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[Guide] Dell XPS 13 9360 on MacOS Sierra 10.12.x - LTS (Long-Term Support) Guide

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XPS 13 9360
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i7-8550U
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Hello 9360 community. Some very good news - I've made what appears to be a (significant) performance breakthrough on this laptop. Long story short - I've managed to mod the PCIe throughput from GT2 to GT4. But until the technique can be improved, right now it can only be done with a hardware programmer, and nerves (and fingers) of steel...

Details on how (and what else can be done) shortly, but in the meantime, these are the benchmarks:

Pre-mod (GT2):

GT2.jpg

And post-mod (GT4):


GT4.jpg


Stay tuned :)
 
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Hello ... 9360 community.
I had been trying (very hard) to install MacOS on the 9360 hardware.
So far, though, Clover is not the biggest enemy. I had mine working almost without kexts.
Does anyone know where to get a disk image (bootable installer)?

TL;DR
I had obtained various clover from various sources. Almost all of them boot (from USB), and it will be able to list the disks attached to the machine.
Unfortunately, out of maybe 10 images I tried, ZERO of them worked.
My dad owns a Mac. Good story ...
So I went ahead and used the unibeast and this and that ...
Actually, the unibeast thing didn't work.
My father's mac is a 2016 mbp 13. running some high sierra.
I can't install the "install high sierra" app because it IS high sierra, and the "install mojave" doesn't work because it's a online version.
So apparently I had a "working" image ... nope.
The only image that booted went through the "selecting disk" page, then ir reported "this copy of install mac os sierra is damaged, and cannot be used to install mac os sierra."
I need a bootable image.
______
All the unbootable image (and corrupt image) issues aside, which drive should I use?
I have four drives. Three of them are NVMe, one of them is the SATA m.2 Samsung EVO 860, the other two are samsung ... MZVLB256 --- one of them ended with HCHP and another HBHQ.
The other one is a Toshiba .. KXG60ZNY256G.
All four drives have 256GB as capacity.
I want as much things natively supported as possible, so that might leave me with toshiba or the EVO. But the toshiba had a record of corruption (been unrecognized by disk management for a month), and EVO is currently my windows drive.
Let me know if you had any thoughts.
 
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Dell XPS 9360
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i5-7200U
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Hello ... 9360 community.
I had been trying (very hard) to install MacOS on the 9360 hardware.
So far, though, Clover is not the biggest enemy. I had mine working almost without kexts.
Does anyone know where to get a disk image (bootable installer)?

TL;DR
I had obtained various clover from various sources. Almost all of them boot (from USB), and it will be able to list the disks attached to the machine.
Unfortunately, out of maybe 10 images I tried, ZERO of them worked.
My dad owns a Mac. Good story ...
So I went ahead and used the unibeast and this and that ...
Actually, the unibeast thing didn't work.
My father's mac is a 2016 mbp 13. running some high sierra.
I can't install the "install high sierra" app because it IS high sierra, and the "install mojave" doesn't work because it's a online version.
So apparently I had a "working" image ... nope.
The only image that booted went through the "selecting disk" page, then ir reported "this copy of install mac os sierra is damaged, and cannot be used to install mac os sierra."
I need a bootable image.
______
All the unbootable image (and corrupt image) issues aside, which drive should I use?
I have four drives. Three of them are NVMe, one of them is the SATA m.2 Samsung EVO 860, the other two are samsung ... MZVLB256 --- one of them ended with HCHP and another HBHQ.
The other one is a Toshiba .. KXG60ZNY256G.
All four drives have 256GB as capacity.
I want as much things natively supported as possible, so that might leave me with toshiba or the EVO. But the toshiba had a record of corruption (been unrecognized by disk management for a month), and EVO is currently my windows drive.
Let me know if you had any thoughts.
You can use gibMacOS to get a working image of MacOS. Even works on Windows!


Dunno about the drives, I have a SATA and works fine.
 
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You can use gibMacOS to get a working image of MacOS.
But ... but I said goodbye to Python 3 years ago ...
Fine. I'll just install python (again) on my backup system.
So my windows will be running on ... ?
I gotta grab another samsung. Costy ...
 
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Hello 9360 community. Some very good news - I've made what appears to be a (significant) performance breakthrough on this laptop. Long story short - I've managed to mod the PCIe throughput from GT2 to GT4. But until the technique can be improved, right now it can only be done with a hardware programmer, and nerves (and fingers) of steel...

Details on how (and what else can be done) shortly, but in the meantime, these are the benchmarks:

Pre-mod (GT2):

View attachment 480990
And post-mod (GT4):


View attachment 480991

Stay tuned :)
Here's a link to the full guide to enable this. Seeing as it's not really macOS-centric (and a bit hardware intensive) I've published it on the most relevant forum.

You can find the guide here.
 
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Dell XPS 13 9360
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I7-7500U
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HD620
Hi Everyone, has anyone experienced issues with powering down their laptop?

Mac OS works perfect, but when I power down from Windows 10 the laptop stay powered on. Windows "shuts down" and then the screen goes black and fan gets louder and louder, until i hold down the power button to turn it off.

I found this only happens after changing my DVMT allocation, since if I revert it back to default, windows shuts down fine but then I won't be able to boot into Mac. Also tried turning off fast start up in windows as well.

I Appreciate any suggestions on this matter! Thanks
 
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Question about Name 4K Formet
I boot Unbuntu live USB
and I can't install"Additional driver" for my DW1650 wifi card
I've tried Bluetooth without success
I'm stuck because I havent got any other way to get to internet from this computer
Any ideas ?
thanks in advance
 
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Hi guys, lately I'm having some bad problems with my xps (random reboots, kernel panic every time I connect HDMI through usb c). So I'm planning to move back to Windows or linux since I don't work with ios anymore.
Anyone know if it is necessary to revert dvmt allocation?
 
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Hi guys, lately I'm having some bad problems with my xps (random reboots, kernel panic every time I connect HDMI through usb c). So I'm planning to move back to Windows or linux since I don't work with ios anymore.
Anyone know if it is necessary to revert dvmt allocation?
No need to revert DVMT settings. Windows (and linux) work seamlessly with DVMT initial and max apertures. OSX is the only sensitive OS in this regard.
 
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Hey all, after updating to 10.15.6 I lost all TB3 functionality. Running OC 0.6.0 and latest ACPI/Kexts. Anyone has an idea?

EDIT:
NVM, apparently my TB3 adapter broke right during the update...
 
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