Asus X556UA Hackintosh MacOS Sierra [18/04/2017]

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When you can’t give up on MacOS, you go Hackintosh. It’s far from perfect and little harder on laptops, but it’s doable. Now I’m taking my brand new Asus X556UA, Core i7 7500U, Intel HD Graphic 620, 8G DDR4, 256G SSD.

I used Clover, I found it easier to work with. All you need to do, is to download these files and to your Clover USB. I will keep these files updated as much as I can, There still no Kaby Lake system from Apple and some new technologies are hard to implement.

Clover UEFI

If you have any comment, improvements, data and other tips, please join the following discussion: Asus X556UA Issues

 

Currant MacOS Sierra version: 10.12.4

Working:

Sound – Works native now with ALC255.

Keyboard – Works

Ethernet – Works

Camera – Works

TRIM – Works

CD-RW  – Works

HDMI Video – Works

 

Battery Status –  Works

HDMI TO DVI – Works

Graphics – Fixed the cosmetic bug and Power Management. Until Apple introduce Kaby Lake based machines I don’t think there’s much to do now.

Scarlett 2i2 – Works

Still in progress: 

HDMI Audio – I need to recheck it.

Touchpad (Shows as Mouse not trackpad, community work in progress)

 

To Test: 

Doesn’t Work:

WiFi – Broken again, Kext doesn’t seem to work anymore.

Last Edit:

18.04.2017

 

WHY NO WEEKLY PLAYLIST???

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Well, I have a good reason, really. I’m thinking on a different format, if I wont find the right one, I might go back to the original one, if I will, you’ll know about it.

My decision to keep my old MacMini came with a price. I will replace it soon, but not right now. It took me two weeks to reach this decision with the options I had and I believe I made the right call on this one. Not going to be long until I replace it, probably with a newer model if not with a new iMac.

These last two weeks were hard and the next two will be the same. I have many decisions to make, some are more critical then others. I will probably reveal more as time passes, some of my priorities need to be clearer and I often find myself very confused.

But don’t worry, I’m here, almost.

Spoils of Pandaria Heroic – Praetorian Guards

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So yes, this is what I do with my free time. Twice a week, 4 hours each time. I wouldn’t mind adding another day, but I can’t due to work and some personal stuff.

Anyway, after few weeks of long hard work, we managed to finish this part of the raid. We are not super duper elite group (and as far as I understand it, we are not trying to be (correct me if I’m working dear guild members) It feels nice to finish a raid boss on heroic, So good Job Praetorian Guards!

P.s.

You can clearly see me in our kill group photo

The Linux Story – Between Heaven and Hell

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To be honest, it is hard to conclude the story. I choose to install Linux Mint 17 with the cool Cinnamon Desktop Environment. But I chose to install Linux for two application and the sense of adventure.

Finale and other GUI based application will never come near to the abilities of Lilyond in my opinion and Tab is pretty much the only free Lute Tablature engraving application I know.

I don’t use office on this laptop, Libre/Open and other Linux office suites will never get to the level of Microsoft Office, both the Mac version and the Windows one. And I prefer the pro music application OSX has to offer (again, the open source application will never come near Apple’s Logic and Garageband) The only thing I truly miss, is iTunes, but I’m willing to give that up so I can work faster.

Now, Linux require the same maintenance as Windows and OSX, you still need to install updates, keep your account secured (working as root is bad for every system out there)

If I had no sense of adventure and I could use Tab under Windows, so I guess I wouldn’t install Linux in the first place. But other then working, I love to explore, gaming is nice but again, it’s not comfortable on laptop for me anyway and my pro apps are on my iMac.

I will always prefer to work with OSX, but Linux is better then Windows for my needs, before you install it, make sure it also match your needs, and try not to listen to over enthusiasts Linux users, it will just ruin the whole experience.

 

The Linux Story – Part III – The Music Engraving Incident

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“Music is the healing force of the universe”

(Albert Ayler  1936-1970)

GUI Applications

There are two types of music engraving applications, two different approaches and abilities. The first kind is the GUI (Graphical User Interface.) Finale, Sibelius, NoteWorthy Composer. This kind of applications are also known as WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) a long living approach (You might know it from Microsoft Word for example) These application approach is simple, you select the object you want and place it where you want.

I used mostly Finale in these types of application, and do have some experience with NoteWorthy and Sibelius. It is possible to use key binds and shortcuts the make the engraving faster, but it is still somewhat slow. The main problem with these applications that it takes time, and sometimes a lot of time, if it’s even possible, to set it up for what is needed.

The first version of my Fantasy III was engraved using Finale 2012, to write counterpoint I had to use different layers, as far as I know, it’s the only way to do so. It’s like using several papers to each voice. This also led to some problems with the stems.  To setup tablatures in the same piece is even a bigger nightmare and required much more tweaks, it makes the work really slow for my needs. There are of course specific entabulation application as Fronimo, but still, it’s point and click and a lot of setting up.

You can get great results with these applications, if you have time to set them up and play with configurations, tweaks and menus inside menus. But that’s not for me, I need my work to be fluid. There is however a big plus for these applications, if you have a MIDI keyboard you can easily use it, I do not know if Lilypond is capable of doing so (and I don’t have a MIDI keyboard to try it)

TUI Applications

TUI (Text based User Interface), do you remember DOS or Norton Commander? Something like that. TUI music engravers include Lilypond and specifically for tablatures (lute) Tab by Wayne Cripps are more of programming languages. You do not point and click, write instruction to the file and then compile it and get the results. 
Now, this is great, there are many commands and many tweaks you can write, there are no menus so you just need to find the right one and you do it in a simple search in the manuals. These applications are much more similar to the good old paper and pen, you write what you need and where you need it. Let me use the example of Fantasy III again, when I moved to Lilypond I only had to give several instructions. First, I had to setup the staves and voices, it is much easier then switching to different layers as one staff which include several voices. I also had to include a tablature staff and include the voices in it. That was it, I could start writing after 5 minutes of setup and completed the work in less then an hour. 
The result was perfect for me, I got all the voices in place as I wrote on paper. But, and there is a but, using these application under Windows is not that natural. I never tried Tab for Windows, I couldn’t really understand how to install it. But with Lilypond it was really unnatural, again, I can’t just explain what it means, I just the feeling that something is not right. 
There is a third kind of application, like Denemo and MuseScore, both based on Lilypond, they just gives a point and click, I don’t see any reason to use these application, they do not give anything GUI based application or text based. 

What does it have to do with the Linux story?

Finale and most GUI based application have versions for both OSX and Windows, but I don’t like the GUI based. Lilypond and Tab have OSX, Windows and Linux support (well, I never tried the windows version of Tab) it allows to use your works on every computer, and why it good for me? As I mentioned, I’m using iMac as my main computer, but I also have a laptop running windows. Sometimes I can’t Work on the iMac, for the usual reasons, in work, bathroom, bedroom watching TV, etc. and as Lilypond felt really wrong under Windows, the logical conclusion was to install Hackintosh.

But I also need a stable and long running system, the next logical choice was to install Linux. and That’s What I did.

 

In the next part I will explain the what I install and how I feel about it. Stay Tuned!