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apianti, no, I used "diskutil list" after macos diskutility formatting. there is no efi partition.  The MBR+msdos combination works fine though, as I wrote. So my bios seems to be capable of reading FAT16. Also I assume FAT16 actually nowadays is the same as FAT32. I don't have linux.

 

And I'll repeat myself then it was not a properly formatted GPT disk.... Don't make that assumption about FAT16 and FAT32 because it's 100% not accurate. Almost all Linux distros can run from a USB without needed to be installed, just by burning the ISO to the USB.

 

EDIT: How do you know your firmware reads FAT16? I very much doubt it does. That MBR partition is probably FAT32.

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btw. offtopic, regarding APFS, a frightening video: http://docs.macsysadmin.se/2017/video/Day3Session4.mp4


And I'll repeat myself then it was not a properly formatted GPT disk.... Don't make that assumption about FAT16 and FAT32 because it's 100% not accurate. Almost all Linux distros can run from a USB without needed to be installed, just by burning the ISO to the USB.

 

EDIT: How do you know your firmware reads FAT16? I very much doubt it does. That MBR partition is probably FAT32.

I just want to format a usb stick, man. I don't want to install linux just to be able to make an uefi bootable bootstick for clover. Yes, I also assume it is FAT32 and the disk utility just shows "FAT16" if it is below 4GB size.

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btw. offtopic, regarding APFS, a frightening video: http://docs.macsysadmin.se/2017/video/Day3Session4.mp4

I just want to format a usb stick, man. I don't want to install linux just to be able to make an uefi bootable bootstick for clover. Yes, I also assume it is FAT32 and the disk utility just shows "FAT16" if it is below 4GB size.

 

No, it's FAT16 then, and your firmware appears to be able to boot it fine, that does not mean it will boot a FAT16 EFI partition though.... I think, however, the problem was that the GPT disk was just not correctly formatted, I bet you didn't click on the disk itself instead of the partition and set the partition map format to GPT before formatting to one partition? I literally have a USB devoted to just having linux on it all the time just in case something happens because it always boots and can fix anything basically. And you don't install it you just put it on a USB or CD and boot from it and it runs like a normal OS, you could even run the ISO in a virtual machine and passthrough the disk you want to format....

 

EDIT: Jesus, that video makes it seems like APFS is terrible, it's like way slower than HFS+ and doesn't seem like it gives any advantage except in SSD+HDD mixed drives.

EDIT2: 24 hours to encrypt/decrypt for every ~200GB of the disk???!?!??!?!

EDIT3: At my previous job we had to encrypt every drive no matter what and every mac had the largest fusion drive, that would take like a week to encrypt, and it was at a university and is the law so we would have had to do it..... That's nuts.

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apianti, no, I used "diskutil list" after macos diskutility formatting. there is no efi partition.  The MBR+msdos combination works fine though, as I wrote. So my bios seems to be capable of reading FAT16. Also I assume FAT16 actually nowadays is the same as FAT32. I don't have linux.

I already answered that above. I used the macos high sierra disk utility. Only MBR+msdos is bootable here, but not GPT+HFS or GPT+MSDOS. Also after selecting GPT formatting, there is no EFI partition created my disk utility, I checked that with "diskutil list". After the formatting I installed clover with boot0af on the first partition.

As apianti said, something wrong happens in Disk Utility with this USB drive. The GPT formatted drive always has an EFI partition at the beginning, no matter what FS should be used for the rest.

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As apianti said, something wrong happens in Disk Utility with this USB drive. The GPT formatted drive always has an EFI partition at the beginning, no matter what FS should be used for the rest.

 

I agree. I feel like disk utility never works right. I try not to format a whole disk in disk utility because it usually does not end up well. Will only reformat an HFS+ partition I created in linux to make it correctly journaled.

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I agree. I feel like disk utility never works right. I try not to format a whole disk in disk utility because it usually does not end up well. Will only reformat an HFS+ partition I created in linux to make it correctly journaled.

Well, I can't do that, the flash drive I use for installing macOS is being used as MBR FAT32 most of the time, so... have no choice, but to use Disk Utility. You know, if I didn't have to use it with old computers (Windows XP), I would have formatted it permanently as GPT long time ago and GPT is supported by Windows 7+

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As apianti said, something wrong happens in Disk Utility with this USB drive. The GPT formatted drive always has an EFI partition at the beginning, no matter what FS should be used for the rest.

 

 

I agree. I feel like disk utility never works right. I try not to format a whole disk in disk utility because it usually does not end up well. Will only reformat an HFS+ partition I created in linux to make it correctly journaled.

 

FlashDrives under 1Gb are always formats without EFI partition in macOS Disk Utility.  

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Well, I can't do that, the flash drive I use for installing macOS is being used as MBR FAT32 most of the time, so... have no choice, but to use Disk Utility. You know, if I didn't have to use it with old computers (Windows XP), I would have formatted it permanently as GPT long time ago and GPT is supported by Windows 7+

 

Windows XP??? You should not be running that on any machine you don't want to be compromised, lol. You could format it in windows though too..... hahaha.

 

FlashDrives under 1Gb are always formats without EFI partition in macOS Disk Utility.  

 

I don't own a flash drive under 1GB or under 8GB actually, and I always have trouble, I even have trouble with internal SSDs and HDDs too. I think it's just disk utility is not really that great.... Especially when compared to something like gparted.

 

EDIT: Actually forgot I have this one 2GB card style one but I broke the card part so it doesn't fit into the USB port anymore.

EDIT2: Just remembered that once I needed to manually install an update on the macs at work and I had to use linux to format the disk to GPT so I could restore the update dmg image on it.... My boss and I spent like a whole day yelling at macs.  :hysterical:

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No, it's FAT16 then, and your firmware appears to be able to boot it fine, that does not mean it will boot a FAT16 EFI partition though.... I think, however, the problem was that the GPT disk was just not correctly formatted, I bet you didn't click on the disk itself instead of the partition and set the partition map format to GPT before formatting to one partition? I literally have a USB devoted to just having linux on it all the time just in case something happens because it always boots and can fix anything basically. And you don't install it you just put it on a USB or CD and boot from it and it runs like a normal OS, you could even run the ISO in a virtual machine and passthrough the disk you want to format....

 

EDIT: Jesus, that video makes it seems like APFS is terrible, it's like way slower than HFS+ and doesn't seem like it gives any advantage except in SSD+HDD mixed drives.

EDIT2: 24 hours to encrypt/decrypt for every ~200GB of the disk???!?!??!?!

EDIT3: At my previous job we had to encrypt every drive no matter what and every mac had the largest fusion drive, that would take like a week to encrypt, and it was at a university and is the law so we would have had to do it..... That's nuts.

Yes, that let APFS look like a horror vision. I am already converting my High Sierra back to HFS (using 1:1 file cloning to HFS drive). I see no advantage at all for me using APFS.

 

Yes, I clicked the whole drive of course in disk utility, and not a partition :)

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Yes, that let APFS look like a horror vision. I am already converting my High Sierra back to HFS (using 1:1 file cloning to HFS drive). I see no advantage at all for me using APFS.

 

Yes, I clicked the whole drive of course in disk utility, and not a partition :)

 

Seems disk utility is not working correctly then... Good thing you don't really need GPT. As far as APFS, what happens when they start forcing use? Because you know that's coming. I swear they are forcefully obsoleting all of their products on purpose. We've already found out that's the case with iPhones, which every one suspected anyway.

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I hope you guys then will find a way to circumvent that upcoming apfs enforcement. Maybe that statement in e video was made before they knew high sierra force-converts ssds to apfs, and that actually was meant? Apfs makes no sense at all on spinning hdds, and there are still a lot of these... Or do you think then a ssd is required, too?

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I hope you guys then will find a way to circumvent that upcoming apfs enforcement. Maybe that statement in e video was made before they knew high sierra force-converts ssds to apfs, and that actually was meant? Apfs makes no sense at all on spinning hdds, and there are still a lot of these... Or do you think then a ssd is required, too?

 

I don't know it's hard to say, or if that's even desirable. It may also be the case that APFS is currently in like a debug build phase and not optimized fully and could end up being faster. It's not like all your drives/volumes need to be formatted APFS and realistically who has just an HDD though? For those that don't, this may just cause them to finally upgrade to an SSD. As for the SSD requirement, all macs that can be supported by High Sierra have at least a partial SSD in a fusion drive, if not just an SSD. So it makes sense in Apple's perspective, they aren't making plans based on anything but the hardware they want to explicitly support.

 

EDIT: I think APFS is more of an answer to Apple wanting to use SSDs to cache much larger HDDs and designing a system around this sort of drive cache sharing.

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I have the famous "OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged"


 


Background:


 


Before I had installed macOS 10.13.1 that ran without a problem, without weird errors. So I decided to make a clean install of 10.13.2, I downloaded the latest macOS using AppStore (at first it downloaded like 19 MB after that I started the installation and when it downloaded all the files right before reboot I quit the installer and I did make a new folder inside the OS X Installer called SharedSupport where I copied the downloaded files by the Installer)


 


then I made the USB using createinstallmedia then installed the latest Clover, put my kexts and config.plist in place and rebooted. I erased the SSD using Disk Utility, then I selected the disk to install macOS. It took 30 seconds the installation (strange I know) and after reboot I booted from SSD and I get that error regarding "OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged"


 


I tried:


 


- Clear NVRAM using Clover,


- Update all kexts to the latest version


- Check USB for errors


 


I think that the 19 MB installer and the copied frankenstein thing ****** up the installer.


 


This situation can be Clover related ?


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I have the famous "OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged"

 

Background:

 

Before I had installed macOS 10.13.1 that ran without a problem, without weird errors. So I decided to make a clean install of 10.13.2, I downloaded the latest macOS using AppStore (at first it downloaded like 19 MB after that I started the installation and when it downloaded all the files right before reboot I quit the installer and I did make a new folder inside the OS X Installer called SharedSupport where I copied the downloaded files by the Installer)

 

then I made the USB using createinstallmedia then installed the latest Clover, put my kexts and config.plist in place and rebooted. I erased the SSD using Disk Utility, then I selected the disk to install macOS. It took 30 seconds the installation (strange I know) and after reboot I booted from SSD and I get that error regarding "OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged"

 

I tried:

 

- Clear NVRAM using Clover,

- Update all kexts to the latest version

- Check USB for errors

 

I think that the 19 MB installer and the copied frankenstein thing ****** up the installer.

 

This situation can be Clover related ?

 

One question... Why wouldn't you just run the upgrade application?? I have gotten this problem in two different ways and it is because you started the installer app while it was downloading. It now downloads a small stub installer first because it thinks you're going to upgrade, then downloads the installer. You need to like double click the the download button again to get it to download the whole installer and not that weird stub app. There's no way to get an installer working again without macOS. Although, I'm not sure if it still works but there is cvad's tool for windows too. You'd still need the installer dmg though. You best bet is to find either a friend with macOS and remake the installer, try to get a virtual machine to make it, or check to make sure that your problem isn't /macOS Install Data/OSInstallAttr.plist.

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One question... Why wouldn't you just run the upgrade application?? I have gotten this problem in two different ways and it is because you started the installer app while it was downloading. It now downloads a small stub installer first because it thinks you're going to upgrade, then downloads the installer. You need to like double click the the download button again to get it to download the whole installer and not that weird stub app. There's no way to get an installer working again without macOS. Although, I'm not sure if it still works but there is cvad's tool for windows too. You'd still need the installer dmg though. You best bet is to find either a friend with macOS and remake the installer, try to get a virtual machine to make it, or check to make sure that your problem isn't /macOS Install Data/OSInstallAttr.plist.

 

Ok, I will try the virtual machine way. You said that: "You need to like double click the the download button again to get it to download the whole installer and not that weird stub app." that means I have to click twice on the download button ? Isn't a little bit weird ? I will also check the OSInstallAttr.plist.

 

Thanks

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Ok, I will try the virtual machine way. You said that: "You need to like double click the the download button again to get it to download the whole installer and not that weird stub app." that means I have to click twice on the download button ? Isn't a little bit weird ? I will also check the OSInstallAttr.plist.

 

Thanks

 

Oh no not literally. The first time you download the app, as in it is not installed yet, it does not do a complete download anymore. You have to download the app, then click the little button to redownload the app from the app store in order for it to download the entire installer. Or if you wait long enough it will eventually download the full installer but it's meant as an upgrade now so it downloads the install data when you start the installer.

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From my experience, I got "OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged" message when I have improper / outdated FirmwareFeatures value on my config during setup. What I need to do is: to set a new value (or maybe you can leave it unset to let Clover set the recent default value for you), do as this man said, and start setup again.

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Oh no not literally. The first time you download the app, as in it is not installed yet, it does not do a complete download anymore. You have to download the app, then click the little button to redownload the app from the app store in order for it to download the entire installer. Or if you wait long enough it will eventually download the full installer but it's meant as an upgrade now so it downloads the install data when you start the installer.

 

 

From my experience, I got "OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged" message when I have improper / outdated FirmwareFeatures value on my config during setup. What I need to do is: to set a new value (or maybe you can leave it unset to let Clover set the recent default value for you), do as this man said, and start setup again.

 

 

The thing is that at first that's what I did, I deleted almost all SMBIOS data to let Clover inject them but still nothing. I solved the problem eventually. That download button (now I know what you mean) doesn't appeared in the VM because VMware is using other bootROM version that I can't change with hacks and stuff. So, I downloaded macOS 10.13.1 from other source than the AppStore, put that in the Applications folder, used createinstallmedia, installed clover and now it's running without a hitch!

 

I am really scared to upgrade to 10.13.2. I will make some backups and see what's the deal.

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Guys, did you see this? That's what I call The solution: just delete what is not needed! :hysterical:

 

Yeah, that's what I would have done in the first place but I thought they were trying to have some sort of c89 support. Apparently, they just have bad coders..... lol.

 

The thing is that at first that's what I did, I deleted almost all SMBIOS data to let Clover inject them but still nothing. I solved the problem eventually. That download button (now I know what you mean) doesn't appeared in the VM because VMware is using other bootROM version that I can't change with hacks and stuff. So, I downloaded macOS 10.13.1 from other source than the AppStore, put that in the Applications folder, used createinstallmedia, installed clover and now it's running without a hitch!

 

I am really scared to upgrade to 10.13.2. I will make some backups and see what's the deal.

 

It should appear, but I forgot, I think you may have to hold down control or option or shift when you click in order to get the option to redownload.

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With latest v4359 build, I get all useless entries in Clover boot screen. All 5 of my hard drives show up as selectable entries and all have Windows logo on them. As it is macOS has already added prebooter & filevault garbage entries.

 

I only need Windows and macOS (2 icons). How to remove the not needed icons?

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Just so you guys see it. Check this out.

 

With latest v4359 build, I get all useless entries in Clover boot screen. All 5 of my hard drives show up as selectable entries and all have Windows logo on them. As it is macOS has already added prebooter & filevault garbage entries.

I only need Windows and macOS (2 icons). How to remove the not needed icons?

 

Did you convert to APFS? You need to manually hide the entries, look in your log and hide those extra volumes.

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      <key>KernelToPatch</key> <array> <dict> <key>Comment</key> <string>MSR 0xE2 _xcpm_idle instant reboot(c) Pike R. Alpha</string> <key>Disabled</key> <false/> <key>Find</key> <data> ILniAAAADzA= </data> <key>MatchOS</key> <string>10.14</string> <key>Replace</key> <data> ILniAAAAkJA= </data> </dict> </array> Reboot, and it's 800MHz in idle state, same on Windows.
       

       
      Before updating to a new version of Mojave please update kexts (and clover if necessary) to newer versions to avoid kernel panics.
      Generate a serial number with Clover Configurator.app (open up your config.plist with CC then -> SMBIOS -> Serial Number -> Generate New)
      Mojave & Windows 10 Dual-Boot:
      Dual-boot clean install (on one drive), UEFI Only:
       
       Boot into your Mac installer, Create 2 partitions in GUID table (1 for Win (I used FAT32 but I think it doesn't matter what you choose), 1 for Mac),   Install Mac, boot with your USB, mount your EFI partition (use terminal or an EFI mounter app), create an EFI folder (if there is no folder), copy the CLOVER folder I attached to the EFI folder, restart,  Boot into your Win installer, Format the partition you created for Win, install.   Now, it's automatically booting into Windows. To use Clover open cmd in administrator, type:  bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\CLOVER\CLOVERX64.efi       5.  You're done! It will booting into Clover when you start the system, and you can select Win or Mac (or another OS if installed on a 3rd partition).
       
      Dual-boot with Windows installed first (on one drive), UEFI Only:
      If you already have Windows and you don't want to lose all your data there is a hope:
      I created a video from this restore method: [Hackintosh] Dual-Boot High Sierra & Windows - when Windows already installed - no data waste - UEFI
      You need bootable Mac Installer and a full system restore image (link is in my video's description).
      (You may see errors if your EFI partition is not 200 MB)
       Boot into your Windows, resize your partition or create one for Mac.  Boot into your Mac installer and in Disk Utility format the partition you created.  Restore from image: select your full system restore image.  When it's finished restoring you just need to restart, then boot to the system with your usb.  When you successfully booted to Mac desktop, mount your EFI partition (use terminal or an EFI mounter app), open EFI, you will see there is a Microsoft folder already (don't touch that!). Copy my CLOVER folder to the EFI folder then Restart.  Now, it's automatically booting into Windows. To use Clover open cmd in administrator, type:  bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\CLOVER\CLOVERX64.efi       7.  You're done! You can select your old Windows and your new macOS!
      (Only tried with Windows 8/8.1/10. I don't know Windows 7,etc.)
       
      IF YOU GETTING ERRORS DURING MAC RESTORE:
      - Make sure you have partitions in GPT
      - Windows using 100 MB EFI and will annoy the Mac restore. Don't worry, just ignore the errors.
       
      IF YOU GETTING ERRORS DURING WINDOWS INSTALLATION (could not be formatted, etc):
      - Make sure you have GPT partitions, and GPT (UEFI) installer, also disconnect all external storage drives (except the installer USB)
       
      IF YOU USED RESTORE METHOD THEN CAN'T MOUNT YOUR EFI PARTITION (No EFI partition found):
      - It's because your EFI is not 200 MB or not an "Apple" original EFI,  but do not worry, try another EFI mounter, or mount from terminal (I used EFI mounter v3: Getting errors, but you can mount and use without problem)
      - You also could "mount" the EFI from Windows:
      1st method: open cmd in administrator mode and type:
      diskpart
      list vol (Now select the "System" volume,(FAT 32) For example I select 4)
      sel vol 4
      list part(Select System type partition, for example 2)
      sel part 2
      assign letter=b(This will "mount" your EFI partition)
      Open Explorer++ or TotalCommander in administrator mode to manage EFI
      remove letter=b (This will "unmount" your EFI)
      2nd method: open cmd in administrator mode and type:
      mountvol b: /s (This will mount your EFI)
      Open Explorer++ or TotalCommander in administrator mode to manage EFI
      mountvol b: /d (This will unmount your EFI)
      Thanks to all OSXLatitude members for helping me out! (Jake Lo, Hervé, Bronxteck, black.dragon74)!
      Notes:
      2019.03.30: Fixed USB 3.0 ports, fixed Bluetooth crashes after sleep -> updated bootpack
      2019.03.28: Updated to 10.14.4. Unexpected crashes while updating to 10.14.4 -> fixed by updating Clover to the latest (v4910) version. Bluetooth crashes appeared -> fixed by downgraded Brcm*.kexts. Updated bootpack.
      2019.02.24: Bluetooth crashes after sleep -> fixed, updated bootpack. 
      2019.02.22: Updated to 10.14.3. Fixed HDMI Audio by installing "FakePCIID_Intel_HDMI_Audio.kext" -> fixed freezing during boot. Fixed brightness levels by installing "AppleBacklightFixup.kext". Also updated bootpack & postinstall zip down in attachments.
      2019.01.21: Removed FakeSMC.kext, SMCHelper-64.efi, replaced by VirtualSMC.kext, VirtualSMC.efi because I got random freezes when booting system (kextd stall[0], (120s): 'AppleACPICPU' -> CPU is at 100%, fans are spinning fast), also updated bootpack in the attachments "acer_aspire_v591g-55tu_clover.zip"-> Freeze continued, brought back FakeSMC, deleted VirtualSMC (caused BT crashes).
      2019.01.18: HDMI Audio is fixed, I didn't do anything HDMI Audio is not fixed, sometimes it worked but most likely not. (no idea why)
      2018.12.09: Updated to 10.14.2 -> did without any complication
      2018.11.28: Fixed combo-jack garbage sound output by installing ALCPlugFix and CodecCommander.kext
      2018.11.01: Updated to 10.14.1 -> HDMI & VGA ports are gone again. -> Fixed by "AppleIntelSKLGraphicsFramebuffer.kext" rollback from 10.14.
      2018.09.28: Updated to Mojave 10.14 -> Fixed HDMI & VGA Outputs by adding "AppleGraphicsDevicePolicy.kext" patches to config.plist, HDMI audio not working
    • By ciriousjoker
      TLDR:
      I'm trying to boot MacOS on a Chromebook without UEFI. I'm stuck at getting the bootloader (Chameleon/Clover) to work.  
      My setup / context:
      I have an Acer Chromebook Spin 13.
      Available ports:
      2 x USB-C 1 x USB-A 3.0 MicroSD Slot No USB A 2.0 (I've read that Clover has problems with USB 3.0) Firmware:
      There's no UEFI firmware available and by default, it doesn't even allow booting anything other than ChromeOS. Thanks to MrChromebox (big shoutouts!), I flashed a custom legacy bios that allows me to boot anything linux related. This bios is flashed into the RW_LEGACY section of the existing bootloader (coreboot afaik) and doesn't have any configuration options. If I have to change a setting, I could try compiling his bios payload myself with the specific setting enabled.  
      What I've tried so far:
      Chameleon attempts:
      Only selected setting was "Install chameleon on the chosen path", rest was unselected.
       
      1 - Install chameleon first without restoring the basesystem:
      Output:
      > boot0: GPT
      > boot0: done
      (hangs; pressing power button once shuts down
      Chameleon installation log is attached as "Chameleon_Installer_Log_BEFORE".
       
      2 - Install Chameleon after restoring the base system:
      Output:
      > boot0: GPT
      > boot0: GPT
      > boot0: doneboot1: /boot       <- Exactly like that, no line break in between
      (hangs; pressing power button once shuts down)
       
      I haven't been able to reproduce #2 after wiping the drive and doing the same thing again. Subsequent attempts have resulted in either #1 of either Chameleon or Clover.
      Chameleon installation log is attached as "Chameleon_Installer_Log_AFTER".
       
      Clover attempts:
      I tried multiple settings and configurations, but all of them boiled down to either one of these.
       
      1 - Doesn't do anything, just hangs at "Booting from usb..."
      2 - Boots into the blue/grey mode as shown in the attached images.
      According to MrChromebox, this could be an old Tianocore DUET It doesn't detect anything (cpu frequency, ram, partitions or disks)  
      I've read pretty much every article, github readme and other types of documentation for coreboot, tianocore, clover, chameleon and MrChromebox' rw_legacy payloads and right now, I'm totally clueless as to what to try next...
       
      A few questions that came up:
      Why does chameleon hang? What is it looking for, /boot was clearly written to the disk by the Chameleon installer? What exactly is the blue/grey image? According to MrChromebox, it could be Tianocore DUET Where does it come from? Clover? The mainboard itself? Why does the blue/grey thing not detect my processor frequency or any partitions/drives? Can I use some sort of DUET bootloader to chainload Clover?  
      If you guys could answer any of them or if you have any other guesses or information as to what's happening, I'd be really happy!
      Chameleon_Installer_Log_BEFORE.txt
      Chameleon_Installer_Log_AFTER.txt





    • By outdoormagic
      Short Version:
      I have two drives with the exact same EFI folder (and I can boot into Clover from either one), shouldn't I be able to boot into MacOS from either one?
       
      More Detail:
      I've done a few hacks so far and this never happened. (Gigabyte z370 / 8700k / Vega, Asus z390 / i5-9600k / 1080). Now, I'm setting up a ThinkPad X1 Gen 6. (Yes, I do expect problems on laptops, but that's not the question).
       
      Mojave 10.14.4 now boots from the internal SSD. So far, so good. Here's the problem.
       
      I installed Mojave on a USB drive (for backup / rescue) and copied the entire EFI partition of my boot drive to the EFI partition on the USB drive. So... I should be able to boot from the USB drive, right? Wrong. Ran Clover installer on the USB itself. Same outcome.
       
      With F12, I can boot from the USB into Clover and select the OS on the USB. The boot sequence hangs on End Random Seed, but before the usual '++++++++' line.
      So, boot into Clover on internal boot drive, then select OS on USB. Same thing.
       
      Read the forums, I saw the posts about AptioMemoryFix, so I tried the various other drivers on the USB. No go.
       
      I haven't found the solution yet to the USB boot issue, but what puzzles me is that if I have two drives with the exact same EFI folder (and I can boot into Clover from either one), shouldn't I be able to boot into MacOS from either one?
       
       
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