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macOS Mojave upgrade from macOS High Sierra Hackintosh

macOS Mojave is here for all the Mac users with supported MacBooks and Mac computers. Upgrading a Hackintosh to newer macOS Mojave is as usual not a piece of cake. I’ve been using macOS High Sierra from last year. You can watch the complete Installation here. macOS High Sierra doesn’t have compatibility for Intel UHD 630 Graphics so I was able to get my core i7 8700K working using fake ids and kexts for the graphics. In macOS Mojave, Intel UHD 630 can work without using fake IDs or Intel Injection.

macOS Mojave Upgrade

macOS Mojave can be downloaded from Appstore using your Apple ID.

Download it and open the App macOS Mojave.

Make sure to copy the “EFI Partition” to a flash drive as you may need it for booting the Installation. After the first reboot, sometimes the EFI folder from the SSD is removed. That’s why you need to boot via USB to use its EFI partition for booting up the system. Everything goes buttery smooth from there and macOS is upgraded to macOS Mojave in around 15-20 min. You’ll not lose any files during the upgrade process but it’s better to create a backup of your SSD.

Here is how you can create a bootable USB for macOS Mojave.

General Issues and Troubleshooting after Upgrade

  • Intel UHD 630 graphics acceleration wasn’t working due to injected fake Ids so I’d to change the config file. I was using Intel Graphics Fix Up in macOS High Sierra. macOS Mojave has built-in support for Intel UHD 630 graphics so you don’t need intel graphics fix up now. Delete intel graphics fixup from kext folder. and make sure you have the latest “lilu.kext” and “whatevergreen.kext” in the “kext/Other” folder.
  • You’ll be stuck at loading screen if you use wrong SM Bios. For Intel Core i7 8700K, select iMac 14,2 from the dropdown in SMBios tab.
    • Sky Lake: Select iMac 17,1 or iMac 14,2
    • Haswell: Select iMac 14,2
    • Ivy Bridge: Select iMac 14,2
  • Gigabyte / ASUS Motherboard users Only
    • Highlight Acpi on left column
    • Under fixes check FixShutdown
  • ASUS / ASRock / MSI / Motherboard users Only
    • Open config.plist with Clover Configurator
    • Highlight Boot on left column
    • Under Arguments press the drop down arrow next to darkwake
      1. Select darkwake = 1 if using an ASUS motherboard
      2. Select darkwake = 8 if using an ASROCK or MSI motherboard
    • Save config.plist
  • Magenta Tint on External Display/ Monitor
    • Open a terminal
    • Type Ruby and Drag “patch-edid.rb” next to it.
    • Press enter and this will create a new file in “Home” directory of your computer. Press Shift+Command+H to navigate to that directory.
    • Copy folder and paste in Installation SSD/System/Library/Displays/Contents/Resources/Overrides
    • Reboot your system. It will fix magenta tint.

* I’ll update this post in future with more solutions. Meanwhile, check the videos on my YouTube. And if you have any request, email me at [email protected] or contact me on Social Media.

Complete Installation of macOS Mojave

 

macOS Mojave Hackintosh on Intel Core i7 8700K

macOS Mojave is here with brand new Dark Mode and a lot more new tools.

macOS Mojave on Intel Core i7 8700K

MacOS High Sierra to Mojave upgrade is also possible instead of clean Installation. All you’ve to do is to download the installer from the Appstore. Download size is around 6GB. Once the Installer is downloaded. Open it and wait for a few minutes. After it restarts, installation continues if the macOS high sierra Installation kext files are there. And if Installation freezes, boot your computer using your USB with the previous installer. All you need is the EFI partition config file and kexts to boot it to continue the Installer. After installation completes, you can boot right into macOS Mojave. Dark mode is there and a lot goodies. Screenshot and screen recording app are also there. Voice memos is also possible in macOS Mojave.

macOS Mojave Installation on PC

Last week, I did some experiments with the newly macOS Mojave. I upgraded my system after downloading the update of macOS Mojave which was around 7GB in size. After playing with the config files for basic functionality of all the hardware. I made up mind to do a clean install for you people. I’ve uploaded the complete tutorial on my YouTube Channel with 2 methods for bootable USB creation.

macOS Mojave has native support for several Intel graphics. That’s why no fake IDs are required in macOS Mojave for most of Intel graphics.

SYSTEM SPECS :

Intel Core i7 8700K ASUS Prime Z370P MSI LIGHTNING X 1080Ti 11GB Corsair Vengeance RGB 16GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO  Transend SSD 370 256GB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Seagate 1TBBENQ RL2755

Prerequisites

  1. Purchase a 16GB or larger USB drive.
  2. Do a full backup of your system. Use a separate HDD or SSD for installation.
Note In order to start fresh, you’ll need access to a functional computer running macOS. This is a requirement, as you need access to the Mac App Store to download macOS and create the installation drive.

STEP 1: Download macOS Mojave

The full operating system is a free download for anyone. Download the Application from the Mac App Store using your Apple ID on any Mac.

Open Mac App Store and Download macOS Mojave from the Appstore using your account.

Note The Application Install macOS Mojave will appear in /Applications.

STEP 2: Create a Bootable USB Drive with UniBeast

1. Insert the USB drive
2. Open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
3. Highlight the USB drive in left column
4. Click Erase button
5. For Name: type USB (You can rename it later)
6. For Format: choose OS X Extended (Journaled)
7. For Scheme: choose GUID Partition Map
8. Click Erase then Done
9. Download and run UniBeast
10. Click Continue, Continue, Continue, Continue, Agree
11. At Destination Select, choose USB and click Continue
12. At Select, OS Installation screen choose Sierra and click Continue
13. At Bootloader Options screen choose UEFI Boot Mode or Legacy Boot Mode. UEFI Boot Mode is recommended for 7/8/9/100 Series CustoMac desktops and all UEFI capable systems. Legacy Boot Mode is recommended for 5/6 Series CustoMac desktops and all BIOS based systems.
14. (Optional) At Graphics Configuration screen choose the appropriate graphics option for your system and click Continue.
15. Verify installation options, then click Continue, enter a password and click Install

UniBeast will now create the bootable USB drive. The process will only take about 10 minutes, depending on system and drive speed. Do not unplug or stop during this time.

Mount the EFI partition using Clover Configurator

Open Config file with clover and follow the on-screen options.
In Boot tab, Make sure dart=0 and Nv_disable=1 is selected.
In devices, Under USB
Select Inject, Add clock ID and Fix Ownership.

From GUI, Select your screen resolutions.

In RT Variable tab, Change CsrActiveConfig value to 0x3.

In SM Bios, Select the configuration that matches with your processor.

Save the config file.

16. Now copy all utilities in the macOS Bootable USB.

Clover Note  UniBeast delivers basic bootloader support based on our testing on recommended CustoMac systems. For further bootloader customization, download and run the official Clover package. Advanced users may also compile Clover by downloading the full source.

STEP 3: Recommended BIOS Settings

Note If you’re installing on a recommended CustoMac desktop with AMI UEFI BIOS, the options are simple. For other systems make sure to set your BIOS to Optimized Defaults, and your hard drive to AHCI mode. Here are standard MSI AMI UEFI BIOS.

To access BIOS/UEFI Setup, press and hold Delete on a USB Keyboard while the system is booting up
Load Optimized Defaults
Disable VT-d
then Disable CFG-Lock
and Disable Secure Boot Mode
Save and exit.

STEP 4: Install mac OS Mojave

You’re almost done! All you need to do is boot from the USB drive and install!

For best results, insert the USB in a USB 2.0 port.

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device (F11)
3. Choose USB
4. At Clover boot screen, choose Boot Mac OS from USB
5. When you arrive at the Installer, choose a language.

If you have issues reaching the installer, first make sure you’re using a USB 2.0 port. If you’re using an NVIDIA graphics card you may need to enter the extra boot flag nv_disable=1 to reach the installer. For instructions on entering boot, flags see Clover Basics and Switching Advice.

For a new installation of macOS Mojave, you MUST erase and format the destination drive according to the following steps before continuing. Format the SSD using MacOS Extended Journaled and GUID Partition Map. When the installer asks you where to install, choose macOS Mojave, or your existing install.

The system will restart several times during installation.

STEP 5: Post Installation

Download clover from this website. Install clover in your SSD where you’ve installed macOS Mojave.

After installation is complete. Open the EFI partition of your SSD and copy files from the USB to EFI folder of macOS SSD.

Open Config file

Boot Options, Inject Nvidia and dart=0.

In SM Bios select 14,2 for Haswell and coffelake, Select iMac 17,1 for Skylake

If using a NVIDIA ‘Maxwell’ GeForce GTX 750, 750 Ti, 950, 960, 970, 980, 980 Ti, or TITAN X graphics card, mac OS graphics drivers are not natively supported. Alternate NVIDIA drivers are required. Newer Nvidia cards are not supported with full graphic acceleration.

12. (Optional) Download and install Alternate NVIDIA Graphics Drivers
13. Reboot

*Also download Nvidia Kext and copy all to other Kext folders.

FAQS

You can check your audio and Ethernet controller from the detailed specification of your Motherboard.
Google it or visit official product website. For Example

MSI SPECIFICATIONS

Install and Enable Nvidia Web Driver in Hackintosh

NVIDIA WEB DRIVER

 

You now have a fully updated bootable version of mac OS Moajve on your CustoMac! And a USB rescue drive if something goes wrong.

Lineage OS 14.1 Installation on Nexus 6P

Lineage OS is the new name for “Cynogen OS” which is no longer available to download.  There are a lot of custom Roms out there, You can flash one of these if you want to get stock android like experience on any android phone.  Custom rom gives new life to your old  Android device. Although Nexus 6P comes with stock android. You can get some additional features by installing custom rom e.g You can customize the user interface with different themes and icon packs. You can also change the notification icons and alter the notification light settings. There is  also an option to customize the startup animation.

The best feature that was missing in stock  android was “night mode”. You can set up Night Mode in Lineage OS and there are also custom options to change  screen colors to warm or cool. Moreover you can alter the screen resolutions in some roms. You can also get rid of some Google Playstore restrictions for Apps. I was able to  install latest Pixel Launcher after installing custom rom. Here in this blog post you can learn the installation of Lineage OS on Nexus 6P using TWRP Recovery. I’ve also uploaded a video on YouTube.

Unlocking the Boot-loader is comparatively easy in Nexus devices.

Part 1 : How to Flash TWRP Recovery

  1. Download Lineage OS 14.1 Zip file, TWRP Recovery for Nexus 6P ,GApps Package and Android SDK Tools if you don’t already have these.
  2. Allow OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging
  3. Connect Phone via USB Cable
  4. Open Command Window and Type “adb Devices”
  5. Allow USB Debugging from On Screen Notification
  6. Reboot Bootloader
    – adb reboot Bootloader
    – fastboot flashing Unlock
    – fastboot Flash recovery “twrp-3.0.3-0-angler.img”

Part 2 : Lineage OS Installation from Recovery

  1. Boot into recovery and do a factory reset.
  2. Go to install and select Zip file for Lineage OS and Gapps
    Swipe to install.
    Wait few minutes
    Wipe cache/dalvik
    Reboot System
Note: Phone will reboot into Lineage OS if you did everything according to instructions.

Downloads

Android SDK Tools

Lineage OS – NEXUS 6P

TWRP Recovery

GApps

macOS Sierra Hackintosh – MSI Motherboard

Here is the main  reason for building a hackintosh; You can save money as high end mac computer are very costly and do not  provide any hardware customizations. You can use your windows computer for Mac softwares by installing mac OS in a separate SSD. I just wanted to check the rendering times on Premier Pro for Mac vs the Windows. I was surprised that the usage was more fluent on the mac OS Sierra. I’m using last generation Nvidia GTX 970  which is entry level GPU for 4K Gaming. After few addons, I was able to get it to work with all softwares. Siri was also working in mac OS sierra hackintosh. My 2 year old computer was able to score a close score to latest Macbook Pro and I was too happy about that.

Here is the complete guide to install macOS Sierra on your computer. I’ve specified all my hardware details here. I faced some difficulties while installing OS X but there was no hurdle in installing the macOS sierra as I already knew all the required Bios settings. Moreover I’ve been experimenting on Hackintosh for more than 1 year now so that experience somehow helped. I was able to get everything working within 2 hours of the installation process. To unable Nvidia Drivers, you have to install nvidia web driver at a latter stage. Same is the case with HDMI audio as it is not enable automatically so you have to run a script to enable it. I’ve added everything in my YouTube video for macOS Sierra installation.

SYSTEM SPECS :

Intel Core i7 4790K MSI Z97S Krait SLI Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Corsair 16GB DDR3 Intel SSD 128GB  Transend SSD 370 256GB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Seagate 1TBBENQ RL2755

Pre requisites

1. Register at tonymacx86! If you don’t have a user account, create one!
2. Get latest UniBeast and MultiBeast tools from the downloads section.
3. Purchase a 16GB or larger USB drive.
4. Do a full backup of your system. Use a separate HDD or SSD for installation.

UniBeast is a tool that creates a bootable installer out of your downloaded version of macOS.

Note In order to start fresh, you’ll need access to a functional computer running OS X Lion 10.7.5 or later. This is a requirement, as you need access to the Mac App Store to download macOS and create the installation drive.

STEP 1: Download macOS Sierra

The full operating system is a free download for anyone who has purchased Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion or has a Mac preloaded with OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, or macOS Sierra. Download the Application from the Mac App Store using your Apple ID on any Mac or functional computer running OS X 10.7.5 or later.
1. Open Mac App Store
2. Log in with your Apple ID
3. Download macOS Sierra

Note The Application Install macOS Sierra will appear in /Applications.

STEP 2: Create a Bootable USB Drive with UniBeast

1. Insert the USB drive
2. Open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
3. Highlight the USB drive in left column
4. Click Erase button
5. For Name: type USB (You can rename it later)
6. For Format: choose OS X Extended (Journaled)
7. For Scheme: choose GUID Partition Map
8. Click Erase then Done
9. Download and run UniBeast
10. Click Continue, Continue, Continue, Continue, Agree
11. At Destination Select, choose USB and click Continue
12. At Select OS Installation screen choose Sierra and click Continue
13. At Bootloader Options screen choose UEFI Boot Mode or Legacy Boot Mode. UEFI Boot Mode is recommended for 7/8/9/100 Series CustoMac desktops and all UEFI capable systems. Legacy Boot Mode is recommended for 5/6 Series CustoMac desktops and all BIOS based systems.
14. (Optional) At Graphics Configuration screen choose the appropriate graphics option for your system and click Continue.
15. Verify installation options, then click Continue, enter password and click Install

UniBeast will now create the bootable USB drive. The process will only take about 10 minutes, depending on system and drive speed. Do not unplug or stop during this time.

16. Drag MultiBeast to your completed USB drive.

 

Clover Note  UniBeast delivers basic bootloader support based on our testing on recommended CustoMac systems. For further bootloader customization, download and run the official Clover package. Advanced users may also compile Clover by downloading the full source.

STEP 3: Recommended BIOS Settings

Note If you’re installing on a recommended CustoMac desktop with AMI UEFI BIOS, the options are simple. For other systems make sure to set your BIOS to Optimized Defaults, and your hard drive to AHCI mode. Here are standard MSI AMI UEFI BIOS.

To access BIOS/UEFI Setup, press and hold Delete on a USB Keyboard while the system is booting up
Load Optimized Defaults
Disable VT-d
Disable CFG-Lock
Disable Secure Boot Mode
Save and exit.

STEP 4: Install mac OS Sierra

You’re almost done! All you need to do is boot from the USB drive and install!

For best results, insert the USB in a USB 2.0 port.

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device (F11)
3. Choose USB
4. At Clover boot screen, choose Boot Mac OS from USB
5. When you arrive at the Installer, choose language.

If you have issues reaching the installer, first make sure you’re using a USB 2.0 port. If you’re using a NVIDIA graphics card you may need to enter the extra boot flag nv_disable=1 to reach the installer. For instructions on entering boot flags see Clover Basics and Switching Advice.

6. For a new installation of mac OS Sierra, you MUST erase and format the destination drive according to the following steps before continuing.

a. In the top menu bar choose Utilities, and open Disk Utility
b. Highlight your target drive for the El Capitan installation in left column.
c. Click Erase button
d. For Name: type El Capitan (You can rename it later)
e. For Format: choose mac OS Extended (Journaled)
f. For Scheme: choose GUID Partition Map
g. Click Erase
h. Close Disk Utility

7. When the installer asks you where to install, choose El Capitan, or your existing install.
8. Upon completion, the system will automatically restart.

STEP 5: Post Installation with MultiBeast

MultiBeast is an all-in-one post-installation tool designed to enable boot from hard drive, and install support for Audio, Network, and Graphics. The installation is complete, but the drive isn’t bootable yet. Boot from the USB again, this time choosing El Capitan.

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device
3. Choose USB
4. At the Boot Screen, choose your new El Capitan installation.
5. Complete mac OS Sierra setup
6. Open and run MultiBeast. If your system requires installing Clover to the root of the drive, such as Gigabyte 6 Series and X58 systems, skip to STEP 6.
7. If this is a fresh installation, click Quick Start. UEFI Boot Mode is recommended for 7/8/9+ Series CustoMac desktops and all UEFI capable systems. Legacy Boot Mode is recommended for 5/6 Series CustoMac desktops and all BIOS based systems.
8. Choose the appropriate audio and network options for your system: (Check FAQS)
9. Click Customize for further options
10. Click Print or Save to back up your configuration
11. Click Build then Install

If using a NVIDIA ‘Maxwell’ GeForce GTX 750, 750 Ti, 950, 960, 970, 980, 980 Ti, or TITAN X graphics card, mac OS graphics drivers are not natively supported. Alternate NVIDIA drivers are required.

12. (Optional) Download and install Alternate NVIDIA Graphics Drivers
13. Reboot

FAQS

You can check your audio and Ethernet controller from the detailed specification of your Motherboard.
Google it or visit official product website. For Example

MSI SPECIFICATIONS

Install and Enable Nvidia Web Driver in Hackintosh

NVIDIA WEB DRIVER

Enable HDMI Audio in Hackintosh

DOWNLOAD

 

 

You now have a fully updated bootable version of mac OS Sierra on your CustoMac! And a USB rescue drive if something goes wrong.

 

First Hackintosh Project – OS X ElCapitan

As you know I’m an engineer so I’m using windows as my primary operating system and a lot of 3D modeling softwares are not available for Mac. I started editing videos few months back for my YouTube channel and some clients so I thought that maybe I should try the OS X with Final Cut Pro and see how the rendering times are as compared to Premier Pro on Windows. I also wanted to install some 3D Rendering softwares on Mac for speed and rendering time comparison. Unfortunately I didn’t have a Macbook Pro at that time. So Hackintosh was the only possible way I could get all these software packages.

SYSTEM SPECS

Intel Core i7 4790K MSI Z97S Krait SLI Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 GamingCorsair 16GB DDR3 Intel SSD 128GB  Transend SSD 370 256GB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Seagate 1TBDELL P2314H

Pre requisites

1. Register at tonymacx86! If you don’t have a user account, create one!
2. Get latest UniBeast and MultiBeast tools from the downloads section.
3. Purchase a 16GB or larger USB drive.
4. Do a full backup of your system. Use a separate HDD or SSD for installation.

UniBeast is a tool that creates a bootable installer out of your downloaded version of macOS.

Note In order to start fresh, you’ll need access to a functional computer running OS X Lion 10.7.5 or later. This is a requirement, as you need access to the Mac App Store to download macOS and create the installation drive.

Complete Guide for Installing OS X El Capitan

STEP 1: Download OS X El Capitan

The full operating system is a free download for anyone.

Download the Application from the Mac App Store using your Apple ID on any Mac or functional computer running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

Open Mac App Store
Log in with your Apple ID
Download OS X El Capitan

Note The Application Install OS X El Capitan will appear in /Applications.

STEP 2: Create a Bootable USB Drive with UniBeast

Insert the USB drive
Open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
Highlight the USB drive in left column
Click on the Partition tab
Click Current and choose 1 Partition
Click Options…
Choose GUID Partition Table
Under Name: type USB (You can rename it later)
Under Format: choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Click Apply then Partition
Download and run UniBeast
Click Continue, Continue, Continue, Continue, Agree
At Destination Select, choose USB and click Continue
At Select OS Installation screen choose El Capitan and click Continue
At Bootloader Options screen choose UEFI Boot Mode or Legacy Boot Mode
(Optional) At Graphics Configuration screen choose the appropriate graphics option for your system and click Continue.
Verify installation options, then click Continue, enter password and click Install
UniBeast will now create the bootable USB drive. The process will only take about 10 minutes, depending on system and drive speed. Do not unplug or stop during this time.
Drag MultiBeast to your completed USB drive.

 

Clover Note  UniBeast delivers basic bootloader support based on our testing on recommended CustoMac systems. For further bootloader customization, download and run the official Clover package. Advanced users may also compile Clover by downloading the full source.

STEP 3: Recommended BIOS Settings

Note If you’re installing on a recommended CustoMac desktop with AMI UEFI BIOS, the options are simple. For other systems make sure to set your BIOS to Optimized Defaults, and your hard drive to AHCI mode. Here are standard MSI AMI UEFI BIOS.

To access BIOS/UEFI Setup, press and hold Delete on a USB Keyboard while the system is booting up
Load Optimized Defaults
Disable VT-d
Disable CFG-Lock
Disable Secure Boot Mode
Save and exit.

STEP 4: Install OS X El Capitan

You’re almost done! All you need to do is boot from the USB drive and install!

For best results, insert the USB in a USB 2.0 port.

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device (F11)
3. Choose USB
4. At Clover boot screen, choose Boot Mac OS X from USB
5. When you arrive at the Installer, choose language.

If you have issues reaching the installer, first make sure you’re using a USB 2.0 port. If you’re using a NVIDIA graphics card you may need to enter the extra boot flag nv_disable=1 to reach the installer. For instructions on entering boot flags see Clover Basics and Switching Advice.

6. For a new installation of OS X, you MUST erase and format the destination drive according to the following steps before continuing.

a. In the top menu bar choose Utilities, and open Disk Utility
b. Highlight your target drive for the El Capitan installation in left column.
c. Click Erase button
d. For Name: type El Capitan (You can rename it later)
e. For Format: choose OS X Extended (Journaled)
f. For Scheme: choose GUID Partition Map
g. Click Erase
h. Close Disk Utility

7. When the installer asks you where to install, choose El Capitan, or your existing install.
8. Upon completion, the system will automatically restart.

STEP 5: Post Installation with MultiBeast

MultiBeast is an all-in-one post-installation tool designed to enable boot from hard drive, and install support for Audio, Network, and Graphics. The installation is complete, but the drive isn’t bootable yet. Boot from the USB again, this time choosing El Capitan.

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device
3. Choose USB
4. At the Boot Screen, choose your new El Capitan installation.
5. Complete OS X El Capitan setup
6. Open and run MultiBeast. If your system requires installing Clover to the root of the drive, such as Gigabyte 6 Series and X58 systems, skip to STEP 6.
7. If this is a fresh installation, click Quick Start. UEFI Boot Mode is recommended for 7/8/9+ Series CustoMac desktops and all UEFI capable systems. Legacy Boot Mode is recommended for 5/6 Series CustoMac desktops and all BIOS based systems.  (Check FAQS)
8. Choose the appropriate audio and network options for your system:
9. Click Customize for further options
10. Click Print or Save to back up your configuration
11. Click Build then Install

If using a NVIDIA ‘Maxwell’ GeForce GTX 750, 750 Ti, 950, 960, 970, 980, 980 Ti, or TITAN X graphics card, OS X graphics drivers are not natively supported. Alternate NVIDIA drivers are required.

12. (Optional) Download and install Alternate NVIDIA Graphics Drivers
13. Reboot

You now have a fully updated bootable version of OS X El Capitan on your CustoMac! And a USB rescue drive if something goes wrong.