Mac - Mini-Me 2019 (Zotac ZBox ID-82) Sierra

stefan33

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#1
Hi, many thanks to Edhawk... :) I'm going to a new Mini Build:
http://old.zotac.com/mx/products/mini-pcs/product/mini-pcs/detail/zbox-id82.html
I replaced the CPU with a i5-2410M, than I have a new Fan and 2 X 4GB DDR3 1333.
I will check all the other components and I will start with this new project... :)
I'm going with Sierra...

Chipset - H65M
HD3000
Etherneth - Realtek
WiFi - Atheros

Many thanks for every help :)
I'm going step by step....


Step 1: Formatting the USB Drive
In order to transfer the Mojave installer the USB flash drive must first be formatted into a usable scheme that allows for an EFI Partition.

  1. Insert Flash Drive
  2. Open Disk Utility
  3. Select the Flash Drive on the left column
  4. Click Erase
  5. Set the following settings:
    • Name: Hackintosher
    • Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    • Scheme: GUID Partition Map
  6. Click Erase
  7. Click Done upon finish

Step 2: Transferring the Sierra Installer
  1. Open Terminal through spotlight or launchpad
  2. Paste the following into Terminal entering your password if prompted:sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app --volume /Volumes/Hackintosher/
  3. Do not close Terminal, the installer will transfer over slowly and can take awhile especially if you are using USB 2 bus speeds
Step 3 .... under progress
 
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stefan33

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#2
Now I have reloaded the bios settings at default and I can boot from usb sticks like Acronis, Easeus, Win PE ecc... But when I made the usb stick with Sierra (Sandisk) and than replace the CLOVER folder with the one provided from Edhawk.... I'm not sure what to do... because if I try bios or uefi installations (boot of them but it's not clear for me) and than I replace the CLOVER folder or in the mounted EFI partition or in the EFI folder on the usb (in the same position of Sierra).... than in boot of the situations (bios or uefi setup) wen I insert the usb stick and turn on the Zotac mini pc... I can't boot from usb.... like if there is not an active partition (like in Windows)... but from the bios I can see the Sandisk usb stick ... and I set the first boting device to it.... but nothing...

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAR2hK-wZ9E


I have Clover v2.4k but dont know how to set it... because there are also different options...
As from here I have different options....
https://hackintosher.com/guides/how-to-make-a-clover-hackintosh-bootloader/

But I remember that I was able to boot some years a go with mavericks usb stick.....
 

Edhawk

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#3
Your system probably needs a Legacy Boot, not UEFI. As the bios for your Sandy Bridge system is likely to pre-date the introduction of a UEFI bios.

My Microserver's have Sandy Bridge Xeon CPU's and they needed to be booted with Clover in Legacy Mode, below are the screenshots I took while undertaking a Legacy Clover install to a USB drive titled 'Untitled':

Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.41.48.png Select 'Continue'
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.41.58.png Select 'Continue'
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.42.58.png Select 'Change Install Location'
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.43.12.png Select your USB install disk
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.43.23.png Select 'Customise'
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.43.53.png Select options shown
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.44.53.png Select options shown
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.45.54.png Select options shown
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.46.30.png Select options shown
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.46.51.png Select 'Install'
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.47.26.png Enter your admin password
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.47.50.png Select 'Close'

This is a screenshot of the 'Root' of the the USB drive with Clover installed in legacy mode. All that is missing is the macOS Sierra icon, which you would have as you would have already installed Sierra to the USB.
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.48.11.png

this is a screenshot showing the contents of the EFI folder that is visible on the screenshot above.
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.48.26.png

This is a screenshot of the contents of the CLOVER folder on the USB.
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 16.48.34.png

This is a screenshot of the Clover folder with the 'Full Tree' shown, and specifically the kexts, drivers, SSDT etc that I have added to the CLOVER folder.
Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 17.21.27.png

The whole EFI folder is also attached. I have included a revised config.plist for a sandy bridge CPU, with the iMac 12.2 smbios plus a number of compatible changes to the config, similar to my Microserver config.

Hope this is helpful.
 

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stefan33

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#4
Thanks so much... now I will try... I tell you that yesterday, the only modo to make the usb bootable (but with issues) was to do this:

Mount Efi of usb, copy and paste CLOVERX64.efi in the root (near EFI Folder) and renme it as Shellx64.efi , than force the eFI bios to boot from Shellx64.efi ... Thanks agin.
 

stefan33

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#5
Many thanks.... mow I can boot. but in verbose mode and with not restart i found some errors that for me should be about ACPI... I will post the screen... but should be something in the BIOS settings?
 

Edhawk

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#6
Given the age of the system it may be that you need to patch the DSDT to fix some of these errors. This was a common issue when Sandy Bridge systems were released back in 2011/12.

Can you post a copy of your Bootlog file, it can be obtained from Clover Configurator application. This will show me if any additional or unnecessary ACPI/DSDT/SSDT fixes are or should be in your config.plist.

Open the latest version of Clover Configurator and do the following:

Screen Shot 2019-04-05 at 16.53.20.png Select Boot.Log from Tools section

Screen Shot 2019-04-05 at 16.53.42.png Select 'Generate Log' button and then 'Save boot.log to desktop' button

Post a compressed copy of the Bootlog.txt file that is created on your desktop.

It might also be helpful if you could generate the ACPI files for your system. This is done by pressing the F4 button when you are on the Clover Boot Screen. This copies the ACPI files to /EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/Origin folder on your USB or system drive, whichever you are using to boot the system.
 

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