Notes on creating a i7 based Hackintosh

Recently I decided to try shuffling around my hardware and try a hackintosh setup on my recently acquired i7 box. I last dabbled in this stuff many years back with a P4 box. Suffice to say, my beloved 2008 era Mac Pro is starting to show some age and while I could upgrade it, Apple’s dragged ass in updating the Mac Pro line. So, here are my notes.

Read on to see what steps should work for you, should you use similar hardware.

Note that this isn’t for the faint of heart and I’m not holding hands here. I’m posting this mostly for my own reference down the road.

~~~ Hackintosh Asus P9X79 OSX 10.8.3 Installation Notes ~~~

Key Hardware
Motherboard - Asus P9X79
CPU - Intel i7 3820
Video - Asus HD 6570 1GB
Storage - Intel 520 60GB SSD

My Steps

0) Create an installation medium using an actual hard drive with myHack. (I had problems getting my 32GB Kingston DataTraveler to fully boot. It got far along, but ultimately caused a lot of pain).

1.0) Remove the ATI6000Controller.kext, for the 6570 (got this tip from a form for another 6000 series card). At command line: sudo mv /Volumes/myHack\ OS\ X\ Install\ Disk/System/Library/Extensions/ATI6000Controller.kext /Volumes/myHack\ OS\ X\ Install\ Disk/Extra/RemovedExtensions/

1.1) Re-ran myHack to use myFix on installer setup on my drive I was installing from (Thanks to:

2) Booted Installer with flags: -v npci=0x3000 cpus=1 GraphicsEnabler=No

3) Installed with no special notes

4) Booted from installed drive with flags: -v npci=0x3000 cpus=1 GraphicsEnabler=No

5) Network & Audio not working out of the box, had to bypass network config to login the first time. It also appeared that USB3 and 1394 were not working, but whatever.

6) Network (AppleIntelE1000e.kext) & Audio (VoodooHDA version installed via the MultBeast application. Also re-ran myFix again, for safe/paranoid measure, before rebooting.

7) Audio had a common problem with background static. Fixed it by following these steps: ( Also of note, a comment from here ( "Plug in a 3.5 mm headphone or any type of jack into the back pink microphone header. The fuzz should go away." - never tried that

8) As the past has taught me, good next steps are to install a backup admin user and to reboot the installer and use it to make a backup image of the new setup with Disk Utility.

One thought on “Notes on creating a i7 based Hackintosh”

  1. I’ve decided to concentrate my additional findings under the motherboard entry I created for the P9X79 here:

    As of this moment, the main addition is mention that the VoodooTCP kext is necessary to enable all your CPU threads. Also, I noticed in Starcraft 2 my Audio was very clippy and brutal until I used the VoodooTCP fix – I think it just had to do with my CPU being limited to one core and pinned.

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