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  1. 2 hours ago, tluck said:

    well you can temporarily set your model to something like MPB9,1 and that is a supported model.

    I ended up bricking the install that was on mSATA drive.  I wiped it and started over with dosdude patcher (downloaded 10.14.6 through the tool).  I had a hang-up at 99% with "less than a minute remaining" - I didn't save the logs, but installation was complete, it was hung up removing files (I think). 


    I rebooted and the mojave wasn't on my Clover options, even after fixing the EFI partition and running dosdude's post-install patcher.


    For what it's worth, the installer sat at 99% ("less than a minute reminaing") for about 15 minutes before I forced it off.  I'm going to run the install again and leave my computer overnight to see if it makes a difference.  I'll get the logs this time.

    Installer Log 01-05-20.txt

  2. 20 hours ago, tluck said:

    well even if you have a "working" installation, you will still need to boot up the dosdude installer to install the postinstall patch items. i would download the full installation from here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210190. then use the dosdude tool to make the USB. clover on the hd will work or drop the clover zip on the EFI and youre good to go. just boot up and you can either update or use the post-install tool.



    Is there a download link that you would recommend that is not the app store?  I keep getting an error from the app store when I try to download it saying "this software may not be installed on your computer".

  3. 6 hours ago, tluck said:


    To stay on Mojave, you would just the install Combo Update. (presuming the post install happened and the Patcher daemon got installed)  ... but your graphics does not seem to have transparency on the menu/dock so i am suspicious about whether you did the post install step: boot up dosdude install USB and run the post tool.


    I tend to use the full installer vs combo on the USB modified by the dosdude tools. I download the standard full install for Mojave 10.14.6 and Catalina 10.15.2 and create the USB. This way I can install the OS and then run the post install tool.

    I realized that I downloaded all of the dosdude patcher stuff but never actually used it, I ended up using the EasyMBR installer Maker. I had a few beers that evening lol.


    I tried to use the Dosdude patcher originally, but after I create the USB and boot from it I end up staring at the apple load screen as it crawls to a complete bar (usually takes ~15m) and then it sits frozen at 100% loaded moving to the Mojave installer.  Any ideas? 


    I have a working 10.14, should I reinstall fresh if I get the Dosdude patcher to work or is there an easier updater?  When I try to run 10.14.4 combo updater, it says "software not supported on your system".

  4. It took a bit of work, but I was able to successfully install Mojave.  This may seem like a noob question, but I downloaded a combo update to 10.14.4, but I'm unsure how to proceed. 


    I should note: I used Dosdude utility/guide to create my USB, however I didn't have the update patcher (must have done something wrong when creating).  I followed his guide to add the patch updater utility post-install and I now see the option to upgrade to 10.15.2, but I think I'd like to stay in mojave.


    Screen Shot 2020-01-03 at 7.27.19 PM.png


  5. 10 hours ago, goodguess said:

    Sorry mate, I was thinking about the WWAN slot near the RAM at the bottom, not the WLAN WiFi slot, which you do need to populate with some WiFi card of course. Some mPCIe SSDs from China might be considered, as 2nd or 3rd drive.


    I´m using one of the 128GB devices to test drive Catalina.

    Purchased, great price for 256gb!


    9 hours ago, tluck said:



    goodguess knows his stuff and I will try not to duplicate his valuable advice.


    so let's not get confused on the difference between WWAN with WLAN/WiFi - they are different. did you replace the Intel WiFi with a Atheros or Broadcom chip? - which would be under the keyboard... or are you connecting with wired ethernet?

    goodguess was suggesting an m-PCI type SSD which would fit in the bottom after you remove the panel (to get at the extra memory slot.) Certainly an option. if you don't have a WWAN card taking up the slot.

    I agree - having a 2nd disk is a good way to go... 256 or 512 GB SDD depends on how much data - will make it feel like a new machine! 

    I bought a disk bay caddy for about $10 and l put my ssd in there.

    my HD is now the backup in the original slot. Carbon Copy Cloner is great way to make copies.

    you can make a copy of Sierra on the new SSD and then you can upgrade that disk with the Mojave or Catalina. clover of course lets you pick which OS to boot. I default to Catalina now.

    have fun.

    I think I was confusing the WWAN WLAN thing.  During the original Sierra install I upgraded to an Atheros chip; around the same time I bought a disc caddy, similar to what you mentioned.  It houses the original 160gb HDD while my 256gb SSD sits in the default bay, I would like to update the HDD since storage prices are at an all time low and it just seems like a no-brainer.  I just purchased the mPCIe SSD that Goodguess recommended, I'll make that my primary boot drive and keep sierra on the SSD in case I run into troubles.

  6. 2 hours ago, tluck said:


    glad to hear that you had a good experience.


    anyway before you update - make sure you load the newer zip file. Reboot and make sure Sierra works fine. ther clover folders especially the kexts.

    This way you will be ready for the upgrade.

    all the new kexts work for 10.12-10.15 except the ethernet kext which is good on 10.13+, but the older one still works fine too.


    your current config.plist may be fine as is.

    perhaps preserve/move the current kexts into ESP/EFI/CLOVER/kexts/10.12

    do somerthing like this:


    mount your ESP


    cd /Volumes/ESP

    cp -a EFI EFI-Backup


    mv drivers* old_drivers

    mv kexts/Other kexts/10.12

    cp config.pist config.works.plist


    then you copy the new stuff on to /Volumes/ESP/EFI (like with ditto etc)





    Appreciate the help - can I buy you a beer?

    Im going to take goodguess' advice and buy a fresh SSD, I've been feeling like upgrading from my current 256 so something a bit meatier anyway.



    15 hours ago, goodguess said:

    Maybe over cautious, but I prefer to keep a working and bootable Sierra instance on a 128BG SSD.

    CarbonCopyCloner does perfect macOS clones, just add tluck´s Clover files to EFI/EFI and everything should work.


    Do you have a 1600x900 display as well?

    To determine the display manufacturer, I found it easiest to boot from a Knoppix Live DVD and run hwinfo from Terminal.

    The manufacturer may not be that important with 1600x900 displays as tluck´s config.EDID-2e2.plist is working for me with both AUO and LG display.


    Office 2011 is working up to 10.14 Mojave, except for the nag screen about apps unsupported in future.

    I did not know that Office 365 became unsupported in Sierra, no surprise though.

    In case you do consider Office 2011 or CarbonCopyCloner best send a PM.

    In the long run, it may be wise to switch to Open Office or Keynote-Numbers-Pages.


    For Mojave you should best install macOS from scratch onto a blank SSD.

    Maybe consider a m-PCIe SSD too, if you do not need a WWAN card at all.

    Format a boot stick HFS+ and run Mojave Patcher with the stick as target.

    Don´t forget to add tluck´s Clover package to the USB´s EFI partition.

    After booting from the ready made USB stick, best format the target SSD as HFS+ first, then as APFS

    (Be sure the EFI partition has been created, as we need it for booting.)

    Finally let macOS installer do its thing.

    Boot from SSD to get through the Apple quest and complete installation. (this is with a mediocre 16MB graphics, but it works)

    Finally boot from the USB stick again and run the Mojave Patcher from Utilities, select a MBP 8,1 if this is not there by default.

    At next boot from SSD, GPU support should work.


    For your WLAN, please read here: 


    Many here are using Broadcom WLAN, as its hassle free.

    The devices are about € 3,- from China meanwhile: DELL DW1510 Wireless-N Wlan Half-Mini WIFI Card BCM94322HM8L



    I definitely need WLAN, certainly don't mind upgrading hardware if need be.  I'm a teacher and I can't afford to be without a machine so I think I'll wait until winter break starts to mess around with the upgrade; that will also give me time to wait on a new SSD to arrive.

  7. @tluck Thanks for your guides/help.  About a year ago I was able to get 10.12.6 running on my T420, it's been a dream and real workhorse at school (I'm a teacher, constantly projecting).  Lately I've had issues where I can't update microsoft office applications because Sierra is no longer supported. 


    I feel like it may be time to update and I'm interested in the dosdude method for mojave - would this be advisable?  I


    'm not 100% certain on which display I running, how would I go about checking this? 


    I've downloaded a 10.14 installer and a 10.14.4 updater (as well as Dosdude's patcher). - Before I begin, what should I back up and how?

  8. @tluckI was having issues with firefox application windows freezing when moving (note: HD3000) and noticed that others were seeing the problems fixed when they used 2e3 config.  I tried this and it fixed the exact issue that was causing the graphics glitch.  I decided to take it a step further and delete the other configs from my EFI so it could only load this working config.plist.  However, now when I boot it's a very slow booting window that freezes at a black screen.


    I can boot Ubuntu from USB, but I can't access the EFI drive (at least I don't know how).








    Problem solved.

    Nevermind, I was able to plug in the bootdrive to my PC and using minitool partition wiz and explorer++ I added the configs back to the EFI and I'm booted up with my random freeze issue seemingly solved.   Cheers!

  9. On 1/2/2019 at 5:04 PM, tluck said:



    - you need to see if the VoodooPS2 kexts are loading.


    $ kextstat|grep voodoo
       59    2 0xffffff7f82de1000 0xb000     0xb000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Controller (1.9.2) 39822203-AB99-38FA-85DB-A83BA02A60CA <11 7 5 4 3 1>
       87    0 0xffffff7f82e0f000 0x6000     0x6000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Keyboard (1.9.2) 3D5B784B-4D8C-3838-BD2F-3AB5E20742A9 <59 48 15 7 6 5 4 3 1>
       88    0 0xffffff7f82e15000 0xc000     0xc000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Trackpad (1.9.2) E616F856-B251-31D5-8A8F-767E322E1C24 <59 48 15 7 6 5 4 3 1>

    should see 3 items


    if good, then check ioreg:


    $ ioreg -l -w0|sed -n "/o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad/,/RM,Build/p"  


    should look like this:

        | |       +-o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad  <class ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad, id 0x10000028d, registered, matched, active, busy 0 (32 ms), retain 10>

        | |         | {

        | |         |   "StickyMultiFingerScrolling" = No

        | |         |   "UnitsPerMMX" = 50

        | |         |   "DisableZoneBottom" = 4200

        | |         |   "HIDPointerConvertAbsolute" = <00>

        | |         |   "IOProviderClass" = "ApplePS2MouseDevice"

        | |         |   "HIDScrollResolution" = 52428800

        | |         |   "MomentumScrollTimer" = 10000000




    Cheers, appreciate the help!

    Trackpad is blank in system preferences.  Ran both scripts, here are the results.

    $ kextstat|grep voodoo
       49    2 0xffffff7f82af9000 0xb000     0xb000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Controller (1.9.2) 39822203-AB99-38FA-85DB-A83BA02A60CA <11 7 5 4 3 1>
       69    0 0xffffff7f82b3f000 0xc000     0xc000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Trackpad (1.9.2) E616F856-B251-31D5-8A8F-767E322E1C24 <49 41 15 7 6 5 4 3 1>
       70    0 0xffffff7f82b4b000 0x6000     0x6000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Keyboard (1.9.2) 3D5B784B-4D8C-3838-BD2F-3AB5E20742A9 <49 41 15 7 6 5 4 3 1>
    $ ioreg -l -w0|sed -n "/o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad/,/RM,Build/p"  
        | |       +-o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad  <class ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad, id 0x100000259, registered, matched, active, busy 0 (114 ms), retain 11>
        | |         | {
        | |         |   "StickyMultiFingerScrolling" = No
        | |         |   "UnitsPerMMX" = 50
        | |         |   "DisableZoneBottom" = 4200
        | |         |   "HIDPointerConvertAbsolute" = <00>
        | |         |   "IOProviderClass" = "ApplePS2MouseDevice"
        | |         |   "HIDScrollResolution" = 52428800
        | |         |   "MomentumScrollTimer" = 10000000
        | |         |   "SwipeDeltaY" = 800
        | |         |   "HIDResetPointer" = Yes
        | |         |   "ScrollDeltaThreshY" = 10
        | |         |   "BogusDeltaThreshY" = 800
        | |         |   "HIDClickTime" = 500000000
        | |         |   "ZoneRight" = 5200
        | |         |   "IOClass" = "ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad"
        | |         |   "FakeMiddleButton" = No
        | |         |   "StickyVerticalScrolling" = No
        | |         |   "UnsmoothInput" = Yes
        | |         |   "HIDInterfaceID" = 5
        | |         |   "DisableZoneRight" = 1700
        | |         |   "VendorID" = 1452
        | |         |   "MaxTapTime" = 100000000
        | |         |   "HIDPointerResolution" = 209715200
        | |         |   "MomentumScrollMultiplier" = 98
        | |         |   "UnitsPerMMY" = 50
        | |         |   "HWResetOnStart" = Yes
        | |         |   "DoubleTapThresholdX" = 150
        | |         |   "TrackpointScrollXMultiplier" = 1
        | |         |   "Revision" = 24
        | |         |   "RM,Build" = "Release-"
        | |       +-o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad  <class ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad, id 0x100000259, registered, matched, active, busy 0 (114 ms), retain 11>
        | |         | {
        | |         |   "StickyMultiFingerScrolling" = No
        | |         |   "UnitsPerMMX" = 50
        | |         |   "DisableZoneBottom" = 4200
        | |         |   "HIDPointerConvertAbsolute" = <00>
        | |         |   "IOProviderClass" = "ApplePS2MouseDevice"
        | |         |   "HIDScrollResolution" = 52428800
        | |         |   "MomentumScrollTimer" = 10000000
        | |         |   "SwipeDeltaY" = 800
        | |         |   "HIDResetPointer" = Yes
        | |         |   "ScrollDeltaThreshY" = 10
        | |         |   "BogusDeltaThreshY" = 800
        | |         |   "HIDClickTime" = 500000000
        | |         |   "ZoneRight" = 5200
        | |         |   "IOClass" = "ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad"
        | |         |   "FakeMiddleButton" = No
        | |         |   "StickyVerticalScrolling" = No
        | |         |   "UnsmoothInput" = Yes
        | |         |   "HIDInterfaceID" = 5
        | |         |   "DisableZoneRight" = 1700
        | |         |   "VendorID" = 1452
        | |         |   "MaxTapTime" = 100000000
        | |         |   "HIDPointerResolution" = 209715200
        | |         |   "MomentumScrollMultiplier" = 98
        | |         |   "UnitsPerMMY" = 50
        | |         |   "HWResetOnStart" = Yes
        | |         |   "DoubleTapThresholdX" = 150
        | |         |   "TrackpointScrollXMultiplier" = 1
        | |         |   "Revision" = 24
        | |         |   "RM,Build" = "Release-"
    sed: RE error: illegal byte sequence


  10. 6 hours ago, tluck said:


    what model laptop do you have? 

    what version macOS? 

    did you put all the zip contents into the ESP as is?

    Sorry friend, I meant to put my build in my signature before making my last post.


    Bluetooth is working, however I'm unable to access any trackpad preferences.


    My BIOS was 1.49, and I downloaded what I thought was a 1.52 whitelisted mod, however it rolled my BIOS back to 1.41.  Now, it's a modded 1.41, I have access to the advanced menu and whitelist removed.  Sierra installed smoothly so I decided to just leave it be.   I wanted the modded BIOS because I have 2x8gb DDR3 and an AR9280 on the way.

    The EFI folders were copied to ESP.

  11. 22 minutes ago, tluck said:

    what model do yo have?


    if you read the guide, you will see the note:

    Enable (turn on) Bluetooth so the green light is showing on the LCD bezel (do from Windows or Ubuntu).

    • Also make sure the side switch is set to green too!

    on trackpad - use the apple system prefs to turn that feature on under trackpad - called tap to click


    Weird thing,  I can't access trackpad int he system pref.



    Bluetooth: This can't be accessed in the BIOS by chance, can it?  I guess I'll have to make a USB bootable OS

  12. Thank you, Goodguess.  I'm running installs while I wait for the new wireless card.  I'm not getting any bluetooth right now, are there steps to get the onboard bluetooth working?


    Also, my trackpad is working, but I'm not getting single touch, just x and y movement.  Any ideas?  Synaptics hardware, I believe.

  13. Hi T420 peeps!  I'm a first time hackintosh builder and I could use some help getting my machine off the ground.  I've researched for about a week and I've spent a couple days just trying to get a mountable USB to use (and I'm not even sure if I did that correctly).  To some extent I followed TLuck's guide, but I had to create some workarounds for limitations - I'm not sure if maybe I skipped something vital that is creating my current road block.


    Pertinent information

    83ET79WW  BIOS 1.49

    intel i5-2520 2.5ghz
    Intel HD 3000 x Nvidia NVS 4200m


    BIOS settings Album



    Creating the USB... After many attempts to create a working USB install directly from my windows desktop using things like R-drive, rufus, win32diskimager, etc., I ended up creating a Mojave environment in VM Workstation.  However, I cannot download a copy of Mac OS from the app store, for some reason it keeps returning with an 'incomplete' error even though it's up-to-date.  At any rate, I downloaded a .raw file from olarila and used etcher to flash it to my USB.  I then ran Clover r4726 pkg from the 10-31-2018 utilities and plugged it into the T420. 


    USB finally working... I boot to clover and the initialization scripts run - I finally see the "Install Mac OS" and disk utility.  Which brings me to my current road block: I cannot write to my internal disk.  I have unplugged it and swapped it into my desktop to reformat to no avail.  I also swapped in a spare clean drive with no luck.  My gut feeling is that something in the BIOS is stopping the USB installer from speaking to the hard disk.  Any ideas?




    I'm so dumb.  "diskutil eraseDisk JHFS+ disknamehere disk0" formatted it with no issues.  However now it says that I can't install 10.14 on this computer...








    When I run "diskutil list", I'm met with about 30 "drives" including my 160gb install drive and the USB, but also ~28 weird drives of varying sizes.


    Attempted First aid:

    Running First Aid on "" (disk0s1)
    Repairing file system.
    volume is already unmounted.
    performing fsck_exfat -y -x /dev/rdisk0s1
    checking volume.
    checking main boot region.
    main boot region is invalid. trying alternate boot region.
    checking alternate boot region.
    alternate boot region is invalid. 
    the volume could not be verified completely.
    file system check exit code is 1.
    restoring the orignal state found as unmounted
    file system verify or repair failed
    Operation failed...

    Attempting to format/erase: