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I'm a total newbie to hackintosh, so take this all with a grain of salt. This is what I've done, and how far I have gotten to this point.

Asus ROG Crossblade Ranger
AMD A10 7870 APU, integrated graphics on cpu.
UEFI bios
Bolton 4 chipset
Intel i2011 integrated nic
generic sata DSDD Dvdr+w
1 x 3.5" hybrid Seagate ss/hd 1To drive 7200 rpm
1 x 2.5" 7200rpm Seagate 500Go drive out of old Dell laptop
logitech wireless keyboard and mouse, with logi wifi key plugged into
Asus keybot usb 2.0 port in back of mobo
Ultra Mini USB WirelessLan802.11NAdapter - 1T1R (150Mbps)
One of those little buttons kinda like bluetooth, bought from monoprice.
Cheap, didn't think I'd need it, but after hackintosh build was I wrong.
External 2.1 pci speakers

UEFI bios setup:
In graphics settings, set to IGFX, integrated graphics
In boot settings, changed Windows UEFI os to Other os.
Everything else standard

1tb seagate partitioned with guid, running Ubuntu partition,
                    1 ntsf partition running Win 10.

several data partitions, keep all essential data on separate partitions from os systems

As UEFI will not recognize grub boot manager, switch os via UEFI boot manager

Hackintosh Build:
DL yosemite-zone10.10.1 iso from hackintoshzone
Burn iso image to dsdd 8 gig dvd with Infrarecorder

Boot into atapi dvd with yosemite-zone.iso boot dvd

f8 at boot up prompt
boot: /amd64 npci=0x2000 kext-dev-mode=1 <enter>
wait a loooong time

screen gives hackintosh axe in apple logo with progress bar sloooowly
running underneath apple

after a coffee break, get prompt for language, with continuation arrow
under it.

Choose English language ( in my case) from dialogue box, select arrow icon
under dialogue box. If mouse will not move, hit space bar, then mouse will

Get a couple of copyright notices, select continue, agree, whatever.

Come to install screen, with menus above. From Utilities menu, select
Disk Utility. Pulls up disk configuration window with your available hds, atapi
dvd, usb drives in table on left. I hope you labelled your partitions plainly,
else you get to pick them out of hd(0,0) etc, a pain. Since I have already dedicated my
small 500gb drive for hackintosh, it's an easy choice.

The main portion of disk utility window shows source and target fields of operation, with
choice of verify, erase, restore.

If you select root of your target hd for installation, there will also pull up the option to
partition in menu above target and source fields. These fields are action sensitive, for
instance if you choose the root of a drive, it will pull up partition along with all the other
optiions. If you select a partition, the partition option is not displayed.

Choose the root of your target installation.
If you have already partitioned your drive with a guid partition table, you can skip to Erasing
the partition.


Highlight the Partition option.
A graphic appears representing your selected hd, with a drop down box where you can select
the number of partitions you want. If you select one, the hd graphic shows one large partition,
each successive choice, 1 through 10, divides the graphic hd into equal partitions of that
number. If you so choose, you can partition your hd into say, three equal partitions, then
drag the divider between the partitions to resize each partition accordingly. Once you get the
partitions about right, you can highlight one of the partitions, and on the right will appear
a name field, where you can give the selected partition a name. There is also a field
that allows you to set the size of the partiton in gb by decimal, for refinement.

If you do not want equal partitions: say you want one for the os, which should be large enough
to accomodate the os, utilities and apps, I'd say at least 125 gb.; and one for os x data, backups,
downloaded kexts etc, personal files and emails; at least another 125 gb and a larger
partition for ntfs for your linux and win files, then you can partition into 3, resize the first two
accordingly, select os x (journaled) for your os x partitions, and leave the other one as free space,
which you can later format to ntfs in windows. NTFS is Not a format selection, in disk utility.

There is also a format field, with selections for os x ext 4(journaled), ext 2( journaled), fat and
exfat, I think. I'm doing this from memory so forgive me if I leave out some options. For your
yosemite installation partition, choose os x ext4(journaled) format. Name it something simple
and distinctive because you may want to refer to this drive in terminal commands, later.

Under the hd graphic is an options selection, choose this and it will give you the option to select
an mbr partition table or guid partition table, and I think efi. If you mother board is specifically
efi or uefi, then you want guid, if it is mbr then choose mbr. Be aware that when you go to start
the install, Yosemite may not allow you to choose an mbr partition, and if you update to El Capitan
it will not update to mbr partitions.

Later, if you have to reinstall for some reason, you will thank your deity that you used a separate
partition for your data and os. In that case you can just choose your yosemite os partition, erase it
and reinstall to it without touching your data partitions, lesson learned.

After you have chosen and named your partitions, apple, data, whatever, you will be given the choice
to continue, or go back and start over. Choose commit or whatever Yosemite calls it, and the
partitions will be written to disk and each partition formatted, or not, if free space.

IF your hard drive is already partitioned with guid, you can skip the above, choose your target partition,
rename your target partition, choose the format, OS X ext 4(journaled) of your target partition, and
ERASE your target partition, again, this destroys all data on the partition. There are other choices in the
Disk Utility, restoring an image, backing up an image, creating a bootable disk, but that is for more
experienced users than I.

Exit Disk Utility by selecting the red dot in the upper left corner.

You are now at the installation window, with your hd partition icons. Highlight your installation target
partition. Before you choose Continue, note that in the left lower corner is a button that says CUSTOMIZE.
Choose it, and it will give you a dialogue box with Yosemite at the top. Beside it is an arrow, triangle,
pointing at Yosemite, clicking on that arrow will drop down all kinds of options for your Yosemite Install.
Options for kernels, boot loaders, graphics choices and audio, If you KNOW what you are doing you can
muck with these, at your peril. I tried a few and ended up reinstalling because I couldn't boot, or I just got
the dead hackintosh logo. BEWARE

I leave Customize as is, with my setup.

I choose my install partition I created, select Continue, you may get a confirmation warning, and on your
merry way. You can sit there and watch the progress bar crawl across the screen or do something useful
for an hour or so.

At the end of a loong time there will pop up a dialogue to restart, or if you just let it, it will reboot all on its own.

If you miss the reboot, your system will either sit at the boot manager uefi bios screen, or boot into your default
device and os. No worries. simply restart, at the bios logo, hit f6 or f2 or whatever you use to get into your uefi
boot manager. This time you choose your newly bootable os x Yosemite partition, It will go through the boot
choice with the spinning slash, hit f8 and you get a boot: prompt. After the install you will type npci=0x2000
kext-dev-mode=1 and <enter> at the boot: prompt. Putting in /amd or /amd64 or amd64 will get you a boot
error on your os x hd, those flags are strictly for install, No worries using them here will only send you back to
the boot: prompt. Do over. -f is to verify and repair disk and file permissions, -v is verbose mode with errors and
such, -x will simply boot in safe mode, which can be useful for repairs and will sometimes boot os x when other
options fail, but not always.

After a while, especially after the first reboot after install, the hackintosh logo appears with the progress bar.
Get lunch. Eventually you get your language window, again, choose the arrow. Some copyright notices, agree.
A choice of keyboards, I think. A choice of install with internet or without. I never got internet to work after many
tries, so I choose without internet. Now, comes up a screen to setup a user profile, with admin privileges. If you set
this up you will get a user profile, but you will Never get the option to login as "root", at least in my experience.
Access to the "root" of your os is important in Android, there are things you cannot do without it, in OS X, I don't
know how important root access is. I know you can really muck things up in Android's root, so it's up to you. If you
leave the User Profile Setup alone, fill in nothing, select nothing for about ten, fifteen? minutes, hackintosh will bring
up a grey login screen, where you can login as root, with pw niresh, all lower case, and login as root. Once you get
everything as you like it, you can pull up user accounts in applications or system preferences and create a fairly safe
user admin account. You can Probably change the pw to root, too.

When you login as root, next comes another chance to setup the keyboard, on mine I get a setup screen to choose a key,
and another key to help the system recognize my keyboard as generic U.S. 101 key english. You have to set the focus on
this dialogue, as the system pops up a bunch of setting permissions notices.

You will need to reboot after the permissions marathon. Go to Finder in the upper left corner, choose preferences, select
Show Hard drives on the Desktop, and all your hard drives will appear as icons on your desktop, even ntfs volumes. Go into
file preferences and choose Show file extensions and you won't be guessing at which file you are using. I use this time to
setup my wifi. Trial and error revealed that my wifi button will run on the 55ebf etcetera All_In_One_Realtek_wifi.kext by
Deepak, I think. This can be gotten from hackintosh zone, along with a bunch of other essential kexts. You can dl it in
Windows, unzip with 7zip, even on an ntfs drive. In Yosemite, with the Finder menu at the top, go to View, I think. Choose
Applications and the Application folder will open up. Click on Kext wizard, Gandalf in yellow, and a dialogue opens up to install
kexts, refresh permissions and some other stuff. choose the Install button, choose the Browse button, navigate to your kext
folder where you have either the 55eb etc All_In_One_Realtek_Wifi.kext or zip. If you click on the zip it will open a folder with the
All_In_One.kext in it, or if you already have it unzipped you can open the folder and choose the All_In_One.kext from it.
At the bottom of the Kextwizard dialogue is an open button, choose it and it will start the install of the wifi kext.

By now, your initial permissions have finished setting up. You will get a notification to Fix the Apple Store app. Fix it, close
the windows it tells you to close. Wait for the kext installer to finish. In Kext wizard, choose maintenance at the top. Choose
repair system permissions and all the sub choices. Choose the repair button or whatnot, and let it go for half an hour. when
it finishes repairing permissions, close the kext wizard, red button top left. Go to Finder menu and choose restart.

When your pc restarts, choose your  os x drive, at boot: npci=0x2000 kext-dev-mode=1 enter
you will boot into hackintosh again, this time go straight to login dialogue, root and pw. At the desktop, if a wifi app does not
pop up, look for it in the lower right corner of the action bar. If it is not there, unplug your wifi button and plug it back into
the usb 2.0 port and it Should, Should, pop open. here you will setup your wifi, your SSID from your inet provider, adhoc or
infrastructure network, wpa, wpa2, AES or pkp? and a pin or password. Enter these correctly and you should have wifi. I say
this because my board has integrated nic, and I have yet to find a kext to get it working. On the upside my wifi works better
in OS X through the button, no onboard wifi, than on any of my other devices or pcs I have. Once you have properly setup
your wifi you can click the Connect button at the bottom of the wifi app. Go to the safari app on the action menu, start safari
and a bunch of website logos should popup on a page, choose Google and you should have the Google search screen,
Congrats you now have a working Hackintosh with inet access, from which you should be able to do most of the rest of your
configuring, etc.

Again, this worked for me. As with everything you will see in hackintosh, I make no claims of reliability or effect with these
instructions they are presented as is for your amusement.

Now. First things first, get setup to Recover if anything goes wrong. Remember I had you setup an OS X data partition?
Open it, it should be on your desktop. Right click and create a new folder, call it SystemOrg, or whatever.
Open SystemOrg and leave it open. Open your newly installed OS X partition, Yosemite or whatever you called it, Open System.
Open Library. Highlight the Extensions folder. Right Click and Copy the Extensions folder. Go to your desktop and click on the
Data Drive SystemsOrg folder right click and Paste the Extensions folder you just Copied. Now, go back to the Systems folder
and right click on the Extra folder. Copy the Extra folder. Go to your Data Drive, right click on, or in the SystemOrg folder and
Paste the Extra folder. The System/Library/Extensions folder at this time carries a fresh, brand new, copy of all your original
kexts. The extra folder has your original org,chameleon.plist file. If you muck up things, and you will, it is called Hackintosh
for a reason, you can now use any of several macdrive utilities in Windows to delete your Yosemite System/Library/Extensions
folder and copy your Original, Data Drive /SystemOrg/Extensions folder into Yosemite /System/Library folder; delete your old
Yosemite /System/Extra folder and copy your Data Drive /SystemOrg/Extra folder into Yosemite /System folder, and get back
to square one. Reboot and setup everything you Knew worked and you are ready to go again. With internet access, if you have
a wifi button like mine and it responds to 55blahAll_In_One_Realtek.kext.

Now, it is a pain to have to type and retype npci=0x2000 etc Every time you reboot. In yosemite go to /System/Extra, click on org.chameleon.plist It will open up an editable org.chameleon.plist, careful. Down at the bottom between a couple of I think <boot flags> you will see dart=0 and a couple of other boot flags. Type in between the <bootflag>npci=0x2000 kext-dev-mode=1 and the rest of the flags already there, a space between each boot flag <bootflag>. Close the editor, red dot, and the org,chameleon.plist is automatically updated with your changes. Open it again and you can verify this. This is the chameleon equivalent of an old DOS autoexec.bat file, you can keep from rebooting and muck up your software install. Which is why I showed you how to get back to square one, first.

A few caveats. My pc as described above has wifi working, voodoohda sound works only through the front speaker jack, with the
native Yosemite hack setup, and I get a good deal of white noise. Every kext and setup I've tried does no better and some get
no sound at all. I've gotten no nic kext to work with the onboard Intel i2011 nic. I get no gfx kext to give me any functionality
with the onboard gfx. It shows up in the system utility app as pci gfx, even though it is setup in bios as igfx, and had no
acceleration at all and only three, count 'em 3 big Megs of gfx memory. The wifi button shows up as fully functional, thank the
OS X gods. Video is choppy in youtube, sound is at best, eh, what are you gonna do. Some one with more experience can explain
it better, I think my lack of gfx and inet is due to either a generic amd kernel or maybe it is using intel mac 3 emulation.
I'm looking for a working Amd Apu kernel, but I ain't certain. I will update this tut, if and when I get anything else to work or
work better. I'm hoping it helps, for what it's worth.



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