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  1. And so it begins ... The Asus Z10PE-D8 WS This is going to be an ongoing build. The first phase of which is to see if the board can really run a Hackintosh - I have not found any success stories with this motherboard, let us see if we can rectify that Phase 1 Build components: ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS Phantek Enthoo full tower case available with LED lighting available in a range of colours Nvidia 8800GT Graphics Card or other graphics card known to work with early Mac Pros 2 x Xeon 2603 v4 CPU's 8Gb 2x4GB Kingston ECC RDIMMS A cheap low capacity 3.5" SATA HDD for OS Installation 1x 128Gb M.2 NGFF PCIe SSD SeaSonic 1200w Platinum Power Supply 1 x 16gb USB 2 pen drive Simple PCIe Network Interface Card for RJ45 wired ethernet connection (optional) Phase 1 Extra Requirements: A working Computer already running a version of OS X greater than Snow Leopard 10.6.8 of your choice with a live internet connection. A USB keyboard and mouse of your choice, nothing fancy at this stage. A small torch ... The case is huge and unless you have good all round lighting you will need an extra source of light now and again This looks cheap n tacky by the above list, but if this board rocks to Sierra's beat then it's going to be a build that should last a 6 years before it needs a replacement. The dream is for a 3D Rendering Workstation with up to 88 Threads of pure grunt. But we need to stay tight here for now, just to see if the board plays with OS X - Snow Leopard first, gently slowly catchy monkey here. USB Bootable Snow Leopard 10.6.3 Installer Creation: This is as simple as it gets really, truest me this was so easy i couldn't believe it! Simply place your Snow Leopard DVD in your DVD drive. Insert your USB Pen drive. Launch Disk Util from Applications/Utilities folder, or Other depending on your OS X Version Format the USB Pen Drive as a single partition formatted as Mac OS Extended (journaled) and name it as SnowBoot When the formatting is complete, either right click the DVD OS X Installation and select restore, or Select the SnowBoot USB pen drive and click restore. Depending on the method required, restore the DVD to the SnowBoot USB pen drive. It can take a while to restore the image to the pen drive, but once completed, you can eject the DVD from the drive, and exit Disk Util Install Clover build 3726 to your USB Pen Drive by selecting it in the Install Location dialog screen, then click Customise option and set it up with the following settings: Install for UEFI booting only Install Clover in the ESP Add a theme if you want one From Drivers64UEFI add - DatHubDxe-64 + OsxAptioFiz2Drv-64 + PartitionDxe-64 Install RC Scripts on target volume Click Install This build really is for the more advanced Hackintosh builder really so i am going to assume that you know how to work your way around your Clover EFI boot loader folders structure. We only need two kext files to get OS X 10.6.3 up n running, so you need to add FakeSMC.kext and NullCPUPowerManagement.kext to either Other or 10.6 folder in your clover kext folders list. I prefer to use Other because it's the first folder that Clover will check for kext files. The config.plist file is really simple too. Using Clover Configurator add the following ... ACPI = Off other than Generate P & C states and add C6 support. Don't forget to turn off all the NewWay stuff too! Boot = -v arch=x86_64 - Deault Boot Volume = LastBootedVolume, Default Boot Loader = BOOTX64.efi GUI = Set language to suit you, Screen Resolution to 1280x1024 and then add your theme chosen from install time. Kernel & Kext Patches = Kernel CPU + Apple RTC Generate SMBios to suit Mac Pro 5,1 System Parameters = No Caches ticked, Inject Kexts as Yes, turn off Inject System ID Install Drivers = From the Drivers UEFI 64 Bit section add these three ... PartitionDXE, OsxAptioFix2Drv and DataHubDxe Save your config.plist and exit Clover Configurator BIOS Settings for Snow Leopard Installation: This motherboard does not come with a printed manual, nearly £500 for a motherboard that has no manual is a disgrace to me! So you will need to visit your local Asus website and download the manual. There are lots of settings in this 3204 BIOS, there is a a 3304 BIOS but I have not tried that version as of yet because the previous board to this one developed problems after the update and ended up being returned with a continuous socket 1 error when ever a true graphics mode was encountered. But that's another story. If you have already tried playing with settings in the BIOS then enter the BIOS and set it to defaults with F5. Save those settings and then search for the VT-d and turn it off. Find your CSM settings and set to following: CSM Always UEFI and Legacy boot mode Ethernet to UEFI Other PCI Devices to UEFI Graphics Display as Legacy Storage to Legacy (Just for now) You have all you need to get the Z10PE-D8 WS running OS X 10.6.3 and if you want to, you can add the 10.6.8 combo updater available from Apple support. Just visit Apples website click support, then search for 10.6.8 Combo Update. You will find two files. One is just over a gig in size and the other is 400mb. Download them both and add to your USB Pen Drive where ever you want them to be, install the 1Gb first, then restart, then install the smaller one and restart again.
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