Running with Mavericks
Posted on 11 Nov ’13 by Earl
I’ve used Mac OS X for many years and along with each upgrade or even each new install, followed by use of the “Migration Assistant,” there’s been applications, preferences and miscellaneous files accumulated which were no longer used or known of.
Note: I’ve always like to try out new applications which has compounded this “junk object” issue.
I’d also noticed over time the performance of the then whichever current OS X version wasn’t quite as sharp and “snappy” as I’d expect from any new install but it was overwhelming to try and remove all unused applications and their associated files — I didn’t even know where to start. So, when Apple recently released OS X 10.9, Mavericks, I decided this would be a good time for a fresh start, a completely clean install followed by the manual installation of only those applications I actually use on a day-to-day basis.
I began the process with a newly formatted drive to install Mavericks on. Using a new or repurposed drive allowed a bootable copy of OS X, Mountain Lion, to remain available in case of issues — certainly a more pressing concern if running non-Apple hardware. Looking back the install went generally well with the only issues being some of the tools used (UniBeast & MultiBeast) having changed default settings to support, by default, newer hardware then what I’m still using. I only needed to figure out which boot flags to set in order to make it all work for my setup — a learning process for sure but most of the information was to be had with a little research online. A little trial and error/success also solved any followup functional issues.
With Mavericks up and running it’s been a process of identifying which applications I actually use and want — amazing how few those are. I’ve been lucky in my practice of saving application serial numbers or license in Evernote certainly made re-registering much smoother. In those cases where there were more then one functionally similar application filling a specific role I’ve forced myself to evaluate each against my needs and use patterns to pick only the one I judge best.
At this point in time it’s a continuing process as I’ll prepare to do something on my computer to then discover I’m missing an application I normally use to perform that very task — but this is occurring less often now.
Additional Note: Perhaps if there’s any interest I’ll later post a list of those core applications along with my own experiences using them.
For the benefit of any of those who might be interested or have similar needs I’ve included the following information of my hardware set-up and the settings and drivers I used to get everything working .
This also serves as an archive/backup in support of my own memory — if I should ever do this again.Hackintosh SETUP – 10.9 Mavericks ~Hardware~ Gigabytes Motherboard: GA-Z68XP-UD4 Processor: 3.49 GHz Intel Core i7 Graphics: Nivida GeForce GTX 570 HD 1280 MB Set Bios: SATA = AHCI –UniBeast– Tab on boot up and set boot flags: GraphicsEnabler=Yes PCIRootUID=1 **if not screen with go black at boot** –MultiBeast– Drivers > Disks > 3rd Party Sata Drivers > Trim Enabler > 10.9.0 Trim Patch Drivers > Audio > Without DSDT > ALC889 & HDAEnabler Drivers > Misc > ElliottForceLegacyRTC Drivers > Misc > EvOreboot Drivers > Misc > FakeSMC v5.3.820 Drivers > Misc > NullCPUPowerManagement **prevents OSX panic** Drivers > Misc > USB > USB 3.0 Drivers > System > AppleRTC Patch for CMOS Reset Drivers > Network > Realtek – Lnx2Mac’s RealtekRTL81xx Boot-loaders > Chimera v2.2,1