New intel ethernet kext

This is just a quick note in case somehow people haven’t already seen it, but Mieze over at insanelymac has started work on a new kext, specifically for modern intel ethernet adapters.

I used the 1.0.0d6 version without any issue for a week or so before moving to his 2.0.0d1 experimental build, and so far both have worked pretty much flawlessly with my hackintosh. If you use clover for your bootloader, simply download either kext, mount your /EFI partition, delete AppleIntelE1000e.kext and drop in the IntelMausiEthernet.kext you downloaded. To be safe, run the following to wipe all your kernel/boot caches, then reboot.

sudo kextcache -system-prelinked-kernel
sudo kextcache -Boot -U /
sudo kextcache -system-cache
sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions

GTX970/FT03-Mini update

I doubt that anyone really cares, but here’s a quick follow-up on the modification I did to my FT03-Mini to fit an Nvidia reference style GTX-970 video card.

It turns out that using an AIO liquid cooler (as is recommended in the FT03-mini manual) for my CPU (Corsair H75) the general case airflow is awful, and starves the GPU of airflow. So while the CPU runs cool (thanks to the combined 140mm push fan on the bottom of the case, and the internal 120mm pull fan) the GPU struggles to stay under 80 degrees C, even at 75% fan speed, completely stock/not-overclocked. This basically means there is zero room for any overclocking using the FT03-mini.

Normally this wouldn’t really bother me, but the GTX 970 struggles to hit 45+ fps at the 2560×1440 resolution of my monitor, and basically requires overclocking to be viable, even more so following the segmented memory revelation earlier this year. (A quick explanation, the 970 has two separate memory pools, a 3.5GB pool attached to a 224-bit bus, and a 512MB pool attached to a single 32-bit bus, and they can’t both be accessed at the same time; effectively making the GTX 970 a 3.5GB/224-bit card, not a 4GB/256-bit card.)

If I had the disposable income for yearly upgrades, or I had a more powerful card (e.g. high binned/factory overclocked 980, or a GTX Titan X) that didn’t require overclocking the way my 970 does, the case would be a non-issue, and I still feel the case (and the mod) is fine for the vast majority of people. Sadly though I’m a waste of skin/complete failure at life/utterly unemployable, and I need every ounce of performance possible from my computer, and I need my components to last as long as possible. I can’t simply buy a new GPU in 6 months; I won’t have the money for a new system for several years.

So, I’m left with no real option except replace the case, and I’m currently leaning towards a Corsair 250D. If anyone has one to sell or donate, or wants to trade for my FT03-Mini, please leave a comment to get in touch.

Well, it’s alive (and it’s fast!)

Just a quick update that there’s really not much at all necessary to make the GTX 970 work with Yosemite.

Install the card, and make sure it’s set as the primary gpu in your bios.

Reboot, and go to “Options” on the clover menu, and add the following to the end of your existing boot flags/options:


This should enable the system to boot, but with very broken graphics, no acceleration, etc. Don’t worry.

Go to Nvidia’s website and search for drivers for a GTX 600 Series (GTX 680 works) and choose “Yosemite 10.10.1″ under operating system. Download that package and install it, reboot without the nv_disable=1 flag and enjoy!

Every possible holiday/birthday/gift-giving day rolled into one…

Well, after basically a year of trying to build a new computer, and a semi-functional system for the past 9 months, I finally got a GPU today.

(Big thanks to a comment by “James” letting me know that Best Buy was actually stocking these, it turned out my local store had a couple today.)

Of course, given my tiny FT03-Mini case, I can’t actually install it until tomorrow when I can tear everything apart and do a quick mod to cut an opening in the bottom for the extra 1/4″ clearance.

Once I get it installed and give it a good stress test, I’ll update all my hackintosh pages with any changes necessary for making a GTX970 work. It should be as simple as installing the Nvidia Alternate/Web drivers, but we’ll see in the next few days.

Anyway, I can’t wait to see how Lotro and GuildWars 2 look with graphics settings turned up.