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Done!! I'll test it out when I get home! Thanks, much appreciated!
Enabling RAID and copying the DSDT.aml file to EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched folder did not work for me. Disk utility still can not see any drives in the the system. I think the difference is the modified BIOS, which I cant find anywhere.
 
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Enabling RAID and copying the DSDT.aml file to EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched folder did not work for me. Disk utility still can not see any drives in the the system. I think the difference is the modified BIOS, which I cant find anywhere.
I don't think so.
I have TWO Dell 530's : one modded for Xeon E5450 with a modified BIOS and one with Q9300 CPU with stock BIOS.
I can boot the Installer USB on both systems and Disk Utility finds all my SATA drives.

I never had joy with Unibeast with the Dell 530 and to be honest I never use it for installs - not flexible enough for me.
In fact as a test, I just created a Unibeast USB Installer using the latest version and booted from it. It took two minutes, yes two minutes to get to Clover Menu. On start boot, it takes further 3 minutes to display the clover ++++++++++++++++++++++. and then another two minutes to start seeing the verbose boot messages and hang - never gets to the macOS Installer. This happens on both systems.

- So I erased the same USB with disk utility.
- Used Clover Installer to install Clover on the EFI partition of the USB and selected boot0af as the boot strap loader.
- Copied the DSDT.AML, config.plist, FakeSMC & networking kexts to rights places on EFI.
- Used the command line 'sudo "/Applications/Install macOS High Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia" --volume /Volumes/install_osx --nointeraction' to build the USB installer (install_osx is the name of the USB).
- Booted the USB: 10 secs to Clover menu. Start boot and 20 secs to Clover ++++++++++++++++ display and verbose output.
- within a minute, Installer up and Disk Utility sees all my SATA drives.

I suggest you try the same. Here's @RehabMan's guide to create an Installer. It's for laptops but you'll understand the basic steps (I showed above) that can be applied to desktops.

Attached is my USB Installer EFI partition content. I have an Nvidia GT240 graphics card so the DSDT.aml has GFX0 device entry for this card and config.plist sets Inject Nvidia = Yes. If you use it, you have to modify the DSDT for your GPU if it's not Nvidia.

EDIT: Added a dump of mine folder containing the modded BIOS. Launch.bat is what you run from DOS-BOOT - USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
 

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I don't think so.
I have TWO Dell 530's : one modded for Xeon E5450 with a modified BIOS and one with Q9300 CPU with stock BIOS.
I can boot the Installer USB on both systems and Disk Utility finds all my SATA drives.

I never had joy with Unibeast with the Dell 530 and to be honest I never use it for installs - not flexible enough for me.
In fact as a test, I just created a Unibeast USB Installer using the latest version and booted from it. It two minutes, yes two minutes to get to Clover Menu. On start boot, it takes further 3 minutes to display the clover ++++++++++++++++++++++. and then another two minutes to start seeing the verbose boot messages and hang - never gets to the macOS Installer. This happens on both systems.

- So I erased the same USB with disk utility.
- Used Clover Installer to install Clover on the EFI partition of the USB and selected boot0af as the boot strap loader.
- Copied the DSDT.AML, config.plist, FakeSMC & networking kexts to rights places on EFI.
- Used the command line 'sudo "/Applications/Install macOS High Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia" --volume /Volumes/install_osx --nointeraction' to build the USB installer (install_osx is the name of the USB).
- Booted the USB: 10 secs to Clover menu. Start boot and 20 secs to Clover ++++++++++++++++ display and verbose output.
- within a minute, Installer up and Disk Utility sees all my SATA drives.

I suggest you try the same. Here's @RehabMan's guide to create an Installer. It's for laptops but you'll understand the basic steps (I showed above) that can be applied to desktops.

Attached is my USB Installer EFI partition content. I have an Nvidia GT240 graphics card so the DSDT.aml has GFX0 device entry for this card and config.plist sets Inject Nvidia = Yes. If you use it, you have to modify the DSDT for your GPU if it's not Nvidia.

EDIT: Added a dump of mine folder containing the modded BIOS. Launch.bat is what you run from DOS-BOOT - USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

I also have an Inspiron 530 I've been trying to resurrect with High Sierra. I've been trying to follow these instructions to create the USB installer, but it doesn't seem to boot, just gets hung up on a black screen with a cursor at top left. I see from your (MacNB) Clover Install Log txt file that you have a EFI partition (GUID partitioning) and not Clover Legacy, and I have partitioned in the same way. I did select boot0af as the boot strap loader under the "Customize" options.

Am I possibly missing anything else that would cause the USB installer to not boot on this machine? A few potential differences I have:
- I'm using Clover 4674 with High Sierra under Virtualbox to create the USB installer - is this allowable?
- I have a G33M02 motherboard with a dual core E8400 installed, which has SSE4.1
- I have a EVGA Nvidia GT710 as my dedicated graphics card.

Any insights would be appreciated - thanks!
 
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I'm almost certain that nothing past El Capitan will work on this box. I forget for sure the reason why, but I've tried diligently for a long time and gave up eventually. Would recommend upgrading PC, or switching to another OS.

Thanks.
 
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I also have an Inspiron 530 I've been trying to resurrect with High Sierra. I've been trying to follow these instructions to create the USB installer, but it doesn't seem to boot, just gets hung up on a black screen with a cursor at top left. I see from your (MacNB) Clover Install Log txt file that you have a EFI partition (GUID partitioning) and not Clover Legacy, and I have partitioned in the same way. I did select boot0af as the boot strap loader under the "Customize" options.

Am I possibly missing anything else that would cause the USB installer to not boot on this machine? A few potential differences I have:
- I'm using Clover 4674 with High Sierra under Virtualbox to create the USB installer - is this allowable?
- I have a G33M02 motherboard with a dual core E8400 installed, which has SSE4.1
- I have a EVGA Nvidia GT710 as my dedicated graphics card.

Any insights would be appreciated - thanks!
How did you create the USB installer ?
Are you using my DSDT.aml in the USB installer ?
Are you using my config.plist ?

Post your Clover EFI folder zipped up.
 
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I'm almost certain that nothing past El Capitan will work on this box.
Not true.
See my post #52 for the basic steps to install HIGH SIERRA.
 
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How did you create the USB installer ?
Are you using my DSDT.aml in the USB installer ?
Are you using my config.plist ?

Post your Clover EFI folder zipped up.

Here's a list of what I did from what I recollect:
- Used Disk Utility, erased USB and created GPT with MacOS Journaled
- Using Clover Installer, selected location to USB drive, and Customize with options in screenshot (Install Clover to ESP to install to EFI partition, Install boot0af in MBR)
- Formatted the EFI partition in FAT32 per "Install Clover to ESP" instructions.
- Installed successfully using Clover Installer.
- Use command " 'sudo "/Applications/Install macOS High Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia" --volume /Volumes/install_osx --nointeraction' to build the USB installer. Took a while but seems to have worked.
- Copied your config.plist, DSDT.AML, and 3 kexts to corresponding locations on EFI

I do have the modified 1.0.18 BIOS with AHCI option, andACPI HPET to 64-bit setting if that matters.

When booting (F12, select USB), I get a blinking cursor at first, I see a "6" flash briefly, and then a frozen cursor on black screen.

Thanks again for helping me look at this.
 

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Here's a list of what I did from what I recollect:
- Used Disk Utility, erased USB and created GPT with MacOS Journaled
- Using Clover Installer, selected location to USB drive, and Customize with options in screenshot (Install Clover to ESP to install to EFI partition, Install boot0af in MBR)
- Formatted the EFI partition in FAT32 per "Install Clover to ESP" instructions.
- Installed successfully using Clover Installer.
- Use command " 'sudo "/Applications/Install macOS High Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia" --volume /Volumes/install_osx --nointeraction' to build the USB installer. Took a while but seems to have worked.
- Copied your config.plist, DSDT.AML, and 3 kexts to corresponding locations on EFI

I do have the modified 1.0.18 BIOS with AHCI option, andACPI HPET to 64-bit setting if that matters.

When booting (F12, select USB), I get a blinking cursor at first, I see a "6" flash briefly, and then a frozen cursor on black screen.

Thanks again for helping me look at this.

Your steps look pretty good.

DO the following:
1. If you do not have an RT8169 gigabit ethernet PCI card, then remove the AppleRTL8169Ethernet.kext from EFI/Clover/Kexts.
2. In the config.plist, you need to edit MLB, ROM, BoardSerialNumber and SerialNumber to be specific to you for iMac14,2.
3. I have a GT240 graphics card and that DSDT.aml is specific to my graphics card. Try the attached modified version (unzip & rename it to DSDT.aml).
 

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Your steps look pretty good.

DO the following:
1. If you do not have an RT8169 gigabit ethernet PCI card, then remove the AppleRTL8169Ethernet.kext from EFI/Clover/Kexts.
2. In the config.plist, you need to edit MLB, ROM, BoardSerialNumber and SerialNumber to be specific to you for iMac14,2.
3. I have a GT240 graphics card and that DSDT.aml is specific to my graphics card. Try the attached modified version (unzip & rename it to DSDT.aml).

I wonder if there is something else going on. I tried the attached DSDT, generated custom number in config.plist and removed the RTL8169 kext. I'm still getting the blinking cursor at first, I see a "6" flash briefly, and then a frozen cursor on black screen. I've also tried 2 USB sticks now (Lexar USB3.0 and Sandisk Cruzer USB2.0)

It looks like most people see a series of "+++++" at boot time before going into the Clover bootscreen. I'm not even able to get that far.
 
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