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Guide to Installing Mountain Lion on HP Probook

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I would like to ask something .

I have installed yosemite on my probook 4540s using clover installer . I just saw a video in youtube demonstrating mountain lion on 4540s with an i3 processor and 8gb ram , and hdd.

The video shows the mountain lion run insanely fast on this i3 processor whereas on my case using an i5 and 8gb ram it is much much slower opening apps , booting etc.

Is the mountain lion really that much faster than yosemite ? Because if it is i'm thinking of installing them over yosemite .

Here is the video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlPZnrq5uDQ
 

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I would like to ask something .

I have installed yosemite on my probook 4540s using clover installer . I just saw a video in youtube demonstrating mountain lion on 4540s with an i3 processor and 8gb ram , and hdd.
That build is using an SSD. There is no HDD on earth that operates at that speed - in fairness the user does not say that they are not using an SSD.

You Tube videos showing MacBook Pros with and without SSD technology were very common some time ago.
 
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That build is using an SSD. There is no HDD on earth that operates at that speed - in fairness the user does not say that they are not using an SSD.

You Tube videos showing MacBook Pros with and without SSD technology were very common some time ago.
Thanks for the info ! It also looked weird to me with a hdd so get that speed .

I will stick with Yosemite but seeing that speed i think might just buy a ssd disk for my laptop . The difference in performance is huge . Only downside i will have to reinstall both windows 8.1 and Yosemite
 

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Thanks for the info ! It also looked weird to me with a hdd so get that speed .

I will stick with Yosemite but seeing that speed i think might just buy a ssd disk for my laptop . The difference in performance is huge . Only downside i will have to reinstall both windows 8.1 and Yosemite
Yosemite is also far better at allocating and using memory more efficiantly. Its got a lot of advantages over Mountain Lion. It is probably possible to clone your drive or a least backup Windows And OS X before doing a re-install. A good quality SSD will make your system much more responsive. :thumbup:
 
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This maybe going back in time. Im wondering would BrcmPatchRam work in ML? i want to see if my Webcam work in ML. Kinda works in Mavericks but not properly.
 

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This maybe going back in time. Im wondering would BrcmPatchRam work in ML? i want to see if my Webcam work in ML. Kinda works in Mavericks but not properly.
AFAIK, BrcmPatchRAM works in ML.
 
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Here is the script, how to calibrate BusSpeedkHz:
#!/bin/sh
ntpdate -u time.apple.com
systemsetup -setusingnetworktime off
while :
do
ntpdate -u time.apple.com
echo "$(date)"
echo
sleep 3600
done


The idea insists of syncronization of time with Apple Server, then turning auto-sync off and
comparing it hour later. After launching of the script, it will update system time, then turn
off auto sync. An hour later (3600 secs), it will count the offset of time from the Apple Time Server.
We will have something like this:
7 Feb 21:38:40 ntpdate[643]: adjust time server 17.151.16.22 offset -0.101090 sec
Clover detects my BusSpeed equal to 99773 kHz. So let's count:
( 1 - ( 0,101090 / 3600 ) ) * 99773 = 0,99997191944444 * 99773 = 99770 kHz.
After setting this param in config.plist to 99770, I have no more issues in Logic, or any software,
which uses Core Audio. The bigger settings of sleep provide more accurate offset value and finally
after 8 hour testing I have BusSpeedkHz=99768
Hi DimeVagg, I already did calculated and put into config.plist on EFI partition. But still get latency from my Behringer C-1U USB Mic. But if I try plug my guitar direct into line in it works fine, no latency. Can you help me?
 
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Please Note

If you have an issue with this guide, please post a reply in this thread and I will try to address it with an edit (and then delete your post).

If you have an issue with your laptop after following this guide, please DO NOT reply to this thread. I do not want this thread to be one of those 25-page threads with a bunch of random questions in it. So, open a new thread for your issue, or resolve your issue by reading the FAQ or doing a search.

Installation

Installing Mountain Lion on the HP Probook 4x30s/4x40s series laptops is actually pretty easy (compared to other hacks you may attempt). This is mostly thanks to the fact that the hardware is very generic and well supported by current versions of Mac OS and to all who have contributed to the process including tonymac, MacMan, blueking, tegezee, Mieze, Zenith432, kozlek, bcc9, BigDonkey, philip_petev, Mac4Mat, RehabMan and others who spend many hours messing with the technical details to make things run smoothly.

This version of the guide is updated to use ProBook Installer v6.1 (beta), which has support for 10.8.3 and the ProBook 4x40s series laptops.

Here is what you will need:
- A legal purchased "Install OS X Mountain Lion.app" from the Mac App Store
- philip_petev's HP ProBook Installer from here: http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/87816-hp-probook-installer-6-1-4x30s-4x40s-support.html
- The latest Unibeast from here: http://www.tonymacx86.com/downloads.php?do=cat&id=3
- Access to an OS X computer, where the "Install Mac OS X Mountain Lion.app" is. Whether this is Lion or Snow Leopard, or Leopard, hackintosh or Mac, it doesn't matter.
- A flash drive that can be formatted, anything 8 GB or bigger is fine.
- For computers with high resolution displays (1600x900 or greater), a "mini SSDT" from here: https://github.com/RehabMan/HP-ProBook-4x30s-DSDT-Patch/raw/master/Mini-SSDT-DualLink.aml
- For ProBook Installer v6.1.1: If you're starting with a version of Mountain Lion that is not the latest, gather the "combo" update from here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1659, and place it on a USB stick or other media.

1. Go to the Mac where "Install Mac OS X Mountain Lion.app" downloaded from the Mac App Store is. Your "Install Mac OS X Mountain Lion.app" must be present in the Applications folder before running Unibeast (prior versions allowed you to mount InstallESD.dmg, but not the latest version). Make sure you download the Unibeast intended for Mountain Lion. Unibeast requires your language is set to English. No support for other language settings is provided.

2. Insert your flash drive, and open disk utility. Format it as Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) with a MBR partition map. Name it Installer. Note: If your flash drive is larger than 8GB, create a partition that is 8GB instead of the full size of the drive.

3. Exit Disk Utility, and run Unibeast, installing to that flash drive. When installing, be sure to select "Laptop Support." Then select your flash drive to install it to. Let it finish to create your Unibeast USB flash drive.

4. Copy the latest HP Probook Installer to the flash drive. You will need it later.

4a. If you have upgraded your screen from the standard 1366x768 screen in the 45x0s to either 1920x1080 or to 1600x900, or you have a Probook 47x0s with a 1920x1080 or 1600x900 screen, you must copy a "mini SSDT" to the Unibeast flash drive as /Extra/ssdt.aml. So, copy the Mini-SSDT-DualLink.aml from your Downloads to the clipboard, navigate to the Unibeast drive's /Extra folder, and paste it. Then rename it to ssdt.aml. You may have to show hidden files or navigate to /Volumes/Installer/Extra directly via Finder's Go -> Go to Folder.. option. Having this /Extra/ssdt.aml on your Unibeast drive will enable you to have a working screen during installation.

5. Now we are moving on to the laptop. If you have discrete graphics card (switchable graphics) other than the Intel HD 3000 or HD 4000, disable it in BIOS now. It currently does not work in OS X. If your laptop has an i5 or i7 processor, be sure to disable "Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O" in BIOS, if available. If you can't boot for some reason, set all BIOS settings to default, and then try again, again making sure any other graphics cards are disabled, and "Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O" is disabled. For 4x40s series, be sure to turn off "Wake on LAN/Wake on USB." Also for 4x40s series, be sure legacy boot is enabled. There are 2 places to look for Legacy: Enable legacy boot in "Device Configurations" AND in "Boot Options" set "Legacy" or "UEFI Hybrid (With CSM)". Finally, be sure that "Fast Boot" is disabled as it will keep the bootloader from seeing a second hard drive connected to the DVD SATA port and can cause issues for internal USB devices (camera, bluetooth, etc.).

6. Insert the flash drive in one of the USB ports on the right (you want a USB2 port, not USB3). The "right front" USB2 port seems to work best on most ProBooks.

7. Upon boot-up, hit Esc, and F9. Then, select the USB hard drive. Select the Flash Drive, called Installer, and hit enter. Let it load. Note: the 4x40s series laptop may not be able to boot with Unibeast defaults. If you run into trouble booting your 4x40s, try typing the boot flags 'PCIRootUID=0 GraphicsEnabler=No -x' before hitting enter.

8. Now you should be at the Installer screen. Hit continue to select your language.

9. Along the top, click Utilities. Then select Disk Utility.

10. Select your hard drive, and format it in however many partitions you want, with a GUID partition map. At least one "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" (HFS+J) is required, as that is where you'll install OS X.

11. Hit Alt+Q to return to the installer after you have finished. Finish the install process like normal, selecting the partition you just made.

12. After it restarts, you will need to once again hit Esc then F9. Then select the USB hard drive again. This time, select the partition you just installed Mountain Lion on, and hit enter (if you have a 4x40s and you needed to use boot flags in step 7, use the same boot flags here). Make sure you leave the flash drive plugged in.

12a. If you get an indication for "no keyboard," use a USB keyboard to get past the message. Plug it in on the other USB port on the right, and after the stupid prompt goes away, you can unplug it.

13. Finish the setup process like normal. After you get to the desktop, open the flash drive (it's called Installer in Finder) and copy the HP Probook installer to your desktop. If your need the "combo update" to upgrade your system to the latest version, copy it as well.

13a. In order to run the installer, you must allow applications downloaded from the Internet to be run (this is a new default in Mountain Lion). Go into System Preferences, then Security & Privacy. Click the lock (lower left) to make changes. Then select "Anywhere" from the "Allow applications downloaded from:" section. You can then close System Preferences.

13b. For ProBook Installer v6.1.1 and greater: If you installed a version of Mountain Lion other than the latest (eg. latest is 10.8.4, but you installed 10.8.2), you must update to the latest using the 'combo update' downloaded from apple.com. This is because the ProBook Installer v6.1.1 only supports the latest of each major OS X release. Update using the combo update PKG and DO NOT RESTART.

14. Run the installer, and select:

- From "OS X support kexts," select only the version that matches your laptop (4x30s or 4x40s) *and* only the version of OS X you just installed.
- From "DSDT generator/patcher" select your "ProBook model," a "Fan behavior" that matches your preferences, and your "Display type." If you have an Atheros 9285 WiFi mini PCIe card installed, choose the 9285 patch under "Optional patches." Note: you must select one option from each of the first three groups to generate a patched DSDT. In addition, you must have no DSDT present in /Extra/dsdt.aml at the time you run this option. If you wish to regenerate a DSDT later, you must remove /Extra/dsdt.aml, reboot, and then run the ProBook Installer using your desired DSDT options.
- Check the option for "SSDT" generator.
- From "System definitions," select ONE system definition which matches closest your laptop.
- Chameleon: This allows you to boot from your main HDD/SSD
- From "Optional hardware-specific fixes,"
- "AHCI patch (10.8.x only),". If you are installing 10.8.x where 'x' is 0, 1, or 2, you will probably need this. If you're installing 10.8.3 you probably won't need it. There is no harm in selecting it from the beginning, but not everyone needs it, so you can skip it and deal with it later if you want, or if you prefer the easy way, just select it now.
- "AHCI 3rd party kext," You can apply this option later if it turns out your DVD drive is not recognized by the system. It is not needed on every laptop.
- "Graphic Glitch Fix," You probably won't need this, because you will have a custom patched DSDT, but you can try without and see if you experience random blocks/lines on the display. This option can help sometimes.
- "EDID generator" Recommended.
- From "Misc OS X fixes"
- "Color profiles," Recommended.
- "Sleep fix," If you have SSD, "Sleep image fix" is recommended. This disables OS X version of "hybrid sleep" where upon entering sleep, a "hibernation image" is written to the boot drive. For SSD, you don't really want to write this file every time your laptop goes to sleep.
- "blinkscreen" This option works around an issue where 1) all the screen brightness levels are not available before the first display sleep, and 2) the screen brightness is not restored on a fresh boot (still... currently only fixed if you're using the Chameleon boot loader). This option will very quickly "blink" the screen when you login, fixing the brightness issue.
- "Screen brightness fix" Select an option here if you would like your screen brightness changed automatically each time the laptop starts.
- "Extra tools" All optional. Select the ones you want.

After making, your selections, click 'Continue' and allow the ProBook Installer to work.

15. Shutdown the computer, unplug the USB flash drive and attempt to boot from the hard drive. If it does not work (you don't see the Chameleon boot loader), it is very likely you have a 4k/AF (advanced format) HDD. If that is the case, see this link for more information (start at solution 1 step 4, or solution 2 step 2): http://www.tonymacx86.com/25-boot0-error-official-guide.html. If you see the Chameleon boot loader, but booting ML times out after a long time (and you didn't install the AHCI patch in step 14), you will need to boot "Ignore Caches" (either type "-f" at the Chameleon boot loader screen, or use down-arrow to choose it from the menu). After booting with ignore caches, you can run the installer again to select and install the AHCI patch from "Optional hardware-specific fixes"

16. At this point everything should be working (WiFi, Audio, keyboard, trackpad, ethernet, etc.). Note for WiFi: You must have Atheros, or for 4x40s a compatible card (Atheros 9485 is not compatible), for it to work. If you don't, you should consider replacing the mini-PCI card that provides WiFi.

Updates

10.8.0 to 10.8.1

1. Download and install the update from here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1571. DO NOT RESTART.

2. Run philip_petev's Probook Installer, selecting only the Mac OS X 10.8.1 option, and AHCI patch if you need it.

3. Click continue to install your ProBook Installer choices, allow it to complete, then restart the computer.


10.8.1 to 10.8.2

1. Download and install the update from here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1580. DO NOT RESTART.

2. Run philip_petev's Probook Installer, selecting only the Mac OS X 10.8.2 option, and the AHCI patch, if you need it.

3. Click continue to install your ProBook Installer choices, allow it to complete, then restart the computer.


10.8.0 to 10.8.2

1. Download and install the "combo" update from here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1581. DO NOT RESTART.

2. Run philip_petev's Probook Installer, selecting only the Mac OS X 10.8.2 option, and the AHCI patch, if you need it.

3. Click continue to install your ProBook Installer choices, allow it to complete, then restart the computer.


10.8.2 Supplemental Update

1. Apply it through Software Update or from here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1600. This one is safe.


10.8.x to 10.8.3

1. Download and install the "combo" update from here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1640. DO NOT RESTART.

2. Run philip_petev's Probook Installer, selecting only the Mac OS X 10.8.3 option, and the AHCI patch, if you need it.

3. Click continue to install your ProBook Installer choices, allow it to complete, then restart the computer.


10.8.x to 10.8.4

1. Download and install the "combo" update from here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1659. DO NOT RESTART.

2. Run philip_petev's Probook Installer, selecting only the Mac OS X 10.8.4 option, and the AHCI patch, if you need it.

3. Click continue to install your ProBook Installer choices, allow it to complete, then restart the computer.


10.8.x to 10.8.5

1. Download and install the "combo" update from here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1676. DO NOT RESTART.

2. Run philip_petev's Probook Installer (version 6.1.5 or greater), selecting either "4x30s support kexts" or "4x40s support kexts" from "OS X support kexts" depending on your hardware, and the AHCI patch, if you need it. Also, if you use the Atheros AR9285 for WiFi, select only the "Atheros 9285 patch" from "DSDT generator/patcher -> Optional patches."

3. Click continue to install your ProBook Installer choices, allow it to complete, then restart the computer.

4. If you have an SSD (Solid State Drive) and wish to enable TRIM, run Trim Enabler to turn on TRIM (it patches IOAHCIBlockStorage). Repair permissions & rebuild cache, then reboot.


10.8.5 Supplemental Update v1.0

1. Allow Software Update (App Store) to apply the update, or get the update from here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1686/

2. After rebooting (if using App Store based Software Update) or before rebooting (if using the download), run phlip_petev's ProBook Installer (version 6.1.5 or grater), selecting either "4x30s support kexts" or "4x40s support kexts" from "OS X support kexts" depending on your hardware.

3. Click continue to install your ProBook Installer choices, allow it to complete, then restart the computer.


Other Updates

When new updates come out it is best to wait until someone here has analysed what is in the update and if any additional patches or rollbacks are required. And with all updates it is wise to create a backup before performing the update, because you never know what is going to happen.

If you want to understand more, get Pacifist so you can look inside PKG installers...


BIOS updates/hardware upgrades

If you ever make a hardware change or update the BIOS, you should re-patch your DSDT. See this thread: DSDT patch: http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/70490-hp-probook-4x30s-4330-4430-4530-4730-patches-updated.html and this thread for a guide using MacIASL: http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/83573-patching-your-dsdt-probook-4x30s-using-maciasl.html

You can also re-patch your DSDT using the ProBook Installer. Follow these instructions

1. Remove /Extra/dsdt.aml. If you have a high-resolution screen and 6-series chipset, install Mini-SSDT-DualLink.aml to /Extra/ssdt-1.aml. Then reboot. If you have a high-resolution screen and 7-series chipset, be sure to use boot flags "IGPEnabler=N GraphicsEnabler=N -x". After reboot, you are running without a DSDT (no audio, WiFi, battery, etc)
2. Run ProBook Installer and select only the DSDT options you did before in step 14.
3. Allow the ProBook Installer to create your DSDT, then reboot.


Optional Optimizations:

If you ever make a hardware change or update the BIOS, you should re-patch your DSDT. See this thread: DSDT patch: http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/70490-hp-probook-4x30s-4330-4430-4530-4730-patches-updated.html and this thread for a guide using MacIASL: http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/83573-patching-your-dsdt-probook-4x30s-using-maciasl.html

A number of the kexts that are in the installer are under active development. If you want, you can update to these kexts as they are updated.

- Battery Manager: http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/69472-battery-manager-fix-boot-without-batteries.html
- Keyboard/Trackpad: http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/75649-new-voodoops2controller-keyboard-trackpad.html
- Fan Control: http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/72043-new-fan-control-dsdt-silent-fan-higher-temps.html


FAQ: Please see this post for common questions/issues: http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/77058-faq-mountain-lion-hp-probook.html


*** This guide adapted by RehabMan from blueking's original guide for Lion.
Quite worthless, I couldn't install OS X M.Lion on my HP ProBook 4730s. NO WAY! Luckily I own an iMac & MacBook Pro already, so I give up your way. A Windows PC should use Windows and nothing else, and a Mac is A MAC, ALWAYS and That's IT!
 

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Quite worthless, I couldn't install OS X M.Lion on my HP ProBook 4730s. NO WAY! Luckily I own an iMac & MacBook Pro already, so I give up your way.
This guide works for Mountain Lion assuming you acquired it legitimately (purchased from the Mac App Store).

But there is a newer guide:

http://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/g...book-using-clover-uefi-hotpatch-10-11.189416/

A Windows PC should use Windows and nothing else, and a Mac is A MAC, ALWAYS and That's IT!
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Hackintosh is not for everyone.
 
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I have a probook 6470b(ivy bridge) with 4gbs of ram running sierra. It's running well though, followed the whole guide everything is working including wifi and sound. Only thing I got confused is setting up a custom serial. I got clover configurator installed, Do I just generate a macbook pro 9,2 config then copy all the stuff to my config.plist on my EFI volume? What info exactly do I need to copy after generating a dummy config.plist?
 
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