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  1. Hi,


    Hope this is the correct place to post this - seems that I can't start topics in the Clover forum.


    Anyway - been using Clover for a few months, it works great and it boots a lot faster than Chameleon.


    I have a question - I have 3 separate disks with 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10 on them.


    Should I be installing Clover to all the drives?


    Whichever UEFI disk I try to tell the Bios to boot from, it seems to always boot to the Clover menu on the 10.8 disk.


    Is it only necessary to install Clover on 1 of the disks?


    Thanks for any advice.

  2. After some trial/error/elimination/hair-pulling I have found that this problem seems to be related to the Pace iLok driver (USB copy protection/DRM device) and kernel cacheing.


    The pace driver for some reason doesn't like to be rolled in with a manual kernel cache rebuild.


    If I do the following steps, I seem to be able to get rid of this behaviour:


    1. uninstall Pace Ilok driver (license manager/license support installer) -  the installer DMG has an uninstaller

    2. reboot

    3. rebuild kernel cache (I use DPCImanager after repairing permissions)

    4. reboot

    5. install Pace driver again (license support installer dmg)


    I have no idea why this happens but the above is a pretty easy fix and hopefully it might help someone.


    If anyone has any ideas on the root causes of this I'm very curious to know your thoughts.

  3. Tearing my hair out over this one, hope someone can help. 


    My new hack (see top line of signature) boots fine 95% of the time. But randomly (mostly on cold boot or a few reboots after) it will boot extremely slowly towards the final part of the boot process and USB keyboard/mouse and other devices are unresponsive on boot for ~10 minutes.


    Some people get this constantly and can't boot at all (there seem to be fixes for this), but it's very intermittent in my case and I have no idea how to fix it... not good for my OCD :(


    I've tried all kinds of things to try and fix this, none of these make any difference:


    - keyboard/mouse in different ports

    - USBBusFix and related flags in chameleon

    - with and without DSDT for my board

    - disabled onboard audio and used native AppleHDA (I don't need it)

    - deleted Intel graphics kexts


    I get this stuff in the console at the final part of the boot (these lines cover 8-9 minutes, corresponding to when the USB is dead):

    24/01/2015 12:48:00.823 com.apple.SecurityServer[15]: Session 100002 created
    24/01/2015 12:48:05.175 com.apple.launchd[1]: (com.apple.coreservices.appleid.authentication[245]) Exit timeout elapsed (20 seconds). Killing
    24/01/2015 12:48:26.000 kernel[0]: IOHIDSystem: postEvent LLEventQueue overflow.
    24/01/2015 12:51:44.000 kernel[0]: considerRebuildOfPrelinkedKernel prebuild rebuild has expired
    24/01/2015 12:51:44.676 hidd[64]: Timeout waiting for IOKit to be quiet
    24/01/2015 12:52:59.000 kernel[0]: IOHIDSystem: postEvent LLEventQueue overflow.
    24/01/2015 12:54:40.000 kernel[0]: IOHIDSystem: postEvent LLEventQueue overflow.
    24/01/2015 12:55:44.674 WindowServer[126]: Timeout waiting for IOKit to be quiet
    24/01/2015 12:56:43.753 SystemStarter[45]: IOKitWaitQuiet: -536870186

    When I try DPCImanager's rebuild caches command, I get the following message during the process:

    com.apple.kextd[12]: Cache file /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/IOKitPersonalities_x86_64.ioplist.gz is out of date; not using.

    Anyone have any ideas on what could be causing these problems? I've tried to include as much info as I can, if there's anything else I can provide that might help, please let me know.



  4. Yes, just got to that page in this epic thread and tried it!


    But sadly there is no change.


    It's getting to the point now where I think I should check the entire network chain to see if there's a bottleneck somewhere. I do have a Windows 7 box which I can drag out to verify this.


    edit- OK so I think this might be related to my ethernet cables. I am going to try some new ones next week and report back.


    edit 2 - I managed to find 2 decent ethernet cables for the Mac and the NAS to test file copying, and it's now fine and everything is running at Gigabit (I realised things were at 100mbit before).


    Sorry for the false alarm, I lost most of today trying to figure this one out  :cry:  Let this be a lesson to always check the basics first  :blush:


    Thank you to hnak and other contributors for all the hard work on this driver!

  5. I've just built a new machine with Z87X-D3H - everything works great but the network is really slow and sometimes will time out during a long transfer. For some idea of the speed - it takes around 10+ mins to transfer a 7GB file.


    The device ID is 153b which should be supported ok with this driver, I've tried multiple versions in 10.8 and 10.9 with the same results.


    Anyone have any idea what could be wrong?

  6. Tried this driver on my ancient GA-EP45-DS3 and it seems to work a lot better than the lnx2mac driver I was using previously. :)


    Actually my ethernet worked fine (out of the box) under 10.5 and 10.6. Installing 10.7 on a different disk required a driver and it also somehow killed the ethernet functionality on the SL partition, and I had to install lnx2mac driver on both.


    Anyway thanks for this driver, it works great in a 32-bit kernel (some hardware I'm using limits me to 32-bit).


    edit - I spoke too soon... the driver worked great until a reboot. Now the DHCP doesn't work properly (gets some random address) and although I can set things manually, it doesn't connect to the network.


    The chip is a Realtek 8111C - it has 2 of them in fact, with identical results on both :(


    So anyone know why this would work on install, but then stop working completely?

  7. Verichip - you should be using a DSDT file created for a specific BIOS version of your board, and flash your board to that version before installing. The rev 2.0 board is different to the 1.0. If you can't find a working DSDT file, you'll need to make one! I've never had to do it so I can't help there, but there are plenty of tutorials on this forum. There should be a DSDT available, judging from a quick google:



  8. A small update - sleep doesn't work. This doesn't really bother me at all, and there may be a way of getting it to work but as it's not important to me I don't really have the time to investigate it. I think sleep on hacks in general is always going to be a touch and go situation. It's really not important in anything but a laptop in my opinion.


    Another update - the front panel USB issue was a hardware issue with the case. Upon further inspection of the contents of the box, it actually came with a replacement cable to connect from the front panel to the board with the correct wiring for the front USB to work properly! :) The Fractal Design case is just amazing... incredibly quiet and sturdy as f**k!


    In other news, I think there is now a new driver for the LAN which I still haven't tried but I will soon and report back.



    blazeburns - you're welcome, but I can't take any credit for the guide :D Tonyx86 blog/forum was invaluable in my research. The IOAHCIBlockStorageInjector kext is safe, I've used it in all hacks I've built with no issues.


    mega - try the more recent LAN kext (after checking it works with the LAN chip on the rev2.0 board)


    fmillion - are you using a proper DSDT for your particular board? If not, you will definitely run into issues. The Tonyx86 site has DSDTs for most Gigabyte boards.

  9. Just built a pretty nice i7 hackintosh and thought I'd share my experiences.. what I've written up here isn't rocket science and I can't take credit for any of it at all (apart from a few comments about some hardware components), but maybe it might help some people. I'm going to be using it for high performance audio / DAW work with Logic 9 and plugins, so I'll update this thread with additional info about the reliability for this purpose after using it for a while. I hope linking to guides on other sites is OK - there's a rule in the Genius Bar but it didn't mention anything on this forum. This guide is really for noobs like me so hopefully it's okay.


    I've included retail links to the parts in case they are hard to find.


    Hardware list

    I was fairly pressed for time so there may be better components than these available for the money. It's up to your budget obviously, but you could definitely find more 'elite' RAM, hard disks, PSU, case etc. This is just an example of a proven set of components that will work.


    Graphics card - Gigabyte 9800GT Silent (passive)



    Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 (rev 1.0)


    This board has USB3 which obviously won't work in OSX yet. It does not have firewire, but IMHO firewire is a dying platform, and if you have hardware that requires it, a half-decent PCI or PCIe firewire card will do the job just fine.


    PSU - OCZ ModXtream Pro



    OS hard drive WD 500GB



    DVD drive - I guess anything will work



    CPU - Intel Core i7 860



    RAM - 2x2GB Crucial Ballistix



    Cooler - Zalman CNPS10X Performa



    This cooler was really fiddly to install... really couldn't believe some of the steps required. If you're considering this cooler, check the Zalman website for the docs/flash videos to see exactly how bizarrely fiddly it is. It's designed for about 5 or 6 different sockets so there are way too many weird options. It's obviously up to you how much research you want to do into coolers, you may be perfectly happy with the Intel stock cooler.


    Case - Fractal Design Define R2



    This case is generally quite awesome. Lots of space, a good cable-tidying system. One small problem is that the PSU sits at the bottom so 1 of the cables from the PSU to the board (ATX 12V 8pin) couldn't be threaded through the cable-tidying system, and in fact runs underneath the PCI/PCIe cards near the edge of the case. This issue could be fixed by this, I will try it at some point:




    It is a little annoying that case manufacturers don't think about this stuff and include PSU extension cables if the PSU is at the bottom of the case. I can't imagine I'm the first one to have this problem!


    One other issue with the case - the front panel USB doesn't seem to work so far. The ports may be borked on the case itself, or perhaps the motherboard headers are faulty. I'm not desperate for this functionality so I'm going to live with it. There are plenty of ports on the normal motherboard i/o section, and you can connect a hub. Front panel audio is fine, but I haven't tested the eSata port yet (connected to a motherboard internal Sata header - so it won't be hot-swappable).


    Install method:

    I can't take credit for this, everything went exactly as this following guide said it would, and it was very easy. Make sure you take care and follow the instructions closely.




    Notes - I used the '[url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] supported' bootloader CD and used the 'UserDSDT' method in the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] section of the guide, with the DSDT file linked below. The '[url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] supported' bootloader installs a vanilla retail kernel (unhacked). Once you install the 10.6.4 update, the P55 chipset is natively supported in OSX.


    If you get any kernel panics/grey screens during the install process, just reboot and try again... it may happen once or twice but I think this isn't fatal. Machine is rock solid after the entire guide is completed.


    Latest versions of required bootloader CD and tools:




    DSDT file:



    (make sure you flash the motherboard to the F6 Bios - you can do this from the Bios itself and a USB stick, you don't need a floppy drive/windows etc, although the zip self-extractor for the Bios download needs to be run in Windows to extract the bios image - ugh Gigabyte, what's wrong with a zip!?)


    Motherboard F6 bios:





    Realtek R1000 in [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] 2.10 tool



    IOAHCIBlockStorageInjector in [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] tool for proper drive icons (cosmetic)




    (there are others - http://www.kexts.com/search.html?q=alc888&b= )


    There may be a better way of getting the audio working, as the modified AppleHDA kext will probably be knocked out by an OS update.


    This may also be the case for the other kexts, I haven't done an update yet (aside from the 10.6.4 update before installing the kexts). But since there are only 3 kexts to install, it's not such a massive deal if an OS update knocks them out.


    If installing kexts with [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url], remember to check the 'Repair permissions' items. The AppleHDA kext link contains installation instructions (install with Kext Utility, which can be installed from [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]).


    Other required items

    You'll also need a Snow Leopard retail install disk (buy it!) and the 10.6.4 combo update.


    Initial status report

    The machine is working great so far, Shutdown/Restart are working without any kexts, although I haven't tried Sleep yet. I'll update this thread with info on this and any other usage issues I encounter.

  10. Thanks for the input... I did try searching and found a lot of threads but also a lot of conflicting info. That answer makes a lot of sense. It does look like a whole world of pain, as I'm essentially a noob. I think the best solution for me is to use the verbose mode and not show the Apple boot screen at all. Thanks anyway!

  11. OK so I've got several hacks up and running, but always with the Apple boot screen stretched. I've read conflicting info about this, with the Graphics Mode key/string in the com.apple.boot.plist file. But I've never got this to work, but I've seen youtube videos of it working, like this one:



    I've also got 2 screens connected (graphics card has 2 outs) which are different resolutions - I guess this is complicating things. The smaller one (1280x1024) looks fine, but the larger one (1920x1200) looks stretched very wide, even with the Graphics Mode key with 1920x1200x32 string.


    Is a definitive fix for this just not possible on hacks? It bugs the hell out of me for some reason.


    Should I stop worrying about it and just get on with my life? (don't answer that one)

  12. I have an Asus nVidia 9600GT Silent that has worked well for me. NVEnabler.kext works better than an EFI string if you go with it. It has two DVI ports and comes with an HDMI adapter. What audio software will you be using?




    Really appreciate the reply Ryan, the card sounds perfect. I'm going to be using Logic and Live. Probably with an RME PCI card (they wrote Intel PCI drivers, works great on my existing GA-EP45-DS3 quad-core).


    Also thanks to D_D for this guide :)

  13. you need to push the eject button a little bit longer. it´s the same on our new imac.


    Good to know, thanks.. can't believe I missed this on regular Macs, but then I don't use CDs very often these days!


    Thanks again peach-os, I couldn't have built my perfect Mac without this thread :)


    By the way I made a list of some nice apps that other DAW users might find useful:



  14. In my personal opinion, as someone who's used Macs and PCs quite extensively over the years, the Mac hardware has been going down in quality recently. I have an Intel Mac Mini which has deteriorated quite badly - audio dies randomly, DVD drive is long dead. The iMacs are terrible if you need to do any maintenance - for example if the hard drive dies out of warranty... have you ever tried to take apart an iMac? I've seen people do it and I can assure you it's not fun.


    Likewise the latest laptops continue the trend of really weird hardware decisions. New untested chipset, dropping of firewire in all but one model.


    Personally I think if Apple came out with a mid-range desktop machine, easy to open and upgrade, with just a Core2 Quad chip (most people don't need and don't want to pay for an 8-core xeon!!), then most people wouldn't consider hacks. I just don't think they are going to do this though, they are too devoted to the iMac market.


    From my angle, a hack made perfect sense - I can spec my own easily and cheaply replaceable parts, I can put the computer under the desk where it belongs, I can upgrade the hard drives easily, I can run proper PCI audio cards instead of crappy USB/firewire ones. I don't have all manner of {censored} hanging off leads from the computer.


    I have a machine that kills iMac performance and is way more functional and upgradeable, for a 2/3 of the price. When Apple offers such a machine, I'll buy it!


    And by the way I have many Mac-owning friends who, like me, are more into *getting work done* than admiring their shiny new digital lifestyle accessory - they are all pretty jealous of my machine's performance.


    You may think I'm hating on Apple - and in some ways you'd be right as I really dislike their recent approach. But I have to say they make a really great OS, which I happily purchased. I hate a lot more things about Windows :(

  15. Here's a few of the coolest low-key apps I've found for OSX. Mainly for digital audio users, but there are some other useful things listed here. If there's a more suitable thread for posting this audio-related stuff, let me know!




    Freeverse Sound Studio 3


    - if you ever used the Sound Forge audio editor on Windows, this is the closest thing I've found on Mac.


    Audio Ease Snapper


    - lets you play QT-compliant audio files from Finder with a waveform display, and lets you select portions and drag to a new file. Even plays audio from movie files!


    some components to play FLAC files in QT (and Snapper!) (free)





    - excellent utility for browsing samples, with integrated editing and more


    XLD Lossless audio converter (free)


    - converts FLAC files to Apple lossless format so you can play them in iTunes


    MIDIpipe (free)


    Free utility to remap MIDI messages of various types




    Onyx (free)


    - lets you tweak extra stuff in Finder, the Dock etc. Nothing you can't do in terminal but this saves a lot of research and typing time by presenting everything in a nice preference-style interface.




    - the only app that lets me restore my hackintosh backup disk image properly!


    Handbrake (free)


    - really easy-to-use and efficient DVD ripping/video conversion app


    Defaults Manager (free)


    - useful tool to view and edit .plist (preferences) files

  16. Yes I can use the eject button when it is empty... when there's a disk inside I click the Eject button in Finder or right-click on the drive on the desktop and click 'eject'.


    You're probably right about the drive - I'll get round to investigating it some day. Right now it doesn't really bother me. I've installed plenty of software and ripped CDs from the drive so it's functionally OK for me - keyboard eject isn't essential.


    Incidentally I successfully updated to 10.5.6 using the usual method (boot into Kalyway, install onto MacHD). No fiddling required. It happens that 10.5.6 seemed slower to me though - bootup and benchmarks slower - so I went back to 10.5.5 which has been solid for me.


    I also tried Carbon Copy Cloner to restore the drive - it didn't work :) CopycatX is the only tool that works... but I guess you knew this already :P It's slow (takes over 2 hours to restore) but it works!



    OK very weird, it seems I need to keep the eject button pressed down for about 1.5 seconds. Pretty cool as it means you don't eject the CD by accident by missing the 'mute' key but is this normal? I don't remember this happening on normal Macs, but it's possible it's a recent improvement I've missed.

  17. It's an actual Apple USB keyboard - not the current one but one of the previous white ones with normal keys.


    I did get an issue a few times after I installed where the machine wouldn't find the keyb/mouse until I changed the port but I'm not seeing that any more. I've also heard of this from a friend who also built a hackintosh. I wonder if it could be related somehow? It's not a huge deal as the drive has an eject button and I don't insert disks very often but it would be nice to know why it's not working.

  18. hey starobrno1,


    that would be great news about aggregated audio devices.. since it doesn't seem to work pretty well on real macs-

    stacked audio devices seem to lack proper clocking- resulting in phasing probs on multi channel micing setups.

    did you try to mic a drumset and recorded it for some minutes? dude, if that works without any clocking/ phasing probs with your set up- i sh*t bricks ;-)


    I was going to ask this too - this is an inherent problem with using more than 1 audio card, maybe unless there's some way of syncing the devices' clocks via wordclock etc.


    Going to install Logic and RME tonight! Pretty excited :(


    Does any one have the problem of not being to able to reach other computers on the network in finder..

    When I try to connect to any other computer via LAN (using Finder), It says "Connection Failed" Connect As ... When I try to click Connect As ... nothing happens.

    If I ping the IP it returns no problems....

    I think there is a fix for this called sharefix.pkg


    Is this with other macs or windows pcs? I should be able to test both of these situations later on today.

  19. OK I'm up and running, updated to 10.5.5, took a few hours but much less hassle than installing and tweaking windows :)


    First of all, thanks again Peach-OS for the guide, couldn't have done it otherwise (well, maybe but it would have taken a lot longer!)


    A few points:


    I needed to reboot back into Kalyway after installing Leopard retail because it wouldn't let me delete AppleIntelCpuPowermanagment.kext and AppleEfiRuntime.kext (inadequate permissions).


    I needed to use a combination of the EFI Tools and terminal methods for fdisk/EFI - I used OSX86 Tools for the fdisk part, because the terminal command for this just didn't work (can't remember the error msg but it couldn't find something)... probably just me being a noob but you might want to check that. OSX86 Tools worked fine for the fdisking.


    The manual terminal method was the only way I could get EFI working and boot into retail.


    These are probably insignificant things but they may be helpful for total noobs like me :)


    A small point about the hardware list - the OCZ PSU only has 3 SATA power plugs, which I found slightly amazing. Therefore if your drives aren't fairly close together in the case, or if you are going to have more than 2 HDs and a DVD, you will have to get some Molex->SATA adapters. I won't be able to properly assemble my box's drive cages and close the lid until I get some :P


    One nice surprise - the official Apple Nvidia 7300GT 256MB card worked absolutely fine - no flashing needed whatsoever. I found this card brand new on ebay for £30 (I don't think Apple sells it in their store anymore)... definitely a good deal for a 7300GT with 2 DVI outs (one of which is dual-link).


    Will report back with performance details and pics after I've installed the audio interface and got the machine integrated into my studio.