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  1. Nodarkthings

    Using small USB keys for bootloaders

    I want to share this little trick, useful if you have old USB keys of little capacity (say 1GB): usually they will be formatted as MBR with a FAT32 partition. Well, I've discovered that the EFI partition's size doesn't matter for our bootloaders as long as it's called "EFI" (I'm currently using...
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    A guide to update OpenCore 0.x.y to 0.x.y+1

    @miliuco does a great job at pointing out the differences between one version and the next (search for his "Opencore 0.x.y > 0.x.y+1 differences" threads), but I often see the same questions coming back regularly on his threads and other ones, so here's an overview of the best way to update...
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    OpenCore 0.6.9 Legacy Sandy Bridge Laptop

    Hi! I'm quite surprised how easy it was! :thumbup: But some really important things still don't work: - keyboard and trackpad don't work at the picker and then when MacOS has booted - USB works at the picker, I can plug a keyboard and choose any option available. But it no longer works when the...
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    OpenCore: change logo/color of Apple boot screen?

    Hi! I'm very near to switching from Clover to OpenCore, and at this point it's really small cosmetic issues that prevent me from doing it... In Clover, I can easily turn the Apple boot screen to the following icon on black background in 10.9 if I like, so I'm wondering if it's at all possible...
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    Date format issues

    Hi! As this site is browsed internationally, it would be nice to have an option in the prefs for date format, especially on the Home page where I always scratch my head to understand if 02-09-21 means Feb 9, 2021 or Sep 2, 2021... Yes, the context helps, but it always takes some brain time that...
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    << Solved >> Prelinkedkernel error on working Mojave

    Hi! It's been years now that I'm running Mojave on my Z68 build, it works nicely but when for whatever reason I have to force-shutdown, I get this dreadful error and I'm totally unable to recover. :banghead: I've tried any fix I could find around such as: - booting with -f UseKernelCache=No or...
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    << Solved >> i7 3770 IGPU + discrete GC on Z68 mobo

    After ten days of unsuccessful trials, following all guides available and even combining them, I had surrendered last week... thinking it was perhaps impossible to activate the IGPU of an Ivy CPU on a Sandy mobo. But a few hours ago, something stroke me: during all my trials, there never was...
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    << Solved >> Changing SMBIOS creates a sleepimage! :-o

    Hi! Pretty weird thing I've just discovered on my old Z68 build — that still runs perfectly :thumbup: : if I change my SMBIOS from iMac12,1 to iMac14,2 a sleepimage is created at boot time, no matter what... :banghead: - I checked pmset -g | grep hibernatemode and it's still at 0 - I deleted...
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    HWMonitor going crazy?

    Hi! After years of good work, I've just had an alert for my Sandisk SSD overheating, HWMonitor graph being stuck at 108°C! o_O I touched the SSD and it was still cold as ice, I was on my way for rebooting but, before doing that, I quit HWMonitor, launched Hardware Monitor instead and the...
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    Mojave (and above?) Root user Finder issues

    Hi! I've managed to have 10.14.6 working on my Z68 mobo, using Unibeast but I can't move/copy/paste/delete files under the Root user. I generally prefer using Root user for dealing with kexts in particular, so not to mess up permissions and not to have to enter a password every 5s, and it has...
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    Z68 + NVMe via PCIe adapter?

    Hi! I'm considering installing a https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B01M211K53/?tag=tonymacx8607-21 via a PCI Express adapter like this one https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B07CBJ6RH7/?tag=tonymacx8607-21 on my old Z68 board. I don't wanna modify the BIOS (which is UEFI, by the way ;) ), so I guess it should work...
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    Interesting readings about Catalina & kernel prelinking

    Hi! I've just bumped into this blog post and I think it'll surely be of interest for many of us: https://blog.obdev.at/how-kernel-prelininkg-works-on-macos-catalina EDIT: another worthy reading about the new volume structure brought by Catalina...
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    Low performance without battery, normal? [Solved]

    Hi! When I had a real Powerbook, twelve years ago, I was amazed when I noticed it went to a crawl after its battery died and I only used it on power adaptor. Today, I've noticed my DELL E6320 has also lost performance — compared with Geekbench (-30%) and Cinebench (OpenGL: -10 % ; CPU: -30%) —...
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    << Solved >> AppleALC increases boot time by 4mn on 10.13 and 10.14!

    Hi! After many trials and research, it's clear: I've got a 22s boot time without AppleALC and about 4mn with it. Tested with: - Lilu 1.3.5 + AppleALC 1.3.7 - Lilu 1.3.6 + AppleALC 1.3.8 Having read somewhere that AppleALC 1.2.8 was different, I tried it and came back indeed to a 22s boot. In any...
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    Same boot time with or without kernel/kext cache

    Hi! I've updated my Z68 desktop build (see signature) to MacOS 10.11.6 at the end of last year and It's working as perfectly as possible — or so it seems ;) ) but I've discovered today that there doesn't seem to be any difference (boot time or Console messages) with or without cache! I suppose...
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    All my EFI partitions have the same uid!!!

    I've just had the idea to check the uid of the EFI partition of 3 drives and (see title)... Now I understand why Clover Configurator can't open 2 of them at the same time, it's as it was the same drive for him. So, is this normal? Should I do something about it? I suppose there's a Terminal...
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    [Solved] Apps think computer is different when switching from Chimera to Clover

    Hi! Hard to find a short title to be clear but here we are. ;) I'm sure many of us have met this issue, trying to replace a working Chimera with Clover: - When launching Apple Mail, it will ask for all your accounts passwords. - Chromium too thinks it's on a different computer and makes all your...
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    [Solved] Clover: the miracle of Custom Entries revealed ;-)

    Hi everybody! Custom Entries are not only for renaming or hiding partitions, here's what you can achieve — After many searches, I found 2 solutions for my problem, but I'm quite sure there's a more elegant one… (look at the end of this post and tell me if it's possible, please! ;) ) EDIT: see...
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    USB Clover won't boot with one of my HD attached

    The title says it all: I have to detach my most recent HD for Clover to launch from USB key, otherwise it doesn't even arrive at Clover's GUI. No issue when my SSD or two older HDs are connected! The only thing I can think of is that the HD has a few ZFS pools/partitions on it, but it doesn't...
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    [Guide] Darkthing#2 - DELL Latitude E6320 - i7 2640M 2.8 GHz

    Ok, this is not the state-of-the-art build, but as there isn't any guide here for this laptop, I think it's a good idea to publicize mine. ;) Starting point A friend of mine gave me this laptop and I thought it would be a nice SOS machine in case Darkthing#1 would let me down... • Here are its...
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