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Hackintosh – ASRock Z87E-ITX and OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

I successfully upgraded my Hackintosh to OS X 10.11 and it appears everything is working as expected including audio and Intel SpeedStep. I performed a clean install of El Capitan by using this guide; I was pleasantly surprised to discover that in 10.11 you can restore all of your applications/data/settings from a Time Machine Backup using the Migration Assistant. Initially I had trouble getting the new OS X installation to boot correctly; the Unibeast application used for making the installer has changed to the Clover bootloader. Clover has support for booting in UEFI mode and it seems some ASRock boards have issues booting from it. To fix this I had to create a manual entry for the Clover bootloader in my UEFI Boot menu; it’s not enough to just configure the drive as first boot device in the BIOS. I found the necessary commands thanks to the following guide (under section 4.1).

After booting from the Unibeast USB and selecting “Start UEFI Shell 64” you will be greeted by the following screen:

uefi_shell

On this screen we have entries for FS0, FS1, etc. which are the partitions detected; we need to find the one that corresponds to the EFI partition of the drive where OS X was installed. If you look at the strings beginning with “PciRoot (0x0)”, you will see some of them contain “/USB”; you can rule those out since that is the Unibeast USB. For my particular system I found the EFI partition under FS2.

For example, lets enter the partition FS2 and check the contents:

If we see a directory labeled EFI in the ls output, then we’ve found the right partition. Now we get a list of the current boot entries with:

You should get output similar to the screen below; this is from my Hackintosh after I already added Clover to the UEFI Boot menu.

bcfg_boot_dump

Use the following commands to add Clover to the ASRock UEFI Boot menu:

After going back into the BIOS, you can change your first boot device to Clover and OS X should boot normally.

Erratic Bluetooth/Apple Trackpad on Yosemite Hackintosh

Since upgrading my Hackintosh to Yosemite, I’ve noticed a few instances where my Apple Trackpad becomes unusable; it will show as connected but the cursor will not move or move erratically and multi-touch gestures will not work. I am using the IOGEAR 4.0 Bluetooth dongle as recommend by tonymacx86. This usually only happens when I do a Time Machine restore (after failed attempts to optimize kexts or settings) but it happened today while tinkering with CPU power management.

I haven’t been able to find any useful information related to this but through trial and error I’ve found an odd solution.

  1. Remove all paired devices under System Preferences > Bluetooth
  2. Shutdown the Hackintosh
  3. Remove the USB dongle
  4. Power on the Hackintosh and shut it down again after it finishes loading
  5. Reconnect the USB dongle and power on the Hackintosh
  6. Repair your devices

Intel SpeedStep on Yosemite Hackintosh

While using my Hackintosh today, I noticed that I only ever have the minimum frequency (800mhz, 8x100bclk) and the maximum non-turbo frequency (2.8Ghz, 28x100bclk) for my Intel i5-4440S. I was using iStat Menus to check this info and based on this, I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how to make it work properly. I only learned much later that most utilities only report the min and max frequency and nothing in between.

Initially I tried changing the smbios to iMac 14,1 since that is closer to my system than the MacMini 6,2 definition; the iMac is Haswell and the MacMini is Ivy Bridge. Eventually I stumbled onto http://www.tonymacx86.com/mavericks-desktop-support/128926-mavericks-native-cpu-igpu-power-management.html – a complete guide to enable proper CPU power management and well as the correct utilities to check with.

I downloaded the ssdtPRGen.sh script to generate an SSDT file to enable the proper CPU power management:

This generated the following output:

You can see in the output above that it correctly detected and generated the missing P states in-between the min and max frequencies as well as the turbo frequencies.

Since I originally used the Multibeast option “Patched AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement”, I restored the original AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext from my Unibeast installer.  Then I used Chameleon Wizard to disable the “Generate P-States” and “Generate C-States” options and enable “Drop SSDT” so the ssdt.aml generated earlier is loaded by the bootloader (ssdt.aml needs to be copied to your /Extra folder, which ssdtPRGen.sh will do for you).

The Intel Power Gadget and AppleIntelCPUManagementInfo.kext can be used to verify whether or not power management has been correctly enabled. Below you can see the outputs from my system:

Hackintosh – Asrock Z87E-ITX and OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

I’ve successfully upgraded my Hackintosh to OS X 10.10 and everything works the same as before. The process was basically the same as my original Mavericks install. All you need is to create the Unibeast USB installer by following http://www.tonymacx86.com/445-unibeast-install-os-x-yosemite-any-supported-intel-based-pc.html. It is important to note that the new Yosemite based installer seems to have removed the option “Restore System from Backup”; so you will to keep your older Mavericks based Unibeast USB for doing full Time Machine restores.

Initially I had trouble with FakeSMC and audio not working; turns out this was because I forgot to check the new option in Multibeast for “Kext Dev Mode”. After reinstalling with that option enabled, sensor monitoring and audio was working.

Hackintosh build update and gallery

It’s been over a week since getting my Hackintosh up and running; ever since downgrading to v2.4.14 of the AppleIntelE1000e kext I haven’t had any issues. Everything works and it feels like a real Mac.

Below are some pictures of my build; I installed a Noctua NH-U9B SE2 for as CPU cooler and added a pair of Noctua NF-S12A PWM fans at the bottom. Everything is arranged to blow up from the bottom. The NF-S12As are controlled by PWM and set to ~900 RPM; unfortunately the Z87E-ITX doesn’t appear to support voltage based controls for 3 pin fans attached to the CPU fan header. I set the CPU fan to run at full speed and used the low noise adapter to lower the CPU fans to ~1100 RPM.