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  1. Hackintosh - Experiences with Major OSx Updates

    well FWIW, I made my Hackintosh with Mavericks, when that was current, and upgraded it ever since with almost no problems... until the upgrade from Sierra to High Sierra which, after a couple of false starts that just failed but left me with a working system, finally killed it when I tried harder to push the upgrade through. So my Hackintosh is currently not a hackintosh but just a PC running Ubuntu Linux, which has thankfully chosen this moment to finally get usable HiDPI support (with caveats). I may yet try again. Its partition still awaits... According to discussions around here the fault may have been in having an nVidia GPU, so I may try taking that out and doing a fresh install of High Sierra on the onboard Intel HD4600 and then putting the nVidia back in and sorting out its drivers, and finally restoring from the backup I made before the failed upgrade. That's an effort to go through if Ubuntu manages to annoy me too seriously, or I, once again, just want a change in scenery that badly! However, I must say, while the previous upgrades did go through relatively painlessly, the stress and worry about them failing, as eventually happened, was always the biggest fly in the ointment. If Apple made the desktop machine I want, I'd totally buy it, and pay more than I could build the hardware equivalent for, for that peace of mind. But they don't. They're all either underpowered, ridiculously overpowered, or just-right-powered but with an unwanted and expensive screen welded to the side. (After all it's not as if I don't already have two real apple laptops - on which Linux runs OOTB better than it does on this PC too, as it happens... I will buy the Apple kit if the right kit exists.)
  2. Installer hangs after first reboot - progress bar gets to 50% and spinner starts overwriting itself until it's all solid white, and there it sits apparently forever (but at least over an hour and a half before I gave up). Luckily old install appears to be intact, just a "macOS Install Data" in root, as far as I can see. Looking at other threads it looks like this upgrade may be the one that exceeds my ability or patience; good job Linux is getting better at HiDPI! System is as per sig.
  3. OS X 10.11.5 is out!

    All went smoothly. This was the first OSX upgrade since switching to a GTX960. One of the reasons for doing so was for a less troublesome upgrade process compared to the RadeonHD7750 I was using before. So it is illogical for me to feel a little disappointed that it worked. I was prompted after the install that the nVidia web driver was now incompatible and it had switched to the OSX default driver; but then upgrading the web driver was completely painless, using only its prefpane. (Also, however, it looked like the OSX default driver was *working* at full 4K, which IIRC wasn't the case with 10.11.4. But as consensus seems to be the web drivers are better anyway, went ahead and upgraded them.)
  4. Asus Strix GTX 960 works

    Just reporting this, for the next person coming along wondering if it will... Asus Strix GTX 960 OC installed on system as per sig. on El Capitan 10.11.4. Without Web drivers installed, system booted fine but only into low-res graphics. 1024x768; a standard VESA mode, I think. I was then able to install the web drivers using the Web Driver Updater at http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/files/file/474-nvidia%C2%AE-webdriver-updaterapp/. I simply told it to do an install, and did nothing with the NVDAStartupWeb.kext and NVEnabler.kext tabs. Rebooted, and it was all there and fully working on my 4K display. I'm slightly shocked, and at a bit of a loose end. I'd cleared this weekend for getting this to work and now don't know what I'm going to do! NB: This system was already set to iMac14,2 as it closely matched that spec before anyway, except for the GPU. In reading other topics around here that probably makes a difference, as the real iMac14,2 already has an nVidia GPU. I'm not sure if that's significant or not, given I'm using web drivers. Will be back to report if any issues arise later, but so far all looking good.
  5. Radeon 7750 not working since 10.10.3

    Well in this case it's not any binary that needs patching but a .plist (XML) file. Hence the steps given above to simply edit that file as required. I don't know if that makes things easier or harder with respect to doing it in clover.
  6. Radeon 7750 not working since 10.10.3

    I'd be interested to know how too, as it's really annoying to have to do this again on every point upgrade of OSX. With associated boot problems each time.
  7. I don't have the GenericUSB kext installed. Actually I had it on Yosemite, but as it turned out unnecessarily as a holdover from Mavericks when I first installed. (See post #141 http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/308325-guide-1011-full-speed-usb-series-89-keeping-vanilla-sle/page-8?do=findComment&comment=2175056) but the El Cap install is fresh, and Generic was never installed. (just FakeSMC and IntelMausiEthernet) We know the USB driver was changed in El Cap, that's why we're gathered here today is it possible they added ASMedia support and I'm just having an issue with one device? That post btw was me saying, but I'm not seeing anything like even step 1 of the OP's guide. In fact it was only on El Cap that I started seeing the HSxx and SSPx ports at all. So I guess *something's* a bit odd here.
  8. Surely if it was just a hub it would show up under its parent device, which would be one of the HSxx/SSPx ports? The ASmedia ports don't show up under XHC@14 at all. Correction to what I said in an earlier post. It looks like it's at: For USB 2: AppleUSB20XHCIPort@00300000 AppleUSB20XHCIPort@00400000 for USB 3: AppleUSB30XHCIPort@00100000 AppleUSB30XHCIPort@00200000 From IOJones: It shows up in the PCI list, vendor 1b21 device 1142. It shows up in system report as its own USB 3.0 bus, with the same vendor/device id, and you can see them in the IOJones screenshot too. It looks like it's its own thing, and TBH everything looks like it thinks it supports it, except that I was having trouble with one USB2 audio device that was fine in an intel port (in both cases via a hub).
  9. Not through any efforts on my part, they were just recognised OOTB. And partially working. For a while I thought they were fully working and thought I could make do with just those (given my real mac has the same number of ports total). From memory now: HID devices via a USB3 hub (in the dell monitor) worked. WD Passport Ultra USB3 drive connected directly worked, at full speed, for as long as I tried it. Dell USB soundbar (via the monitor hub) *intermittently* worked. Device was recognised, selectable; its volume control affected the Mac's system volume as usual... but no sound came out. Even odder, video playback where I think it was done via Apple's APIs could not progress. It just stuck, in playback mode but not advancing through the track, implying some feedback from the device saying it wasn't playing. VLC uses a different API, and *could* play back video, but still no sound. So it may even be just a weirdity with that one device, which works fine when the hub is plugged into an intel port. (it now lives happily in HS03/SSP3) But I felt it probably wasn't to be trusted, given everyone else saying ASMedia just doesn't work! But it suggests ASMedia USB3 interfaces *can* work at least to some extent in 10.11, and may be worth someone's time who's better at the hardware stuff to investigate further. But is probably offtopic for this thread.
  10. in a textual description then. This system has its USB3 ports above SSP1 enabled using the ARIX98 method. Before that was applied, we only have the HSxx ports and SSP1, but their numbers/locations are the same. (ie: applying ARIX98 method doesn't change existing ports.) Firstly, the backpanel: Asus Z87I-Pro: From left to right; the leftmost column is four USB2 sockets. These are all connected via an internal hub occupying just one primary port: HS13@14d00000 @14d10000 @14d20000 @14d30000 @14d40000 The middle column, to the left of the ethernet port, from the top down: 1: HS03@14300000 / SSP3@15100000 2: HS04@14400000 / SSP4@15200000 3: AS01 AppleUSB30XHCIPort@00300000 4: AS02 AppleUSB30XHCIPort@00400000 The AS01 and AS02 ports are on the onboard ASMedia interface, on location ids 00300000 and 00400000. Under OSX they are detected, as are devices plugged into them, but they do not work reliably. The right column of just two ports underneath the ethernet port, from the top down: 1: HS01@14100000 / SSP1@14f00000 2: HS02@14200000 / SSP2@15000000 There is an internal virtual port connected to the onboard Atheros bluetooth controller (not working for me) 1: HS11@14b00000 The midboard USB3 header provides two front-panel USB3 sockets: 1: HS09@14900000 / SSP5@15300000 2: HS10@14a00000 / SSP6@15400000 The midboard USB2 header provides two front-panel USB2-only sockets. I don't have this connected in my system, so I was unable to confirm which interfaces they occupy, but they are two of: 1: HS05@14500000 2: HS06@14600000 3: HS07@14700000 4: HS08@14800000 ... but I don't know which two are that header. And I don't know what the remaining two ports are at all. Completely unaccounted for: 1: HS14@14e00000
  11. rassen-frassen... had it *almost* complete then Libreoffice Draw crashed on me and it was gone. Do not yet have the energy to start again...
  12. Well it's discouraging to fire up MaciASL, try to compile the system DSDT before even *making* any changes, and have it fail with pages of syntax errors (reduced to six when I selected ACPI 5.0 in prefs, but still, I have no clue what to do about those six). That's before I even try making any changes. (That was actually in pursuit of getting my bluetooth dongle to work by killing the internal usb interface that the motherboard's Atheros bluetooth/wifi controller is on, as I think it's getting in the way. OTOH I wonder if now that OSX on its own is actually recognising that atheros I should instead be trying to make that work instead.)
  13. Just catching up... As a user "being a user" and finding the ARIX98 method appears to work and hoping I can get away with leaving it like that forever ... I also have a preference for the simplest option. So far I've got away without having to do DSDT stuff and long may that continue, the learning curve is *steep* at the start! So for what it's worth, one data point on this Z87 mobo (Asus Z87I-Pro) SMBIOS-identified as iMac14,2: I had briefly thought that the two ASMedia ports this mobo has on the back were working, and I could live with that without making any changes (already having as many ports there as I have in my real Macbook Pro), but that turned out to be unstable, with some odd effects. The ARIX98 method seems to be working well so far in enabling the remaining six Intel USB3 ports. Everything is behaving as it should. That said, it's not getting very heavily tested here. The fastest USB3 device I have is a WD My Passport Ultra1, and connected to a USB3 hub (in a Dell monitor) to a backpanel USB3 port (SSP3, enabled by ARIX98's method), and with the drive connected directly to a front-panel USB3 socket (SSP5 also enabled by the ARIX98 method), it appears to be stable, and the speeds are basically the same as those I get with the drive plugged directly to a real recent Macbook Pro also running El Cap. That speed isn't that spectacular, but it *is* the same on a real mac, and it exceeds the USB2 theoretical maximum, so it looks like it's working to me. The only instability I got was when I ran IOJones *while* a transfer was taking place; then that drive kept spontaneously disconnecting and reconnecting and the transfer failed. As soon as I quit IOJones everything was stable again. Also running IOJones while that drive is quiescent seems OK, there was only a problem running it while trying to transfer data. This is what IOJones sees then (nodes expanded far enough to see individual real-world devices): HS03 and SSP3 are the same USB3 socket on the back, connected via USB3 cable to a Dell P2715Q's internal USB3 hub. Therefore that hub appears to be showing up as both USB2134B@14300000 (USB2) and USB5534B@15100000 (USB3) which I thought might be odd enough to mention, but maybe that's normal for USB3 hubs (this is the only one I have). This is what I see in system report. Unlike the above, this screenshot was taken with the WD My Passport Ultra connected to SSP5, the front-panel port, not into the Dell hub. The top-right pane looks correct, but the big bottom-right pane looks like items are nested incorrectly, like the hierarchy is wrong with a spurious duplication of the "Volumes" section from the My Passport, that apparently seems to contain all the other devices. I would guess this is just a display bug in the system report app. I also note that here it shows the USB 3 bus selected as having the host controller driver AppleUSBXHCILPTH. Does the LPTH mean anything we should be concerned about? [1] Ironically I'd have got a faster USB3 device if I'd failed to get the Hackintosh back in commission after the upgrade; as I'd have got a UASP-capable enclosure for the shiny new big SSD I bought for the hackintosh for the El Cap upgrade, to instead use with my Macbook Pro along with a Thunderbolt2 docking station... but in such an eventuality I wouldn't have had a hackintosh to test its speed on! It's good to have some sense of responsibility that you're not just leading people into trashing their systems and data, but only up to a point. I think anyone trying to run a hackintosh must accept from the outset that they're always going to be a bit out on the ragged edge, and should learn to be phlegmatic when things go wrong. If you want the benefits and stability of a vendor-supported platform, buy one. If you can't afford that but want that platform stability, use Linux, which will install *much* more easily, with fully-supported hardware, on just about any hardware anyone's trying to hackintosh. (Certainly you shouldn't get yourself platform-bound to the apple ecosystem if your only mac is a hackintosh!) Choosing to go hackintosh means implicitly accepting some risks for being a cheapskate and not buying the equivalent or better mac! So the ARIX98 method seems to be working for me, but I'm reporting what I see, and I'm following the thread in case something does turn up to say this really is wrong, and of course I'll report it if something bad happens here.
  14. I too am finding the bluetooth dongle that worked in Yosemite no longer seems to work properly. In my case my motherboard has onboard bluetooth too, which Mavericks/Yosemite didn't recognise at all, so suddenly when I plugged in a bluetooth one, there was *a* bluetooth adapter and it worked. Now it looks like OSX is kinda recognising the onboard one: ... except for it not actually, you know, working. So I suspect this may be the problem... edit 17 Oct: I just needed to disable the onboard one in uefi bios setup, then my iogear USB dongle worked as before. (no handoff but don't think I ever did have that; don't know if that's possible with more effort than I care to put in as don't really need/miss it.)
  15. OK, I seem to have three functioning USB3 ports. Luckier than some! One seems to be the single SSP15 that showed up in my previous post, which I identified. Curiously IOJones didn't show it in that place, but it did show up elsewhere, and the location id shown in system report pointed to it being in that same interface 0x14f00000. And the USB3 drive works there. It also works in what I believe to be the two ASMedia ports on the back, which therefore seem to be supported out of the box. That actually shows a location id of 0x00200000 and in IOJones only shows up in IODeviceTree. in either place, it seems to transfer data at the same speed as when plugged into a recent real mac also running El Cap. Speed was somewhat slower than some reviews suggest for that drive, but faster than the USB2 theoretical maximum. And as it's the same on the real mac I declare that whatever issues the drive may have the USB ports seem to be working. Be nice to have more of them working though!