February 10, 2018

When your GAZ77DS3H desktop failed to start

My Mountain Lion hackintosh had been running smoothly and very stable for the last three and a half years. Even though it runs superbly, many things has gone outdated and no longer receiving updates.

Most apps work like nobody's business but I admit that some crucial features like security and apple compatibility had becoming unfavorably pain in the ass.

I have this kind of habit to download any of the Mac OS new release if they are available for download. Previously I had Maverick, and after a while Apple Apps Store allows me to download El Capitan Installer.
Having that, I did install Maverick but I didn't proceed with the settings as it doesn't differ much from my Mountain Lion. My father wanted a new PC so he bought a machine and I managed to run Maverick on that machine; stable and without issues.

Things started to get itchy when Chrome is no longer getting updates from Google. That was when I was looking into getting new Mac OS to run on my machine and I had been On and Off doing it on that Z77DS3H machine of mine.

Just recently, I managed to buy 3 USB flash drive from Lazada, just for the purpose of doing this upgrade. I might want to

1. Install El Capitan
2. Upgrade currently running Windows 7 to 8 so I can do UEFI installation

I even bought a 1TB flash disk, aside from the 3 flash drive. I hope I was scammed but amazingly I'm not. Imagine a 1TB flash drive priced at RM50?? *Update: Yes I was scammed - The disk displayed 1TB but after certain threshold, it's no longer able to be updated.*

So for the past few days, I managed to setup the USB installation disk for El Capitan and installed it a few times. Tested out many things; including software updates and multiple device installation. Mostly failed especially sound device till I found this solution to
1. Install ALC887/ALC888 Current driver from multibeast 5.4.3
2. Run audio_cloverALC-110_v1.0s10.command and restart

The audio works like a charm. The only thing left is the IDE LAN i bought which is supposedly working with OSX but work with none of the OS except when I accidentally run Maverick version one day. So i must figure out how.

The only thing was, I cleanly reinstalled and gets all the available updates from Apps Store, and rerun the sound solution.


My GT640 cards become undetected. Damn. I rebooted a few times and it is still undetected until I decided to reset the BIOS numerous times, reinstall the new f11a BIOS for my mobo and still undetected. That was for 4 hours.

I tried to recall to set the graphic card to
1. Set Peg to Gen1
2. Initial display set to PEG
3. Disable the internal graphics card
and did that for many many times till I almost give up. I went to the kitchen and started to help my wife with the house chores until I remembered why I had 2 graphics cards last time.

I had to set the graphics card settings as above and get another card as a dummy, let it detect the other graphics cars, run the OS, shutdown, and swap with GT640.

Walla it works!!!

There goes 6 hours of time which I should have spent with kids, and perhaps to spent this superb time with my wife when all the kids already went to bed.

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