Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 and Core i7 Kexts

Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 and Core i7 Kexts

OK, so probably some of your own system up and running and perhaps you’ve dove head first into the hackintosh waters and maybe your even brave enough [read foolhardy] to try this without following one of our awesome guides, suggestions, or the sweet DVD .  If this is you, and you’re trying to get your core i7 system working AND you’ve got the very awesome GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard, this file is for you.

The great Digital-Dreamer has put together this compressed package of all the kexts needed to get your motherboard.  Download the Universal OSx86 Installer or the great OSX86 Tools programs and then install the kexts provided for you here.

Note:  You’ll also want to make sure you’re running at least Leopard 10.5.7 as this has greatly simplified the ability to use this board.

There ya go. Don’t say we never gave you nothin!

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  1. John Says:

    I am now ready to finalize my GA-EX58-UD5 based system. I have all those packages and one other advantage.
    I utilized my G5 Quad core system to install the PC’s boot drive and initialize-format to HFS+.
    I then loaded my Leopard 10.5 Retail DVD and the 10.5.7 Combo Update. I have now moved that drive back to the Cosmos case, ready to be fired up for the very first time.
    Utilizing the recently distributed install script (just yesterday) I can not be sure , but I think after loading the PC’s boot drive with Leopard 10.5.7, I am supposed to move the drive back to the Hackintosh and follow the steps from there.
    For instance; do I need the OSx86 Installer? I have the Build a Hackintosh DVD and CD package purchased off this web site and the following. OSC86Tools_1.0.150, GA-EX58-UD5_Kexts, KextSpy and X58_MoBo_Patch_Installer.
    I am assuming that I need the 10.5.7 loaded disk drive in the PC and then use the X58_MoBo_Patch_Installer RUN-PATCHER first.Then add the GA-EX58-UD5 Kexts.
    Any help before going beyond this point will be greatly appreciated.

  2. James Says:

    Hey John,
    Sorry these steps weren’t made more clear. We’ll tweak the guide a bit. In your case, you are correct. If you have already formatted the hard drive, used the installer script and installed OSX 10.5.7. You should be ready to move the drive to your hackintosh system. Because you used the new script you will not need to add the other kexts from this post. They are INCLUDED in the script.

    Using OSX86 Tools or the Kextspy will allow you to get things like your specific video card up and running. You may or may not need them, but should things not be working as expected (which can happen) these tools will greatly ease your ability to edit if needed.

  3. John Says:

    James – ALL

    I was finally successful in getting MacOS 10.5.7 to boot up on my HacMac system. The key to using the 10.5.7 real Mac to build a boot disk is that it MUST be an Intel Mac not a PPC Mac.
    I fought with that until I realized that GUID is the disk format for Intel Mac’s that can not be used on a PPC Mac. So, don’t even try it on a PPC Mac.

    Again, do not run the DSDT patcher until you have the drive mounted on your Hackintosh system.

  4. Mike Says:


    Using your special DVD should it be possible to create a DELL XPS 435 MT hackintosh ?
    I already have the machine and don’t want to invest in more hardware. It uses the X58 chipset, 6 GB RAM, GeForce 9500 GT (1GB) and a 1 TB SATA drive.
    Has this been attempted before ? Did it work ?

  5. masonjames Says:

    Hey Mike,
    Not exactly sure about your specific motherboard. I’ve been able to get Leopard running on several ~unusual~ systems and actually have a 7-yr. old dell as a media computer running Leopard and Boxee at the moment. Checking the insanelymac forums, or the OSX86 wiki are the best resources to find something like this.
    Good luck!

  6. John Says:


    I don’t know about using a different motherboard but if you have access to an Intel Mac, try using Digital Dreamers script (ask James Mason about the modified one) and a RETAIL 10.5.6 MacOS X DVD and the 10.5.7 updater from Apple to build a boot disk.

    Once you have the BIOS setup correctly for your motherboard it just might work! I really don’t know which motherboard/system have been Hackintoshed, just know about the Gigabyte Ga-EX58-UD5.

  7. Richard Tran Says:

    Hi There

    I just tried ordering via google checkout… and although it says you ship to Canada… it just would not ship to my address!

    Is there anyway you can contact me to resolve this issue? (I tried my work address, with no luck)

    PS: Should I wait for the snowleopard before making a decision? : )

  8. masonjames Says:

    Hey Richard,
    We can work something out for you. We will be working over the next few weeks to develop a new process for Snow Leopard. If you haven’t bought Leopard yet, it’s probably worth waiting. Check back here for updates or email us gethackintoshed [at] gmail [dot] com and we’ll get you a disc up their in Canada. Cheers!

  9. Nathan Says:

    I got Snow Leopard up and running, and I’ve downloaded the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 and Core i7 Kexts listed here. How do I install the kexts? I’ve tryed using the tools here, 0sx86 tools, and the kexts are “not selectable”, greyed out so to speak. Is there a permission setting or something to allow the kexts to be selectable?

  10. admin Says:

    Hey Nathan,
    The problem is that you’re looking at an older post that refers to “Leopard”. Snow Leopard uses completely different kext files. Try looking at some of the newer guides on this site and you should see a link to the newer Snow Leopard kext files. Thanks and good luck!

  11. Damon Says:

    Well I am a new convert to Mac. I got my mac mini in oct when I was laid off and had to learn java and MAC os to be competitive. It paid off! I was hired 2 weeks after being laid off. Now I want a real work horse. Of course I can’t really afford the Mac Pro or the new iMac i7 soooooo….
    I ran across this posting and just ordered my Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 and Core i7.
    When it arrives I will order the dvd and boot 123 disks. I will have a question about my current video card, which I will post when I get it out of the old core2 windows box. I do know it’s an nvidia GT9x series with 1gig of ram. Hopefully it will work. But, do I need to get a new dvd drive or will my ATA drive work?
    Thanks a mil!

  12. admin Says:

    Hello Damon,
    ATA drive for DVD will work just fine. good luck!

  13. Dana Says:

    I have downloaded your guide. I have tried following the instructions in the read me first pdf, but I get an error message. On my MBP I have inserted a Corsair 8 GB usb drive, partitioned it and then created a disk image of my SL retail disk on my desktop. When I click on restore (Source Mac OSX dmg destination Hackintosh partition on my thumb drive) I get an error message: Restore Failed. No scan information is available for the source image. The source needs to be imagescanned before proceeding. Does anyone know of a workaround?

  14. gethackintoshed Says:

    Hey Dana,
    Make sure you are using a retail copy of SL not the disk that comes with the computer. It has to be a purchased copy. Does the USB thumbdrive have the files on it. Sometimes the message will pop up but that doesn’t mean that the process hasn’t worked.

    Best of luck,

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