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  1. flashjazzcat

    VirtualSMC — SMC Emulator

    Many thanks for this. It took all night to thoroughly test this, but sadly it has not improved matters. I have PM'd you with detailed results. Meanwhile, Sierra (using the old patched SmartBattery kext in S/L/E) works just fine. Update: At length, I have discovered that the HS ACPI files work just fine in Sierra, and that it seems to be 'Drop OEM SSDTs' in Clover which was causing the battery issue. At least, I'm testing this theory in High Sierra at the moment. Have PM'd again (I'm conscious of cluttering the thread up). I feel there may be some information which might be of interest to others, though. Will test Mojave this evening. It's great to be getting somewhere with this, and Andres' help as been very motivating here.
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    VirtualSMC — SMC Emulator

    Sincerest thanks for your interest. I have PM'd you the requested files (hopefully everything you need: if not, please let me know). It would be enough to perhaps have some clues on where I'm going wrong so that I can put them right and hopefully learn by doing so. Anything else you need: please shout up. I'm testing SMCBattery again on High Sierra here and carefully observing results, meanwhile.
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    VirtualSMC — SMC Emulator

    Sure. I basically followed the HackinDoge's brief instructions in this Reddit thread, after first cloning the project using the Git URL in XCode's opening wizard. Once I had done all that, I was able to build VirtualSMC simply by clicking 'Build' in XCode's Project menu. The resulting kexts were buried in the file system, but I found them via a search. I was kind of following my nose with all this stuff, so I realise I may not have explained things too well. If you get stuck, please shout up. Well, not wanting to go OT (apologies in advance) but in total exasperation I booted my old Sierra install from an external USB drive last night and sure enough battery levels work just fine there, so there's nothing wrong with the underlying hardware or EFI firmware per se. It's about a year since I installed Sierra on this machine and clearly in the process of upgrading the OS I failed to notice exactly when battery monitoring got broken. But this Sierra installation is unusual. It doesn't use ACPIBatteryManager, but instead a version of AppleSmartBatteryManager.kext modified for ACPI. I don't know where I got it, but it's by Rehabman and it works perfectly in Sierra when installed in S/L/E. Unfortunately, if I install the same kext in S/L/E under High Sierra, it does not fix the battery issue there at all. Likewise, using the current version of ACPIBatteryManager in Sierra results in the same issue. So there's something unique about the custom AppleSmartBatteryManager kext and Sierra which hits the spot on this machine. Not terribly keen to downgrade the OS by two generations, though. If anyone is interested, I can post the mystery working kext here. Thanks so much for the tip regarding ACPIPollDelay, anyway. I'm really grasping at straws now to get the battery notifications working in the way I know they can (having observed proper behaviour in Sierra) in HS and Mojave. I know these things often require a lot of painstaking work, but man: this problem is driving me right up the wall.
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    VirtualSMC — SMC Emulator

    Thanks for the reply. To be clear: the issue I described persists with SMCBattery, but I'm hoping to fiddle with it a bit more to see what can be done. I actually spoke too soon about the kext working well on my system, too: a little later on, I rebooted High Sierra and the system kept sticking polling for ACPICPU.kext or similar. Went back to FakeSMC for now but am going to try building the latest SMCBattery from source and see how that goes. EDIT: Built VirtualSMC from the repo sources with the latest Lilu debug kext and got over the booting issue. This was my first time building kexts from the sources in XCode (I program, but on other platforms), and I'm quite surprised by how easy it was. Battery percentage still doesn't seem to be decreasing but at least I have a working system to fiddle with now. It's clear that making sure the same Lilu revision is employed throughout is very important to a stable system.
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    VirtualSMC — SMC Emulator

    Just learned of VirtualSMC and it works perfectly on my Haswell HP Laptop running High Sierra/Mojave: many thanks for this. I thought SMCBatteryManager might be the answer to my battery update issues but sadly not, however. I was previously using a DSDT patch with ACPIBatteryManager and at some point a problem which seemingly affects a lot of HP machines cropped up whereby the battery level won't update until the battery is physically removed and reinserted while the machine is running on the charger. You have to do this after each OS boot, and since it's also affected Windows, I believe it's a firmware issue of some kind (found this thread today which seems to describe the exact same problem, which has also been described on other Hackintosh forums and even on the HP support boards). Anyway: great stuff, and thanks again.
  6. I realise I'm a little late to the topic, but I'm relieved to have finally found it since I've been going around in circles with this exact same issue for months. I've installed successive versions of MacOS (Sierra, HS and Mojave) on an HP Pavilion 17-f085sa with great success, but also with an identical battery issue to that described above. Absolutely everything else (power management, sleep, etc) is working perfectly and it's quite frustrating to have to leave the laptop connected to the charger all the time (since I have no idea of the battery level). I'm pretty sure things were working OK with ACPIBatteryManager.kext and a DSDT patch at first (I originally dual-booted Sierra and Windows 10 on the machine), but at some point (I'm not exactly sure when), I noticed the 'Battery not charging' status in macOS, and the very same issue suddenly present in Windows 10. The workaround - with both operating systems - was to remove and reinsert the battery with the charger connected after booting to the Windows or macOS desktop; the charge level would then count up. Likewise, on battery power, the battery percentage only decreases if the battery is first pulled/reinserted before the adapter is unplugged. Windows is no longer installed on the machine (I installed Mojave over the top of it on the second HDD; High-Sierra is on the other drive in a DVD bay adapter), and I was about to reinstall it (or Linux) in order to be sure there wasn't some DSDT issue to blame. But then I found a few threads started by other HP laptop owners who seemed to have the same problem (never resolved, it appears), and finally I stumbled on this thread today. I guess there's no answer to the problem. Rehabman tended to be at a loss after DSDT patches (OS Check fix, etc) were applied and still didn't fix the issue, but I'm not sure if he's aware of a specific compatibility issue existing with some HP machines. I'm wondering if it would be worth discussing it with him (and indeed, if the problem persists with newer machines). I'd be really intrigued to know of a solution (if one exists). It's a shame that a laptop which is so easy to Hackintosh (relatively speaking) and which works so well has such a fundamental flow.
  7. flashjazzcat

    Intel PRO/100 VE NIC

    Massive thanks to hnak for this: you're an absolute saviour. I just installed Mavericks on an on old Intel PC with an MSI 945G motherboard and everything worked aside from the Intel 82562GZ Ethernet. I'd previously got Ethernet working in Snow Leopard on the same machine and that took a long time, but Mavericks has been a complete nightmare. I spent about six hours trying every kext out there, including the Intel E1000 kexts and various flavours of of 8255x and nothing worked. I gave up and dug out some old PCI wireless cards and discovered Mavericks had dropped support for them too. Then after one more hour of searching I found your post, and I finally have internet access. Brilliant - thanks again. Just installed this so not sure what problems I'm going to encounter. Any workarounds for problems loading this kext in Mavericks?
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    Acer Aspire 5720 Snow Leopard install problems

    I got WiFi working by replacing the card with a Broadcom model from an old laptop. Not working: 1. Sleep. 2. Ethernet. I can get it working using the described methods, but it prevents the machine from doing a reboot (just hangs on shutdown). 3. Touchpad scroll area. Is this supposed to work? Everything else works perfectly. Any pointers on the above three issues greatly appreciated!
  9. Hi folks. Been away from Hackintosh for a few years, but I recently got 10.6.8 running nicely on my A75M-HVS AMD FM1 board, once I'd added an HD5670 gfx card. Installation was done via Modbin CD, starting with 10.6.3, then 10.6.7, and finally 10.6.8, which picked up the gfx card beautifully and everything except the audio is working perfectly. Now - audio was working fine in 10.6.7 but the graphics card wasn't working at all (no video - just garbage), so 10.6.8 was required... however, I lost the sound and can't get it back. I've been fiddling with this for about eight hours to no avail. The A75M uses the VIA VT1705 HD Audio codec, and while this was working perfectly with AppleHDA.kext under 10.6.7, the same kext in 10.6.8 doesn't even pick up the hardware. The volume icon remains greyed out. I've tried ##### (rollback, Voodoo, ALC8xx) and absolutely nothing works. I find this puzzling since everything was fine before (although I'm aware that 10.6.8 changed AppleHDA.kext - hence the rollback). To be clear - I don't want the HDMI audio on the gfx card - just the back panel line out. Real shame if I can't get this going, since the system is otherwise very nice. Catch-22 situation, since the gfx wouldn't work in 10.6.7 and the audio won't work in 10.6.8... Any help or advice would be GREATLY appreciated. Meanwhile, I'll keep researching... EDIT: went back to a disk image of 10.6.7 (with gfx card removed), copied the ATI kexts from 10.6.8 into System/Extensions, put the card back, and the machine booted with full graphics support. However, even under 10.6.7 the sound went missing with the graphics card installed. Some kind of conflict? Anyway: now I've eliminated 10.6.8 itself from blame, I've gone back to 10.6.8 but am still not getting anywhere fast...
  10. Thanks - I'll definitely keep my eyes open for either of those. I appreciate the advice!
  11. Ah - damn. Thanks alot for the clarification, though. Any recommended, inexpensive cards which will work without tweaking?
  12. Thanks for this brilliant guide. I managed to get 10.5.4 running on my previous motherboard four years ago, but that machine bit the dust last year and I've just gotten around to attempting a Snow Leopard install this weekend. Thanks to this guide, I've got 10.6.3 running on the following hardware: Motherboard: AsRock A75-HVS CPU: AMD A8-3870K RAM: 4GB Corsair DDR3 GFX: Integrated HD 6550D Busratio=22 was the key to success, it seems. The wireless card is Mac compatible, so I've got net access, HD audio, but no graphics acceleration yet. I'm getting the impression that HD 6550D GFX support is limited / experimental, but I'm slowly getting reacquinted with all the KEXT editing stuff I've forgotten about over the past couple of years. It would be nice if I could get the graphics card working, since everything else is working a treat.
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    Vista/OS X MBR bootloader woes

    OK... I fixed this tonight and I figure the solution might be useful to others. The Mac OS partition was unrecognized by programs like Acronis Disk Director, where before I'd been able to set it as active, etc. The whole Mac disk setup seemed different to before. There was also a 200MB EFI partition at the front of the disk and I suspected that was giving me problems and causing the "Chain Booting Error". So: I first backed up the main OS X partition using Paragon Drive Backup. I didn't back up the drive structure, just the Mac partition. I then went into Diskpart in Vista and cleaned the entire disk (Mac OS resides on its own drive). Then, with a totally empty drive, I used Disk Director to create an NTFS partition which filled the drive. Finally, I went back to Drive Backup and restored the image of the Mac drive to the disk. Result: the EFI partition was gone, and Disk Director now handles the partition (as 0xAF ShagOS Swap). I was able to set the partition as active and now the Vista MBR bootloader picks up Darwin perfectly as before.
  14. Hi, Haven't been on the forum for a while because I had everything running sweet (Leo4all 4.1.1) and I was pretty happy just to have OS X 10.5.5 to boot into now and again. It wasn't too stable, though: apps would tend to shut down after an hour or so and then refuse to launch again ("The application cannot be launched"). I wanted to do development for old Atari 8 bit systems using the Atari800MacX emulator so the OS had attained more than novelty value. So I was messing around with Software Update the other day, and it ruined the install. No problem: revert to the disk image I had just made from within Vista. Sadly the disk image was corrupt so I had to reinstall OS X. That part went OK (still using Leo4all 4.1.1 cause it's the only one I can get working). One thing isn't working: my dual boot. I used to have the Vista bootloader set up so I could boot into Vista or Leopard. It worked perfectly the way I had set it up with EasyBCD. Now I just can't get it to work again: I keep getting "Chain booting error" when selecting OS X. I've done everything the way I did it when I first installed OS X last September: disconnected the other 2 SATA HDDs, installed Leo onto the third HDD from a SATA DVD, rebooted, set up the OS. Then I shut down, reconnect the other two HDDs, set the BIOS to boot from the Vista volume, boot into Vista, copy chain0 from the Mac partition to Vista's partition, rename it NST_MAC.MBR. All I get now is "Chain booting error". I spent eight hours on this yesterday trying to figure out what had changed: it's all the same hardware, everything. Vista SP2 is the only new ingredient??? I almost went down the NeoGrub route but I couldn't get that working either and the screen was beseiged with messages anyway. I need to keep the Vista bootloader (ahem), but I'm struggling to understand what I did right last time or what I've done wrong this time. I know Chain booting errors are a common problem but all the Internet seaching I've done is leading me round in circles. Lots of the relevant forum posts are rather old, too. It seems to me that Vista isn't the problem: it's running NST_MAC.MBR just fine. It's the chain loader which just isn't hooking up to the mac partition properly.
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    D-Link AirPlus-G DWL-G510

    OK, just to tie things up, the revision C version of this card DOES NOT work with Leopard under any circumstances . I flogged it on ebay and bought (from ebay) a Netgear Broadcom unit specially aimed at Hackintosh users and 'Guaranteed to work'. Well - it worked perfectly.
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