Apple has always fascinated me with their outstanding hardware and software. Always wished of having a piece of Apple at my hand, but due to its high cost, at-least in India, never I had a chance of buying a Mac, have a iPhone though. Years ago I had made a desktop hackintosh when Apple had released MAC OSX Leopard, which actually worked quite well. But after switching over to laptop and donating my old desktop, my days of MacOS were completely lost. Busy work schedules also made me cut-off from the hackintosh zone.
Being a software developer, I recently received a project for developing cross platform mobile app using Xamarin. As I was not having a Mac, building a hackintosh became a necessity for building iOS version of the app. But after so many years of gap, didn't knew where to start from.
After searching the web and various forums, came to know about OpenCore vanilla installation. So, followed the Dortania guide for installation on my Dell Inspiron 7572 (India edition) laptop.
Things didn't work perfectly at the beginning but after trail and error, search and patching, now I have almost a perfect hackintosh laptop. Here are the details:
Dell Inspiron 7572 Laptop:
Processor: Intel Core i5-8250U (8th Gen) | 8 GB DDR4 RAM | Graphics: Intel UHD 620 + Nvidia MX150 | Audio: Realtek ALC3246 | Realtek RTL8168H Ethernet | Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 Wifi & Bluetooth.
WORKING / NOT WORKING:
Graphics: Full HD with HDMI detection working using Lilu.kext & Whatevergreen.kext.
Sound: Speaker, headphone jack and mic working using AppleALC.kext (Layout ID: 21)
Bluetooth: working out of the box.
Sleep: working with patched SSDTs using Dortania's ACPI guide.
Camera: working out of the box.
SSD / HDD (Raid 0): working using CtlnaAHCIPort.kext.
USB 3.0: working out of the box.
Battery Status: working with patched SSDTs.
Trackpad with all gestures & Keyboard: working using VoodooI2C.kext & VoodooI2CHID.kext
iMesssage, App Store, FaceTime & Updates: working as real Mac.
Wifi: Qualcomm adapter not working. Got a cheap USB adapter from Amazon TPLink TL-WN725N for INR. 439 (US $6).
Card Reader: Not working. Didn't bother as am not using it at all.
I have been using my hackintosh for a while without any problems, until my monitor is replaced with a new one... Previously I was using 2 monitors connected via HDMI + DVI, now - with new one, I am using HDMI + DP, and my hackintosh stopped working. On every boot, everything I see is black screen... When I connect only one monitor (via HDMI or DP) - everything works fine.
I have tried many things:
- CSM off / on
- PEG + iGPU (64MB/128MB) / only PEG
- SSDT patching / DeviceProperties patch
- VBIOS reflash
- BIOS reflash
- Changing cables
- Resetting NVRAM
- Changing SMBIOS
Nothing helps… Fun fact - for 2 days everything was ok, the black screen problem appeared suddenly... So I am writing this post, maybe someone more knowledgeable will be able to help me
- Intel Core i5 4690k 3,5GHz (overclocked to 4,4GHz)
- MSI Z97 Gaming 3
- MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB
- Kingston 16GB DDR3
- macOS Big Sur
- Dual boot with Windows 10
- Acer VG272U [email protected] (connected via DP 1.4)
- LG 23MP48 [email protected] (connected via HDMI 2.0)
- OpenCore 0.6.3
- Full EFI: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eul7SnOEunfJOxBGD3Ygcmkc9f80DrlN/view?usp=sharing
- UEFI Boot Mode
- CFG Lock and VT-D are disabled
- iGPU is disabled right now, but it doesn't make any difference somehow in this situation. iGPU is HD4600
- I have SSDT patch in my ACPI folder, which works fine - R9 390 works pretty fast, but I have never edited AMD8000Controller - is it required?
- I also have all needed kexts (AppleALC, AetherosE2200Ethernet, Lilu, VirtualSMC, WhateverGreen)
- if I made linguistic mistakes somewhere - forgive me, I don't use English every day