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Hackintosh installation guide

This tutorial is a complete guide on how to install macOS Mojave on a Hackintosh. It does not require any experience, but errors can occur during installation if incorrect settings are selected. The technical data of the hardware used should be available.

Here I have put together for you which hardware is compatible with a Hackintosh or with the MacOs operating system – Link to Hackintosh Hardware

Overview

Step 1: Download MacOS Mojave
Step 2: Create a bootable USB stick with UniBeast
Step 3: Recommended BIOS Settings
Step 4: Install MacOS Mojave
Step 5: Setting up with MultiBeast



Required equipment

Step 1 – Download MacOS Mojave

The full macOS Mojave operating system is a free download for anyone who has purchased Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion, or has a Mac running OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, MacOS Sierra, or MacOS High Sierra.

Download the operating system with your Apple ID from one of the following Macs from the Mac App Store:

  • MacBook (early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (from mid-2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (from mid-2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013, Mid 2010, Mid 2012)

 

  1. Open the Mac App Store.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Download MacOS Mojave.
    (The MacOS Mojave operating system is loaded into the Applications folder.)

 

Step 2 – Create a bootable USB stick with UniBeast

  1. Insert the USB stick.
  2. Open the Disk Utility program.
  3. Mark the USB stick in the left column.
    (In the Mojave version of Disk Utility, you must first select View / Show all devices before you can see the USB stick).
  4. Click on Erase.
  5. Give the USB stick a name (the name can also be changed later).
  6. Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the format.
  7. Under Scheme GUID choose Partition Map.
  8. Click on Erase and then click on Done.

  9. Download UniBeast.
    (The UniBeast program only works if the Mac’s system language is set to English. To do this, go to System Preferences / Language / English.
    Then the Mac must be restarted so that the system language is adopted).
  10. Start the UniBeast program. Click Continue, Continue, Continue, Continue, Agree.
  11. Select the USB stick and click on Continue.

  12. On the Select Operating System Installation screen, select Mojave and click Continue.
  13. In the boot loader options, select the UEFI boot mode or the legacy boot mode.
    (The UEFI boot mode is recommended for Hackintosh 7/8/9/100/200/300 series and all UEFI-enabled systems. The older boot mode is recommended for Hackintosh 5/6 series).
  14. Optional: On the Graphics Configuration screen, select the graphics option that is appropriate for your system and click Continue.
    (This setting is also only necessary for older graphics cards).
  15. Check the installation options, click Continue, enter your password and click Install.

    UniBeast will now create the bootable USB stick. The process takes about 10 minutes, depending on the system.
  16. Download MultiBeast and drag it to your finished USB stick.

 



Step 3 – Recommended BIOS Settings

Make sure your BIOS is set to Optimized Defaults and your hard drive is set to AHCI mode.

The following settings are standard AMI UEFI BIOS settings for:

  • Gigabyte AMI UEFI BIOS
  • Gigabyte AWARD BIOS
  • ASUS AMI UEFI BIOS
  • MSI AMI UEFI BIOS

To access the BIOS / UEFI setup, press and hold the Remove key on your keyboard during system startup.

  • Load optimized presets.
  • If your CPU supports VT-d, disable it.
  • If your system has CFG-Lock, deactivate it.
  • If your system has a safe boot mode, disable it.
  • Set OS Type to Other OS.
  • If your system has a serial I / O port, disable that.
  • Set XHCI Handoff to Enabled.
  • If you have a 6-series or x58 system with AWARD BIOS, disable USB 3.0.
  • Save and close.

Step 4 – Install MacOS Mojave

  1. Insert the USB stick into a USB 2.0 port.
  2. Turn on the computer.
  3. Press the button to enter the boot menu.
    F12 for Gigabyte motherboards
    F8 for ASUS motherboards
    F11 for ASrock motherboards
  4. Select the UEFI USB stick.
  5. From the Clover home screen, select Boot OS X Install from Install MacOS Mojave.
  6. When you get to the installer, select the language.
    (If you are having trouble with the installer, you can use the spacebar on the home screen to access alternative boot modes such as verbose and safe mode).

When reinstalling MacOS, the target drive must be deleted and formatted according to the following steps:

  1. Open the Disk Utility program.
  2. In the left column, mark the destination drive for the Mojave installation.
  3. Click the Erase button.
  4. Enter a name for the hard drive. (can be changed later).
  5. For Format, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
  6. Under Scheme GUID choose Partition Map.
  7. Click on Erase.
  8. Close the Disk Utility program.

When the installer asks you where to install, choose Mojave
When done, the system will restart automatically.

  1. Press the key to enter the boot menu.
    F12 for Gigabyte motherboards
    F8 for ASUS motherboards
    F11 for ASrock motherboards
  2. Select the UEFI USB stick.
  3. Select the Mojave installation from the start screen.
    The complete MacOS installation is carried out. The system will then restart automatically.



Step 5 – Set up with MultiBeast

MultiBeast is an all-in-one post-installation tool that lets you boot from a hard drive and has audio, network, and graphics support. Installation is complete, but the drive is not yet bootable.

  1. Start again from the USB stick.
    Press the key to get to the boot menu.
    F12 for Gigabyte motherboards
    F8 for ASUS motherboards
    F11 for ASrock motherboards
  2. Select the UEFI USB stick.
  3. Select your new Mojave installation from the boot screen.
  4. Set up MacOS completely.
  5. Open and start the MultiBeast program from your USB stick.
  6. Select the appropriate driver options for your system.
    (With older hardware legacy, but in most cases it will be UEFI).
  7. Click Customize to set additional options such as network, audio, and graphics.
    (During this step, it is advisable to have the operating instructions for the motherboard, for example, at hand so that you can view the relevant technical data.)
  8. Click Build, then click Install.
    From now on MacOS Mojave can be started from the hard disk. If necessary, the UEFI hard disk must be set as the first boot option in the BIOS.

Alternative NVIDIA graphics drivers are not yet available for MacO’s Mojave. If you have a Maxwell or Pascal based NVIDIA card, don’t install MacOS Mojave, install High Sierra.
You can also use these instructions to install High Sierra. If you need Hackintosh compatible hardware follow this link – Link to Hackintosh Hardware.