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[Success] Sierra on MSI z170M Mortar, i7 6700K

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1050ti
Hello All!

This is not my first hackintosh build but it is the first one I had a lot of trouble with getting going. In addition, there’s very few guides on MSI boards so I thought I’d share in the hopes of helping someone in need. I’m also dual booting Windows 10/macOS on 2 separate SSDs. This is how I would suggest doing it.


Bill of Materials:

  • MSI Z170M Mortar mATX motherboard

  • Intel i7 6700K (overclocked to 4.5 GHz)

  • Crucial Ballistix Sport 8 GB (2x4GB) DDR4 RAM

  • Cryorig H5 Universal CPU Cooler

  • EVGA GTX 960 SSC ACX2.0 4 GB
Pre-Installation:

  1. Boot into your bios and make sure you have the following settings enabled/disabled:
    1. CFG-Lock: Disabled

    2. VT-d Tech: disabled

    3. Windows 8/8.1: enabled (On my setup I needed this for clover/macOS to scale my display properly. It didn’t seem to affect my Windows 10 installation at all.

    4. Boot mode: UEFI

    5. Bonus: if you have this board and can’t figure out how to turn off the stupid red LEDs, it’s in the advanced power options menu
    6. Here's some shots from the bios (note, you can keep Vt-D and Virtualization Enabled if you add "dart=0" to your boot arguments in clover.






  2. Make sure you grab the latest nvidia drivers as well as multibeast for post-installation configuration
Installation

  1. Follow the UniBeast installer instructions: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/unibeast-install-macos-sierra-on-any-supported-intel-based-pc.200564/

  2. Once the UniBeast disk is ready, mount the EFI partition (it may already be mounted) and copy over the EFI attached to this post. It should allow you to boot into the installer and get it going.

  3. Once the installer reboots, boot with your UniBeast stick again, but pick the drive you installed Sierra onto

  4. At this point, you probably won’t have working networking or anything else really. Open up multibeast and make the following selections and install them to your system disk.
    1. Quick Start > UEFI Boot Mode

    2. Drivers > Audio > Realtek ALCxxx > ALC892

    3. Drivers > Audio > Realtek ALCxxx > 100 Series Audio

    4. Drivers > Network > Intel > Realtek RTL8111H

    5. Drivers > USB > Increase Max Port Limit

    6. Bootloaders > Clover v2.3k r3766 UEFI Boot Mode

    7. Customize > System Definitions > iMac > iMac 14,2
  5. Install the NVIDIA Alternate Graphics Drivers for OS X 10.12.1 (16B2657) found here --> http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/110844/

  6. I think Multibeast installs clover configurator now so if it did, open it up and mount your EFI on the system disk and load the config.plist.

  7. Go to System Parameters and make sure NvidiaWeb is checked.

  8. Go to the Driver Install and check which drivers are installed. They should be CsmVideoDxe, DataHubDxe, EmuVariableUefi, OsxAptioFixDrv, OsxAptioFix2Drv, HFSPlus UEFI, OsxFatBinaryDrvUEFI. You probably won’t be able to install any of them if they are missing because your network isn’t working yet. I included my entire EFI in the attachment and you can grab the drivers you need from the drivers64 folder. Since you don’t have internet, you can install them by dropping them in the drivers64 folder from the attachment or reboot and do it from within Clover Configurator.

  9. Grab the AGDPfix app from here: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...-imac-15-or-imac-17-system-definition.183113/ and run it to patch your system for iMac 17,1 display sleep issues which we would have when change the SMBIOS after we reboot.

  10. Reboot.

  11. Hopefully you have booted and now have networking and audio. My audio was working at this point I think and it has since stopped working but I am using an external interface so I don’t care much. If your audio is not working at this step, go with toleda’s guide https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/audio-realtek-alc-applehda-guide.143757/#post886744

  12. Open up Clover Configurator, mount your EFI, load your config, and go to the SMBIOS and hit the magic wand, select iMac 17,1 and hit “shake” on the right side a couple times for the week and unit to get a new serial number, then hit OK. You shouldn’t need to mess with anything else in your config at this point.

  13. Reboot and see if your display is working, if so, you should be done! You can go and do an SSDT or DSDT but those are not really necessary for use. You can read up on those elsewhere on the site. Hopefully this tutorial was helpful in getting your MSI board running! I’m not a very good teacher but if you have any questions I’ll definitely try to answer them as best I can.
EDIT: somehow didn't realize I had the wrong ethernet kext in here. It should be the Realtek one, not Mausi.
First, thanks for this guide, it has helped immensely.

I've got a very similar build to yours (i7 6700k, GTX1050ti, MSI Mortar) and I am having issues. So I followed your guide to a T, but it's not working 100% of the time. Sometimes when I boot it will get the prohibited sign, but it will usually boot after 2-3 restarts. Any ideas? I also am having an issue with graphics, where moving anything around on the screen causes artifacts or glitches. I'd appreciate any help, this is really bugging me. Some applications (Google Chrome for instance) are totally unusable. When I try to click on the "new tab" thing, it totally glitches out and the screen flashes funny in that area. Also, not sure if this is related, but the Nvidia Web Preference thing in the top bar shows "OS X Default Graphics" and won't change over to Nvidia Web.
 
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First, thanks for this guide, it has helped immensely.

I've got a very similar build to yours (i7 6700k, GTX1050ti, MSI Mortar) and I am having issues. So I followed your guide to a T, but it's not working 100% of the time. Sometimes when I boot it will get the prohibited sign, but it will usually boot after 2-3 restarts. Any ideas? I also am having an issue with graphics, where moving anything around on the screen causes artifacts or glitches. I'd appreciate any help, this is really bugging me. Some applications (Google Chrome for instance) are totally unusable. When I try to click on the "new tab" thing, it totally glitches out and the screen flashes funny in that area. Also, not sure if this is related, but the Nvidia Web Preference thing in the top bar shows "OS X Default Graphics" and won't change over to Nvidia Web.
Sounds like you have multiple issues. I've since found some problems with my EFI folder which I'll have to re-upload the zip in the OP if I remember to do it when I get home. Make sure you have the latest version of clover installed.

As for your GPU issue there's info about that in the Graphics forum.
 
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I am using your EFI, so hopefully that helps. I think I found the thread in Graphics, and after trying what they suggested, I now have a new, and significantly worse issue. Sigh...
The original EFI you have should work with the exception being you cannot access clover during boot. Your monitor will sleep after the MSI splash. Check this thread to see what I did to fix that: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/clover-doesnt-wake-screen-with-gtx-1080.220562/#post-1491532
 
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The original EFI you have should work with the exception being you cannot access clover during boot. Your monitor will sleep after the MSI splash. Check this thread to see what I did to fix that: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/clover-doesnt-wake-screen-with-gtx-1080.220562/#post-1491532
That's strange, I don't have an issue getting to clover (I don't think at least, Clover is just the screen where I choose what drive to boot from and can add the -v and -x things, right?) I do have an issue with the screen turning off/sleeping over and over again, but I don't believe that is related.
 
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That's strange, I don't have an issue getting to clover (I don't think at least, Clover is just the screen where I choose what drive to boot from and can add the -v and -x things, right?) I do have an issue with the screen turning off/sleeping over and over again, but I don't believe that is related.
I think it is. If you go update your EFI as listed in that thread, you'll have the same setup as me. If that doesn't work, then I don't know where to go from here
 
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I will go do that and see where it gets me. You never had an issue with the screen getting turned off/on a bunch, right? Like this:


I think it is. If you go update your EFI as listed in that thread, you'll have the same setup as me. If that doesn't work, then I don't know where to go from here
 
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I will go do that and see where it gets me. You never had an issue with the screen getting turned off/on a bunch, right? Like this:

hm that's weird. No, I've not seen that before. I do have some flickering when I have my LG Ultrawide (34UM95) in DisplayPort 1.2 mode, but nothing like that.
 
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