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[Guide] Install macOS Sierra 10.12.5 on GA-Z170X-Gaming 5

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1 minute ago, nitty917 said:

thank you. just downloaded.

do i need to put the sierra installer back on the usb also for it able to boot back into macOS?

Good,

You can put it on any USB Disk and boot from it it shouldn't necessarily need to be the installer, just has to be GUID HFS formatted disk.

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Just now, Cyberdevs said:

Good,

You can put it on any USB Disk and boot from it it shouldn't necessarily need to be the installer, just has to be GUID HFS formatted disk.

thank you so much for this thread and your patience with my questions. i will put the EFI on the usb and try booting into it. I will get back to this thread. 

 

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6 hours ago, nitty917 said:

thank you so much for this thread and your patience with my questions. i will put the EFI on the usb and try booting into it. I will get back to this thread. 

You're welcome this thread is the result of a team effort and I'm glad that you have found it useful and I do hope that you get your system up and running again :)

I'll be here if you need any more assistance.

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22 hours ago, Cyberdevs said:

You're welcome.

 

The EFI folder for Sierra

https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=242040

 

Yes you need to put the EFI folder on a USB disk and boot from the USB and once you're back into macOS you can replace your HDD/SSD's clover with that one.

You can also use the High Sierra EFI folder to boot into macOS too (I guess)

 

Cyber, 

I think i misunderstood your instructions, its been a few months away from hackintosh scene. When you say i need to put it on usb drive, and boot it. do i need to change in bios to boot from usb? I didnt pick up my usb otherwise when it went to clover screen. I believe i did it incorrect by just dragging the EFI onto the USB drive. Should I be installing the clover bootloader like the pdf instructions. 

 

just seeing the bottom row of options on clover. dont see any boot options

 

also would me making a high sierra usb installer to upgrade fix this issue. or will it just wipe out my prior OS and would be fresh install

 

 

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You can use F12 key on the keyboard to use the boot up menu to select a temporary boot option. You don't need to actually change the boot order in the BIOS.

once the system is turned on and when you see the Gigabyte logo press F12 key and you'll see the list of bootable devices and then select the USB Disk the you've already put the EFI folder on and the clover will boot from there and you should be able to boot into macOS Sierra from your HDD/SSD.

If you successfully booted into macOS the you can upgrade your Sierra to High Sierra or you can directly upgrade it from High Sierra Installer USB disk.

 

The Clover EFI folder should be copied inside the EFI Partition on the USB Disk not in the root partition of the USB Disk.

I hope I explained it more clearly.

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16 minutes ago, Cyberdevs said:

You can use F12 key on the keyboard to use the boot up menu to select a temporary boot option. You don't need to actually change the boot order in the BIOS.

once the system is turned on and when you see the Gigabyte logo press F12 key and you'll see the list of bootable devices and then select the USB Disk the you've already put the EFI folder on and the clover will boot from there and you should be able to boot into macOS Sierra from your HDD/SSD.

If you successfully booted into macOS the you can upgrade your Sierra to High Sierra or you can directly upgrade it from High Sierra Installer USB disk.

 

The Clover EFI folder should be copied inside the EFI Partition on the USB Disk not in the root partition of the USB Disk.

I hope I explained it more clearly.

I reformatted USB flash , mac os journaled , guid partition map. copied the EFI folder from the sierra link from first page. changed to boot from USB to option 1.

it goes to clover but only has the bottom row of options, dont see any of the boot os or boot recovery option like before. 

thank you. Im not sure if i am doing it correctly

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That's because you copied it into the root of the USB Disk, use the ESP Mounter Pro to mount the EFI partition on the USB Disk and put the EFI (Clover) folder inside it and then reboot and use F12 key to select the USB Disk to boot from.

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3 minutes ago, Cyberdevs said:

That's because you copied it into the root of the USB Disk, use the ESP Mounter Pro to mount the EFI partition on the USB Disk and put the EFI (Clover) folder inside it and then reboot and use F12 key to select the USB Disk to boot from.

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ok that makes sense, i will give that a try. 

thank you for your patience!

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Just now, nitty917 said:

ok that makes sense, i will give that a try. 

thank you for your patience!

Sure thing :)

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4 minutes ago, Cyberdevs said:

Sure thing :)

 

trying the ESP mounter and getting mount failed.

is there another way i can do it

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Just now, nitty917 said:

trying the ESP mounter and getting mount failed.

is there another way i can do it

That's weird :wacko:

You can use Clover Configurator to mount the EFI partition or you can user terminal and use "Diskutil list" command to (without quotes) to list the disks and partitions and the use "Diskutil mount disksXsX" to mount the EFI partition on the disk. replace the X with numbers of the disk.

 

if that failed again reformat the USB Disk.

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Just now, Cyberdevs said:

That's weird :wacko:

You can use Clover Configurator to mount the EFI partition or you can user terminal and use "Diskutil list" command to (without quotes) to list the disks and partitions and the use "Diskutil mount disksXsX" to mount the EFI partition on the disk. replace the X with numbers of the disk.

 

if that failed again reformat the USB Disk.

 

ok i was able to search and use the terminal commands and it mounted and i dragged the EFI folder on there and ejected. Crossing fingers this works.

Thank you. 

 

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52 minutes ago, Cyberdevs said:

That's weird :wacko:

You can use Clover Configurator to mount the EFI partition or you can user terminal and use "Diskutil list" command to (without quotes) to list the disks and partitions and the use "Diskutil mount disksXsX" to mount the EFI partition on the disk. replace the X with numbers of the disk.

 

if that failed again reformat the USB Disk.

 

thank you! it worked! I will continue tomorrow but I am able to get back into the OS. 

Now i will need to replace the clover folder on the EFI on my OS hard drive correct? 

As for audio, i will try different speakers, but i tried using an external pc sub surround speaker. i can here some light audio but unable 

to increase volume. I will follow up tomorrow

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20 hours ago, Cyberdevs said:

That's weird :wacko:

You can use Clover Configurator to mount the EFI partition or you can user terminal and use "Diskutil list" command to (without quotes) to list the disks and partitions and the use "Diskutil mount disksXsX" to mount the EFI partition on the disk. replace the X with numbers of the disk.

 

if that failed again reformat the USB Disk.

 

just following up, i was able to fix my issues thanks to you. used the clover folder (sierra) from first post . replaced it on my hard drive EFI and it was able to boot. 

Audio is also working now. 

 

Thank you again.

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2 hours ago, nitty917 said:

 

just following up, i was able to fix my issues thanks to you. used the clover folder (sierra) from first post . replaced it on my hard drive EFI and it was able to boot. 

Audio is also working now. 

 

Thank you again.

That's great, you're welcome

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HI, want to share my updated EFI folder for OpenCore 0.5.8 release.

 

All you need is to change this values in OC/config.plist:

delete "agdpmod=pikera" if you are not using RX 5700 XT or other Navi graphics:

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Generate new values:

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EFI.zip

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13 hours ago, dreamwork said:

HI, want to share my updated EFI folder for OpenCore 0.5.8 release.

 

All you need is to change this values in OC/config.plist:

delete "agdpmod=pikera" if you are not using RX 5700 XT or other Navi graphics:

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Generate new values:

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EFI.zip

 

I have not used Opencore but want to update to Catalina and use integrated graphics only. So I need to delete the "agdpmod=pikera" value but do I not also need to generate  SSDT-PLUG and SSDT-EC-USBX SSDT's for the ACPI folder?

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8 minutes ago, f00b4r said:

 

I have not used Opencore but want to update to Catalina and use integrated graphics only. So I need to delete the "agdpmod=pikera" value but do I not also need to generate  SSDT-PLUG and SSDT-EC-USBX SSDT's for the ACPI folder?

For USB i am only using OpenCore XhciPortLimit quirk.

i don't generate SSDT-PLUG for myself, here is my PowerGadget info:

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Cheers, I will have a try of it then when I get the chance.

 

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Hey everybody,

 

I hope you are all doing well. I am thinking about upgrading my hardware, since this board and CPU is around 5 years old now. I'd like to reuse my RAM (Ballistix Sport LT 2400) and GPU (GTX 670) if possible. I use if for music production and audio post-production (Sounddesign for Film/Animation) only – no Gaming.

 

So I need a lot of cores, excellent multi threading capabilities and low latency. What would be a solid combination of Board and CPU eight now. I am thinking about switching to AMD, but I can't wrap my head about OpenCore. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. Thank you.

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I'm not sure if AMD is going to be the best choice but intel Core i9 9900K processors are very powerful (8 Cores 16 Threads) and they are fully compatible with macOS; if I remember correctly @SavageAUS was looking for the same answer for updating his rig, maybe you can join him in his topic and see what's the best mainboard regarding the nvram issues on the Z390 mobos.

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I took a deep dive into OpenCore this week and have my system up and running on 10.15.4 with OC 0.5.8. The boot times are great. I could upload the EFI Folder here if somebody is interested.

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I took a deep dive into OpenCore this week and have my system up and running on 10.15.4 with OC 0.5.8. The boot times are great. I could upload the EFI Folder here if somebody is interested.

What graphics do you use? Did you generate ACPI stuff?

I tried the other folder posted but was getting an error I believe related to OC expecting a kext to be there but need to try it again to make sure it wasn’t use error.

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11 hours ago, f00b4r said:

What graphics do you use? Did you generate ACPI stuff?

I tried the other folder posted but was getting an error I believe related to OC expecting a kext to be there but need to try it again to make sure it wasn’t use error.

 

Attached you find the EFI Folder. It's for Skylake Processors. It includes 2 Files in ACPI and all necessary Kexts. The MLB, System Serial and the System UUID have been removed. I followed the OC Vanilla Desktop Guide and an excellent indepth guide on YouTube for Z170X Boards by Technolli. Very informative channel. I also did a Sanity check of the config.plist to avoid configuration errors.

 

Everything is working smooth so far, sensors included. I am a bit amazed, how slick OC is: this EFI Folder has 16 Files and the System boot ins like 3 to 5 seconds. I just wish there will be a single tool that just combines all the operations to create, edit and update the EFI Folder.

 

NOTES:

• Although ALC.kext is included and injected, I didn't test audio because I am using an external USB Audio Interface. So I can't tell if Audio Works.

• I didn't activate integrated Graphics, since I use a GTX 670, but the parameter is in the plist, it's just not active.

• If you need iServices you need to use ProperTree to edit the config.plist and generate your own SMBIOS Serials using GenSMBIOS

• [EDIT] To add your proper MAC-Address in the "ROM" Section under Platforminfo > Generic, you need to go into System Preferences > Network > Ethernet > Hardware, copy the Mac-Address, delete the ":" in between the digits and paste it into the config.plist and save.

• If you add any Kexts or drivers or updated OC files, you need to creat a clean snapshot in propertree so the entries/files info in the plist is updated.

 

 

Make sure to backup the original EFI first and don't blame me if it does not work. I am not a programmer, just a user.

 

Good Luck

 

PS: It's for Catalina 10.15.4

 

EFI_GA-Z170X_Gaming5_OC_0.5.8.zip

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      Open cmd in administrator mode and type: mountvol b: /s (This will mount your EFI) Open Total Commander or Explorer++ in administrator mode to manage EFI mountvol b: /d (This will unmount your EFI)  
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      EFI Mountain Show -> To easily mount your EFI Clover Configurator -> To easily manage your config.plist https://mackie100projects.altervista.org/download-clover-configurator/ PlistEditPro -> Advanced plist editor https://www.fatcatsoftware.com/plisteditpro/ iStat Menus -> To monitoring your devices https://bjango.com/mac/istatmenus/ Boom 3D -> To significantly increase your audio quality https://www.globaldelight.com/boom/ TextMate -> a basic code editor just like Notepad++ on Windows https://macromates.com Modified Wineskin to run basic Windows 32-bit or 64-bit (or DX9 games) applications on Catalina -> https://www.reddit.com/r/MacOS/comments/fobx5t/i_didnt_want_to_boot_windows_every_time_when_i/ MaciASL -> View/Edit your .aml, .dsl files https://bitbucket.org/RehabMan/os-x-maciasl-patchmatic/downloads/ Hackintool -> All useful info, tools in one place https://github.com/headkaze/Hackintool IORegistryExplorer V2.1 -> To view your IO tables https://github.com/vulgo/IORegistryExplorer/releases/tag/v2.1 App Cleaner -> To delete your apps with caches https://freemacsoft.net/appcleaner/ Intel Power Gadget -> To see your frequencies https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-power-gadget Carbon Copy Cloner -> Advanced macOS drive backup utility https://bombich.com Commander One ->A Total Commander alternative for macOS https://mac.eltima.com/file-manager.html  
      Useful Applications for Windows:
      Total Commander -> To easily manage EFI https://www.ghisler.com gibMacOS -> A python script for downloading/creating macOS Internet Recovery USB from Windows (working internet is needed when installing) https://github.com/corpnewt/gibMacOS mountvol b: /s -> To mount your system drive EFI
      EasyUEFI -> To manage boot orders and any bootloaders with ease https://www.easyuefi.com/index.html
      MiniTool Partition Wizard -> To mount your USB EFI, and manage other drives https://www.minitool.com/partition-manager/
      Notepad++ -> Basic code editor for all type of files https://notepad-plus-plus.org
       
      Notes:
       
      2020.04.23: Corrected layout-id to use all audio ports, updated bootpack
      2020.04.22: Deleted unnecessary boot-args, can boot without any custom boot-args (except agdpmod=pikera for RX 5700), updated bootpack
      2020.04.20: Deleted unnecessary lines from config.plist, updated bootpack
      2020.04.17: Replaced FakeSMC with VirtualSMC because FakeSMC is outdated (to see your frequencies use Intel Power Gadget) -> Removed unnecessary kexts, Updated all necessary kexts, updated Clover to v5112, updated bootpack, enabled SIP, deleted bootcamp theme
      2020.03.26: Updated to 10.15.4 -> Updated WhateverGreen, Lilu -> Updated Clover to v5107
      2020.03.23: Removed "EmuVariableUefi.efi" -> deleted, caused false nvram map, now it's native, updated Clover to v5106
      2020.02.11: Updated to 10.15.3 -> No problem when/after installing
      2020.01.19: Added ASUS HyperKit NVMe SSD to the "What is working" list
      2020.01.12: Tested system with OC, added more informations to BIOS settings
      2020.01.11: Added SmallTreeIntel82576.kext for 2nd Ethernet, Tested Ethernet ports
      2020.01.11: First upload
       
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