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Mac OS High Sierra Hackintosh Guide For Kabylake Processors

Mac OS High Sierra Hackintosh Guide For Kabylake Processors

Gadget lovers have been waiting so long for 25th September and they can’t just wait long enough to grab the new update of Apple for their Mac OS. It is named as High Sierra, it sounds like a small upgrade. If you look more closely,  you will find it bigger because they had made huge changes under the hood that make them develop future Mac OS versions. In the last couple of months, I wrote an article to guide on how to install Mac OS Sierra on H270N Wifi. This article is to guide those who need to install Mac OS High Sierra on their Hackintosh. Let’s get started.

This installation is so easy because Tonymacx86 released the new version of Unibeast and multibeast so it is easy to install Hackintosh on your PC. Still, you need some patience to install it as it is still in the development stage. Many people reported that they can’t install High Sierra on their systems. New APFS file system makes it difficult to install.

My Hackintosh Build

These are the configurations of my mackintosh build. It is an HTPC  which doesn’t have any graphics card, I’m using the Intel HD Graphics.

Processor

Intel Core i5 7600

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Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-H270N-WiFi

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CPU Cooler

Noctua NH L9i

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RAM

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB 2400MHz DDR4

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SSD

Samsung 850 Evo 256GB

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Hard Disk

Seagate FireCuda Gaming 2TB

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Power Supply

HDPlex 160W

PicoPSU 160xt

With 240W Dell AC Adapter

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WiFi & Bluetooth

Apple’s Original BCM94360CS2 Card 

With M.2 NGFF Adapter

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What Works in this Hackintosh Build

All functions are working as expected on the new Mac OS High Sierra. These are the main things that a Hackintosher may reach for.

  • USB 3.0
  • SATA
  • Audio
  • WiFi And Bluetooth
  • WiFi & BT working on Clover UEFI Installation
  • Handoff, AirDrop, Universal Clipboard, Wake On Wireless, Auto Unlock, Unlock With Apple Watch
  • Personal Hotspot with iPhone
  • iMessage
  • Built-in Ethernet
  • TRIM support
  • Intel HD630 integrated graphics
  • Display Power Cycling

Untested

I can’t test these functions. One thing I can clarify that Sleep and Wake functions will not work with the integrated Graphics card. If you need sleep-wake function then you need to buy a discrete graphics card.

  • Sleep Wake
  • USB- C

BIOS Configurations

This is the most important step which you shouldn’t ignore. Read it carefully and make changes to your build.

Step 1= Load Optimised Default

  • IN BIOS Tab
  1. Windows 8/10 Features = Other OS
  2. Storage Boot Option Control = UEFI
  • Peripherals Tab
  1. Initial Display Output = Ignore it
  2. XHCI Handoff = Enabled (In USB Configuration)
  • Chipset Tab
  1. VT-D = Disabled
  2. Internal Graphics = Enabled
  3. DVMT Pre-Allocated = 64M or Above
  • Save and Exit

Files To Download

You need to download some files to get things work. These files are necessary for the entire session of the Mac OS installation.

Installation

Installation Prerequisites

  • A 200 Series Motherboard with Intel KabyLake Processor
  • Working Mac or Hackintosh without this you can’t move forward.
  • USB stick, 8GB or larger

Get Mac OS High Sierra

  1. Open Mac App Store
  2. Log in to your Apple ID
  3. Download macOS High Sierra (10.13)
  4. After the download finishes, the setup screen will appear, you should Quit the app from the Dock. You can see the application in/Applications/Install MacOS High Sierra.app

Clean Install – Mac OS High Sierra Hackintosh

This is the method to install Mac OS high Sierra on your computer using a USB stick. Follow these steps properly to get high Sierra installed successfully on your hack.

Create USB Installer

This step is very tricky, If you make any mistake in this step it may cause you more trouble. So follow the instructions carefully.

  1. Erase USB Stick and Rename it as USB. Open Disk Utilities –> Select USB and Erase using Mac OSX Extended Journaled –> GUID Partition Map–>Erase
  2. Copy your macOS High Sierra Setup on the Application folder of your mac.
  3. Now open Unibeast and follow the steps

One: Click continue
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Two: Choose your formatted USB
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Three: Choose macOS High Sierra
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Four: Then select UEFI Boot Mode
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Five: These are the selection that we made, click continue
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Six: This step will take little longer to finish after the completion your USB is fully bootable.
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Now your USB Stick is fully bootable.

Install MacOS Sierra

  1. Turn on the computer
  2. Press the hotkey F12 or F10  to choose the boot device
  3. Select USB
  4. At Clover boot screen, select Boot macOS from Install MacOS High Sierra (The installer will restart several times (at least 3 times) so whenever it reboots repeat Step 2 to Step 4)
  5. When you arrive at the Installer, choose the language.
  6. from here select Disk Utility
  7. Highlight your target drive for the High Sierra installation in the left column.
  8. Click Erase button
  9. Name: type Sierra (You can rename it later)
  10. Format: choose APFS File System
  11. Click Erase
  12. Close Disk Utility
  13. Then select Install macOS High Sierra
  14. Highlight your target drive for the Sierra installation then click continue.
  15. After the first restart Press the hotkey F12 to choose your USB boot device
  16. From clover screen select HDD and it will start the installation. sometimes it suddenly reboots your computer just ignore that, when it reboots boot through the USB drive then select HDD again from the clover boot screen.
  17. After the final reboot boot through USB drive then select Boot macOS From HDD (HDD name will depend on in which name you choose when the HDD was erasing)
  18. Complete Your installation it will take some time to complete.

Post Installation

After the installation is over you have to install all the necessary apps and kexts. For that, we have the Multibeast that can install all the drivers that needed for Mac OS. Follow the steps in Multibeast to install kexts and apps properly.

First Step: Open Multibeast and then select Quickstart.
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Step 2: [Audio] Select these two options or else choose the codec that suites your motherboard.
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Step 3: [Network] Choose your network driver here.
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Step 4: [USB] Select these two option to get all ports of your computer get worked.
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Step 5: [Bootloader] Select the third option to work some graphics accelerations and iMessage. For I message you have to do some more steps you can find those steps below of this post. keep reading.
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Step 6: [Graphics] Select the proper graphics configuration below. if you select NVIDIA graphics then you have to install NVIDIA Web driver also you have to select NVIDIA Graphics fixup.
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Step 7: [SMBIOS] From this step select the SMBIOS and click continue.

 

Final Step: Here is the final step that shows what we selected, confirm that you have selected all the drivers if you selected all the drivers then click Install.

After the installation is completed you can safely remove your USB drive and restart your computer and boot through the HDD now it will boot from your Hard disk. NVIDIA users need to add NVIDIA Web patch the same method that you used in Sierra. NVIDIA Web drivers for High Sierra is now available to download. note: install web driver before you restart your computer after the Multibeast post installation, otherwise your system will not boot properly.

Direct Upgrade to Mac OS High Sierra

If you don’t need to fresh install the OS then you can try this method. Before you start I recommend you to make a backup using Carbon copy. Follow the below instructions to update your current operating system to Mac OS High Sierra.

  1. Download Mac OS High Sierra from the App Store
  2. Update your Clover Boot-loader to latest version
  3. Update all your patches and kexts then restart your computer
  4. Open Install Mac OS High Sierra from the Application folder and follow the instruction.
  5. While upgrading your system will restart several times so keep calm. It will take you to the Desktop after sometimes.
  6. After the installation, it will show you the final configuration complete it then you are good to go.

Conclusion

Now you have the successfully working High Sierra. Also, you have the USB stick that fully bootable so keep it safe so you can easily reinstall macOS if anything happens in the future. I will update this article whenever a new update or patch becomes available. Until then keep reading this. Have a great day.

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Mac OS High Sierra Hackintosh Guide For Kabylake Processors
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Mac OS High Sierra Hackintosh Guide For Kabylake Processors
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This is the guide to install Mac OS high Sierra into your Hackintosh build. This guide is upto date so everyone can easily install Mac OS on their systems.
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  1. Post comment

    Hey,
    Thanks again for your another great guide. I have one questions. for some reason when I try to create install USB with terminal, I am getting output saying “need to specify volume path”. Am I doing annoying wrong? I did format the USB using Disk Utility the way you said it.
    Thanks

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    In step 2 of the Create USB Installer there is a small type. It should be “sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/USB –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app –nointeraction”

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        Ironically, I said “type” instead of “typo”

        I’m trying this install right now

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  3. Post comment

    Thanks A lot! Successfully made the USB installer. will try to install tonight or in the morning.
    Thanks Again.

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    Can I use HFS+ partition if I am not using ssd?
    I read on tonymacx86 they recommenced to use HFS+ instead of new apfs if u don’t have ssd.

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    No go for me. Not sure what the issue is. I am using your same mobo. Differences in my build, I’m using an i3 Kabylake chip and my SSD drive is a samsung NVME.

    When I try to boot from the USB installer, it just sticks at the apple logo.

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      NVME Drives are now natively supported on the new 10.13. I don’t know why this happening, Try to add this patch.
      Add this patch to your config.plist (Kernal and Kext patch Section)

      Name: IONVMeFamily
      Find: 4885c074 07808b20
      Replace: 4885c090 90808b20
      Comment: External NVME Icon Patch

      Also, try to boot in verbose mode and note what errors are occurring.

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    Thanks for a great guide! Just to clarify, did you have to replace the wifi card that came with the motherboard with a BCM94360CS2 Card?

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        I have z270n wifi mobo. will the wifi work on this or the onboard card does not support wifi at all?

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    Hey,
    I tried to follow the guide. For some reason I my installation screen freezes on step #4. I guess it’s not able to load the installer. I must have tried 15 times. Even tried to re-download the High Sierra install.app, and re create the bootable USB. Only difference in hardware is my mobo; which is ga- Z270n-gaming 5.
    Any help will be useful.
    Can someone help me with finding macOS Sierra.app, just in case there is nothing that can be done with properly installing High Sierra.
    Thanks alot to Logicbugs and others for helping novice enthusiast like me.

    Dev

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      forgot to add, the screen always goes to show a sign similar to “stop” symbol. its really frustrating, Any help available?

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    Thanks for the guide. My apologies for some n00b questions. I’m rather confused by all the EFI stuff flying about.
    I have:
    1. an EFI folder on the root of my hackintosh’s HDD partition that I think is installed/updated by Clover
    2. an EFI folder in the EFI partition on the boot that is used to boot the system (but does not seem to be updated by a Clover install)
    3. your HDD EFI directory from your zip file.

    When you say (in Step 3) “Copy the entire files from My EFI Folder then replace it with your HDD’s EFI partition”, do you mean I should overwrite YOUR stuff (3) with the contents of my EFI partition’s EFI folder (2) or the EFI directory on my HDD’s data partition (1)?
    I would have thought that the copy/overwrite should go the other way, i.e. overwriting/replacing my EFI partition’s EFI directory(2) with yours (3), otherwise I’m not updating anything that actually gets used in the boot process. No?
    Whenever, I install an updated Clover (which changes the EFI directory on my Hackintosh’s data partition(1)) do I need to copy the updated contents to the my EFI partition’s EFI directory(2)?
    Is the EFI directory on my Hackintosh’s data partition(1) actually used for anything?

    Any guidance or corrections to my misunderstanding would be appreciated.

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      I am having the same confusion as tritex. @Logicbug please clarify this point. It would be of great help. I don’t want to mess up my hacklintosh

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      Yes, You have to replace the EFI folder from your hackintosh HDD’s EFI partition because clover doesn’t install the clover into EFI partition.EFI directory from your HDD’s data partition is useless

      Whenever, I install an updated Clover (which changes the EFI directory on my Hackintosh’s data partition(1)) do I need to copy the updated contents to my EFI partition’s EFI directory(2)? Yes.

      Is the EFI directory on my Hackintosh’s data partition(1) actually used for anything? It doesn’t do anything

      When you say (in Step 3) “Copy the entire files from My EFI Folder then replace it with your HDD’s EFI partition”, do you mean I should overwrite YOUR stuff (3) with the contents of my EFI partition’s EFI folder (2) or the EFI directory on my HDD’s data partition (1)?EFI partition’s EFI folder

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    Do I need to install Clover boot loader to the USB ? and how do I install Clover boot loader after I install HighSIerra to the SSD. my hard drive keeps on rebooting after the install. never booted to Mac home screen for me to install clover. Also, your USB EFI folder looks different than what you put in the USB EFI download, I think its missing nvram.efi file; don’t know if you meant to do that.

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      Sorry, Dev for the late reply. Yes, you have to install the clover to the USB but the new version of clover does not install on the EFI partition so that we have to manually copy and paste the EFI folder. Use the USB EFI folder from this guide. If your HDD keeps rebooting then add -disablegfxfirmware as boot flag then try again. But that was the same EFI folder that I used to install High Sierra on my hack.

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    Any help with where I can find macOS Sierra.app other than App Store; since Apple took it out of the store. I can’t get the High Sierra to install.

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    Hi! I have a Z270N-Gaming 5 board along with a GTX 1060. I am struggling to get sleep. Freezes upon resuming. Any advice? Thanks for your guides!

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      Did you installed the NVIDIA Web Driver properly and also did you inject NVIDIA on your config.plist. If you don’t have Lilu.kext and NVIDIAgraphicsfixup.kext then install it that will help you to get the sleep working.

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    Finally breathing. Took some effort. There is a small error in the USB Kext patch (discussed at TonyMac).

    Going to try filevault next.

    I will say that it seems like it takes longer for High Sierra to boot than Sierra did. No idea why

    I also feel like there must be some differences with power management. I say that because my fan runs almost constantly now.

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        I try to use the script but I get this error: End-of-center-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
        a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
        the last directory of the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
        the last disk (s) of this archive.
        Suggestions?

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    If I do the direct upgrade do and have a SSD, will I automatically get the APFS from the regular install. Or do I need to install a Kext? Also should I install the latest versions of all the Kext or just leave as is?

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      just leave as is. installation will do the rest for you. you don’t have to install any kext but make sure you have put apfs.efi file in your clover directory otherwise the apfs drives will not show on the clover boot screen.

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        Just to be sure, You mean: start CloverConfigurator.
        Mount the EFI partition.
        Then go to:
        EFI > Clover
        or
        EFI > Clover > drivers64UEFI

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