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  1. Bumping because I've had this problem. This is detrimental as it results in data loss. I've had an entire Windows install wiped because macOS would just not see the drive at all, and my drive setup was similar to Sylv3on's here. If there's a fix that doesn't involve wiping the whole hard drive, I'm all up for it.
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    AMD Polaris IDs on Sierra / High Sierra

    I got my Sapphire NITRO+ RX 480 working perfectly in 10.12.4, and I've seen the VBIOS procedure done to make the card work without the helper GPU. But can I use Clover to load the patched VBIOS instead of directly flashing? I don't want to flash the VBIOS on my card just yet.
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    AMD Polaris IDs on Sierra / High Sierra

    I've managed to get some acceleration going on my Sapphire NITRO+ card (RX 480) by changing one of the PCI IDs to 67DF in AMDRadeonX4100.kext's Info.plist. The kext successfully loads. I can boot OS X when it's just the HDMI cable plugged into the mobo (at this point, the iGPU doesn't show any signs of acceleration), and then switching to the RX 480 gives me an accelerated GUI. ...Well, it seems to show signs of acceleration, but the cursor creates a lot of artifacting, which is definitely evident on QuickTime Player. The area around the cursor starts getting brighter or darker. Has anyone else had this problem? If it helps, the about dialog shows the iGPU with "Display 7 MB" (noting the iGPU with no acceleration) in the summary. Unsure if that's meant to be like that, but the RX 480 is recognised in the Displays tab (under R9 xxx, oddly enough).
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    AMD Polaris IDs on Sierra / High Sierra

    I have this Sapphire card as well. How well does it run (e.g. acceleration, what patches/precautions need to be done)? Out of the loop with OS X right now and I want to get back in, the only thing stopping me is the card.
  5. So recently, I was unable to use Rufus to create a bootable USB for Windows 7 or 8. It's a Sandisk Cruzer Edge, if you're wondering. No matter what I did, it just wouldn't boot to the installer. I tried USB 2.0 ports, different boot methods (UEFI & regular MBR boot for BIOS), using Clover to boot the USB, but nothing could get me to the Windows installer. No UEFI option is shown (unless I use Clover, where it just crashes when choosing cdboot and goes back to Clover when using mgrboot) and choosing the BIOS-compatible option tells me to insert a proper boot device. I figured it was the memory stick as it was the only thing I never changed. I'm just wondering which flash drives do you use for Windows specifically? I'm not really bothered by the speed or cost of it, rather if it's a reliable product and if it functions on a USB 3.0 drive. Probably means I'll need a USB 3.0 flash drive though.
  6. Thanks! I do use Clover EFI as my bootloader, so I'll use the kext patching functions there. As a newbie to using SSDs, I knew that TRIM had to be enabled when I was booting on it, but not when it was being used for data. I'm going to patch the ACHI driver now. Thanks~
  7. I have a Samsung 850 PRO SSD that I'm using with Windows 8.1 right now. I have considered using OS X on the SSD in a dual-boot scenario, but right now I'm not intending to do it because of time constraints and seeing if it's worth it (I have a 256GB drive). However, I do have OS X on an older drive (500GB WD HDD) and I am wondering if TRIM is needed when using the SSD but not as a boot drive. While I'm not new to OS X installation, I am however quite new to using SSDs, so I don't want to shorten the lifespan of my SSD.
  8. UEFI is kind of the new BIOS, as you may have read. It stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface and is meant to be the successor of sorts to the BIOS. It provides more features that a BIOS may not have. For instance, it can natively boot GPT partitions - which is important if you're using OS X which boots to GPT by default (and is recommended by the community this way) and it can support larger disks (over 2TB) if you need it. Rather than having boot sector code, a supported UEFI firmware looks for bootable .efi files in a FAT32 partition called the EFI System Partition. Any EFI applications such as bootloaders go here. This is where Clover comes in. Clover is a UEFI-compatible bootloader, capable of booting in UEFI mode. Chameleon is meant to emulate the EFI that was not available on our BIOS-based PCs - allowing us to boot to OS X. However as UEFI is now available to "the masses", we can now use UEFI applications like Clover. Clover contains all of the necessary procedures to get Mac OS X booting much like Chameleon did, and with a few extra features. For UEFI-capable motherboards and computers, boot time is improved. It's also more effective at patching certain parts of the OS for Hackintosh systems. For user-friendliness, people go to Chameleon however there are cases when Clover may be required, as with your scenario. In my experience, Clover is quicker on UEFI mode, mainly cosmetically but it does make the bootloader feel quicker to use. CSM stands for Compatibilty Support Module and it provides compatibility with MBR-formatted drives, meaning it can boot similarly to a standard BIOS if needed. This is required if you're using Chameleon or using the non-UEFI versions of Clover, as they install to the boot sector of the hard drive. It's also required if you're installing Windows in legacy mode (without UEFI) or installing Linux with a bootloader that doesn't use UEFI (GRUB and Syslinux come to mind, all those times installing that damn Arch Linux...). I hope I've cleared some things up. I'm not the best at it myself, but I did want to help. Looking at your motherboard in your signature, you should be able to use UEFI. I'm on a UD3H over here, and I use Clover in UEFI mode to boot Windows and OS X.
  9. OS X 10.9 just corrupted on me for the third time this year. I'm really confused about it. One day it's working fine then the next thing you know it's full of errors. I've been able to run DiskWarrior on a working partition but as I don't have any other Mac partitions, I don't know what to do. Here's a review of what happened before: I used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the existing Mac install to my new hard drive, from a Western Digital 320GB from 2007 to a WD 500GB from 2014. I then installed Paragon HFS+ for Windows 8/8.1, which is free on their website (this may have been the culprit) I went back to OS X, worked fine. Went back to Windows to work on that install more. Next day, OS X corrupts itself. I'm going to make a proper recovery partition, install MLion or later on that and slap DiskWarrior on there. Help is accepted, but I want to know if anyone else has had this with their Mavericks install, Hackintosh or real Mac. I started doing OSX86 stuff with Leopard in 2011, and it never corrupted itself at all, even with HFS+ drivers on Windows. Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, they never did this...
  10. My TP-Link WDN4800 wireless adapter (PCI-E) has been suffering constant disconnectivity starting yesterday. It doesn't seem to let me load webpages however it still states that a connection is active in the AirPort menu on the menu bar. When I boot into OS X, it says that there's no internet connection. At these times I have to turn off the WiFi and turn it back on again, and it's getting tedious. I don't know what has caused it to even do this. I don't tamper with network settings once they've been configured. It was working for some time on 10.9.4, so I don't think that would be the issue. This isn't an issue with the adapter, either; I use Windows 8.1 on the same machine and it maintains a connection. When testing my Yosemite install, it doesn't appear to want to make a connection to the Internet. It shows a connection but doesn't actually let me visit websites. Specs: Wireless adapter: TP-Link WDN4800 (Connectivity via PCI-E) Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H OS Affected: OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 I don't know what else there is to add, but if need be I'll add more specs. EDIT: The connection appears to have stabilised after a check of the PCI-E slot, the device and the antennae, however at every boot-up it shows "Alert: No Internet Connection" and I have to disable the WiFi and re-enable it to bring the connection back. I have tried removing relevant plists to rewrite them however this doesn't fix the issue. I have also tried updating my bootloader (Clover EFI). I've even renewed my DHCP lease. EDIT 2: Nope! Still the same thing. I'm getting angry now. I very, very, very highly doubt it's a hardware failure as if it was, I'm sure Windows would also have trouble with it.
  11. I use Windows 8.1 on Fusion, and I also have several virtual machines on a terabyte hard drive. VMware Fusion registers all of my virtual machines as shared virtual machines, so I am unable to add my VM applications to the Applications folder. VMware's KB leads me to this page however read/write is handled by a third party driver (Tuxera NTFS for Mac), and I am unable to change the permissions on the Mac's Get Info window. Is there another way for VMs on NTFS drives to be able to have seamless application loading? I don't really want to have to copy and paste the VM on the Mac drive.
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    No Keyboard/Mouse on Install

    Are your USB ports on USB 3.0 (shown physically as blue on many motherboards and cases)? Something I've found is that Yosemite betas will not use the USB 3.0 ports, but any USB 2.0 port will work fine (USB 2.0 ports are usually black). I had a case with front USB 2.0 ports so I used those ports on my mouse/keyboard combo. If you don't know if you're using USB 3.0 or not, what I've found is that you can load up a Linux Live CD (such as Ubuntu, which is highly recommended) and use lsusb to find out if your ports are using USB 3.0 or not.
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    Permanently Banned From Tonymacx86

    I was banned from Tonymac for mentioning MLPostFactor, a utility that allows old Macs (and old Hackintoshes with little to no tweaking) to run Mountain Lion. Someone wanted to know how to get their unsupported card running on there. Sure, it's an "ugly" method of getting ML on your computer but piracy wasn't even mentioned. They really want you to use the tools they provide and nothing else. After seeing this thread, I used MyHack to get Mavericks running in the end (same for my custom build with Intel HD 4000 ). Don't really want to support Tonymac anymore.
  14. FIX: Make sure PCIRootUID=1 is in there. It is vital to booting on this graphics card! Method used: MyHack (internal drive) OS: Mavericks/10.9 Computer Specs: 4GB RAM Intel Core 2 Duo NVIDIA GeForce GT 230 Realtek ALC888 HDA Description: I installed Mavericks onto my hard drive using the MyHack method. It worked well, and I was able to get QE/CI without any effort on the VGA output. I booted OS X at first with these flags: "-v -x GraphicsEnabler=Yes npci=0x3000 USBBusFix=Yes" or at least that's how it went. I transferred the install onto another hard drive so I could use it on that hard drive rather than on the temporary one. I then installed Chameleon to a 4GB generic flash drive. After this, none of the operating systems would boot. The original partition, its clone and the installer partition would not boot properly after this. After it boots to the login screen, I can't actually see it because the monitor just says "no signal". There was an original install of Lion that I replaced using Disk Utility's Restore feature. This happened in Lion after using a faulty Natit that wasn't needed, but I have not installed any new graphics kexts in Mavericks, only drivers in Extra intended for Ethernet capability were installed, but even then, that shouldn't really change much. What I've tried: -v -x GraphicsEnabler=Yes npci=0x3000 -v -f GraphicsEnabler=No npci=0x3000 -v -f GraphicsEnabler=Yes npci=0x3000 -v -f GraphicsEnabler=Yes npci=0x2000 Checking that the card is seated properly.
  15. Hm, might consider this. Still taking suggestions if anyone wants to suggest anything.