Hackintosh: Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L Lost Audio

I upgraded to Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and all went well except for my audio. I lost sound on my hackintosh. I was quite pissed because being a total noob in the HACKINTOSH arena, I didn’t know where to begin my search to resolve my issue. A tip for those still on anything below 10.6.8 and thinking about upgrading, use the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Combo Pack. Don’t bother with the “Software Update” selection built into OS X.

You can also reference my short guide to updating Snow Leopard 10.6.6 to 10.6.8.

I turned to Google but didn’t exactly find what I was looking for. That is until I looked at the specs of my motherboard’s audio chipset. I found out the chipset is Realtek ALC888B. So I began my search with “hackintosh Realtek ALC888B” then “hackintosh Realtek ALC888B no audio”.

So I came across the following solutions:

This finally got my audio back up and running…which got my audio working right away without reboot. Let’s hope the fix ‘sticks’.

“Introducing ALC8xxHDA.kext, a single combined LegacyHDA replacement for Realtek ALC888, ALC887/888b, ALC889, ALC885/889a, and ALC892 high-definition audio codecs. In order to initiate audio, this driver must be combined with a DSDT from the DSDT Database or HDAEnabler. For any codecs other than the native ALC885/889a, AppleHDA Rollback must also be used. All options now available in the latest MultiBeast.
To update from an existing MultiBeast LegacyHDA + AppleHDA rollback:

  1. Delete LegacyHDA from /Extra/Extenisons
  2. Open MultiBeast
  3. Select ALC8xxHDA + AppleHDA Rollback + System Utilities
  4. Reboot

Sal Ciampa

Hi, I'm Sal and I'm a tech lover. From cell phones, to computers to gaming consoles, to gadgets, I love them all. Along with my passion of technology, I love to blog. You can visit my website at www.thetechloft.com and be sure to check out my YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/salstavern. You can follow me on Twitter @TheTechLoft for updates and thoughts on society.

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