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[Guide] HP Elite 8300 & 6300 Pro (all form factors) using Clover UEFI hotpatch

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The HP 8300 Elite SFF is usually in the top 5 best sellers for desktops on Amazon.com. Right now it's back at number one again. The 512 GB SSD version of the 6300 Pro is at #4 in the list. Part of the reason is that Windows 7 Pro business users need to upgrade to 10 Pro by the end of 2019. Many companies have older Windows 7 Pro machines that won't run Windows 10 Pro very well. New Windows 10 Pro PCs start at about 350-400 USD, so the 8300 is the logical choice. You can find them in abundance, professionally refurbished at under $150. At that price you get 8GB of ram and an Ivy Bridge quad core i5 CPU. Handles Windows 10 quite easily. Most refurbishers also give you a full 1 year warranty when you buy one.

As you may already know Windows 7 extended support ends in January of 2020. Just two months away. If a corporation has to be running Windows 10 to be compliant they can save a lot of money by going with the 8300 SFF. They are more solidly built than many new 2019 desktop PCs. As we know, they also make a really nice performing Catalina hackintosh. They have USB 3.0 and Sata 3 onboard so they are still fast enough in 2019 even though they were built seven years ago. The hardware (case and mobo) is designed to last even much longer than that. This is why there are two of them in the top 5 best selllers.

Believe it or not, gamers are another reason why this PC is the number one best seller. Review by K. Tucker on Amazon.
There are a lot of reviews and answered questions saying this PC can't be used for gaming, but that's simply not true. This HP Elite 8300 arrived in like-new condition with a brand new hard drive, new RAM, and an unused Windows 10 key, and I was able to slot in a low profile GeForce 1050 video card that's so far been able to run every game I've thrown at it in 1080p with max settings, including Skyrim, GTAV, The Witness, Counter-Strike Global Offensive, and others.

It's a perfectly zippy computer on its own, but dropping in a decent graphics card (it appears the 1050 Ti is the most this system can handle, particularly with regard to its proprietary 240-watt power supply) has given me a system that well exceeds my expectations and runs video games better than any other device I've owned, including my past computers and home consoles.
 
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Hi @trs96,

I installed windows 10 for dual booting on my hp 8300. My GT 210 is not working in windows 10. I installed latest drivers but not working. i am unable to change resolution. If i go to my display settings, it says Using Microsoft basic display driver.

Yellow exclamation mark appears in device Manager. I have searched google and came to conclusion that since Geforce GT 210 is very old, it has no support in windows 10.

So i am planning to buy GT 710. That will obviously work in Mojave and Catalina. Will it also work with windows 10 also?

Waiting for your reply.

Regards
 

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So i am planning to buy GT 710. That will obviously work in Mojave and Catalina. Will it also work with windows 10 also?
Yes, a 710 will work just fine with Win10.
 
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During the installation test of HP8100 last week, I suffered from the following problems, but now I can download the conventional installer from "https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201372".


I confirmed that the installer for Mojave and High Sierra can be created, and confirmed the installation and startup using the guide procedure of @Sniki.

For those who want to create an installer, it seems better to do a load load by now.
 
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does the catalina guide exist, the link in post 1 just links back to this guide
 
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What is the HP Elite desktop model for Haswell based processors ? I.e the equivalent of the Optiplex 9020?
 

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does the catalina guide exist, the link in post 1 just links back to this guide

You could've easily found it if you would've gone to Forums > Installation > Catalina Desktop Support > Catalina Desktop Guides :p

However idk why the link redirects to the same guide, it was working ok, anyway now it's fixed.
 

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What is the HP Elite desktop model for Haswell based processors ? I.e the equivalent of the Optiplex 9020?
They are the HP 600/800 G1 desktops. They don't make for a very good hackintosh. The build quality is much lower than the HP 6300/8300 models. HP took a step backwards. You can still hackintosh one but it may not be as good of an experience as with a Dell.
 
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They are the HP 600/800 G1 desktops. They don't make for a very good hackintosh. The build quality is much lower than the HP 6300/8300 models. HP took a step backwards. You can still hackintosh one but it may not be as good of an experience as with a Dell.
That’s too bad, thx for the info.
 
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I have an RX580 card in this system for installation. What config.plist should be used in that case?
 
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