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Bill Rabishaw

Alienware 17 r5 Tutorial

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Hey All,

 

My config:

 

Alienware 17

i7 4800qm

780m GTX

16 GB Ram

BCM43xx Wifi

Killer e2200 Network Card

 

Worked with a friend of mine and got my Alienware up and running with Niresh 10.9 almost perfectly so I thought I would share the tut we have:

 

1.  Obviously get Niresh 10.9 dmg and use your favorite method to get it on USB

2.  In the Bios, Legacy boot must be enabled

3.  Boot from the USB drive

4.  At boot type "xpcm-free -v" without quotes and press Enter

5.  Click on the HDD you are going to install OSX on and click Customize (you may have to format the hdd with disk utilities first.  I would recommend making 2 partitions, 1 main and one you can make a backup on)

6.  Uncheck "Install Network Drivers (kexts)"

7.  Click arrow "Graphics" > uncheck GraphicsEnabler=Yes and check Backup Graphics Kexts

8.  Click arrow "FakeSMC and Plugins" > Arros "FakeSMC Plugins" Check CPU, LPC and GPU Sensors

9.  Click Arros "Laptop Drivers"  Check "Enable Battery Percentage"

10.  Clike OK then Install. 

11.  While it's installing, download these files and put them on a usb:  http://www.mediafire.com/download/as78776qgb504a2/AlienwareOSX.zip

12. Go through the process, when it reboots don't boot from USB and then go through the setup, create profile, etc.

13.  Once into OSX, it is still not done, Let the Niresh installer do it's thing and repair the permissions (may take a little while)

14.  After it is all done, reboot

15.  When you get back into OSX, copy all of the texts from the file you downloaded onto the desktop and then run kextbeast to install them

16.  Reboot

17.  Install the Webdriver File (this is the Nvidia OSX drivers) and reboot

18.  This time, on boot, you MUST have your laptop plugged into an external display via hdmi otherwise you will just get a black screen.  Once you are back into OSX, you can unplug from the external monitor and just use your laptop display.

 

That is it, you now have an (almost) fully functional hackintosh with working wifi, ethernet and sound via speakers.

 

2 bugs that I have never worked out is that I cannot get Audio over hdmi and that on boot you need to be plugged into an external monitor or you will just get a black screen on your laptop monitor.

 

I cannot take much credit for this other than sharing.  My buddy had a youtube vid showcasing this and it has been taken down and I haven't talked to him for months so I don't want to mention him by name but he deserves the biggest majority of the credit.

 

I can't remember where I got the BCM kext or I would link to it.  If it is yours, or you know who created it, please let me know and I'll credit it here.

 

The Killer E2200 kext, I got from gamester3333 over on TonyMac--thank you sir!

 

If anyone has any input on the 2 remaining bugs I have, I would greatly appreciate your assistance!

 

If this is in the wrong section mods, please move it!

 

 

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Not to take away from Niresh or this article, but the fan bothered me as well. I just couldn't do it. Also I am a ruby programmer and needed to be able to update XCode for certain applications, but it wouldn't update properly unless I had 10.9.3 at least. I was able to get everything working extremely well on my Alienware using a different method.

 

http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/301265-alienware-17-r5mid-2013-install-1095/

 

It is 10.9.5 and I believe it should be easy to update.

Everything works well, including bluetooth, HDMI Audio, and not starting on invisible HDMI.

The only problems I have is the headphone jack wasn't working well for me, though I only tested it once, and certain Apple Applications that use Quicktime video were not working correctly. I have Quicktime workarounds though. Parallels works very well with it as well.

 

 

CDT Mitchell

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Hi Taylor - thanks for your research - tried the same method on my Alienware 14 and it works perfect for that to! Seems to run more smoothly than the niresh build to!

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Hello Tayler. You say you gotten everything to work well with a few hick-ups. Can you please go into more detail in how you managed to get from maverick to 10.10 through upgrading? The guide you pointed out shows how to get Clover into UEFI mode but it falls short from any real follow ups from there. Are you saying you upgraded from a Maverick 9.? or had you used the Niresh Distro? how did you go about upgrading it to Yosimite?

 

Upgrading just with Mavericks, and the guide only yields a boot screen with no touchpad or keyboard support. This is why I wondered maybe you upgraded the Niresh Distro which has both keyboard and touchpad support.

 

Also, It shows you posted on the 3rd of this month that the Graphics Card was one of the many things working (giving im understanding this correctly in that you typed this) but then on the 8th you said "Fixed a huge issue today! My graphics card works!" I thought it was fixed ont he 3rd?

 

Im sorry im not trying to be a douche but im just confuse and trying to figure out the missing steps. I will happily help you and your research to figure out our common goals. I need you to fill in the blanks though.

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I got Yosemite installed but the Graphics card still is a problem. It doesn't show on my main display, only HDMI.. I'm king to work with it some more, it would be nice if others could help work with one another :)

 

Also Taylor, I installed the kext you provided but it had no effect on my system at all. 

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I got everything installed just fine and well.. the video card through laptop support is terrible. the mouse is moving very slow. acceleration is M.I.A. My monitor after installing the kext you provided is showing up as a 27inch. Can you please provide your config file because i dont know how you set it up but the kext simply arent working for my system at all. Its like being in safe mode. Anyways, If you could send a link to the config that would be super! And any other advice you can shed on the top would be greatly appreciated.  :)

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   Soooo Taylor, I installed Yosimite and everything works fine the BT,WiFi,Network,Camera,USB3.0, track, keyboard, USB mouse, no loud fans. It even has full native acceleration, However theres just one problem. The same problem that was with Mavericks. "No Main Monitor Support" Im sorry to say but with you claiming to have full main monitor support isnt how OSX was meant to be shown. You dont have Acceleration. having 1080p on your display doesnt = smooth transitions. Yosimite has the same problem Mavericks had but at least with Mavericks we could plug in a HDMI cable getting Full Accelerated support for our notebooks displays, then pulling the cable out. I've tried ALL the Video card Associated flags, I even tried injecting the monitor but all have failed.

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Ok so make sure you aren't using Niresh. Unfortunately it never worked for me. If you did do the Vanilla install make sure you use the kexts I gave you, but those video kexts only work on Mavericks. If you upgrade be sure to upgrade the kexts. http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/78853/en-us. Extract the kexts with Pacifist. You may have to do that every time you upgrade. Now make sure you have the correct config.plist. What does your "About this Mac" state? If it is Macbook Air then you need to find a config.plist that is either a macbook pro or an imac. I recommend the imac. The reason why it has issues is because a Macbook Air cannot have a dedicated graphics card. An iMac actually uses a dedicated mobile graphics card and has a 780m in it. So that's why it will be more compatible with the imac. Just google what to put on there. OR download the clover app and build one that way just use the default iMac one.

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I used the original unmodified Mavericks App to do the install as you said to do. I then booted with no problems what so ever. then I installed the kext you provided and it then booted with the PCI configuration error every boot. I used flags to get past that but still your kext do nothing at all. What are the stats of your R5? because i shouldnt be having so many issues. Can you send me your config file? Im realy at a loss. And yes, It is set up as a "iMac" as you said to do.

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