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  1. Just successfully upgraded my early-2015 hackintosh from Mac OS 10.10 to 10.12 :)

     

    Hackintosh stuff can get pretty tricky and technical due to the nature of running an OS on unsupported hardware, but this upgrade actually went more smoothly than I expected. I planned for the worst and was expecting ethernet or USB to die or something, but all I've had to do is run a script to get audio working again and it seems pretty solid so far. Yay.

    1. Grain of Salt

      Grain of Salt

      Powerful.

    2. printz

      printz

      Hmm, so it's not 100% smooth, you still need to install extra stuff and hope the ground doesn't crumble beneath you.

    3. printz

      printz

      Yet since Apple has all but forgotten about Macs (see how nearly all entries are in red here), the hackintosh may be an acceptable compromise.

    4. esselfortium

      esselfortium

      @printz Yeah, the potential for problems was why I put off upgrading for so long. In the end, though, it wasn't that bad. I did have to do some prep work first to limit potential problems, but nothing more technical than what I had already done to get it working in the first place a couple years ago, so it was more or less familiar territory.

       

      Before the install, I made sure my backup was bootable in case of a disaster, and saved extra copies of the EFI bootloader partition (just in case) and the OS's kernel extension folders (since they tend to be overwritten during an update). Aside from some newbie mistakes I made early on like using Multibeast to set up audio, I've tried to install all the kernel extensions I've needed in the EFI partition rather than relying on directly modifying the system ones. That means the extensions my hardware relies on persist through any OS updates, and if there are newer versions of any of them, I can put those in before the install to reduce the likelihood of compatibility problems with the newer OS.

       

      That allowed things to be mostly smooth, since I only had to reconfigure audio (which turned out to be super easy) and everything else just magically worked.

       

      Actually, probably the biggest headache I had with the upgrade was that macOS 10.12 didn't want to talk to my Western Digital USB backup drive until I installed their special drivers for it, which seems to be a general Western Digital weirdness with 10.12 rather than anything particular to my hackintosh setup.

    5. DoctorGenesis

      DoctorGenesis

      @printz Wow, that site makes it sound like you shouldn't buy anything from Apple.

    6. Grain of Salt

      Grain of Salt

      I kinda want to try the hackintosh route sometime. OS X is the most comfortable OS for me, but macintosh hardware is so expensive. On the other hand "tricky and technical" sounds like something I should stay far away from.

    7. esselfortium

      esselfortium

      @Grain of Salt It can be a bit of an adventure for sure, and probably isn't for the faint of heart, but I've also found it really rewarding. There are recommended parts lists online, which help a lot by ensuring compatibility and dramatically increasing the likelihood of finding forum threads where other people with the same or similar hardware have already solved the same problems you're having. When I built mine a couple years ago, I strictly followed the recommended lists, and as a result it's been pretty easy to find help when I run into problems.

       

      A few months ago I built a hackintosh for my father, straying away from the recommended lists so I could make it more affordable, and ended up running into problems with the built-in audio (so he's been using USB speakers) and certain USB ports not working (so he's been using a hub). It's worked well otherwise, and I might give fixing those remaining issues another try this weekend since I'm feeling motivated and capable after yesterday's success. We'll see how long that feeling lasts after another session of trial and error though, lol :p