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CustoMacMini 2014 - Intel NUC Haswell i5-4250U - Sierra

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This thread is an update for macOS 10.12 Sierra of my work on MacOSX 10.11 El Capitan on the same NUC.


Components Installation Configuration Troubleshooting Files


Latest version supported : MacOSX 10.12.GM (16A232)
Files 2016 09 09 / Clover r3739 / BIOS 42








Components
BOXD54250WYK2
Intel Core i5-4250U​
Intel Graphic HD5000​
Audio Realtek ALC283​
LAN Intel I218-V​
Streacom NC2
Fanless Chassis​
4x INFI2 Internal WiFi Antenna​
Crucial M500
SSD​
SATA III (6Gb/s)​
480 GB​
2 x Crucial 8 Go So-Dimm DDR3L
Ballistix Sport​
PC 12800 1600Mhz CL9​
BLS8G3N169ES4CEU​
(DD3L 1,35v, not DDR3 1,5v)(PASR support)
Broadcom BCM94360CDAX
Genuine Apple BCM94360 chipset​
802.11 ac/n/g/b & Bluetooth 4.0​
Mini-PCIe adapter (Full Size)​





Installation

1. Download macOS 10.12 "Sierra" from the AppStore

2. Create a Bootable USB Drive / Create a partition for macOS

For the USB drive and the future macOS drive (if this one is not accessible perform the same from DiskUtility of the installer)
  • Partition Table : GUID
  • Number of partitions : at least 1 partition
  • Size : at least 8 GB
  • Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
  • Name : "USB" / "Sierra"
3. Create an Installer on this USB Drive

Choose the method of your choice :

  • CreateInstallMedia
    Code:
    sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB/ --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app --nointeraction
  • Detailed Unibeast method
  • Restore InstallESD.dmg
  • ...
4. Install Clover this USB Drive

  • Run the Installer
    • Install for uefi booting only
    • Install clover in the esp
    • Drivers64 > Osxaptiofixdrv64 or Osxaptiofix2drv64
    • Install rc scripts on target volume
  • Mount EFI partition of the USB Drive
  • Copy the files from my package /CLOVER/* to /EFI/EFI/CLOVER/*
5. BIOS Settings (Credits ammulder)

Press F2 during boot to access BIOS

a. Boot > Boot Priority.

Enable 'UEFI Boot' and disable 'Legacy Boot' :

b. Boot > Boot Configuration

Enable 'Boot USB Devices First'
Disable 'Network Boot'

c. Power > Secondary Power Settings

Set Wake on LAN from S4/S5 to "Stay Off"

d. Security > Intel(R) VT for Directed I/O (VT-d).

Disable 'VT-d'

e. Devices > Video.

Set the "IGD Minimum Memory" to 128 Mo



6. Install macOS X 10.12 "Sierra"

  • Reboot (automatically on this USB Device ... normally)
  • Select "Boot Mac OS X from USB" from Clover GUI
  • Perform the install (if necessary format your HDD/SSD with Utility/DiskUtility from the upper menu bar)
7. Post-Installation

  • Reboot (automatically on this USB Device ... normally)
  • Select "Boot Mac OS X from Sierra" from Clover GUI
  • Complete macOS setup
  • Install Clover on your "Sierra" HDD/SSD (same settings as above for USB)
  • Mount EFI partition of your "Sierra" HDD/SSD
  • Copy the files from my package /Clover/* to /EFI/EFI/CLOVER/*
  • Customize your config.plist (serial and 5GHz patch)
  • Copy AppleHDA_ALC283_out.kext in "Sierra" /System/Library/Extensions/ folder
  • Run script "HDA permissions.command"
  • (enter your password when asked)
  • Unplug your USB Drive
  • Reboot
  • ...
  • Enjoy ;)




Configuration

SSDT

  • SSDT.aml : CPU Power Management for Intel Core i5 4250U (Generated by ssdtPRGen)
  • SSDT-HACK.aml : Region Fix
  • SSDT-HDEF.aml : Audio HDEF "layout-id 1"
  • SSDT-IGPU.aml : Graphics IGPU "0x0a26000d", Digital Audio HDAU (
  • SSDT-LAN.aml : DSM_ method for LAN Intel I218-V
  • SSDT-SATA.aml : SATA support
  • SSDT-USB.aml : USB support
Config.plist

  • ACPI>DSDT (USB reboot instead of shut down issue)
    • Fixes / FixShutdown_0004 : Yes
  • Boot Arguments : none
  • KernelAndKextPatches
    • Asus : Yes (MSR 0xE2 bit 15 locked)
    • KernelPM : Yes (MSR 0xE2 bit 15 locked)
    • KextToPatch
      • HDMI Audio Out
        Code:
        Comment  0x5 port DP>HDMI
        Name     AppleIntelFramebufferAzul
        Find     0105 0900 0008 0000 0701 0000 
        Replace  0105 0900 0008 0000 0701 0000
      • Trim Enabler
        Code:
        Comment  Trim Enabler
        Name     IOAHCIBlockStorage
        Find     4150504C4520535344 
        Replace  000000000000000000
      • ALC283
        Code:
        Comment  ALC283   | Zero 1983
        Name     AppleHDA | AppleHDA 
        Find     8419D411 | 8319D411
        Replace  8302EC10 | 00000000
      • Second Boot Stage
        Code:
        Comment    Second Boot Stage
        Name    IOGraphicsFamily
        Find    803DB4750100007525
        Replace    803DB475010000EB25
  • RtVariables
    • CsrActiveConfig : 0x67 01100111
    • BooterConfig : 0x28 00101000
  • SMBIOS : MacMini Late 2014 (MacMini7,1)
    BiosVendor Apple Inc.
    BiosVersion MM71.88Z.0220.B00.1409291751
    Board-ID Mac-35C5E08120C7EEAF
    BoardManufacturer Apple Inc.
    BoardType 10
    ChassisAssetTag Mini-Aluminum
    ChassisManufacturer Apple Inc.
    ChassisType 16
    Family Mac mini
    Manufacturer Apple Inc.
    Mobile <false/>
    ProductName MacMini7,1
    SerialNumber CK2N9rrrGCVH
    Trust <false/>
    Version 1.0
Customize your own serial number : CK2N9rrrGCVH with 3 random numbers (123 for instance).

Kext
  • FakeSMC.kext (Source)
  • IntelMausiEthernet.kext : (Source)Ethernet support for Intel I218-V
Audio ALC283

Audio seems do be broken again ... look for AppleALC.kext and forget about what is coming next !

Always run the script "HDA permissions.command" after any modification on Audio.

  • AppleHDA_ALC283_out.kext is "one plug only" for AudioIn (you need to reboot if you loose AudioIn) but it has no issue with quality drop after a few seconds if not used for AudioOut (EAPD Support, codec remains alive)




Troubleshooting

  • For troubleshoot :
    1. Mount your EFI partition
    2. Post Rapport.zip generated by the Hack_Report_Clov command attached to this post




Files

Get Latest BIOS
Get Latest Clover Installer

2016 09 09 : Initial Release
2016 09 25 : Addition of the forgotten file for ALC283 ...
 

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Are there any difference between the beta and the final version? Have you tried to install the final version of Sierra?
 
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Last build I tested was 16A232 ...

I have freeze with Safari for the time being (just try dailymotion) ... it looks like the freeze due to HDCP error when I try to read DRM protected HD videos in iTunes ... Dev are working on it ... I'll get back soon with improvement I hope ;)
 
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Last build I tested was 16A232 ...

I have freeze with Safari for the time being (just try dailymotion) ... it looks like the freeze due to HDCP error when I try to read DRM protected HD videos in iTunes ... Dev are working on it ... I'll get back soon with improvement I hope ;)
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You are a little wrong about the createinstallmedia code line.

Here is the right one:
Code:
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB/ --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app --nointeraction
 
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You are a little wrong about the createinstallmedia code line.

Here is the right one:
Code:
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB/ --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app --nointeraction
You're right ... I edit the first post right away !
 
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Hello and gratulations on the successful installation.
May I ask what screen resolutions you are able to use? I'm hoping to use the NUC with my 4k TV and would like to see what's possible before I erase the Win10 installation.
 
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Other issue: you forgot to add AppleHDA_ALC283_out.kext within your last Sebinouse Zip archive. Am I right?

EDIT: in attachment, the kext that was within Sebinouse_20160502.zip designed for El Capitan.

EDIT2: your link that links how to "Customize your own serial number" does not work. So, I don't know how to do it properly... I'll find in a few minutes.

EDIT3: the right link seems to be this one.
 

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And for now, I can only boot with my USB key and select boot on Macintosh HD. I can't do it directly because there will be a boot loop and I will be stuck on the Apple starting screen.
In attachment, here is my Rapport.zip.

EDIT: the boot is now ok. I reinstalled Clover on Macintosh HD. Furthermore, I copied the files from my package /CLOVER/* to /EFI/EFI/CLOVER/*, and on /EFI/EFI/CLOVER/*, I deleted the previous ACPI and kexts folders.

EDIT2: could we remove the folder "macOS Install Data" in the root of the "Macintosh HD" volume?
 

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But for the serial generation, I don't find any serial that is correct.
1. I'm using Clover Configurator 4.32.1 (see as attachment)
2. I'm mounting the EFI volume of Macintosh HD
3. In the SMBIOS panel, with the magic wand and the shake feature for the middle characters, I'm generating a normally valid serial and copying the middle characters (wwrrrr) inside this : CK2wwrrrGCVH. But still, when I check on the Apple website, they say it's an invalid serial. It's my only issue left.
 

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