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The Perfect Customac-Pro: X99-A II, i7-6950X, 128GB G.Skill TridentZ, Aorus GTX 1080 TI Xtreme

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The boot should not take much more than 1 minute! For installation boot in devug mode anyway!

Good luck:thumbup:

Bummer it was defiantly stuck at 100% then :(

Thanks! I'll confirm the bios settings and try again.

Edit: Switched over to a USB2 and had no luck either :/

Edit* Weird as heck, actually started working I got to the initial screen asking you to connect a mouse it then crashed once I went to the next screen. Without changing a thing I re-attempted to install again and was met with an error page of text in debug. I'm not sure what the heck is going on now?

Edit**: Managed to get back to the install screen and past that original crash before being greeted with "This copy of the install macOS Sierra application is damaged" :(.
 
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Bummer it was defiantly stuck at 100% then :(

Thanks! I'll confirm the bios settings and try again.

Edit: Switched over to a USB2 and had no luck either :/

Edit* Weird as heck, actually started working I got to the initial screen asking you to connect a mouse it then crashed once I went to the next screen. Without changing a thing I re-attempted to install again and was met with an error page of text in debug. I'm not sure what the heck is going on now?

Edit**: Managed to get back to the install screen and past that original crash before being greeted with "This copy of the install macOS Sierra application is damaged" :(.

Well at least you are able to boot again! Now download oncemore the Sierra installer, format you USB flash drive and get the hopefully complete installer there. Then it shall work!

Don't touch anymore the BIOS or EFI folder and make a backup of the latter!

Cheers,

KGP
 
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First of all a big thank you to kgp and all the other contributors to this build.

With my trusty MBPr having suffered a bit too much toddler abuse, it was time for a new computer and time to return to the hackintosh fold (my last build was 6+ years ago...can't even remember which OS version I was on back then...Snow Leopard?).

Upon seeing this thread (with kgp's claim that 'everything is working' lol), I decided to base my build on the X99 chipset / Broadwell-E CPU, although with slight alterations to suit my needs (and due to the non-availability of decent GPUs for decent prices...honestly, is cryptocurrency mining so lucrative?).

Anyway, my build is as follows:

ASUS X99 Deluxe II
Intel i7 6850K (w/ Corsair H55 silent cooler)
32GB DDR4-3200 (Corsair Vengeance LPX)
Samsung m.2 960 EVO 250GB
2x 2TB 7200rpm configured as RAID0
Zotac 1050 Ti 4GB (was aiming for a 1060/1070, but not interested in paying $100+ over MSRP; will upgrade later if need arises)

2x Samsung 24" monitors (1920x1080)
BM Intensity Extreme TB connected to TV (own since before)
Sound Devices USBPre2 (own since before)

I was not successful on my first attempt at installing - after overcoming the installer giving error 202, and being halfway through the install guide, the OS stopped booting after the USB config and replacing VoodooHDA with v.289. Don't know whether it was the USB patches or the audio kext causing the issue as I did them both in one go, but I was unable to boot either from the internal disk or bootstrapping the HDD via Clover on my USB disk (which seemed strange, so I decided to start over by recreating the installer USB and take it more methodical and think through what features I need and what I can skip for stability's sake).

On my second attempt, it was smooth sailing. A few small notes that may help others however:

1) I used the BIOS settings from the High Sierra guide (which are different from what is outlined in this guide, but seem to work better with my Deluxe II board).
2) When following 'An iDiot's Guide to iMessage', make sure to keep CsrActiveConfig at 0x67 until you've installed the AGDPfix script, as it won't run on CsrActiveConfig=0x3.
3) I skipped audio configuration as I'm using a USB audio interface anyway.
4) I initially planned on not doing the USB configuration either, instead opting for disabling all unused USB ports in BIOS (which would land on 14 active ports and no need for raising the port limit), but after some testing it seemed like I wasn't getting the full speed from my USB3 ports, so I followed the Basic USB Config and it worked like a charm this second time around.
5) Sleep is not that an important feature for me - I'd rather have the monitors and disks go to sleep than the whole system hibernating anyway.

That said, this is where I am now; the system is working great, EZ OCd to 4GHz via AITweaker. Next step is to get power management and speedstep working, but that is for another day.

EDIT: Also need to test Thunderbolt, but need to get a TB3-TB2 adapter first.

Attached is system info and a few benchmarks. Not as impressive as kgp's current system, but I'm quite satisfied with performance so far.

Thanks again!
 

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Well at least you are able to boot again! Now download oncemore the Sierra installer, format you USB flash drive and get the hopefully complete installer there. Then it shall work!

Don't touch anymore the BIOS or EFI folder and make a backup of the latter!

Cheers,

KGP

I actually haven't been able to boot into the installer since then :/ everything is exactly the same except I re-formatted the USB, installed Sierra onto it and put the EFI I sent you back onto the USB.

I can't thank you enough for helping me so far, I've already spent the better part of the week trying to get it installed haha.
 

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First of all a big thank you to kgp and all the other contributors to this build.

With my trusty MBPr having suffered a bit too much toddler abuse, it was time for a new computer and time to return to the hackintosh fold (my last build was 6+ years ago...can't even remember which OS version I was on back then...Snow Leopard?).

Upon seeing this thread (with kgp's claim that 'everything is working' lol), I decided to base my build on the X99 chipset / Broadwell-E CPU, although with slight alterations to suit my needs (and due to the non-availability of decent GPUs for decent prices...honestly, is cryptocurrency mining so lucrative?).

Anyway, my build is as follows:

ASUS X99 Deluxe II
Intel i7 6850K (w/ Corsair H55 silent cooler)
32GB DDR4-3200 (Corsair Vengeance LPX)
Samsung m.2 960 EVO 250GB
2x 2TB 7200rpm configured as RAID0
Zotac 1050 Ti 4GB (was aiming for a 1060/1070, but not interested in paying $100+ over MSRP; will upgrade later if need arises)

2x Samsung 24" monitors (1920x1080)
BM Intensity Extreme TB connected to TV (own since before)
Sound Devices USBPre2 (own since before)

I was not successful on my first attempt at installing - after overcoming the installer giving error 202, and being halfway through the install guide, the OS stopped booting after the USB config and replacing VoodooHDA with v.289. Don't know whether it was the USB patches or the audio kext causing the issue as I did them both in one go, but I was unable to boot either from the internal disk or bootstrapping the HDD via Clover on my USB disk (which seemed strange, so I decided to start over by recreating the installer USB and take it more methodical and think through what features I need and what I can skip for stability's sake).

On my second attempt, it was smooth sailing. A few small notes that may help others however:

1) I used the BIOS settings from the High Sierra guide (which are different from what is outlined in this guide, but seem to work better with my Deluxe II board).
2) When following 'An iDiot's Guide to iMessage', make sure to keep CsrActiveConfig at 0x67 until you've installed the AGDPfix script, as it won't run on CsrActiveConfig=0x3.
3) I skipped audio configuration as I'm using a USB audio interface anyway.
4) I initially planned on not doing the USB configuration either, instead opting for disabling all unused USB ports in BIOS (which would land on 14 active ports and no need for raising the port limit), but after some testing it seemed like I wasn't getting the full speed from my USB3 ports, so I followed the Basic USB Config and it worked like a charm this second time around.
5) Sleep is not that an important feature for me - I'd rather have the monitors and disks go to sleep than the whole system hibernating anyway.

That said, this is where I am now; the system is working great, EZ OCd to 4GHz via AITweaker. Next step is to get power management and speedstep working, but that is for another day.

EDIT: Also need to test Thunderbolt, but need to get a TB3-TB2 adapter first.

Attached is system info and a few benchmarks. Not as impressive as kgp's current system, but I'm quite satisfied with performance so far.

Thanks again!

Many thanks for this extended feedback.

Just a small note though: The BIOS settings in my 10.12 and 10.13 Desktop Guides are identical. The 10.13 Desktop Guide summarizes all BIOS settings already at the very beginning, while the 10.12 Desktop Guide is a step wise approach, also with BIOS settings growing along the individual sections. As you did not yet complete the entire post-installation process, you might have come to the conclusion that the BIOS setting are different in both guides, but indeed they aren't.

Goof luck with the power management setup and speed step :thumbup:

KGP
 

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I actually haven't been able to boot into the installer since then :/ everything is exactly the same except I re-formatted the USB, installed Sierra onto it and put the EFI I sent you back onto the USB.

I can't thank you enough for helping me so far, I've already spent the better part of the week trying to get it installed haha.


1.) When you reformat your USB Flash Drive, the EFI folder remains untouched! Therefore it is not necessary to replace the EFI folder again as you did!

2.) If you did not change the EFI folder, it is impossible that the USB Flash Drive occasionally boots and occasionally not! It either boots always or never!

I don't know what you are doing man! o_O
 
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1.) When you reformat your USB Flash Drive, the EFI folder remains untouched! Therefore it is not necessary to replace the EFI folder again as you did!

2.) If you did not change the EFI folder, it is impossible that the USB Flash Drive occasionally boots and occasionally not! It either boots always or never!

I don't know what you are doing man! o_O

I actually reformatted the entire USB (not
just the install partition) in case the install failed because the USB wasn't correctly formatted but you're right I should of just formatted the install partion of the USB and re-attempted the install without formatting the efi partition as well.


Obviously I've screwed something else up, I'll-refollow your guide again and use the same efi I sent you earlier with the bios settings that I was using to get the install to correctly work earlier and see how I go.

Sorry really don't want to waste your time! I'll keep trying and if I can't get it to work I'll report back.
 

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I actually reformatted the entire USB (not
just the install partition) in case the install failed because the USB wasn't correctly formatted but you're right I should of just formatted the install partion of the USB and re-attempted the install without formatting the efi partition as well.


Obviously I've screwed something else up, I'll-refollow your guide again and use the same efi I sent you earlier with the bios settings that I was using to get the install to correctly work earlier and see how I go.

Sorry really don't want to waste your time! I'll keep trying and if I can't get it to work I'll report back.

How did you format the EFI partition? :eek: uffff....and which format did you use?

1.) The best is you install once more the latest version of clover on your USB flash drive to have the format of the EFI partition correctly done...

2.) Then you delete the content of the EFI partition without formatting it this time!!!!!

3.) Then you copy the EFI folder you sent me there

4.) Then you once more install the latest version of clover and check that your only OsxAptioFix*.efi is the OsxAptioFix2Drv-free2000.efi!!!

5.) Then boot with the stick via the USB port that successfully worked last time and install Sierra

If I would not know that you will not follow my instructions and that you will screw up your system several times more, I definitely would sleep and feel better! :lol:

Cheers man,

KGP
 
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How did you format the EFI partition? :eek: uffff....and which format did you use?



1.) The best is you install once more the latest version of clover on your USB flash drive to have the format of the EFI partition correctly done...

2.) Then you delete the content of the EFI partition without formatting it this time!!!!!

3.) Then you copy the EFI folder you sent me there

4.) Then you once more install the latest version of clover and check that your only OsxAptioFix*.efi is the OsxAptioFix2Drv-free2000.efi!!!

5.) Then boot with the stick via the USB port that successfully worked last time and install Sierra

If I would not know that you will not follow my instructions and that you will screw up your system several times more, I definitely would sleep and feel better! :lol:

Cheers man,

KGP

I formatted it via Disk Utility formatting the entire USB (not just the partition) with "Mac Os Journaled" and "GUID Partition Map". I've also attached that below.

1.) I'll go ahead and do that!
2.) I defiantly won't do that again, I see how much of a mistake that was now. Normally I wouldn't in this case I thought it was a format error because of the failed install message from the Sierra installer (which I was of course wrong about).
4.) I've 100% been using the OsxAptioFix2Drv-free2000.efi instead of the OsxAptioFix*.efi with all my EFI's so far.
5.) I'll give it a try!

Thanks KGP, I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate you guiding me through this. I can understand how this is just as frustrating for you as it is for me and defiantly do not want to be screwing up my system.

I'll give it another go in the morning and if I'm still unsuccessful I'll put together a video of my entire install process (only if that's something you'd have time to look at, totally understand if you don't!) .

Thanks again!
 

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Please no video! :lol:

It is normally really a trivial and straight forward process!

A video of creating a USB flash drive certainly would be some potential overkill ;)
 
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