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!

Handoff on a Hackintosh!

In case anyone missed it, Toleda just pushed a new set of patches (credit to skvo for figuring everything out) to the airport/wireless half mini repo, and it includes new kext patches for the BCM4352 on Yosemite to enable Handoff, as well as fix the ‘third party’ string in system information.

Here’s some quick screenshots showing handoff enabled on my hackintosh using the Asus built-in BCM4352 half-mini wifi card.

Of course, I can’t actually test that handoff is working since I don’t own a modern/recent enough iOS device, but given that bluetooth has worked fine for me pretty much from day one, I’m going to assume that it will work.

I’ll be updating the config.plist downloads on my 10.10 page shortly, but for anyone that can’t wait, just delete any older 5Ghz patch you may have in your config.plist, and here’s three new patches you need to add:

A quick mod for my FT03-Mini

So a quick tip for anyone that might be interested in using the Silverstone FT03-Mini for their mITX build, you may want to file/sand down the inside lip on the plastic top/cover near the cable-routing cutout.

To expand on this for anyone that doesn’t have the case already, there’s a minor issue with the I/O panel cable routing, so if you have more than 3-4 cables plugged in to your motherboard ports (or those cables are really thick, e.g. dual-link DVI) then you might have an issue with the top plastic panel not sitting flush when attached, or the downward pressure on the cables, from that lip, slightly pushing the back aluminum panel away.

After sanding down the lip to enlarge the opening, both issues are gone!

And what’s the next Step on my modding list? Paint/dye all the white plastic parts black for a clean, “apple-esque” silver & black look.

Stupid cables…

Since I had to take apart my computer again today to swap the 450w SFX power supply back in, I remembered to take pictures of the custom power cables I made.

Instead of cutting up the original cables (or going the full custom/from scratch route) I bought the Silverstone PP05-E flexible/short cable set and used the following:

  • 1 x 20+4pin ATX connector (350mm)
  • 1 x EPS/ATX12V 8pin(4+4) connector (350mm)
  • 1 x two (2) SATA 90˚connectors (350+50mm)
  • 1 x three (3) SATA 180˚ +1 x Slimline SATA connectors (300+150+150+150mm)

The 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS cables were both fine as is with a little bending and tucking them out of the way of the NF-F12/”pull” fan. The SATA/peripheral cables though were a nightmare.

I took one cable and cut it down to a 2x SATA, around 90mm in length. This runs straight from the PSU to my two SSD’s, which are stuck together with double sided tape 😦

The second cable I cut off two of the full-size SATA connectors, and spliced the slimline connector straight into the PSU end.

One tip for anyone looking to crimp two wires into the same Female ATX terminal, buy terminals one size larger than your wire, e.g. for dual 18AWG, buy 16AWG terminals like these: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/0039000090/WM3115-ND/1643445

And of course I’ll likely need to shorten the PCIE cables too, but there’s no real point in starting that until I actually have a GPU.