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Enable macOS Volume Controls for HDMI and DisplayPort Audio Devices

Another Hackintosh post…it’s been bothering me that I couldn’t control the volume of my Hackintosh through the use of the volume buttons on my keyboard (by default macOS won’t let you control the volume of an HDMI device and my sound is output through HDMI on my video card). After googling around a bit I managed to find a solution using Soundflower that I thought I’d share:

  1. Download this zip file (it contains two .dmgs we’ll need for the next steps)
  2. Unzip the file and open the Soundflower.dmg double click the Soundflower.pkg and follow the installation steps
  3. Repeat step 2 but with the Soundflowerbed.dmg
  4. Click the Soundflowerbed in the menu bar and set the 2ch option to point towards your HDMI/DisplayPort input:
  5. Open up Sound in System Preferences and set the Output/Input to Soundflower (2ch)

You should be able to control the audio coming through your device via your keyboard now! I’ve been using it for the better part of a day listening to music pretty much without issue. It glitched once for a few seconds, but clicking the Soundflowerbed icon in the menu bar, changing the source away from Soundflower and then immediately back fixed it instantly.

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Fixing iMessage on Your macOS Sierra Hackintosh

iMessage icon

I wrote a lengthy post the other day about how to build a Hackintosh, and while everything worked pretty smoothly, the one thing I was missing was iMessage. I’d tried to follow a couple of guides, and while they worked at getting iMessage running, all of them without fail stopped my GPU from responding correctly. After a bit of tinkering, though, I finally managed to get everything up and running. Here’s what I did below (MASSIVE thanks to /u/cobo10201 for getting me 99% of the way there I wouldn’t have even known where to begin without that post).

  1. Mount your EFI using EFI Mounter v3
  2. Make a copy of your config.plist and name it config-bak.plist in case something goes wrong.
  3. Open terminal and enter the following command: uuidgen
  4. Open your config.plist in Clover Configurator.
  5. Go to the SMBIOS and paste the UUID you generated in step 2 into the smUUID field.
  6. In the Board Serial Number field, copy and paste your system serial number and then add 5 random numbers and letters.
  7. In Finder go to Go > Go to Folder… and enter the following path: /Users/[Username]/Library/Caches delete all files and folders that begin with the following:
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Building a Hackintosh with macOS Sierra (10.12.3)

macOS Sierra Hackintosh Desktop

Over the last year or so, I’ve been finding my 13-inc MacBook Pro severely lacking in the power department. While I was able to deal with it for a while, while I was doing strict development work, recently a series of requests to edit some videos rolled in and I found myself struggling to keep Final Cut Pro from crashing every fifteen minutes as I clipped and subtitled the pieces. Finally fed up, I decided to build a Hackintosh after realizing—quite frankly—that I couldn’t afford a genuine Mac (and that I could make a machine way more powerful than what I’d be buying for 1/3 of the price).

That being said, I know that the process can be arduous—it took me about 4 hours to get everything working right—so I figured I’d share what I did to get my build up and running (since I hadn’t seen anyone with the exact same configuration). Two quick things before we get started, though. First and foremost, a quick disclaimer: