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GLASGOOD'S HIGH SIERRA GUIDE For ASUS STRIX Z370-G ROG ( Micro-ATX ) ** UPDATE 5th Jan 2018 / Clover v2.4k r4359 ** POST INSTALL Z370-G EFI FOLDER POST INSTALL EFI NVIDIA >> POST-INSTALL-NVIDIA.zip POST INSTALL EFI INTEL >> POST-INSTALL-EFI-INTEL.zip Great YouTube Hackintosh Installation Guide from >> Roberto Jorge << based on this post. PART LIST Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming (Wi-Fi AC) ( Micro ATX ) i7 8700 3.2GHz Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz (PC4-19200) C14 Memory Kit - Black Samsung Evo 960 250GB NVMe SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080ti (or a GTX 1050 / 1060 / 1070 will work ) ABWB 802.11AC WI-FI with Bluetooth 4.0 PCI-Express BitFenix Phenom – Tower – micro ATX Noctua NH-L9x65 - NH-L9x65 Low Profile Performance CPU Cooler EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3, 80 Plus Gold 750W Corsair UK K65 Rapidfire Cherry MX Speed Performance Multi-Colour RGB Backlit 10 Keyless Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Dell UltraSharp U2717D (2560x1440DP) IPS LED 27-Inch Infinity Edge WORKING Wi-Fi ( Onboard WiFi card was replaced, see components list above ) Bluetooth Ethernet Port Sound --> Nvidia HDMI Audio and Realtek Audio NVMe 960 EVO / Trim Nvidia GTX 1080ti i7-8700 ( six-physical cores and 6 virtual - HT ) Intel UHD630 (configured with DisplayPort attached to Asus board) 8. Sleep Power Management and P-States USB 3.0 USB 2.0 HandOff AirDrop iMessages iCloud Hardware Acceleration AirPlay iBooks Personal Hotspot More: BENCHMARKS GUIDE BIOS SETTINGS: F2 to enter BIOS on Asus Z370 Strix 2 - Switch to Advanced Mode F7 Some of the settings already preset, ensure you have the following BIOS settings: Exit → Load Optimized Defaults : Yes Advanced \ System Agent(SA) Configuration → Vt-d : Disabled Advanced \ PCH Configuration → IOAPIC 24-119 Entries : Enabled Advanced \ APM Configuration → Power On By PCI-E/PCI : Disabled Advanced \ Network Stack Configuration → Network Stack : Disabled Advanced \ USB Configuration → Legacy USB Support : Auto ( needs to be auto for SSDT-UIAC.aml to work ) Boot → Fast Boot : Disabled Boot → Secure Boot → OS Type : Other OS Boot → CSM : Disabled ( Only enable if using dual monitor setup) Ai Tweaker → Asus MultiCore Enhancement: Disable ( but only if you have intel stock CPU cooler ! ) See spoiler for BIOS Screenshots. DEDICATED GRAPHICS (NVIDIA): Advanced \ System Agent(SA) Configuration → Primary Display : Auto Advanced \ System Agent(SA) Configuration → iGPU Multi-Monitor : Enabled OR INTEL UHD 630 GRAPHICS: Integrated Graphics : Enabled iGPU MultiMonitor : Enabled DVMT Pre-Allocated : 128Mb 4. Primary Display : Auto MAKE USB INSTALLER FOR macOS HIGH SIERRA : When running the installer the memory modules must be inserted in motherboard slots A1 and A2, otherwise you will be unable to run the installer. Download High Sierra from the Apple App Store Prepare USB Flash Storage Pen Insert USB Storage Launchpad / Other → Disk Utility Choose your Flash Storage Pen from left panel Click Erase Settings: Name: USB Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Scheme: GUID Partition Map Click Erase Create macOS High Sierra Installer Launchpad / Other → Teminal Copy and Paste into Terminal: sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app --volume /Volumes/USB/ Press: Enter Enter password: Type: Y Press: Enter Done! You have now created the macOS High Sierra Installer. In order to boot and install macOS onto your computer the installer requires the Clover boot loader from Clover team. The Clover boot loader contains, a configuration file ( config.plist) and kernal extensions (kexts), the config.plist and kexts are specific for each Hackintosh desktop / laptop computer build. Clover boot loader also has many other files and folders. I have already prepared a USB drive using the Clover installer and made edits to config.plist for this build, you can download and copy over my EFI Folder and skip steps in Spoiler below, then paste the downloaded EFI folder in the hidden USB EFI / ESP partition on your High Sierra USB installer drive. See the spoiler, using Clover installer to make High Sierra USB installer bootable. View the hidden macOS High Sierra Installer's EFI/ESP partition Open Terminal Copy and Paste into Terminal: diskutil list Enter Mount the USB EFI / ESP Partition onto the Desktop Again, from Terminal. Copy and Paste into Terminal: diskutil mount disk3s1 ** Identify your EFI partition from diskutil list command, in the example image above my external USB EFI is listed as disk3s, yours maybe different ** 3. Enter. The hidden EFI / ESP partition is now mounted on your desktop. Copy EFI Folder to USB EFI / ESP Partition ( Don't use the post install EFI folder at top of page, use post install EFI only after macOS High Sierra is installed ) 1. Download the PRE INSTALL EFI Folder here >> EFI.zip 2. Drag & Drop or Copy & Paste downloaded EFI folder into the mounted USB EFI / ESP partition. The bootable USB installer for macOS High Sierra is ready to use! INSTALL macOS HIGH SIERRA Insert the macOS High Sierra USB Installer into computer USB port. Start PC and immediately press keyboard F8. From Asus Boot Menu, choose your USB thumb drive. 4. Clover boot menu 5. Choose - Boot OS X install from Install macOS High Sierra.. Later in the guide, I will explain how to remove the extra entries on the boot menu, so you would have just High Sierra Icon and / or Windows. The extra entries are removed in config.plist in the uploaded EFI / Clover folder that I have provided. 6. Wait few mins! 7. Choose Languge 8. Select Disk Utility 9. From Disk Utility Menu --> View / Show All Devices 10. If Samsung 960 EVO drive is not visible in Disk Utility, follow these steps inside spoiler below. 11. Erase, disk. Give Name / Format: Mac OS Extended ( Journaled) / Scheme: GUID Partition Map 12. Partition, Format: APFS and apply 13. From macOS Utilities screen select Install macOS 14. Continue 15. Agree 16. Select Drive Macintosh or whatever you named it. 17. macOS is now installing 18. Wait... 19. Success ! POST INSTALLATION So far, you are using the macOS High Sierra USB installer to boot High Sierra. The USB installer EFI /ESP partition contains the downloaded EFI / Clover folder allowing you to boot to High Sierra desktop. So at this moment you can only boot High Sierra with the help of Clover on the USB installers hidden EFI / ESP partition. Next, steps is to make High Sierra boot without the need of the USB installer. Copy POST EFI folder to your High Sierra EFI / ESP Partition on your drive When you created the USB High Sierra installer, you mounted the EFI / ESP partition and copied over the EFI folder that I provided for the Asus Z370-G. Next, mount the hidden EFI/ESP partition on your High Sierra system drive. Then copy the >> or POST EFI folder to your macOS High Sierra system drive . To do this, follow steps below. 1. Identify discs to Mount with Terminal command: diskutil list ** Your disk IDENTIFIER may be different, the images are examples from my system ** 2. Terminal command below to Mount macOS EFI/ESP partition: diskutil mount disk0s1 3. System drive, EFI / ESP partition is mounted on desktop 4. Drag & Drop OR Copy & Paste EFI / ESP folder from EFI - POST-INSTALL over to EFI / ESP drive partition: 5. Done! You can now boot and use macOS High Sierra on your computer without the need for the USB device Mostly everything should now be working if you used the same hardware that I listed in parts. In the rest of this guide will explain some basic troubleshooting steps, how install NVIDIA web drivers, how sound was installed.. etc. STEPS TO EDIT CLOVER CONFIG.PLIST 1. You need to mount the EFI / ESP partition to edit the Clover config.plist. Previously, the guide used teminal commands diskutil list and diskutil mount to mount hidden EFI/ESP partitions. This guide will now use an app to mount the EFI / ESP partition. Download @Micky1979 >>ESP Mounter Pro on InsanelyMac and use it to mount the EFI / ESP partitions so that you can view, make edits to config.plist, add extra kexts if needed etc. A quick peak at the EFI / Clover contents, highlighting most common files and folders. 2. Download >> Clover Configurator from mackie100, it is used to edit and make changes to config.plist. Open mounted EFI partition, navigate to EFI / Clover, make a copy of config.plist and rename it config.BAK. Then drag and drop conf.plist onto desktop. Make changes, save and drag & drop back inside EFI partition. Clover Configurator default screen, always save before quitting Clover Configurator! Some people will be very familiar with how to find and configure config.plist, I'm listing this guide with extra steps for those new to Hackintosh. BASIC TROUBLESHOOTING TIP You might make changes to config.plist with Clover Configurator or add kexts and then discover that you can no longer reach High Sierra desktop or boot. The USB installer can be used to boot your Hackintosh ( I mentioned it was a handy troubleshooting tool ). The USB installers Clover boot loader can boot your computer to the High Sierra desktop. You can then mount the EFI/ESP partition and undo config.plist edits or delete last added kexts that have prevented you from booting to your High Sierra Desktop or just replace the whole EFI folder on your computer with the EFI folder from the USB installer. If the above troubleshooting was unsuccessful and you still can't boot your Hackintosh. From the Clover boot screen, enter Clover options: Select Boot macOS from Macintosh Then press spacebar Check: Verobse (-v) Return Enter The Verbose (-v) option will point to where in the startup process your Hackintosh stops, it's also worth checking BIOS settings before starting any troubleshooting. You can then search in the InsaneleyMac forums for a solution, or ask other members. HOW TO DISABLE / ENABLE SIP Sometimes when troubleshooting or installing kexts, you may have to disable Apple System Integrity Protection ( SIP ). To disable or enable SIP, mount the EFI / ESP partiton using ESP Mounter Pro or Terminal then edit config.plist with the Clover Configurator. Example: Disable SIP in Clover Configurator: Rt Variables / CsrActiveConfig --> Enter: 0x67 Partially disable: Rt Variables / CsrActiveConfig --> Enter: 0x3 ( Clover Default ) Enable: Rt Variables / CsrActiveConfig --> Enter: 0x0 TIDY CLOVER BOOT SCREEN Clover adds extra MacOS and Windows entries on the Clover boot menu. Below is what my Clover menu initially looked like after installing Mac OS High Sierra and adding a Windows drive to my build. The High Sierra Clover theme is from >> hirakujira I wanted the Clover boot menu to just show Mac OS High Sierra and Windows. Remove extra entries using Clover Configurator Add the Preboot string to config.plist ( Removes Apple Preboot entries ) Add theRecovery string to config.plist ( Removes the Mac OS High Sierra recovery option ) Set Scan / Legacy checkbox to false in config.plist ( Removes the extra Windows entries ) After applying the settings in Clover Configurator, save and reboot. Minimalist Clover boot screen. MULTIBOOT WITH WINDOWS Temporarily disconnect / remove your High Sierra Drive from your Hackintosh Computer. Install a 2nd drive inside the computer then install Windows on it. Reattach your High Sierra Drive. Clover will detect your Windows and High Sierra drive when you start your computer. I already had Windows 10 as an EFI install on a Samsung 500GB EVO SSD on another computer. After completing my Hackintosh I then simply attached the Samsung EVO SSD into the new built Hackintosh. Upon rebooting it was detected by Clover. So I have two drives, Windows on the Samsung EVO and High Sierra on the NVMe Samsung EVO 960. NVIDIA / WEB DRIVERS *** There is many Nvidia Web Drivers for different builds / updates of macOS High Sierra *** Some times you may have to reinstall or update your Nvidia web drivers after a macOS update. To install the proper Nvidia Web driver ( for GTX10 Series ), collect the following information from your macOS High Sierra installation. You can find this information in "About This Mac" and clicking on the System Report button. In the lefthand window, click on Software. macOS High Sierra Version Number macOS High Sierra Build Number Using this >> Nvidia Web Drivers Link. identify your build number and download WebDriver As an example, I have build number 17C88 and I downloaded WebDriver-318.104.22.168.102.pkg. Configure Nvidia Web driver in config.plist using Clover Configurator Mount EFI partition and drag and drop config.plist onto desktop and open with Clover Configurator. Enable the following in config.plist: 1. System Parameters / NvidiaWeb = True ( tick ) 2. Graphics / ig-platform-id = 0x59120003 ( Intel & Nvidia ) 3. Graphics / Inject Intel = True ( tick ) Save config.plist and drag and drop back into the EFI partition. Check Nvidia Video card is working Download and Install >> Cuda driver Managing Nvidia Web Driver for High Sierra update's using Vulgo's Bash Script If you have installed an update that breaks Nvidia graphics, use the bash script to modify the Nvidia Web Driver for the new build number. Download >> webdriver.sh Run script: INTEL UHD 630 GRAPHICS Configured with display cable connected to DisplayPort Download >> IntelGraphicsFixup ( from lvs1974 ) Copy IntelGraphicsFixup.kext to: EFI/Clover/kexts/Other Next add the iGPU DSDT patch: Using Clover Configurator, open config.plist Select Acpi on left hand menu. Create a new patch, click + on bottom of patches table. Enter Comment as: change GFX0 to IGPU Enter Find *[HEX] 47465830 Enter Replace *[HEX] 49475055 Then add: Select Graphics in Clover Configurator and tick inject Intel Graphics / ig-platform-id = 0x59120000 ( for Intel only and no NVIDIA ) SOUND REALTEK ALCS1220A Download and install ( drag & drop ) in EFI / Clover / Kexts / Other folder AppleALC.kext ( from vit9696 ) Lilu.kext. ( from vit9696 ) CodecCommander.kext ( from RehabMan ) Edit config.plist with Clover Configurator. Devices / Audio Inject= 1. ( Asus Strix layout is 1, different Motherboard and audio chip ? -->supported codecs ) ResetHDA = True ( checked ) Acpi / Fixes / FixHDA = True (checked) 4. Look in System Report to confirm working Enable Nvidia HDMI Audio Thanks again to MaLd0n here on InsanelyMac for explaining and patching the VoodooHDA.kext with my Nvidia graphics card device ID. For Nvidia HDMI Audio, use VoodooHDA.kext, and keep AppleALC for ALCS1220A audio in kexts / other folder Patch VoodooHDA Download >>VoodooHDA.kext ( from autumnrain, slice2009, zenith432 ) Download >> DPCI Manager Right Click on VoodooHDA.kext and Show Package Contents Open Info.plist with Xcode Finds IOKitPersonalities / VoodooHDA / IOPCIClassMatch Change IOPCIClassMatch to IOPCIPrimaryMatch Use DPCI Manager to find Device & Vendor ID's for your Graphics card ( example, NVIDIA GTX 1080ti the value is 0x10ef10de ) Insert the value for your NVIDIA Card Place patched VoodooHDA.kext in EFI /Clover /Kexts / Other folder Sound before Patch: Sound after Patch: USB PORT FIX Ports fix Is required for potential ports conflicts and bugs with sleep, restart and shutdown. Continuing to use the port limit patch can cause problems as it causes access outside a fixed array bounds. Access outside a fixed array bound can result in other memory locations being overwritten, those other memory locations will contain data that you don't won't overwritten!. So the port limit patch is not recommended for long term use. Ports limit patch is good for macOS USB installer purpose. Ports limit patch is disabled in my POST INSTALL EFI folder. Below is the USB ports limit patch shown in clover configurator: FIX Note, external 2x USB2 ports HS09 and HS10 are deliberately disabled to get port count below 15. If you have a different motherboard you can use IORegistryExplorer for port discovery and eliminate some ports to get below the 15 port limit. You can create an SSDT for port limit to use with USBInjectAll.kext. Or, If you are not keen on creating the SSDT file, then you can use "uia_exclude=" boot flag in config.plist and have USBInjectAll.kext exclude those ports. Rehabman has a great guide on port discovery & SSDT. >>Creating a Custom SSDT for USBInjectAll.kext When you know what ports you want to eliminate, then you would set custom boot flags using "uia_exclude=" in config.plist. USBInjectAll.kext would then ignore those ports listed by "uia_exclude=" boot flag. Example: using "uia_exclude=" boot flag to keep USB port below 15 uia_exclude=HS07;HS08;HS09;HS10;HS11;HS13;HS14;SS07;SS08;SS09;SS10 If you have Asus Z370-G as per this guide then don't use custom boot flags as it's already done with SSDT-UIAC.aml Disable Ports Limit Patch: SSDT-UIAC.aml ( USB PORTS FIX ) My ABWB 802.11AC WI-FI with Bluetooth card is installed in motherboard slot: PCIE_X1_2 the ABWB 802.11AC WI-FI with Bluetooth card USB cable is attached on internal USB1112 header (HS12) on the motherboard. If you have a Wifi card with Bluetooth in a different PCIE slot then remove SSDT-UIAC.aml from EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/PATCHED and download SSDT-UIAC-ALL.dsl and change HS12 for appropriate port and save SSDT-UIAC-ALL.dsl as ACPI Machine Language Binary and place file in EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/PATCHED. IMESSAGES This worked for me on my first attempt, I suggest using an Apple WiFi card for hassle free iMessages etc... I'm using an original >> Apple BCM943602CS WIFI+bluetooth module and adapter, this has native support in macOS High Sierra and needs no kexts / drivers. It works out of the box! If you can't get a hold of this card used in this build, then try sourcing a PCIe adapter and fitting an iMac WiFi card to it. Purchase adapter on >> Ebay or Amazon Apple iMac WiFi card, part Number >> 607-8967 Or use a MacBook Air WiFi card & adapter, it would directly replace the Asus Wifi card and free up PCIe slots. Configure iMessages with the Clover Configurator SMBIOS / Generate New SMBIOS Profile for iMac 18,3 Check >> Serial number generated is not in use!" 3. System Parameters / Custom UUID ( Generate New ) 4. Rt Variables / ROM ( Generate from SMBIOS or System ) Windows drivers for Apple WiFi and Bluetooth devices. If you are dual booting with Windows and you are using an Apple WiFi / Bluetooth card like the one suggested above. Then chances are you won't have Windows drivers. The drivers can be obtained by downloading Windows support from Bootcamp. Launchpad / Other ---> Bootcamp Assistant. ABOUT MY MAC "About my Mac" will show CPU as unknown. Fix : Download >>TextWrangler ( use Text Wrangler, as other editors output code differently ) 1. Copy and paste command into Terminal to open English.lproj directory: open . /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/AppleSystemInfo.framework/Versions/A/Resources/English.lproj/ 2. Edit AppleSystemInfo.strings using Text Wrangler. Edit from: <key>UnknownCPUKind</key> <string>Unknown</string> Edit to: <key>UnknownCPUKind</key> <string>3,2 GHz Intel Core i7-8700(6-Cores)</string> POWER MANAGEMENT There is now no need for ssdtPRgen.sh generated SSDT.aml for Haswell CPU and newer. Power management can be configured in config.plist with Clover Configurator. Acpi / Generate Options / PluginType = True ( tick ) 2. Boot / Argument / -xcmp = True ( tick ) Test Power Management using Piker-Alpha's AppleIntelInfo.kext Compile source or >> download >> AppleIntelInfo.kext.zip Use AppleIntelInfo.kext as per Piker-Alpha's >> instructions 1. Save AppleIntelInfo.kext to desktop. 2. Using Terminal and change directory to Desktop cd Desktop/ 3. Enter following commands and press Enter. sudo chown -R root:wheel AppleIntelInfo.kext sudo chmod -R 755 AppleIntelInfo.kext sudo kextload AppleIntelInfo.kext 3. View output sudo cat /tmp/AppleIntelInfo.dat sudo kextunload AppleIntelInfo.kext HWMONITOR Using ESP Pro or Terminal, mount EFI / ESP partition and place kexts RehabMan-FakeSMC-2017-1017 package into Clover / Kexts / Extra folder. Shutdown and restart computer. Copy and Paste HWMonitor App to Applications / Utilities. Download >> RehabMan-FakeSMC-2017-1017 package ( from RehabMan ) MEMORY Any unrecognised System Memory ( Dual Channel setup etc ) can easily be set with the Clover Configurator. Example: BACKUP / RESTORE WITH CARBON COPY CLONER CCC5 Make Backup 1. Download and install >> Carbon Copy Cloner CCC5 2. Attach an external USB drive. 3. Use Disk Utility and format external drive, create GUID partition map and APFS volume named Hackintosh. *Give Backup a different name from your main system drive to avoid confusion when performing a restore. So, my drive is Macintosh & backup is Hackintosh * 4. Open Carbon Copy Cloner. 5. Set Source as your High Sierra system drive, my drive is named Macintosh. 6. Set Destination as your external USB drive named Hackintosh. 7. Click Clone button. Restore Backup 1. Attach macOS High Sierra Installer USB drive. 2. Attach external USB backup drive that contains the bootable backup you made. 3. Boot PC and press F8 and boot from external macOS High Sierra Installer USB drive. 4. From Clover boot menu choose Boot macOS from Hackintosh. 5. It may take a few minutes to boot High Sierra from your external USB drive. 6. Launch Carbon Copy Cloner. 7. Source should be external USB drive named Hackintosh. 8. Destination should be your High Sierra installation drive. I named my drive Macintosh. 9. Click Clone button. Test Backup 1. Follow steps 1 to 4 from Restore Backup. DSDT Thanks to MaLdon for taking the time to produce the DSDT for the Asus Strix Z370-G, the list of the patches can be viewed at the download link below. ** Only use the DSDT if you have the Asus Z370-G Strix Motherboard with BIOS update ver 0430 ** Download DSDT here from >> MaLd0n Place DSDT.aml inside EFI / Clover / ACPI / patched folder Open config.plist with Clover Configurator In Clover Configurator Acpi / Generate Options / set PluginType as False ( no check ) Reboot computer System Report before: System Report after: Done . AppleIntelInfo.kext.zip