Gigabyte GA-Z270MX-Gaming 5 Hackintosh Build Guide

With the Gigabyte GA-Z270MX-Gaming 5, I created my very own highend 2017 Mac Pro with the coolest looking case from Phanteks, the Ethoo Evolv Tempered Glass mATX Case. It’s smaller footprint compared to normal sized cases is why I went with the GA-Z270MX-Gaming 5 motherboard along with it being one of ahte coolest looking motherboards available for Kabylake.

The Build

Part Name Purchase
Total $1606.92
CPU Intel Core i7-7700K Quad-Core Processor $329.99
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 $59.99
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z270MX-Gaming 5 Motherboard $159.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $209.99
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA SSD $169.99
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW2 GAMING $429.99
Power Supply Corsair RM650x, 650W Fully Modular Power Supply $115.99
Case Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mATX Tempered Glass $129.99

What Works

  • Sound
  • Ethernet
  • USB-C Port
  • USB3 Speeds
  • HD530/H630
  • Nvidia HDMI Audio
  • Nvidia Graphics Card
  • Nvidia GFX Sleep/Wake
  • App Store, iBooks, iMessage

What Doesn’t

  • HD530/HD630 Sleep/Wake

Guide

This is a simple copy paste guide to getting a working GA-Z270MX-Gaming 5 Hackintosh Build. I prepared the EFI Folder for you all you have to do is replace the one created with Clover with the one I made this will enable you to install macOS on this motherboard and have working sleep, graphics, sound & ethernet.

I wrote a previous build guide on the Gigabyte ultra durable series GA-Z270M-D3H Hackintosh Guide. The higher end series boards use a better audio chipset the new ALC1220, which has better sound quality than it’s predecessors the ALC892 and ALC1150.

This hackintosh build guide can be used for most of Gigabyte’s Gaming 200 series motherboards and was tested using Sierra 10.12.4.   Sleep/Wake, Graphics, Ethernet and Sound all work without any issue with this hackintosh build guide. Let’s turn your own  into a high end Mac Pro hackintosh.




High Sierra?

This guide was made for Sierra 10.12.6. If you are installing High Sierra 13.x follow the High Sierra Guide instead or follow this guide update the kexts once you download the EFI folder in step 3.

If you follow the High Sierra Guide you can use the BIOS settings from this page below to quickly find what you need to change when you get to that step.

Fresh installing High Sierra on AMD Ryzen Walkthough Guide (10.13)

Step 1: Create MacOS Bootloader

To install macOS Sierra you will need a macOS Clover Bootloader. To create one follow the How-to Make a Clover Hackintosh Bootloader guide.

Step 2: Transfer GA-Z270MX-Gaming 5 EFI

Your EFI Folder should have been mounted after installing Clover EFI Bootloader onto your flash drive if  you accidentally dismounted it follow these steps:

  1. Download Clover Configurator
  2. Open Clover Configurator
  3. Select Mount EFI under TOOLS
  4. Click Mount Partition for Install macOS….
  5. Click Open Partition (This is your EFI Folder)

This is the part where the EFI Folder created with clover is replaced with the hackintosher.com GA-Z270MX Gaming 5 version.

  1. Delete the folder called  EFI in your mounted partition
  2. Download  hackintosher.com’s Hackintosher.com GA-Z270MX Gaming 5 EFI.zip
  3. Unzip GA-Z270MX Gaming 5 EFI
  4. Copy the unzipped EFI folder
  5. Paste the copied EFI at at /Volumes/EFI  (The location you deleted your EFI Folder in step 1)

Most people will be using this motherboard with a seperate graphics card, however for those who want to use the integrated intel iGPU they will need to change the default config.plist to the iGPU version.  Follow these steps only if you arn’t using a dedicated graphics card and instead relying on using the Intel integrated HD530/HD630.

  1. Navigate to EFI/CLOVER/
  2. Rename config.plist to config-GFX.plist
  3. Rename config-iGPU.plist to config.plist

STEP 3: Configuring the BIOS

Now that the boot partition has been configured we must change some BIOS features on/off to get Mac OS running optimally on a hackintosh. Some of these settings will already be set correctly, however we want to verify all of them are correct. Recommended: Updating to the latest BIOS available

Restart the computer and rapidly press the DEL key on your keyboard to enter the BIOS.

Change the following settings:

  1. Save & Exit → Load Optimized Defaults
  2. M.I.T. → Advanced Memory Settings  Extreme Memory Profile(X.M.P.) : Profile1
  3. BIOS → Fast Boot : Disabled
  4. BIOS → Windows 8/10 Features : Other OS
  5. BIOS → LAN PXE Boot Option ROM : Disabled
  6. BIOS → Storage Boot Option Control : UEFI
  7. Peripherals → Super IO Configuration → Serial Port : Disabled
  8. Peripherals → Network Stack Configuration → Network Stack : Disabled
  9. Peripherals → USB Configuration → XHCI Hand-off : Enabled
  10. Chipset → Vt-d : Disabled
  11. Chipset → IOAPIC 24-119 Entries : Enabled

Based on  the GPU you’re using change the following settings:

Dedicated graphics card:

  1. Peripherals → Initial Display Output : PCIe 1 Slot
  2. Chipset → Integrated Graphics : Disabled

Intel iGPU:

  1. Peripherals → Initial Display Output : IGFX
  2. Chipset → Integrated Graphics : Enabled
  3. Chipset → DVMT Pre-Allocated : 96M (if this setting isn’t showing then:  1. Set Integrated Graphics: Enabled. 2. Save and Exit BIOS by pressing F10. 3. Reenter BIOS upon computer restart and it should be there.

Setting Boot Priority:

You’ll be booting form your USB flash drive until clover is installed onto your boot disk in Step 7. Therefore it will need to be set as the primary boot device until that happens.

You must boot using your USB flash drive until an EFI folder is created for your Boot Disk. Therefore your flash drive will either need to be launched as a temporary boot device or set as Boot Option #1 in BIOS.

  1. BIOS → Boot Option #1: UEFI : XXX, Partition 1 (For example I used a SanDisk flash drive so I would select the option with UEFI: Sandisk, Partition 1 as seen in the image below.)
  2. Press F10 to Save and Exit the BIOS
GA-Z270MX Boot Priority

GA-Z270MX Boot Priority

STEP 4: Installing Sierra

The next step is to install macOS and transfering the EFI boot partition of your flash drive to your disk drive.

Follow the general Installation Guide then return to this guide when done if you have never installed macOS with Clover before.

STEP 5: Nvidia Graphics

If using a compatible graphics card then you will need to install Nvidia Web Drivers to fix all the graphical issues. If you do not know how to install a graphics card on a hackintosh read the Nvidia Graphics Guide

Done.

GA-Z270MX-Gaming 5 EFI Build Notes:

Bootloader – Clover_r4061 settings:

  • Install for UEFI Booting Only
  • Install Clover in the ESP
  • Emuefivariable.efi – Used for NVRAM/Graphics Detection
  • OsxAptioFix2Drv-64.efi

Config.plist

  • To fix occasional restarts instead of shutting down on any gigabyte motherboard the fix in config.plist by setting FixShutdown_0004 in apci under fixes.

Kexts used:

  • Boot – FakeSMC.kext
  • Sound – AppleALC.kext v.1.1.0 with Audio Inject: 11 & Lilu.kext v.1.0.0 – This motherboard uses ALC1220 was gotten working using AppleALC.kext and Lilu.kext with Audio Inject: 11,  beware the latest versions of AppleALC.kext and Lilu.kext for they will break video playback and sound. If using either of the kexts stick to the version used in the EFI Folder which is AppleALC.kext v.1.1.0  & Lilu.kext v.1.0.0 released on  Feb. 22 2017, until the developer of these kexts fixes these issues. If you are followign this guide with a motherboard that has ALC1150 or ALC892 then you need to change the Devices > Audio Inject to 1, which can be set in the config.plist of your EFI/CLOVER folder using Clover Configurator.
  • Ethernet – AtherosE2200Ethernet.kext (This motherboard uses Killer E2500 LAN chipset)
  • USB 3.0 – XHCI-200-series-injector.kext
  • Graphics – Nvidia Web Drivers
  • iMac 17,1 SMBIOS – Lilu.kext and NvidiaGraphicsFixup.kext




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206 Comments on "Gigabyte GA-Z270MX-Gaming 5 Hackintosh Build Guide"

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mrc
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mrc

Will this guide work for a mITX GA-Z170N Gaming 5? Been having a hard time getting this mobo to work with the standard guides.

Casey
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Casey

Will a faster ram work for this upgrade, like corsair ddr4 2400, 2666, 3000

Tom
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Tom

Do you reckon the z270 ultra gaming would run smoothly using this guide? (using the different kext for i219 ethernet). Thanks

donttrythisbuild
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donttrythisbuild

Keep getting “Missing operating system” when adding usb stick.

Same build, different graphics card.

Missing some step
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Missing some step

EFI Mount ?? — > http://imgur.com/a/kWjEo
Install mount –> http://imgur.com/a/aCU4n

Igor
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Igor

Hi, which BIOS do You use?

I’m on F4 and I cannot find the 11. Point: Chipset → Wake on LAN Enable : Disabled
It’s just not there.

Everything else was done as to your manual, and it get freeze on the 2/3s of the installation screen (with the apple logo and the process bar).

Any help would be very appreciated.

Cheers,

Igor.

Igor
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Igor

If this might help, I am running the I5-6600K with integrated card (config file was renamed accordingly)

Here are photos of my BIOS screens:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/19n8zfk4hg6roca/AABfjSQwZ-_G6h1-AV_CBuaTa?dl=0

I am really frustrated at this point and any help would be very appreciated.

Igor
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Igor

UPDATE:

I have solved the hang-up issue by inserting/changing these two kexts from here:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/macos-10-12-5-update.220866/#post-1504116

Would be really cool for other if OP could update the EFI folder with up-to date files, as Intel HD grahic drivers has been changed in 10.12.5.

Hope this will help someone.

Will
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Will

I’m trying to install Sierra 10.12.5 on a machine that has very similar specification to the one featured in this tutorial:
-GA Z270MX Gaming 5
-i7 7700K
-16 gb DDR4 Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400 MHz ram
-Samsung 850 Evo SSD
-Using on-board graphics for now

I’ve created my bootable Sierra drive, configured my bios using the settings you’ve suggested and formatted my SSD using disk utility (after selecting language etc.). I manage to run the installer for a few minutes, but I’m always met with the following error:

“The operation couldn’t be completed. (com.apple.PackageKit.PKFileDownload error 5.)”

The error seems to be independent of what hard drive (I’ve tried two different SSDs) I use for the install procedure, so I suspect it might have something to do with my bootable media. It looks like someone on the tonymacx86 forums experienced the same problem, but no one seems to have provided any insight on the issue.

I’d appreciate any ideas you might have. Also, thanks for the great tutorial!

Will
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Will

I suspect this might be a similar issue to what Igor pointed out yesterday. I set up my boot media earlier in the week so the EFI folder I copied over may not have contained the updated kexts for 10.12.5. Given that you uploaded a new EFI zip folder recently, I’ll recreate my boot media to see if that fixes the problem.

I’ll let you know what the outcome is!

Will
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Will

Managed to get everything installed by following the first link the Igor provided:

https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/macos-10-12-5-update.220866/#post-1504116

I just added the IntelGraphicsFixup.kext and updated your Lilu.kext with the one provided in the link and everything went smoothly.

I’m using a Steinberg Ci1 usb audio interface connected to my studio monitors and I seem to be getting interference noise when I play audio. I plan on trying out a different audio interface to see whether it’s a compatibility issue.

I’ve noticed that you’ve got a few extra kexts in your revised EFI folder. What’s the best way of getting these into my new system?

Thanks!

Kris
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Kris

SUCCESS!! Killer Gaming Mac Pro! z270x gaming 5 , i7 7700k ,16gb 3200 ram Aorus GTX 1080 ti, dual boot with win10, 250 gb 960NVe SSD (win 10) , 240 gb SANDISK Plus Internal SSD (sierra) Hackintosher thanks man very helpful article! Almost everything works as excepted but there are still a few things that need tinkering. What I got working following this article is gtx , hd graphic, sound, icloud, all the usb ports sleep and ethernet . The first problem I have encountered is with the wifi/bluethooth card that came with the motherboard Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I. The wifi wont work on it but the bluethooth does. Its quite important for me as I got me speakers connected with bluetooth. The problem is that sometimes after restart it does not engage at all and you see no devices to connect. It comes back after a few restarts. Is there any workaround on it so that it will stay solid all the time? Sleep/wake doest work only on the gtx but not on the HD. Hibernation however did not so I simply disabled it in the terminal. The i message is not working just yet but I have just found an Idiot`s guide to imessages and will follow it. How did you get it working yourself? The next minor thing I have notice is that on of the jack port for my heads set on front of my case is not working. Sierra does see the headphones when I plug them but there is no sound going out. Rest of the sounds port work fine though. That port did however work when I installed sierra with a different method(hackintosh-sierra-h270n-wifi) I am sure that it also can be sorted. The last problem I am experiencing is my wifi card TP-LINK 300 Mbps TL-WN823N. I used the vendor`s online BETAweb drivers for macOS and it does work, however it hangs from time to time and needs to be simply turned off and on again. For everyone considering similar rigs I would suggest to purchase an apple supported wifi/bluethooth card so that it will work out of the box without issues. Any suggestions Hackintosher ?? I was looking at one from tony86 forum but its only available in US and not in UK.

RGBMaster
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RGBMaster

Hi! Will Gigabyte Z270X-Gaming 7 work with this guide?

RGBMaster
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RGBMaster

Hackintosher,

Thank you for your reply. As for audio, there seems to be a way mentioned here https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/cant-figure-out-how-to-get-creative-sound-core-3d-chip-working.209630/page-2#post-1519058 , well, except volume control, but I am just a novice and this will be my first Hackintosh I am trying to build 🙂

Asim M
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Asim M

Hi, thanks for this easy step by step guide, I was wondering if this guide will work for the Z270X gaming 5 motherboard? Your kexts and other uploads will work with this motherboard also?

Thanks

Minh
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Minh

What is your boot time with this? (From pushing power button to desktop screen) I consistently get 25-26 sec boot time. Is it normal?

Igor
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Igor

Depens on from where you count.

Kris
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Kris

UPDATE SUCCESS! z270x gaming 5 i7700k Aorus GTX 1080 ti.

*imessages sorted with An iDiot’s Guide To iMessage

*wifi/bluethooth sorted, no lags or hangs any more. I bought a new combo card BCM943602CS which work out of the box. I even got it working on windows 10 both wifi and bluethooth

* hangs on hibernation sorted, it had to be disabled in Clover,

*front panel headphones audio port sorted. I had to add a patch in clover and change audio value to 1. It works smoothly except when you increasing or decreasing the volume it self, it lags a bit but then it stabilises once you finish adjusting the volume. Nothing major though.

Kris
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Kris

1) Clover Add patches in DSDT if not present.
ACPI –> DSDT–> Patches –> +
Comment: change HDAS to HDEF
Find: 48444153
Replace: 48444546

2) Clover, Devices set the Audio value to 1 or 2

Igor
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Igor

@Hackintosher

I see that you are also using an ultrawide Monitor. While my LG38″ works like a charm on a standard resolurion, I am missing HiDPI scaling above 1920p in the menu. Do you have am idea how to fix that? I have tried several programs and methods, but nothing worked as intended.
On a sidenoe, HDPI scaling the same monitor with MBp 2015 works like a charm.

Jimihat
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Jimihat

Hi, amazing guide, thank you!
I have a Gigabyte Z270x-Gaming 5, I7-7700k, 32GB RAM, PNY 980 Ti 6GB Graphics. I connect to the monitor with a Display Port cable – yes I am in the graphics card and not the mobo!
I’ve just installed 10.12.5 with no issues except this one…
I get the Apple logo on the screen, then the progress bar appears, fills, then BLACK….
Sometimes if I power cycle the monitor as the progress bar is filling it works and I get the MacOS desktop login screen but sometimes not and I have to reboot numerous times before I strike it lucky.
I’ve attached my bootleg incase it’s helpful.
I’d really appreciate your help on this as it’s mega frustrating.
Thanks,
Jimi

Jimihat
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Jimihat

OK, that last issue seems to have randomly sorted itself out. It just works now but I have no idea how or why…
Now I just need to work out how to get Clover to boot to my Windows 10 SSD instead of the MacOS one by default…

Kris
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Kris

RE: z270x gaming 5 + 7700k + Aorus gtx 1080ti

Hackintosher I have one more problem. I have decided to reinstall Sierra just to see if everything will work again following your guide. Well I did get everything to work again except the sleep mode. As far as I remember it worked the very first time I installed it but now what it does is puts only the monitor to sleep. The unit it self will go on for about 30 seconds before going to sleep but then it just wakes up straight away. The monitor will stay in a sleep mode unless you touch something. I have tried overriding the t EFI with the one from your GA-Z270X-Gaming-K5-EFI zip build as well as disabling the wake for network access and power naps and still no luck. Am I missing something??

Kris
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Kris

sleep/wake update I have found the culprit. Its the wifi/bluetooth card, and more specificly the bluetooth module. The card itself is connected to usb2 port and its on constantly even when I switch the computer off.However, what I have noticed is that when I disconnect that cable and leave the card only in the slot, the wifi will still work on boot but the bluetooth module will be disable. Only when that cable is disconnected the sleep/wake function will work without issues. I have also notice that during the failed sleep/wake the bluetooth is unavailable after wake up but wifi is fine. Is there any solution for that perhaps? Thanks in advance

Espennk
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Espennk

Hello, Awesome guide! everythings works really well 😀 thank you, but I have 1 issue and that is some freezes/lagging / slow graphics in Mac OS, especially when the machine has been idle for some minutes or if the monitors go to sleep, and when I’m back in Sierra after some idle time, it lags / slow graphics, its like its 20 hz and not 60hz that I’m running. and some other times the graphics / hackintosh startes lagging with the Nvidia graphics and then completely freezes and I have to turn it completely off and on again, Is there anything I can try to fix it, or is there a known solution for it? really appreciated , thanks 🙂

my specs of the hackintosh:
Gigabyte Z270X Gaming K5
i7-7700K
16GB DDR4 Corsair Dominator memory (4×4)
Corsair AX1200i PSU
EVGA Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 Founders edition
Samsung 850 EVO SSD 250GB

I have tried both the iMac 14,2 and iMac 17,2 definitions both with the lilu, and nvidiafix kexts files.

Clavreuil David
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Clavreuil David

Merci ! merci beaucoup pour votre guide, ça fonctionne du tonnerre !!

Mon hackintosh:
Gigabyte Z270X Gaming 5
Intel i7-7700
32GB DDR4 G.Skill Trident Z RGB (4×8)
iChill Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 X3 6gb
Samsung 850 EVO SSD 250GB – Sierra
Samsung 850 EVO SSD 250GB – Windows 10 Pro

Mark
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Mark

I have used your setup, albeit needing to patch the kexts for my 960 EVO NVMe drive. However I keep getting an issue with the onboard LAN connection which toggles from green to red all the time. Opening new tabs in Safari does it. Trying to download something only gets a few KB in before it drops. Total pain in the arse. Any ideas?

Mark
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Mark

Forgot to add that all other boxes on the switch are all getting ok connections and internet access it’s just the hackintosh that keeps getting up and down interface.

Igor
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Igor

Hey Hackintosher,

A question here. I get random restarts in sleep (not when waking, but sometimes in sleep).

The erro log says:

2017-07-14 12:02:44 +0200 Failure Drivers Failure during wake due to GFX0(),XHC(XHC),SAT0(),HDEF():

Andy
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Andy

Hi, will this guide and EFI setup work with the Gigabyte Z270X- Gaming 7? If there are any changes such as I know this mobo has Creative Sound, not RealTek can someone point me in the right direction?
Also I want to make my machine dual boot with Win 10 on the M.2 storage which I have already installed. Do I need to create a different BIOS Profile for each OS and load it before booting?

Atlantis
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Atlantis

Hi there,

Someone give me a free gift of

ASUS Nvidia 1080 TURBO
Intel Skylake 6700k
DDR4 (2133) 16 gbs ram x2.

I want to know if the CPU will work with this motherboard?

Regards

Igor
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Igor

it will.

Atlantis
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Atlantis

Thanks IGOR

Mariano San Andrea
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Mariano San Andrea

I changed the Timeout to 0 in the config.plist, but the OS is still needing the “Enter” to boot…there’s a way to automatically boot to the OS from the Clover Boot Manager instead of pressing the “Enter” key?

Kris
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Kris

has anyone tried 10.12.6 update yet?? If so how did it go any major changes??

vimal
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vimal

hi.. after starts booting my system crashes with thread crashes error in apple loading screen,
my specs are:
intel pentium G4600
gigabyte z270x gaming 7
geil 2x4gb
adata sp600 256gb

thanks in advance

Kris
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Kris

smooth update to 10.12.6 even on iMac18,3. The Nvida drives were not working from start but a bit of tweaking in the kext sorted it out.

Kris
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Kris

One more thing Hackinosher could you pls check if your handoff is working? When I start a message or email on my iphone , the icons on Sierra do pop up as excepted but when you click on it doest nothing or in case of the imessage it comes with “Handoff couldnt be completed”

Jim
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Jim

Excellent guide! Everything is working well for me, GA-H270N-WIFI, i7-7700K, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti on 10.12.6. I ordered the Bcm94360cs2 and the NGFF(M.2) card, but they won’t arrive for a couple weeks. My impatience got the best of me in Micro Center, and for giggles and $12, I picked up the Asus BT-400, since I read it worked out of the box for others. However, it won’t even list in the USB tree for me. Obviously, I can be patient and wait for the Bcm94360cs2, but thought I’d ask here for any pointers in the meantime.

Eddie
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Eddie

I’ve followed this guide but after install from the USB , during boot it hangs at “busy timeout kextd wait appleacpicpu” and I’ve tried several options from this thread https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/appleacpicpu-timeout-before-reaching-installer.197482/ but can’t seem to get it working, do you have any ideas?

Specs
Gigabyte Z270X Gaming K5
Intel 7700k
Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD (with patch from https://pikeralpha.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/nvmefamily-kext-bin-patch-data/comment-page-1/#comment-5865)
Corsair Vengeance LPX memory (DDR4, 2400, 32GB)

Eddie
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Eddie

Never mind, it was a typo in config.plist when I applied the NVME patch that was causing it, it’s working a treat now!

Thanks so much for this guide, in the past I’ve relied on getting known compatible hardware and using Unibeast and Multibeast without really understanding what those apps were doing, with this write-up I feel like I have more of an understanding and at least have an inkling of where to look if I run into problems.

Kris
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Kris

Hi H, another little glitch spotted. The sleep/wake works fine whenever you request it but what I have noticed is that after being in a very long sleep state, say around 10 hours, it will eventually restart itself. Might this also be the issue of the wifi/bluethooth card? or is it something else ??? Thanks in advanec

Hugh
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Hugh

Clover 2.4 seems to complained about incompatibility with 10.12.6 when I tried to install on my mac. Can you update this post with a fresh install of 10.12.6?

Markus
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Markus

Hello! Just a quick question – will this also work with a GA-z270x-gaming 7 ?
Thank you! 🙂

AriE
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AriE

Hi. I successfully built my first hackintosh using this guide and the machine is awesome. However there are a couple of issues. When I try to boot up from the ssd it runs really slowly and when the startup progress bar reaches around 2/3 of the way the screen goes black and nothing happens.. 🙁 . Not sure what I missed there..

The other thing I’m battling is getting the system to recognize my GC-Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt 3 AddOn card, sitting in pci slot 4.

Any input or help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Lantis
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Lantis

IT works, it bloody works. I love it. thank you. Few issues with the graphic card, but it was resolved.

LEE
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LEE

Hi,

Thank you for posting guide.
Installation all seems well, but on first booth when it asked about Network configuration. I put DHCP but it just restart (did a few times with same result).
So i decided to skip that, it went smooth. But now i don’t have any internet connection. (I am similar board as yours). Is there any idea how to activate Network?

Also another noob question, do i have to download Clover Configurator after installing Hackentosh? As now i need to use perform STEP 3: Configuring the EFI Partition.

Thank you in advance.

Max
Guest
Max

Have you overclocked the 7700k?

LEE
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LEE

Max, if you are asking me then now. This is brand new PC i just bought to install Mac and everything is stock.

Kris
Guest
Kris

Another little glitch discovered. The mirroring option icon does not want to show up in the corner when clicked in the Display function.It seems to be showing only for about a half a second but then it disappears straight away. The icon was showing up solid at some point in the past and mirroring was fine as well. It does however work but only via itunes. Any tips on that?

yapi
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yapi

i have a aorus z270x gaming 5 in 10.12.6 and I replaced lila.kext 1.1.6 and applealc 1.1.3 IN EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other and the headphone don’t work….any suggestion??? its my first hackintosh….

pepobit
Guest
pepobit

Hi,

Gigabyte Z270N Gaming 5
i7 7700
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
Sierra vesion 10.12.6
Nvidia Web Driver used 378.05.05.25f01

I followed the guide until installing the nvidia web driver. After installing nvidia web driver fails to restart always.

Without driver run ok.

any recommendations?

Rich Lane
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Rich Lane

Just built Hackintosh with components listed below and running OS X 10.12.6 (16G29). Everything work but the ethernet ports. Any suggestions?

# Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Window SPCC ATX Mid Tower Tt LCS Certified Ultra Quiet Gaming Silent Computer Chassis CA-1E3-00M1WN-00

# Corsair RMx Series, RM650x, 650W, Fully Modular Power Supply, 80+ Gold Certified

# 2 each Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM)

# GIGABYTE GA-Z270X-UD5 LGA1151 Intel 2-Way SLI ATX DDR4 Motherboard

#Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Video/Graphics Cards GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD

# Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K (BX80677I77700K)

# Ballistix Sport LT 32GB Kit (16GBx2) DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200) DIMM 288-Pin BLS2K16G4D240FSC

Lee
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Lee

Really appreciated you post this tutorial.
I successfully install the hackintosh. But sometimes will got graphic distortion (very rare, mostly after sleep and wake). And the HDMI audio not works for me, I have to plug in my speaker to the “line-out” of the motherboard.
Below is my little info for my built:
Corsair 16GB RAM 3000MHz
i7-7700k
Gigabyte z270mx gaming 5
MSI GTX 1060 6GB
500 watt power supply from silverstone

Anders, Sydney
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Anders, Sydney

Hi Hackintosher,

Thanks for a great set of guides – I have everything working fine (almost) thanks to you.

My rig:
* MB: Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3 (F8 Bios)
* CPU: i7-7700K
* DGPU: Nvidia GTX 1080
* OS: 10.12.6 (using your Kaby Lake upgrade guide)

The Hackintosh scores well on all benchmarks:
* LuxMark 14520
* Novabench 1508
* CineBench 121fps / 842cb

However, the GUI overall is slow. GUI performance in e.g. Adobe Lightroom is choppy, the Flurry screen saver renders with very low FPS, and many GUI animations are laggy / choppy.

I suspect that the slow GUI performance is due to the IGPU (in my case HD630) not being available to the OS.

On your build, do you see great performance in e.g. the Flurry Screensaver with these settings? If not, would you be able to create an EFI with *both* DGPU and IGPU active and check if your GUI performance (e.g. measured by running the Flurry screensaver) improves? If not, can you think of any other common mistakes / tweaks to get full GUI acceleration working?

Thanks in advance from Australia.

Anders, Sydney
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Anders, Sydney

Replying to my own comment in case someone else has the same problem.

My mistake was using an 18.3 system profile for my system. Although it fits the CPUs great (18.3 is a Kaby Lake iMac), it (in my case) impacts the performance of the Nvidia Web Drivers. By running a 14.2 system profile instead, graphics performance improved and everything is running as it “should”.

Thanks for a great site,
-Anders

Luis
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Luis

Hi,

After one full day trying several guides I follow yours and everything was perfect at first time.

Thank you very much for your guide.

GA Z270 Gaming K5
I7700
16 gbyte dd4
Nvidia gtx 1060 3gbyte
Dell 5k

Everything is working perfectly

Afro
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Afro

Hi,

First of all.. thanks for a great job on these guides. I haven’t attempted a mackintosh build in years so noob alert here.. .
I’m running the exact setup in your Z270X Gaming K5 guide except I’m running an amd R9 380X. I inserted whatevergreen .kext as per other guides to help with my gpu. It Installed from USB drive no problem, rebooted to clover, selected boot from drive.. then installed more as normal. After second boot from drive, more install then half way through it hangs. There is some coloured stripes that appear the load bar freezes. Any thoughts on what this could be? Can i try load with onboard graphics instead or do i need to redo install?

Your help is much appreciated.

Kris
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Kris

Has anyone had a go on Hight Sierra yet?

Guest
Selva

Hi,

I have Gigabyte Z270N Gaming 5 Mini ITX Motherboard with Kaby Lake i770K. I try to install 10.12.6 following your guide however, after 80% install the screen goes blank.

I have connected Dell S2340T Touch Monitor thorough displayport.

Please, can you advice?

Thanks much in advance.

Garth
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Garth

First time builder. Excellent guide. No problems.

Bobby Kurtz
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Bobby Kurtz

Success using this EFI image:
( http://hackintosher.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Hackintosher.com-GA-Z270X-Gaming-K5-EFI-10.12.5.zip )

Gigabyte Z270MX Gaming K7
i5 7600K
8GB DDR4 2400
250GB Samsung 850 EVO System Drive
ASUS 1060 6GB Dual SC (Nvidia Reference Geforce GTX 650ti 2GB)

Replaced 650ti with ASUS 1060 6GB Dual SC-
If you upgrade Video cards do no make my mistake (take the advice above) and reinstall to a reformatted drive.

Igor
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Igor

Hey Hackintosher,

Can you please post a guide how to update to High Sierra or do you fill it is too early to dig into it?

Cheers

Jonathan Nava
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Jonathan Nava

Hey so I followed the guide and installed mac os sierra on to my Hackintosh with this motherboard and pretty much got everything except that after using it for less than 20 minutes my keyboard and mouse goes unresponsive and the os freezes which forces me to restart the computer by using the reset switch i dont know if there’s a fix for this particular issue I have all the kext files and Nvidia web drivers up to date. I am using a 6700k with this motherboard and a GTX 1060 for graphics. Anything on this issue would help a lot.

Fabrice
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Fabrice

Thank you for your fantastic guides. I was able to run MacOS on a Z270MX-Gaming 5 with GTX 1070 in less than 4 hours. System is perfectly stable under Sierra.

Jonathan Nava
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Jonathan Nava

Yeah I did those steps (uncheck inject intel check inject nvidia web)but the freezing still occurs the weird thing is that everything works well for about two hours and i have no issues at all and then later it becomes unresponsive to the point i cant even move the mouse anymore and the only way is to hard reset the computer again but what i found interesting is that with integrated graphics it works very stable but with external graphics it just freezes i also changed my bios accordingly back and forth to test this out i am considerimg getting rid of my gtx 1060 and getting an amd r9 280 i dont know if this might be a wiser choice than figuring out how to solve this whole issue with the gtx 1060 let me know if i should do this instead

Mr.President
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Mr.President

Will this guide work for High Sierra? I have all my parts delivering today and was hoping to do a clean install of High Sierra.

Jeffery
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Jeffery

Everything worked awesome following this guide with Z270MX-Gaming 5!
Thank you!

Scalpa
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Scalpa

Hi Hackintosher
I’m quiet a bit jealous as I wanted to build the exact same machine before I saw your guide. So I only have one thing to say : what a great choice of components and style 🙂 And I will for sure follow the guide step by step and donate.
One question : I’d like to connect my screen via the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) of the motherboard but also use the power of the GPU. On other blog, I noticed that people commonly Mobo (DP in) and then Output from the Mobo (USB-C) to Monitor. With Z270mx Motherboard, there is no DP in… and not a lot of blogs address that… I guess there is Something I need to know… Thanks in advance

Scalpa
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Scalpa

Sorry, the initial post is not clear.
I meant :
GPU output from DisplayPort to Mobo Input DP in
then
Mobo Output from Thunderbolt 3 (USB-c) to monitor Thunderbolt
but with the z270mx, there is no DP in so I don’t know what to do.
Thanks

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Hi , Can I install with same Bios settings, a new Hard disk and Windows 10?. If I use a boot camp to format a windows 10 usb , will it work.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

[For the above question on Windows, note: So far I have managed to do a same/very similar build. Graphics card – EVGA GTX 1060 and Wireless is ASUS 1900 PCI E card. Case is In Win D Frame 2 . ]

ThomasLNRD
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ThomasLNRD

Thank you sooooooooooooooooo much ! I tried other tutoriels but you’re work is so perfect and easy… Thank you, thank you, thank you !!

Jeff
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Jeff

What do I need to change in the EFI folder on this page to install 10.13.1 on a new hard drive?

Fabrice
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Fabrice

This is my 2nd Hackintosh fellowing this guide. Every thing works perfectly on Sierra included HDMI audio with VooDooHDA. Benchmark is a little higher than iMac Pro 2017. 3rd Hackintosh is planned. Thank you.

fiklok
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fiklok

Dude, this is the BEST guide on the net.
Due to some hardware issue in my previous build (manufacturing fault) I had to reset cmos shorting and battery, setup up the bios but still woouldn’t boot, spent three days trying to get it up and running, nothing, then I came across this guide and got it working under an hour. I am now transferring files from TM (not settings) and so far it’s all good.
How com I couldn’t find this perfect and easy guide in the forums? tonymac and insanelymac?

My setup:
Mobo: GA H270 gaming 3
GPU: GA 1050 2 gb
CPU: KabbyLake i7 7700k
RAM: G.Skill 32gb
SSD: Samsung 850 evo 500 gb
SSD: Samsung 850 pro 250 gb

Btw this seems to have worked fine with my mobo, I will still have to check the network through ethernet as I don’t have a wifi (still shopping for one, any that you would recommend?)

Danny
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Danny

Does HDCP content and DRM in iTunes work on this build?

Dan
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Dan

First of all: Thanks for the guides!
Never set up a hackintosh before … your guides helped me a lot!

I bought the gigabyte z270mx gaming k5 and after some tinkering got High Sierra 10.13.1 to work (currently on the integrated GPU).

However the sound is not showing up in the system profiler.
I’m using the “Rename HDAS to HDEF” fix and channel 11 together with Kexts:

AppleALC 1.1.2
Lilu 1.2.1

I also tried the channels 1,2,5,7 – no luck.

If use the latest AppleALC 1.2.1 I get stuck in a reboot loop with some stacktrace and last information I can see (really quick) is about libcrypto.so.

Does anyone have the same problems / an idea how to fix it?

Dan
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Dan

Got it to work with AppleALC 1.2.0 !

Danny
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Danny

I’m wondering when you downloaded the AppleALC 1.2.1 kext. The github says that if you downloaded it before November 12, that you should redownload, since they uploaded a wrong binary.

Ruslan
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Ruslan

Can you please share your EFI folder (or the config so i can do a diff).
I am having trouble detecting SSDs with the default Unibeast created drive.
Thank you

Ruslan
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Ruslan

My problem with the SSD was that the disk was new and never formatted.
The comment from this article gave me a the idea http://hackintosher.com/blog/get-nvme-m-2-ssds-show-high-sierra-hackintosh-install/

all i needed to do is to enter terminal and format the disk

diskutil eraseDisk APFS someName /dev/disk0

Ken
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Ken

FYI. I just brought up my hackintosh with this motherboard. I was experiencing very sluggish performance. I have an LG 3440×1440 display. The refresh rate was 60 Hertz. I changed to 30 Hertz and now everything is snappy.

Thank for the article.

Pete
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Pete

Is that with a dedicated GPU or using your iGPU? I plan on using a 3440×1440 monitor when i get my hackintosh working. Hopefully, this wont be a motherboard specific problem. Also, does the 30 hertz refresh rate make a difference?

Ken
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Ken

I’m using EVGA GT 730 2GB GDDR34 with the latest Nvidia driver.

Pete
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Pete

My Setup:

CPU – i7 7700k
GPU – EVGA GTX 1060 SSC 6GB
RAM – 16GB Corsair LPX DDR4 3000Mhz
Boot Drive – 120GB Corsair MP500 M.2 NVME SSD

I’m having trouble installing the OS into my SSD. After it restarts, it proceeds to installation and I receive the error:

“The path /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged. Quit the installer to restart your computer and try again.”

Please help!

Pete
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Pete

I followed all the steps again with a fresh USB. Now I’m getting the error:

“An error occurred while verifying firmware. Quit the installer to restart your computer and try again.”

Waltinho
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Waltinho

I did the audio installation procedure, the first time worked perfectly, but after I rebooted it did not work anymore, I tried to redo the procedure more unsuccessfully.

The first time I used ID 11, then I tested with all IDs (1, 2, 5, 7, 11).

Motherboard: Z270 Extreme 4 (ALC 1220)

High Sierra 10.13.1

Ross
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Ross

I’m having the same issue as Pete after at least 10 attempts of installations. Initially the pre-installer was hanging/freezing at ~75%, but as mentioned earlier replacing the lilu & IntelGraphicsFixup kexts got me to the installer screen where I was able to chose to install to my ssd but after rebooting to the ssd I’m first greeted with the “An error occurred while verifying firmware. Quit the installer to restart your computer and try again.” and if I do just restart I’m given the “The path /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged. Quit the installer to restart your computer and try again.” endlessly. Removing EFI/Clover/Drivers64UEFI/EmuVariableUefi-64.efi did not do anything and neither did toying around with various SMBIOS configurations. Also there was a thread mentioning they removed all but one Ram stick and this solved their issue but alas this did not work either. Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Ross
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Ross

I was finally able to get through the installation after recreating my boot media and using this version of the EFI (I did not alter it other than changing the config.plist to utilize the onboard graphics) : http://hackintosher.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Hackintosher.com-GA-Z270X-Gaming-K5-EFI-10.12.5.zip

I also at the same time set SMBIOS to match an I5 Mac in clover configurator, since I did this at the same time as creating the new boot media I’m unsure if it actually aided in allowing me to install correctly but I felt I should mention it. After the installation “completed” I was no longer able to see the hard drive as a boot option in clover with any of my boot medias; apparently High Sierra will automatically convert SSD installations to their new Apple File System (APFS) instead of HFS+. In order to “see” the freshly installed OS I had to copy apfs.efi to /EFI/CLOVER/drivers64UEFI/ so that the bootloader could read the APFS format. Once I did this I was at long last able to boot directly into the Newly installed OS.

On an added note after just two reboots I was left stuck at 75% loading the OS when it was working fine just moments before, I booted into recovery and had to reinstall High Sierra again to be able to get back in. After reading up this may be due to the APFS conversion, since there is a guide to force the installation to continue as HFS format I will probably reinstall yet again but this time with the HFS format for stability purposes. Guide step 3 : http://hackintosher.com/guides/macos-high-sierra-hackintosh-install-clover-walkthrough/

Hope this helps someone, now I just need to figure out how to get the optical audio out to work.

Roman C
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Roman C

THANK YOU SO MUCH . Your comment was the solution to my same problems. Very helpful and a life saver you are! Cheers mate!

KCS993
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KCS993

Would your EFI work with the Z370 version of this board? I assume they run a very similar BIOS.

j
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j

you should remove this guide out of confusing other people

??
Guest
??

so are we supposed to install the kexts at the end? there’s no steps that even talk about the kexts

Danny
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Danny

This is great, thank you so much. My only issue so far is that my external hard drive is ejected during sleep. Any ideas?

James
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James

Hi Guys,

What a top guide.

I’m running High Sierra with a Z-170MX-Gaming 5 and a Gigabyte 1060 all seems well apart from waking from sleep on my dual monitor set-up…

…black screen and frozen cursor.

Ay ideas?

Danny
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Danny

I am wondering if this guide should be updated to recommend an iMac 18,1 SMBIOS, since the 18,x series has Kaby Lake.

Fabrice
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Fabrice

Congratulation for your guide and thank you. I was able to build my 3rd hackintosh.
On this configuration, everything works for me with Sierra including sleep but not hibernation. How can I make hibernation works or how can I disable it?

DJM
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DJM

HI guys !! After 3 months around the internet trying to install High Sierra , I found this tuto here , I flow it , I had to solve each problem step by step , I don’t have iMac machine , I used VMware one , I create the EFI partition on windows using Transmit ,than on the VMware I mounted the EFI partition and paste the EFI folder from Hackintonsher , first time did not work , I have to use Mac 16,1 instead of 17,1 I have I5 6600K , it works , than I had some trouble with Nvidia , I follow word by word the tuto and it s working now 2k display , so I want to say it’s possible , keep trying , if there is an error be sure it’s yours :p , solve eache step issue one by one , thank you hackintosher guys 🙂

Guest
Cash

I apologize in advance if this question was already asked, I did skim through to see if it was already answered.

Question is… will this work with a SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 250GB NVMe? I built a Windows setup with almost the exact hardware. Only I used a EVGA 1080 sc and the M.2

I would like to convert it to a Hachintosh. Thanks!

Andrea
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Andrea

Hey Hackintosher, after my last OS update 10.13.3, my G5 hackintosh build (completed successfully following the above guide) broke. When restarting it gives me a Kernel Panic message, the only thing I can manage to do is safe booting, but once in the system seems like I can’t mount the EFI partition to fix any damage.

So I’m going to make a fresh install with High Sierra, do you think downloading this guide’s EFI folder and filling it with the kexts from the new High Sierra guide’s EFI folder will work fine? Or should I do vice-versa?

Thanks for your help

Roman
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Roman

Hackintosher or anyone else, can you please help get iGPU hdmi audio and jacks on this z270mx gaming mb to work and video playback/audio playback on youtube? I’ve been stuck on trying on High Sierra for a month

Igor
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Igor

Hey Andrea,

Did you manage to install high Sierra successfully? Which configuration files did you use?

Saiem Saeed
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Saiem Saeed

Hi Hackintosher,

Thanks for the guide, i followed all the steps. But the problem i am facing is that i only see boot from windows legacy hd1 and hd2 on clover bootloader screen. There’s no option to install mac os from usb. I am using Sandisk usb. PC build config are,

Gaming K5, i7 7700, Hyperx Fury 16GB 2400Mhz, I am installing MACOS High Sierra.

Frank
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Frank

Hi Hackintosher..do you still have this build? Was wondering if you do if your rear USB3.2/USB-C ports work normally.

I followed this guide with your High Sierra installed and everything works except when I use those two ports…when I shutdown, it just reboots…Shutdown only works normally if I remove devices from those two ports or only use the USB3/2 inputs.

Marcus
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Marcus

Hi..i followed this guide but instead installed 10.13.4. Everything seems to work but occassionally (not all the time) my ethernet connection goes down after waking up from sleep. I have to reboot to get it working again. I noticed I have both AtherosE2200Ethernet and IntelMausiEthernet in my Kexts/Other folder. Should I be using both or just one of them?