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[GUIDE] How To Install Sierra On EVGA Z97 With Clover in UEFI Mode

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This thread is a walkthrough on how to install Sierra. These are fully detailed instructions to make it easier for newbs. PLEASE DO NOT PM ME FOR HELP. REPLY TO THIS GUIDE BELOW. THANKS


       MY SPECS:

1.  Intel Core i7-4770K (De-lidded)

2.  EVGA Z97 FTW (ATX)

3.  Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB

4.  Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB DDR3 2400MHz

5.  OCZ Vertex 4 512 GB

6.  Patriot Dual Bay 2.5" SATA 3.5" drive bay (for SSD)

7.  Noctua NH-U12S

8.  My case: Modified Apple Powermac G5

9.  ASUS BW-12B1ST

10. EVGA GeForce GTX680 SC

11. Silverstone SST-ST1200-G Evolution Strider Gold 1200W



1.  macOS 10.12 Sierra [from Mac App Store]

2.  A computer running an Intel Processor

3.  Access to OS X on VMWare (for Windows), Mac, or Hackintosh

4.  1x supported graphics card

5.  Clover v2.3k r3763 and up

6.  A USB flash drive at least 8 GB

7.  Update your system with the latest BIOS



1.  AHCI mode and CD/DVD first boot priority are set in the BIOS by default. Ensure your settings match these in your Z97 BIOS:

a. Go to ADVANCED SATA Configuration All settings should set at default; notice that your disks won't show up here if they're connected to black Marvell SATA ports.


b. Go to BOOT→ Speaker Beep; switch to 'Off'. Change Boot mode select to 'UEFI'. Continue to FIXED Boot ORDER Priorities→ Check if CD/DVD is 1st Boot (Note that your CD drive will not appear unless there is an UEFI enabled CD inside; Scroll down to Hard Disk Drive BBS Priorities to set the boot sequence of the available hard disks (Note that if at least one hard disk is not configured with EFI bootloader then 'Hard Disk Drive BBS Priorities' menu will not show up). Go to CSM Configuration; Launch CSM = 'Disabled'; This enables the bootloader menu screen to load with native HD as specified by your monitor.

NOTE: If you are multi-booting with Windows 7, it is MANDATORY that Launch CSM = 'Enabled' (Launch PXE OpROM policy = 'Do not launch', Launch Storage OpROM policy = 'UEFI only', Other PCI device ROM priority = 'UEFI OpROM'); The lack of these settings can cause the following error when starting up your Windows 7 boot drive:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. 
File: \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc000000d
Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data
It will also prevent any non-UEFI boot disks from appearing in the UEFI BIOS (e.g. CD/DVD, Windows 7 USB Keys, etc.)





c. Go to ADVANCED→ Power Management→ ACPI Sleep State is S3 only (Suspend to RAM).


d. Go to ADVANCED→ Graphics Configuration→ Disable internal graphics.


e. Go to ADVANCED→ CPU Configuration; there is no option for Vt-d, so disable Intel Virtualization Technology (during installation).


f. Go to ADVANCED→ USB Configuration→ Disable XHCI Mode.


g. [OPTIONAL] Go to MEMORY; Under Memory Multiplier Configuration, set Performance Memory Profiles to XMP Profile 1.


h. [OPTIONAL] Go to ADVANCED→ H/W Monitor Configuration→ Set all fan speeds to 50%. Save and Reset.




1.  Clover and the macOS installer are placed on separate partitions on the USB stick. This guide will use 'diskutil list' in Terminal instead of Disk Utility to format the USB with GPT partitioning for Clover UEFI support.

2.  You must determine its disk identifier before you can partition the USB. Plug the USB stick into a Mac (or Hackintosh), run Terminal and type 'diskutil list'.

The following screenshot will serve as a reference:


As you can see the the USB stick’s identifier is /dev/disk4.

3.  Type the following entry into Terminal to format the USB stick (two partitions, via GPT):

diskutil partitionDisk /dev/disk4 1 GPT HFS+J "OS X" R

During the process the following occurred:

  • /dev/disk4 GPT partitioning initiated
  • by default EFI was automatically created
  • remainder "OS X", HFS+J is partitioned

4.  It resulted in the following screenshot:


Close Terminal


5.  We need to download and install the latest version of Clover (here) on the USB stick.

a.  Run the pkg, "Change Install Location" by selecting "OS X" (partition name) as the target of the install. Use the following settings below:



Make sure that it shows "Installation Complete."

NOTE: When installing to HDD select "Install RC scripts on target volume" and/or "Install all RC scripts on all other boot volumes" and "Install Clover Preference Pane".


6.  You must copy your kexts to the EFI/ Clover folder. You can use EFI Mounter v1.2.3 when necessary to mount the EFI partition, just use "diskutil list" first to ensure you chose the right one for the USB stick.


a. Remove EFI/CLOVER/kexts/10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11 leaving just 'Other'. Create a folder titled '10.12'.

b. Copy the required kexts FakeSMC.kext, VoodooPS2Controller.kext (for PS/2 keyboard), and your ethernet kext (Intel I219-V) IntelMausiEthernet-V2.2.0 or AppleIntelE1000e v3.3.3 to the following directory: /EFI/CLOVER/KEXTS/10.12.

NOTE: If you are having trouble getting Ethernet to work you can also try copying IONetworkingFamily.kext from S/L/E to /EFI/CLOVER/KEXTS/10.12 with your networking kext.


7.  Use a text editor/plist editor like PlistEdit Pro to modify your config.plist manually. We must apply the following mandatory patches:

a. You must add line ACPI/SSDT/DropOem=false in config.plist in order to boot without "Still waiting for root device" error. Add this <dict> entry to EFI/CLOVER/config.plist:


b. Use Clover’s built-in kernel patch to automatically apply the code to patch the (new) kernel after each OS X update to prevent reboot loop:


c.  AppleAHCIPort Clover patch disables orange drive icons. Add this <dict> entry to the config.plist:

				<string>External icons patch</string>

d. SMBIOS. With the config file still opened in your text/plist editor, scroll down to SMBIOS section to add the following SMBIOS system definition:

		<string>Apple Inc.</string>

NOTE: Macmini6,2, iMac13,2 and iMac13,1 support speedstep.You can also do this using Clover Configurator: In the SMBIOS section, click the magic wand to select a SMBIOS relevant to your hardware (e.g. iMac14,2) – and close the screen and File/Save.


e. GUI. Here you indicate the theme you want to use that you installed by entering the title in the string. I chose to use "random" as shown below:


f. Boot Flag. It is necessary to use "-v" to monitor if any problems arise. Add this <dict> entry to the config.plist:


g. NVIDIA graphics cards especially 'Maxwell' currently lack support natively in macOS. To correct this problem, it requires System Parameter/NvidiaWeb entry. It must be disabled during installation by adding this <dict> entry to the config.plist:


h. SIP. Apple has implemented 'rootless' security or System Integrity Protection (SIP) (reference sources 1, 2, & 3) since 10.11 which restricts users from modifying system folders/files, and as a result it locks down system folders and files against hacks and root attacks, making the system safer. However, SIP must be disabled in order to install anything (i.e., kexts) into protected system folders. Add this <dict> entry to the config.plist:


i. Audio Fix. This Haswell board comes with a Realtek ALC898 audio chip. In order to use AppleALC/CloverALC (discussed further in this guide), you must add the following patch in the config.plist:

		<string>t1-10.9-10.11-AppleHDA/Realtek ALC898</string>

8.  Preparing OS X partition. Download macOS v10.12.0 Sierra [Mac App Store] and Right-click "Install macOS Sierra" will be in /Applications.

a. Right-click "Install macOS Sierra Show Package Contents  Contents  ShareSupport  Double click to mount "InstallESD.dmg".

b. Once "OS X Install ESD" appears, use ShowHiddenFiles to show hidden files.

c. Now you will see an image called "BaseSystem.dmg" appear. Mount it by right-clicking and opening it with DiskImageMounter...

NOTE: The version of Disk Utility found in El Capitan has been stripped down of its most essential features to proceed with the following instructions. Your next best option is to use a pre-modified version of the old Disk Utility. After downloading it, extract and copy it to the Desktop and type the following line in Terminal to take ownership, enabling the app to run:

sudo chown -R 0:0 ~/Desktop/Disk\ Utility.app 

d. Open Disk Utility. Select and highlight the volume "OS X Base System", click "Restore" at the top-right, drag the volume into "Source" field, and drag the USB [OS X] partition (you already created) to the "Destination" field where you will restore the image: click the "Restore" button then "Erase"...

e. After the process is complete, you'll now have (2) "OS X Base System" present in Finder. Eject the image "BaseSystem.dmg" and close Disk Utility.

f. On the remaining volume "OS X Base System" (USB stick), go to System/Installation and delete Packages symlink.

g. Open "OS X Install ESD" in a new Finder window, and copy the Packages folder to System/Installation folder inside "OS X Base System".

h. Copy BaseSystem.chunklistBaseSystem.dmgAppleDiagnostics.chunklist, and AppleDiagnostics.dmg from "OS X Install ESD" and copy it to the volume root.

i. Create a new folder named "Kernels" in System/Library on the USB stick. Use Pacifist v.3.2.17+ to extract "kernel" from "OS X Install ESD/Packages/Essential.pkg[/system/Library/Kernels/kernel]" and place "kernel" into System/Library/Kernels/ location.

j. Use ShowHiddenFiles to hide the hidden files, and quit the application.

k. With the USB installer ready, remember before restarting system to change boot priority of USB stick to first to install Sierra on the hard disk of choice.

l. Highlight the USB installer from the bootloader menu screen and type kernel boot flag nv_disable=1 to avoid a blank screen (for Maxwell+ GPU's), resulting in 'No Display' signal.

m. Once the installer is finished, it will automatically restart the system. Boot from the USB installer and select the drive where you installed Sierra.


       STEP 3: macOS 10.12 Post-Installation

1.  As the system is loading, you'll be prompted to the macOS Welcome screen.

a. Select your country then click "right arrow" to go to the next screen.

b. Select "My computer does not connect to the Internet."

c. Select "Don’t transfer any information now."

d. Do not "Enable Location Services on this Mac"

e. Agree to "Terms and Conditions."

f. Enter your namepassword, and hint and Continue.

g. Confirm "Diagnostics & Usage"

h. Wait a moment for the macOS desktop to load.

i. When prompted to back up any disk with Time Machine, click on the "Don't Use" button.


       STEP 4: macOS 10.12 Post-Installation (Continued)

1.  macOS Sierra no longer allows unsigned apps to run that did not come the App Store or identified developer. You can re-enable this function by running the following in Terminal:

sudo spctl --master-disable 

Go to System Preferences  Security & Privacy and disable GateKeeper to allow installation of software by unidentified developers.

2.  Mount the EFI partition of the USB stick with EFI Mounter v1.2.3 and copy the 'EFI' folder to the EFI partition of Sierra boot disk.

3.  Install Clover v2.3k on the Sierra install HDD partition you plan to boot from. In addition to the settings configured earlier, select "Install RC scripts on target volume" and "Install Clover Preference Pane" when installing to the HDD.  Installing RC scripts enables nvram variables required for iCloud and other services. It processes logs that are located in /Library/Logs/CloverEFI. You can also type bdmesg > Desktop/boot.txt in Terminal to get them manually.

4.  Edit the config.plist from your boot disk in EFI/CLOVER/ by adding the following <dict> entries:

a. New Method for Enabling NVIDIA Web Drivers. Boot flag nvda_drv=1 no longer works in config.plist to enable Web Drivers. A new setting under System Parameter in Clover called "NvidiaWeb" has been updated to fulfill this instead.


Remove Boot/Arguments/nvda_drv=1 if necessary.

b. Hide UEFI partitions. To hide internal UEFI (i.e., "Boot Windows from Recovery", "Boot Windows from EFI") you have to use Scan/Legacy=false:



c. Designate name of boot menu entries (Renaming Mac/Windows)In the Clover bootloader menu you will notice all EFI Windows partitions labeled "Boot Microsoft EFI boot menu from EFI [or SYSTEM]". The Windows partition is called EFI but there's also a Mac partition called EFI which is hidden by default in the Clover boot menu so it's a nonfactor. The volume names are what Clover shows by default. In order to change what the Clover boot menu shows your volume name to be you will have to specify its details under GUI/Custom/Entries section in your config.plist. There are 3 <key> tags necessary to edit in this section: Volume, FullTitle, and Type. You can refer to my personal settings below for help.

E.g., in my config.plist, my macOS volume is called "SIERRA" because that's what I named the partition I installed macOS on. It can also be seen as a bootloader screen entry as "Boot Mac OS X from XXXXXXXX" where XXXXXXXX is the volume name. "FullTitle" is the name you want the entry to say, i.e.: macOS 10.12 Sierra. "Type" is where you indicate what type of OS it is, i.e.: OSX (or Windows). Tags such as "Hidden" and "Disabled" are self-explanatory, while the "NoCaches" tag designates whether you want to boot without caches.

NOTE: Adding "InjectKexts" causes infinite loading on the Apple logo screen: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

NOTE: Having more than one Windows installation will cause multiple "Boot Microsoft EFI boot menu from EFI" items to appear In the Clover bootloader menu. To change its volume name that Clover shows it requires identifying its individual GUID and adding it as a 'string' under the Volume <key> tag.

Launch the Terminal and type the following into the command line:

diskutil list

A list of drives will populate along with sublist of its partition scheme. Now look for the partition generally listed under your Windows disk as "EFI - NO NAME". E.g., my disk is "0" and the EFI partition is "2". I would type the following into terminal:

diskutil info disk0s2 [replace 0 and 2 according to your drive and partition number]

It will then printout all the info specific to that partition. All you need to use is the "Disk / Partition UUID", NOT the Volume UUID.

						<string>Windows 8</string>
						<string>Windows 10</string>
						<string>macOS 10.12 Sierra</string>

d. USB patch. Sierra 10.12 requires the port limit to be raised in order for USB 3.0 ports to be recognized. This process involves installing FakePCIID.kext as well. Add this <dict> entry to the config.plist:

			<string>change 15 port limit to 20 in XHCI kext (9-series) 10.12</string>

Be sure to copy FakePCIID.kext and FakePCIID_XHCIMux.kext to /EFI/CLOVER/KEXTS/10.12.

NOTE: Set 'XHCI Mode' to Smart Auto in the BIOS to enable USB 3.0.


5.  Remove Recovery partition. Deleting and merging a partition with 'diskutil' from the command line is the most precise method to remove the partition since it targets the recovery disk directly and merges it with the full Sierra partition.

Launch the Terminal and type the following into the command line:

diskutil list

This will print out your drives partition scheme and look something like this:


Look for "Recovery HD" and see which identifier it uses. In this screenshot it’s disk2s4.

To remove that partition we use the following command (you can also use the volume name):

diskutil eraseVolume HFS+ Blank /dev/disk2s4

The partition will be erased. You’ll now have a blank partition sitting around, so you’ll want to merge that with your other Sierra partition:

diskutil mergePartitions HFS+ SIERRA disk2s3 disk2s4

This will merge the two partitions, with disk2s3 absorbing the space from disk2s4 and expanding, it causes data loss so don’t expect this to preserve anything.

6.  NVIDIA graphics cards 'Maxwell'+ currently lack native support in macOS 10.12 so you will not be able to boot without nv_disable=1 kernel flag.

a. Download and install NVIDIA Web Driver 367.15.10.05f01 to enable NVIDIA Graphics Cards because they won't work OOB without them.

NOTE: Remember to go to the NVIDIA Driver Manager menu bar at the top, change the settings to use Web drivers. Changes will take effect after restart.

7.  Reboot using the USB installer and choose the Sierra install drive.

8.  Download CUDA 7.5.30 drivers (increases GPU computing performance) needed for 10.12 support and install.

9.  [OPTION 1] Install AppleALC to enable native audio by injecting the layout id supported for ALC898 through dynamic patching without modifying any kexts. Audio will no longer be affected after each macOS update and SIP can remain enabled. More details here.

NOTE: AppleHDA must be native, original and unpatched.

a. Mount EFI partition and add the following entry under Devices/Audio in the config.plist to inject working layout id 1 (or 2 or 3).


b. Download the latest version of AppleALC (v1.0.18) and copy it to CLOVER/kexts/10.12.

NOTE: Rebuild kext cache if you have removed a modded AppleHDA to replace it with a native one by using Kext Utility or 'force rebuild cache' in Terminal:

sudo –s
sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions 

10. [OPTION 2] Install the following patch associated with Realtek ALC898 AppleHDA Audio (by Toleda):

a. Mount EFI partition, verify "Disable SIP" entry CsrActiveConfig=0x3 is in config.plist.

b. Download audio_cloverALC-120.command.zip and extract "audio_cloverALC-120_v1.0d.command".

c. No edits made to any native AppleHDA.kext file, 2-4 files added to Resources folder.

NOTE: There may be noticeable pops before starting playback which is caused by OS X putting the audio codec to sleep. Disable AFGLowPowerState in config.plist with following <dict> entry:


If popping is still exists after using the method above, try using antipop.


NOTE: There may be noticeable distortion after around 2 minutes of audio playback. Update to the latest version of Clover and add UseARTFrequency=false entry in the config.plist:


11. Create a DSDT??? (More to come later)

12. [OPTION 1] Create a SSDT (Secondary System Description Table) to configure the maximum clock speed.

a. Download Pike's ssdtPRGen.sh script which should auto-copy into your home directory, 'Volumes/Users/<username>' folder. Open Terminal and type the following:

curl -o ~/ssdtPRGen.sh https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Piker-Alpha/ssdtPRGen.sh/Beta/ssdtPRGen.sh 

b. Next, set the execute/search bits:

chmod +x ~/ssdtPRGen.sh 

c. Run ssdtPRGen.sh script for first time without any arguments and let it download all the data that you need:


d. The Haswell.cfg should have already downloaded.

e. Once finished you will have the ssdt.aml on the ~/library/ssdtPRGen/. Move it to /EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched.

NOTE: If you come across issues try the following:

  Use Terminal to ensure Haswell.cfg is in the 'Data' folder by typing: open ~/library/ssdtPRGen/Data

  You can remove any previously generated and downloaded script file by typing: sudo rm -R ~/Library/ssdtPRGen

  You can rerun another freshly downloaded ssdtPRGen.sh script with your processor type: ./ssdtPRGen.sh

  For additional help see also: ./ssdtPRGen.sh -help

13. [OPTION 2] Create a SSDT (Secondary System Description Table) to configure the maximum clock speed.

a. Download the Pike’s script v14.1 (modified for i-core processors) and put it on your desktop. Use it only for the PC it is running from. The script reads some information specific about your CPU and its number of cores.

b. Open Terminal and type "sudo" then leave a space and drag the script file into the Terminal window then leave a space and type in the Turbo Speed (Maximum Turbo Frequency) for your processor and then press enter.

e.g., Intel Core i7-4770K type code:

sudo /Users/"YourUsername"/Desktop/ssdtPRGen.sh -TURBO 3500 

Type your password when prompted and press Enter.

c. Ignore the following "Error: Unknown processor model ..." since the CPU is unsupported.

d. A decompiled file called SSDT.aml will generate in a hidden folder "tmp". Type "open /tmp" (no quotations) to reveal its location.

e. Mount EFI using EFI Mounter v1.2.3 and place SSDT.aml into /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/ folder.

14. Installing the following kexts/widget is optional. Mount the EFI partition to copy the kexts into the /EFI/CLOVER/KEXTS/10.12 folder. Install the widget using Launchpad  Dashboard:

  HWSensors 6.23.1417 Binaries (with FakeSMC): Helps you monitor CPU, memory, disks, network, temperatures, fans, load/uptime, and processes.

15. Install iStat Pro 4.92 r2, a highly configurable widget that lets you monitor every aspect of your Mac including CPU, memory, disks, network, battery, temperatures, fans, load & uptime and processes.


       STEP 5: Updating to 10.12.2

1.  Download and install macOS Sierra 10.12.2 Combo Update and reboot.

2.  After restarting, accept the popup window that prompts you to download and install the latest the NVIDIA Web Driver 367.15.10.25 to proceed.

3.  Download CUDA 8.0.57 drivers needed for 10.12.2 support from NVIDIA and install and reboot.

4.  Reinstall audio by patching AppleHDA with audio_cloverALC-120.command.zip [for OPTION 2].


       STEP 6: Updating to 10.12.3

1.  Download and install macOS Sierra 10.12.3 Combo Update and reboot.

2.  After restarting, accept the popup window that prompts you to download and install the latest the NVIDIA Web Driver 367.15.10.35f01 to proceed.

3.  Download CUDA 8.0.63 drivers needed for 10.12.3 support from NVIDIA and install and reboot.

4.  Reinstall audio by patching AppleHDA with audio_cloverALC-120.command.zip [for OPTION 2].


       STEP 7: Updating to 10.12.4

1.  Update to the latest version of Clover v2.4k.

2.  Download and install macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Combo Update and reboot.

3.  After restarting, accept the popup window that prompts you to download and install the latest the NVIDIA Web Driver 367.15.10.45f01 to proceed.

4.  Download CUDA 8.0.71 drivers needed for 10.12.4 support from NVIDIA and install and reboot.

5.  Install NVIDIA Web Driver 378.05.05.05f01 and CUDA 8.0.81 for Pascal card support.

a. Remove any trace of GPUSensors.kext or it will cause "System uptime in nanoseconds…" kernel panic if you plan to update HWSensors 6.25.1426 Binaries (with FakeSMC).

b. System Parameter/NvidiaWeb can be set to "false" since the motherboard has native working hardware NVRAM.

6.  Update to the latest version of FakePCIID & FakePCIID_XHCIMux.

7.  Update to the latest version of AppleALC v1.1.1 accompanied with Lilu.kext [for OPTION 1].

8.  Reinstall audio by patching AppleHDA with audio_cloverALC-120.command.zip [for OPTION 2].


       OPTIONAL: Fixing Time Sync issue with macOS/Windows – Registry Fix Method

NOTE: Only works for Vista/Windows 7, 8 & 10

1.  Press the Win + R keyboard combination to bring up a run box, then type "regedit" followed by Enter. Confirm "yes" once UAC prompt appears.

2.  When the registry editor opens, navigate to:




3.  Right-click on the empty space right below 'TimeZoneKeyName' and create a new DWORD (32-bit). It will appear as D-WORD On 32-bit versions of Windows 7/Vista.



4.  Rename it "RealTimeIsUniversal" (without quotes and it’s case-sensitive). Double-click on the new DWORD and change its value data "0" (zero) to "1" (one) as a hexadecimal.



5.  Save everything. Reboot to macOS, set the time properly and now boot back to Windows. You should notice it adjusted the correct time.

NOTE: Avoid changing the time in macOS if you are running a multi-boot system. You only have to modify the time in the BIOS and in Windows followed by enabling the setting to sync the clock with online time.


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Really Impressive Job!

Congrats Frank Nitty.


Could I know the working list..sleep..audio and everything else.

Thanks. All those things u listed are working... All there is left to do is follow the guide to install

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Thanks. All those things u listed are working... All there is left to do is follow the guide to install


Was so simple .

Before purchasing the hardware to build it I prefer reading more info.

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Thanks for shearing your hard work.  indepth guide.

                                                                                    Very Best regards

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      1x SD Card Reader 2x USB 3.0 (1x USB Charging), 1x USB 2.0 1x VGA 1x HDMI 1x 3.5mm microphone/audio combined jack connector 1x Ethernet (Rj-45) - Keyboard & Touchpad: Multi-Touch & Multi-gestures ELAN 501 Touchpad, Backlight Keyboard.
      - Wi-Fi (with BCM94352Z)
      - Bluetooth hand-off (With BCM94352Z)
      - Full Graphics enabled on HD 530: ig-platform-id: 0x191b0000 (HD 530 Mobile)
      - Display: if default colour profile is corrupted (blue is not actual blue but purplish) Use "Rec. ITU-R BT. 709-5" Color Profile (System Pref. -> Displays -> Color)
      - HDMI & VGA Outputs: AppleGraphicsDevicePolicy.kext Clover patch
      - Audio (ALC 255): (Internal Speakers, Internal Microphone, Headphone jack with AppleALC, ALCPlugFix -> layout-id=17)
      - Ethernet Realtek 8168/8111: RealtekRTL8111.kext
      - App Store, Messages, FaceTime, Siri, iCloud (native)
      - Integrated webcam (native)
      - 3.0 USB (native)
      - Touchpad and Keyboard (ELAN501): Fn keys are good, the weird thing is the Brightness key. On my keyboard it's Pause Break:Br-up, Fn+F12:Br-dwn-> To fix this try Karabiner (VoodoPS2Controller.kext), - for gestures try SmartTouchpad drivers
      - Battery info: Install ACPIBatteryManager.kext with Kext Utility or other installer.
      - Sleep Mode
      - SSD with TRIM enabled (to enable trim, open Terminal and write "sudo trimforce enable")
      Not working:
      - Original Wi-Fi (Qualcomm Atheros QCNFA344A):  unsupported, you need switch to BCM94352Z or just use a mini usb wifi dongle.
      - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M: Optimus not supported.
      - Card Reader: Unsupported -> Can't really fix because I don't have any SD Card at the moment, maybe can be fixed by adding Prod & Ven IDs to AppleStorageDevices.kext, I never used it anyway. name: "USB2.0-CRW" Prod ID: "0x0129" Ven ID: "0x0bda  (Realtek Semiconductor Corp.)"
      For Wi-Fi:
      - 1st method: You can choose an external USB wifi dongle (I used TP-Link Archer T1U (5GHz support), TP-Link has official macOS drivers, you just need to install it
      - 2nd and I think the best method: Replace your M.2 Qualcomm Card with a compatible BCM94352Z card (you will have hand-off Bluetooth too), just install the kexts (enabled with BrcmFirmwareRepo.kext, BrcmPatchRAM2.kext, FakePCIID.kext, FakePCIID_Broadcom_WiFi.kext, they're all in my attached zip). You could buy this card from ebay, aliexpress, or amazon
      - None
      BIOS Settings:
      - BIOS version 1.15 (irrelevant)
      - Secure Boot: Disabled
      - Touchpad: Advanced
      - Boot mode: UEFI
      Getting ready for Installation:
      - Download the Catalina install zip (bootpack & postinstall): acer_aspire_V591G-55TU_cata.zip
      - Create an installer with any method you know (- Mac: createinstallmedia - Windows: Transmac, Vmware, Win32diskimager)
      - Copy my Clover folder to the USB's EFI folder
      - Boot with the Installer USB
      - If you stuck in boot, reboot and in the Clover bootloader select "config_debug.cfg" -> you'll have more informations about the freeze
      Please open the README.rtf in my install zip for more informations about the USB Installer & Post installation!
      On Catalina the System folder is read-only, so you need to remount in rw to modify System/Library. 
      If you have a single RAM and getting panic at boot, then you need to edit the "config.plist" with these (SMBIOS->after "Version 1.0"):
      ->Edit "Frequency" and "Size" to match your RAM values
      <key>Version</key> <string>1.0</string> <key>Memory</key> <dict> <key>Channels</key> <integer>1</integer> <key>SlotCount</key> <integer>1</integer> <key>Modules</key> <array> <dict> <key>Slot</key> <integer>0</integer> <key>Size</key> <integer>8192</integer> <key>Frequency</key> <integer>2133</integer> <key>Type</key> <string>DDR4</string> </dict> </array> </dict> </dict>  
      PowerManagement  fix:
      Set HWPEnable=YES in Clover (already set), CPUFloor to "700", Frequency to "2300" and "3200"(Normal and Turbo, if you have i7-6700HQ version then it should be "2600", "3500") and "FrequencyVectors" from "0x0d000000" to "0x07000000" in "S/L/E/IOPlatformPluginFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns/X86PlatformPlugin.kext/Contents/Resources/Mac-A5C67F76ED83108C.plist", MSR _xcpm_idle Patch to KernelToPatch in Clover (If you have High Sierra, change "MatchOS" to 10.13):

      <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.

      Elan SmartTouchpad
      I only use scrolling, one-, double- & tripletap
      If you want to try other gestures go to this link for more informations, options (v4.6.5) ->  DETAILS ABOUT THE SMART TOUCHPAD DRIVER FEATURES
      Fn Brightness keys not working with this, tried several things without success. With VoodoPS2Controller it's working, but you'll have no gestures (neither scrolling).
      Before updating to a new version of Catalina 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)
      Catalina & 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.)
      - 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)
      - 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)!
      2019.11.03: Enabled SIP caused a lots of issues so now it's disabled -> updated bootpack
      2019.11.02: Updated to 10.15.1 -> no problem when/after installing
      2019.10.09: Installed macOS Catalina 10.15 -> Updated Clover, kexts & config.plist -> no problem so far
      2019.08.18: Updated to 10.14.6 -> no problem when/after installing
      2019.06.01: Updated to 10.14.5 -> no problem when/after installing
      2019.04.25: Optimized touchpad scrolling -> updated install files
      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
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