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RUNNING OS X (10.5.7) ON THE
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 (Core i7) MOTHERBOARD:


Many have expressed a desire to have the Retail DVD Install and Boot from EFI Partition Retail DVD Install tutorials moved from the growing Upcoming Intel X58 Mobos & Core i7 CPUs thread to this Tutorials forum for easy access. They have been getting buried in the numerous posts and hard to monitor for updates. Many, perhaps, don't know they were even there.

This Retail DVD Install thread is divided into two parts:
1. DIGITAL_DREAMER'S STANDARD RETAIL DVD INSTALL (included in this post)
The introduction of Mac OS 10.5.7 has simplified a number of things for us Core i7 users. We not longer need to concern ourselves with the kernel and supporting System.kext, as the vanilla version is finely tuned for our systems.
This portion will begin by outlining the basic steps performed for the install and what kexts are needed. This method entails installing your Mac OS X Retail DVD and a small bootloader (Chameleon 2.0 RC1 or the older Chameleon v1012 with the Voodoo-based 9.6.0 kernel). I prefer the Retail DVD install method over the common distros from a legal point of view, as it allows one to purchase a current OS X Retail DVD and, therefore, support Apple. This is a full vanilla install with a handful of modified kexts that are added to a special folder (/Extra/Stored_Kexts) for full functionality. This setup now supports full Apple Software Updates without issues. An added bonus is a fully-featured script that provides a comprehensive set of options and features, such as:

� Installing the new Chameleon v2.0 RC1 or older Chameleon v1012 bootloader �
� Set partition as active � Run OS X installer � Install modified kexts � Update boot caches �
� Run DSDT patcher � Modify Mac model name � Modify processor info � Modify "About This Mac" graphics �
� Select various bootloader themes � Choose from a selection of 27 boot pictures �
� Powerful plist editor that allows you to edit any boot.plist or smbios.plist in various locations �
� Plist editor allows you to select from a list of useful keys, create a custom key, or modify kernel flags �
� Automatically add a UUID as a kernel flag from any of your installed drives �


2. WOLFIENUKE'S BOOT FROM EFI PARTITION RETAIL DVD INSTALL (see next post)
The Boot from EFI partition method is a slightly different method in that the modified kexts are copied to a hidden partition (EFI), leaving your boot drive untouched with no visible evidence of patches. This method also allows you to run Apple's Software Update without any problems. The walk-through script, written by wolfienuke, is fast and allows you to simply answer a few options and confirm your choices. Although the script runs in the Terminal, no Terminal background is necessary.

STANDARD RETAIL DVD INSTALL:
UPDATE: 7/5/2009
  • Minor script update to 3.91 - removed a misleading EFI setup option. Script does not support EFI partition boot, yet. The next update will.
UPDATE: 6/25/2009
  • Script version 3.9 is released.
  • Added multi-language support for changing "About This Mac" processor info.

    � This feature utilizes the Preferred Languages as indicated in System Preferences/International/Language.
    � Starting at the first preferred language, the script will look for the proper Systeminfo.strings file for that language and set your processor info for that language.
    � If the script finds the language, it will check if the processor info is "Unknown" in that particular language and, if so, change the info based on the hardware gather data.
    � Although there are over 130 languages to install for OS X, there are only 18 languages that come with the corresponding SystemInfo.strings files.
    � If you are using a language that does not include a appropriate SystemInfo.strings file to modify, the script will skip to the next preferred language on the list until it finds one.
    � The 18 default languages are as follows: English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Russian, Polish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean.

  • Added Time Machine Restore From Backup feature. Requires Retail DVD.
  • Added EFI-string.txt file in /Plist folder for importing device-properties string into boot.plist.
  • Changed DSDT.aml file handling so that it gets copied to root directory of boot volume for Chameleon 1012 install in preparation for Snow Leopard.
  • Fixed various minor bugs in plist editor.
UPDATE: 6/18/2009
  • Script version 3.8 is released.
  • Fixed a serious file permissions bug affecting the bootloader.
  • Added ability to copy kernels with .voodoo or other extensions. The "mach_kernel" suffix must be maintained, however, for proper script operation.
  • Added ability to restore original kernel and system.kext.
  • Added ability to unpack and examine contents of current mkext file.
  • When installing a kernel and matching System.kext, the System.kext will install into S/L/E by default.
  • Fixed a bug so that the System.kext in the _For_System folder will be preserved when that kext is removed from Script's Kernels folder.
  • Added the new Voodoo2 alpha3 9.7.0 kernel.
UPDATE: 5/30/2009
  • Script version 3.7 is released.
  • Fine-tuned the handling of kexts in /Stored_Kexts folder and, if present, the /_For_System folder.
  • You can now edit the smbios.plist in the Plist editor.
  • Added "Universal" graphics injector, ATY_Init.kext.
UPDATE: 5/16/2009
  • Script version 3.6 is released.
  • Script includes option to install individual kexts into S/L/E, instead of /Extra/Stored_Kexts. Script keeps track of what's installed into S/L/E and, with a simple selection, they can be restored back to /Extra.
  • You have the option to include a "_For_System" folder inside /Extra/Stored_Kexts. This folder offers the following features:

    � Any kexts dragged into this folder will get installed into S/L/E via "Update boot caches" script routine. Script will also use this folder if it's present for the "Kext/kernel installer" routine.
    � Kexts removed from this folder or transfered to /Extra will be deleted from S/L/E after the "Update boot caches" script routine.
    � For the curious and concerned, original kexts with equivalent names in S/L/E are not replaced, but renamed with ".original" tacked on the filename. Other installed kexts get a duplicate file with ".duplicate" added to filename for script to keep track of.

  • The "_to_install" folders have been removed from the Kexts directory to help clean it up. Kexts simply need to be outside their "_repository" folders.
  • Natit.kext updated
  • VoodooHDA v0.2.2 audio kext and prefPane are included for those who wish to use it. This is an Open Source audio driver for our boards.
  • Reworked the DSDT routine. Hopefully, the patch will enable all cores without any additional modifications on ASUS and similar boards.
UPDATE: 5/10/2009
  • Script version 3.5 is released.
  • The LAN driver (RTLR1000) was missing from the IONetworkingFamily.kext that was uploaded a couple hours ago. Now included. One of the pitfalls of doing lots of tests...but also the advantage of doing more tests is finding the culprit.
  • A LegacyJMicronATASATAIDE.kext has been added for IDE or PATA support. This replaces the original LegacyAppleIntelPIIXATA.kext.
  • Added logging to installer script. You can now view Installer or DSDT log, or copy logs to desktop for transport.
  • Script now sets boot file and kernel files as invisible, leaving less clutter in your root folder.
  • Script now deletes all the previous kexts in the Stored_Kexts directory prior to installing from the script repositories. This is a more reliable method, as otherwise a stray or modified kext may remain and be included in the new install.
UPDATE: 5/7/2009
  • Script version 3.4 is released.
  • Bug fix in boot cache updater. If you're having trouble updating the boot cache, this update will fix that issue.
UPDATE: 5/3/2009
  • Version 3.3 is out. All kexts are gathered from their various locations in the script's directories and copied to Stored_Kexts in /Extra. From there a boot cache is automatically created to boot from.
  • This Stored_Kexts folder is simply a repository and does not contain the live kexts the system is actually booting from. It's the boot cache created from these stored kexts that boot the system. That being so, the script changes the permissions of the Stored_Kext folder to a user editable stage, so you can delete/add other kexts at will. After having done that, you can simply select Update boot cache from the script to update the boot cache (mkext) file and be ready for reboot.
  • Support is now added for the new MacPro4,1 Model Identifier. If you have your system setup to use this Identifier, whether by a kernel flag in Chameleon v1012 or via smbios.plist in Chameleon 2.0 RC1, the script will add this new key and allow you to provide a custom Model Name.
UPDATE: 5/2/2009
  • Script has been updated to include the older Chameleon v1012 bootloader for those who wish to use something more stable. If you wish to revert from Chameleon 2.0 RC1 to the older v1012, simply installing/overwriting the newer bootloader (pre-patch) may create serious issues, leading to a unmountable partition. It's recommended to do a backup, erase, install, and restore. This older bootloader still uses the /Extra directory, but does not includes Themes or a boot.plist. Rather, the boot.plist is in it's conventional location. The script automatically copies the boot.plist to the proper location, depending on the bootloader in use.
  • IMPORTANT: Those wishing to use the older bootloader (any older version, actually), will need to use the Voodoo-based 9.6.0 kernel and include the busratio=20 kernel flag in the boot.plist if they want to avoid the system clock speed-up issue, until a future time this issue is resolved.
  • Regardless of bootloader in use, the kernel's matching System.kext is copied to S/L/E, with the original renamed, thereby improving system behavior. This action makes this kext the only file copied into the vanilla OS install. No longer the case, as everything is in /Extra.
  • The Natit.kext has been updated.
(All previous updates are included in script's change log.)

DOWNLOADS:
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard kexts NEW!

(10MB) - kernels included: Vanilla 9.7.0 (for Mac OS 10.5.6), Voodoo2 alpha3 9.7.0, and Voodoo-based 9.6.0 (older bootloaders).
X58 Mobo Patch Installer UPDATED! - 7/5/2009 v3.91
(21.8MB) - kernels included: Vanilla 9.7.0 (for Mac OS 10.5.6), Voodoo2 alpha3 9.7.0, and Voodoo-based 9.6.0 (older bootloaders).
Selection of 27 boot pictures EXTRA
(26.6MB) - for use with the X58 Mobo Patch Installer.

All that's really needed to boot into OS X 10.5.7 on this board is the Disabler.kext and dsmos.kext. That's it. Everything else are little fixes for hardware reporting, updated device IDs, audio, LAN, etc. In my case, I also needed the Natit.kext for ATI graphic card support, as without it I just got video corruption and couldn't see the desktop.

One important issue to keep in mind when installing kexts manually is that non-Apple kexts, like dsmos.kext, and injectors, like HDAEnabler.kext, Natit.kext, etc. are not installed with permissions data regarding them. So, Repairing Permissions via Disk Utility or Terminal will do absolutely nothing in fixing them. With the exception of commercial software that come with their own installers, only Apple-supplied OS software will get their permissions repaired. So, if you are installing manually, be absolutely sure the permissions and ownership information are correct for these non-Apple kexts or your system won't boot. Use the Terminal to do a "sudo chmod -R 755" and "sudo chown -R root:wheel" to the file.

After performing a Retail Mac OS X Leopard DVD install, our script, used in the X58 Mobo Patch Installer mentioned later in this thread, will be performing the following basic steps for this board. If you desire to perform the kext install manually, these are the steps you would want to accomplish for fully operational subsystems. The following assumes you are using a Chameleon bootloader that supports the /Extra directory:

BASIC RUNDOWN:
Install Mac OS X Leopard Retail DVD and combo updater, if needed.

Install kernel and supporting files: Mostly needed if using the older bootloaders (i.e. Chameleon v1012).
  • Vanilla 9.7.0 kernel Included as part of the 10.5.7 install.
    If using the older bootloader, you must install the Voodoo-based 9.6.0 kernel (included), instead.
  • Matching System.kext in /Extra/Stored_Kexts Included as part of the 10.5.7 install.
  • com.apple.boot.plist in /Extra. This is necessary with the new Chameleon 2.0 bootloader.
Install updated/modified kexts in /Extra/Stored_Kexts on your boot drive:
  • LegacyHDAController.kext
    (pre-patched for the ALC889a chipset)
  • LegacyHDAPlatformDriver.kext
    (pre-patched for the ALC889a chipset)
  • HDAEnabler.kext
    (goes with the included HDA kext above)
  • LegacyJMicronATASATAIDE.kext
    (support for ATA devices on JMicron controller with over 4GB RAM fix)
  • LegacyJMicronJMB36xSATA.kext
    (JMicron SATA suppport with over 4GB RAM fix)
  • LegacyIOAHCIBlockStorage.kext
    (display drives as "internal" fix. NOTE: If you have removable drives, this kext should not be used.)
  • LegacyAppleAHCIPort.kext
    (no longer needed with native Intel ICH10R support in 10.5.7.)
  • IONetworkingFamily.kext
    (on-board LAN support from Psystar's version (1.8.1) of the Realtek R1000 driver and support for Time Machine)
  • ATY_Init.kext
    (Universal graphics card injector, with support for the ATI Radeon 2x00, 3x00, 4870, 4850, plus NVIDIA cards.)
  • Disabler.kext
    (disabler for AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext and others - ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO BOOT!)
  • dsmos.kext
    (page decryption EFI module - ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO BOOT!)
Repair permissions:
chmod -R 755 "/Volumes/YOUR_BOOT_DRIVE/Extra/Stored_Kexts/"
chown -R root:wheel "/Volumes/YOUR_BOOT_DRIVE/Extra/Stored_Kexts/"

Update boot cache:
mv "/Volumes/YOUR_BOOT_DRIVE/Extra/Extensions.mkext" "/Volumes/YOUR_BOOT_DRIVE/Extra/Extensions.mkext.previous"
kextcache -a i386 -m "/Volumes/YOUR_BOOT_DRIVE/Extra/Extensions.mkext" "/Volumes/YOUR_BOOT_DRIVE/Extra/Stored_Kexts"

DONE!

NOTES:
  • My installer/patcher does not come with graphics card drivers. The included injectors (Natit.kext, NVinject.kext, and NVkush.kext) can only extract the graphics card hardware info for the OS to use, and they can take the place of EFI strings. So, if you have a graphics card that is not currently supported in the vanilla OS X install, you are still responsible for installing those drivers, as well as EFI strings, if you choose not to use the injectors.
USING THE SCRIPT:
INSTALLING OS X LEOPARD RETAIL DVD AND BOOTLOADER:
Download X58 Mobo Patch Installer (21.8MB without boot pictures)
These files include the Chameleon v2.0 RC1 and v1012 bootloaders, kexts, vanilla 9.7.0 kernel (for those still on Mac OS X 10.5.6), Voodoo-based 9.6.0 kernel (for those using an older bootloader), com.apple.boot.plist, and patch/installer script. Some have asked for a Boot-132 image, such as created from the Slimbuild CD Creator. The problem is that it works best when you include the UUID of your Install DVD in the boot.plist, which I wouldn't know first hand. I can still make it available, but don't know how successful it may be, as not even I can get it to work reliably.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Much credit and many thanks go to LTL, dfe (David Eliott), Kabyl, Munky, Turbo, Dense, zef and many, many other talented individuals that make these projects possible. The following is the basic objective:

PREPARATION
  • It is ideal to have two physical drives (not two partitions on the same drive) or, at least, another Mac system to work from.
  • One drive must already have OS X installed and running.
    This may mean using another Mac or installing a easy-to-use distro like Kalyway on the smaller/slower drive. (I only mention Kalyway, because it is the only distro I'm familiar with and know works well with this board. There may be more recent distros that can achieve equal success.)
  • Partition your target drive in Disk Utility using the GUID Partition Table (in Options button).
  • Make an ISO of your Retail DVD and download the Combo update, if needed.
    (The ISO of your DVD is not really needed, but it will shorten your install times dramatically. Trust me, when things go wrong (and they will) and you have to do an emergency install, more time spent waiting is directly proportional to higher blood pressure.)
RUNNING THE SCRIPT
  • Double-click RUN-PATCHER and enter your password.
  • You will be prompted with a selection of valid HFS drives to work with.
  • Default choices are highlighted in bold type.
  • Confirmed target drive name is saved for future use.
  • Install your choice of bootloader or pre-patch (option #2).
  • An option is provided to set target partition as active (option #3). The activate drive feature works with user to unmount all drive partitions (this is necessary for activation), including listing open files/running processes that prevent them from unmounting.
  • The script will check for the presence of a mounted "Mac OS X Install DVD" (or ISO) and prompt you if you wish to run that installer (option #4). Install from your Retail DVD and, immediately following that, the lastest combo updater. (There is NO need to boot into your new install first, before installing the combo updater.)
  • Run the kext/kernel installer (option #5). This is preconfigured to install the required kexts for the Gigabyte EX58-UD5 motherboard, or any motherboard with the same chipsets. The kext/kernel installer automatically updates the boot caches for you.
  • Run the DSDT patcher (option #7) and the patched DSDT file will be installed in the appropriate location.
  • Your system is ready for reboot!
  • After booting into your system, you have the option to change your Mac model name (option #9), CPU type (option #10), custom About This Mac graphic (option #11), as well as custom boot picture (option #13), bootloader theme (option #12), and boot plist (option #8).
  • The script's folders has basically 5 categories for the kexts - ATA, Audio, Graphics, Networking, and Misc. Patches. There is a _repository folder in each to store your collection of files. Kexts outside this _repository folder will get installed by the kext/kernel installer.
  • After your initial install, you can continue to use the script folders (ATA, Audio, Graphics, Networking, and Misc. Patches) to install kexts or you can simply drag and drop kexts in the /Extra/Store_Kexts (and _For_System folder, if included) and run the script's Update boot caches.
  • If you create a _For_System folder inside /Extra/Stored_Kexts, kexts that get copied to it will get installed to S/L/E when you Update boot caches. If you delete kexts from _For_System or transfer them to /Stored_Kexts, they will get uninstalled from S/L/E after updating boot caches. Basically, if the _For_System folder is present, the contents of S/L/E will stay in sync with the contents of _For_System. This method is an easy way to keep track of patched kexts that have been installed into S/L/E.
    If, however, you decide not to use the _For_System folder, you can simply delete it and the script will still keep track of kexts installed in S/L/E. In either case, the script will "flag" any kexts installed into S/L/E so that their presence is easily seen.
  • The script is pretty much fool-proof (I hope I don't have to eat my words on that), so if anything goes wrong, it should inform you gracefully.
  • If you have any questions or issues, please post to this thread.
Script features:
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smbios.plist contents:
If using the Chameleon 2 bootloader, this picture shows just what to include in the smbios.plist for best results.
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Being human, I may have goofed somewhere, so provide feedback in this thread if there are issues.
Disclaimer: I will not be held responsible for any damages, non-working systems, explosions, dead kittens, screaming monkeys, etc. that may result from following these instructions.

MODIFYING SYSTEM INFORMATION (The following are extras and only affect system information reporting)
The boot.plist
The com.apple.boot.plist and smbios.plist (used by Chameleon 2) that is installed is located in the script's "Plists" directory. It may contains extra flags that you may want to modify based on your specifications. This data is used and reported by System Profiler and does not affect system performance in any way. The string may be set as follows (this is only an example and may not be current):
<string>busratio=20 -v macmodel=MacPro4,1</string>
Your Mac Model Name (i.e. "Mac Pro") is derived from the Model Identifier (i.e. "MacPro4,1"). See your Hardware Overview in System Profiler for an example. The list of valid Mac Model Identifiers and their corresponding marketing name is found in the SPMachineTypes.plist file, located in the SPPlatformReporter.spreporter bundle. Although I'm sure you can add your own custom model identifiers, keep in mind that Software Update uses this info for updates that apply to certain models. So, if you want to be alerted to software updates that apply to Mac Pros, use a Mac Pro identifier. Likewise, if you don't want to be alerted to updates that apply only to Macbooks, don't use a Macbook identifier. Given that this board is a Mac Pro ranking board, I've kept the Identifer as "MacPro4,1".
(NOTE: macmodel flag is no longer supported in Chameleon v2.0. Please use the included smbios.plist in /Extra to set this information.)

RUNNING VIRTUAL MACHINES IN VMWARE FUSION
If you are attempting to run Vista in VMware Fusion 2 and receive a blue screen with a "STOP 0x0000007B" message during launch, try applying the MS Hotfix for multicore-processor computer running Vista in a VM. You can get the hotfix for x64-based versions of Windows Vista here. Usual disclaimers apply.

HELPFUL LINKS AND SCREENSHOTS:
Marcel Bresink's Temperature Monitor
Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) - Prime95 CPU torture test in OS X binaries.
Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search forum
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 product page
Gigabyte X58 BIOS Features
Virtual BIOS
TweakTown: Gigabyte Technical Support Forum
BIOS F4 binary update
BIOS F5 binary update
BIOS F6 binary update
BIOS F7 binary update

Current Integrated Peripherals settings in the BIOS:
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Working hardware devices: (CLICK FOR ACTUAL SIZE)
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Crunching Prime95 for 5 hours @ 3.8GHz: (CLICK FOR ACTUAL SIZE)
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Running Vista 64 in VMware Fusion 2 (CLICK FOR ACTUAL SIZE)
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kind regards,
MAJ


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Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 EFI Partition Boot Install Script
Anyway, here is my EFI Boot Install Scripts for the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5.
I have included the kexts that I have used on my Install. The only issue I am having right now is my RAM show 400MHz... If anyone has a fix, let me know...

WARNING: This script will format/modify some of the partitions on the selected disk. I have written some safeguards to prevent accidental formatting, but it's ultimately your responsibility. Always have a backup!

What it does:
I have made a script to automate:
1. Formatting of the EFI Partition
2. Activating the EFI Partition
3. Installing the boot loader to the EFI Partition
4. Mounting the EFI Partition
5. Copying the Kernel/Kexts/boot.plist/DSDT and any other required files
6. Running the update.sh script
7. Unmounting the EFI partition
8. Restarting

The whole process takes a few minutes when done manually in terminal (Maybe more depending on how fast you can type). With the script it only takes a few seconds. You also don't have to worry about typo's (which are a BIG deal when modifying partitions). If you do this often enough (like when trying to find a working kext) it's a huge time saver!

Requirements:
1. A working install on a GUID Partitioned disk

Instructions:
1. Get the UUID of your disk. Place the UUID in the com.apple.boot.plist - Your install WILL NOT boot if this is not done. You can also edit the boot.plist kernel flags to your liking at this time, and include your EFI Strings. The UUID is set automatically. It will be added to the boot flags when the script generates the com.apple.boot.plist.
2. Edit the install.sh for your disk number. (Usually 0) You will select the disk from the script. The selection is saved to diskid.txt...
3. Place any kexts you which to install to the EFI Partition into the Extensions folder.
4. Be sure to edit the info.plist of any kexts to ensure it's version is higher than any vanilla kexts. Also "touch" them and verify the new version. I have pre-set the included kexts to v9.9.9 No longer required... These features are now built in to the install.sh script. This needs some modification, so don't increase version numbers yet.
3. Open Terminal and type:
$ cd <EFI_BOOT_INSTALLER_PATH>
$ sudo -s <Enter Admin Password>
$ ./install.sh
or
Double-click install.command

Feel free to edit the script or post any kext that you feel may be better. My Install is not perfect, and I will repost any fixes to the script/kexts as it get's better.

You can also use this script to update your EFI Partition. Just throw in some kexts, change the boot.plist, add a new kernel, or whatever you want.

WARNING: I am still having issues with 10.5.6 with EFI Partition Boot. I get kernel panics when mounting a disk image. I would wait to upgrade with this motherboard unless you are experienced. Fixed (Thanks mattrb!)

Note: The Audio is not working with Mac OS X 10.5... Update to 10.5.3 or above for audio.

Download: EFI Partition Boot Installer (Update 3) (4.2MB)

Update: Updated script to fix some errors, removed IOAHCIFamily.kext which caused waiting for root errors, and added 10.5.5 Seatbelt (Disk Image Mount kernel panic fix).

Update 2: Added DSDT Patcher, boot.plist creator, and kext version editor functions to script. Simplified user input.

Update 3: Fixed issue where boot files were not copied properly. Fixed other script issues. Added kexts from Digital Dreamer (Thanks!).

Details/Credit:
EFI Boot Files: Munky/DFE/Chameleon
Kernel/System.kext: Voodoo XNU 9.5.0
DSDT: Patched DSDT for GA-EX58-UD5 (BIOS v3F)
System Management: Modified AppleSMBIOS.kext and SMBIOSEnabler.kext
Disabler: Disables AppleEFIRuntime.kext, AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext, ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin.
Audio: Legacy AppleHDA for Boot-132
Ethernet: Modified IONetworkingFamily.kext with open-source RealtekR1000.kext
Serial-ATA: Modified IOAHCIFamily.kext from OS X v10.5.6 (Internal Disk Icon Fix)
Video: Included current NVInject.kext and Netkas Natit.kext

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NEW July 2009 NOTICE RELATED TO wolfienuke's script,

I made the decision to update to the new chameleon 2.0RC1

Wolfienuke gave up on his EFIv8 script and you should read more to understand the game plan as to what to do in response to that.

DD's script is better for us i7 people because Chameleon 2 made it easier to deal with kexts. The kexts are easily changeable in a folder that is accessible without terminal. Whereas munky/wolfienukes EFI bootloader needs commands from the terminal.

Munky, the creator of EFI bootloader method (the basis of wolfienuke's script), expects people to go to the Chameleon 2 platform. Chameleon 2 fixes bugs from EFIv9, wolfienuke's script is dated. If you still love EFI bootloader, it is still very much possible and easy to perform.
If you still dead set on EFI Boot Partition then there is a more in depth EFI Partition script called EPOS (features a auto kext updater and Cham2). I have tested it but I just like DD's script better. Link to EPOS. Unfortunately the script is generic, maybe someone can make a complete package for i7 because I have not used the newer EPOS yet.

Enjoy your hackintosh and have a good day.

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I have the GA-EX58-EXTREME on the way - Hopefully this guide will be my bible :)

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I hope you don't mind but is it alright if I post some of the logs that I have been receiving here instead of the old thread?

If it is alright I will keep adding, but for now this is what I have been seeing today.

SecurityAgent[109]: MechanismInvoke 0x5b01620 retainCount 1

1/26/09 9:47:40 PM com.apple.launchctl.System[2] launchctl: Please convert the following to launchd: /etc/mach_init.d/dashboardadvisoryd.plist 

1/26/09 9:47:40 PM com.apple.launchd[1] (org.cups.cupsd) Unknown key: SHAuthorizationRight 

1/26/09 9:47:41 PM kernel npvhash=4095 

1/26/09 9:47:41 PM kernel hi mem tramps at 0xffe00000 

1/26/09 9:47:41 PM kernel Skipping duplicate extension "com.apple.kpi.dsep" with older/same  version (9.6.0 -> 9.6.0). 

1/26/09 9:47:41 PM kernel Skipping duplicate extension "com.apple.kernel.bsd" with older/same  version (7.9.9 -> 7.9.9). 

1/26/09 9:49:08 PM mdworker[91] (Error) SyncInfo: Boot-cache avoidance timed out!

If anyone has idea if they are normal or can be fixed let me know. thanks again, and this is a great thread and am glad you put it together.

Thanks again Digital and wolfie for helping me get to where I am, couldn't have dont it without your guys help.

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I have to thank digital_dreamer and wolfienuke for their hard work in making kext packages, tutorials, and scripts.

For people that don't have this motherboard and want i7 Hackintosh, get this one over the cheaper Gigabyte motherboards and obviously don't get the Asus Motherboard because it doesn't have cool overclock lights.


Oh, yes, don't forget those cool overvoltage and overclock lights that are all over the board! You can tell what the BIOS settings are at a glance.
For those that don't know, these are the LEDs available:

OVERVOLTAGE LED indicators for CPU, Northbridge, Southbridge, and Memory - 4 levels

Off: normal
Slight: green
Moderate: yellow
High: red

OVERCLOCK LED indicators for CPU - 6 levels

Off: normal
LED --1:
LED 1-2:
LED 1-3:
LED 1-4:
LED 1-5:
LED 1-6:

TEMPERATURE LED indicators for CPU and Northbridge- 3 levels

Off: normal
61-80C: green
Over 80C: red


Cool and fancy.
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Digital Dreamer, you are the man!
It takes a lot for this kind of work. I just appreciate you for doing this.
Especially, the bios was so kind.
I'm going to retry with my Giga Board.

I just let other guys know on the record that Digital Dreamers Retail works with EVGA X58 SLI MOBO too, except Sound.
If other people has EVGA X58 board, you guys can just follow DD's guide, then OSX will be successfully installed although sound has to be figured out on your own. I'm using one of cheap USB sound card. Other than that, my system works perfect.

Thanks DD

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I hope you don't mind but is it alright if I post some of the logs that I have been receiving here instead of the old thread?

If it is alright I will keep adding, but for now this is what I have been seeing today.

SecurityAgent[109]: MechanismInvoke 0x5b01620 retainCount 1

1/26/09 9:47:40 PM com.apple.launchctl.System[2] launchctl: Please convert the following to launchd: /etc/mach_init.d/dashboardadvisoryd.plist 

1/26/09 9:47:40 PM com.apple.launchd[1] (org.cups.cupsd) Unknown key: SHAuthorizationRight 

1/26/09 9:47:41 PM kernel npvhash=4095 

1/26/09 9:47:41 PM kernel hi mem tramps at 0xffe00000 

1/26/09 9:47:41 PM kernel Skipping duplicate extension "com.apple.kpi.dsep" with older/same  version (9.6.0 -> 9.6.0). 

1/26/09 9:47:41 PM kernel Skipping duplicate extension "com.apple.kernel.bsd" with older/same  version (7.9.9 -> 7.9.9). 

1/26/09 9:49:08 PM mdworker[91] (Error) SyncInfo: Boot-cache avoidance timed out!

If anyone has idea if they are normal or can be fixed let me know. thanks again, and this is a great thread and am glad you put it together.

Thanks again Digital and wolfie for helping me get to where I am, couldn't have dont it without your guys help.


I don't see anything unusual in that log. This is just occurring during bootup and is not recurring, correct?
Dashboard has checked for update.
Printing via CUPS is starting (whether you have printers installed, or not).

kernel[0]: hi mem tramps at 0xffe00000 message: There are scattered reports that this can indicate bad RAM, but is not conclusive. Have you been experiencing random shutdowns or restarts? If not, don't worry about it.

Skipping duplicate extension message is expected, as you're running a Boot from EFI partition setup. You have a System.kext that is loaded from the EFI partition at boot that has the same version # as the System.kext in the main install. So, the second one is skipped.

The mdworker message is from Spotlight and is typical.

Keep in mind that these logs are just that, logs. They exist as a FYI to programmers and others who want to determine what has happened. They don't always indicate a real problem, at least not a unrecoverable or fatal one. There are always going to be issues, but programming is about working around those issues, dumping a FYI message, and moving to the next task.

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And an other success Story !
Thank you very very much to all of you and specially to Digital_Dreamer and Wolfienuke :wacko:

Finally I succeeded this weekend (after 4 weeks of strugling) with a iPC 10.5.6 PPF4 disk to install and get to work my config.
In fact this was due to my ATI HD4850 card. I replaced it temporarely (while waiting for support !) by an Nvidia7900GS card from my son.
I followed the installing guides and have now one disk iPC-OSX (security) and second disk by the retail OSX DVD method.The third disk is for Time machine or RAID 1 and the 4th I have Vista64 Ultimate.

My Config:

Mobo:GA-EX58-UD5
RAM:3x2GB GSkill NQ (F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ) (8-8-8-20)
Proc:Core i7 920 with original fan
GPU: Nvidia7900GS-256Mo ( Gainward HD4850-512Mo GS )
Case:Lian Li PC-7F
Power:Corsair HX620 mod
Monitor:Dell SP2309W (Webcam working !)
Burner:Optiarc AD-7200S
HD:Maxtor 320Gb SATA1;2x Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F1 SATA2;Seagate 80Gb SATA1

Specs:

(I pushed the proc to 3Ghz in the Bios.)
Geekbench (64bit) :10686 (mentions 0 proc and 8 Core !)
iBench: 246 (with HD)

Some problems : On my iPC disk I have an KP when I open a dmg ! and my USB 8Gb dongle (Fat32) is detected but invisible ! :(

I will follow very closely this "new" Topic ! :D

When you make updates to your install guides the best is to post -patch with the new files or kext per kext with Kext helper?

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Hi nice guide,

Your guide:
Nice guide, could you only make an extra option @ the kexts, so you can see which one are cosmatic, or extra, so the people will know the!!!minimal number of kexts to boot!!!a lot of people on the forum do get trouble with the ahci kexts, maybe in efi partition / dependencies wrong rights... you might get a higher score for you guide if you just add them later to a already working install.

Cooler did you use for the overclock? 80 degrees celcius seems to be the most save, i reached 99 with stock cooler, so didn't do the stress test before new cooler.

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Hey digital_dreamer or wolfienuke, how did you guys get your memory to show up as ddr3 in the profiler? My processor is also detected as running at 0MHz lol. But my geekbench still reflects proper speeds.


*EDIT* fixed 0MHz processor by restoring original AppleACPIPlatform.kext. Memory issue, still remains detected as DDR2

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Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 feedback

Below is my experience with this board. I'll detail a brief install method, problems/quirks and any outstanding issues I have. I'm definitely no expert and I have progressed with a lot of trial and error but hopefully my experience might help others.

I'm afraid there is little science here... These are problems I've come across and worked around. As with all this stuff YMMV.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone on the forum who has helped me out, with big thanks to wolf and digital_dreamer for their time and efforts.

Brief install procedure
  • Firstly I installed kalyway 10.5.2 using kabyl kernel on an empty GUID USB drive. This was to be my maintenance drive.
  • Once booted in Kalyway I installed OS X using a legit retail .iso onto a clean GUID drive with no other partitions. I updated this with the 10.5.6 Combo updater and then ran Wolfs script to install EFI and the bundled kexts.
  • Once booted into OS X (i7) I added an efi string for my graphics card and removed the Natit.kext from wolfs originals.
  • I also updated to the latest voodoo and system.kext and removed the seatbelt.kext. I also added a different IONetworkingFamily.kext from digital_dreamer which enabled Time Machine to work correctly and had the latest RealtekR1000.kext in plugins - this fixes DHCP wake errors.
  • Recently I added the updated HDA kexts to get rid of the audio Sound assertion errors.
Problems/Issues


Airport/Wireless Not Working on EFI i7 install

Immediately I noticed I had no airport card showing. Looking at the -v screen on start up showed the following error:
MacPro-i7 kextd[30]: a link/load error occured for kernel extension /System/Library/Extensions/IO80211Family.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleAirPortBrcm4311.kext

There is also a similar error for Firewire networks which doesn't effect me
kextd[39]: a link/load error occured for kernel extension /System/Library/Extensions/IOFireWireIP.kext

I removed the EFI IONetworkingFamily.kext and I got Airport back. Great!! I thought... But without IONetworkingFamily.kext LAN and Time Machine won't work.

Fix/Workaround
I added IO80211Family.kext to the EFI partition and Airport and Time Machine both function at the cost of working LAN. If you leave the LAN port connected, Airport will show up in the Network list but will not turn on and console reports the following error and System prefs hangs.
MacPro-i7 System Preferences[174]: Error: airportd MIG failed = -308 ((ipc/mig) server died)  (port = 51755)


Hang on startup at ERROR: FireWire unable to determine security-mode; defaulting to full-secure - Green LAN!
Now this one was bit of a mystery (and still is). I was getting random hangs on boot at this message. What made it more tricky was that it seemed completely random - sometimes it happened, sometimes not. After a lot of BIOS tweaking I noticed it didn't happen when Green LAN was disabled. It also seemed to happen more when IO80211Family.kext was in the EFI partition.

Fix/Workaround
Disable Green LAN. (I've read that this needs to be on for LAN to work after sleep, but in my experience this wasn't true. I was able to sleep and the DHCP LAN came back on wake. I was also able to swap between ports). Again, YMMV


Outstanding issues.


Network - would like to figure out how to run Airport and Ethernet in tandem without having to swap out kexts.
If any of the more technical heads can offer any help with this I'd really appreciate it. Is there a way to work around the link/load error? There is obviously some sort of conflict between the IONetworkingFamily.kext in the EFI partition and the IO80211Family.kext in S/L/E.

Any ideas/input appreciated.

3rd Memory DIMM not showing in System Profiler and incorrect speed
No idea with this - just cosmetic.

The speed seems to have jumped up to 1600 (mine is 1333) after a recent .kext change - I'm not sure which.

Static Noise from PSU when disks are running
Another weird one here... No biggie, but mentioning here to see if anyone else has experienced it with this board. As the title says I get audible static noise from the PSU when the machine is running. It is loudest when the disks are working and bizarrely when I scroll up with the mighty mouse scroll ball!! My previous hack was using a P5w board with exactly the same hardware (drives,case,monitor,psu etc) and it was completely silent. I'll look into grounding etc when I get a chance.

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And an other success Story !
Thank you very very much to all of you and specially to Digital_Dreamer and Wolfienuke :D

<snip>
Some problems : On my iPC disk I have an KP when I open a dmg ! and my USB 8Gb dongle (Fat32) is detected but invisible ! :(

I will follow very closely this "new" Topic ! :D

When you make updates to your install guides the best is to post -patch with the new files or kext per kext with Kext helper?

arobasefr

Congratulations! I know you struggled with this for a while, so I'm glad you're on board.
Do you know what kernel the iPC install is using? To solve the KP with the dmgs, exchange your seatbelt.kext. If you're running 10.5.6 with the Voodoo 9.5 kernel, you need to use the earlier 10.5.5 seatbelt.kext.
The USB drive mounting issue is a common issue with 10.5.6. The only current solution (until the official Voodoo kernel release) is to use Andy's Voodoo-based 9.6 kernel. If you do that, you'll need to go back to the 10.5.6 seatbelt.kext to prevent KP. Simple stuff, eh?

As for your kext updates, it doesn't really matter. Whatever is simpler or quicker, but needs to be accomplished correctly with the right permissions. I like to run the post-patch, so that the script's kext folder is always current. Otherwise I may get confused regarding which version of that particular kext got installed and that can happen a lot. I also label them with various colors to keep track of them.

Hi nice guide,

Your guide:
Nice guide, could you only make an extra option @ the kexts, so you can see which one are cosmatic, or extra, so the people will know the!!!minimal number of kexts to boot!!!a lot of people on the forum do get trouble with the ahci kexts, maybe in efi partition / dependencies wrong rights... you might get a higher score for you guide if you just add them later to a already working install.

Cooler did you use for the overclock? 80 degrees celcius seems to be the most save, i reached 99 with stock cooler, so didn't do the stress test before new cooler.

I'll see about doing a update regarding what kexts are needed just to boot, what are needed for device services, and what are just superficial. I did explain what the kexts are for, but I can give them a "need for boot" flag.

I'm currently using the ThermalRight Ultra-120 Extreme cooler with a quiet 1600RPM fan. I may go with an extra fan for better cooling sometime.

Hey digital_dreamer or wolfienuke, how did you guys get your memory to show up as ddr3 in the profiler? My processor is also detected as running at 0MHz lol. But my geekbench still reflects proper speeds.

The kext download for my Retail DVD install has a AppleSMBIOS.kext that allows you to type in some of those strings. I was able to add "DDR3" and "1600MHz", among other things, but still only have two banks detected. That's more a issue of the way the code is implemented. 0MHz clock, eh. That's pretty fast! LOL!

Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 feedback

Below is my experience with this board. I'll detail a brief install method, problems/quirks and any outstanding issues I have. I'm definitely no expert and I have progressed with a lot of trial and error but hopefully my experience might help others.
<snip>
Outstanding issues.


Network - would like to figure out how to run Airport and Ethernet in tandem without having to swap out kexts.
If any of the more technical heads can offer any help with this I'd really appreciate it. Is there a way to work around the link/load error? There is obviously some sort of conflict between the IONetworkingFamily.kext in the EFI partition and the IO80211Family.kext in S/L/E.

Any ideas/input appreciated.

I'll look into those issues you reported.

3rd Memory DIMM not showing in System Profiler and incorrect speed
No idea with this - just cosmetic.
The speed seems to have jumped up to 1600 (mine is 1333) after a recent .kext change - I'm not sure which.

Check my previous comment to JaE-V above this one.

Static Noise from PSU when disks are running
Another weird one here... No biggie, but mentioning here to see if anyone else has experienced it with this board. As the title says I get audible static noise from the PSU when the machine is running. It is loudest when the disks are working and bizarrely when I scroll up with the mighty mouse scroll ball!! My previous hack was using a P5w board with exactly the same hardware (drives,case,monitor,psu etc) and it was completely silent. I'll look into grounding etc when I get a chance.

That's mildly amusing, as those issues were the same Apple had to contend with in the PowerMac G5 and Mac Pro PSUs, except they were mostly the infamous chirps. The iMacs also had the audible sound during scrolling, as this moves a lot of video data. Those onboard inductors can really emit a irritating high frequency sound when there are load changes on the PSU.
As for what to do? Take it in to the Apple Store.. oh, wait! :P
I remember some of the suggestions offered was to change the performance settings in the Energy Saver preferences, but that isn't available to us. What PSU do you have and what wattage?

regards,
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Static Noise from PSU when disks are running


@ Cosmin Petre

You have to disable "CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)" in the Advanced CPU Features.
This will solve this issue!

@ digital_dreamer

Thanks a lot for your hard work!

I had luck with your script. Thanks

But there is an issue with sleep. I can get it to sleep but it didn't come back!!!
How did you solve this issue?

Thanks for your help

Best regards
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I am getting KPs with the new kernel when I wake from sleep sometimes now. I can't seem to find the log for it either, I might try to cause the KP again to find the log.

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I'll look into those issues you reported.

Thanks - I've done a lot of testing so please let me know if I can help in any way.

@ Cosmin Petre

You have to disable "CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)" in the Advanced CPU Features.
This will solve this issue!

Thank you so much masterlen - all is now quiet!!

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Hey digital_dreamer or wolfienuke, how did you guys get your memory to show up as ddr3 in the profiler? My processor is also detected as running at 0MHz lol. But my geekbench still reflects proper speeds.
*EDIT* fixed 0MHz processor by restoring original AppleACPIPlatform.kext. Memory issue, still remains detected as DDR2


Are you able to reboot okay?
Let me know, because the replaced AppleCPIPlatform.kext is supposed to contain a reboot fix. However, it just may not be necessary on your system.

The processor type and speed is read from the "Unknown" flag in the AppleSystemInfo.strings file in System/Library/CoreServices/Resources/English.lproj

Search for this text block:
//================================================================================
//  String used to describe a unknown processor kind.
//--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
"UnknownCPUKind"	= "Unknown";
and replace "Unknown" with whatever you want.

I don't know of any other way to change the Memory text other than with the OSx86 Tools Utility and use the "Modify About this Mac" option.

regards,
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@ Cosmin Petre
But there is an issue with sleep. I can get it to sleep but it didn't come back!!!
How did you solve this issue?

Thanks for your help

Best regards
masterlen



I am getting KPs with the new kernel when I wake from sleep sometimes now. I can't seem to find the log for it either, I might try to cause the KP again to find the log.


Sounds like the same issue. Are you both on the Standard Retail Install or Boot from EFI?

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Sounds like the same issue. Are you both on the Standard Retail Install or Boot from EFI?


I am on Standard Retail!

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Awesome guide!

Looks ill be going to microcenter to pick up the UD5 and the 920 :)





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