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Can I install macOS Mojave on Asus VivoBook 17 N705FD Whiskey Lake?

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I want to install macOS Catalina or Big Sur on this laptop: Asus VivoBook 17 N705FD Whiskey Lake. I don't know if it's working. I've been trying for a few days but I coudn't get past +++ End randomseed error. Now I want to start from scratch. What I did before was to download from my mac mini macOS mojave, and then I used some EFI with Clover from one tutorial and after that I added/removed kexts and drivers.

I think the first problem was that this motherboard can use AHCI or Intel Something in bios. Right now I have installed Windows 10 which I wish to dualboot on my m.2 SSD. After I switched to AHCI, Windows got blue screen error and I couldn't manage to get pass that untill I changed it back to Intel something... from AHCI.

Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. X705FD

CPU: Intel Core i5-8265U CPU @ 1.60GHz - Kaby Lake

RAM: 8GB DDR4 which I wish to upgrade in the following weeks if needed

SSD m.2: SanDisk SD9SN8W128G1102 (Windows 10 installed)

Hard Disk: ST1000LM035-1RK17 1TB 5400 RPM (I will replace this HDD with Samsung Evo 960 if I will manage to install macOS on this laptop).

Dedicated graphics: GeForce GTX 1050 (I know that macOS Mojave have problems with some Nvidia Graphics card, would I be able to use it in my hackintosh laptop?)

Integrated graphics: UHD Graphics 620 (If I won't be able to use my Nvidia dedicated card, this one will be able to run most common tasks and some photo/video editing?)

Wireless NIC: Intel Wireless-AC 9560 160MHz (I know that this wireless card most probably won't work, but I do have another external wireless dongle which I know that's compatible and I can use)

Ethernet NIC: Realtek PCIe GbE Family Controller

Has anyone managed to install macOS Catalina or Big Sur on this kind of laptop?

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1st of all, if you search Google a little, you'll find a very quick way to change your disk controller mode from, say, RAID to AHCI, AHCI being required for macOS; you won't be able to install and run macOS in RAID mode on your laptop, it's not supported.

 

Regarding specs, there should be no issues installing and running Catalina or Big Sur on your Whiskey Lake (not Kaby Lake) platform; just follow the guidance published at Dortania. The Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 is Pascal and therefore unsupported in Catalina or Big Sur (it was only ever supported in Sierra/High Sierra and only with the Nvidia Web Driver, not natively). You'll have to disable it with an SSDT or DSDT patch in order to preserve battery life. No issues with UHD620.

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