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ASrock Z77 Extreme4 – Hackintosh (10.8.2) log

December 19th, 2012 2 comments

It turns out making this machine into a hackintosh is not as simple as it seems, especially for a first time hackintosher. I tried to initially include a GTX460 in the machine while installing, and while it did work I had issues getting Intel HD4000 Graphics working properly (However, I was able to get the Nvidia GTX460 output working surprisingly.) I also tried several configurations of ACPI hacking and decided after installing os x about 40 times that I’d just go back to using EasyBeast.

Computer Specs:
ASrock Z77 Extreme 4
I5 3570K
ASrock Z77 Extreme 4 Bios 2.20 version

The system was brand new and I wanted to triple boot in the future. I don’t have a Windows License key and I don’t know which version of Windows I would like, so I will skip that for the moment.

1. Create Unibeast USB bootable drive. Remember to completely erase the disk in Disk Utility and then create the Disk. Overwriting on the same partition does not seem to actually erase all the files in the directory. Also later on do not leave any DSDT.aml files in the root location. It seems zip files are fine though.
2. Download Multibeast and grab the Broadcom kext (driver) patch from ( The files include the networking and DSDT file, but here because I’m using Easybeast we can ignore the DSDT file. Also download KextBeast onto the USB. Leave everything as zip files.
3. Upgraded to 2.20 Bios if you haven’t already done so. (This is probably not necessary. Initially I had a partial working install where I used a DSDT file that was for the 2.20 Bios.)
4. Change BIOS Settings. Set to ACHI and change the Shared memory in North Bridge configuration to 64 MB (DVMT) yes this is okay some how. Set Graphics to Onboard.
5. Insert Unibeast USB and start install. Partition disk using GUID table into 3 Segments with the Disk Utility and then select the first partition.
6. After restarting, select “My computer does not connect to the Internet.”
7. Run Multibeast up and then select EasyBeast and then okay.
8. Unzip the Broadcom zip file onto the Desktop and run Kextbeast. Restart.
9. The system should be able to restart (I once used the HD4000PlateformId=9 boot flag, but it shouldn’ be necessary if you set the shared memory to 64 MB. After booting, open up Multibeast and select Drivers>Audio>Without DSDT>ALC8xxx. Restart.
10. Now the audio (only got the rear port working!), networking, and video should work. You may need to update itunes, and safari.

Overall I spent several days working on this and ended up with this less than optimal solution. However, it should be sufficient for my needs and audio, networking, and video seem to work. Putting the GTX 460 graphics card back doesn’t seem to do anything to the install and I don’t think it is being used by mac os x 10.8.2. Now time to finally install Ubuntu and test CUDA.