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[Guide] Intel NUC7/NUC8 using Clover UEFI (NUC7i7Bxx,NUC8i7Bxx,etc)

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Can anyone help me with really poor Geekbench scores on the NUC8i7BEH? I'm running 16GB of 2400MHz ram and a Evo 860 which shouldn't really be a problem. On windows things run really well, running games (like LoL) at above 120fps). I didn't check Geekbench, but I think it would have done reasonably. On Mac with a fresh install (which is super easy) I'm getting a Geekbench score of 1000/4000 which is super low. It should be 4 times that. LoL fps sitting at 25fps.

When I run Geekbench I can't see anything crazy with Intel Power Gadget. Temps sit at 80, idle at 60. Frequency sits at about 3Ghz while running the test. The EFI folder I'm using is LeisureOne's from earlier in the threat. Mojave 10.14.6 vanilla install.

I guess you are running GeekBench 5, which changed the scoring base and reports scores 75% lower than GeekBench 4 :)
I was going crazy too, just download GeekBench 4.
 
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Folks, I've recently upgraded my NUC7 to Catalina by following the guide in post 109. However, I can't get my bluetooth to work. I understand there are compatibility issues, but I had it working under Mojave. The card I am using is a Lenovo 20-200480.
I have tried the various versions of Brcm patches, and the closest I have gotten is to see bluetooth show up, but have it not function. Meaning, it displays my devices, but does not "do" anything.

BTW, WiFi works just fine.

Any help appreciated.
 
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I guess you are running GeekBench 5, which changed the scoring base and reports scores 75% lower than GeekBench 4 :)
I was going crazy too, just download GeekBench 4.

Search https://www.tonymacx86.com/members/hedgehog2k.2300330/ Hedgehog2k posted lots of logs both GeekBench 4 and 5 and @Leesureone also posted his in response. I'm guessing a week or two ago they were posted in this thread.

What you will read is stick with Windows 10 there was a performance hit using the Mac as opposed to Win 10.
 
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If I disable "PCIe ASPM Support", Apple Arcade game won't run at all. But Steam game run just fine. Already tried with different memoryfix kext still with same result.
That is very weird. All disabling does is stop it powering down to low power mode when not being used to save power. Why it should stop something working is a mystery. Let us know if you work it out.
 
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Folks, I've recently upgraded my NUC7 to Catalina by following the guide in post 109. However, I can't get my bluetooth to work. I understand there are compatibility issues, but I had it working under Mojave. The card I am using is a Lenovo 20-200480.
I have tried the various versions of Brcm patches, and the closest I have gotten is to see bluetooth show up, but have it not function. Meaning, it displays my devices, but does not "do" anything.

BTW, WiFi works just fine.

Any help appreciated.
Catalina has changed things big time. the root system volume is NOW read only and therefore not writable. This breaks official driver installation.

Read this post it has a terminal command to temporarily make it writeable then try and install Mojave drivers again.


1.Open /Applications/Utilities/Terminal

2. Make the root partition read/write by entering the following:

Terminal Command:

sudo mount -uw /

3. Enter your password and hit return.

Upon reboot system volume goes back to being read only.

Don't know if this will help you.



If you don't find anything there contact Lenovo support for Catalina updated drivers for Mac.

To get my Wifi working I had to find someone who made new install drivers for my realtek wifi adapter like https://github.com/chris1111/Wireless-USB-Adapter-Clover so do some searching someone might have done similar for your card.
 
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@dmt0 here is a HDMI firmware update that MIGHT fix your flickering video. Look at my post on it.


Wow it turns out you can run Windows 10 from a USB drive (we live in the future!). So running in Windows, the video is very stable. I updated the HDMI and BIOS anyway. Still getting massive flickers during video decoding in macOS. Not sure what I can do at this point. Might have to join the dark side. :(
 
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Wow it turns out you can run Windows 10 from a USB drive (we live in the future!). So running in Windows, the video is very stable. I updated the HDMI and BIOS anyway. Still getting massive flickers during video decoding in macOS. Not sure what I can do at this point. Might have to join the dark side. :(
The beauty of having USB 3.1 is running Windows 10 from USB external USB 3.0 enclosure it is has similar read and write speeds as using a 2.5" SATA SSD hard drive. I have benchmarked both and much the same.
I have cloned my M.2 Catalina Hard Drive using Carbon Copy Cloner then you just copy EFI folder to empty EFI partition. That becomes my backup to test patches etc so they don't brick my internal M.2 CAtalina.

i.e: I booted the external cloned USB hard drive and updated to 10.15.1 and if it works I do the internal etc.

Also if you run out of space in you NUC you can boot other OS externally without penality. I currently have four SATA Crucial MX500gb drives running Linux, Mojave and my backup Catalna.

Internally Window 10 and M.2 has CAtalina.
 
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Wow it turns out you can run Windows 10 from a USB drive (we live in the future!). So running in Windows, the video is very stable. I updated the HDMI and BIOS anyway. Still getting massive flickers during video decoding in macOS. Not sure what I can do at this point. Might have to join the dark side. :(
Can you try this config.plist? It eliminates a boot argument having to do with HDMI. Sorry, I can’t remember, did you ever try a different monitor?
 

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Can you try this config.plist? It eliminates a boot argument having to do with HDMI. Sorry, I can’t remember, did you ever try a different monitor?

@Leesureone, you rock! It is the screen. When I hooked up my LG monitor, things work just fine - no flickers.

So the culprit is Epson Powerlite 3010 projector - not compatible with Hackintosh (unless there's a magic kext you can recommend to me). And it makes sense that nobody else had this issue - it's a pretty uncommon setup. A quick google search tells me I'm the first person on the planet to try it. :)
 
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@Leesureone, you rock! It is the screen. When I hooked up my LG monitor, things work just fine - no flickers.

So the culprit is Epson Powerlite 3010 projector - not compatible with Hackintosh (unless there's a magic kext you can recommend to me). And it makes sense that nobody else had this issue - it's a pretty uncommon setup. A quick google search tells me I'm the first person on the planet to try it. :)
Awsome. Sorry I didn't suggest it earlier!
 
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