Config.plist wrong?

Edwin

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Hi guys, I accidentally replaced an old config.plist with my current one (I forgot to make a copy, how stupido I can be) and now Monterey won't boot. Any thoughts/help?
Hardware: Mobo Asus Prime X470 Pro, GPU AMD R9 390, CPU Ryzen 5 3600 6-core.
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Shaneee

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-no_compat_check isn't needed if you've got the correct SMBios.
slide=201 Doubtful you need this.

Apart from that, looks good.
 

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Thanks Shaneee! Everything works, even Metal. Final question: Is it possible to get my dvd-drive working in Bug Sur?
 

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I'm assuming it works in Windows? My thought was it was using a SATA port that's disabled because of a M.2 drive. If that's not the case then AHCI_3rdParty_SATA.kext may be of some help.
 

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@Edwin if the DVD player was active in macOS it would appear as shown in the following screenshots:

Screenshot 2022-01-20 at 20.19.33.png Hackintool Peripherals

Screenshot 2022-01-20 at 20.20.00.png System Information > Disk Burning

Screenshot 2022-01-20 at 20.20.16.png System Information > SATA

Which SATA port do you have the DVD connected to in your system?

The DVD device will be working at 1.5GB not the full 6GB that a SATA port can provide, this is normal. The drive should work with any functioning SATA, SATA2 or SATA3 cable, because of the native speed of the drive.

There are 6 x SATA3 connections on your motherboard, as shown in the screenshot from your motherboard's user manual:

Screenshot 2022-01-20 at 20.26.57.png SATA ports on Asus Prim X470 Pro motherboard

As far as I can tell these ports do not share PCIe lanes with the 2 x M.2 connectors. So they should all be available even when the 2 x M.2 connectors are populated.

This is what the Manual says about the M.2 connectors:

Screenshot 2022-01-20 at 20.27.33.png M.2 connectors on Asus Prim X470 Pro motherboard

You need to check that the DVD device is active and enabled in your Bios.
You need to check that the SATA and SATA Power connectors are fully seated in the motherboard/PSU and in the back of the DVD device.
You may need to try swapping SATA cables to see if the one you are currently using is defective.
 

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@Edwin if the DVD player was active in macOS it would appear as shown in the following screenshots:

View attachment 4841 Hackintool Peripherals

View attachment 4842 System Information > Disk Burning

View attachment 4843 System Information > SATA

Which SATA port do you have the DVD connected to in your system?

The DVD device will be working at 1.5GB not the full 6GB that a SATA port can provide, this is normal. The drive should work with any functioning SATA, SATA2 or SATA3 cable, because of the native speed of the drive.

There are 6 x SATA3 connections on your motherboard, as shown in the screenshot from your motherboard's user manual:

View attachment 4844 SATA ports on Asus Prim X470 Pro motherboard

As far as I can tell these ports do not share PCIe lanes with the 2 x M.2 connectors. So they should all be available even when the 2 x M.2 connectors are populated.

This is what the Manual says about the M.2 connectors:

View attachment 4845 M.2 connectors on Asus Prim X470 Pro motherboard

You need to check that the DVD device is active and enabled in your Bios.
You need to check that the SATA and SATA Power connectors are fully seated in the motherboard/PSU and in the back of the DVD device.
You may need to try swapping SATA cables to see if the one you are currently using is defective.
Awesome! This I gonna try this very weekend. 1000x thanks!!!
 

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@Edwin if the DVD player was active in macOS it would appear as shown in the following screenshots:

View attachment 4841 Hackintool Peripherals

View attachment 4842 System Information > Disk Burning

View attachment 4843 System Information > SATA

Which SATA port do you have the DVD connected to in your system?

The DVD device will be working at 1.5GB not the full 6GB that a SATA port can provide, this is normal. The drive should work with any functioning SATA, SATA2 or SATA3 cable, because of the native speed of the drive.

There are 6 x SATA3 connections on your motherboard, as shown in the screenshot from your motherboard's user manual:

View attachment 4844 SATA ports on Asus Prim X470 Pro motherboard

As far as I can tell these ports do not share PCIe lanes with the 2 x M.2 connectors. So they should all be available even when the 2 x M.2 connectors are populated.

This is what the Manual says about the M.2 connectors:

View attachment 4845 M.2 connectors on Asus Prim X470 Pro motherboard

You need to check that the DVD device is active and enabled in your Bios.
You need to check that the SATA and SATA Power connectors are fully seated in the motherboard/PSU and in the back of the DVD device.
You may need to try swapping SATA cables to see if the one you are currently using is defective.
Poop! I checked everything, tried all sata ports but no dvd device is shown in Big Sur. In Windows the dvd drive is visible. Is the kext ok, I wonder?

 

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That kext is only used to show the name of a SATA port that Apple doesn't natively use. It is a plist only kext, it has no other function, i.e. it doesn't make the SATA port work, it just names the controller correctly.

I use it in my Haswell and FX system's for a Marvell, Asmedia and Series-9 SATA controller, so they are named correctly in System Information > SATA report, as shown below.

Screenshot 2022-01-24 at 13.50.41.png SATA controllers in Intel Hack, would be named as 'Generic SATA' if AHCI_3rdParty_SATA.kext wasn't used.

Which SATA controller does your system use?
Which DVD/Blu-Ray player device are you using?

Have you checked that the SATA ports are all set to AHCI in the bios?

Some BD/DVD devices don't play well with macOS.
 

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That kext is only used to show the name of a SATA port that Apple doesn't natively use. It is a plist only kext, it has no other function, i.e. it doesn't make the SATA port work, it just names the controller correctly.

I use it in my Haswell and FX system's for a Marvell, Asmedia and Series-9 SATA controller, so they are named correctly in System Information > SATA report, as shown below.

View attachment 4873 SATA controllers in Intel Hack, would be named as 'Generic SATA' if AHCI_3rdParty_SATA.kext wasn't used.

Which SATA controller does your system use?
Which DVD/Blu-Ray player device are you using?

Have you checked that the SATA ports are all set to AHCI in the bios?

Some BD/DVD devices don't play well with macOS.
Hi Edhawk, everything works in Windblows eh Windows. But not in Big Sur :-(
This is my DVD Writer:
 

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Can you post a screenshot showing the settings for your WD 1TB drive, from System Information > SATA, as shown below in the example from my WD Green 2TB drive.

Screenshot 2022-01-24 at 18.21.24.png System Information > SATA - AHCI SATA drive

The Samsung 860 Pro is a PCI card, so the screenshot above in post #50 doesn't show the correct information. We need to examine the SATA connections, not the M.2/PCI connections.

If your Bios is set correctly, i.e. with the SATA ports set to work in AHCI mode (not RAID), and the SATA power & DATA cables are connected correctly then your LG DVD Writer should work.

Which SATA port are you connecting the DVD Writer through?
 

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Can you post a screenshot showing the settings for your WD 1TB drive, from System Information > SATA, as shown below in the example from my WD Green 2TB drive.

View attachment 4874 System Information > SATA - AHCI SATA drive

The Samsung 860 Pro is a PCI card, so the screenshot above in post #50 doesn't show the correct information. We need to examine the SATA connections, not the M.2/PCI connections.

If your Bios is set correctly, i.e. with the SATA ports set to work in AHCI mode (not RAID), and the SATA power & DATA cables are connected correctly then your LG DVD Writer should work.

Which SATA port are you connecting the DVD Writer through?

 

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OK, that clarifies a few things.
  • First the WD drive is PCI AHCI drive, used for Windows storage. It is not a GUID/GPT drive, but rather a Legacy Master Boot Record formatted drive.
  • Second the Samsung 860 Pro SSD contains your Windows OS. This is a GUID/GPT drive, so should show and boot from the OC boot screen.
  • Third you have macOS installed on a Samsung 970 EVO SSD (PCI NVME) drive, formatted as APFS. This drive doesn't connect to the SATA controller.
  • The AHCI_3rdParty_SATA.kext does nothing to clarify the name of your AMD X470 chipset/SATA controller. This is not surprising as the kext is aimed at SATA controllers used in Intel motherboards.
These are the SATA controllers found in the ACHI_3rdParty_SATA.kext/Contents/Info.plist:

Screenshot 2022-01-25 at 21.43.25.png Controller Dictionary elements compacted to show all the SATA controller names in this kext. No AMD SATA controllers present.

You still haven't confirmed which SATA port the LG DVD writer is connected to on the motherboard, or if you found any issues with the data and power cables being used by the DVD device.
 

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OK, that clarifies a few things.
  • First the WD drive is PCI AHCI drive, used for Windows storage. It is not a GUID/GPT drive, but rather a Legacy Master Boot Record formatted drive.
  • Second the Samsung 860 Pro SSD contains your Windows OS. This is a GUID/GPT drive, so should show and boot from the OC boot screen.
  • Third you have macOS installed on a Samsung 970 EVO SSD (PCI NVME) drive, formatted as APFS. This drive doesn't connect to the SATA controller.
  • The AHCI_3rdParty_SATA.kext does nothing to clarify the name of your AMD X470 chipset/SATA controller. This is not surprising as the kext is aimed at SATA controllers used in Intel motherboards.
These are the SATA controllers found in the ACHI_3rdParty_SATA.kext/Contents/Info.plist:

View attachment 4881 Controller Dictionary elements compacted to show all the SATA controller names in this kext. No AMD SATA controllers present.

You still haven't confirmed which SATA port the LG DVD writer is connected to on the motherboard, or if you found any issues with the data and power cables being used by the DVD device.

 
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