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  1. I've got a bit of a head scratcher. I was successfully able to install OS X on ESXi 6.0U2, and get GPU passthrough working with a GTX 1050 Ti with unlocker 2.08. I then uninstalled Unlocker 2.08, upgraded to 6.5U1, installed Unlocker 2.10 and my VM continued working with GPU passthrough. However, since the upgrade, I've been unable to duplicate my success with GPU passthrough .I've tried installing OS 10.13 in a new VM, passing through the GPU, installing the appropriate Nvidia driver, but no success. I even tried copying my existing VM's .vmdk file to a new VM, but it also failed to initialize the Nvidia card. I also tried creating a new VM with machine version 11 (e.g., for OS X 10.10), but it also would not intialize the video card. Not really sure what to do from here. I'm good for now, but if something happens to the existing VM I'm up a creek. EDIT: I was able to "clone" the working VM by dropping to the console and using "cp -R" on the VM, and then registered it as a new VM. Apparently there's some magic setting in one of the config files that allows GPU passthrough...
  2. First off thanks for staying with me. I'm calmer now. But I'm a little unclear what you're suggesting. Are you saying I should upgrade to the 10.13.3 beta release? As I mentioned earlier, I did try manually adding my current build number (17C2205) to NVDARequiredOS in NVDAStartupWeb.kext, but that didn't work.
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    No NV web drivers for High Sierra Build 17C2205

    It's not build 17C205, it's build number 17C2205. And all the techniques in that post, from Flat Package Editor to the Nvidia Web Driver Installer failed. I did eventually get SIP disabled, but it didn't help.
  4. This doesn't work for me. Downloaded your "NVIDIA HS Library", edited Info.plist of NVDAStartup.kext and I still can't get my 1050 Ti recognized. I also previously tried downloading a build-inappropriate version of the web driver with the tool, but the auto patcher in the tool didn't work, so I had to do it manually. That also failed. For some reason my VM is getting an iMac Pro build number (17C2205). Thanks to that, there's no way for me to get High Sierra working with GPU passthrough. No problem with Sierra though. Time for me to ragequit...
  5. No, that build number is not a typo. I have an atypical Hackintosh setup, so let me explain. I have a Dell Precision T5500 tower with a Westmere Xeon and VMware ESXi 6.5U1 installed. I then run a Sierra VM with GPU passthrough to achieve a pretty satisfactory OS X experience (no iMessage or FaceTime, but oh well.) The problem I'm having is with a High Sierra VM, though. As of the latest update, I'm getting build number 17C2205 which as far as I can tell, doesn't exist - certainly not on Nvidia's driver download page. This is actually an ongoing problem. Before the most recent update, the build number of this 10.13 VM matched that of an iMac Pro. That makes it impossible to install the Nvidia web driver, because Nvidia hasn't seen fit to release an eGPU driver compatible with the iMac Pro. I think it's possible to monkey with the build number if you turn off SIP, but getting to the recovery partition in a VM is a nightmare. Just to be clear my Sierra VM is working fine w/ GPU passthrough, so I'm not dead in the water. It's just frustrating I can't get the latest and greatest working. Anyone have any suggestions?
  6. I finally got the I/O and audio situation worked out with this setup. A friend who has much more experience with ESXi suggested that I get a PCIe SSD to prevent I/O bottlenecks. That was out of my budget, but I did get a Samsung SATA SSD (EVO 950 500GB) and that relieved the I/O bottleneck, resulting in perfect onboard audio. I can use USB audio, but every once in a while it will distort and break up, though when it works it sounds much better than the Voodoo audio.
  7. Holy bat guano, Batman! Got it working by passing through the fricking *onboard* audio. I also got HDMI and PCI audio working, but both exhibit some crackling every now and then. The onboard audio is almost perfect. Fingers crossed that it stays that way...
  8. Your statement about Windows makes me wonder about what you're working with. ESXi has nothing to do with Windows; it's a full operating system published by VMWare with no GUI - only command line. But, yes, with ESXi and GPU passthrough I have full QE and CI and full hardware acceleration - provided I install Nvidia's web driver. However, I also have crappy audio which ruins the OS X experience, for me at least. I didn't do anything special. I installed Unlocker according to the directions on this site. Then I followed VMWare's instructions for installing OS X, which involved a full install of 10.8 then doing in-place upgrades until I reached 10.12. I then installed Nvidia's web driver, reserved the 1050 Ti for PCI/PCIe passthrough in ESXi, assigned the Nvidia card to the OS X VM and booted it up.
  9. So I've managed to get Unlocker working on ESXi 6.0U2, installed Sierra and got GPU passthrough working with my GTX 1050 Ti. However...audio is a mess. I tried with an old USB sound card I had lying around, and the results were pathetic. So I disabled SIP (that was an adventure), installed VoodooHDA 2.9.0 and tried routing audio over HDMI. Again, it was an unpleasant experience. So I tried an old PCI M-Audio Revolution with a Snow Leopard era kext. I got audio, but it frequently broke up and distorted. Aside from audio, the VM feels stuttery and uneven, like the system is overloaded with I/O. However, there's actually very little activity in Activity Monitor. Anyone have any suggestions for getting decent audio out of this VM?
  10. Sadly, no, the Soundblaster Z doesn't seem to work with this project - at least not when I tried some of these drivers a couple of months ago. The best I've been able to do is get the microphone port working with VoodooHDA - no output though.
  11. imrazor

    Kernel panic in AMD8000Controller.kext; Firepro M6100

    No, absolutely zero luck. I've resigned myself to getting my OS X fix on my Dell M6400. Yep, it's NVidia. It's not worth it to me to rip out the GPU. I use the FirePro in Windows, and lately Linux support has improved. And a NVidia chip that's competitive with the FirePro is prohibitively expensive. In your case, instead of ditching dedicated GPUs altogether, I'd recommend the Quadro 3000m, which are rather cheap now (I think.) Optimus might trip you up though, so do your research first. Personally, I hate being restricted to iGPUs.
  12. See attached. Thanks for looking at this. ioregdump.txt.zip
  13. Didn't have FixHDA set in config.plist to begin with. I played with a few other Layout ID's anyway, but didn't get anywhere. I put it back to "8", but still have no sound.
  14. No, I meant changing it in AppleHDA.kext/Contents/Info.plist, not EFI/Clover/config.plist. I haven't made any audio changes to my config.plist file. When I look in Info.plist, it looks like you've got it set to "8". Should I try any other values?
  15. Sadly, that did not work. Put DSDT.aml in EFI/Clover/ACPI/Patched and AppleHDA.kext into /S/L/E, set permissions and rebuilt kext cache, still no audio. I do see this in System Information, which is new: The Intel HDA entry is new, but as you can see there is very little info there. Should I try playing with the Layout ID?