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  1. Mojave (and maybe High Sierra 10.13.6) on Asrock H370M-ITX/ac and getting RX560 to work with Intel graphics for full hardware acceleration Components used: Core i7 8700, UHD 630 Gigabyte Radeon RX560 Wifi/BT BCM943602BAED (DW1830) M.2 Samsung PM961 NVMe SSD *This guide requires you to know the basics, meaning how to create a macOS install drive, installing and using Clover. There are great beginners guides out there! As always you need at least FakeSMC to boot, every other kext I’ve used is mentioned in the guide. For Mojave beta you need to be enlisted with your Apple-ID in Apple’s beta programme. What is described here may work for High Sierra 10.13.6, but I doubt it to be reliable. Even in early beta status (PB3) Mojave runs much more stable and smoother than High Sierra ever did for me.* UEFI-BIOS settings: The board comes with BIOS version 1.20, there is an update 1.50 on the Asrock website. Usually it is good to stay updated but in this case I’ll recommend to stay on 1.20, because the 1.50 version seems to be unstable and I had restarts upon wake and things like that I couldn’t get fixed even with dsdt patches. So I just downgraded to 1.20 which runs fine. Settings needed: Just the usual. Disable fast boot and security boot (everything Windows-related), disable vt-d and enable XHCI hand-off. Activate multi monitor support and set VRAM to 64MB to activate the Intel IGPU. From what I’ve read most people recommend 128MB but I find the 64MB setting to be more reliable, getting artifacts with settings below or above 64MB. 128MB may be needed for 4k support, though. As for nVidia users: You may have to disable the Intel graphics. I’m using an AMD card and that is the brand to go these days since Apple decided to work with AMD Clover and power management: I recommend upgrading to 4586. It seems that Aptiomemoryfix is now working with H370 chipsets. I stayed on OsxAptiomemoryfix2 together with Emuvariable and it works. Feel free to experiment. For power management with your CoffeeLake cpu you can just tick plugin type within Clover or compile a ssdt with Pikeralphas script. Mojave reports my cpu correctly as Core i7 since PB3, before that it is just “Unknown” but that is just cosmetic. Graphics: This is the worst part. Getting the Radeon to run correctly alongside the Intel graphics took me weeks to figure out. While RX570 and 580 run out of the box in most cases, the RX560 models often do not or at least not correctly. Apple even banned them from eGPU use. For my approach you cannot use “Whatevergreen.kext”, it simply didn’t work for me the way I needed it. Instead I added some fixes to my DSDT to set the correct number of ports used (DP, HDMI, DVI) and tell macOS to use the correct frambuffer. For those who are not into dsdt editing I added my DSDT, look at the “PEGP” section how it is done. This works for the RX560 using the “Acre” framebuffer, you can replace it with “Radeon”, that works too. Other cards need a different framebuffer and a different number of ports. You can do it! BTW: Do not buy this Gigabytecard!!! It has some weird VBIOS on it, which caused me nightmares before I got the card to work! Buy a Sapphire card instead, they are used by Apple too. To get full hardware acceleration for encoding videos you have to have the Intel graphics enabled alongside your AMD card. Problem is, you cannot have it running simply as a second graphics card but you’ll need to “hide” it, means telling macOS that it doesn’t have any display connectors. Otherwise you’ll have screen artifacts or in the worst case just constant crashes. This can be done by adding a certain ig-platform-id in Clover. If you use 59120003 the Intel graphics will not show up in system profiler but it is there. You can check it with iStats or HWMonitor or look if the Kaby Lake graphics kexts are loaded. This ID makes the CoffeeLake UHD 630 to be recognized as a Kaby Lake gpu that has no display ports, is just used as a helper card. You’ll need it as a helper card for video encoding. That is what Intel graphics are used for in Macs, to support video encoding on the hardware side. You can check if hardware encoding is supposedly enabled by using MacX Video Converter Pro and VDADecoderChecker. If both say “yes” and “fully supported” this is a good start. But despite the widespread belief this doesn’t mean everything is set correctly! You now have to find out, how to get both cards working together. This is the moment where you have to choose between work and fun: Are you using FinalCut Pro for video editing or are you planning to use iTunes for entertainment? Up until this day (Mojave PB3, High Sierra 10.13.6) you cannot have both working correctly! I’ll show you how it is done both ways. The best settings for Final Cut: Use the DSDT I’ve added with the respective AMD settings for the RX560 or modify them for your graphics card. Use SMBIOS for iMac17,1 (14,2 does work but picture over DP port is ugly, iMac 18,1/2/3 do not work) in Clover. Have AppleIntelKBLGraphicsFramebufferInjector_3e9x.kextin your Clover/kexts/Other folder. Until Mojave PB2 (may work on High Sierra 10.13.6): Fake-ID 3E928086 plus ig-platform-id 59120003 These are the correct setting when installing Mojave (usually you will start with PB1 as the full installer). For Mojave PB3 and higher: Fake-ID 59128086 plus ig-platform-id 59120003 After upgrading to PB3 you will get a black screen with 3E92 fake id because PB3 introduces Coffee Lake kexts and macOS will use these kexts instead but that doesn’t work with our ig-platform-id. So you can download the update to PB3 but before installing it you’ll need to change the fake-id to a usual Kaby Lake id. While this didn’t work in High Sierra and the first two Mojave betas (meaning you didn’t get full hardware encoding) it is now magically working with PB3. It is safe to remove AppleIntelKBLGraphicsFramebufferInjector_3e9x.kext after upgrading to PB3. The best setting for iTunes and why it is the worstfor Final Cut: Just do the same thing as for FinalCut, put Shiki.kext into your Clover/kexts/other folder and add -shikigva boot argument. You can use -shikigva=1 or 2 or 12 it will work either way. Now you can watch movies with iTunes, yay! But it has some sideeffects. You cannot use this setting when seriously editing with Final Cut. While this works by tricking macOS to use the IntelGraphics to play protected video content, it doesn’t seem to be the way real Macs are doing this. As soon as you open FinalCut you will notice (check this with iStats or HWMonitor) that the Intel graphics is not or only barely utilized, instead cpu usage skyrockets, indicating that slow software rendering is used instead of hardware encoding through Intel graphics. To make it worse the Radeon still “thinks” there is an Intel graphics helping so it does not run at highest potential. You may never notice it when using HD material with 24 or 25p because it still fast enough for that. But 50p or 4k material will most likely cause stuttering. I was astonished when I had stutters while previewing my 50p material, impossible to watch it. Thinking: What is wrong? I have a freaking i7 8700 plus RX560! Even my old hackbook with HD4000 is doing better! Wifi and Bluetooth I swapped the Intel Wifi card that was coming with the mainboard plugged into the onboard M.2 port with a compatible Dell card. The DW1830 or BCM943602BAED. The wifi part runs out of the box, but if you want the card to appear as Apple AirportExtreme and set the country code according to your country you need to put FakePCIID_Broadcom_WiFi.kext into Clover/kexts/other and add some Clover kext-to-patches by PMHeart. Name: com.apple.driver.AirPort.BrcmNIC Find: 75166644 3BA3581A 0000750C 4183FE04 7406 Replace: 66906644 3BA3581A 00006690 4183FE04 6690 Comment: AirPortBrcmNIC - PCIe in 10.13.x Name: com.apple.driver.AirPort.BrcmNIC Find: 4183FCFF 7435488D 55D0 Replace: 66C70644 45EB348D 55D0 (*this is for DE country code, change for your need) Comment: BCM4352-Country Code Bluetooth will work thanks to Rehabman’s kexts. You’ll need BrcmPatchRAM2.kext and BrcmFirmwareData.kext OR BrcmFirmwareRepo.kext. The Data.kext can be injected through Clover, just throw it into the kexts/other folder, the Repo.kext has to be installed in /Library/Extensions on your mac drive, it won’t work with Clover. I had issues with the Data.kext, Bluetooth was gone on every second or third reboot. The Repo.kext is more reliable, haven’t had any issues yet. I really don’t like the kexts to be installed in my system but I guess I have to live with it for the time being. Oh, handoff and continuity don’t work, doesn’t matter that system profiler shows them as enabled. At least it works in one way: the mac can handoff Safari pages to my iPhone, but not the other way around. Documents opened on my phone show up in the dock, but they are not loaded. This issue is around since at least High Sierra and from what I’ve read Rehabman is not going to fix this, because he founds this features not worth it. I have to disagree, these are very convenient and valuable features if you work with desktop, laptop and tablet in different situations, I miss this capability very much! Audio Audio works with Lilu.kext plus AppleALC.kext and you need to inject Layout ID=1 in Clover. For Mojave use the boot setting -lilubetaall to force the kexts to load. If you like to have DP or HDMI audio add a HDAU device to your dsdt (see mine for reference). Credits: Credits go to this great community! I hope I mentioned everyone in this guide whose insights made this hack possible. If I have forgotten someone please let me know! DSDT.aml.zip
  2. Of course you're right! I've done all this fine tuning dozens of times for years now, but this time was a bit different, because I literally changed nothing and a software update just did the job. Usually it gets worse when Apple releases new stuff
  3. I meant without any active dsdt patching, the usual GFX0-IGPU hot patches are of course in place. But it is just awesome, that whole thing drove me crazy but it seems Apple added some Coffee Lake "compatibilities" to 10.13.6. So great! On the other hand: I wasted hours for nothing...
  4. UPDATE: Just updated to 10.13.6 beta 2 and everything is running great now. No dsdt needed anymore, sleep, restart and shutdown just works without any patching Thanks Apple!
  5. Sorry, @Mald0n to disturb you again, but after some testing I have to say the dsdt isn't working at all... No matter if the dsdt is in place or not, this is what happens: Shutdown leads to instant restart, BUT: if I send the pc to sleep (what works using Gymnae's method with SSDT-GPRW.aml alongside with your or my dsdt), wake him up again, then shutdown works. BUT: After booting up again, system halts at bios splash screen. I can see that my usb devices aren't powered up properly (my USB audio stays off for example, so does the keyboard). I am totally out of ideas at the moment. I have added the dsdt I compiled for reference. DSDT.aml.zip
  6. Oh, no, I meant before Clover even starts. Bios hangs sometimes when trying to recognize the keyboard. Maybe its due to H370 USB 3.1 chipset or Asrock simply doing a bad job, I don't know. Wish there would be a better workaround than deactivating legacy USB support, which is more than inconvenient.
  7. Thanks for your help, the DSDT worked so far and I managed to create my own as well That the boot process is hanging from time to time seems to be in fact hardware related. The USB keyboard isn’t recognized sometimes. As soon as I disable legacy usb support there is no hanging anymore. But this also means that I have to clear CMOS everytime I like to enter bios or switch boot drives in Clover. Strange issue...
  8. Thanks, that solved the instant restarts upon sleep! But sleep still isn't working despite your dsdt, wake reason is XHC. Wake from USB is completely disabled in bios. Shutdown causes some strange behaviour like a cmos reset or something like that, I can't boot again after shutdown. Have to reset several times or unplug the power chord to make the system boot again. So it seems restart still is the only thing working at the moment. Can you please help me with that? That would be great I had two compilation errors with your dsdt and some dsm methods look strange somehow. Do you think that could be related to the problem?
  9. Thanks for your work, much appreciated! Unfortunately, it didn't help at all... Shutdown now freezes the computer completely, black screen, only hard reset helps. Sleep still causes instant reboot. And usual reboot seems to be working but takes a lot of time, which doesn't seem to be normal (didn't take that long on my old setup).
  10. Hey @MaLd0n! Could you please help me with my Asrock H370m-ITX/ac? Neither shutdown, restart nor sleep is working. Thank you so much! Send me iMark.zip
  11. Hey, as far as I remember I used "Install Disk Creator" but you could use other tools as well. Install Clover 4297 in "legacy mode" (other versions may work of course but I had some problems with newer versions of Clover) and copy the provided config.plist and dsdt into the EFI folder. My config.plist uses the "-v" (verbose) command what makes it easier to troubleshoot as you can see what is happening during the boot process.
  12. Ok, of course sleep was broken again, like it happened in every High Sierra update until this day. Compiled dsdt from the scratch, nothing helped. After half a dozen tries I just put in a very old version of my dsdt's that was meant for a totally different bios revision. But I simply don't care anymore, it just works now.
  13. Just updated to PB 1: Problems with App Store and Safari are gone, RX 560 still needs patched ssdt with framebuffers but is recognised correctly and metal 2 seems to be working. Clover injection not necessary. No crashes in Final Cut so far. Looks good!
  14. Didn't know the GT210 was still supported in High Sierra, thought otherwise. Pictures showing where your boot halts would be helpful. And yes, my EFI folder is on the EFI partition and drivers are in place.
  15. Ha! Could use some boredom here My beta 2 experience: RX 560 still doesn't work (meaning Safari and Appstore not showing any picture). Radeon deinit in Clover (4392) has no effect anymore, SSDT-patch needed to get to the desktop. Whatevergreen 1.1.5 seems to create power management issues, fans are spinning the whole time now. Interesting: when I add HD 630 as second GPU (not connectorless) then it is showing up two times in system profiler.
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