An iDiot's Guide To iMessage

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    Jun 30, 2016 at 9:47 PM #1
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    Actually this is less of a guide and more of an explanation of the procedures that I use in my own builds in order to enable access to the App Store, iMessage and FaceTime. Do not be offended by the term 'iDiot', it is not intended as an insult but more my attempt at a humorous play on words in the vein of AppleSpeak (iPod, iMac, iPhone etc).

    It is acknowledged that it will not work in all cases but should hopefully assist many people if only by giving an understanding of the processes involved to enable iMessage.

    This is not intended as a help thread, requests for help will be deemed off-topic and removed.
    For help with iMessage refer to the comprehensive How to Fix iMessage Guide thread.

    Links to all of the referenced files are at the end of this first post.
    Despite them being at the end of the instructions, now is a good time to download them.

    If you have tried and failed previously then there are some steps to take before you start again.

    Open Safari and log in to iCloud.com
    Click on Find iPhone
    Click the down arrow next to All Devices
    If there are spurious devices in the list from previous failed attempts click each one and Remove from Account.
    You should also remove any unwanted devices from your Apple ID through the link on the iCloud page,
    or by directly logging in to your Apple ID page.

    Sign Out of iCloud.com

    Close Safari

    Open System Preferences - iCloud : Click Sign Out

    Disconnect from the network then Restart


    Open a Finder window and click on your User Name then in a blank area right click and select
    Show View Options and from the resulting window select Show Library Folder.

    Open the newly revealed Library folder and select Caches
    From the Caches folder delete all files and folders beginning with :

    • com.apple.iCloudHelper
    • com.apple.imfoundation.IMRemoteURLConnectionAgent
    • com.apple.Message
    In Finder navigate to Username/Library/Preferences and delete all files and folders beginning with
    • com.apple.iChat.
    • com.apple.icloud.
    • com.apple.ids.service
    • com.apple.imagent.
    • com.apple.imessage.
    • com.apple.imservice.
    Empty the Trash and Restart.

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    Start here
    It has been said that you must have a credit card registered with your AppleID in order to use iMessage,
    I can neither confirm or deny this as I have never tried it without.
    Edit : Replies to this guide have confirmed that a registered credit card is not required.


    You must have a working Ethernet connection which is defined as BuiltIn and en0.
    An easy way to determine this is with the DPCIManager app.
    Note: Since publication some users have reported that DPCIManager is detected as Malware because of the way that it probes your system in order to determine your hardware configuration. The warning is a false positive and may be ignored.

    It is possible to connect with a Wireless adaptor but you must have working Ethernet which is BuiltIn and en0 too.
    This is the most basic fundamental and the one that is overlooked most by laptop users although it is equally valid for desktop users too. The exception to this is when you have a machine that does not have Ethernet, in this case it is acceptable (with the appropriate SMBIOS) to have the Wireless adaptor as en0 but it must be identified as BuiltIn too.

    If your Ethernet interface is identified as anything other than en0 you may need to reset your network configuration files.
    Open Finder and browse to /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ then delete these two files :

    • NetworkInterfaces.plist
    • preferences.plist
    Empty the Trash and then Restart.
    You may then have to add your Ethernet connection in System Preferences -> Network.

    The next requirement is a correctly configured SMBIOS.

    In the interests of simplicity the examples shown will use the Clover Configurator app but it should be noted that this is not the only (or best) way to achieve the required result.
    What is certain is that if you are not familiar with the construction of xml files you should never edit your config.plist file with a text editor as this can corrupt the formatting. A corrupt config.plist is the same as having no config.plist at all.

    You should already have determined the optimum System Definition for your hardware.
    If you subsequently change your System Definition you must run through the procedure detailed in this guide again.

    Before starting to configure for iMessage you should ensure that your config.plist is otherwise correctly set up for your specific hardware.
    The following examples refer only to changes required to your existing config.plist.
    It is not suggested that anything not shown in the examples should be removed from your own config.plist unless specifically mentioned.

    If you haven't already done so, install Clover Configurator to your /Applications folder.



    From the /Applications folder run Clover Configurator
    Mount the EFI partition
    Then File - Open - /EFI/CLOVER/config.plist



    In the left pane select Rt Variables
    From the ROM dropdown list select UseMacAddr0
    Make sure that the MLB box is empty
    Set BooterConfig to 0x28
    Set CsrActiveConfig to 0x67




    In the left pane select SMBIOS
    Click the Up/Down selector.



    Choose your intended System Definition from the list.



    Click the Generate New button several times to generate a Serial Number and Board Serial Number.



    At this point I recommend that you select Trust.
    Mobile appears to be selected by default and you should deselect it if you do not have a Laptop.




    Copy the Serial Number and check it on http://www.everymac.com/ultimate-mac-lookup/
    Paste the Serial Number into the box and click Lookup
    Prove that you are not a robot




    If you see this response your serial number is invalid - Go back to the magic wand and generate another one.



    If you see a response similar to this it means that you have generated a serial number in a recognisable format and it is ok to proceed to the next stage.



    Open the https://checkcoverage.apple.com site and paste your Serial Number into the box
    Enter the required code and click Continue




    This is the part of the process which confuses people the most so pay particular attention :

    If you see the message "Your Service and Support Coverage" and a picture of a computer
    then you have generated the Serial Number of a computer that is already recorded in Apple's database.

    Do not use this Serial Number - Go back to the Magic Wand tool and generate a new one.




    If you see the message "We're sorry, but this serial number is not valid. Please check your information and try again" and the Serial Number has passed verification at everymac.com then it is OK to use this Serial Number for your config.plist.

    This is so important that it is worth repeating :
    You need a Serial Number that everymac.com confirms is in the correct format and that Apple says is not valid.
    It does not mean that it is not a valid Serial Number - It means that it is not already registered.

    Quit Safari




    Open a Terminal window and type uuidgen (and press Return) several times to generate some random UUIDs.



    Copy one of your random UUID numbers from the Terminal window and paste it into the SmUUID box in Clover Configurator.

    In Clover Configurator select File - Save
    Quit Clover Configurator.

    Restart


    Open a Finder window, browse to the location where you downloaded iMessageDebug and run it.
    Press y and Return to save a copy called iMessageDebug.txt.

    Restart

    Open a Finder window and browse to the location where you downloaded iMessageDebug and run it.

    Compare the output with the saved copy.
    If the two copies are the same you may reconnect to the network and proceed to set up iMessage.
    The last line in the output of iMessageDebug is subject to change but does not appear to be a cause for concern.

    It is important that your system should have support for NVRAM. If your system does not have native support for NVRAM then you should emulate it by the installation of EmuVariableUefi-64 and RC Scripts with the Clover installer. This seems to particularly apply to those with Gigabyte 100/200 series motherboards but others are similarly afflicted.
    Instructions for testing NVRAM are here.




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    The examples shown are for the Clover boot loader that has been installed in UEFI mode.
    If you have installed Clover in Legacy mode then the procedure is the same except that your config.plist
    is located in the /EFI/CLOVER folder on your System disk.

    This is not intended as a help thread, requests for help will be deemed off-topic and removed.
    For help with iMessage refer to the comprehensive How to Fix iMessage Guide thread.

    **************************************************************************



    Clover Configurator - iMessageDebugv2 - DPCIManager
     
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    Idiot, ouch - a simple guide.........would suffice.
     
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    No offence meant :)

    It just means that it IS a simple guide.
     
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    This is an awesome guide, @P1LGRIM - Thanks for working that out. This should definitely be the first step for people to go through. It's comprehensive and gives a good touch to learn to know things.

    Additionally it worked for me on first try :)
     
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    Thanks for the feedback - You are the first (acknowledged) successful user of the guide.
    Glad to see that it worked for you.
     
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    Thank you, thank you and THANK YOU!

    My iMessage broke way back in 2014 and even on Mountain Lion, Mavericks or Yosemite, nothing I could do even with Clover (after a major headache upgrading from Chimera), could fix it.

    I wasn't so lucky the first time around, however you highlighting the iMessagedebug output brought to my attention that my ROM and MLB number were not consistent upon reboot. Turns out filenvram.kext was still stuck in S/L/E. Once I removed that and rebooted again, I was able to sign back in with no problems.

    Migrated my messages from another laptop, and I'm happy as a pig in mud.
    So thank you so much!
     
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    Does this mean that, using this method, you no longer need to use a cloned (real) ROM / MLB from another MAC for RT Variables and also that you no longer need to use that same MLB as the Board Serial Number in SMBios?
     
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    It's clearly stated in this guide that you generate a serial number with Clover Configurator which should not match a pre-existing one from a real Mac. This is why you also check it at checkcoverage.apple.com to make sure it's not already been registered.

    "From the dropdown list, choose the desired System Definition.
    Click the Shake buttons several times to generate a Serial Number - Click OK."

    Likewise you generate a new SMBIOS board serial number instead of reusing one that already exists.
     
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