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    • By FreqFeeder
      Hi there!
      I'm a newbie to the concept of installing a Mac OS on alternative hardware. Please bear with me
      I have a Lenovo Thinkpad x250 with 5th generation i7-5600U CPU, 16GB RAM, and Intel HD Graphics 5500. (I'd be glad to add any additional hardware details if needed)
      My goal is to have a dual boot machine - Mojave and Win 10. I have two separated physical drives.
      I've tried different methods, but none was stable to be operable.
      If anyone of you has the experience with this specific model it will be really great to hear your opinion.

      Thanks!
    • By verdazil
      This is not intended to be a complete and comprehensive installation guide. There are many installation guides on the forum and installing macOS is no different from installing on other desktop builds. Rather, this is supplemental information specific to the my hardware listed below. I hope you find this information useful and this will save you a little time.
       
      Hardware
      MB: Huananzhi X79-ZD3
      CPU: Intel® Xeon E5-2689, 1.2-3.6 GHz
      Chipset: Sandy Bridge-E Q65 (C600/C200)
      Memory: Samsung 4x8 Gb ECC/REG DDR3, 1866 MHz
      Video: Saphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 590
      Monitor: BENQ-BL2711U + LG TV 42LF650V
      SSD + HDD: NVMe M.2 Samsung 970 EVO 250 Gb + HDD Seagate 2 Tb
      WiFi: Fenvi FV-T919 BCM94360CD
      Mac model: MacPro6,1
      MacOS version tested: Mojave 10.14.6 (18G1012)
       
      What works?
      - Video: 4K x 60Hz on BENQ-BL2711U + Full HD x 60Hz on LG TV 42LF650V
      - Sound: audio jack + HDMI audio on both monitors
      - Wi-Fi (out of the box)
      - USB2 && USB3 ports
      - LAN
      - Bluetooth (out of the box)
       
      What does not work?
      - Sleep mode: not tested / I don't need
       
      BIOS Configuration, what's important:
      Bios Version: 4.6.5.4
      Legacy USB Support: [Enabled]
      XHCI Hand-off: [Enabled]
      EHCI Hand-off: [Enabled]
      USB Mass Storage Driver Support: [Enabled]
      Hyper-threading: [Enabled]
      Active Processor Cores: [All]
      Serial Port: [Disabled]
      Intel(R) VT-d : [Disabled]
      Launch CSM: [Enabled]
      Boot option filter: [UEFI only]
      Launch Storage OpROM policy : [UEFI only]
      Launch Video OpROM policy : [UEFI only]
       
      Here is what I used to install and configure the system:
      FakeSMC: make with Clover Builder https://github.com/Dids/clover-builder/releases Audio: https://github.com/vit9696/AppleALC Video: https://github.com/acidanthera/WhateverGreen/releases USB: https://bitbucket.org/RehabMan/os-x-usb-inject-all/downloads + PMHeart/DalianSky patches LAN: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/287161-new-driver-for-realtek-rtl8111/ CPU Power management: https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/324270-sandy-bridge-e-ivy-bridge-e-power-management-1013-appstore-release   Clover configuration:
      Clover version: v2.5k r5088
      You can get the configuration file and the necessary kexts from the link at the end of the message
      Note: you must insert your own SeralNumber && MLB && ROM && SmUUID in the config.plist file.
       
      How to use
      To make a bootable flash drive, you can use my EFI directory (link at the end of the message). Tested for Mojave 10.14.6 installation.
      https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tjbwuUWg_PlQCVt5PTRFG6HsNby_BcgN
    • By valueimagery
      Apologies ahead of time if this is in the wrong thread (please move to appropriate thread if necessary) as it applies to pre-installation and post-installation, Mojave and Catalina, motherboards, user preferences, but it's all related and I just had to get all this written down since it's all resolved...
       
      The issues:
      MOJAVE 10.14.6 2019 SECURITY UPDATE
      CATALINA 10.15.1 INSTALLER USB
      POST Mother Board UPDATE ISSUES
      UEFI Bootloader disappearing from BIOS boot menu/setup
      MAPS NOT WORKING/ CORRUPT USER/LIBRARY/CACHE
      GPT HEADER CORRUPTION AT BOOT
       
      This is my system which has worked flawlessly ever since 10.14.1 and automatic updates within the OS.
      10.14.6 iMac 18,3
      ASUS Rog Maximux X Code Bios v 2023
      Sapphire Nitro+ RX 580 Special Edition
      1 NVME System Drive, 1 x 1TB NVME Scratch Disk,  4 Internal 8TB HDD in raid 1+0, 4 x 3TB in a raid 5 setup with enclosure, 1 Backup System SSD, 1 2TB Time machine HDD (get to why I’m listing the drives later)
       
      Instead of making different posts for all of these issues that I’ve spent that past two weeks trying to solve (I almost gave up) I thought for anyone else out there experiencing one or any of the above issues you might find a solution in this thread.
       
      First let me say thanks to all the people out there in the various hackintosh communities (hackintoshers, tonymac, insanelymac, olarila, reddit) I researched every single one to find solutions for all these issues.
       
      Second, invest in Carbon Copy Cloner and make sure you make constant backups of your system drives.  Otherwise there would be no way to troubleshoot.
       
      So this all stemmed from not being able to update to Mojave 10.14.6 2019 Security Update released in November 2019.  
      My original post:
      Link removed:
      https://www.reddit.com/r/hackintosh/comments/e2naku/cant_update_mojave_to_security_update_2019001/
       
      There were plenty of different errors through troubleshooting:
      Kextdstall[1] (240s) ‘AppleACPICPU’
      or
      considerRebuildOfPrelinkedKernel com.apple.nke.webcontentfilter trigger rebuild
      or
      com.apple.xpc.launchd.domain.system
      <error>: Could not read path: path = /Library/LaunchDaemons, error=2: No suchfile or directory
      And
      IOG flags 0x3(0x51)

      IOConsoleUsers” gIOScreenLockState 3, hs 0, bs0, now 0, sm 0x0
      (The last two, still exist, but don’t stall/severely halt boot, and I’m not really sure if it’s an issue that needs to be addressed as I believe I’ve used the correct format of Device Properties to inject my framebuffer as a headless UHD 630 with 0x3E980003)
       
      Then once I managed to get past some of the installer stalls I always ended at “Installer resources were not found” prompting a restart and continuous loop cycle of no successful install.
       
      Then I tried making a bootable Catalina USB and couldn’t even install a fresh copy of 10.15.1 on a separate SSD.  Again getting errors in verbose mode that would stall and go no further.
       
      Then after cloning, and failing, and cloning and failing, changing bios settings, at some points my UEFI bootloader would completely disappear for my Samsung NVME 970 pro system drive.
       
      Was really getting frustrated, but was determined to fix it.  And here they are one by one in the order I Fixed them:
       
      Clover UEFI Bootloader Disapepared from Boot Menu
      So first I figured out what was going on with the UEFI bootloader disappearing.  I tried complete wipes of the APFS drive, Reinstalling Clover on the EFI partition.  Nothing.  Finally Found the solution here thanks to @chibabah
      Link removed:
      Tips:
      1)    If you have lots of connected drives use the Page Up and Page Down key to scroll through results of bcfg boot dump
      2)    Use Disk Utility or Terminal before hand to verify the exact UUID of your EFI system drive that has disappeared.
       
       
      Post Motherboard Update
      Now this seems to apply to a lot of people in the community who have updated and unknowingly couldn’t boot their system, or in my case, couldn’t update the current OS to the latest version.  This seemed to apply to my ASUS Maximus X Code v 2203.
      Thanks @mattystonnie for your ACPI patch found here:
      Link removed:
       
      Can’t Install fresh version of Catalina 10.15.1
      So after almost giving up on not getting the latest Mojave Security update, I wondered if Catalina would have the same issues.  Well it had different issues.
      Stall - Virtual IOReturn ionvmecontroller
      AppleACPICPU stalling
      Requiring EC device
      So I found this reddit thread thanks @dracoflar:
      https://www.reddit.com/r/hackintosh/comments/den28t/whats_new_in_macos_catalina/
       
      And applied the SSDTTime.command create by @corpnewt @noone @rehabman available here:
      https://github.com/corpnewt/SSDTTime
       
      The SSDT-EC.aml file it created from my DSDT.aml was the FINAL KEY in allowing the Catalina Installer to complete.
       
      Tips:
      1)    If you haven’t already created a SSDT before, for example a custom USB SSDT, it is placed in your EFI/Clover/ACPI/Patched/
      2)    In your config.plist under ACPI Check “AutoMerge” so that it is true.  This will automatically load any custom SSDT files from your patched folder.
       
      Apple Maps not loading
      This had been something that I had issues with before, more so with location services not working.  However, after several clones, and a succesful Catalina Install/User Migration, location services was fine, but Maps was a blank grey grid, couldn’t find an address, get directions, load satellite image.   Ended up being a corrupt User Library since other System Users had no issues using the application Maps.
      To fix this I used the following resources:
      https://appletoolbox.com/fix-corrupt-user-accounts-macos/
      1)
      Quit Maps
      Give Terminal Full Disk Access and the type:
      diskutil resetUserPermissions / `id -u`
       
      2)
      Deleting The Entire User Library Cache folder
      ~/Library/Caches
       
      3)
      Delete folder ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.Maps/
       
      4)
      Restart Mac.  All these caches and temporary folders will repopulated themselves and Maps should resume working.  
       
      Installing Mojave 10.14.6 2019 Security Update
      This by far is the craziest of them all.  Whether the above things I implemented to my EFI or config.plist actually played a part or not in it finally working I guess I’ll never know.  But it is finally solved.  Simply by unplugging all drives.  Appears to be an issue with real macs too:
      https://bartechtv.com/macos-could-not-be-installed-on-your-computer-error-when-installing-mojave-on-hackintosh/
      Link removed:
      Didn’t have to go the terminal route as some did in the tonymac thread above.
       
      So since I have A LOT of drives I simply turned off my external enclosure, physically unplugged by 2nd NVME scratch drive, and disabled the SATA connectors in the BIOS.
       
      Low and behold after two restarts the Security update completed without a hitch or stall.
       
      After install I re-enabled/ connected/turned on all my drives, an no issues.  
       
      This must be a Mojave issue as I didn’t need to do this when installing Catalina from a USB installer.
       
      GPT header corruption has been detected
      And lastly for anyone out there with an ASUS Maximus Motherboard that has updated to the latest BIOS.  There seems to be an issue with external drives plugged into the PC (mine is in the back USB C port)  During boot the PC can’t POST and forces user into setup.
       
      I know there is nothing wrong with the GPT partition as I’ve run multiple tests in windows and mac.  And it’s a known issue with other ASUS motherboard users:
      https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?114955-GPT-header-corruption
       
      Temporary Solution:
      Until a BIOS update addresses this, go to your BIOS settings
      BOOT\Boot Configuration
      And change the Boot Sector (MBR/GPT) Recovery Policy to “Auto Recovery”
       
    • By valueimagery
      Hello,

      Anyone else having issues with the latest security update 2019-001 10.14.6 for Mojave?

      Have never had issues updating since 10.14.2 in the past. But this once gets stuck on these last 4 lines:
      "
      Adding AGDP mode validate property
      iMac.local com.apple.xpc.launchd[1] (org.ntp.sntp.188) <Warning>: Servuce exited with abnormal code: 1
      considerRebuildOfPrelinkedKernel com.apple.nke.webcontentfilter trigger reguild
      Forcing CS_RUNTIME for entitlement: com.apple.rootless.install iMac.Local com.apple.xpc.launchd[1] (com.apple.displaypolicyd.200) <Warning>: Service exited with abnormal code: 1
      "

      The only way to boot is to force shutdown and overide boot from the system volume and bypass the Mac OS Install volume.

      Doing a bit of research from similar issues with users and security updates most boot problems are caused/resolved by fixing:

      Location of Kexts (virtualsmc in Clover's "/kexts/Other/", latest kexts installed with ##### in L/E/ with cache updated by Kext utility)
      The Injection of Kexts (i've tried both detect and inject = yes)
      Mismatched Kext (fakesmc + virtual smc both in use, which they are not)
      A bad config.plist (works booting the normal system voluem, i've attached)
      A graphic injector issue (currently using iMac18,3 + RX580 with the UHD630 in a headless state)
      Multiple Drivers Folder - The old clover /driversuefi64/ folder present and conflicting with the latest /drivers/uefi/ folder (only /drivers/uefi/ present)

      The only thing that is different from this update than previous updates is that I transitioned to VirtualSMC from previously using FAKESMC/ FAKESMCsensors kexts with previous Mojave releases.

      I uninstalled the FAKESMC and all the sensors kexts using terminal and the following command and can confirm they are not present in the Clover "other folder" or the /L/E/ folder.
      sudo rm -rf /Library/Extensions/".....".kext

      After transitiong to VirtualSMC I did read with the readme that the VirtualSmc.efi should be placed in the /drivers/UEFI/ folder in clover. So I have added that to the EFI/CLOVER/DRIVERS/UEFI/ folder manually. Can anyone confirm if this is necessary?

      I've attached my config.plist file and screenshots of the verbose readout stalling as well.

      Any guidance would be great!


      KEXTS I'VE INSTALLED IN /L/E/:
      WhateverGreen.kext
      VirtualSMC.kext
      USBInjectAll.kext
      SMCSuperIO.kext
      SMCProcessor.kext
      Lilu.kext
      IntelMausiEthernet.kext
      BrcmPatchRAM3.kext
      BrcmFirmwareRepo.kext
      BrcmBluetoothInjector.kext
      AppleALC.kext
      AirportBrcmFixup.kext
      configNOSN.plist


    • By kushwavez
      MOBO: GIGABYTE Z77P-D3
      CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 Quad (Ivy Bridge) 3,4 GHz
      RAM: 8 GB (4+4) KINGSTON 1333MHz
      Audio: HD Audio (ALC888)
      Ethernet: Realtek8111
      Graphics: HD 4000 and(or) RX 5700 8 GB
      SSD: KINGSTON 240GB SSDNow mSata
      HDD: 1: 500 GB SAMSUNG 2: 1 TB Western Digital
       
      Running: macOS Catalina 10.15.1 - Windows 10
       
      Bios settings:
      UEFI - ON CSM: Disabled AHCI Integrated Graphics: AUTO Primary Graphics: iGFX Memory: 1024M DVMT: MAX Working
      Everything (App Store, Messenger, FaceTime, etc.)  
      Not working
      For AirDrop and Handoff you need a compatible Broadcom Wifi+Bluetooth card. I bought a BCM94360 card with a PCI-E adapter, it's OOB. Currently waiting for arrive, will report back.  
      Issues
      Sometimes I hear crackling sound (just on Catalina 10.15.1, didn't happen on 10.15 or before) If you don't have this issue please let me know.  
      Before updating to newer versions, update your kexts! (and Clover if necessary)
      Generate a new serial with Clover Configurator
      Download the Clover folder: Z77P-D3-catalina.zip
       
      - SMBIOS: iMac13,2: iMac (27-inch, Late 2012)
      - ig-platform-id: 0x0166000b
       
      - There is no need for Whatevergreen.kext 
      - The HD 4000 is working with- or without a graphics card (headless with IntelQuickSync)
      - RX 5700 (ASUS RX 5700 GAMING OC 8 G) working OOB, just delete WhateverGreen.kext (causes black screen)
       
      Triple-Boot Win 10 and Linux (in my case it's Manjaro) (on one drive)
      Make sure your drive is in GPT and you're using UEFI If you have Win 10 installed then: Open diskmgmt (Disk Management), then Shrink your existing Win 10 partition to create two new for Mac and (if you want) for Linux If you have Mac installed: Create a new partition for Linux and (or) Windows in FAT Simply format that partition in Linux, Windows, or Mac installer, then install the OS Copy your working Clover folder to the system's EFI drive If it's automatically booting to Win, open cmd in administrator and write: bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\CLOVER\CLOVERX64.efi That's it, automatically booting to Clover and you can select your OS If your Linux doesn't show up in Clover make sure you have GUI/Scan/Linux=Yes in config.plist  
      Mount your EFI on Windows:
      Open CMD in administrator and write: mountvol b: /s Use Explorer++ or TotalCommander in administrator to manage the folder Pictures:

       



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