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[Guide] HP 6300 Pro / HP 8300 Elite - A 100 percent Working and Easily Affordable CustoMac

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Updated to Catalina 10.15.3 (19D76) yesterday, everything seems to be working well. Did a clean install from USB using Unibeast 10.0.0. I wasn't having much joy from the desktop or attempting to overwrite.

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Even knows what iPhone I own, I'm just gobsmacked!.

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Updated to Catalina 10.15.3 (19D76) yesterday, everything seems to be working well. Did a clean install from USB using Unibeast 10.0.0. I wasn't having much joy from the desktop or attempting to overwrite.

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Can you share your kext versions?
 

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I can upload my EFI folder later and you can check it, don’t think I put any kexts in!.
If you used Unibeast 10 that includes Lilu + WEG but you'll need to add AppleALC for audio to work.
Since I no longer own the 6300/8300 I'm not posting an update or clean install guide. I'd suggest anyone who's going on to Catalina look at Sniki's config.plist under Devices/Properties to see what's required for working audio.

 
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If you used Unibeast 10 that includes Lilu + WEG but you'll need to add AppleALC for audio to work.
Am I right in saying that has to be done manually because there’s no multibeast for Catalina yet?.
 

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Am I right in saying that has to be done manually because there’s no multibeast for Catalina yet?.
Right, if you're keeping kexts in kexts/other folder you can just drag and drop. In my previous post I linked to Sniki's repo where you can see what you need for working audio. I think I sold my 8300 about 2 years ago and never really used ALC and the Devices/Properties approach. Here's how he enables ALC221 and HDMI audio on these HPs.

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If you plan on going to Catalina for an upgrade, I would wait until a Co. like MSI releases a LP version of either a 5300 or 5500 by AMD. https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/7/...nd-entry-level-gpu-release-date-news-features
How about for a tower 6300? I cant upgrade to Mojave due to Nvidia drivers are not available for my 1050 and and spare GT710 is too slow and (I guess) not compatible with Final Cut Pro.
I wanted to get another 9020 with i-7 but with new 500w power supply, graphics card and RAM but it is well over £300. I just need some editing work done (with proxy/optimized media) and I dont want to spend more than £60-70
 

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How about for a tower 6300? I cant upgrade to Mojave due to Nvidia drivers are not available for my 1050
Can you find a full height MSI or Gigbayte RX560 ? If so, those work well with FCP editing. It's similar to what's in newer MBPs.
 
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Can you find a full height MSI or Gigbayte RX560 ? If so, those work well with FCP editing. It's similar to what's in newer MBPs.
Do I need to change power supply of 6300 tower for RX560?
 
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