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I updated it on my Mac Mini - and it’s UI design is feels - unclear, hard to read labels, grey colored buttons/labels all feels like disabled... now I don’t want to update to it. Done).
if you could update your hardware profile with hardware you have, that would be great :)
 
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I did a direct update from Catalina 10.15.3... first changed from Clover to OpenCore and then updated from the App Store. Switching to OpenCore is what took me the most time, quite a few things to figure out before I got it working properly.
The Big Sur install took a long time to go through, about 2 hours(including several restarts), but once it was finished, it has been working great(including USB3, WIFI, BT, Ethernet, Messages, etc). Probably could have gotten it done quicker, as I wasn't at the computer the entire time, but still very slow install, several times I thought it had got stuck, but in the end it went through... so be patient...
I like Big Sur, like the design, and feel like some things are snappier, and Logic Pro seems to load faster... Logic is working great, with only a handful of plugins(out of my ca 1000 plugins) not being compatible(Gullfoss, Glitch2 and Slate VMR have UI issues, but the other Slate plugins seem fine).
 
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I used the dortiana build thread, along with a YouTube video by Chris Titus to make a OpenCore EFI directory. Much simpler than I expected. Everything works, but I still need to go back and config the USB ports properly, and I’m using the all USB kext, which isn’t the best way.

After I booted into Catalina successfully, I updated to Big Sur. It was a long install, but booted successfully without issue and everything still worked.

I’m not sure why I procrastinated so long on OpenCore. Much better experience than with Clover. The tools are all there to give you the exact files you need. No need for guessing, trial and error, or endless posting to the boards.
 
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Updated my machine (Z370, i5-8400, GT-710) directly from the app store. Updated to OpenCore 0.6.3, then updated the kexts. Update went smooth. Everything works. Anything i should be looking out for?
 
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if you could update your hardware profile with hardware you have, that would be great :)
My hardware is up to date. Just black screen in any situation, using RX580 now.

And on my actual Mac Mini 2018 it’s really bad UI design of the OS... first tim ever Apple did some wrong move.
 
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I had switched to OC 0.6.0 from Clover 5119 a while back and loved how it worked. Did most of the Big Sur betas. Then upgraded to the release version and all is working on 0.6.0 still. My question, if working on 6.0 why the need to use 6.3?

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Got it working with Clover!

Intel i9-9900k
Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 BIOS V.F15a
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1. Updated clover to 5126 ...adding Quirks and install OcQuirks & OpenRuntime driver.
- Follow this guide on how to update clover so you can test first
- Follow this link for Quirks

2. Update macOS Big Sur directly from Catalina
Once it restart my mainboard can't detect internal hdd EFI anymore not sure why but I still have same EFI (clover 5126) on my usb so I use it to boot into Big Sur installer
Update went well but still can't boot into internal hdd EFI so I have to add it via Clover shell by follow this guide

Wifi card, USB Bluetooth Sound, Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt 3 work just fine.
The only thing I need to do is map USB by follow this guide as my usb port not working properly on Big Sur

I don't have time to try OC yet but I'll definitely move to OC as everyone recommended.

Updated:After upgraded to Big Sur, I can't install any app updates from the Mac AppStore right now .. still finding solution to fix it
 
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Success!

Used a separate SSD as a test disk to iron out all the kinks.
Started with building OC 0.6.3 EFI folder, verified that it booted both Catalina and the Big Sur USB installer.
I then installed Big Sur from USB to my test SSD and checked for stability.
Made a few modifications to my already working Clover 5126 (Add CtlnaAHCIPort.kext in order to view SATA drives in Big sur and remove AirPortBrcm4360_Injector.kext from AirportBrcmFixup.kext to enable WIFI back). After that, Clover booted Big Sur flawlessly.

I then updated my main drive from Software Update.
The install went smoothly, except for the 3rd reboot, when I had to redirect it to boot from preboot and not the name of the drive. Also, had to research how to to make the preboot partition the default boot device (very annoying). I hope there's an update coming that will hide the preboot volume and let us boot the old way (At least visually).

Everything is working except a few glitches is audio:
1. System sounds distortion: Switched speakers output back and forth and it fixed that.
2. Whatsapp recordings, for some reason, although listening to music files sound is OK.

Also, when opening Clover Configurator (or OpenCore Configurator for that matter) and trying to scroll down the EFI mount list, it doesn't scroll. Works fine elsewhere. I guess we need to wait for updates.
 
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