Faultless GA-Z68XP Install

bradwatts

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#1
Hi,

Maybe of interest to some audio folk.

Upgraded this system to run Logic Pro X 10.4 (minimum system requirement is Sierra 10.12).

An older mobo but it works perfectly – simple no-voltage overclock to 4.2GHz with 7600K i7.

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD5 board and Gigabyte GT740 GPU offers seamless install of Sierra 10.12.6 from end-to-end using the tonymac tools (legacy EFI install). F6 BIOS (latest and last EFI – don't bother with the beta/third-party UEFI)
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No need for NVIDI drivers – unlike 10.11.6 install.

No need to edit Clover config plist– unlike 10.11.6 install.

Firewire functions correctly and is faultless with Apogee Ensemble FW using Apogee's last and final drivers for this interface.

Onboard Realtec 889 audio functions – as with 10.11.6 install.

Hardware sleeps and wakes correctly, unlike the same hardware configuration running 10.11.6 – which resulted in blank screen on wake.

This config covers my needs until I upgrade mobo, CPU, RAM.
 
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#2
Hi, did you use Multibeast?? If yes, what settings do you used. I tried and had no success.
Have the same Mobo, i7 2600k, 32 GB Ram
 

Edhawk

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#3
@ bradwatts,

Something wrong with your spec, you have a 2nd generation Intel socket motherboard, but have said you have a 7th generation Intel CPU! Should it be a i5-2600K Sandy Bridge CPU?
 

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#4
You can download a patched DSDT for the GA-Z68XP-UD5 motherboard (F6 bios) from Tonymacx86 - https://www.tonymacx86.com/dsdt-database

You will need to select Gigabyte, Z68 and scroll/down arrow to the bottom of a fairly long list of DSDT's to find your motherboard, it is the last motherboard entry.

This may help you get your hack working better. If you download the DSDT copy it to EFI/Clover/ACPI/Patched. You will need to change the name of the file to DSDT.aml, for clover to use the patched file.
 
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#6
I have a i7-2600k and same MoBo. Do you used Clover or Multibeast to install Sierra??
 

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#9
You can use Enoch bootloader, based on Chameleon, which Chimera was branched from to boot Sierra. It doesn't work with APFS drives, so if you were to try to upgrade to High Sierra you would need to keep your boot drive as HFS.

With Enoch you would have the same smbios, but an adjusted chameleon boot, especially upgrading from Mavericks.

I have attached a copy of the latest version of Enoch.

Set up a Sierra USB boot drive using the 'CreateInstallMedia' method.
  1. Download Sierra 10.12.6 from AppStore, ensure it is in your Applications folder.
  2. format an 8GB USB drive as HFS journaled, name the USB as 'Untitled'
  3. Open Terminal and run the command in the attached txt file. This will ask for your password and confirm that it will erase the USB, press 'y' for yes and the USB will be formatted and Sierra will be installed.
  4. Once the Installation has completed, close Terminal.
  5. Open the Enoch installer, run the installer, select Continue,
  6. Continue, Continue, Agree and then 'Change Install Location' to select your USB installation drive as the install location. Select 'Customize', if you are familiar with Chimera or Chameleon then the customisation screen and options should be fairly straightforward: see Enoch screenshots below.
  7. Make the necessary customisations for your board/cpu etc. this will be very similar to the settings you have in Chimera for Mavericks with a few new requirements, i.e. kernelbooter_kexts being one to have use of the Extra/Extensions folder in newer OS's.

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If you get stuck post a copy of your current boot.chameleon.org.plist, smbios.plist Extra/Extensions folder etc and I will have a look at the files and make any amendments Ito get you booting Sierra.
 

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#10
Thanks so much. I will post how the installation went. I have a other Hack with ML10.8.4 ?
Is it the same process as with Maverick? Same Mobo, same CPU i7-2600k
 

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#11
If they are that similar you should be able to use the same USB boot drive.

Just make sure you have a clone or backup before you start!

Better yet use a different hard drive or SSD for the new installation, then clone the new installation once you have it working as you want.
 

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#13
If you feel like installing with Clover instead of Enoch, I have attached the parts of an EFI folder that you would need for your system (as best I can without having the machine to hand), see the attached folder.

The folder contains the following:
  • An SSDT for your i7-2600k CPU (power management) In Clover/ACPI/Patched folder
  • A config.plist with a number of DSDT, ACPI and other fixes applied.
  • Drivers64 folder
  • drivers64UEFI folder
  • Kexts/Other folder containing the basic kexts you need to run Sierra.
Installation with Clover can be a bit tricky if you have not used it before.
  1. You will need to download the latest version, currently Clover_v2.4k_r4558, which is available from Source Forge - https://sourceforge.net/projects/cloverefiboot/
  2. You will need to download a copy of Clover Configurator for editing your config.plist, which takes the place of the chameleon boot files, current version is v5.1.3.0 - https://mackie100projects.altervista.org/download-clover-configurator/
  3. You would need to run the Clover installer in legacy mode for your Intel Series 6 motherboard, the screenshots below show the process I followed:
    1. Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 18.50.05.png select Continue
    2. Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 18.50.25.png select continue
    3. Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 18.50.39.png select 'Change Install Location'
    4. Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 18.50.54.png select your USB installation drive
    5. Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 18.51.10.png select 'Customise'
    6. Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 18.51.40.png de-select 'Install for UEFI booting only' & 'Install Clover in the ESP'; select options shown for bootloader and clover EFI.
    7. Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 18.52.01.png de-select 'VboxHFS-64'
    8. Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 18.52.32.png select 'AptioMemoryFix' and 'EmuVariableUefi-64' and then hit install.
  4. This will install Clover Bootloader in Legacy Mode (on the root of your USB installation drive).
  5. When you come to install Clover on your hard drive the only differences would be you would select your macOS drive instead of your USB drive and your would want to select 'Install Clover to the ESP'

I have also attached a 'Kexts' folder containing the kexts you would need to install to /Library/Extensions (/L/E) or /System/Library/Extensions (/S/L/E) for your ALC 889 Audio, Intel & Marvell SATA, Realtek RTL8111E Ethernet. This folder also contains the FakeSMC monitor kexts, plus a folder containing the HWMonitor app, which should be copied and pasted to Applications folder.

Not sure if you wanted to follow the Clover route but this may be worth a shot.
 

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#14
@ bradwatts,

Something wrong with your spec, you have a 2nd generation Intel socket motherboard, but have said you have a 7th generation Intel CPU! Should it be a i5-2600K Sandy Bridge CPU?
Certainly is incorrect... A slip of the keyboard/mind... Of course it's 2600k.
 

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#17
@bradwatts

I'm surprised this EFI folder boots, as it doesn't contain any kexts, not even the mandatory FakeSMC.kext!

Have you installed FakeSMC.kext and any other kexts used to boot your hack to /Library/Extensions or /System/Library/Extensions?
 

bradwatts

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#18
@bradwatts

I'm surprised this EFI folder boots, as it doesn't contain any kexts, not even the mandatory FakeSMC.kext!

Have you installed FakeSMC.kext and any other kexts used to boot your hack to /Library/Extensions or /System/Library/Extensions?
As am I. However, it does. FakeSMC.kext reside in /Library/Extensions
 

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#19
I thought that might be the case.

However, it is always best to explain where the kexts are installed if they are not in the expected EFI/Clover/Kexts/Other folder. Especially on a forum such as this, where some of the members may not realise the kexts are installed elsewhere on your system.
 
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#20
My SSD gave up. Have on Monday a new one. What you suggest? Clover or Enoch or Multibeast? What is the safest and easiest installation.
 

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