Is your Hackintosh PC can’t boot and keep on restarting after you update the macOS to the latest version? don’t panic, in this post, we will show you how to fix it. Especially for you guys who follow our guide on how to enable sound on hackintosh using VoodooHDA kext.
If you are installing macOS on a Hackintosh PC using the vanilla method, one of the advantages is you always can update the macOS to its latest version. i.e you are still running a High Sierra and want to update the macOS (Security Update, iTunes, Safari. etc) directly from the App Store.
But after you did update, your Hackintosh can’t boot properly and your Hackintosh PC keeps on restarting after the macOS start-up process. Like I said before, don’t panic and keep calm. Below is a few causes that may be causing your Hackintosh can’t boot properly and how to solve it.
What causing Hackintosh PC won’t boot properly and keep on restarting by itself?
In most cases, what causing Hackintosh PC to keep on restarting by itself on the boot section is if you are using an additional kext like VoodooHDA or any other additional kext on your macOS System > Library > Extension folder.
Solving the issue
To solve the issue of your hackintosh can’t boot properly causing by the VoodooHDA kext and other additional kext installed on SLE, simply boot your hack in Safe Mode.
Boot Hackintosh in safe mode with Clover – How to
If you are following our guide to install your hackintosh using Clover (Vanilla) method, in the Clover boot options section simply press the Space key on your computer keyboard immediately before the boot time ends. By doing so, it will take you to the Clover boot option.
Then use the Up-Down Arrow key on your keyboard to choose how you want to boot the OS. In this case, choose boot OS in Safe Mode (-x) then press the Space key on your keyboard to tick the boot in the safe mode option. See screenshot.
Next, use the Up-Down key again and navigate it to Boot macOS with selected options in the menu, and press Enter or Return if you are using the actual Mac Keyboard on your hackintosh. Please see the screenshot below.
Run macOS in Safe Mode to solve the issue
Now your Hackintosh should not restart by itself because you are now booting in safe mode. While in safe mode, go to macOS System > Library > Extension folder and find the AppleHDA kext. Please do a back-up before deleting the AppleHDA kext.
Nah, now you see the problem right? Ya! when you install the VoodooHDA you have deleted the original AppleHDA kext, but every time you update the macOS system it also will install the new AppleHDA kext in the SLE folder.
Then Restart your Hackintosh and boot in “normal mode” after you delete the AppeHDA kext from the SLE folder. You can also empty the trash if you want.
If you do it right, your Hackintosh PC now should be able to boot properly without restarting by itself.
Right after now, you should make a note, that every time you update macOS on hackintosh PC you also need to repeat this “ritual” again 😀
NOTE! For you, fellow hackintosher, if you are using a Mac Distro you will not be able to update the macOS system. It only works if you are using a Vanilla method to install macOS in non-Mac Computers.
Other issue causing Hackintosh PC can’t boot properly after update
Another issue your Hackintosh computer can not boot properly and keep on restarting by itself is a hardware issue. It could be you have changed your GPU and it may not compatible with macOS, etc.
Note that if you are upgrading your Hackintosh to macOS Mojave or Catalina and your graphics card isn’t support you may also experience a similar issue or maybe worst … your hackintosh freeze.
You can read the article about supported Graphics Card for macOS Mojave / Catalina here: https://digimanx.com/want-to-install-macos-mojave-on-hackintosh-think-again/
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