In March of 2013 I decided to build a new desktop for the sole purpose of running OSX. I’ve enjoyed getting my job done on a Macbook for several years and thought having a desktop version would just be dandy. Being a tinkerer, I couldn’t resist the challenge and flexibility of being able to boot into any OS of my choice. Parts were ordered and I started with Mavericks.
It worked fine until my first update. Not that the update broke anything but the anxiety of keeping up with updates while maintaining a 100% operational system was just too scary. After all, I do need to get work done. I nuked my install with Windows 8.1 and life was fine for a while. Dual 22″ screens, SSD, and kickass video card is just too dang useful in any OS, I can suffer along right?
I use various tools that give me a somewhat functional environment for my work (Cygwin, putty, etc.) but it never quite worked right if I had real work to do where I needed to send files, or copy/paste lines of code. At the end of the day, I was just more productive on OSX even with less screen real-estate.
‘Why didn’t you install Linux?’ Says just about anyone who knows me and my love for that OS, but at the end of the day, I need to do work. And that work involves doing demos and presentations using WebEx, GoToMeeting and various other tools that absolutely HATE Linux. Besides, I get my Linux fill with my server, which I will detail in a future post.
I went back to www.tonymacx86.com to see what progress had been made in the ‘Hackintosh’ world. I found that they had adopted the name ‘Customac’, which I immediately liked the sound of but haven’t fully adopted yet. I found that a new community developed custom BIOS for my board makes the OSX update process painless (no patching DSDT or manually editing plists after every update).
Thanks to the www.tonymacx86.com community for creating the tools that made this possible and honestly, quite painless.
Purchased recommended (for Mar 2013) hardware: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4279&dl=1#ov
Followed the guide for my motherboard: http://www.tonymacx86.com/bios-uefi/130888-bios-uefi-screenshots-gigabyte-z77x-up5-th.html
Installation instructions with Unibeast and El Capitan (Thanks company Macbook!): http://www.tonymacx86.com/el-capitan-desktop-guides/172672-unibeast-install-os-x-el-capitan-any-supported-intel-based-pc.html
Only scary part was opting to use a community bios since Gigabyte essentially abandoned a REALLY feature rich motherboard. Now I had Mavericks installed originally using the F11 version of the BIOS. But I did have issues with USB3 and Sound working after coming back from sleep. Not show stoppers just a hassle. I decided to try out this new F12j community bios which fixes all of those issues without DSDT patching. This makes applying OSX updates less of a potential headache as well.