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bilbo posted a topic in Installation GuidesTHE GREAT GUIDE SIERRA + Z820 *** 02/17/2018 (from El capitan's guide) Introduction: Hi everybody. Yes I know. Maybe it is a little late for Sierra but I need a stable system and I always go to for final release. In my opinion, High Sierra is a beta. Anyway, yes, it’s late, but I didn’t have too much time last year. WORK- Everything except Sleep and common graphical issues related with non-supported graphic cards and nvidia drivers. Some important topics: 1. The update. Some procedures are now easier and shorter, and with the help of DSDT patched, an/or DSDT auto-patches, I hope it will be easier for everybody. This is a guide DSDT-centric. If you have the right bios version, you will be able to get it quick and easy. If not, I’ve described how do it anyway. But I strongly recommend update the bios to 3.91. It´s a safe process from windows. 2. Credits. I’m not an expert. Best improves of this guide has been possible thanks to some people. All credit for them. -Thanks for the audio fix for macpeet and Rockey12 -Thanks for the Lsi driver patched for Sierra to despeinao -Thanks for DSDT patching to Maldon -Thanks for SSDT patching info for 26x7 and 26x3 models to Hugodlc 3. Please, help to improve this guide. Consider any part of this guide open to discuss. If you see something wrong, or which could be improved, please, just say it, and I’ll fix it. English is not my native language. If you can’t understand some step, or something could be best written, please, just say it (via pm if you want ) and I’ll fix it too 4. Some important considerations about hardware: In short, there are V1 versions (for E5-Xeons V1, Sandy Bridge) and V2 (for E5-Xeons V2, Ivy bridge). Both of them are identical in generic specs (audio, usb, ethernet, pci, etc), but their bios are slightly different. Remember that DSDT is related to bios version. And SSDT is related to CPU model. Don’t exchange them. I provided DSDTs for 3.91 in V1 and V2 versions. If you have other version, and you don’t want or you can’t update, just follow the full guide to patch your DSDT. Anyway, with patches, edit DSDT is easy. But, I’m still recommeding extract your DSDT and SSDT and patch them. IMPORTANT WARNING FOR 26x7 and 26x3 USERS!!!. These models have a special cpu definitions in SSDT, causing the “Should have XX threads but only found YY” error. Please, go to Appendix (under construction). 5. And please, (this is for "anonymous" users) don't PM me with questions. No need for that. Any question can be answered openly. Ok, let’s go. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PART I 1-BIOS SETUP This guide is for UEFI systems. This is not important to follow this guide except in Clover installation section. Keep in mind it to adapt some settings if you need it, use legacy-bios mode. If you don’t need any special option, and you have been playing with options, reset the bios to default settings. 6. The main BIOS options are: In storage options: set ACHI mode (IMPORTANT). Set boot order. UEFI first, (for me), USB first and HD second. Security options: Device Security: I like disable unused devices (scu controller Disable Vt-d. IMPORTANT and serial port). Optional Disable Secure boot. Enabled. (For boot with non signed OS). In power options: I use UEFI boot, but I keep legacy support active. Set Runtime power management to Enabled.This option will allow Power (This is optional.) Management later. In power options: In Advanced: About the rest of options, I’m not sure of the impact in Set PXE, Storage and Video to EFI. (for me). performance. If you have a graphic card non EFI-compliant, you can set video in Legacy, keeping an UEFI boot. Don’t forget set thunderbolt policy in Legacy mode. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PART II: INSTALLATION 7- MEDIA CREATION (This guide assume you have a MacOs running. I have no idea how do it on PC) -Important: Download Sierra dmg only from Apple. Don´t use suspicious dmgs or Isos. It’s not longer available to search in Apple Store, but you can find one link to download it from Apple Store. ("get os mac os sierra" link) It’s 10.12.6. Let the file in Applications folder. (and keep one compressed copy for future attempts). -Download my stuff folder with all necessary stuff. -Format one USB stick with common settings: Go to erase tab, select GUID partition table in options, and Mac Os Extended (Journaled) as Filesystem. Name the partition as “USB”. Ok to Apply. -On a terminal window, type (copy and paste) : sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app --nointeraction -Enter and type your admin password. It will take 10-15 minutes. (When it finish, you’ll see the prompt again) 8. INSTALL CLOVER. -Download Clover from here . Version used to make this guide: Clover_v2.4k_r4359 ((Sierra requires r3994 or newer) ) -Download Clover Configurator from here. It makes easier edit config.plist file -Download plisteditor pro demo for edit info.plist files. -Download additional tools for install kexts, fix permissions and rebuild cache. I use Kext helper from rampage’s dmg, although I need always forcequit. An alternative is Kext Utility. -Maybe EFI mounter (from download sections). CloverConfigurator mounts EFI too, but maybe with this utility is easier. -Install Clover in the USB. On first screen, don’t forget change the install location in order to do not install on your Internal HD. Select your USB stick. -Click on Customize. -Choose “Install for UEFI booting only” and “Install Clover in the ESP” as main options (if your system is UEFI-based) -This is optional: choose your favorite Theme. -In Drivers64UEFI select: / EmuVariableUefi-64 / OsxAptionFix2Drv Let the rest of option unselected and Click on Install. 9- CONFIGURE CLOVER When clover finish, It will mount EFI partition. Time to modify it. You’ll find all necessary files in my folder. There are three things to modify: config.plist, drivers, and kexts -Owners of CPU models 26x7 or 26x3 see appendix 2. (It’s not finished yet) 9.1 Config.plist The default config.plist is not useful for us. Replace it by mine (folder n.2) But take a look to options (with clover configurator) to understand my options in order to be able to adapt them for your specs or your preferences. It’s a basic config.plist. I could add more options or fixes. but is a good idea install with minimum options. Acpi. All fixes in ACPI section has been removed except some minor fixes in 2 subsection, smart ups option, etc. SmartUps it’s not important now, but it will be later. So I prefer activate this option. The most important, The rename usb devices patches are included. Boot Bootflags needed are only -v and npci=0x2000. Of course -v is optional only to see the boot process. You can deactivate it when you finish. Any option activated in Boot Graphics/ Cpu/Device/Disable driver Gui options. These are only personal preferences. Graphics. Any Graphic injection and any option activated. At least, no needed for my 1080ti card. Check it out for your card video. An essential section. Kernels Patches needed RT Variables booterConfig, and Csr to deactivate security policy in Sierra. The info values are taken from smbios. One important change from El cap’s guide. SMBIOS is set to Mac Pro 6,1. We will be able to avoid the black screen later, with the right kexts. IMPORTANT—> press “generate new” repeatedly to get one random fresh serial number System parameter: 9.2 -Drivers64UEFI folder. You’ll see more drivers installed than you selected. That is because some of them are mandatories. That is fine. As usual, delete VBoxHfs-64 driver and replace it by HFSPlus.efi. (from my folder). 9.3 Kexts: Add Kexts from my stuff to /EFI/CLOVER/Kexts/10.12 They are: -FakeSMC.kext ,(from rampagdev, dual cpu dmg or X79 ) Without lpc sensor plugin. This plugin sometimes causes KP -VoodooTSCync.kext, to avoid boot with -x (from rampagdev, dual cpu dmg or X79.dmg) You’ll find several versions into my folder. One generic version ans several for every core number. I haven’t noticed any change using the generic or the specific version. I think that is not important for our platform. I provided the generic version and customized versions for every cpu. Anyway, try if you want.The customize method is: Anyway, I provided of all VoodooTSCync.kext versions already patched. -IntelMausiEthernet.kext. One better kext for the ethernet card from rehabman. (2017-0914 version) -UsbInjectall, for USB2 from rehabman ( 2017-1214 version) And add to /EFI/CLOVER/Kexts/others -Lilu kext (from here , 1.2.0 version 1.2.2 version) -NvidiaGraphicsFixup.kext ( from here , 1.2.1) This couple of kexts avoid black screen booting with 6,1 smbios. Is quite important keep in mind the versions of these kexts. 1.2.1 works only with lilu 1.2.0. In a future, is important keep the right versions among this kexts. Thats all. We have our usb installer ready. Copy in a folder all stuff necessary to repeat the process and copy it to the USB stick. You will have it available after first boot. Reboot from the USB stick and install Sierra. 10- INSTALLATION Some advices: -The internal HD have to be connected to grey internal sata connectors labeled as AHCI 6Gb/s into HP's doc. -Use only USB2 ports, and only in the front USB2 port. -Don’t use USB hubs, or cable extenders… (personal issues) -Unplug any other usb device -The boot process may be slow, (and with terrible and apocalyptic errors). Be patient -Maybe, the boot stucks with the error “consideredRebuildKernel …. blabla”. Just reboot again. -If you have two monitors, shutdown one can help with graphical errors. -Plug your graphic card in PCI Slot 2. -For inexperienced users, to install: On first screen, go to disk utility and erase the Volume. (Mac Os Extended (Journaled) and GPT). Quit the utility and return to first screen. Choose Install. -Now the process is splitted in two steps. The first step promises take only 8 minutes. Nope. It will take 30-40 minutes. Move the mouse from time to time to refresh the screen. Again, be patience. -After this first reboot, select in clover the new internal sierra installer partition, not the usb installer. It will finish the process. This step, yes, takes 10min aprox (using a SSD) -To boot again, keep booting from USB but choose internal HD as boot volume. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PART III: FIRST BOOT 11. Optional updates. If you are interested in install security updates, now is the right moment. If not, jump to next point. There are two security update for 10.12.6 : "2017-002" and "2018-001". Forget completely the 2018-001. It’s probably that it causes KP. ( I tried and I screw up it). You can use this update using versionn 1.2.2 of LILO kext. (version updated in the sutff folder.) You can install the 2017-002. thought it’s not longer available in Apple store. But there is a direct link to download it. Just open it, reboot, wait for the process, and you will be back at the same point. With this update, the Mac OS Version is 16G1114 . Anyway, I repeat it , it's optional. 12- Install Clover. On first reboot, install clover again on HDD, repeating same process and same options than with the USB installer , but keep in mind you have to add some options on clover’s screen install: -Install RC scripts on target volume -Optional RC scripts -Install Clover Preference Panel. … and install clovermanager.app. This is optional but it’s the best way to manage the themes and find a good theme, because the default themes are… well, I have no words. In my folder you´ll find mine (a customized version from El Capitan’s theme). Bootcamp is another theme for those who doesn’t like the clover’s catalogue. And maybe the most appropriate for a professional environment. Of course, left this for later. Install clover and add same files used on the USB: config.plist , hfsplus driver and kexts. Reboot. You can now extract the USB installer and reboot from the internal HDD. After boot, go to clover preference panel and set it to auto mount EFI partition. It will be useful along this process. Disable this when you finish and you get stable your system.