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4 hours ago, tluck said:

@tasteTheBacon

 

the HD3000 kext set really need to be in the OS (/S/L/E) as they don't seem to work properly from the ESP.  

 

but now you are saying it wont boot into graphics mode at all?

 

you can try to boot up in non-HD3000 by setting the GFX ID in the Clover Options menu. then you go to graphics sub menu to set the product id to 0x12345678 - then it should boot up in basic mode. this way you can remove stuff from the ESP and and validate stuff in /S/L/E 

 

@tluck

Yes, unfortunately it won’t boot into graphics mode at all now. 

In the meantime I’ve deleted the 10.14 folder from the ESP (ultrabay hdd has windows 10, used it for deletion ). So conflict shouldn’t be an issue in any case now. 

I’ve tried to boot with product id 0x12345678, but sadly it didn’t make any difference. 

I’m pretty confident that the HD3000 and SNB kext is in the right place, even checked permissions with “ls -l” after all the previously ran commands in /S/L/E. 

Tried again with -v, -x, nv disabled, injection of edid , without injecting intel , without injecting any kext and the combinations of all of the above. 

Its all lead to the same result. 

 

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tluck-  I'll try an installation of High Sierra. I do have an untouched USB stick of that ready to go. If I have any sort of success, I'll let you know.

 

Regarding a rollback to an earlier version of Clover.. There might be a way to do it from the Windows side but I'm far too much of a novice to know how to do that. I could roll back if I could get into OSX, but obviously that isn't happening at the moment :)

 

Let me try an HS install and go from there.

 

Thanks-

Steve

 

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Well this didn't take long at all!

 

High Sierra is suffering the same problem as Yosemite.  It tries to start and it simply stalls out. OSX is seeing something it doesn't like, period.  At this point, I give up.  Whatever is wrong is far beyond my scope of understanding but I still firmly believe the fault lies in a bad version of Clover. I'm convinced that it had some sort of very bad bug in this specific version and it totally trashed up the OSX partition in some weird way. Oh how I wished I had just left it all alone and not tried upgrading to a newer Clover release. A lesson learned and now its too late! :(

 

 

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21 hours ago, tasteTheBacon said:

 

Its all lead to the same result. 

 


To be pro-active: I've tried everything, even reset my bios settings, deleted and re-copied everything to the SSD ESP.
None of these helped. 

But fortunately, I figured it out, sort of. 

The solution for me was to go in to the Clover Options menu while booting up and manually select a different config.plist and then re-select the default one (Which was highlighted by default).

Without this manual step the boot hangs.

With it it boots fine.

I've even got the HD3000 kext loaded and brightness working with this step.

If you ask me it doesn't make any sense to me. Can this be a Clover bug? 

 

Not sure if you have any tip on how to skip this manual step, but either way, thank you for the support @tluck , and also @goodguess for the tip. It's all highly appreciated.

 

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great. so which config file worked? I think you are saying use used the default config.plist but you manually selected it? 

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On 12/16/2018 at 12:33 AM, tluck said:

great. so which config file worked? vs the default config.plist

 

So this is what I've done :

When I created the USB installer for Mojave I've renamed the Mojave 1600x900 config plist to config.plist in the USB EFI / Clover folder.

My intention was to convert it to become the default config that clover selects.
While installing MacOS from the USB this setup worked.

Once MacOS finished install to the SSD I've copied everything from the USB EFI to the SSD EFI.

When I tried to boot from the SSD it failed as detailed in previous comments. 
Clover properly highlighted my config.plist (which was originally the 1600x900 Mojave config) as the selected one, despite this I had to manually select a different config and re-select the default one to make a successful boot attempt.
I suspect that if I delete all other config.plist it will boot just fine and this is a Clover bug, but I didn't have the time to check this yet.

 

 

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On 11/3/2018 at 9:59 PM, goodguess said:

I still have the BIOS/UEFI stuff on a 1GB thumb drive.

My BIOS was at 1.48 with my last T420, lets hope the downgrade still works via DOS with BIOS 1.5.2

The bootable thumb drive is 1 GB, I´ll copy the needed files to a folder.

You will need to make a bootable volume from them to get into DOS for downgrading BIOS.

 

Here are the files: https://www.magentacloud.de/lnk/fvStA9ob

Good luck!

 

hi goodguess

sorry to bother you,

i must be stupid, cos i don't know how to do :(

there're 2 readme.txt (in TP and in root level)

i'm under w10 and my bios is 1.52 i want to wl to use my new wifi card

what must i do cos the stuff un-zip on USB doesn't boot my t420

can you please give step by step how to

Thanks for your help

best regards

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so i figured out why the Panel LCD brightness slider is missing for some folks. WhateverGreen conflicts with the AppleBackupLightInjector so it is not setting the ApplePanel property correctly. it is missing F10Txxxx in its Info.plist 

 

So for now remove WhatheverGreen.kext from your ESP or /L/E

or add this to the Info.plist

 

                                <key>F10Txxxx</key>

                                <data>

                                ABEAAACMANgBNgGPAf4CowNFA+cExwU1B1oJHAsTDZsQ

                                WRMS

                                </data>

 

to the WhateverGreen.kext/Contents/Info.plist right above F14Txxxx

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23 hours ago, Tetonne said:

hi goodguess

sorry to bother you,

i must be stupid, cos i don't know how to do :(

there're 2 readme.txt (in TP and in root level)

i'm under w10 and my bios is 1.52 i want to wl to use my new wifi card

what must i do cos the stuff un-zip on USB doesn't boot my t420

can you please give step by step how to

Thanks for your help

best regards

 

It has been some time since I downgraded my second T420, memory does not better with age either. :)

Basically you have to create a thumb drive which boots into DOS.

As you got that, you copy over the files I pointed to, onto that thumb drive.

Then after DOS boot, you downgrade with the DOS utility (everything else failed on my side)

At last you flash the patched 1.46 (with whitelist removed) in Windows.

 

I´ll look through my writing to check what still makes sense to me.

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So yeah, the procedure seems to be still doable.

Looks like I did not want to delete anything I had found, though it is not needed to get the downgrade done.

Follow these simple steps:

1. Grab a USB stick and format it FAT32 with the hidden DOS system files on it.

I think I used HPUSBDisk.exe and the files from usbdos.zip while running some Windows OS.

2. Copy over all needed files.

 You will need at least PFLASH.exe, B146.FL1, B146M.FL1 and the TP directory with the winflash.exe.

3. Boot from your USB device into DOS.

4. Type in: PFLASH /sa B146.FL1 (This should downgrade your T420 to BIOS 1.46)

5. Boot into Windows again, open a DOS window and navigate to USB/TP/bios_mod.

6. Type in: winflash /sa B146M.FL1

From the winflash GUI, select "Flash BIOS only" then click on the "Flash" button.

That should be it - reboot and enjoy your modded BIOS.

You may have guessed that M stands for the modded BIOS you finally want.

Besides the whitelist removal, some AMT features are also disabled with the mod.

 

Good luck!

 

For the rare possibility that you already ditched all your Windows installer DVDs:

The Internet Archive has one here: https://archive.org/details/HPOperatingSystemDVDWindows7ProfessionalSP164-bit650434-DN32012

No serial needed, but the install is not a "genuine" W7 of course. ;)

 

HPUSBDisk.exe

usbdos.zip

OpenMe.iso

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On 12/6/2018 at 4:31 PM, tluck said:

@MikeDece

 

hmm. i just went through creating a HighSierra and Sierra Installer to validate the process not long ago.

  

so for you, it seems like the installer runs and started to do the install - without black screen when you removed ScreenResolution 900x600?

 did it complete install?

 is there a microsoft install on the disk?

 

Yeah once, I removed the default 900x600 resolution and adjusted it to fit mine, I was able to get it to the point where it allowed me to use the diskutility tool in order to repartition and whatnot. Once I created the base partition and it copied the files over from the USB to the installation partition, and I'd boot into it, it got about midway before stopping and telling me the `NSLocalizedDescription` error as seen in the following JSON response:

2018-12-05 11:35:49+00 MacBook-Pro OSInstaller[552]: PackageKit: Install Failed: Error Domain=PKInstallErrorDomain Code=110 "An error occurred while extracting files from the package “Core.pkg”." UserInfo={PKInstallPackageSHA256Digest=f6947c0c5ae5d2bd3bf90a557647131c186627831e182a624c8239b5ed9cd2c4, NSLocalizedDescription=An error occurred while extracting files from the package Core.pkg”., NSFilePath=/Volumes/macOS/.OSInstallSandboxPath/Root, NSURL=Core.pkg -- file:///Volumes/InstallESD/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg, PKInstallPackageIdentifier=com.apple.pkg.Core, NSUnderlyingError=0x7fba4786a1f0 {Error Domain=PKXARArchiveErrorDomain Code=101 "archive verify failed" UserInfo={NSURL=file:///Volumes/InstallESD/Packages/Core.pkg#Payload, NSFileOwnerAccountID=0, NSFileHFSTypeCode=0, NSFileSystemFileNumber=462, NSFileExtensionHidden=false, NSFileSystemNumber=16777245, NSFileSize=4460809648, NSFileGroupOwnerAccountID=0, NSFileOwnerAccountName=root, NSFilePosixPermissions=420, NSFileHFSCreatorCode=0, NSFileCreationDate=2018-07-04 19:40:30 +0000, NSFileType=NSFileTypeRegular, NSFileGroupOwnerAccountName=wheel, NSFileReferenceCount=1, NSFileModificationDate=2018-07-04 19:42:05 +0000, NSLocalizedDescription=archive verify failed}}} {
	    NSFilePath = "/Volumes/macOS/.OSInstallSandboxPath/Root";
	    NSLocalizedDescription = "An error occurred while extracting files from the package \U201cCore.pkg\U201d.";
	    NSURL = "Core.pkg -- file:///Volumes/InstallESD/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg";
	    NSUnderlyingError = "Error Domain=PKXARArchiveErrorDomain Code=101 \"archive verify failed\" UserInfo={NSURL=file:///Volumes/InstallESD/Packages/Core.pkg#Payload, NSFileOwnerAccountID=0, NSFileHFSTypeCode=0, NSFileSystemFileNumber=462, NSFileExtensionHidden=false, NSFileSystemNumber=16777245, NSFileSize=4460809648, NSFileGroupOwnerAccountID=0, NSFileOwnerAccountName=root, NSFilePosixPermissions=420, NSFileHFSCreatorCode=0, NSFileCreationDate=2018-07-04 19:40:30 +0000, NSFileType=NSFileTypeRegular, NSFileGroupOwnerAccountName=wheel, NSFileReferenceCount=1, NSFileModificationDate=2018-07-04 19:42:05 +0000, NSLocalizedDescription=archive verify failed}";
	    PKInstallPackageIdentifier = "com.apple.pkg.Core";
	    PKInstallPackageSHA256Digest = f6947c0c5ae5d2bd3bf90a557647131c186627831e182a624c8239b5ed9cd2c4;
	}

 There was no prior microsoft install, I had some partition table that wasn't the GPT, on which I had a main partition with a Fedora LLVM partition and an extended partition that contained Gentoo and Ubuntu. When I was going through the install I wiped the entire disk, created a GPT table, and made two formatted HFS+ filesystem partitions from an Ubuntu Live USB, which I later deleted and reformatted from the disk utility tool found in the HighSierra install.

 

After making these posts, I tried to obtain a legitimate MacOS HS installer which I had my friend download for me (since it wasn't letting me do it), verified it, and repeated the process. Got the same result as before.

Note: Since I don't have a Mac myself, I used VirtualBox on Ubuntu 18.04 to run the latest Sierra to create the USB installer for part 1. 

 

Apologies for the late response, I gave up on hackintosh and just installed Windows and ElementaryOS. I'd be willing to give it another shot but at the moment I don't see the sensibility if I can't create a proper installer without having access to a Mac. 

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Sorry to hear about your mischief MikeDece.

As you mentioned your T60, mine is still running Snow Leopard 10.6.7.

I recall installation was brain dead simple with the use of Nawcoms Mod CD and a SL retail DVD.

You may know that Internet Archive is hosting SL retail DVDs:

https://archive.org/details/cd-roms?and[]=snow+leopard&amp;sin=

I could dig out Nawcoms Mod CD for sure.

Note that Nawcoms Mod will only work with a 10.6.0 or 10.6.3 retail DVD - not with the grey DVDs.

Such install would give you basic Intel "Mac" sort of. ;)

From there, you could follow the guide to set up a bootable thumb drive with Clover / Sierra.

 

Other than using your T60, setting up 10.6 Server via virtualisation is possible too.

I cant tell how to do that in GNU/Linux.

Its easy enough on a Mac with VMWare Fusion, but thats another hen-egg problem for you. :(

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On 12/19/2018 at 6:06 PM, goodguess said:

1. Grab a USB stick and format it FAT32 with the hidden DOS system files on it.

I think I used HPUSBDisk.exe and the files from usbdos.zip while running some Windows OS.

2. Copy over all needed files.

 You will need at least PFLASH.exe, B146.FL1, B146M.FL1 and the TP directory with the winflash.exe.

3. Boot from your USB device into DOS.

4. Type in: PFLASH /sa B146.FL1 (This should downgrade your T420 to BIOS 1.46) 

 

on W10 : These 4 first steps are OK but they bring me back from 1.52 to 1.49 (not 1.46).

I suppose i have to test it again on W7 :(

 

Step 3 with : No GUI, no Windows (10), just the DOS prompt A:∖ on an empty black screen.

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add info about step 3

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Tetonne, did you really boot into DOS?

No GUI, no Windows (10), just the DOS prompt A:∖ on an empty black screen.

Its a miracle to me how you should have got 1.49 when you had 1.52.

When I tried (long ago) PFLASH from DOS was the only way to downgrade BIOS.

Usually you could only upgrade to a higher version from the Windows command line.

As I never had BIOS 1.52 things may be different by now or something is locked.

 

Please bear with me asking the above, maybe I got something wrong. :)

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Some sort of off topic, but I saw the T420s being sold at affordable prices.

Did anybody succeed with a T420s hackintosh?

The specs are looking similar, except for USB3, there also seems to be modded BIOS available for whitelist removal.

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@goodguess - yes T420s is very similar hack as T420. i am not sure if the USB3 is still supported and working though. 

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Thanks tluck, I was thinking of the T420S, USB3 will be an issue there too.

Also I´m curious whether somebody succeeded flashing BIOS for whitelist removal. 

Presumably PFLASH (DOS) would do the job.

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found on bios-mods.com thanks to zmb :

 

Here are some additional modifications to the bios modded some time ago (I think everything that people usually want):
- No whitelist
- AES-NI lock removed
- MSR 0xE2 unlocked
- Added advanced menu
- Memory lock to 1333 removed (now supports DDR3 1600 and 1866)
- Intel vbios updated from 2089->2170
- Re-signed with custom key to get rid of 5 beeps on boot (Does anybody have these beeps? If you get the error 1901: or some nonsense about security after this, you need to reset bios settings to defaults)

In the folder mod, there are bioses with different number of modification. It is possible to know what modification is applied from the name of the file: NWL - no whitelist, NWL_ADV - no whitelist + advanced menu etc. if you need to apply specific bios from the list, you need rename it to $01C8000.FL1 and place it to the folder 83ET82WW.

All credit goes to the TimeWalker and ValdikSS from the folowing posts:
1. https://www.bios-mods.com/forum/Thread-T...#pid114437 (this post has nice descriptions how to implement all the modifications)
2. https://www.bios-mods.com/forum/Thread-R...#pid141098
 (the re-signing thing)

Every modification is tested on my t420. But as always, use it at your own risk.

Link: http://rgho.st/private/7DYcBR7MF/7572e9d...8da07b25e0

 

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found on bios-mods.com thanks to zmb :
When the newer version of the bios will be available (if at all) you could try change yourself. There is an easy way to apply modifications to the new bios version without disassemblers or any such fancy tools.

For this you need one external tool: UEFItool 

This tool could be used to extract some specific module from the bios image (*.FL1 - file) and then to replace it with the modified one. Each module is a program, which performs some functions. For example the whitelist check is done in the module "LenovoWmaPolicyDxe.efi"

The idea is that for the minor bios changes the modules in the bios-image of different versions are the same. And it is possible to replace the original module in the newer version of the bios with patched module from the older one. (see pic1)pic1.jpg.3c85e61c4fd656ed73d6deaecc55a432.jpg

For example if I extract the "LenovoWmaPolicyDxe.efi" from 1.51 bios and from 1.52 and compare them in binary mode, then I will see that the modules are the same. (command for binary compare: fc /b file1 file2 - see pic2)pic2.JPG.8f387e02bd193f82fe238da326e542df.JPG


This means, that I could take the patched module from the v1.52 ("LenovoWmaPolicyDxe_modded.efi") and replace the original module in the v1.51. This way I would get the whitelist free version of the bios v1.51.

The example above may be true for the next version of the bios v1.53 and for other models of thinkpads as well.

Of course If the extracted module is not the same and the binary compare shows differences, then bad luck and it is better not to touch it.

 

 

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so back to 1.52 after downgrade to 1.49.

but i did not success to apply mod with "run WINUPTP.EXE /S from this folder"

WINUPTP.EXE dosen't seem to be recognised :(

from this 1.52mod: http://rgho.st/private/7DYcBR7MF/7572e9d...8da07b25e0

pain in the neck

can someone help

i now know how to downgrade from 1.52 to 1.49 (not 1.46)

back to 1.52 ok

i tant to WL this {censored}... T420 (1.52 or previous lol)

 

 

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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

41786vu
intel i5-2520 2.5ghz
Intel HD 3000 x Nvidia NVS 4200m

1600x900

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?

 

 

EDIT:

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...

ERROR_F236DD3E91

1770041574_2018-12-2717_07_19.thumb.jpg.e406b6a1122e2879b46f26ebb4d6528e.jpg

 

 

 

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

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.

1178819920_2018-12-2714_57_32.thumb.jpg.652939d85d97e4dbf00a575a9d1026fe.jpg

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:

1715503746_2018-12-2714_58_58.thumb.jpg.010423837b236730d1d958dcc1c43e58.jpg

 

 

 

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Hi namisloc.

I would assume that you did hit several obstacles at one time.

My thoughts:

- A macOS Hackintosh can not boot with two active GPU. Did you disable the NV graphics in BIOS?

- HD 3000 IvyBridge laptops are incompatible with 10.14 Mojave.

- Your boot volume should be empty and clean for installation. Best use a Gparted Live CD to swipe clean your HDD/SSD.

 

If I was in your place, I would step back to a Snow Leopard machine and prepare a bootable USB device for 10.11/10.12/10.13 from there.

Snow Leo still runs fine on Core2Duo rigs. You may install with Nawcoms Mod CD and a SL retail DVD from the Internet Archive.

A virtual machine running 10.6 Server is another option of course.

 

As you got macOS on your boot USB device with tlucks EFI package, you may install on your T420.

Of course tluck´s EFI package has to be copied to your HDD/SSD to boot from it.

Remember that the Clover package must be installed onto the hidden EFI partition EFI/EFI/Clover.

The EFI partition is automatically created by macOS DiskUtility when initialising your HDD/SSD as HFS drive.

(Use a GPT partition table at this step.)

As you got e.g 10.12 on your T420 and booting with tlucks EFI package, you may DL 10.14 from the app store,

as the T420 pretends to be a MBP late 2013 which is supported for Mojave upgrades.

 

Mojave will only work with the new APFS file system.

You can only format your HDD as APFS as you already got Mojave.

When upgrading to Mojave from an earlier macOS, your HDD/SSD will be converted to APFS by force.

The procedure may fail for several reasons: Too little room on the given device, Mojave dislikes the drive, its a Monday, etc. ;)

Either way, be aware that the upgrade will take a really long time and may fail several times.

 

It may be recommendable to start a new thread for your work.

Most of us here already had several macOS versions on their T420 and do read here only for fine tuning.

 

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Hi, first of all thanks to everyone keeping this alive.

 

I recently upgraded to Mojave after having El Capitan installed for more than 2 years without any serious problems, but it was time to upgrade... Install went smooth but I'm having same issues with black screen as @tasteTheBacon . His solution to remove all configs and use default config.plist worked and now I can boot fine, but there are some problems: brightness adjustment doesn't work - I guess it will work with the 1600x900 mojave config.plist if the booting problem is fixed. I've also noticed that I'm sometimes getting system freezes for few seconds if I click on some items in the menu bar (Apple logo for example) or when I use Preview app or similar image viewers (Xee^3), it is very random and difficult to reproduce as it didn't happen during writing of this post when I tried to randomly click on items in the menu bar. Is anyone else having same problems? I might try to downgrade to High Sierra, but dark mode feature is great.

 

Also my T420 configuration is: i5 2520M CPU, 1600x900 resolution, 16GB RAM if that helps.

 

Edit: Now it froze completely and had to reboot when I tried to open video with Quicktime, also now I've noticed that I can move cursor around while it is frozen.

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Hi bxe!

Got exactly the same T420 config as the one you posted.

Did you install Mojave over your existing El Cap?

I recall some black screens and freezes during the Mojave upgrade, but things are working fine since (booting with -v).

I´m using tluck´s 1600x900config.plist renamed to config.plist.

The only issue I found so far is Preview not opening jpg files.

I did assign jpg files to "XnView MP MacOSX" but Finder displays the ever spinning cartwheel when clicking a jpg just the same.

I had a system freeze yesterday after inserting a SD card from a camera - tons of JPEG on it of course.

My guess is that Finder/Preview tries to access the metal API, which is unsupported by our SandyBridge iGPU.

Other apps may call for metal too, thus freezing the hack, could you share the QT file in question eventually?

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      I'm gonna come straight out and admit it - I used newb tools which are considered taboo on InsanelyMac, and so this isn't so much an installation guide as it is a green flag to anyone considering the same hardware. My first and previous Hackintosh project was just over ten years ago and this site was massively helpful, so this is my (very small) way of giving back.
       
      EFI DIRECTORY
      http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=97606131925137056003
       
      HARDWARE
      CPU: Intel i5-8600K 3.6GHz hexacore (contains UHD 630 iGPU)
      CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim (no paste needed, and fan facing front)
      Mobo: GIGABYTE z370 AORUS Gaming 5 (WIFI)
      RAM: 1x 8GB CORSAIR Vengeance LPX C16 2666MHz (in first slot)
      GFX Card: Sapphire RX 580 NITRO+ SE
      SATA: used ports 0, 1, 3, 5 (HDD problems when connected to port 4)
      HDD: generic
      DVD Drive: generic
      PSU: EVGA 500W Semi Modular (but you should get 650W!)
      Case: CoolerMaster CM590 III
      Fans: 2x stock case fans (one sucky on front, one blowy on back), 3x be quiet! BL046 120mm fans (two blowy on top, one sucky on front). Airflow near-perfectly balanced.
       
      ADVICE
      With the Clover configuration, you want to pay close attention to all things relating to graphics. There are some specific settings for ACPI, Boot, Devices and Graphics which should be copied exactly in order to get the iGPU and dGPU to work in perfect harmony. For instance, make sure you use ig-platform-id 59120003 rather than 59120000 if you want FCPX to be usable. With the right settings, FCPX will not only run, but run flawlessly.
       
      I was not able to figure out how to make NVRAM/PRAM behave itself, and I got errors when I tried to issue relevant commands. As a result, I could not at first get iMessage to work properly. It worked once on my first installation attempt but not from subsequent attempts. This Clover configuration therefore has no consideration whatsoever toward iMessage reliability - however, iMessage ended up working somehow, anyway - I noticed it after I'd updated to 10.14.3 but this may just have been coincidence.
       
      Onboard WiFi does not work. There is no driver for it. I'm using wired ethernet to a bridge router as it was cheaper than getting a compatible PCI card.
       
      Audio is working well after I installed the z370 audio patch, then the ALC1220 codecs, then AppleALC.
       
      With kexts for generic 3rd party SATA and generic 3rd party eSATA, my HDDs and DVD drive work perfectly well.
       
      Sleep/Wake functions run perfectly. iCloud functions run perfectly. Shutdown leaves the mobo LEDs on, annoyingly.
       
      My USB 3 ports seem to suffer from low power output, and I don't know why.
       
      Overall, this system appears to run about as well under MacOS 10.14 Mojave as it does under Windows 7. I would solidly recommend this build to anyone looking to build a computer for workstation purposes, on a budget.
    • By JhonneR
      Good morning, everyone, I'm sorry if I was wrong in choosing the topic but I need help.
      I have found it extremely difficult to mount a Hackintosh in my acer.
      Setup;
      I5 2430m 2.4 6GB RAM
      Mobo P5we0 - Intel intel Graphics 3000
      At the moment I have not found out what my audio codecs are.
      but I'll leave the link on the motherboard.
      however, my real problem is several.
      I have already used the itakos image, I have already used several images that could be installed normally and that after installing the image I do not have internet via cable or wireless.
      And another, I already looked in other forums and I know that I will be called a donkey in the logical question but I have not been able to install the [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url] or clover to start from the Hard Disk, so I do not know what to do.At the moment I still do not know if there has already been someone who has already installed the High Sierra or just the Sierra in this notebook model and obtained permanent success.
      If anyone can help me, I'll be grateful.
      Installations without success, but with the system already installed in ACER;
      SIERRA
      HIGH SIERRA
      MOJAVE
      All with the same symptom. Starting only by the bootable USB stick and without internet connection via cable and wireless.
      Appreciate ! Acer 5750 Official Page
    • By Slice
      Since rev 4844 Vector Themes are supported and there are ready-to-use Clovy by Clovy, cesium by Slice and BGM_SVG by Blackosx.
      You may see it's structure to create own theme
      -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
       
       
      Now I want to add vector graphics support in Clover. See rev 4560 and later.
      It is not working yet but designers may begin to create Vector Themes.
      It supposed to consist of SVG elements and has design size. It will be rendered to any screen size scaled from design size.
       
      What application in macOS can create SVG graphics?
      Inkscape is not working in macOS 10.11+. Pity.
      LibreOffice Draw works with SVG but buggy.
      Boxy SVG cost 10$ but looks good enough. It creates the best in simplicity files and have more then enough features.
      Illustrator is good but expensive.
       
      How to improve SVG file?
      Clover has restricted support for SVG. It is your job to make compatible file and as small as possible to speedup rendering.
      Some helps:
      Help:Inkscape – From invalid to valid SVG Inkscape files
      From invalid to valid SVG Adobe Illustrator files
      From invalid to valid SVG files of other editors: BKchem, ChemDraw and CorelDRAW
      Help:Illustrator – Assistance with creating and saving SVG images in Adobe Illustrator that will pass W3C validation
      User:Quibik/Cleaning up SVG files manually
      Later I will write own instructions specific to Clover abilities.
       
      How to create SVG fonts?
      You can google to find ready-to-use SVG fonts.  I found some problems with too beaty fonts: slow rendering and overflow crash. Be careful.
      You can get ttf or otf fonts and convert them into svg by using online WEB services. Not a problem to google.
      But then I want to find a way to simplify the font to reduce a size and speedup rendering.
      You can create own font by FontForge It is opensource and available for Windows, Mac and GNU+Linux. It creates otf font which you can convert to svg font.
       
      Pictures from Badruzeus
      https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=301597
    • By ludufre
      Installing macOS Mojave on Lenovo ThinkPad L440

       
      There are two version of this laptop:
      - 20AS = Chipset QM87, without Express Card (mine).
      - 20AT = Chipset HM86, with Express Card.
      I strong believe is the same thing...
       

      Changelog:
       
      02/05/2019 18:47h GMT-0
      - Updated info about CPU replacement and 4G LTE modem.
       
      02/04/2019 15:24h GMT-0
      - Sometimes the VoodooHDA.kext doesn't work.
      - Added AppleHDADisabler.kext to fix that (attached bellow).
       
      01/24/2019 14:42h GMT-0
      - Added more adjustments to use of VoodooHDA.
      - Updated VoodooHDA links to 2.9.1 official (without installer).
      - Changed PCM volume from 90 to 180 in Info.plist (attached modified VoodooHDA.kext bellow)
      - Updated SSDT-L440.aml (Removed HDEF and HDAU, not needed).
      - Updated config.plist (Changed to user Audio layout to 1).
       
      01/22/2019 20:47h GMT-0
      - I gave up on the AppleALC.
      - Headset does not work.
      - Now with VoodooHDA is perfect and the sound even louder.
       
      01/22/2019 14:37h GMT-0
      - Add info about update 10.14.3. 
       
      01/22/2019 13:46h GMT-0
      - Add link to BIOS reassing guide.
       
      01/20/2019 11:49h GMT-0
      - First version.
       
      What works and what does not
       
      - Processor: Intel Core i5-4300M ->  Work. All SpeedStep stages.
      - Video Card: Intel HD4600 ->  Work. QE/CI and Metal.
      - Chipset: Intel QM87 ->  Work.
      - Mini DisplayPort ->  Work. But no audio, yet.
      - VGA ->  Not work. Normal.
      - Audio: ALC292 ->  Work.
      - WiFi/Bluetooth: Intel AC 7260 ->  Not work. Replaced with DW1560 (need whitelist removal).
      - Ethernet: Intel I217-LM ->  Work.
      - Card Reader: Realtek RTS5227 ->  Not work.
      - Keyboard and Touchpad ->  Work.
      - Webcam ->  Work.
      - Fingerprint Reader ->  Not work. Normal.
      - USB3.0 ->  Work.
      - Sleep ->  Work.
      - Airdrop, Handoff, Instant Hotspot and Continuity ->  Work after replaced wireless.
       
       
      Extras
       
      - FullHD 1920x1080 display upgrade: 
      Replaced with AU Optronics B140HAN01.1 30pin eDP (B140HAN01.2 and B140HAN01.3 also compatible)
      Apparently same screen as Dell Latitude E6440, E7440, Lenovo Ideapad U430 and E129.
       

      Todo
       
      - Make DP audio work.
      - Make Card Reader work.
      - Upgrade CPU to i7-4712MQ (Ordered. It's on the way) Done, but received i7-4700MQ (47w TDP and I have overheating issues)
      - Replace touchpad with T460 model (Ordered. It's on the way)
      - Sierra Gobi5000 4G LTE modem EM7355 (Ordered. It's on the way. I hope works. ) Done, but not work. Do not even recognize in LSPCI...
      - Upgrade to 16GB RAM Done
       
       
      What you need to install

      - Running install of macOS
      - One USB flash drive of 8GB or bigger
      - macOS Mojave install app
      - Clover EFI
      - Clover Configurator
      - Some KEXTs and SSDT patches


      How create create the install flash drive
       
      Prepare install flash drive

      Format the flash drive with GUID partition mapping and name it "Install".

      - Open Disk Utility.
      - Click in View, then "Show All Devices".
      - Select the destination flash drive, then Erase.
      - Name: Install, Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and Scheme: GUID Partition Map
       
      Create install flash drive

      Open terminal and run this command:
      sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ .app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Install --nointeraction This will take about 30 minutes.
       


      Install bootloader

      Download the RehabMan's CloverEFI fork (used 4701) and install with this options on "Install macOS Mojave":
       
      - Install for UEFI booting only
      - Install Clover in the ESP
      - UEFI Drivers - ApfsDriverLoader-64
      - UEFI Drivers - AptioMemoryFix64


       
       
      Make things works

      Will be created a partition named EFI and mounted in Desktop.
      - Replace the /Volumes/EFI/CLOVER/config.plist with mine attached below
                    If you have modded BIOS with Advanced Menu and enabled 128MB DRAM-prealloc use 128MB_DRAM-prealloc_config.plist.zip
                    If no, then use 32MB_DRAM-prealloc_config.plist.zip
      - Put SSDT-L440.aml attached below in /Volumes/EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/
       
      Generate your Serial, MLB and SmUUID
       
      - Open the replaced config.plist with Clover Configurator (used 5.3.2.0)
      - Go to SMBIOS, click few times in "Generate New" in Serial Number and SmUUID.
       
      Download those Kexts and put in /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/
       
      - Download the FakeSMC.kext from here. I used the version 2018-0915.
      - Download the VoodooPS2Controller.kext from here. I used version 2018-1008.
      - Download the IntelMausiEthernet.kext from here. I used the version 2018-1031.
      - Download the Lilu.kext from here. I used the version 1.3.1.
      - Download the AppleALC.kext from here. I used the version 1.3.4.
      - Download the VoodooHDA from here. I used the version 2.9.1.
      - Download the WhateverGreen.kext from here. I used the version 1.2.6.
      - Download the AppleBacklightFixup.kext from here. I used the version 2018-1013.
      - Download the USBInjectAll.kext from here. I used the version 2018-1108.
      - Download the ACPIBatteryManager.kext from here. I used the version 2018-1005.
       
       
      Wifi and Bluetooth (DW1560 / BCM94352Z)
       
      Unfortunately, some notebook manufacturers are currently blocking the replacement of wireless cards. They want you to only use the models sold by them. And of course, none of them from Lenovo for this notebook model is compatible with MacOS.
       
      If you try to start with an unauthorized wifi card for them, you will receive a screen error:
      1802: Unauthorized network card is plugged in - Power off and remove the network card. Since this check is done directly in the BIOS, the only solution is to modify it.
      But since nothing is easy in this life, there is one small big problem:
      - The BIOS update procedure does not allow you to use modded files as it used to be.
      - You will need to physically reach your BIOS on the motherboard and make use of a USB BIOS reader/writer.
       
      So what you need to do:
      1. Disassembly your laptop;
      2. Dump your BIOS with an USB BIOS reader with SOIC8 clip (to not desolder from the motherboard);
      3. Patch it (In addition to removing the whitelist, add the advanced menu);
      4. Fix RSA signature;
      5. Reflash BIOS;
      6. Replace wireless card;
      7. Remount your laptop;
      8. Done.
       
      Soon, I'll provide step by step in this process. Probably until end of this week.
      In the meantime, if you need to, send me your dump that I do steps 3 and 4 for you.
      I also add the Advanced Menu so you can increase to 128MB the DRAM-prealloc.
       
      To fix a Modded BIOS to remove the 5 beeps on boot, you need this guide: https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/337333-guide-fix-insyde-h2o-bios-signature-5-beeps-on-lenovo (traduzido: pt-BR)
       
       
      After replaced the wireless card. Download those Kexts and put in /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/
       
      - Download the AirportBrcmFixup.kext from here. I used the version 1.1.9.
      - Download the BrcmFirmwareRepo.kext and BrcmPatchRAM2.kext from here. I used the version 2018-0505.
      - Download the BT4LEContinuityFixup.kext from here. I used the version 1.1.2.
       
       
      Now you can start the instalation without problem (I guess).
       
       
      How install
       
      UEFI Setup Configuration and Installation

      UEFI configuration
       
      My BIOS is the latest: 1.93 (J4ET93WW) 

      - Shutdown and insert the flash drive.
      - Power on with F1 pressed to enter BIOS setup.
      - Change value: Config - Intel(R) AMT - Intel(R) AMT Control to DISABLED
      - Change value: Security - Security Chip to DISABLED
      - Change value: Security - Anti-Theft - Intel(R) AT Module Activation to DISABLED
      - Change value: Security - Anti-Theft - Computrace to DISABLED
      - Change value: Security - Secure Boot to DISABLED
      - Change value: Startup - UEFI/Legacy Boot to BOTH, Legacy First and CSM Support = Yes
      - Save & Exit Setup (F10)
       
      - Now, hold the F12
      - In the list, select your flash drive.
       
      The installer will start. 
      
      Format destination disk

      Format the disk with GUID partition mapping and name it "Macintosh".

      - Select Disk Utility in the list, then press Continue.
      - Click in View, then "Show All Devices".
      - Select the destination Disk, then Erase.
      - Name: HD, Format: APFS and Scheme: GUID Partition Map

      Close Disk Utility.
      
      Select "Install macOS", then Continue.
      Follow instructions in screen.

      After install

      After first part install the system will reboot. Maybe you have to press F12 again and select the flash drive.
      
      The second part of the installation will begin. This will take 16 minutes.
       

      Post installation

      Install bootloader
       
      When the second part of install finish, the system will reboot again.

      After performing the user initial setup and go to the desktop, you need to install Clover on internal disk.

      Open the Clover installer inside flash drive that you copied before.

      Use same options above but choose the system partition this time.

      Now you need to replace the config.plist inside your destination disk EFI parittion with config.plist inside flash card EFI partition.

      The flash drive EFI partition is unmounted. Mount with terminal "sudo diskutil mount /dev/rdiskXs1". To know what X is, use "diskutil list", most likely is 1.
       
      Last step
       
      Copy all Kexts from flash drive to /Library/Extensions, with those commands in Terminal:
      sudo cp -R /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/* /Library/Extensions/ sudo chmod -R 755 /Library/Extensions sudo chown -R root:wheel /Library/Extensions sudo kextcache -i / Restart the system.
       
       
      It's done!
       
       
      Updates
       
      System update 10.14.3
       
      - Updated with success;
      - Everything works perfectly after reboot;
       

       
       

       
      And last but not least
       
      I would like to thank the following community members, by making these dream possible:
      @crushers, @snatch, @apianti, @blackosx, @blusseau, @dmazar, @slice2009, @autumnrain, @phpdev32, @EMlyDinEsH, @RehabMan, @Scellow, @mitch_de, @Shailua, @Andy Vandijck, @maxfierke, @ArturXXX, @LexHimself, @brumas, @Shiki and all others members involved directly or indirectly.
       
       
       
       
       
       
      32MB_DRAM-prealloc_config.plist.zip
      128MB_DRAM-prealloc_config.plist.zip
      SSDT-L440.aml
      VoodooHDA.kext.zip
      AppleHDADisabler.kext.zip
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