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[Guide] Install High Sierra or Mojave on the Dell Optiplex 7010 / 9010 Desktop PC - Revision II

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Bought to make it quiet and possibly my main machine.
I'll be interested in seeing how that goes. Seems that the main challenge is to get PWM function to work. Those bleeping proprietary 5 pin Dell fan headers make that difficult when using non Dell branded fans. If you come up with a solution to that I'd like to hear about it.
 

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@trs96 I think the low noise adapters are just resistors in line (even using pwm) - found a couple of references to fans and suggesting a range between 20 and 50 ohms - may have a play with putting a variable resistor in line and see if running fans slowly will be allowed by the bios fan control.
 
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Happy Days. macOS Mojave 10.14.3 on Dell Optiplex 7010 with NVMe SSD, referenced here. I'm a little bit amazed that I got this working. Only issue, the boot up disk isn't recognized. But insert the Unibeast Mojave installer and the disk is recognized, Simple solution I suspect. Read and write speeds are a little lower than expected. But read is still double what a standard SSD is.
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macOS Mojave 10.14.3 on Dell Optiplex 7010 with NVMe SSD
Great to hear it works. Hope you don't keep that mobo on nothing more than an anti-static bag for too long. It's not properly grounded. There are some good acrylic test benches that places like Newegg sells. Any basic mATX case will work too as the mobo mounting holes are standard. You can then at least properly ground the motherboard to the metal case.
 
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Great to hear it works.
Thanks for the tip trs96, no I don’t keep running like that for long!. This board will be going inside a Power Mac G5 case. I wanted to make sure Mojave worked on the NVMe drive before proceeding with the rest. Also about that 1050Ti stuck on the board, DP to HDMI cable arrives Monday. A little jerky in Mojave, but it’s a learning process too.
 

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Also about that 1050Ti stuck on the board, DP to HDMI cable arrives Monday. A little jerky in Mojave, but it’s a learning process too.
If you install High Sierra you could then use Nvidia Web drivers to get full acceleration. A 1050 Ti and Mojave won't be a good graphics experience. No Nvidia drivers yet, it may be that Apple is holding them up, not really sure whose fault it is.
 
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If you install High Sierra you could then use Nvidia Web drivers to get full acceleration. A 1050 Ti and Mojave won't be a good graphics experience.
That’s a good point!, I’ll try that tomorrow. The final build will include an RX580 and a 750W Power supply. After your tip though I don’t think I’ll try with a ungrounded 750W power supply.

No Nvidia drivers yet, it may be that Apple is holding them up, not really sure whose fault it is.
They should just have ... and get it all over and done with in my opinion. It’s strange, it’s about Metal2 compatibility isn’t it?. Maybe Apple has something up its sleeve. Or maybe it would require Apple revealing something they don’t want revealing. All we can do is speculate about it. Though it would be nice to know ‘Why?’.
 
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I have successfully installed mojave on Dell 9010 DT, i7-3770 following your excellent guide.

I was curious if I could load mojave on a Dell 9010 All-In-One... and saw some matches when I googled that some were successful, although none were clear about what they did.

I took the SSD from the Dell 9010 DT and put it into the AIO... booted and got Clover but black screen after "half progress bar" which I think means a graphics issue. I connected an HDMI monitor to the HDMI-out on the AIO and sure enough, there's part of the desktop. I used the shortcut for desktop mirroring (cmd-F1) and lo ... I can see the machine is booted, now displaying a mirror to the external monitor. Looks like HD4000 is good with 1540 MB , etc. etc.

SO... I rebooted and within Clover changed the option on graphics to the 0x123456789 and walla! the AIO built in is on with login.

Now, I come to this fantastic forum and thread to ask ... what change do I need to make to the config.plist to get the graphics to work... seems like I am so very very close.. can someone help by providing the correct edits?

I did look at Clover and it showed Card DeviceID=0162, Model:Intel HD Graphics 4000, but I am not sure if that's helpful in getting the graphics to display to the AIO monitor (as opposed to the external HDMI).

EDIT: Upon further reflection, and wondering why the Dell Optiplex 9010 All-In-One wasn’t included in this Guide, it struck me that perhaps I should be approaching this as a laptop? And thus my question doesn’t really belong in this thread after all?
 
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