- Apr 16, 2011
- i5 3570K
- VTX3D 7870 Tahiti (7950 variant; needs Aji in Clover config.plist or black screen.)
Our motherboard uses a VIA soundchip/codec which is not supported. The VoodooHDA.kext apparently works with that chip/codec but, as far as I am aware, it still causes kernel panic with our motherboard. It sounds as though Jabbawok modded the original vanilla HDA kext and additionally used a DSDT. I don't have a DSDT, I think I have only two non-vanilla kexts installed - FakeSMC.kext and HWinfo.kext - which I extracted from Multibeast using Pacafist and installed them via terminal. It would be good to have sound working off the board but I am happy with my USB soundcard. At some point I would like to upgrade to something better for sound. I used Clover as the bootlaoder because I was curious to try it out, having previously used the boot files from Chameleon and Multibeast on my laptops. I installed Clover manually to my EFI partition, it took a while to figure out and to make a config.plist. If you are new to this or like ease, I would go the Multibeast or Chameleon installer route for ease/peace of mind. I appreciate that there are the motherboards on Tonymac's build list that would be more straightfoward/vanilla, with sound at least, but I was particularly keen to have Thunderbolt in case it because viably useable, re the present cost of Thunderbolt peripherals, at a later date. I needed a MATX sized board for a case I was making, a board that reviewed particularly well in comparative benchmarks, which the GA-Z77MX-D3H-TH did.You and Jabbawok say you are using hacks/extra hardware to get audio working, does audio not function out of box?
For WIFI I am using an old Realtek USB dongle. I need to figure out a way to make an applescript to make the Wireless Network Utility app invisible and a background process. At the moment it requires a single mouse click once booted to desktop, though that isn't necessary when woken from sleep.