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Sotirios Papakonstantinou

Sotirios Papakonstantinou

Member Since 18 May 2008
Offline Last Active Sep 29 2016 06:14 PM

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Installing Sierra in VMWare Workstation 10

29 September 2016 - 03:47 AM



I finally succeeded. I have an old 80GB SATA hard disk which I use to experiment with Mac OS. I had a Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan installation complete with Office and other applications. Using Clover 3322 in iATKOS EC installer I managed to successfully boot it from within a virtual Mac in VMWare Workstation 10 (patched to support Mac OS). The SATA disk was connected to a SATA-USB adapter and then connected to the virtual Mac as a USB disk. I downloaded Sierra, but instead of creating a USB installation medium I stupidly tried to just upgrade by running the setup. The installation didn't succeed of course but while connecting and disconnecting the USB installer and the USB disk amd forcing several resets I finally screwed the partition and could not boot either in VMWare or natively in my PC. So I reinstalled El Capitan natively and then booted within VMWare. I successfully did all the upgrades up to version 10.11.6 and then downloaded Sierra again. This time I used Pandora's Box to create the USB installer. I booted the USB installer in VMWare and I installed 10.12 Sierra. For some reason it took a couple of hours, but it finally succeeded! It even made the sound and graphics work out of the box without having to install the VMWare Tools!


Thank you for creating Pandora's Box! Pity I now have to reinstall all my applications...

Asus P8H61, USB not working, Clover settings

20 October 2015 - 08:46 PM



I recently installed Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan in a spare hard disk to test it. First I had not internet access, no sound and USB wasn't working. I managed to connect to the internet after downloading the official Mac OS X Realtek RTL8111F/8168 driver from www.realtek.com. For my audio card, Creative SoundBlaster Audigy Player, the download site of kxproject wasn't working, but fortunately I had saved the driver in the past. I tried to install it but installer would fail and not complete. I managed to install the kext manually using latest Kext Installer. I copied the kext file from S/L/E of an older Mac OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion installation and installed it with Kext Installer.


However, I could not make USB work. No USB device is recognized, including my printer, my USB Flash drive or a USB external disk. In earlier Mac OS X version a USB disk would be used if connected at boot, but unfortunately this doesn't applies in my El Capitan installation. Could you please point me to the appropriate kext to download?


Finally, I have problem installing Clover. My disk is formatted in GUID mode, and I have installed Clover in EFI partition. But when I try to boot to El Capitan from Clover, after a few seconds the computer restarts! I can only boot using the USB Flash drive with the El Capitan installer. The weird thing is that it has a slightly earlier version of Clover installed as well! How can I copy the boot settings from my USB Flash drive to my hard disk to make Clover work? I was thinking of using Clonezilla to clone the EFI partition, but this could make things worse. Please help!


Here follow my hardware specs:


Motherboard: Asus P8H61 (s1155)

Northbridge: Intel Ivy Bridge-DT IMC

Southbridge: Intel Cougar Point H61

CPU: Intel Core-i3 3220 3.0GHz (3rd generation, s1155)

RAM: 8GB (2x 4GB Kingston Hyper-X Blue DDR3-1600)

VGA: Asus GT620-1GD3 (NVidia GeForce GT 620 1GB DDR3 PCI-E)

Audio: Creative SoundBlaster Audigy Player (SB0092) + Realtek HD Audio

HDD: Seagate 80GB SATA II partitioned in GUID mode.

LAN: Realtek RTL8111F/8168 Gigabit Ethernet


Thank you in advance!

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