Gigabyte B150M-VP Skylake Hackintosh Guide

Skylake Hackintosh Guide: Gigabyte B150M-VP, i5-6600K & RX-580

This was an easy one. I’ve recently installed macOS Catalina 10.15.2 on my desktop PC. The specs are Gigabyte GA-B150M-VP, i5-6600K CPU, Team Elite 8GB DDR4 2400Mhz Memory, and Radeon™ RX 580 GPU alongside a boot SSD for macOS and shared HDD storage for macOS and Windows. This is a test set-up and I won’t tweak this build for the latest versions of Clover or macOS.

Skylake Hackintosh Menu Bar

A word of warning; you should modify the EFI (a lot) if your system specs are different. Ethernet isn’t working for me for the time being. Downgrading Clover would fix that. But I use a nano-USB adapter for WiFi. I’m content with that. Everything else should work out of the box if you have the specs as mine.

Nota bene

  • Proceed with caution. Don’t blame me if you didn’t back up.
  • Delete VoodooHDA from Kexts/Other, if the AppleALC Kext is working.
  • The guide is not applicable to Opencore bootloader. Go ahead though, if you know what you’re doing.

Download The EFI Pack

My EFI folder is applicable for Vanilla approach and SSD hot-swap (just replace/paste EFI folder – not recommended though.) If things go south, use the clover settings from Hackintosher’s ASUS Z170 EFI Pack. But then you’ve to tweak settings a bit more.

Kexts for Gigabyte B150M Skylake Hackintosh Catalina
Kexts/Other folder.

What Doesn’t Work?

  • Sleep/wake
  • Ethernet (For the time being. Catalina broke the ethernet for me. I use a WiFi adapter anyway. So no plans to fix it real soon.)
  • FaceTime/iMessage (It will work after SMBIOS edits. You should do that.)

Resources

  • Guide to create a bootable macOS Catalina USB install drive (on macOS)
  • Guide to create a bootable macOS Catalina USB install drive (on Windows)

Post USB preparation

  • Install Clover to the USB flash drive.
  • Use Clover Configurator (macOS) or DiskGenius (Windows) to mount the EFI folder within the USB flash drive.
  • Paste my /EFI folder to the EFI partition.

Good luck!

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Update: ThinkPad T530 Hackintosh Catalina

ThinkPad T530 Hackintosh Catalina

ThinkPad T530 is undoubtedly a solid machine that can handle macOS Catalina. I installed Mojave on this machine a while ago but never bothered to use T530 as a daily driver. Skip introduction at your own risk.

But here we are! The hacking part was quite easy this time. Few Kext updates and alongside Clover update did the job. I haven’t edited the config.plist from Mojave installation as well. Luckily Apple didn’t throw any kernel panic while testing. I did a Vanilla install by the way.

Behold, behold The mighty one!

Alright, let’s dive in! Read the guide carefully if you’re a beginner. Don’t blame me if you f*ck up your current OS.

Don’t forget to fork or star my GitHub repo while you’re at it. Please don’t sell the EFI or use it on your YouTube video without giving credit to the original author. Don’t be an A-hole.

My ThinkPad T530′ Specs: i7 3740QM, 16GB Memory, 128GB SSD + 256GB SSD + 750GB HDD, NVIDIA NVS 5400M (N/A for Hackintosh)

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The Kexts/Other folder.

What Doesn’t Work?

  1. Inbuilt WiFi card.
  2. Mini DisplayPort.
  3. Fingerprint reader (if you’ve one).
  4. Card reader.

#README

  • Proceed with caution.
  • Tested on macOS Catalina 10.15.2.
  • EFI folder is N/A for Opencore bootloader. Go ahead though, if you know what you’re doing.
  • Do a Vanilla install if possible. I haven’t tested a direct update from Mojave.
  • The EFI folder is applicable to SSD hot-swap also. ie, if you’re planning to swap SSD from a MacBook Pro to ThinkPad 530.

Download The EFI folder for ThinkPad T530

Recommended BIOS settings

Disable dGPU: The process is quite simple. Go to BIOS Setup -> Config -> Display and set the Graphics Device as “Integrated Graphics.” Also, disable the OS Detection for NVIDIA Optimus. Make sure it looks like the attached image below. Then, select Save & Exit.

ThinkPad T530 BIOS Display Settings for Hackintosh

Select UEFI Only: Go to BIOS Settings → Startup, select UEFI only.

Disable CSM Support: Do this if the USB doesn’t boot initially. Go to BIOS Settings → Startup, disable CSM support.

T530 BIOS Startup Settings for Hackintosh

ThinkPad T530 macOS Catalina – Vanilla Installation Guide(s)

It doesn’t matter if you own a real Mac or not. I’ll share the installation guide for both macOS and Windows.

How to create a bootable macOS Catalina 10.15 USB install drive? (on macOS)

Step 1: Refer to this guide from 9to5mac

Step 2: Download and install Clover to USB.  Refer to this article for clarity.

Step 3: Install Clover Configurator, and mount the EFI partition. Then replace the EFI folder with the one on my repo.

How to create a bootable macOS Catalina 10.15 USB install drive? (on Windows)

Step 1: Install Transmac on a Windows machine. It has a 15-day trial period and works flawlessly flashing DMG files to USB.

Step 2: Download the macOS 10.15.2 with clover dmg file from here or other sources you come across Google SERP.

Step 3: Download the EFI folder in my GitHub repo.

Step 4: Download Clover Configurator for macOS (latest version).

Step 5: Connect a 16 GB USB flash drive.

Step 6: Open Transmac. In the left pane, right-click the USB Drive and select Format Disk for Mac

Again in the left pane, right-click the USB Drive and select Restore with Disk Image. Then select the DMG file I mentioned in (2). The flashing process will take a few minutes depending on the size of .dmg and speed/port of the USB drive.

Step 7: Install DiskGenius.

Step 8: Locate the USB drive in DiskGenius. Delete the EFI folder and replace it with the new EFI folder. Refer to this part of a YouTube video for clarity.

Step 9: Plug the USB drive into the ThinkPad T530 and boot from USB.

Step 10: Format the disk drive to APFS, install macOS Mojave and restart the system.

Step 11: Connect the Hackintosh system to the Internet via LAN cable, USB tethering or a Mac-compatible external WiFi adapter.

Step 12: Download & install Clover Configurator on MacOS. Open EFI partition and copy -> paste the EFI folder once more.

(Optional) You may use Karabiner-Elements if the keyboard mappings (command and option) are acting up.

All the best! Write to me if you need professional guidance.

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Success: X79 Hackintosh

Success: X79 Hackintosh Catalina, E5-2650 & RX-580

It took a while to optimize. But I finally installed macOS Catalina on my desktop PC with X79/LGA 2011 motherboard, Xeon E5-2650 CPU and Radeon™ RX 580 GPU.

A word of warning; you should modify the EFI (a lot) if your system specs are different. I use an ”Ant Country X79 Basic” Chinese motherboard, very similar to Huanan X79.  The CPU type 0x0a01 I set in Clover is only applicable to 8-core CPU models. You should edit that out if your CPU config is different. Also, note that I’ve manually set my system memory info (4x 8GB) within the SMBIOS in Clover. You should edit that as well.

Nota bene

  • Proceed with caution. Don’t blame me if you didn’t back up.
  • Delete VoodooHDA from Kexts/Other, if the AppleALC Kext is working.
  • The guide is not applicable to Opencore bootloader. Go ahead though, if you know what you’re doing.
  • I haven’t tested these settings against the latest version of Clover.

Download The EFI folder for X79

My EFI folder is applicable for Vanilla approach and SSD hot-swap (just replace/paste EFI folder – not recommended though.) If things go south, use the clover settings attached in the starter-EFI folder of my repo. But then you’ve to tweak settings a bit more.

What Doesn’t Work?

  • Sleep/wake
  • Ethernet (For the time being. Catalina broke the ethernet for me. I use a WiFi adapter anyway. So no plans to fix it real soon.)
  • FaceTime/iMessage (It will work after SMBIOS edits. You should do that.)

Resources

  • Guide to create a bootable macOS Catalina USB install drive (on macOS)
  • Guide to create a bootable macOS Catalina USB install drive (on Windows)

Post USB preparation

  • Install Clover to the USB flash drive.
  • Use Clover Configurator (macOS) or DiskGenius (Windows) to mount the EFI folder within the USB flash drive.
  • Paste my /EFI folder to the EFI partition.

Good luck!

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Success: ThinkPad T530 Hackintosh Setup

ThinkPad T530 Hackintosh Guide

I know you badly need the ThinkPad T530 EFI folder or Clover configuration file ASAP. Can we start with a backstory though?

Update: I’ve published a new guide to install macOS Catalina on ThinkPad T530.

Back at my ThinkPad T530. I love this beast of a machine. It’s easily capable of handling eGPU (GTX 9604G & 750Ti), and MacOS for work. The device performs similar to a mid-2015 MacBook Pro. Also, note that I don’t prefer Catalina at the moment, so my EFI folder is only applicable to the latest build of Mojave.

So here we go. Don’t forget to fork or star my GitHub repo, it’s your call.

My ThinkPad T530′ Specs: i7 3740QM, 16GB Memory, 256GB SSD + 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, NVIDIA NVS 5400M (N/A for Hackintosh)

Mighil.com's T530
ThinkPad T530 Boot Screen ~ Clover Bootloader

The Launchpad

ThinkPad T530 Hackintosh Mojave Launchpad
Yeah, iMessage aka Message is working.

The Display Resolution Settings

ThinkPad T530 Hackintosh Display Settings
ThinkPad T530 Hackintosh Display Settings

What Doesn’t Work?

  1. Inbuilt WiFi card.
  2. MiniDP
  3. Fingerprint reader
  4. Card reader.

#README

  • Proceed with caution.
  • EFI folder is N/A for Opencore bootloader. Go ahead though, if you know what you’re doing.
  • EFI-swap recommended. I haven’t tested these settings against the latest version of Clover.
  • The EFI folder is applicable for Vanilla approach and SSD hot-swap (just replace/paste EFI folder – not recommended though.)

Dude, what’s an SSD hot-swap?

It’s a half-arsed practice. This involves installing macOS Mojave on a real MacBook Pro and moving its SSD to the T530 after editing the EFI folder. It’s wise to choose a machine similar to ThinkPad T530 in terms of CPU and screen resolution, eg: mid-2012 MacBook Pro.

Download The EFI folder for ThinkPad T530

Use the BIOS settings as mentioned below.

Disable dGPU: The process is quite simple. Go to BIOS Setup -> Config -> Display and set the Graphics Device as “Integrated Graphics.” Also, disable the OS Detection for NVIDIA Optimus. Make sure it looks like the attached image below. Then, select Save & Exit.

ThinkPad T530 BIOS Display Settings for Hackintosh

Select UEFI Only: Go to BIOS Settings → Startup, select UEFI only.

Disable CSM Support: Do this if the USB doesn’t boot initially. Go to BIOS Settings → Startup, disable CSM support.

T530 BIOS Startup Settings for Hackintosh

ThinkPad T530 macOS Mojave – Vanilla Installation Guide(s)

It doesn’t matter if you own a real Mac or not. I’ll share the installation guide for both macOS and Windows.

How to create a bootable macOS Catalina 10.15 USB install drive? (on macOS)

Step 1: Refer to this guide from 9to5mac

Step 2: Download and install Clover to USB.  Refer to this article for clarity.

Step 3: Install Clover Configurator, and mount the EFI partition. Then replace the EFI folder with the one on my repo.

How to create a bootable macOS Catalina 10.15 USB install drive? (on Windows)

Step 1: Install Transmac on a Windows machine. It has a 15-day trial period and works flawlessly flashing DMG files to USB.

Step 2: Download the macOS 10.14.X with clover dmg file from here or other sources you come across Google SERP.

Step 3: Download the EFI folder in my GitHub repo.

Step 4: Download Clover Configurator for macOS (latest version).

Step 5: Connect a 16 GB USB flash drive.

Step 6: Open Transmac. In the left pane, right-click the USB Drive and select Format Disk for Mac

Again in the left pane, right-click the USB Drive and select Restore with Disk Image. Then select the DMG file I mentioned in (2). The flashing process will take a few minutes depending on the size of .dmg and speed/port of the USB drive.

Step 7: Install DiskGenius.

Step 8: Locate the USB drive in DiskGenius. Delete the EFI folder and replace it with the new EFI folder. Refer to this part of a YouTube video for clarity.

Step 9: Plug the USB drive into the ThinkPad T530 and boot from USB.

Step 10: Format the disk drive to APFS, install macOS Mojave and restart the system.

Step 11: Connect the Hackintosh system to the Internet via LAN cable, USB tethering or a Mac-compatible external WiFi adapter.

Step 12: Download & install Clover Configurator on MacOS. Open EFI partition and copy -> paste the EFI folder once more.

You may use Karabiner-Elements if the keyboard mappings (command and option) are acting up.

ThinkPad T530 Hackintosh Settings for Karabiner Elements
ThinkPad T530 Hackintosh Settings for Karabiner Elements

All the best! Write to [email protected] if you need professional guidance.

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