Fine with me.

Bluetooth: Works without anything.

Internet: My particular wifi card worked without anything extra.


VIII.

FINAL NOTES:

I wanted to boot as fast as possible so I set boot/default boot volume to my ssd and Timeout=0 in Clover Configurator. This skipped the Clover boot options menu. Then in my BIOS, I turned BIOS SPLASH SCREEN = DISABLE so that only the American Megatrends would be there briefly.

Boot is now about 20secs. Not terrible.

If you have ATHR Unknown Locale 14 (or 21) errors, it’s your wifi card. Follow this guide:

https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...-of-the-athr-unknown-locale-21-errors.148852/


Big thank you to everyone for helping me getting this far.
It feels all the more rewarding to have a working rig with Sierra
after spending so much time figuring this stuff out.
 

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Moved to Sierra Desktop Guides.
 
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Could you please specify which version of the Nvidia Web Driver did you use? I installed latest El Capitan drivers, but they refuse to keep the checkmark on Nvidia drivers, resorting to native OSX drivers after every boot.

I did install Sierra, but it failed to function with my GTX 670.

e: Oh, you did that. Thank you. As stated, I've been unable to get GTX 670 work with nVidia Web Drivers in any OS X, so peoples mileage may wary. Mine is ASUS DirectCU II GTX 670 2GB.
 
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Hi, what is the reason that you avoided "Install for UEFI booting only" on the Clover EFI Install ? When I tried it it worked on the USB stick, but I had problems to use it on my Hard drive as it says the Clover EFI Install version is too old. I used the latest Clover V2.4 R4049. When I use UEFI booting version it works, only it doesn't boot from my SSD
 
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Just curious, why is there no mention of "UniBeast" or "MultiBeast" in this guide? Isn't that was this site - tonymacx86.com is all about? For a "non computer person", there sure are some very technical terms discussed and a lot of vague information... just sayin'... Using UniBeast and Clover, I was finally able to get Sierra installed on my SSD (GA-X79-UD5 & GeForce GTX 670), however, using MultiBeast, installing parameters I thought to be correct, I now cannot get the system booted with the MultiBeast bootloader loaded on the SSD. The bootflags that got me in from USB were generally PCIRootUID=1 and ncpi=0x3000. Aside from that, I am stuck.
 
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One more thing... I have no idea about UEFI but I do know that I cannot get my GA-X79-UD5 to boot in any other mode other than Legacy boot mode using the BIOS. UEFI is an absolute joke. It does not work and I have no idea what it even does. Even though the GA-X79-UD5 is supposed to be UEFI capable, I have never seen it happen.
 
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Thanks for the reply charliespringer007! However, it looks like his Dropbox files aren't there anymore. Any ideas where I might be able to get those files? Thanks again!
 
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Hi Veroiatech, the link was still active on the 3rd page of the thread I send you, but here you go; https://www.dropbox.com/s/vgxsdi87ra975i4/X79-UP4 Files.zip?dl=0
For audio driver I didn't use the driver inside the zip as it didn't work for me, but the one in this form; Download audio_pikeralphaALC-120.command.zip from Toleda here:
https://github.com/toleda/audio_CloverALC/blob/master/audio_pikeralphaALC-120.command.zip
It opens terminal. Enter password and hit “y” a few times.

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Your section called Post Installation Part 02 - Graphics, was especially helpful to me to get my dual monitors working. Thanks for putting up your guide. Very helpful.
 
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