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[GUIDE] OC Monterey Acer Nitro 5 AN515-52 + Core i7 8750H + Samsung 1TB 960 EVO PCIE NVME

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This guide is an updated version of my last guide on the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-52 laptop for High Sierra. Please refer to my previous guide to install on High Sierra with Clover.

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COMPONENTS & SPEC
  • Acer Nitro 5 AN515-52-77TD
  • 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM (can support up to max 32GB)
  • Intel H370 Chipset (Coffee Lake Mobile)
  • Intel UD630 Internal Graphics
  • Intel Core i7 8750H 2.2-2.8GHz 8th gen CPU
  • Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti Graphics w/ 4GB RAM
  • Samsung 1TB 960 EVO PCIE NVME (for Windows/Mac - user upgraded from included Intel 256GB NVMe SSD)
  • Samsung 860 EV0 500GB SSD (user upgraded)

Other tools needed
  • 16GB USB Key (for Opencore installation)
  • Spare Hackintosh/Mac (for editing if necessary)
  • USB 3.0 external slot drive (for copying/editing files and data)
  • Superduper or Carbon Copy Cloner (for cloning drives)
  • Windows 10 installation on spare SSD/HD or NVMe drive
  • USB Keyboard/mouse in case PS2 controller does not work
  • Hackintool
  • Opencore 0.7.5
  • Opencore Configurator 2.52.01
  • Kexts from github.com/acidanthera and github.com/copynewt
  • SSDTPRGen or equivalent

What works

NVME detection and boot-up
Intel IGPU detection
VDA Hardware acceleration - H264 only (on Intel)
Intel AC4560 Wireless
Intel Bluetooth (with OC 0.7.8 & new Bluetooth drivers)
2nd hard drive slot
Internal audio
USB 3.1, 3.0 & 2.0 (hot-plugging and eject on USB 3.1 works)
Full sound with volume adjustment, including microphone
Full screen 1080P
Video playback
Ethernet
Trackpad
Battery indicator
Acer keyboard volume controls
Airdrop (with OC 0.7.8 & new Bluetooth drivers)
Screen-mirroring (with OC 0.7.8 & new Bluetooth drivers)
SD card slot (with new 12.3+ update, using new Realtek SD card driver in Monterey)
Backlight
Trackpad gesture controls (with new 12.3+ update)

What doesn't

Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti (disabled via SSDT)

Not tested

HDMI output


SETUP

Making USB bootable installer:


Getting a copy of macOS Monterey:
If you have a Windows only system you can follow this guide to make a bootable USB stick but download Monterey:

https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/guide-booting-the-usb-installer-using-opencore.296375/

If you have a Mac, you can grab a copy of macOS using this script and running it in Terminal:
https://github.com/corpnewt/gibMacOS

(First release: 29th March 2022)

With this build I have managed to get most of the functions enabled for Monterey on the Acer Nitro 5 using Opencore 0.7.5. This also includes the Intel IGPU, trackpad and keyboard, internal sound card, built-in mic, 1Gbe ethernet LAN and all external USB ports. HD output has not been tested. The system is set using MacbookPro14,3 SMBIOS.

For technical reasons I have disabled the Intel Bluetooth drivers in the EFI and waiting for a better version to be released before I will include it in the EFI. The SD card is also non-functioning due to the Sinetek-rtsx driver used crashing with Monterey. The Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti card has been disabled due to lack of support under Monterey.

To use, follow the link above to setup the USB installer. Using MountEFI or Opencore Configurator, mount the EFI partition on the USB stick. Download the EFI below, place into the USB EFI partition and add your own UUID, rom and board serials to use.

Update: 12th April 2022

I have updated the OC to 0.7.9 and now including fully working Bluetooth drivers with BlueToolFixup 2.6.1 & IntelBluetoothFirmware 2.1.0. The SD card slot is still disabled because of the faulty Sinetek driver but everything else works including Airdrop, WiFi, Screen Mirroring and of course Bluetooth. This is probably the most complete macOS build I have seen for the Nitro 5.

I have also included a small BT package for those who only need the working Bluetooth kexts.

Note on HDMI output: For those interested. I have found that it may be possible to output to the Nvidia HDMI out port using the UEFIGraphicsFB.kext but it will lack any acceleration. > https://github.com/acidanthera/UEFIGraphicsFB

Update: 14th April 2022

I have finally resolved the SD card slot problem with using new Realtek SD card reader drivers which directly replaces the crashing Sinetek driver. A separate zip download has also been made for those two files.

Update: 16th April 2022

Gesture controls for the trackpad have finally been fixed.

Update: 11th June 2022

I have updated OC to 0.8.1 and EFI is now confirmed working with Big Sur 11.6, Monterey 12.4 & is Ventura ready.
To use WiFi for Big Sur or Monterey use Airportitlwm.kext. For other macOS use itlwm.kext.
 

Attachments

  • EFI 12.zip
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  • BT kexts.zip
    6.8 MB · Views: 121
  • RealtekSDCardReader.zip
    150.3 KB · Views: 79
  • EFI 12.3+.zip
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  • EFI OC 0.8.1 11.6+ 13.zip
    42.6 MB · Views: 162
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I have added a new update for the Acer Nitro 5 to OC 0.7.9. Now Airdrop, Bluetooth, Screen-mirroring and WiFi all work.
 
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If anyone has downloaded the latest 12.3+ EFI, I just discovered a slight error with the efi Drivers which may cause boot issues (now corrected). It should be using OpenHFSPlus with some non-essential ones removed.
 
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Hello, I was just wondering were you got the ACPI files from; it doesn't look like they are made following the dortina guide. Also wondering why SSDT-AWAC, SSDT-GPRW, SSDT-HPET, SSDT-PMC, SSDT-PWRB, SSDT-SBUS-MCHC and SSDT-BRKEY are needed. Same for every patch except "Change _OSI to XOSI", this one is obviously needed. I also have a couple of other questions.
 
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Hello, I was just wondering were you got the ACPI files from; it doesn't look like they are made following the dortina guide. Also wondering why SSDT-AWAC, SSDT-GPRW, SSDT-HPET, SSDT-PMC, SSDT-PWRB, SSDT-SBUS-MCHC and SSDT-BRKEY are needed. Same for every patch except "Change _OSI to XOSI", this one is obviously needed. I also have a couple of other questions.
Hi there,

Well some of them came from my own SSDT build (extracted using Clover's SSDT dump function via F4 key), and some had come from this build here > https://github.com/z3r0c00l-2k/Nitro-5-Hackintosh-OC (which I had tested as working before adding them in).

As for SSDT-BRKEY it is a SSDT fix specifically for Asus Nitro 5 laptops to enable the function keys. SSDT-BRKEY came from this build here > https://github.com/rinmichi/Nitro-5-AN515-54-Hackintosh
SSDT-AWAC, HPET, PMC & SBUS-MCHC are all required (in my experience) as without them it won't run stable.
 
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Hello,

thank you for your fast reply. I got interested so I tried updating to Monterey using my currently working EFI and your linked EFI.
Unfortunately both end up rebooting my Laptop a few times until they eventually end up in Recovery mode. The wierd thing is, I don’t have a kernal panic and I’m not stuck somewhere.
MacOS goes into recovery after restarting my laptop a few times (1-3) - but when it restarts itself the OpenCore picker isn’t shown.

Did you have the same issue when creating the EFI or do you have any idea what the problem could be? This problem occurred after upgrading to Monterey 12.4 form Big Sur. It occurs with your EFi as well as with my EFI.

Thank you for your help,
Lucas
 
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Hello,

thank you for your fast reply. I got interested so I tried updating to Monterey using my currently working EFI and your linked EFI.
Unfortunately both end up rebooting my Laptop a few times until they eventually end up in Recovery mode. The wierd thing is, I don’t have a kernal panic and I’m not stuck somewhere.
MacOS goes into recovery after restarting my laptop a few times (1-3) - but when it restarts itself the OpenCore picker isn’t shown.

Did you have the same issue when creating the EFI or do you have any idea what the problem could be? This problem occurred after upgrading to Monterey 12.4 form Big Sur. It occurs with your EFi as well as with my EFI.

Thank you for your help,
Lucas
Right. You have to make sure all the files in the new replacement OC EFI folder have been replaced. Opencore picker not shown is usually that case. Also try to run ResetNVRAM tool before running any new EFI (you have to run the procedure once to reboot, then run your main boot drive to boot).

As for checking for changes you can also try using OCCompare tool to check your EFI file for differences.
 
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