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I have a Gigabyte Z170X-UD3 (BIOS F4) with a 6600K and Asus GTX 670 (Nvidia) 4GB card plus a TP-LINK Wifi card.
I got OSX 10.11.1 working on it with sound and all USB ports (there's no driver yet for the network card).
Sleep did work but with issues (USB ports repeatedly disconnect after sleep, BIOS warns for bad settings after restart).
Finder froze once in two days.
I was considering it is about time to move my applications and data back and I have started doing it.

------ Sound -------
Sound works for me with Realtek ALC1150 driver and FixHDA turned on (DSP off in bios)
DTS through the optical out.

------ SMBIOS ------
I use settings for an iMac14,2
For the memory to work I had to fill Clover with the details of the memory. It seems like it is not running at dual-channel speed though.

----------- power -----------
If I try to shut down from the apple menu then my computer !restarts! without any problem :)
If I try to restart then it stops at loading OSX with a prohibited sign (still waiting for root device, after initializing the Atheros wifi card), other times it stops during POST saying "Boot failure detected" so I have to get to BIOS to check and save the settings, then it starts.
If I turn off my computer holding the power button then it starts up fine.
If I put the computer through a sleep cycle then shutdown turns it off as it should (this is quite random, now it has just restarted and loaded the OS).
With the sudo halt command I can shut down properly (it has just restarted so everything seems quite random). Even shutdown has worked now. Totally random.

------------ wifi -----------
The Wifi card reports "Unknown locale 21…" but as far as I know it does not make any problem.

---------- USB ----------
I have the USB layout as a picture for this board in case anyone wants it. I try to attach that to this post.

This is as far as I am now.
Any suggestions are welcome.
 

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Matey, What SSD are you using in your system? I have the same board and a 950 pro but the NVME drives are still a no go.

Hi,

i couldn't wait any longer that the 950PRO nvme will work. And while the performance are allmost the same I buyed sm951 AHCI version.
 
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Hi there. Need some help :)

After a few weeks of playing around wit my Hackintosh build i found the following problems.

- I have BCM94360CD with PCI-E Mini PCI Express X1 Adapter - everything works except HandOff and my Trackpad Cursor is sometimes extreme extreme slow, unresponsive so that i cant work, restart fixes the problem temporarily

- Nvidia GTX 960 4GB, monitor turns off and on every few seconds, it flickers, i can see some stripes, restart fixes this for a few hours.

- When i turn off my build, it turns on again after a few seconds, need to hold on power button to shutdown manualy.



Have all the latest drivers and all component are working under Windows.
 
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CJ -- how are you doing with your setup? I presume you are a little bit further, right? How is ethernet working out for you?

Hi

Just saw your post, i have attached my current config + fixes for USB. My config has changed quite a bit from the one I posted earlier in the thread. I have changed the way the audio fix is done (Also attached), removed dropping non existent SSDT tables and generally cleaned up unused settings. I have removed the USB limit patch after correctly injecting USB using an SSDT + USBInjectAll.

For USB take a look at the .dsl file, it shows all of the ports.

I do not have working on board Ethernet (Driver has not been updated with support yet) instead I'm using an Apple USB Ethernet Adapter that I had, this only gives me 10/100 speed (No gigabit) but at least it works as a quick fix.

I'm still trying to get speed stepping working it just seems to be stuck at 3.7 GHz no matter what i do (getting some help from toleda in the SSDT sub forum, if anyone want to take a look and see if i missed some step that they did to fix speed stepping).

My plan is to write a proper guide when I get speed stepping working, which is why the above may seem a bit unstructured...

(Credit for USB goes to RehabMan, Scabattoir for USB 3.0 port map, and for audio to toleda)

And then found the “Intel Power Gadget” folder in the Applications folder.

This is from the user —cj—, and is not my value add.

Credit should be given to CharlesSoft's Pacifist (https://www.charlessoft.com) really nice piece of software to unpack stubborn installers.

---------- USB ----------
I have the USB layout as a picture for this board in case anyone wants it. I try to attach that to this post.

Thanks my only USB 3.0 device is broken, used your pictures to fix up the USB 3.0 part of my USB SSDT.

Is it okay if you use your pictures (with credit) in a guide for the GA-Z170X-UD3 board?
 

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I've been thinking of getting into the Skylake platform, it will be my first hackintosh and will be using it for video editing and music production.

ive been following the thread very closely, checking in everyday on your progress, which has been quite fast and astonishingly.

i know it's probably the wrong place to ask but since everyone has obviously bought into the platform. What was the reason to go Skylake and not X99. Is everyone concentrating on single threaded application plus it's slightly cheaper? Are you worried about power and or heat? Or are you just doing it for the challenge, it being the latest chipset in iMacs etc.
 

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I've been thinking of getting into the Skylake platform, it will be my first hackintosh and will be using it for video editing and music production.

ive been following the thread very closely, checking in everyday on your progress, which has been quite fast and astonishingly.

i know it's probably the wrong place to ask but since everyone has obviously bought into the platform. What was the reason to go Skylake and not X99. Is everyone concentrating on single threaded application plus it's slightly cheaper? Are you worried about power and or heat? Or are you just doing it for the challenge, it being the latest chipset in iMacs etc.

ekwipt knowing what is known now about Skylake systems and OS X 10.11, there is no good reason to invest in one unless you are into experimentation.

If you need a OS X system that works and is reliable then Skylake is not it, not now and maybe not for a long time.

Also, X99 systems have their own set of problems. Do your homework and define our needs and then select the best solution for you.

Good modding,
neil
 

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FYI, on the ASRock 170 board I tested, I found that the BIOS needed to be set to USB Legacy *not* disabled (I picked UEFI Only), and Clover config.plist Devices/USB fixes were required (I checked all four in Configurator and it worked, but probably some subset of that is OK). Without the Clover settings, it froze early on in the boot-up.

Detailed guide here.
 
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Success, well mostly! First Hackintosh-build by myself (bought a premade one 6 years or so ago, that I modded a bit).

Config:
MB: Gigabyte Z170MX Gaming-5
CPU: i7-6700K
RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666Mhz (2x16GB)
GFX: 980GTX Zotac AMP! Edition (got a great deal)
Drives:
500 Gb BX100 SSD Crucial.
2x2TB Seagate in OS X RAID for storage
2x1TB WDs for some Windows-stuff.

Still waiting for my Broadcom bluetooth/wifi-card.

Used Clover, and mainly followed loggedout's post and his kexts patches, which is based on his own work as well as Tony's, Pike R Alpha's and toledo's great work (among others):
http://www.tonymacx86.com/desktop-c...ead-skylake-platform-os-x-13.html#post1145077

Also used loggedout's USB Port mapping (thanks!), which seems to work fine with USB 3.0 and 2.0.

Ethernet works, fine.
The GTX 980 runs well, had to use nva_drv=1, to get it to work in accelerated mode with the web drivers.

Audio was the real trouble, and I hate to say, that I am not sure how I managed to make it work. But following toledo's guides, and the patches, messing up, starting over, and then installing the driver with Multibeast a couple of times, and suddenly it finally worked. Had to add FixHDA, Audio inject: 3, npc=0x3000 and AddDTGP to my config.plist.

But it works, detects headphones and everything.

iMessage and the AppStore also works.

Haven't tried: FaceTime and Wifi+Bluetooth (will when I get the card).

What doesn't work: Sleep never works. I cannot for the life of me figure out what is wrong. The computer turns off, when it goes to sleep.

What sorta works: Power off. It will work 4 out of 5 times, but sometimes it panics, and reboots the computer. It could be a BIOS issue.

To sum up: The system seems to be performing well and is very stable over ethernet. Just tried benchmarking in Thief on OS X, and got a steady frame in maxed out setting at around 50FPS in 1080p. Which seems fine considering it's a Mac port. The SSD's r/w is what I would expect, which is fine.

All in all, I'm a happy camper, looking forward to tackling the sleep issue in the future.

Thanks to loggedout, Tony, Pike R Alpha, Toleda, and RehabMan!
 
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