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El Capitan on i5-4570T Gigabyte H81M-H for newbie

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Just want to share my build: 
  • Intel Core i5-4570T 
  • Gigabyte GA-H81M-H
  • G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 
  • Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 
  • Apex DM-387 HTPC Case

and an outline of the steps here:

  1. Prepare the installer with Clover OS X El Capitan USB
  2. Modify BIOS setting following the instruction: make UEFI default, disable VT-d, xHCI to "Auto", and enable xHCI Hand-off / EHCI Hand-off.
  3. Boot from the USB INSTALLER and install OS X.
    • I did have "Disk Utility" erased one of my two partition on SSD, after selection of language.
  4. Boot from USB again, but use Clover (on USB) to boot the OS X on SSD.
    • Basically just clicking through the setups...
    • I had to choose "not connected to the Internet" at this stage... any attempt to use DHCP resulted in crash and reboot. 
  5. Immediately in the OS X, perform the post installation tasks.
    1. use Clover OS X El Capitan USB, choose "Customize Install" and install:
      • Bootloader > Clover > UEFI
      • Bootloader > Clover > Other Config >Option Intel HD 4600
      • Bootloader > HSFPlus > UEFI
      • Post..kext > Audio > ALC887-1
      • Post..kext > Other > NulCPU
      • Post..kext > FakeSMC > FakeSMC and Plugin
    2. Use Clover Configurator to mount EFI partition.
    3. Use cloverHDMI command to enable HDMI audio driver.
  6. That's it! 

It should take 30 to 50 mins to complete. I haven't noticed any issue at this moment.

Good luck!!

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Hi, I have this same motherboard and running El Capitan 10.11.6 but I could not start the Sierra or High Sierra installation. You have tried it?

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