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Problem:

When I boot up, I get to the apple logo and loading bar. The loading bar fills up to random spots, 50%, 75%, 100% and then the cursor appears in the top left. I can move the cursor, I can SSH into the machine, I can even VNC into it (which shows the loading screen too). The login screen never seems to display. ALSO I tried booting with the -v flag and it never hangs, it all passes and goes to the loading screen where it proceeds to get stuck. Therefore, I have no direction in terms of what to debug.

 

Steps I Did To Install High Sierra:

1. Made a usb stick with clover

2. Stuck OsxAptioFix2Drv-free2000.efi in drivers64UEFI to make it boot

3. added nvda_drv=1 and injected nvdia drivers and set platform id to 3

4. installed MacOS

5. it booted fine the first time

6. followed this guide exactly to install web drivers: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/fix-for-failure-nvidia-web-driver-on-high-sierra-black-screen-panics.234390/ I installed version 105.

7. rebooted and got a black screen, but DVI worked (I was using HDMI) and so did remote desktop. The Mac at this point detected the GPU just fine, but only DVI would work

8. It never booted again, and always now gets stuck on the loading screen with the mouse

 

Not really sure what to do at this point. It doesn't hang with -v since it continues to the stuck screen with the mouse so I can't see any error logs or anything here. I have the latest Lilu and WhateverGreen. The only thing I can think of is maybe I need to disable my iGPU? The problem is though, I don't see a way to do that in my BIOS (screenshots attached below).

 

The funny thing too is that I get stuck on the apple bootup screen but I have a cursor, I can SSH, I can VNC into the device (which also shows the stuck bootup screen). And if I just leave the computer in this state it will even put itself to sleep. It's as if the entire system is up and running, but I'm stuck on this loading screen, and also HDMI and displayport don't work.

 

Does anyone have ANY ideas what I can do?

 

Specs:

Alienware X51 R3

Intel Core i7 6700 3.40GHz Skylake

PNY Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / Intel HD Graphics 530

RAM 8GB

Sound: Realtek ALC898

Realtek RTL8168/8111 gigabit Ethernet Adapter / Intel dual band Wireless AC 7265

 

EFI folder:

https://github.com/Macmee/x51r3/tree/master/EFI

 

Config.plist:

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Macmee/x51r3/master/EFI/CLOVER/config.plist

 

BIOS settings:

https://github.com/Macmee/x51r3/blob/master/50023985_1183002448530270_2506874944982351872_n.jpg

https://github.com/Macmee/x51r3/blob/master/50031923_389201901815271_1822434394120388608_n.jpg

https://github.com/Macmee/x51r3/blob/master/50071375_1621750064635454_6064802625805615104_n.jpg

https://github.com/Macmee/x51r3/blob/master/50116063_554462538367168_8409211722623090688_n.jpg

https://github.com/Macmee/x51r3/blob/master/50247539_225020681712864_7158360737419624448_n.jpg

https://github.com/Macmee/x51r3/blob/master/50325144_227021061512614_2354690977941159936_n.jpg

https://github.com/Macmee/x51r3/blob/master/50565902_292917658247017_408955026304663552_n.jpg

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try to make a new usb with a new install using this efi folder...

 

use config_install.plist for the install and the other plist after the installation...

(You can switch configs in clover going into options->configs->choose here)

EFI.zip

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On 1/18/2019 at 1:27 PM, Jacopiazza said:

try to make a new usb with a new install using this efi folder...

 

use config_install.plist for the install and the other plist after the installation...

(You can switch configs in clover going into options->configs->choose here)

EFI.zip

 

Aaah. Thank you for this, it was helpful. I compared our plists and I realized I made two bad mistakes:

 

1. I was continuing to inject NVIDIA and had "web drivers" checked off even after installing web drivers in high sierra

2. My SMBIOS was set to iMac18,1. I tried your MacBook one but it didn't work so I switched it to iMac17,1 and now my NVIDIA card is recognized!

 

I still have two problems though:

1. The UI is very sluggish and stuttery. For example hovering over the dock takes 3 seconds for the zoom animation to go, and its just one frame (jumps right to being zoomed). Same for dragging around windows etc, very laggy. It's weird because About This Mac shows the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4095 MB now. Also the NVidia tray icon shows that it's on the web driver, and I can even plug in and use my external HDMI monitor now fine. But it's still all really laggy, I don't know why!

2. Most of the time when I boot up I get stuck on the apple logo screen with the progress bar at different percentages (this is after the verbose part is done so I cant see why). I'd say the system successfully boots 1 in 4 times.

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7 hours ago, macmee said:

 

Aaah. Thank you for this, it was helpful. I compared our plists and I realized I made two bad mistakes:

 

1. I was continuing to inject NVIDIA and had "web drivers" checked off even after installing web drivers in high sierra

2. My SMBIOS was set to iMac18,1. I tried your MacBook one but it didn't work so I switched it to iMac17,1 and now my NVIDIA card is recognized! 

 

I still have two problems though:

1. The UI is very sluggish and stuttery. For example hovering over the dock takes 3 seconds for the zoom animation to go, and its just one frame (jumps right to being zoomed). Same for dragging around windows etc, very laggy. It's weird because About This Mac shows the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4095 MB now. Also the NVidia tray icon shows that it's on the web driver, and I can even plug in and use my external HDMI monitor now fine. But it's still all really laggy, I don't know why!

2. Most of the time when I boot up I get stuck on the apple logo screen with the progress bar at different percentages (this is after the verbose part is done so I cant see why). I'd say the system successfully boots 1 in 4 times. 

i made some mistakes it should have been imac17,1....

anyway which kind of lag do you have?

and also enable verbose boot and read where the boot fail

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