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

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:

on Win 7 or earlier :

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

 

@tluck : I think this procédure (goodguess' one) is great and may be added to your guide for those as me who update there BIOS to newer as 1.46 (DOWNGRADE)

 

@goodguess : THANKS AGAIN for your help :thumbsup_anim:

:thanks_speechbubble: thanks to you my DELL 1510 (BCM94322HM8L) is fully working now :-) :thanks_speechbubble:

For Europeen users : do not use channels 12 and 13 in 2.4GHz, if your BCM94322HM8L card come from China.

this huge tip was brought to me by goodguess too :-)

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@goodguess

I've done clear install, so that should be fine. System freezes are suddenly gone after few reboots, so it's really weird. But now I'm getting random graphic glitches (see picture attached), it is happening only in Firefox so maybe it's just its own problem. I'll probably try to install High Sierra instead as it seems to be more stable for now.

Screenshot 2018-12-29 at 17.50.01.png

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@goodguess hmm. yeah just verified the odd behavior with JPG files. never noticed it before

 

SO switched the model to MBP9,1 vs MBP11,1

- jgp view works in Finder and Preview as well 

nightshift still works etc and will update as expected 

- mojave compatible.

 

I have not tried to see if running as MBP8,1 is more stable. I will run with mbp9,1 for awhile to see if it works better.

 

@bxe if you have 1600x900 LCD then maybe inject the "2e3" EDID. that ism,  move config.1600x900.2e3.plist to config.plist (default)

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Thank you, Goodguess.  I'm running installs while I wait for the new wireless card.  I'm not getting any bluetooth right now, are there steps to get the onboard bluetooth working?

 

Also, my trackpad is working, but I'm not getting single touch, just x and y movement.  Any ideas?  Synaptics hardware, I believe.

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15 hours ago, namisloc said:

Thank you, Goodguess.  I'm running installs while I wait for the new wireless card.  I'm not getting any bluetooth right now, are there steps to get the onboard bluetooth working?

 

Also, my trackpad is working, but I'm not getting single touch, just x and y movement.  Any ideas?  Synaptics hardware, I believe.

what model do yo have?

 

if you read the guide, you will see the note:

Enable (turn on) Bluetooth so the green light is showing on the LCD bezel (do from Windows or Ubuntu).

  • Also make sure the side switch is set to green too!

on trackpad - use the apple system prefs to turn that feature on under trackpad - called tap to click

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22 minutes ago, tluck said:

what model do yo have?

 

if you read the guide, you will see the note:

Enable (turn on) Bluetooth so the green light is showing on the LCD bezel (do from Windows or Ubuntu).

  • Also make sure the side switch is set to green too!

on trackpad - use the apple system prefs to turn that feature on under trackpad - called tap to click

 

Weird thing,  I can't access trackpad int he system pref.

  231710235_Screenshot2018-12-3116_02_33.png.7a63fd68634c3f36407b4041d0faa98f.png

 

Bluetooth: This can't be accessed in the BIOS by chance, can it?  I guess I'll have to make a USB bootable OS

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6 hours ago, tluck said:

@namisloc 

what model laptop do you have? 

what version macOS? 

did you put all the zip contents into the ESP as is?

Sorry friend, I meant to put my build in my signature before making my last post.

 

Bluetooth is working, however I'm unable to access any trackpad preferences.

 

My BIOS was 1.49, and I downloaded what I thought was a 1.52 whitelisted mod, however it rolled my BIOS back to 1.41.  Now, it's a modded 1.41, I have access to the advanced menu and whitelist removed.  Sierra installed smoothly so I decided to just leave it be.   I wanted the modded BIOS because I have 2x8gb DDR3 and an AR9280 on the way.

The EFI folders were copied to ESP.

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Good you got your hack working so far, namisloc!

Did you repair/refresh kext cashes fequently?

If no, use Kext Utility to maintain system files after any changes you made to your hack.

I´ll attach Kext Utility, just in case.

 

Sierra is probably the best OS for a T420.

If you have a spare SSD, you may always clone what you got and upgrade the clone to HS or Mojave, if you feel the need.

 

A Atheros WLAN mPCIe should work as Airport.

I´m using these, as they are supported OOB:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-DW1510-Wireless-N-Wlan-Half-Mini-WIFI-Card-BCM94322HM8L-Dual-brand-0PW934/271557237987?epid=28023372237&hash=item3f3a129ce3:g:6oEAAOSwXeJXeTIW:rk:2:pf:0

 

Why your trackpad does not show up, remains a riddle to me. I have got a 4336-5U2 with everything working.

 

262369999_Screenshot2019-01-02at12_15_20.thumb.png.bfcc9409c7db14a90f11faf541fed362.png

 

EDIT:

Went back to Sierra and the Trackpad setting there is not found either.

Lenovo Trackpoint and Touchpad, do work though. ;)

 

 

Kext Utility.app.zip

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My Lenovo T420s is sierra,I have reinstall mojave on it,everything is perfect !! then someday I open apple maps ,it seem to be black screen.but I click "show all tabs".  I can see the map thumbnail.

Did anybody got the same problem ?

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Tluck & all other contributors - Thank you for your work in keeping this topic current and for the work past/present.

 

I have been attempting to upgrade from El Capitan (HDD) on my T420 to High Sierra (SSD), but am unable to get the Dell 1510 card working with the 1.46 Bios mod.  I have attempted to use the Wifi kext through the kext utility2 from RehabMan with the FakePCIID kext as well with no luck.

 

Now that I punched my old HDD in to post, wifi does not work again so using a secondary PC.

 

Everything else appears to work on HS (bluetooth, good video) just need to do the iMessage fix but don't want to do that until I get the wifi working.

 

I may just pull the trigger and jump to Mojave, but wanted to talk to you all first.  Let me know what other PC info you needed/code run in order to help troubleshooting.  Thank you in advance.

 

PC Specs:

CPU: i5 - 2.59 GHz

RAM: 16GB 1333 MHz

Graphics: Intel HD 3000

SSD: Kingston 480GB

 

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@alcheng3344

 

did you properly install the HD3000 in /S/L/E? if not you may not have fully accelerated graphics QE/CI with Mojave

 

@namisloc

- you need to see if the VoodooPS2 kexts are loading.

run:

$ kextstat|grep voodoo
   59    2 0xffffff7f82de1000 0xb000     0xb000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Controller (1.9.2) 39822203-AB99-38FA-85DB-A83BA02A60CA <11 7 5 4 3 1>
   87    0 0xffffff7f82e0f000 0x6000     0x6000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Keyboard (1.9.2) 3D5B784B-4D8C-3838-BD2F-3AB5E20742A9 <59 48 15 7 6 5 4 3 1>
   88    0 0xffffff7f82e15000 0xc000     0xc000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Trackpad (1.9.2) E616F856-B251-31D5-8A8F-767E322E1C24 <59 48 15 7 6 5 4 3 1>

should see 3 items

 

if good, then check ioreg:

 

$ ioreg -l -w0|sed -n "/o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad/,/RM,Build/p"  

 

should look like this:

    | |       +-o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad  <class ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad, id 0x10000028d, registered, matched, active, busy 0 (32 ms), retain 10>

    | |         | {

    | |         |   "StickyMultiFingerScrolling" = No

    | |         |   "UnitsPerMMX" = 50

    | |         |   "DisableZoneBottom" = 4200

    | |         |   "HIDPointerConvertAbsolute" = <00>

    | |         |   "IOProviderClass" = "ApplePS2MouseDevice"

    | |         |   "HIDScrollResolution" = 52428800

    | |         |   "MomentumScrollTimer" = 10000000

 

@leaddonkey

 

did your wifi work before you upgraded from el cap to high sierra? if so, then maybe missing a kext?

 

@Dabman1988

 

moving to Mojave is almost as easy as upgrading from Sierra to HighSierra. but i dont know about nvidia ? other than to recommend to disable it.

1) update your ESP with a recent version

2) get your current system running with a mojave config.plist which essentially means you change the model from MPB8,1 to MPB9,1.

3) install Mojave

4) on the post install side you need to install the HD3000 in /S/L/E.

 

all of this is outlined in the Guide.

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I saw that the latest EFI has HD3000 in EFI\CLOVER\kexts\10.14\ , if I have already installed the HD3000 in the /S/L/E and than update EFI , will it affect?

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5 hours ago, tluck said:

@alcheng3344

 

did you properly install the HD3000 in /S/L/E? if not you may not have fully accelerated graphics QE/CI with Mojave

 

@namisloc

- you need to see if the VoodooPS2 kexts are loading.

run:


$ kextstat|grep voodoo
   59    2 0xffffff7f82de1000 0xb000     0xb000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Controller (1.9.2) 39822203-AB99-38FA-85DB-A83BA02A60CA <11 7 5 4 3 1>
   87    0 0xffffff7f82e0f000 0x6000     0x6000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Keyboard (1.9.2) 3D5B784B-4D8C-3838-BD2F-3AB5E20742A9 <59 48 15 7 6 5 4 3 1>
   88    0 0xffffff7f82e15000 0xc000     0xc000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Trackpad (1.9.2) E616F856-B251-31D5-8A8F-767E322E1C24 <59 48 15 7 6 5 4 3 1>

should see 3 items

 

if good, then check ioreg:

 


$ ioreg -l -w0|sed -n "/o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad/,/RM,Build/p"  

 

should look like this:

    | |       +-o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad  <class ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad, id 0x10000028d, registered, matched, active, busy 0 (32 ms), retain 10>

    | |         | {

    | |         |   "StickyMultiFingerScrolling" = No

    | |         |   "UnitsPerMMX" = 50

    | |         |   "DisableZoneBottom" = 4200

    | |         |   "HIDPointerConvertAbsolute" = <00>

    | |         |   "IOProviderClass" = "ApplePS2MouseDevice"

    | |         |   "HIDScrollResolution" = 52428800

    | |         |   "MomentumScrollTimer" = 10000000

 

@leaddonkey

 

did your wifi work before you upgraded from el cap to high sierra? if so, then maybe missing a kext?

 

@Dabman1988

 

moving to Mojave is almost as easy as upgrading from Sierra to HighSierra. but i dont know about nvidia ? other than to recommend to disable it.

1) update your ESP with a recent version

2) get your current system running with a mojave config.plist which essentially means you change the model from MPB8,1 to MPB9,1.

3) install Mojave

4) on the post install side you need to install the HD3000 in /S/L/E.

 

all of this is outlined in the Guide.

@tluck - It did work in El Cap prior to the change.  I tried porting over the IO80211Family.kext from El Capitan to High Sierra for the Broadcom BCM94322HM8L.  I checked a few forms and did not see it on the list of kext which Apple did not bring forward and the data from https[:]//wikidevi[.]com/wiki/Broadcom_BCM94322HM8L showed BCM94322HM8L - 14e4:432b 802.11abgn 2T2R.  Still not working, so back at it in the morning. Thanks for any/all the help.

 

Also, tried bringing over my old config.plist to see if it "magically" worked for wifi.  It did not, but my Serial # came over, so one less thing to do!  (It's the little wins!!)

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@leaddonkey - get these kext from the T460 repo vs T420 - 

 

these 4 kext may make it work:

FakePCIID.kext

FakePCIID_Broadcom_WiFi.kext

BrcmPatchRAM2.kext

BrcmFirmwareRepo.kext

 

@tonyyang123 - the HD3000 kexts are in the kext/10.14 folder just as part of the zip (people asked for them instead having to get them from a High Sierra install) - they don't work right fully unless you put them in /S/L/E in my experience.  

 

so having these kexts duplicated in ESP is ok - the ones in OS /S/L/E should be used

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On 1/3/2019 at 1:06 AM, tluck said:

@leaddonkey - get these kext from the T460 repo vs T420 - 

 

these 4 kext may make it work:

FakePCIID.kext

FakePCIID_Broadcom_WiFi.kext

BrcmPatchRAM2.kext

BrcmFirmwareRepo.kext

 

@tonyyang123 - the HD3000 kexts are in the kext/10.14 folder just as part of the zip (people asked for them instead having to get them from a High Sierra install) - they don't work right fully unless you put them in /S/L/E in my experience.  

 

so having these kexts duplicated in ESP is ok - the ones in OS /S/L/E should be used

 

So tried the kexts from the T460 repo and did not work.  Dug into some of my old notes from El Capitan (again thanks tluck) and ran lspci on a Ubuntu USB and noticed that I am running BCM43224 [14E4:4353] which is the DW1520.  In reviewing other forums it looks like it might not work too well in High Sierra.  Trying to force load the \System\Library\Extensions\IO80211Family.kext\Contents\Plugins\AppleAirPortBrcm43224.kext from my El Capitan HDD.

 

I have the hex and a few other screenshots if anyone has a way to Force the kext to load or alter my kexts to patch.

 

Side Note:  If you got a system running, save that exact setup and write some notes in a textpad file.  Never know when you'll have to dig deep due to a fubar HDD or just because you want to upgrade and it doesn't work on that 1st attempt.

 

If this fails two questions:

1) Any other thoughts?  If not,

2) What is a good Half mini pci card that'll work in both High Sierra and/or Mojave?  want to attempt to "future" proof a bit because I like my hackbook!

 

Thank you all.

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@leaddonkey I have the same card, DW1520 will work almost OOB, without any extra kexts in Sierra/Mojave with just a small config plist patch:

            <dict>
                <key>Comment</key>
                <string>DW1520 Whitelist Patch (MBP11,1)</string>
                <key>Disabled</key>
                <false/>
                <key>Find</key>
                <data>
                TWFjLTJFNkZBQjk2NTY2RkU1OEM=
                </data>
                <key>Name</key>
                <string>com.apple.driver.AirPort.Brcm4360</string>
                <key>Replace</key>
                <data>
                TWFjLTE4OUEzRDRGOTc1RDVGRkM=
                </data>
            </dict>
 

If you use for example MBP9,1, as tluck suggested recently, you will need to change the replace data appropriately (base64 encoding of Mac Board-Id). For MBP9,1 use 

TWFjLTRCN0FDN0U0Mzk0NTU5N0U=

 

For El Capitan search here for DW1520, you will find the solution with MBP8,1.

 

Edited by davidian

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Not sure what you mean by optimizing it, I have this one too and it works out of the box, nothing needed (besides bios whitelist removal of course).

 

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Thats what I was asking myself either.

So far my two DW 1510 were working oob since ElCap IIRC.

If a config.plist edit would show the card as Apple instead of "Third-Party Wireless Card" it might be nice to have.

If channel 12 and 13 in the 2.4GHz band could be enabled that way, it would be a real improvement.

(I doubt that, flashing the card will be needed - not worth the hassle, I would suppose.)

 

MBP 8.1 / 9.1

On my side, re-enabling Preview is bettering things a lot.

However, I feel that a config.plist with MBP8.1 or MBP9.1 slows down things compared to MBP11.1.

E.g. opening "About This Mac" or inserting a text string here by copy/paste seems to lag for a second or so.

Which setting do you use or like best for Mojave?

 

 

 

Edited by goodguess

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On 1/2/2019 at 5:04 PM, tluck said:

 

@namisloc

- you need to see if the VoodooPS2 kexts are loading.

run:


$ kextstat|grep voodoo
   59    2 0xffffff7f82de1000 0xb000     0xb000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Controller (1.9.2) 39822203-AB99-38FA-85DB-A83BA02A60CA <11 7 5 4 3 1>
   87    0 0xffffff7f82e0f000 0x6000     0x6000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Keyboard (1.9.2) 3D5B784B-4D8C-3838-BD2F-3AB5E20742A9 <59 48 15 7 6 5 4 3 1>
   88    0 0xffffff7f82e15000 0xc000     0xc000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Trackpad (1.9.2) E616F856-B251-31D5-8A8F-767E322E1C24 <59 48 15 7 6 5 4 3 1>

should see 3 items

 

if good, then check ioreg:

 


$ ioreg -l -w0|sed -n "/o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad/,/RM,Build/p"  

 

should look like this:

    | |       +-o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad  <class ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad, id 0x10000028d, registered, matched, active, busy 0 (32 ms), retain 10>

    | |         | {

    | |         |   "StickyMultiFingerScrolling" = No

    | |         |   "UnitsPerMMX" = 50

    | |         |   "DisableZoneBottom" = 4200

    | |         |   "HIDPointerConvertAbsolute" = <00>

    | |         |   "IOProviderClass" = "ApplePS2MouseDevice"

    | |         |   "HIDScrollResolution" = 52428800

    | |         |   "MomentumScrollTimer" = 10000000

 

 

 

Cheers, appreciate the help!

Trackpad is blank in system preferences.  Ran both scripts, here are the results.

$ kextstat|grep voodoo
   49    2 0xffffff7f82af9000 0xb000     0xb000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Controller (1.9.2) 39822203-AB99-38FA-85DB-A83BA02A60CA <11 7 5 4 3 1>
   69    0 0xffffff7f82b3f000 0xc000     0xc000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Trackpad (1.9.2) E616F856-B251-31D5-8A8F-767E322E1C24 <49 41 15 7 6 5 4 3 1>
   70    0 0xffffff7f82b4b000 0x6000     0x6000     org.rehabman.voodoo.driver.PS2Keyboard (1.9.2) 3D5B784B-4D8C-3838-BD2F-3AB5E20742A9 <49 41 15 7 6 5 4 3 1>
$ ioreg -l -w0|sed -n "/o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad/,/RM,Build/p"  
    | |       +-o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad  <class ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad, id 0x100000259, registered, matched, active, busy 0 (114 ms), retain 11>
    | |         | {
    | |         |   "StickyMultiFingerScrolling" = No
    | |         |   "UnitsPerMMX" = 50
    | |         |   "DisableZoneBottom" = 4200
    | |         |   "HIDPointerConvertAbsolute" = <00>
    | |         |   "IOProviderClass" = "ApplePS2MouseDevice"
    | |         |   "HIDScrollResolution" = 52428800
    | |         |   "MomentumScrollTimer" = 10000000
    | |         |   "SwipeDeltaY" = 800
    | |         |   "HIDResetPointer" = Yes
    | |         |   "ScrollDeltaThreshY" = 10
    | |         |   "BogusDeltaThreshY" = 800
    | |         |   "HIDClickTime" = 500000000
    | |         |   "ZoneRight" = 5200
    | |         |   "IOClass" = "ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad"
    | |         |   "FakeMiddleButton" = No
    | |         |   "StickyVerticalScrolling" = No
    | |         |   "UnsmoothInput" = Yes
    | |         |   "HIDInterfaceID" = 5
    | |         |   "DisableZoneRight" = 1700
    | |         |   "VendorID" = 1452
    | |         |   "MaxTapTime" = 100000000
    | |         |   "HIDPointerResolution" = 209715200
    | |         |   "MomentumScrollMultiplier" = 98
    | |         |   "UnitsPerMMY" = 50
    | |         |   "HWResetOnStart" = Yes
    | |         |   "DoubleTapThresholdX" = 150
    | |         |   "TrackpointScrollXMultiplier" = 1
    | |         |   "Revision" = 24
    | |         |   "RM,Build" = "Release-"
    | |       +-o ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad  <class ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad, id 0x100000259, registered, matched, active, busy 0 (114 ms), retain 11>
    | |         | {
    | |         |   "StickyMultiFingerScrolling" = No
    | |         |   "UnitsPerMMX" = 50
    | |         |   "DisableZoneBottom" = 4200
    | |         |   "HIDPointerConvertAbsolute" = <00>
    | |         |   "IOProviderClass" = "ApplePS2MouseDevice"
    | |         |   "HIDScrollResolution" = 52428800
    | |         |   "MomentumScrollTimer" = 10000000
    | |         |   "SwipeDeltaY" = 800
    | |         |   "HIDResetPointer" = Yes
    | |         |   "ScrollDeltaThreshY" = 10
    | |         |   "BogusDeltaThreshY" = 800
    | |         |   "HIDClickTime" = 500000000
    | |         |   "ZoneRight" = 5200
    | |         |   "IOClass" = "ApplePS2SynapticsTouchPad"
    | |         |   "FakeMiddleButton" = No
    | |         |   "StickyVerticalScrolling" = No
    | |         |   "UnsmoothInput" = Yes
    | |         |   "HIDInterfaceID" = 5
    | |         |   "DisableZoneRight" = 1700
    | |         |   "VendorID" = 1452
    | |         |   "MaxTapTime" = 100000000
    | |         |   "HIDPointerResolution" = 209715200
    | |         |   "MomentumScrollMultiplier" = 98
    | |         |   "UnitsPerMMY" = 50
    | |         |   "HWResetOnStart" = Yes
    | |         |   "DoubleTapThresholdX" = 150
    | |         |   "TrackpointScrollXMultiplier" = 1
    | |         |   "Revision" = 24
    | |         |   "RM,Build" = "Release-"
sed: RE error: illegal byte sequence

 

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@namisloc - odd i saw the same thing on Sierra . but installed the final Sierra Security patch and somehow the trackpad started showing up. 

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    • By miliuco
      Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on Gigabyte P55-USB3 with Radeon RX 580 graphics card using a USB device created with the createinstallmedia command and Clover as bootloader. Instructions to install macOS 10.14 Mojave on this computer are almost identical, replacing Catalina app with Mojave, so this article is suitable for both versions of macOS. The Gigabyte P55-USB3 motherboard (and some others from the same brand with the P55 / H55 chipset) have made it easy to build a hackintosh and install macOS since 10 years ago. Although it is an old motherboard, the behavior with Mojave or Catalina is very good after changing the classic hard drive (HDD) for a solid state drive (SSD).

      Components of the hackintosh
      Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 motherboard: P55 chipset, 1156 socket, ALC892 audio, Gigabit RTL8111D network, DDR3 RAM Intel Core i5-750 processor for socket 1156: 4 cores, 8MB cache, clock rate 2.66 GHz Fenvi FV-T919 wireless + Bluetooth card: PCI-Express, wifi is ac type, detected by macOS as Airport and Apple Bluetooth Radeon RX 580 8 GB graphics card: works OOB but with a few details to be considered, it has its own article.  
      Previous requirements
      Install macOS Catalina app in /Applications folder USB flash drive with at least 16GB prepared from Disk Utility with MBR partition scheme and formatted as Mac Os Plus (on older Gigabyte boards like mine, USB sticks partitioned with GUID scheme instead of MBR usually hang the system when booting) Recent version of Clover (I have used r5117) Recent versions of Lilu (at least 1.4.4) and WhateverGreen (at least 1.3.9) to fine-tune the behavior of the graphics card Recent version of RealtekRTL8111 (I have used 2.2.2) FaceSMC version 6.26-322 (newer versions disable automatic mounting of USB devices on my system).  
      Create install USB
      Run this command from Terminal (assuming the target device is called USB):
      Bash: sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Catalina.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Catalina.app
      Clover must be installed on the USB memory, I choose the following options:
      Bootloader > Install boot0af on the MBR CloverEFi > CloverEFI 64-bit SATA BIOS Drivers, 64 bit > Recommended drivers > FSInject + SMCHelper + XhciDxe BIOS Drivers, 64 bit > File System drivers > ApfsDriverLoader Install RC scripts on selected volume Optional RC scripts > Disable sleep proxy client.  
      You have to copy 4 kexts to the EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other folder of the USB device: FaceSMC 6.26-322, Lilu 1.4.4, WhateverGreen 1.3.9 and RealtekRTL8111 2.2.2. Regarding the config.plist file, the most significant is:
      Boot > kext-dev-mode = 1 in Boot arguments GUI > Theme embedded, EmbeddedThemeType Dark, Screen Resolution 1920x1080, Preboot in Hide Volume Graphics > blank, nothing is checked except if foxbox solution is used to have more than 2 connectors enabled RT Variables > 0x28 in BooterConfig and 0x67 in CsrActiveConfig SMBios > iMac14,2 Sytem Parameters> Yes in Inject Kexts and check Inject System ID.  
      Install macOS Catalina

      Boot from the USB device and choose Install macOS from Install macOS Catalina. The installation program runs until the PC restarts. Here choose Install macOS from HDD (the name of the volume you are installing macOS on). With RX 580 graphics card, the screen goes black in this second phase of the installation, it is a phase in which the user has nothing to do until the PC is restarted so you can let it work until the Clover menu again. You have to choose Boot macOS from HDDto boot the installed system from the hard disk, the screen is recovered and you can configure the account and the initial options. From this moment the screen works fine.

      In summary:
      Boot from USB > Clover menu > Install macOS from Install macOS Catalina > screen works fine Boot from USB > Clover menu > Install macOS from HDD > black screen Boot from USB > Clover menu > Boot macOS from HDD > screen works fine.  
      Install Clover and kexts on the hard drive

      Clover needs to be installed on the disk where we just installed macOS. Options are the same as when installing it on the USB memory. You also have to copy the 4 kexts (FaceSMC 6.26-322, Lilu 1.4.4, WhateverGreen 1.3.9 and RealtekRTL8111 2.2.2) into the EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other folder on the EFI partition of the disk. And review the config.plist file remembering the comments for the USB.

      If everything goes well, the computer starts from the hard disk with a running copy of macOS Catalina.
       
       

    • By miliuco
      Radeon RX 580 8 GB graphics card on macOS High Sierra (as of 10.13.6), Mojave and Catalina on the P55-USB3 board: excellent performance with acceleration (Metal) OOB, no need for drivers (kexts), with 3 drawbacks, one has to do with the boot of the operating system (a solution is proposed), another with the number of rear connectors enabled (a solution is proposed) and another that only affects to one phase of the Mojave or Catalina installation (without clear solution for now).

      I have placed the XFX AMD Radeon RX-580 P8DFD6 8GB Triple X Edition GDDR5, 256BIT, DVI + HDMI + 3DP graphics card on a 10 year old motherboard (Gigabyte P55-USB3) in order to update the hackintosh to 10.14 Mojave and 10.15 Catalina because the card that I have used in past years, Nvidia Geforce GTX 750 1GB, has stopped working after 10.13.6 High Sierra since this was the last version for which Nvidia published the alternate web drivers that were necessary for the card to work well with graphic acceleration.

      The new RX 580 card needs considerably more space than the old one although it fits perfectly in an ATX case, and requires an additional power connector. It has 2 big fans that most of the time are stopped, at least in my case. In macOS it works perfectly, even with Metal acceleration, without additional drivers and without extra settings in Clover. But it has drawbacks that I comment below.

      Alterations during startup

      During the boot of the operating system, when the screen goes from the basic driver to the AMD driver, 2 artifacts appear randomly, they are very short in duration (from one to a few seconds):
      Very short flashing white screen that may or may not be accompanied by purple lines The fans runs for a few seconds (the noise is clearly audible). This behavior is solved with the installation of 2 kexts, Lilu and WhateverGreen. Lilu is an extension created by acidantheraand vit9696 among others whose function is to help to patch kexts, processes and libraries during macOS boot. It is accompanied by specific plugins for the task required, for example WhateverGreen that injects necessary patches for certain AMD, Intel and Nvidia graphics cards. It is mandatory to have both extensions together, one of them separately does not correct the problem.
      I have installed Lilu 1.4.4 and WhateverGreen 1.3.9 in the EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other folder of the EFI partition and artifacts have disappeared. Remember that these 2 extensions are not necessary for the card to work properly, if you tolerate those very brief distortions of the screen or the noise of the fans running for a few seconds, you can live without Lilu and WhateverGreen.

      Note: authors recommend that when using Lilu and WhateverGreen with Radeon cards, NO graphic settings have to be added to Clover (Inject ATI, etc.).

      Note: these alterations, especially the brief white screen and less frequently purple lines and fan noise, are also seen in Windows and some real Macs with the same card.

      Alteration during macOS installation

      Boot from USB > Clover menu > Install macOS from Install macOS Catalina > screen works fine
      Boot from USB > Clover menu > Install macOS from MacintoshHD > black screen
      Booting from USB > Clover menu > Boot macOS from MacintoshHD > screen works fine.

      In the first and third stages, screen works fine. In the second stage the screen goes black although the installation continues. The user has nothing to do at this moment so you can leave the PC working until the Clover menu is shown again, the screen is recovered, the initial account options can be configured and you can enter into the newly installed system with correct resolution and acceleration.
      This behavior is not corrected even by placing Lilu and WhateverGreen into the USB device. At least in my case I have not found a solution for it. Yo can install macOS perfectly with that drawback of not seeing how it progresses during the second phase of the installation.

      Only 2 connectors of the 5 available work

      This card has 3 Display Port (DP) ports, 1 HDMI port and 1 DVI port. In my case, only 2 DP work, those that are further from the HDMI connector. It is enough if you use a single monitor or 2 monitors that can be connected by DP. But if you want to have 3 or more connected devices or some of them only have HDMI, it is necessary to enable the 5 connectors or at least 4 of them since the DVI is obsolete and does not allow resolutions as high as DP and HDMI.
      User foxbox has proposed a solution in a thread titled [Solved] Sapphire RX 580 Nitro + SE | black screen on HDMI and DVI. Must inject from Clover a modification to the Orinoco framebuffer (which is used in the RX 580 card) so that the 5 connectors lack a fixedly assigned address and, instead, receive it dynamically. This change is made from the KextsToPatch section of Clover. Read the post from foxbox.
      This has to be accompanied by 3 changes in the Graphics section of Clover: Orinoco in FB Name / Inject ATI / 5 in Video Ports. I have tested this solution in macOS Catalina and it effectively enables the 5 ports of the card but, since I only use 1 monitor, I have removed it and I am with Lilu and WhateverGreen.
       

    • By zazman
      Bonjour,
       
      Je rencontre un souci depuis la dernière maj supplémentaire catalina 10.15.4, même chose pour la 10.15.5 aujourd'hui : après le début de l'update, lorsque le pc redémarre, je ne vois pas le volume d'installation dans les volumes de l'écran de boot clover (v5118). j'ai juste Preboot dans les volumes cachés au démarrage, et j'ai essayé de les afficher, le préboot de l'install apparait bien mais le boot n'aboutit jamais par ce biais. du coup, je suis bloqué en 10.15.4. Auriez-vous une idée du problème ?
    • By y010204025
      Perhaps it was the first NEC (Lenovo) Lavie Z HZ550 to install hackintosh. I hope more people who like Lavie Z series can experience Hackintosh at HZ550. She is really great.
       
      I found HZ550 & HZ750 on the Chinese website, which is amazing. It weighs only 790g, 13.3 inches, and the standard 2k screen, which is too attractive to me. I am a Hackintosh enthusiast. I think HZ550 or HZ750 with MacOS is the best Unfortunately, the Lavie Z series is not listed in China, only exists in the Japanese and American markets, and in the Japanese market is the NEC brand, while the American market uses the Lenovo logo.
       
      Fortunately, I got an HZ550 from Taobao. Yes, not HZ750. In comparison, HZ750 has more touch screens and 360 ° flip. These are hard to attract me. More importantly, HZ750 is about 200g heavier than HZ550 That's why I chose HZ550. Well, because he is only 2,000 RMB.
       
      The specific introduction can refer to NEC Japan official website:http://nec-lavie.jp/products/hz13b/
       
      The HZ550 hardware list I obtained:
                                    
                       -/+:.          ningnan@ningnandeMacBook-Air
                      :++++.          OS: 64bit Mac OS X 10.15.5 19F96
                     /+++/.           Kernel: x86_64 Darwin 19.5.0
             .:-::- .+/:-``.::-       Uptime: 19m
          .:/++++++/::::/++++++/:`    Packages: 1
        .:///////////////////////:`   Shell: zsh 5.7.1
        ////////////////////////`     Resolution: 3840x2160
       -+++++++++++++++++++++++`      DE: Aqua
       /++++++++++++++++++++++/       WM: Quartz Compositor
       /sssssssssssssssssssssss.      WM Theme: Blue (Dark)
       :ssssssssssssssssssssssss-     Disk: 11G / 108G (12%)
        osssssssssssssssssssssssso/`  CPU: Intel Core i7-5500U @ 2.40GHz
        `syyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy+`  GPU: Intel Iris Graphics 6100
         `ossssssssssssssssssssss/    RAM: 4376MiB / 8192MiB
           :ooooooooooooooooooo+.    
            `:+oo+/:-..-:/+o+/-     
       
       
      Advantages: small size, light weight, 2K screen, 8G memory, 512g SSD, keyboard feels good, and wireless network card can be replaced, which is unimaginable in today's thin and light books.
      Disadvantages: The sound is small, almost the same as the mosquitoes.
       
      Ok, bragging is over!
      In order to use the wireless network, I changed the wireless network card from inter 7265 to BCM94352ZAE. Some people called it DW1560. It is uncomfortable that in China, this card and his elder brother DW1830 were hyped to a high price of 480RMB. of. Fortunately, I bought it early, and this card is also very stable under win10, and there is no high delay and outage. The hard disk should be PM951 of Samsung, not PM981, which is lucky.   Before installing Hackintosh: You need to prepare a 16G U disk, SanDisk is not a rough choice for making MacOS installation disk, I used the latest MacOS Catalina 10.15.5, got config.plist from Rehabman, and put together an EFI, the latest version of clover and kext drivers. Thanks to Rehabman and the developers of the Black Apple community. I do n’t like that OC team very much.
      Make an installation disk: If you have a computer running MacOS, you can use the command line to make it, if you do n’t have a computer running MacOS, you can try VMware, I know that the insanelymac forum allows discussion, or use ether to write the image to U disk, use the EFI I provided to boot into the installation process.   BIOS setting: Press F12 at boot to enter the BIOS settings, Tab switches to "Security-Secure boot", set to "DISable", this is what we need, and switch to "Boot -Boot devices", set the U disk as the first boot item You can directly enter the clover guide interface, please follow it for google it.
      It is worth noting that the remaining space of your EFI partition needs to be greater than 200M, otherwise, the disk format will be wrong. In addition, the format partition format is APFS, do not choose to encrypt, your data is not valuable, at least you must have this awareness of Hackintosh, the file safe is also the same, do not enable, do not use to find your mac, otherwise, change the machine, OK .   Fortunately, no additional ssdt patch is required. All the patch functions are implemented through clover. The flat Apple is turned on. This is to solve the problem of the flower screen. You can find a solution yourself.
      Experience your black apple, this will bring a better experience than MacBook Pro. EFI_HZ550.zip
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