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 theĀ 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

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.

Unexpected surprise from Asus

So I had a very pleasant surprise today when I flashed the latest Maximus 6 Impact UEFI/bios (rev. 1603, released 12 September, 2014.) Asus has added an option in the advanced CPU Power Management configuration to disable MSR lock, thus enabling native CPU Power Management in OSX without a kernel patch, or patched UEFI. This was previously introduced in their Z97/9-series motherboards, and I honestly never expected them to back-port the option to Z87, so I’m impressed!

I’ve just finished some quick testing to make sure that power management, sleep/wake, etc. all still work with Clover without the “AsusAICPUPM” or “KernelPm” settings enabled, and I’ve updated the config.plist on my main hackintosh page accordingly.

So, anyone out there with an Asus Z87 board, check your relevant support/downloads page to see if you have a recent bios update. Here’s the page for Maximus 6 Impact users.