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Updating your Hackintosh to Catalina 10.15


To replace an current hackintosh to macOS Catalina 10.15 here’s what you need to know earlier than you proceed.

macOS Catalina 10.15 modifications that may have an effect on hackintoshing:

  • Elimination of 32bit App assist in macOS Catalina
  • All system information have been moved to a read-only partition
  • NVIDIA Alternate Graphic Drivers NOT out there in macOS Catalina/Mojave. Whereas older  natively supported playing cards like work NVIDIA 6xx and 7xx ‘Kepler’ nonetheless work newer Maxwell or Pascal playing cards can’t get full acceleration.
  • Catalina Graphics Assist:
    • Intel HD 4000 and better
    • AMD Vega, AMD RX 5xx, AMD Radeon HD 7xxx and better
    • AMD Navi Vega 20 Assist in 10.15.1
    • Non-Metallic supported GPUs can now not render utilizing OpenGL as a fallback so its advisable that those that depend on their GPU for sure macOS apps replace their graphics card to a Metallic supported card in the event that they wish to use Catalina.
  • Modifications to AirPortBrcm4360.kext could require it to be forceloaded to get sure non-apple WiFi playing cards to work.
  • Modifications to EC may cause points booting and working Catalina requires both disabling AppleACPIEC, utilizing a pretend EC, or renaming EC beneath DSDT -> Patches in config.plist.

Catalina 10.15 Replace Steps

Obtain macOS Catalina 10.15

Backup earlier than Updating

Its at all times advisable to do a contemporary set up of macOS on a hackintosh when a brand new model comes out, however you may as well improve straight. Whereas downloading Catalina its a good suggestion to again up your Mac.  Time Machine makes it easy, and different backup strategies are additionally out there. Discover ways to again up your Mac.

Replace Clover EFI folder for Catalina Compatability

  • Could must replace Clover EFI folder to a more moderen model for Catalina compatibility:
    • Bear in mind that any Clover r5000+ model has a revised file hierarchy of its drivers folder. To replace:
  • There may be now a substitute for Clover referred to as OpenCore that can be utilized as a bootloader and set up Catalina with.

Catalina 10.15 USB Port Restrict Patch

By default macOS limits the variety of allowed USB ports which may trigger sure USB2/USB3 ports to not perform because the motherboard being hackintoshed doubtless incorporates many greater than the restrict. To allow all out there ports one thing referred to as a USB port-limit patch should be added.

To extend the USB restrict see the checklist of obtainable port-limit patches for macOS 10.15

Ensure to disable or delete any earlier port restrict patches.

Graphics in macOS Catalina:

  • Intel (U)HD 630 graphics customers might have the -disablegfxfirmware bootflag to be added on the Clover boot display screen or completely in config.plist beneath Boot -> Arguments
  • AMD Vega, AMD RX 5xx, AMD Radeon HD 7xxx and better – Will want Lilu.kext + WhateverGreen.kext up to date and will require a particular boot flag to keep away from receiving a black display screen on boot in 10.15.1. https://hackintosher.com/guides/hackintosh-catalina-10-15-1-update-guide
  • Nvidia Pascal and Maxwell graphic playing cards can’t get full acceleration with out Nvidia Different Drivers which haven’t been launched for Catalina and even Mojave, however the older playing cards that use to return in Mac’s are nonetheless appropriate NVIDIA 6xx and 7xx ‘Kepler’ collection.

Hackintosh Catalina EC Patching

AppleACPIEC modifications macOS Catalina require it to be both disabled, renamed or spoofed in addition macOS Catalina on hackintosh. For those who don’t add a repair it’s possible you’ll not be capable of boot and get varied verbose outputs akin to Ready on root machine… and AE_NOT_FOUND. Repair this by patching your EFI machine

AE_NOT_FOUND Coping with AppleACPIEC on a Catalina Hackintosh

Make Extensions Library writable once more

  • All system information have been moved to a read-only partition which means /L/E or /S/L/E can’t be edited by you when including or eradicating kexts.
    • To get round this after Catalina is put in these folders must be mounted with write privileges by way of the Terminal app with sudo mount -uw /

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