Latest Build for an aspiring Audio engineer.

Just want to chime in, I have had success in installing OSX with minimal drawbacks on the following hardware:

MOBO GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H $160.00 $160.00
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core 3.4 GHZ 6 MB  (LINK TO OC) $220.00 $220.00
SSD HDD PNY XLR8 SSD9SC120GMDF-RB 120GB $66.50 $133.00
HDD Seagate Barracuda 2 TB HDD $84.81 $84.81
PWR Corsair RM Series 750 Watt $120.00 $120.00
CASE Cooler Master HAF XB – LAN Box and Test Bench Mid Tower Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support (RC-902XB-KKN1) $130.00 $130.00
RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $68.00 $68.00
Wifi Rosewill N900PCE Dual Band Wireless N900 PCI Express Adapter $24.99 $24.99
BT IOGEAR Bluetooth 4.0 USB Micro Adapter $14.00 $14.00
COOLING Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H80i $74.99 $74.99
OTHER Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound 3.5 Grams $7.55 $7.55
$1,029.79

+ Fee for Mac OSX Mavericks from App Store and Windows 7 License.

Software in Consideration to Purchase:

Mac OSX and Windows
Ableton Live 9.1
Apple Logic Pro X
KORE v 2.1.1
Ableton Live Trance Pack
Ableton Live Library Suit 8
Abletunes Chords 2.0 Progressive House
Sony Acid Pro v7.0.0.502
n-Track Studio v 7.0.3
Line FL Studio Producer Edition v11.0.4 (Fruity loops)

 

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Long time Since I have posted. Starting on a new build for a friend.

Man how things have changed. Just browsing through Tonymacx86 recently and I have realized just how quickly things are advanving in the hackintosh world. I fear not, for these new developments have come to my excitement as I begin a new build for a friend of mine. Here’s what I have so far in mind in a letter I wrote to him:

 

Motherboard: $139 – $179

GIGABYTE GA-Q77M-D2H

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H

Processor: $219 – $319

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo)

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo)

 

Ram: $39 – $79
**NOTE: you’ll find various deals on RAM. More the GB the better. 16 seems like the practical limit though. I run older rated 8GB ram and it feels doable. 16 will only ensure you computer lasts longer in the technological race.

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

**I’ve owned these before. They are really nice to over clock.

 

Video card: $204 – $300

GeForce GTX 560 Ti (any of these vendors: ASUSEVGA, GigabyteMSI

PNYZotac)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti (any of these vendors: ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, PNY, Zotac)

Case and Power Supply: $80

*NOTE: often times you can find a bundle which sells a case with a power supply. Don’t buy a bundle that has less than 500W Power Supply Unit (PSU) I have listed a combo below. You can change the case, and the power supply should work with any other case. The fancier the case, the prettier it looks, nothing more. I could run my shit in a cardboard box, but maybe that’s skimping out too much. I’m not the one to buy fancy cases, so I have listed reasonable options. What ever case you buy, just make sure the specifications state it is ATX or microATX motherboard compatible (depending on which motherboard you decide to buy from above). It’s not too uncommon to find cases that are both, mATX and ATX compatible.

Rosewill Blackbone + XIGMATEK Tauro Series CPA-0500BDD-F51 500W

*This is the one I have, it’s not pretty, but very popular. It has good cable management features and an array for Hard drive spaces along with slots for separate CD/floppy/ smart cards etc.

Hard drive: $68 – $118

**NOTE: I would recommend buying two hard drive. One a fast read/write speed with low storage, and the other a much larger moderate read/write speed. One hard drive will host your operating system and the other will provide space for your data/movies/music, etc. This way if your hard drive fails, you’ll still retain your data, same thing if the OS fails. You could get one large and fast hard drive and partition it, so long as it’s not an SSD it’s cheaper that way. One small SSD and one large storage HDD would be my recommendation. You will feel and see the performance boost in a SSD hard drive if you were to buy it just for installing the OS. Below is my recommendation, but in this section you have a lot of wiggle room. Just don’t buy a 3TB hard drive, those are a pain in the ass in regards to compatibility.

Plextor M5S Series PX-64M5S 2.5″ 64GB

Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB

Or you could just buy the 1TB 6.0Gb/s HDD without the SSD 64GB hard drive.

Cooling: $30 – $114

*VERY IMPORTANT if you want me to Over-clock your Hackintosh. The ones listed are the most bang of the buck. Cheaper = more risky for higher over clocked system, more investment = safe for your hackintosh over-clocked.

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 

COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100

**A larger case will do you well for the COOLER MASTER cooling systems. the N520 is as adequate as the Corsair liquid cooling, but much, much physically larger. 

Other: $0 – $45

Wireless card: TP-Link Wireless N Dual Band PCI Express Adapter with 3 x 2dBi Antenna (TL-WDN4800)

NOTE: If you want WIFI wireless internet on your desktop you’ll need this. I usually hardwire mine via ethernet so I never have a need for this.

Bluetooth card: Any local USB dongle that has Mac logo in the back indicating Mac compatibility will do. I use IOgear bluetooth adapter $10 from Fry’s. It’s decent.

TOTAL POTENTIAL BUDGET RANGE: $779 – $1,234

Cheaper prices can be found if you hunt carefully. I did a quick search for a roundabout estimate for the build.  Also subscribing to tigerdirect.com, newegg, amazon for daily electronic deals will help get good bargain for hard drives, ram, and even possibly cooling. For cooling make sure it’s LGA 1155 compatible.

If you’re trying to decide where you’d like to compromise, ask yourself do you want to over clock your system over 4.1 GHz?  If yes, then I suggest the more expensive motherboard with i7 and N520 cooling system. If not, then maybe mATX motherboard with 8GB ram and i5 slightly over clocked and Hyper 212 cooling. 

If you find a good deal on something, call me before you buy it!! Also I didn’t put in the cost of a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, assuming you already have that from your old computer. 

UPDATE: on ATI XFX 5770 ZNFC Lion Problems.

Well I do have plans of flashing my XFX some time, but not anytime soon. I wanna help people  out so here’s some information I gathered. you must have the EXACT card I am using, but if you’re using the one I am (posted on hardware’s tab my XFX 577A-ZNFC, note the ZNFC!), there is a good chance you can flash the ROM on the video card with Apple’s reference 5770 card (they should both have the same ports and form factor, check if yours does!) and then everything should run as native as it’s gonna get. However, I have heard one success story with this particular rom: VGA Bios XFX.HD5770.1024.090926.bin . You can google around or try this URL www.thechpowerup.com There is a risk of bricking your card of you don’t back up and you’ll probably have to use ATI’s utility on Windows to do the flashing. Remember to back up your current ROM as well.  If you want to use Display Port for 3 monitors, you’ll have to reinstall 10.6.7 kext files: ATI5000Controller, ATIFramebuffer, ATISupport. That’s easily done by downloading that combo update and digging through it with Pacifist.I hope this helps, and if you’re willing to do it, im willing to give you editor status to this blog to document your progress and technique! Let me know.

My Post on Tony’s site. HDMI audio enabling.

Follow the post here: I have been trying my hardest 5 days strait to get HDMI audio out form my integrated graphics HD 3000. Here is the hardware I have:

[list=]CPU: Intel i3 2105
MOBO: GA-H61N-USB3 rev. 2 F2 BIOS
*Audio: ALC889
*Video ports: One DVI, One VGA, One HDMI (The DVI is where the HDMI port 1 would be in this board’s sister: GA-H67N-USB3-B3[/list]

[b]Tutorials I have followed to the best of my abilities in enabling HDMI Audio out: [/b]

[url]http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=168&t=33412&p=209913#p209913[/url]
[url]http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=162&t=31664[/url]

[b]Starting from the top: [/b]

So from URL 2 lets run the check list:

[strikethru]1. Lion (Mac OS X 10.7.x), bootable from hard disc.[/strikethru]
[strikethru]2. DSDT.aml installed in Extras[/strikethru]
[strikethru]3. AppleHDA_v2.1.x installed in System/Library/Extensions[/strikethru]
[strikethru]4. Device (HDEF) present in dsdt. (Working on board audio required for 10.7 or HD3000)[/strikethru]
[strikethru]5. No audio enablers (i.e., Voodoo, 8xxEnabler, etc)[/strikethru]
6. Compatible Graphics:
…..AMD HD 5xxx or HD 6xxx or
…..Nvidia GT 240, GT/S/X 4xx, GT/S/X 5xx or
…..[strikethru]Intel HD3000 Integrated Graphics ([b]i3-2105[/b], i3-2125, i5-2405S, i5-2500K, i7-2600K processors – 9/2011)[/strikethru]
[strikethru]7. Lion Recognized Graphics Card[/strikethru]
…..About This Mac/Graphics: Correct and complete supplier, model and memory
…..System Report…/System Profiler/Graphics/Displays: Television: Yes
…..System Preferences/Displays: 1080p, 1080i or 720p

So, It seems like I qualified so off I went…
I installed 10.7, did a combo update to 10.7.2 then ran Multibeast with UserDSDT. I followed instructions in the enabling HDMI audio edits in patching the DSDT. Below is what I selected from multibeast, and the DSDT patched For enabling HDMI port.

[attachment=4]Screen Shot 2011-12-23 at 2.21.48 AM.png[/attachment]
[b]Note:[/b] In my first attempt, I did not select any audio kext/ drivers. I used v2.1.1 AppHDA.kext and followed through part 3 from toleda’s HDMI tutorial. After many unsuccessful attempts, I settled with using the ALC8xxHDA with rollback option in multibeast. If you read on you’ll understand what I’m getting at…

[attachment=3]AppleHDA.kext.zip[/attachment]
This kext is what I used to edit, not audio kext were installed by me at this point. I once went by Method A (tony’s link, 3rd URL above) and once by Method B (manual edits). This version of AppleHDA kext is v2.1.1.

[attachment=2]dsdt.aml[/attachment]
Here is a copy of my finished DSDT, patched as per the tutorial. Basically the finished product of Part 2b and first parts of 3c. Note the device IGD0 was renamed to IGPU. The DSDT compiled and installed successfully.

[b] What these edits successfully allowed me to do:[/b]

With the DSDT patched, I could now boot the OS with my HDMI cable plugged in. Before the system would get stuck booting at the apple grey screen. Did not document the verbose mode because it was expected not to work. But now it does thanks to the edits on the DSDT. I still cannot get into lion’s installer with HDMI port, also expected.

With AppleHDA audio kext edits and via ALC8xxHDA kext and rollback option It enabled and showed audio devices in my audio settings. I had outputs listed as follows:

[u]Audio Out-puts:[/u]
*Internal Speaker (rear green port turned into headphone out) when front jack was plugged into.
*Line Out (doesn’t work)
*Optical out (works 🙂 )

So front and back green analog ports work for audio along with Toslink. Yay. But now for HDMI audio out…. Marching on….

[b]A bit more detail in what all I did in Kext edits Part 3c in tutorial:[/b]

Before I begin..
[u] a part I didn’t really understand in the tutorial…[/u]

[quote] AppleHDAHardwareConfigDriver.kext /Info.plist Edit
Includes: CodecID, LayoutID, PinConfigurations

1. Copy your unedited AppleHDA.kext to Desktop. Make sure it’s v2.1.1 or later.
Right-click AppleHDA.kext and choose Show Package Contents …. [/quotes]

What is AppleHDAHardwareConfigDriver.kext? I can’t find this kext in my extensions folder and also the next steps refers to the AppleHDA.kext not configDriver.kext… I was a bit confused about that section…

[b]So checklist of AppleHDA’s edits:[/b]
of HDAConfigDefault Remove all configurations (1-17) except 0 and edit as suggested.
Save and copy edited layout889.xml to AppleHDA.kext/Contents/Resources.
Open AppleHDA.kext/Contents/MacOS/AppleHDA binary file using Hex Fiend/HexEdit and replace as suggested.
Install AppleHDA.kext

With all this done, I have provided my edited AudioHDA kext v2.1.1 below. (note. The tuneup kit v3 has an edited platforms.xml, should I have done any edits to mine? None the less I tried tune up kit v3 as well with a fresh install of Lion, I cannot boot into OS giving me an error in Verbose Mode I discuss later in this post…..

With these edits to the AppleHDA kext, I am able to have analog audio output at least.

[attachment=1]AppleHDA.kext.zip[/attachment]

[b]Where things mess up for me[/b]

[quote] This guide applies to Mac OS X 10.7.1 and 10.7.2, 64 bit only.
10.7.2 Update:
1. AppleIntelHD3000Graphics.kext added, AppleIntelHDGraphicsFB.kext does not load for HD3000
2. AppleIntelSNBGraphicsFB.kext macbookpro8,1 framebuffer connector table changed
3. AppleHDA.kext updated to v2.1.3, no change to edits.
Best news, for those with a HDMI connector on the motherboard assigned to port 0x7, you can now boot successfully on HDMI without the “main graphics hang” errors.[/quote][/quote]

Remember, I am running 10.7.2, so will this mess me up when I edit AppleIntelHDGraphicsFB.kext? Do I need to mess with AppleIntelHD30000Graphics.Kext? Does My MOBO have an HDMI connector port assigned to 0x7? How can I check? It is true that I can boot successfully on HDMI, though my MOBO has 1 HDMI port and the GA-H67N-USB3-B3 MOBO has 2. Am I Thinking too much?

Okay, so below is the part where when I make changes, it messes me up booting into my Lion install. It has to do with the the particular Kext: AppleIntelHDGraphicsFB.kext.

[u]Checklist of AppleHDGraphicsFB.kext’s edits[/u]

*Open AppleIntelSNBGraphicsFB.kext/Contents/MacOS/AppleIntelSNBGraphicsFB binary file
using HexEdit or Hex Fiend and make edits as suggested:
* macmini5,1 – edited
00 02 03 00 00 00 00 00 ff ff ff ff
02 05 00 00 00 08 00 00 06 00 00 00
03 04 00 00 00 04 00 00 07 00 00 00
04 06 00 00 00 04 00 00 09 00 00 00
*Install Kext and reboot with HDMI plugged in.

When I reboot, I get stuck at the Grey loading Apple screen during boot. In verbose Mode I get the error below provided in the image. Below I have also supplied readers with my edited AppleIntelHDGraphicsFB.kext.

[attachment=0]2011-12-21 04.27.04.jpg[/attachment]
Anyone know of this error? Can anyone point me to the right direction to what to look into so I can fix this?

[attachment=10]AppleIntelHDGraphicsFB.kext[/attachment]
Blah, I hate this kext… Even when I use the Tune up Kit v3, I can’t bot due to this edited kext.
[b]Summery…[/b]
So I still don’t have HDMI audio Out, Right now I have installed the ALC8xxxHDA kexts with rollback option in multibeast making most of analog audio. I want HDMI audio to work best because it enables my Customini portability with less wires, plus this hack is for my parents for heir Christmas present. Heh, time is running out I guess… They aren’t tech savy so if I Tell them plug in HDMI and Power and use your (preconfigured) ipad with app or iPhone wth app to control your hackintosh, be happy and merry for the rest of the year…. Wouldn’t be to hard to follow. I hope I have supplied you with enough information, need more just ask. Im learning quick, this was my first time Kext editing and DSDT patching, for that I give MUCH thanks to Toleda and your wonderfuly detailed tutorial. Can’t thank you enough. Also Tonymac and the community. Merry Christmas all.

Cheapest Wifi Solution to Hackintosh. Only $13. + Airdrop in Lion 10.7.2

Well consider this: The main Wifi chip I found to work 100% with Lion 10.7.2 is only $7.75. This is great news for laptop users, if you can swap out your miniPCIe WiFi card out to this cheap alternative, go for it. The drivers are available below. Here’s how, and how much I personally ended up spending for my WiFi solution for my Hackintosh. 🙂

Hardware:
MiniPCI-E Wireless Lan 802.11N Adapter only $7.25 w/o shipping + no tax

MiniPCI-E to PCIe 1x adapter only $5.99 w/o shipping + no tax

TOTAL COST:

$13.24 w/o shipping

Software: Found here  ***** The extension is .jpg Remember to right click the link and save as onto your desktop. Please rename the extension to .zip, this was done because WordPress does not allow .zip files to be uploaded onto the blog so I faked it an image format. rename to .zip or it won’t work*****

Directions:

1. Mount the .DMG file

2. Install the package contents in the 10.5 folder (Yes this will work on Lion 10.7.2 as well, at least for me it did…)

3. Restart

4. Copy: “WirelessUtilityCardbusPCI.app” into your applications folder and use this utility not the one that was installed by the package contents in the /Applications/Ralink Wireless Utility Folder.

5. Enoy
DETAILS: These drivers are for the RT3090 chip by RALink. The miniPCIe chip was purchased from mono price.

Thanks To:

Tonymac for supplying an environment for us hackintosh users to communicate. His forum is priceless.

Comosus (me)

Rals2007 for indicating how the new utility app is a bit whack. He uploaded the old one in a previous thread.

Problems with the NEW Wireless utility that comes in the .pkg from the .DMG provided(that I personally had… and the reason I suggest use the old one supplied in the attachment):

I could not connect or add a profile in the wireless utility program for some reason. It made no sense, because everything was working, except me being able to tell it to connect. No error was given nothing. I could see my network, I could see my antenna is on, I could refresh, I could gather the SSID of my network, but when I click connect, absolutely nothing happens. If I don’t highlight the network I want to connect to and click “add”, then it prompts me an error “nothing is selected”. Very frustrating.

Use the old installer and it should fix this problem if you too are experiencing it. Thanks rals2007

Outcome:
Once the device is set and ready to go, you may have to add the device in your network preference pane to enable it. Just press the Plus icon bottom left under the left column listing your network devices. It is detected as an ethernet port, not a wireless card because the card is not managed by OSX utility, but rather RALink’s crappy utility.

for the icing on the cake…..
Enabling AirDrop

source: [link]

There is a workaround that will enable the use of AirDrop not only over non-supported wireless connections, but also by Macs connected in a wired Ethernet network.

Directions
Turning on AirDrop capabilities for all networks is relatively simple; all that’s needed is a bit of Terminal magic to make the changes.

1. Launch Terminal, located at /Applications/Utilities.

2. At the Terminal command prompt, enter the following:

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1

3. Once you type or copy/paste the command into Terminal, press enter or return.

4. The type the following in terminal

killall Finder

*** To ever disable this feature:

1. At the Terminal command prompt, enter the following:

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 0

2…and then

killall Finder
Last bit of Info:

You don’t have to specifically have to have the RALink’s RT3090 chipset for these drivers to work. Check out their website here: and download the drivers you need according to your chip. Use the old utility .app if need be, because it turns out that utility is not only used for the RT1090 chip that I have.

Also if you are like me, trying to make a HTMC hackintosh with a mITX or mATC form factor that only has 1 16x PCIe slot, then good news: you can use the 1x adapter in the 16x slot and it will work properly. You will be having to use integrated graphics however (HD300 I assume) from you i-core sanybridge. 🙂 otherwise you’ll have to seek a cheap USB alternative WiFi solution. NOTE: The PCI 1x adapter MAY NOT WORK ON SLI motherboards in a 16x slot.
Let me know if any of you guys try any of this out! Love to hear feedback.

All components officially have arrived.

First of all, I didn’t realize how small the mother board of the micoITX form factor is. Pleasant surprise I guess. Anyways, here is a post to indicate that assembly and installation are soon to come. In a Week and a half or so I’ll begin assembly, Write up a tutorial as I go, take pictures and upload to WordPress and be sure to document any issues I run into and how I got about around them. Cheers anyone and everyone following these posts.

A new Hackinotsh Build. Under $340.

So, My parents just got a new TV, so that means the living room flat panel goes to their bedroom. I figured it’s holiday season and to present them a HTMC hackintosh that’s light on their wallet. The budget is low as possible but with some of the most recent specific hardware. I.E. must have USB 3.0 (eSata optional), Optic Audio out, and HDMI (with or w/o audio out). Preferably they want it small and hidden out of view behind the TV. They need WiFi, no ethernet connection in their bedroom. Also to save money and performance, I suggested an integrated video processor. So with all that in mind, I bring to you: the list of hardware I purchased and a bit of info with regards to why I bought what I bought:

This is more or less what TonyMac suggests for a mini Custom mac build.

 

Hardware:

$98 — GA-H61N-USB3  (There is a DSDT for F1 and F2 out) ** I am worried about this board. Can’t find a decent tutorial on it. I see it is an alternative board recommended by Tonymac on his custom mini build page, though I can’t find any definite success stories.

$134 — Sandy Bridge i3 2105 HD 3000 (for integrated graphics) Apperently HD 2000 is not supported with a vanilla install, so this is the cheapest processor is this for now. Alternitivly since I really don’t need much processing power, I could have gotten a Core duo of sort, or the lower end pentium with LGA 1155 socket and a cheap old supported video card. The only thing I see wrong with that is future compatibility… I stuck with the safe choice (I Think…)

$35 — miniITX Case This comes with a power supply. Apparently as I was shopping for cases, there was a huge issue of Loud cooling fans. Keep that in mind when browsing. I need a quiet one because this hack is going to be in a bedrooms where people sleep.

$30 — Ram 2x4GB DDR 1333 GSkill  The on on my hardware page, the ram from my previous hackintosh is going into this one…

$16 — Asus Optical Drive On a second thought I went ahead an DIDN’T order this. I am going to try and install lion without any disk method. If I need an optical Drive I’ll just pop in my spare….

$0 Harddrive I had one laying around. 120 GB. I’ll buy a TB when the time comes. for now…. no.

$7.25 — miniPCIe Wireless adapterThere is no real guarantee this will work…. It is mono price after all but says support for Mac OSX. It even comes with Mac Drivers on a mini cd……… uh o. guess I might need an optical drive then. Nah ill just mount it on a USB from another machine. heh… Just need an adapter and will see soon if this wifi chip works with mackintoshes. If so, a Great cheap alternative to other methods of fabricating your own wifi card from Apple laptop mini cards on sale on ebay.

$12.12 — miniPCIe to PCIe wireless card adapter (kinda pricy, I was too scared to buy the $5 on on amazon…… some random guy was selling a bunch)

 

Grand Total:  $316.37

I plan on setting it up to the flat screen, control the hack via Wifi apps on their iPads and iPhones. Apps like Touchpad elite or other iTeleport products. Obviously I’ll have a spare mouse and keyboard mini all hidden away for emergency and set ups that can’t be done over Wifi.

 

Tell you more as the actual build gets closer, probably after finals. Right now things are just coming in, latest by Monday. Like always please leave comments.

Lawl, Forgive me. BUT I got LION to work! woot.

So, the solution to get your XFX 5770 ending in ZNFC is to get a roommate with a ASUS ATI EAH5770, and make a trade. I admit, I miss my XFX already with its dual DVI ports, but I don’t think it wasn’t worth the risk of bricking the card by attempting a flash. Therefore I ask for forgiveness, I promised a tutorial in how to flash your XFX, but I did not deliver. However I guess I’ll share my experience with the new  ASUS ATI5770 card.

First off all, directly switching cards works! — though be it only partially. This possibly can be overcome by rebooting via your chameleon boot-loader and typing in ” AtiConfig=<Vervet> ” I haven’t tried this, because when I got the new card, I ensued a clean install shortly after. The “vervet” This is a different configuration for the new video card. My experiences with just switching the cards physically and nothing else:

  • Only one output works (DVI)
  • VGA port does not work at all
  • HDMI port did not work
  • Summary: no dual display

Doing a clean install:

I did a clean install of 10.6.3, then a combo update to 10.6.7 (I could never update to 10.6.8 for some reason, never could i get it to work) then applied kext and DSDT.aml via latest multibeast. Then I used the tutorial to upgrade to Lion, and it worked like a charm. Just note: When you boot into Lion, reinstall all the kext (to be safe) and upon reboot in chameleon type ” AtiConfig=<Vervet> ” for full functionality of the video card.

XFX ATI 5770 Problems, Lion 10.7 Hackintosh.

I’m back and more informal than ever. It’s been a long time since I’ve made a post on this site, only because I haven’t had time nor the energy to upgrade my hackintosh, not that I gave up on OSx86. Also not to mention this is no longer my English Project here at Georgia Tech, rather just a hobby now so I devote time as I have it — Like now in psychology 1101 class (endless time here, rather time seems to halt in this room, it should be allotted for quantum physics 1101 instead!). Lion has been out and I absolutely Love it on my macbook. Now I want it on my hackintosh, but it has been impossible lately. I think I have found the culprit…..

….I recall what I stated earlier, I hereby deem ATI 5770 (ending in …ZNFC) no longer the supposedly “most compatible video card” for the hackintosh community. Love this card, but it is a pain in the ass to get it to work with Lion and 10.6.8 update. However, that is unless you are lucky ( I explain how lucky you must be below…) After a bunch of searching I think I have finally narrowed it down to the specific cause to the problem. First lets begin by analyzing my symptoms.

Following Multibeast tutorial:

  • I am successfully able to update to 10.6.7 no hitches, just remember to roll back USB.
  • I cannot, for the love of all things holy in heaven, boot into 10.6.8 after the combo update and proper re-kext. Even in safe mode, single user and graphicsenabler=no flags. I have tried Verbose mode however I cannot remember the exact error, I’ll post later if i try again anytime soon.
    • Note, this error I get is consistent, even when trying Kakewalk’s tutorial and when trying to boot INTO lion’s installer.
  • So I can’t update to 10.6.8, big deal. You can upgrade to lion anywhere form 10.6.6 and above. So I proceeded to do so exactly. No go. It seems after creating a partition for the installer, running xMove, and (on other trials) remove IntelHD next and power management next (exact ones I cannot remember, I should post more often while I’m doing these things….), it is impossible to boot INTO the lion installation. Since I cannot even boot into the installer partition (even with latest Chimera boot loader) I just am stuck with a 10.6.7 build for now.

The Problem:

  • The problem, as I hinted above most likely has to do with the video card (I think, still not definitive).  I found this blogger: x2jiggy who had the same problem/ symptoms as I did. He however could boot into the lion installer ONLY in safe mode with limited graphics support even after installation. This is what he had to say:

The only way many users were able to overcome this was to flash their graphics card with a different BIOS that allows native support. This made me a little nervous as flashing a device can brick it which renders it useless but determined to complete the lion upgrade I had run out of options and this appeared to be the only solution. Following the messages of forum users in this thread and the ATIFlash documentation, I flashed my HD 5770 with an alternative version of the XFX bios ( available here ) using ATIFlash. The basic process involves making a bootable DOS USB Drive ( I used the HP Boot Utility) including the BIOS file and ATIFlash. My current BIOS file was backed up using GPU-Z. I then booted into DOS and performed the flash.

  • This seems promising however extremely risky. I have a bad tendency of braking things, so the last thing I have the balls for is to flash my video card, that too one I really like and don’t have money to replace if anything goes awry. I went around to google a bit more and found our man x2jiggy (autocorrected as piggly lol) wasn’t the only one the have success in flashing his video card. Here are some testaments:
 I had first tried flashing my XFX 5770 with a Mac ROM (following instructions on Neowin forums). This was successful but the card (using a vervet framebuffer) still did not work using the 10.6.8 ATI kexts (had to go back to 10.6.7 ones).I then flashed the PC Bios mentioned above, and now the 10.6.8 kexts do work. I am only using the two DVI ports, so I can’t comment on the 3 monitor situation.I borked my Lion install (another problem) so I can’t test the newly flashed card on Lion for a few days.

The procedure in short was:
Download a Win95 boot drive iso
Burn the iso onto a CD
Verify that you can boot to the CD and get the DOS prompt
Back on the Mac, create a FAT partition on a drive (I used an old SATA drive and made a 20GB FAT partition)
Download the atiflash utility, put it on the DOS drive
Download the ROM file above, rename it to a DOS friendly name and put it on the DOS drive
Boot using the CD, change to C: to access the DOS partition
save the existing card ROM (in case you need it later)
upload the new ROM to the card
Reboot back to the Mac

Clearly not for the faint of heart- there is a danger of bricking your graphics card.

-agrajag (a geek in training at Tonymac’s site)
The solution:
Basically you have to flash your XFX ATI 5770 if you want it all to work. This will require more than likely a Windows PC computer to do. I will post a tutorial in the coming months so long as I don’t brick my video card. I will attempt to make the tutorial as precise as possible so people following it don’t brick their. Wish me luck…