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HD 7xxx-Can we eliminate the Sleep Trick?

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OK, so the goal here is/was two-fold. 1) Not fill the 10.8.3 thread with our 7xxx discussions. 2) Consolidate any testing results, thoughts, ideas, informations, theories, rumors, whatevers...In hopes we can boot without using the "Sleep Trick" (I hate that name BTW, I'm open to anything better :wink2: ).


Oh, any other 7xxx cool stuff, updates, tweaks, etc. is all good and is "on topic". However this is not a support thread.


If and when Apple actually releases Macs that have these GPU's, it may become much easier to figure out what we need to do different, or maybe a bootloader fix to handle differences in vbios vs. EFI. For right now with 10.8.3 in beta, we are but a small few, so I would expect more progress to be possible after an official release. Also this is not a "how to" thread. If your posting here, you should already have full HW acceleration working, CI, QE, transparent Chess ripples, yada, yada. Basically 100% "Bad Ass" except for having to sleep and wake you Hack at boot to get the desktop to show!. To start off, I'm just copying a post I was about to put in the 10.8.3 thread, but realized it was not the appropriate place. Quoted in full, including the part where I apologize for doing so :)




Still no straight boot with 7870. I'm not giving up hope yet.

Me neither, but I don't expect Apple to fix it, we will! Right now there is just a small handful of us using 7xxx cards in OSX, with our shared knowledge mostly consisting of either "it works!" or "help, how do I make it work?" :) There are quite a few settings that can be changed in the controller's plist. The ones actually showing for certain FB's are those that are different from default. So you'll see a few options listed for each framebuffer, then what appears to be a "default" set. I honestly don't know what half of them do (OK more than half). Easiest would be if any 7xxx card would boot straight to desktop, then we could see what framebuffer it uses and what settings maybe different for it. If it's not that easy and tinkering with various parameters is needed, the more people out there to try things, the faster it will go. So for example here are the "default" options in the controller.


and the FB specific options:


one of those FB specific options CFG_USE_SM does not appear in the larger default list. Now maybe I completely wrong here, which is very possible, but in my mind that tells me that the possible options that could be added to the controller's info.plist is actually much larger. looking at the controller in a hex editor and searching for one of the above options like "PP_DriverCalculateCACLeakage" we can find it, along with many more "option looking" entries all around it. Here is just a excerpt:


Some of them look very interesting. Again, kinda thinking out loud and I am no GPU driver guru. I apologize for going way off topic with a huge post. Please don't respond to it here. I'll start a ATI/AMD 7xxx development thread and copy it and a few others from here to it as a starting point, any further discussion can can be done there.



Fixing the sleep trick we will have the best gpu in our hackintosh working 100% ! !


In the netkas forum someone talk about to eliminate the sleep trick or the cold boot bug trying to loading the graphicdriver twice. i suppose making some modification in the chameleon or something else...

But the guy who post this in the netkas forum don't find the source.. :(



Def one for the rumor pile :) But that's OK, sometimes rumors come true, and gathering it all here is the idea :thumbsup_anim:


Here's something I've seen, not on every boot, but occasionally my Console will have a huge GPU debug listing startup, before doing the "sleep trick". Like this with some of the repeated debugs removed:

1/17/13 1:34:31.000 PM kernel[0]: GPU Hang State = 0x0000000e
1/17/13 1:34:31.000 PM kernel[0]: AMDTahitiGraphicsAccelerator: ** Device in slot: SLOT-1 **
1/17/13 1:34:31.000 PM kernel[0]: ** GPU Debug Info Start **
1/17/13 1:34:31.000 PM kernel[0]: 0x00006798
1/17/13 1:34:36.000 PM kernel[0]: 0x00000000
1/17/13 1:34:36.000 PM kernel[0]: 0x00000000
1/17/13 1:34:37.000 PM kernel[0]: 0x00000000
********************WHOLE BUNCH OF THIS!!!!!!!!!***************
1/17/13 1:34:37.000 PM kernel[0]: 0x00000000
1/17/13 1:34:37.000 PM kernel[0]: 0x00000000
1/17/13 1:34:37.000 PM kernel[0]: ** GPU Debug Info End **
1/17/13 1:34:37.000 PM kernel[0]: GPU hang: Not Implemented
1/17/13 1:34:37.000 PM kernel[0]: Trying restart GPU ...
1/17/13 1:34:48.770 PM com.apple.usbmuxd[103]: _handle_timer heartbeat detected detach for device 0x1-!
1/17/13 1:35:15.000 PM kernel[0]: Wake reason: ? (Network)
1/17/13 1:35:15.000 PM kernel[0]: Previous Sleep Cause: 5
1/17/13 1:35:15.000 PM kernel[0]: The USB device WirelessControllerDevice (Port 2 of Hub at 0x1a000000) may have caused a wake by issuing a remote wakeup (2)

When this happens, a permission repair afterward will usually give this:

Group differs on “private/var/db/GPURestartReporter”; should be 0; group is 80.
Permissions differ on “private/var/db/GPURestartReporter”; should be drwxr-xr-x ; they are drwxrwxr-x .
Repaired “private/var/db/GPURestartReporter”

Not sure if "GPURestartReporter" is just responsible for logging, of if it plays a larger role, but it would seem the GPU is (at least on occasion) crashing and is not being re-enabled until after doing the "sleep trick". Or possibly it happens every time, but is not always logged?

OK, and a little more maybe useless info just prior to GPU restart:

1/18/13 4:11:13.274 PM coreaudiod[167]: HALDefaultDevice::GetDefaultDevice: server returned 0 for the default device, so picking one locally
1/18/13 4:11:13.274 PM coreaudiod[167]: HALDefaultDevice::GetDefaultDevice: server returned 0 for the default device, so picking one locally
1/18/13 4:11:13.274 PM coreaudiod[167]: HALDefaultDevice::GetDefaultDevice: server returned 0 for the default device, so picking one locally
1/18/13 4:11:13.275 PM coreaudiod[167]: HALDefaultDevice::GetDefaultDevice: server returned 0 for the default device, so picking one locally
1/18/13 4:11:13.276 PM UserEventAgent[160]: HALDefaultDevice::GetDefaultDevice: server returned 0 for the default device, so picking one locally
1/18/13 4:11:13.276 PM UserEventAgent[160]: HALDefaultDevice::GetDefaultDevice: server returned 0 for the default device, so picking one locally
1/18/13 4:11:22.000 PM kernel[0]: GPU Hang State = 0x0000000e
1/18/13 4:11:22.000 PM kernel[0]: AMDTahitiGraphicsAccelerator: ** Device in slot: SLOT-1 **
1/18/13 4:11:22.000 PM kernel[0]: ** GPU Debug Info Start **
1/18/13 4:11:22.000 PM kernel[0]: 0x00006798
1/18/13 4:11:22.000 PM kernel[0]: 0x00000096
1/18/13 4:11:22.000 PM kernel[0]: 0x00000001
1/18/13 4:11:22.000 PM kernel[0]: 0x00000018

Seem to always have the coreaudio junk there, but more interesting is "1/18/13 4:11:22.000 PM kernel[0]: AMDTahitiGraphicsAccelerator: ** Device in slot: SLOT-1 **" as this is the second time it shows up, once earlier in boot log as expected, but this second showing I don't remember seeing on other GPU's. Almost like PCIe slot detecting GPU for a second time....I dunno. There is some PCIe options hidden in ATI7000Controller

It works! (jk :thumbsup_anim: )


Finally an own thread for an important issue :wink2: .

I thought about opening one already but dropped the idea because I didn't have much to contribute.


I followed the 7xxx development for some time and if I remember correctly there are some 79xx people who can successfully boot into Mac without using any workarounds.

It would be interesting to see their boot process and system logs. It might provide some hints.



Where can I find the FB specific options? I really would like a take a look at the different FBs.

Are you sure you didn't have any restarts during this time? Seems quite long to me.

If not, it seems you GPU really had a hang and was initialized again.



In case someone needs a framebuffer for the XFX 7870 DD, take a look here

Edited by k3nny

no restarts other than the GPU restart which actually happens pretty quick, but the time length in log is longer because I don't run to computer and hit button to sleep and wake it right away. Options are in ATI7000controller.kext info.plist. I've added a few that aren't there but are in the actual controller's encoded binary which can be found by opening it with Hex Fiend. For example added "PP_Apple_Bootcamp_Enable" and gave it a "1" value for true. Have changed some of the existing ones that are either true/false (1/0) but not any of the ones that use other number values. Can see all the changes are registering in IOreg, but haven't seen any performance changes. The GpuCrashDump I mentioned earlier is actually an empty folder where the crash log would go if generated and would be generated by OpenCL framework and a launch agent plist, but have not had the report actually get created yet. Just empty folder for it.

Sigh, can't boot into Mac anymore right now. Probably some weird Aptio Clover combination bug.


I changed some CFG settings in ATI7000Controller and it failed to boot since then.

Here a list I found for the 7xxx series:



where did you get that list? See some that are familiar and not others that are in the info.plist which I included in 1st post. Make any changes to the plist and not the controller or you'll change the offset's and it won't load. Oh, and always make a back up :)

They are in the AMD7000Controller binary.

I changed the general settings in the Info.plist, under the ones for Chutoro and Hamachi.

I reverted to the backup but I can't boot.. :D




AMDRadeonAccelerator - Info.plist:


, respectively AMDTahitiGraphicsAccelerator for 79xx, may help us get some more info.


Setting is to 1 results in:


1/20/13 11:13:53.000 AM kernel[0]: ** m_gpuDebugPolicy value = 0x00000001
1/20/13 11:13:53.000 AM kernel[0]: AMDPitcairnGraphicsAccelerator: ** Device in slot: SLOT-1 **




Tried some new BoardIDs that came with the beta. No success either.


Just curious.. have you got any lags while resizing a Google Chrome window of the current beta with any page open? I do.

Edited by k3nny

Hello I have a amd 7750, and I have a white screen, how can I fix this?


I think everyone is talking about putting the system to sleep and wake it up, i.e. press the power button and make it sleep and then press it again.


Do try different ports.


I have the same 7750 but I am still running 10.8.0 and on an AMD system so I guess i cannot do much. Even I get the white screen.

I am just doing fun based experiments. I got my rom file from w7 using gpuz and used it under ML with GE=Yes and UseAtiRom=Yes , it detected the FB as Chutoro and ports 5 and that was it , it did not go any further and no error msg no keys working nothing so had to reboot, the bootloader is Enoch BTW. Hey this is just for fun I am doing , just awaiting ML 10.8.3 final release. I am not using the ATI7000controller.kext which I got from osx86.net as that causes a white screen and using an AMD CPU I cannot enable the sleep function with the power button.


Right now I am using the full res i.e. 1600x900.


Let me try again with GE=Yes.

AtiConfig= Chutoro in org.chameleon.Boot?


have u tried with graphicsenabler= yes ? you don't need to hardcode the configuration right now till you know everything is working well. put these during chameleon boot where you press any key to select the boot device / partition , it is there you put "GraphicsEnabler=Yes Aticonfig=Chutoro Atiports=5 (if I am correct). You may get the white screen again there you could try the sleep trick.


ah it is a problem. This could be the boot loader error too, but I am not too sure. I get this error , what I have done is use the VGA Bios of the card which you could dump using GPUZ in windows and put it in /Extra/ 1002_683f.rom (not sure if it can be done in OSX) and then on the boot flag GraphicsEnabler=Yes UseAtiRom=Yes AtiConfig=Chutoro (There are different configs I think, you can google them) and AtiPorts=5.


The other thing you could try is by checking out rampagedevs blog where he has shown a method to enable the 7xxx series QE/CI.




As I have mentioned in the PM that I don't get QE/CI but can only use the full resolution and a proper option to select different resolutions using the 7750 as an extended card. I awaiting the final release of ML 10.8.3 which should contain the Framebuffer.

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