This article is a guide for how to tweak BIOS setting, installing macOS and post-installation setup with Clover Bootloader for installing Mac OS (X) on PC (Hackintosh) using the
[Important!] Before installing Mac OS on PC, backup all important data especially in the
Make sure you’ve made a working bootable USB drive too! You can read HERE for how to make a working bootable U
Before we start, first make sure to plug your
Setting BIOS for Hackintosh
Okay! When everything is ready, reboot your PC, and press ‘Del’ key to enter the
Set BIOS to ‘Load Optimize Defaults’
And then go to Advanced BIOS Features > CPU Feature
Find for similar configuration settings like this;
- Execute Bit suport (Enabled)
- C1E Support (Enabled)
- Set Limit CPUID MaxVal to 3 (Disabled)
- Intel (R) Virtualization Tech (Enabled)
And then set it like this, see screen shot
In BIOS Chipset Feature:
- HPET (Enabled)
Last … set your USB Flash Drive as First boot device in ‘Boot Sequence’
Then press ‘F10’ key to Save and Exit Bios Settings.
Your PC will reboot automatically.
Installing Mac OS
It’s time to installing Mac OS, after setting the BIOS your machine will reboot automatically, then it will boot from Clover EFI partition in your Flash Drive. Because we have set it as first boot device in boot sequence settings.
In clover boot screen you will see all of your drive, use left ⬅ and right ➡ ‘arrow’ key to choose Mac OS X Base System (or whatever you give a name your MacOS installer partition)
Click or hit ‘Enter’ key to open it.
When macOS installer appears, go to menu bar click on “Utilities” > Choose Disk Utilities select drive you want to install Mac OS click Erase (Partition)
Name it Macintosh HD, Hackintosh HD, or whatever you want.
Format to “Mac OS (X) Extended (Journaled)”
Scheme select “GUID Partition Map”
Click Erase (Apply)
[Important!] Disk Utility in Sierra,
Close Disk Utilities Select drive you have formatted for Mac click continue, it takes about 15 – 20 minutes depends on your computer speed. When it
One more time enter into BIOS setting by pressing “Del” key in your keyboard.
This time choose Macintosh HD In Clover boot loader menu
Wait for Mac OS System to boot for the first time.
Then set up your preferred Language, Date and time, internet, etc. If you stuck in internet setup just choose “My Computer doesn’t con
Setup your User Name and Password.
Set your Timezone Information etc, and click continue and continue to finish the setup.
When you are lucky, now you should be in the promised land!
But wait! don’t get too excited yet! we need to install Clover boot loader, but this time we install clover in the same drive you install Mac OS. In this case, the drive is (Macintosh HD).
Post installation with Clover
Now for “Post Installation” download the latest version of Clover boot loader.
Before you install clover it’s better to copy config.plist and all
Install Clover in Macintosh HD (See Pic below)
The Final Trick
Here is the final trick! when you finish installing clover, add some essential
DOWNLOAD or copy config.plist that you have copied from
And paste it to mounted EFI partition in finder-sidebar click on EFI > Clover > EFI > CLOVER and replace the
Also copy all kext to Clover > EFI > CLOVER > Kext > Other (for OS Sierra) 10.11 (for El Capitan) and so on.
See picture below.
When done restart PC and one more time enter BIOS setting, set Drive that has Mac OS installed as 1st boot device in Boot Sequence settings.
Save and exit BIOS setup. Once again your PC will automatically reboot.
And .. congratulation! now you are ready to fly on.
You may now want to customize your new Hackintosh.
Yeah! sometimes things won’t work as it should be. So if you face the problem while booting from the
In Clover boot screen, instead of hit ‘Enter’ key on Mac OS X Base System (Installer partition) use the ‘Space’ key, it will open this page.
Use Top-down arrow to scroll down and up and use ‘Space’ key to check for specific boot option:
- With Injected kexts
- Safe mode
If you want to see what is going on behind the Apple boot logos, you can also check for Verbose with this option you can see what the problem occur.
When you done, scroll down and select for Boot Mac OS X with selected options and hit ‘Enter’
Make sure to unplug any external devices such as wifi adapter, Ethernet, another USB drive beside
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