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

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Would a good plan be to get a new SSD ready, wait for Sniki's guide and when it's out make a fresh install with OC on a new SSD? And when I'm up and running, start to migrate data from my old installation?
That's what I would do. OC and Big Sur works best with a clean installation.
 
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I wouldn't advise using Clover 5126 with Big Sur. OC is going to be the better choice there. Sniki will be posting his OC guide for the HP 8300 and Big Sur. Be looking for that in his posts very soon, before the end of this month.

Search for his profile, click on follow and you'll get a notification as soon as it goes live on this site.

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In order to download BS, I will need to change 13,2 to something else? What should I use and can I simply edit the config.plist and continue with 10.15.7 for now? I will wait for Sniki's guide to upgrade my 8300.
 

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In order to download BS, I will need to change 13,2 to something else?
Make a copy of your existing config.plist and rename it so you know it's the original one. You can leave it in your EFI folder. Then edit the config.plist and change it to iMac 15,1. Then go to the MAS to download BS. Should work.
 
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I wouldn't advise using Clover 5126 with Big Sur. OC is going to be the better choice there. Sniki will be posting his OC guide for the HP 8300 and Big Sur. Be looking for that in his posts very soon, before the end of this month.

Search for his profile, click on follow and you'll get a notification as soon as it goes live on this site.

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Thanks, that worked.
 
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That's what I would do. OC and Big Sur works best with a clean installation.
I switched to 15,1 and stayed on 10.16.7 but I notice now that 8300 wakes up immediately after being put to sleep. Not sure if that was because of the change. I re-did some of the (disable) hibernation terminal commands, but no effect. Any ideas how I can to fix that? Life has been so good, this is very annoying. Thanks.

Edit....Never mind. I forgot that I have to shut off the USB attached external hard disk dock.

*** Feel free to delete this post.
 
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Hello there,
I have a HP 8300 SFF with Mojave. It works with no issue, but I want to add an external USB webcam to the setup. Do you have any advice what to buy or not buy?

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Hello there,
I have a HP 8300 SFF with Mojave. It works with no issue, but I want to add an external USB webcam to the setup. Do you have any advice what to buy or not buy?

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Search on Amazon for ones that are Mac compatible. Get at least 1080p if possible.
 
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This pc system was made like a tank @the HP Elite CMT 8300 . The motherboard stands up still 8 years later in Nov of 2020. I sat here all last night reading these posts, absolutely brilliant. I never even thought of these (windows) pc's could become a *customac* 'Hackintosh' machine. Thanks to cpuid I can see bios is at the old 2.83, so as you link to the bios upgrades I will be doing that firstly. Thankyou. I have just upgraded from the GTX 750 Ti to the GTX 1060 6GB, it runs like a dream. I have had this system for about 6 years myself. The only slight problem I find is the proprietary HP connectors if trying to connect to a different chassis or PSU, etc. I have already added a Corsair 550watt PSU when I bought the unit (to stock chassis) for graphics card power (instead of stock 320watt PSU) and an 120GB SSD for OS loading times etc. Have 2 hard-drives installed as well as SSD. Is there any problems you could see with using my setup?
 
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Is there any problems you could see with using my setup?
The newest macOS you can install is High Sierra if you want to use the GTX 1060 gfx card. If you remove it and use just the HD4000 then you can upgrade all the way to Big Sur.
 
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