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[README] Common Problems in 10.13 High Sierra

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The problems listed here are likely to be experienced by anyone installing macOS High Sierra 10.13.

This is NOT a troubleshooting thread. Please do not ask questions regarding your specific problem in this thread. Open a separate thread instead. Only if you have a question regarding the content of this post, or have a an idea for an additional Q/A in this thread, reply here.


Special notes for 10.13.2

Lilu.kext must be updated. Lilu 1.2.0 is too old for 10.13.2 and will panic. Recommend update to (latest) Lilu.kext.
Prebuilt Lilu.kext is available from here: https://github.com/vit9696/Lilu

If you neglect to update prior to the update (and now have KP), use an invalid ig-platform-id (to disable the graphics drivers) and specify kernel flag -liluoff such that Lilu.kext and the graphics kexts do not load. Then you'll have an opportunity to install the latest Lilu (and other Lilu based plugins) in order to fix the problem.


Slow boot with APFS and TRIM

The new APFS file system is much more sensitive to SSD hardware/firmware compatibility with regards to TRIM than HFS+J. Incompatibility will result in slow boot and other problems (battery status not showing, trackpad prefpane not showing, etc).

Two solutions available:
- disable the any TRIM patch you may be using (eg. no TRIM support for your SSD in that case)
- or, install on HFS+J

For installing on HFS+J, read here:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/guide-avoid-apfs-conversion-on-high-sierra-update-or-fresh-install.232855/


Problems booting the installer with dual-GPU (eg. Intel+AMD, Intel+Nvidia)

There is an issue with the VESA drivers and the dual-GPU scenario. It impacts laptops and desktops. nv_disable=1 will not help. Instead you need to inject properties that prevent the VESA drivers from loading for the discrete graphics device and use the IGPU only.

The new plists linked from my guide already have these injections (for Nvidia only; I will add AMD later).

You can also inject the properties with ACPI. Read here: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/fix-window-server-service-only-ran-for-0-seconds-with-dual-gpu.233092/


Extra/new Preboot entry showing in Clover with APFS setup

You can hide it with config.plist settings.
Read here: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/clover-high-sierra-and-preboot.233308/


Battery status not showing (even with correctly patched ACPI)

Use ACPIBatteryManager.kext 1.81.3 or later:
https://github.com/RehabMan/OS-X-ACPI-Battery-Driver

Also, if you installed on APFS, disable the trim patch. TRIM and APFS can cause slow boot which contributes to a timing related problem with system battery status. Same goes for NVMe (TRIM cannot be disabled).

Also, HDD may be too slow and can cause startup problems related to battery status.

With ACPIBatteryManager.kext 1.81.4 or later, you can also increase the FirstPollDelay (default 4000ms) by using RMCF (see SSDT-ACPIBATT.dsl in the ACPIBatteryManager github) or by using kernel flag abm_firstpolldelay. For example, to set to 16000ms (16 sec), use kernel flag: abm_firstpolldelay=16000


IntelBacklight.kext and ACPIBacklight.kext not working

These kexts have been not working since 10.12.4.

Read here:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/guide-laptop-backlight-control-using-applebacklightinjector-kext.218222/


Black screen (or glitchy screen) on wake with Kaby Lake and Skylake graphics


Looks to be an EDID issue. Requires display override with patched EDID.

Read here for solution:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/solved-black-screen-after-upgrade-to-high-sierra.237050/


VoodooPS2Controller.kext versions prior to 1.8.24 will cause a KP


Update to 1.8.24 or later.
https://github.com/RehabMan/OS-X-Voodoo-PS2-Controller


SysPrefs -> Trackpad is empty

Use VoodooPS2Controller.kext v1.8.28 or later.
https://github.com/RehabMan/OS-X-Voodoo-PS2-Controller


Run Apps from Anywhere is now missing from SysPrefs -> Security & Privacy -> General

If you had "Anywhere" already selected, upon updating to 10.13, it will still be available. But if you did a fresh install, this option is no longer present.

Never mind though, you can enable it in Terminal:
Code:
sudo spctl --master-disable

Caps lock is unreliable

Use VoodooPS2Controller.kext v.18.25 or later.
https://github.com/RehabMan/OS-X-Voodoo-PS2-Controller


-xcpm is no longer available for Ivy Bridge CPUs

This flag was typically used with certain Ivy Bridge CPUs due to problems with ssdtPRgen.sh and native power management.

See here for a potential fix: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/solved-ssdtprgen-aicpupm-kernel-panics-and-stepping-woes.202421/

With recent versions of Clover (r4155+), you can also set config.plist/KernelAndKextPatches/KernelIvyXCPM=true.


Karabiner is broken

Ouch! I really like that app. Hopefully it is fixed soon with an update.

Karabiner Elements appear to be a replacement. It seems to be a WIP and has some issues, however...


HD4400/HD4600 crashing with Safari and video playback


Install IntelGraphicsFixup.kext + Lilu.kext.


Haswell (and Broadwell) lags/pauses/unresponsiveness shortly after boot (and after wake from sleep)

Shortly after login (and somewhat prior to login), the mouse and/or graphics may seem unresponsive. This usually clears up after about 20 seconds. The same effect is observed after wake from sleep.

May be related to SMBIOS changes, as similar effects were observed when using MacBookPro11,2 with previous versions of OS X/macOS. But now the problem appears also with MacBookAir6,2 and MacBookPro11,1.

The solution appears to be removing unused connectors from the ig-platform data in the framebuffer kext:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/readme-common-some-unsolved-problems-in-10-12-sierra.202316/page-94#post-1485104

Note: In some cases, this is issue from 10.12 is already fixed in 10.13. YMMV.


Brightness and Volume keys will not work

The new VoodooPS2Controller.kext v1.8.25 or later maps the brightness keys to F14/F15. As long as you don't re-assign them in SysPrefs->Keyboard->Shortcuts, this is a fine work around.

https://github.com/RehabMan/OS-X-Voodoo-PS2-Controller


Some audio codecs will require an additional patch (AppleHDA)

If you are using target codec 0x11d4198b, you may need to also zero out codec compare 0x11d4198a (a new supported codec in 10.12).

eg. in KextsToPatch:
Comment: 0x11d4198a to zero
MatchOS: 10.12.x
Name: AppleHDA
Find: <8a19d411>
Replace: <00000000>


Some Broadcom WiFi no longer supported

The drivers have been removed as these devices were included on Macs that are not supported by Sierra.

https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/some-broadcom-mini-pcie-wifi-devices-unsupported-in-macos-sierra.201746/


Graphics boot glitch patch for 10.13

Install IntelGraphicsFixup.kext and Lilu.kext. You probably need them for other problems anyway.

The patch is also present in config_patches.plist in the github repo linked from the Clover laptop guide:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/guide-booting-the-os-x-installer-on-laptops-with-clover.148093/


New USB port limit patch

See guide: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/guide-creating-a-custom-ssdt-for-usbinjectall-kext.211311/


USB power properties injection method has changed (since 10.12)

See guide:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/guide-usb-power-property-injection-for-sierra.222266/


New patch for SMBIOS whitelist AirportBrcm4360 abgn WiFi

eg. in KextsToPatch:

Comment: AirPortBrcm4360 whitelist patch (board-id), 10.13.beta9, credit RehabMan
MatchOS: 10.13.x
Name: com.apple.driver.AirPort.Brcm4360
Find: <483b45e0 7514>
Replace: <ffc39090 9090>


New minStolenSize patches for Broadwell and Skylake

The minStolenSize patch is used if you can't set DVMT-prealloc to the required value. You need 64mb or larger, typical PC laptop defaults to 32mb.

See patches in config_deprecated.plist as linked from the main Clover laptop guide:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/guide-booting-the-os-x-installer-on-laptops-with-clover.148093/

Better than using the minStolenSize patch is to patch the framebuffer such that the assertion never fires.

Read here: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/guide-alternative-to-the-minstolensize-patch-with-32mb-dvmt-prealloc.221506/


New mechanism for system logs

Sierra uses a new mechanism for logging. Both at the application level and system level. Logs created by kexts using IOLog are automatically redirected to the new mechanism.

See this thread for ideas on access: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/i-have-a-question-about-the-way-the-console-now-works.207833/#post-1375525

Further details at developer.apple.com.
 
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Do BCM94352 cards still need the fcvo patch in High Sierra?
 
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Can you sleep your skylake hackintosh in High Sierra now?
 
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disable the any TRIM patch you may be using
this case help me(hynix m.2 ssd) for itunes's randomly crash. not sure. but it's effective. also seems more smooth system.
thank you
 

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Can you sleep your skylake hackintosh in High Sierra now?
My Skylake hack(s) are Intel NUC with Intel "Iris" graphics. Sleep/wake has been working since the beginning (10.11).
 
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disable the any TRIM patch you may be using
this case help me(hynix m.2 ssd) for itunes's randomly crash. not sure. but it's effective. also seems more smooth system.
thank you
I've installed HS on HDD no TRIM patch but iTunes keeps crashing even updated to latest version of iTunes :/
 
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I've installed HS on HDD no TRIM patch but iTunes keeps crashing even updated to latest version of iTunes :/
yes. i have itunes crash again. not sure. but better to disable trim patch for me. i don't know exact issue from where.
i checked acpi patch and graphic driver(0x123456 disable) and etc.. but still has this issue. hope new itunes version will be fix

EDIT1.
not sure. after woke up, itunes has crash. but after booted, seems no itunes crash without trim patch
 
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yes. i have itunes crash again. not sure. but better to disable trim patch for me. i don't know exact issue from where.
i checked acpi patch and graphic driver(0x123456 disable) and etc.. but still has this issue. hope new itunes version will be fix

EDIT1.
not sure. after woke up, itunes has crash. but after booted, seems no itunes crash without trim patch
sometimes iTunes doesn't crash but most of the time it crashes
 
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Problems booting the installer with dual-GPU (eg. Intel+AMD, Intel+Nvidia)

There is an issue with the VESA drivers and the dual-GPU scenario. It impacts laptops and desktops. nv_disable=1 will not help. Instead you need to inject properties that prevent the VESA drivers from loading for the discrete graphics device and use the IGPU only.

The new plists linked from my guide already have these injections (for Nvidia only; I will add AMD later).

You can also inject the properties with ACPI. Read here: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/fix-window-server-service-only-ran-for-0-seconds-with-dual-gpu.233092/
The plists that already have the injections that are being referenced above. Where can they be found thank you. Looked in thr repository but could not find.

Thank you,
RJR
 
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