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[Success] Lenovo M93p, M73p "Tiny" mini PC i5 4570t, i7 4765t Yosemite-Catalina

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I've found these Haswell based USFF 9020 mini PCs to work very well with Mojave through to Monterey.

Well built, reliable and the latest up to date BIOS is fully compatible.
 

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Well I am at a bit of a loss,

When I brought the machine (M93P Tiny, I5-4570T, 8GB RAM) it had a BIOS from 2018, I tried the latest BIOS and even downgraded last night to the 2016 BIOS recommended at the beginning of this thread. I have adjusted all the BIOS settings mentioned here and in other guides to no avail.

I made several boot USB sticks with Clover and even found a compatible Opencore EFI. It is the same, the progress bar gets around half way and it reboots. I am at a bit of a loss. I have an M83 SFF and installing Catalina with Clover was easy.

@Gigamaxx if you happen to see this I would appreciate any ideas you may have

Thanks in advance
Sorry, I've been out of town. This EFI has worked for some time, But it was done using the old clover. At the time Open Core was messing with mainboard bios on Haswell systems. Maybe the Installer (MacOS) is not compatible. GibmacOS may have a workable version 10.15.4.

Are you seeing the Data and Recovery options in the Boot Menu? The install requires repeating the Install MacOS option until it goes away and leaves the Boot from MacOs and recovery options only.
 
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Sorry, I've been out of town. This EFI has worked for some time, But it was done using the old clover. At the time Open Core was messing with mainboard bios on Haswell systems. Maybe the Installer (MacOS) is not compatible. GibmacOS may have a workable version 10.15.4.

Are you seeing the Data and Recovery options in the Boot Menu? The install requires repeating the Install MacOS option until it goes away and leaves the Boot from MacOs and recovery options only.
No worries,

I appreciate you taking the time to reply. I only ever see the install Catalina option. I have let it reboot multiple times but the same thing happens. I am pretty sure I used your guide on my M83 SFF and that worked first time. I will look into the GibmacOS option
 
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Sorry, I've been out of town. This EFI has worked for some time, But it was done using the old clover. At the time Open Core was messing with mainboard bios on Haswell systems. Maybe the Installer (MacOS) is not compatible. GibmacOS may have a workable version 10.15.4.

Are you seeing the Data and Recovery options in the Boot Menu? The install requires repeating the Install MacOS option until it goes away and leaves the Boot from MacOs and recovery options only.
I found out what the issue was,

Determined not to be beaten by this I looked at what was different with my M83SFF running Catalina and this M93P and then it hit me, On the M93P I had it connected to a spare monitor via a regular VGA cable and on my M83 I was using a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter. I just tried that on the M93P and it booted up to the install screen first time.

I seem to remember now that you have to use the DisplayPort and not the VGA port (What a dumbass I am lol). It's been a while since I have done some Hackintoshing lol

Thanks again for the help
 
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Greetings, first of all, thank you very much for this guide, i read it many times and i just cant make it work, im not so sure why so, please, if you will be able to help me i will be in debt, im not very good with macs , thas what im trying to make a hackintosh, to learn, so please, if there is a way to contact you, i will be very greatfull, as far as i try, i made the usb, i put the efi folder, i generate the serial and that things, but when i try to bott from the usb, it just reset itself afther the apple loads, so... any suggestions? its an m73 tiny, 8gb in one ram, i5, thanks.
 

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Greetings, first of all, thank you very much for this guide
First step for anyone new is to read the Rules that you agreed to when you signed up 5 days ago.
please, if there is a way to contact you, i will be very greatful
Take some time to read all of them carefully and correct those that you are currently violating.
Here's one: We do not allow members to post threads or to send private messages or emails to other members offering to pay for either public or private assistance.
 
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Greetings, first of all, thank you very much for this guide, i read it many times and i just cant make it work, im not so sure why so, please, if you will be able to help me i will be in debt, im not very good with macs , thas what im trying to make a hackintosh, to learn, so please, if there is a way to contact you, i will be very greatfull, as far as i try, i made the usb, i put the efi folder, i generate the serial and that things, but when i try to bott from the usb, it just reset itself afther the apple loads, so... any suggestions? its an m73 tiny, 8gb in one ram, i5, thanks.
Are you using the Displayport connection? The VGA output is not compatible with MacOSX.
 
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I have a Lenovo M700 Tiny that originally had Sierra installed and working. A security update rendered it unbootable. Figured I'd do a fresh install of Catalina instead. I created a Catalina USB drive, intending to following this guide here since another user with a Lenovo M700 Tiny was suggested to follow that guide.

Then I copied my Sierra EFI and overwrote the EFI that was on the Catalina USB that I created. Ran Clover configurator and generated new serial #, SMUUID, and ROM values. I then formatted the Sierra SSD using a High Sierra box with APFS, GUID and named it "Catalina" per UniBeast guide here. Upon boot, I cannot see the external USB Catalina drive to start booting, seen in attached pic. What did I do wrong?

Lenovo M700 Tiny is:
i3-6100T 3.20 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 530

Also attached the back up of the EFI from Sierra that I used before new serial SMUUID and ROM values. The install log is from the previous install in 2017.
 

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Just closing my own loop. I went back to Sierra clean install, then upgraded to High Sierra successfully. I don't think I can skip directly to Catalina from Sierra. I may have missed the part about having apfs.efi, so I may try again later.
 
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