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  1. Dell XPS 8930 Resource Extravaganza!

    I'm diligently working toward getting the Intel UHD 630 graphics working. I've made progress but ultimately still failing. The GPU is showing up in System Information properly (See image below). But will not display anything on the attached monitor. The monitor is initialized at boot time as it powers on from it's sleep state, but no useable output. The Apple VT H264 encoder also seems to be available with both hardware and software options. Below is showing the OBS output options. I've tried all manner of kext's and device id's and pretty much anything I could find to make it work. I'm still looking and testing. I'll update as I experiment.
  2. Dell XPS 8930 Resource Extravaganza!

    I haven't encountered a restarting after shutdown problem. Are you using the EFI folder in the original post? Another thing I ran into was when upgrading to macOS 10.13.3 the updated nVidia drivers do not work so well. There is tons of lag and screen drawing choppiness. I had to downgrade to the 10.13.2 drivers to get smooth graphics back. This isn't a XPS 8930 problem, but instead a nVidia problem. Still, many 8930 systems were shipped with nVidia graphics so it's something to look out for.
  3. Dell XPS 8930 Resource Extravaganza!

    I ran into one problem which I just fixed last night after a few weeks of giving me fits. My Qualcomm ethernet chip would lose connection for a fraction of a second and then reconnect right back. This caused all kinds of lag problems for online gaming (World of Warcraft mainly). The way I fixed it was to go into the System Preferences > Network > select Ethernet from the lefthand side > click Advanced > and finally under the Hardware tab change Configuration to Manually and then Duplex to full-duplex, flow-control. I really think it was the energy-efficient-ethernet part under Duplex causing the problem. Regardless, no problems with disconnections now!
  4. Dell XPS 8930 Resource Extravaganza!

    Nope, the wifi is and will probably remain totally unsupported. The bluetooth is good though. On an unrelated note, I never did figure out what Realtek audio chip is in this desktop. The physical chip on the motherboard is so tiny I can't read any text on it. I booted into Linux and it was just referred to as Realtek HD Audio via lspci.
  5. Overall status: WORKING WELL Hello again, True Believers! On today's episode of Spider-man and His Amazing Friends we'll be looking at the Dell XPS 8930 tower system. Lets start off by looking at a detailed list of the 8930's hardware, Intel® Core i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz, 3192 Mhz, 6 Core(s), 12 Logical Processor(s), Coffee Lake 32GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM (2x16GB sticks @ 2133MHz, aftermarket) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, Graphics card #1 (aftermarket) Intel® UHD Graphics 630, Graphics card #2 (cannot disable in UEFI BIOS) Realtek Audio (not sure what chip yet) KXG50ZNV512G NVMe TOSHIBA 512GB WDC WD30EFRX-68EUZN0 (3TB hard drive, aftermarket) PLDS DVD+-RW DU-8A5LH, Optical drive Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet Controller Qualcomm QCA9377 802.11ac Wireless Adapter ASMedia USB 3.1 eXtensible Host Controlle Intel® USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller The UEFI BIOS has tons of options that need to be disabled. This is the main UEFI BIOS screen. Nothing to change here, except maybe the date. The Advanced tab. Make sure to switch RAID to AHCI or your disk will not show up. Everything else should be set as in the picture. Next up is the Security tab. Make the changes to match the picture. I'm not sure if this is needed but I went into the Secure Boot option and selected "Delete All Secure Boot Variables", see picture below. Secure boot options. As stated above I deleted the variables. Finally the Boot tab. Just set as in the picture. Never mind the "Windows Boot Manager". I ended up deleting the entry via the "File Browser Del Boot Option" and added Clover via the "File Browser Add Boot Option". GREAT SCOTT! This had to be the easiest install of a Hackintosh ever. Basically I made an install USB stick and put FakeSMC.kext and AtherosE2200Ethernet.kext in the EFI/CLOVER/kexts/other folder. No other kexts were needed. I booted off the USB stick, installed macOS and I was done with the OS portion. After installation I rebooted the computer and then booted from the USB stick. I chose the freshly installed drive and it booted to the setup portion of the installation. After setup it was onward to the desktop. I'll not bore you with the specifics of fully setting up a bootable macOS install, but after all was said and done it was smooth sailing. Post install was basically installing VooDooHDA and the nVidia web drivers. Ethernet was taken care of via the AtherosE2200Ethernet kext. USB and Bluetooth worked without any extra effort. As far as I can tell the only thing NOT WORKING is the WiFi. I Googled a bit but nothing turned up for the Qualcomm QCA9377. I keep on the look out for a kext though. The CPU shows up as unknown, but everything else seems to be in order. The CPU's speedstep works as intended. I monitored it via the Intel® Power Gadget for a good bit and it was scaling fine. The NVMExpress ssd looks to be detected and set up properly. I really didn't expect it to be. A very pleasant surprise. Geekbench 4 scores. Not sure if it's good or bad. Take with a grain of salt. Here are the Cinebench results. Again, I'm not sure if these are good or bad. This test seems a bit dated considering the comparative results of the other hardware. People seem to still use it, though, so here it is. This is supposed to mean something about disk speed. I'm still not sure if it's good or not. Enjoy, if you're into this sort of thing. Here is my EFI folder for the Dell XPS 8930, Google Drive Link Here are the Post Installation tools I used for this install, Google Drive Link I have more information to share. I'll get back to this later on.
  6. AMD Polaris IDs on Sierra / High Sierra

    How is the relative performance of WoW on your RX 480? My card is sitting on my desk wanting to be installed. Yearning to be installed lol...
  7. Dell XPS 8700 haswell system - 10.9 Mavericks

    Ok, latest update. I was able to make a NEW usb installer using MacPwn-Yosemite and a 10.10 (not 10.10.1) Install OS X Yosemite.app. This time it seemed to totally error out but eventually went ahead and booted to the installer. I installed Yosemite over my 10.9.5 install and it seems to be working now. My troubles may have came from using UB to make my installer. At this point I'm not sure.
  8. Dell XPS 8700 haswell system - 10.9 Mavericks

    I managed to get 10.9.3 installed, thank goodness for my roomie having the 10.9.3 app on his computer. After installing 10.9.3 I updated to 10.9.5 without a hitch. So now I'm running 10.9.5. I tried making a fresh 10.10.1 install USB from the Install OS X Yosemite.app freshly downloaded form the app store. Making the USB installer went off without a hitch as did installing clover to it. Now armed with an 8GB USB drive I set off to boot and install 10.10.1. Sadly, I've had no luck doing so. I achieved the same results as last time. Hanging shortly after it loads the FakeSMC.kext. Next I tried running the Install OS X Yosemite.app directly from with in 10.9.5. It did it's thing and prompted me to reboot, which I did. Clover then gave me the new option to boot from my harddrive and install OS X 10.10.1. Again it hung at the same spot. illuminarok, If you don't mind sharing the knowledge, what did you do to upgrade your 10.9.x to 10.10?
  9. Dell XPS 8700 haswell system - 10.9 Mavericks

    Sinister forces are at work O.O I've been trying to install Yosemite 10.10 on my 8700 for the past few weeks with no luck. Upon booting form the clover bootloader it hangs shortly after loading FakeSMC. I'm sure FakeSMC isn't the problem , but it's the only point of reference I have. It does this no matter what boot flags I've used (-v -x -s or just about anything else). My question is, has anyone did a fresh install of Yosemite 10.10 on their 8700? Not an upgrade but a fresh install from the installer. I've had it working but I believe it was via a upgrade NOT a fresh install.
  10. Dell XPS 8700 haswell system - 10.9 Mavericks

    Yeah, distros are not the way I'd recommend going. If you can get it figured out you'll learn a lot more form doing it yourself. The knowledge of knowing how to is worth the time invested. Besides, I don't think one of the distress will work because of your Haswell processor. You'll still need either a patched kernel OR clover to get it to boot. If you can find a distro that uses Clover you might be able to squeak by.
  11. Dell XPS 8700 haswell system - 10.9 Mavericks

    The Extra directory (in the root of the thumb drive) is where chameleon keeps it's configuration files. If you're using Clover you won't need it.
  12. Dell XPS 8700 haswell system - 10.9 Mavericks

    Cool. All I did was make my Installer USB thumb drive via the UB utility, The other utilities didn't work so well with 10.9.3 (current at the time I installed). After it was finished I deleted the Extra directory on the thumb drive. I then installed clover and accepted the default options to install it. It should boot now. I didn't really do anything else special.
  13. Dell XPS 8700 haswell system - 10.9 Mavericks

    Did you use Clover as the boot loader? If you're using Chameleon you're gonna have the reboot over and over problem unless you use a patched kernel. I strongly recommend against a patched kernel at this point since Clover can patch it on boot time. I'm an idiot, I re-read your posting. If you are using clover go into the options >> Binary Patching Menu >> and make sure you have Kernel PM Patch enabled. This will stop the reboot problem. Hopefully. Let me know and I'lll do what ever I can to help out.
  14. Dell XPS 8700 haswell system - 10.9 Mavericks

    Actually, I believe they ship them with Win8 on the standard HDD (!?!) and have the SSD configured as cache (I seem to remember there being an option for this in the bios). I think someone said something about it earlier in this thread. Pretty silly of Dell I'd install and use OS X on the SSD (depending on the size of it) and leave the HDD untouched If I were to have Win8 on my system. Most of the MSATA and newer SSDs have what's called 4k blocks. There is an extra step you gotta do to install clover (or chameleon for that matter) to the SSD so the system can boot. I'll include the steps in my guide I'm working on. Of course you might get lucky and your SSD not use 4k blocks.