UniBeast: Install OS X El Capitan on Any Supported Intel-based PC

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    The following guide is a complete walkthrough for updating to or installing a fresh version of OS X El Capitan. It requires no experience and all of the basic installation and post-installation tools are available on tonymacx86.com.

    Table of Contents
    [​IMG] Step 1: Download OS X El Capitan
    [​IMG] Step 2: Create a Bootable USB with UniBeast
    [​IMG] Step 3: Recommended BIOS Settings
    [​IMG] Step 4: Install OS X El Capitan
    mb_circle-sm.png Step 5: Post Installation with MultiBeast
    clover-circle-sm.png Step 6: Alternate Post Installation
    [​IMG] Troubleshooting and Optimizations


    Before You Begin

    1. Register here at tonymacx86! If you don't have a user account, create one!
    2. Get our latest UniBeast and MultiBeast tools from the downloads section.
    3. Purchase a 16GB or larger USB drive.
    4. Do a full backup of your system. We strongly recommend performing a full backup of your existing system using Carbon Copy Cloner. By doing this, you can always go back to your working installation.

    UniBeast is a tool that creates a bootable installer out of your downloaded version of OS X. In order to start fresh, you'll need access to a functional computer running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later. This is a requirement, as you need access to the Mac App Store to download OS X and create the installation drive. To start from scratch, booting the 10.6 Snow Leopard Retail DVD directly, check out iBoot + MultiBeast.

    For the first time tonymacx86.com is recommending Clover as your default bootloader. If you have followed updates until OS X Yosemite using Chimera, check out Clover Basics and Switching Advice.

    Existing Clover users may do a direct update to OS X El Capitan by simply running the Install OS X El Capitan app as normal Mac users would. Follow these steps: Direct Update to OS X El Capitan using Clover.


    STEP 1: Download OS X El Capitan
    The full operating system is a free download for anyone who has purchased Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion or has a Mac preloaded with OS X Mavericks or Yosemite. Download the Application from the Mac App Store using your Apple ID on any Mac or functional computer running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

    1. Open Mac App Store
    2. Log in with your Apple ID
    3. Download OS X El Capitan

    The Application Install OS X El Capitan will appear in /Applications.
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    STEP 2: Create a Bootable USB Drive with UniBeast
    Take a deep breath and take your time- this is pretty simple, but it's easy to miss things if you rush. Follow each step to the letter.

    1. Insert the USB drive
    2. Open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
    3. Highlight the USB drive in left column
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    4. Click on the Partition tab
    5. Click Current and choose 1 Partition
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    6. Click Options...
    7. Choose GUID Partition Table
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    8. Under Name: type USB (You can rename it later)
    9. Under Format: choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    10. Click Apply then Partition
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    11. Download and run UniBeast
    12. Click Continue, Continue, Continue, Continue, Agree
    13. At Destination Select, choose USB and click Continue
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    14. At Select OS Installation screen choose El Capitan and click Continue
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    15. At Bootloader Options screen choose UEFI Boot Mode or Legacy Boot Mode. UEFI Boot Mode is recommended for 7/8/9+ Series CustoMac desktops and all UEFI capable systems. Legacy Boot Mode is recommended for 5/6 Series CustoMac desktops and all BIOS based systems.
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    16. (Optional) At Graphics Configuration screen choose the appropriate graphics option for your system and click Continue.
    17. Verify installation options, then click Continue, enter password and click Install
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    UniBeast will now create the bootable USB drive. The process will only take about 10 minutes, depending on system and drive speed. Do not unplug or stop during this time.
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    18. Drag MultiBeast to your completed USB drive.

    Clover Note: UniBeast delivers basic bootloader support based on our testing on recommended CustoMac systems. For further bootloader customization, download and run the official Clover package. Advanced users may also compile Clover by downloading the full source.


    STEP 3: Recommended BIOS Settings
    If you're installing on a recommended CustoMac desktop with AMI UEFI BIOS, the options are simple. For other systems make sure to set your BIOS to Optimized Defaults, and your hard drive to AHCI mode. Here are standard AMI UEFI BIOS settings for Gigabyte AMI UEFI BIOS, Gigabyte AWARD BIOS, ASUS AMI UEFI BIOS, and MSI AMI UEFI BIOS.

    1. To access BIOS/UEFI Setup, press and hold Delete on a USB Keyboard while the system is booting up
    2. Load Optimized Defaults
    3. If your CPU supports VT-d, disable it
    4. If your system has CFG-Lock, disable it
    5. If your system has Secure Boot Mode, disable it
    6. Set OS Type to Other OS
    7. If your system has IO SerialPort, disable it
    8. Set XHCI Handoff to Enabled
    9. If you have a 6 series or x58 system with AWARD BIOS, disable USB 3.0
    10. Save and exit.
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    STEP 4: Install OS X El Capitan
    You're almost done! All you need to do is boot from the USB drive and install! For best results, insert the USB in a USB 2.0 port.

    1. Turn on the computer
    2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device (usually F12, F11, F10, or F:cool:
    3. Choose USB
    4. At Clover boot screen, choose Boot Mac OS X from USB
    5. When you arrive at the Installer, choose language.
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    If you have issues reaching the installer, first make sure you're using a USB 2.0 port. If you're using a NVIDIA graphics card you may need to enter the extra boot flag nv_disable=1 to reach the installer. For instructions on entering boot flags see Clover Basics and Switching Advice.
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    6. For a new installation of OS X, you MUST erase and format the destination drive according to the following steps before continuing.
    a. In the top menu bar choose Utilities, and open Disk Utility
    b. Highlight your target drive for the El Capitan installation in left column.
    c. Click Erase button
    d. For Name: type El Capitan (You can rename it later)
    e. For Format: choose OS X Extended (Journaled)
    f. For Scheme: choose GUID Partition Map
    g. Click Erase
    h. Close Disk Utility
    7. When the installer asks you where to install, choose El Capitan, or your existing install.
    8. Upon completion, the system will automatically restart.


    STEP 5: Post Installation with MultiBeast
    MultiBeast is an all-in-one post-installation tool designed to enable boot from hard drive, and install support for Audio, Network, and Graphics. The installation is complete, but the drive isn't bootable yet. Boot from the USB again, this time choosing El Capitan.

    1. Turn on the computer
    2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device
    3. Choose USB
    4. At the Boot Screen, choose your new El Capitan installation.
    5. Complete OS X El Capitan setup
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    6. Open and run MultiBeast. If your system requires installing Clover to the root of the drive, such as Gigabyte 6 Series and X58 systems, skip to STEP 6.
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    7. If this is a fresh installation, click Quick Start. UEFI Boot Mode is recommended for 7/8/9+ Series CustoMac desktops and all UEFI capable systems. Legacy Boot Mode is recommended for 5/6 Series CustoMac desktops and all BIOS based systems.
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    8. Choose the appropriate audio and network options for your system:
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    9. Click Customize for further options
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    10. Click Print or Save to back up your configuration
    11. Click Build then Install
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    If using a NVIDIA 'Maxwell' GeForce GTX 750, 750 Ti, 950, 960, 970, 980, 980 Ti, or TITAN X graphics card, OS X graphics drivers are not natively supported. Alternate NVIDIA drivers are required. If drivers do not initiate, add nvda_drv=1 to Clover config.plist under Boot > Arguments.

    12. (Optional) Download and install Alternate NVIDIA Graphics Drivers
    13. Reboot

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    Yay! You now have a fully updated bootable version of OS X El Capitan on your CustoMac! And a super handy USB rescue drive. It's easy to get frustrated, but don't give up! If you get stuck, there are many users with similar hardware in the tonymacx86 Forum to provide support.

    Thanks to all of the hard working developers, hackers, and testers all over the world without whom this guide would never have been possible.


    STEP 6: Alternate Post-Installation
    This alternate post-installation method was in place before MultiBeast was released. If you have already used MultiBeast you do not need to follow these steps. Follow this method if your system requires installing Clover to the root of the drive.

    1. Press the hotkey to choose boot device
    2. Choose USB
    3. At Clover boot screen, choose Boot Mac OS X from El Capitan
    4. Complete OS X El Capitan setup
    5. Download El Capitan Post-Install Tools
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    The Post-Installation.zip contains two custom Clover installers and essential kexts. This will provide boot from hard drive in place of MultiBeast. Alternately, continue booting from the USB drive.

    6. Run one of the custom Clover installers. UEFI Boot Mode (Clover_v2.3k_r3320_UEFI.pkg) is recommended for 7/8/9+ Series CustoMac desktops and all UEFI capable systems. Legacy Boot Mode (Clover_v2.3k_r3320_Legacy.pkg) is recommended for 5/6 Series CustoMac desktops and all BIOS based systems. Legacy Boot Mode - Root (Clover_v2.3k_r3320_Legacy_Root.pkg) is for older systems that cannot boot from EFI partition. For further bootloader customization, download and run the official Clover package. For further bootloader customization, download and run the official Clover package.
    7. Run CustoMac Essentials to install FakeSMC and Ethernet support.

    The next steps configure the system definition, configure graphics, and provide it with a unique serial number.

    8. Download and open Clover Configurator
    9. Your config.plist should auto-mount. If not, choose Mount EFI Partition.
    10. Select SMBIOS tab
    11. Press Magic Wand Icon
    12. Choose a System Definition from the list. Then choose a version of the system from the dropdown. This will auto-populate your config.plist with appropriate SMBIOS information including a unique serial number. If you're unsure what to choose, Mac Pro 3,1 will work for most desktop systems.
    13. (Optional) If you have an existing Chimera SMBIOS located at /Extra/smbios.plist, you can choose the same system definition in Clover Configurator, then copy that serial number into your config.plist manually.
    14. (Optional) If you configured graphics for the UniBeast installation, open Graphics tab and select Inject NVIDIA or Inject ATI.
    15. Save and close Clover Configurator.

    The next optional steps configure the system's Realtek ALC onboard audio codec.

    16. (Optional) Download CloverALC110 script
    17. (Optional) Browser/Click on download file
    18. (Optional) Finder/Double click .command file
    19. (Optional) Go through steps in Terminal to install appropriate audio choices

    If using a NVIDIA 'Maxwell' GeForce GTX 750, 750 Ti, 950, 960, 970, 980, 980 Ti, or TITAN X graphics card, OS X graphics drivers are not natively supported. Alternate NVIDIA drivers are required. If drivers do not initiate, add nvda_drv=1 to Clover config.plist under Boot > Arguments.

    20. (Optional) Download and install Alternate NVIDIA Graphics Drivers
    21. Reboot


    Troubleshooting and Optimizations:
    After you've completed the guide, things such as HDMI audio and iMessage may not work automatically and universally. The list below should serve to fully optimize your system after initial setup.

    Clover Basics and Switching Advice
    Big List of Solutions for El Capitan Install Problems
    How to Fix iMessage
    HDMI Audio
    Create a Clover Test USB Using UniBeast
    How to Backup and Remove Chimera and any Related Files
    How to Enter/Edit Boot Flags in Clover
    How to Edit Clover config.plist
    How to Mount EFI Partition
    How to Set Clover to Automatically Boot System Drive
    [GUIDE] Remove extra Clover BIOS boot entries & prevent further problems
    OS X Configuration, Tuning & Utility Tools
    How To Show Hidden Files in Finder
    [Guide] Airport - PCIe Half Mini v2
    Continuity and Handoff Capable Apple Mini Cards + PCIe and mini-PCIe Adapters
    Direct Update to OS X El Capitan Using Clover
    Laptop Compatibility
    Quick Guide to Generate a SSDT for CPU Power Management
    [READ ME FIRST!] Graphics Setup & Troubleshooting
    Solving NVIDIA Driver Install & Loading Problems
    CustoMac Desktop USB Fixes - OS X 10.11 El Capitan - Reference
    [Guide] 10.11+ USB changes and solutions
    DSDT Database | tonymacx86.com
    The Basics

    Alternate NVIDIA Graphics Drivers
    NVIDIA releases alternate graphics drivers separately on the web for each OS X build. These are different from the drivers Apple ships as standard, and should be considered experimental. In the past, the drivers have been known to solve OpenCL issues with certain applications, as well as providing better native GPU power management for certain devices. They also will enable 'Maxwell' cards to work with full acceleration- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, 750 Ti, 950, 960, 970, 980, 980 Ti, and TITAN X.

    http://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/n...cs-drivers-for-os-x-10-11-6-346-03-15.198033/

    Clover Bootloader Credits
    UniBeast contains and deliver files from the Clover EFI Bootloader project. For more information and sources used see Clover EFI bootloader. Clover v2 is open source based on different projects: Clover, rEFIt, XNU, VirtualBox. The main is EDK2 latest revision.

    Clover Note: UniBeast delivers basic bootloader support based on our testing on recommended CustoMac systems. For further bootloader customization, download and run the official Clover package. Advanced users may also compile Clover by downloading the full source.

    Clover Developers:
    Slice, with help of Kabyl, usr-sse2, jadran, Blackosx, dmazar, STLVNUB, pcj, apianti, JrCs, pene, FrodoKenny, skoczy, ycr.ru, Oscar09, xsmile, SoThOr, rehabman…

    Source code credits:
    Intel, Apple, Oracle, Chameleon, rEFIt and Xom.

    Clover Source and Downloads:
    Sourceforge: Clover
     
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    Thanks so much! I've a question:
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    so ...What about legacy boot Loaders like Chimera and Chameleon ?
     
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    Don't know if it's me who is missing something but this actually is a complete clover guide, my dear fellow...
     
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