Kext for Aquantia AQC111C 5Gbit LAN NIC?

agent2

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Hey everybody, I was wondering if someone was developing a kext for the 5Gbit Aquantia AQC111C LAN chip found on the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula and the (non-AMD) Asus Prime X299-Deluxe II.
I have the former and after some digging I only found one thread on the German Hackintosh forum about the X299 board. I think they were able to post some sort of experimental drivers and not really come to a conclusion.
I have the thread linked below and it would be really helpful if someone could find further information about this NIC. It would be a serious deal-breaker for me if there is no macOS solution to getting it to work.
Cheers everybody and thanks in advance!
https://www.hackintosh-forum.de/forum/thread/40843-asus-prime-x299-deluxe-ii/?pageNo=1

PS: I already posted this in the Discord and in the development discussion part of this forum, but the admins blocked it for some reason as I am reposting it in this sub-forum here.
 

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I read through the thread you‘ve linked, conclusion seems to be that the Apple Driver is just not compatible with this hardware.
 

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I read through the thread you‘ve linked, conclusion seems to be that the Apple Driver is just not compatible with this hardware.
Alright so my question is if THIS community can work something out and solve this problem by grabbing the Linux driver or something engineering a macOS solution out of it.
That would be awesome!
 

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They seemed to have tried this but it didn't work. sx1 studied the Linxu drivers and found that there is different code to support either card separately, so the AQC111C cannot re-use the driver of the AQC107.

You'd probably have to port the Linux driver to MacOS, which can easily be months of work.
 

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They seemed to have tried this but it didn't work. sx1 studied the Linxu drivers and found that there is different code to support either card separately, so the AQC111C cannot re-use the driver of the AQC107.

You'd probably have to port the Linux driver to MacOS, which can easily be months of work.

As niche as this NIC currently is (my motherboard being the only AM4 board with it), I hope this chip gets more attention from the current X299 users and more mainstream users as some Z490 models such as the MAXIMUS XII Hero sport this chip too. So there is hope that more users address this and I will try to get the Hackintosh-Forum.de crew back into looking at it. ApfelNico got pretty far but it’s sad that he gave up pretty quickly.
So see you there! ;)