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OK. Problems solved which I think were due to my having a modified BIOS to accept a M.2 NVMe SSD on a PCIe card. But, I worked through it. So, if you don't have the modified BIOS and a M.2 NVMe SSD, let's press on. Note: that I'm not going to expand on the upgrade procedures if you have an AMD graphics card as I have a Nvidia GTX 760 which require the Nvidia drivers. (Most GTX 760s won't need the drivers if the card uses DDR4 memory. My card uses DDR5 memory, and, thus, needs the drivers.)

If you have High Sierra installed and want to update to the latest version, see my Post #2 in the macOS X 10.13.4 Update thread.

If your upgrading from Sierra or earlier, here's the procedures. In short, I made a backup of my Sierra drive and installed High Sierra 10.13.4 on top of Sierra 10.12.6 using a UniBeast USB Installation Thumb Drive. I'd print out the procedures below and check off each box as you complete the step. :thumbup:

Preparation
:ch: Update all your apps to the latest versions for Sierra. Use the App Store app to update all your programs which you got from the Mac App Store;

:ch: Prepare the UniBeast USB thumb drive in accordance with the tonymacx86 Installation Guide for Sierra, Steps 1-2;
:ch: Download and put the following on the UniBeast Installation USB thumb drive:
:ch: MultiBeast for Sierra
:ch: EFI Mounter V3
:ch: KextBeast
:ch: Rehabman's Codec Commander kext for making the audio (after wakeup from sleep) work which we'll install using KextBeast
:ch: Clover Configurator for fine tuning
:ch: (Optional) the nVidia Web drivers for the Maxwell and Pascal chipset cards (750, 750 Ti, 950 Ti, 1050, 1050 Ti, 1060, 1070, 1080, etc.). Downloads > Nvidia Drivers.​

:ch: Important! Backup your current installation using Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper;
:ch: After the backup, open your Sierra drive's EFI partition;
:ch: Open the Terminal and type in the following command:
Code:
diskutil list
:ch: Note your Sierra installation disk's "IDENTIFIER" for the EFI partition, such as "disk0s1";
:ch: Use EFI Mounter v3 to mount your EFI partition;
:ch: EFI Mounter will open the EFI partition folder; select all - the EFI folder and the nvram.plist (if you have that plist file) - and drag them to the Desktop (it will copy them); unmount (eject) that EFI folder;
:ch: Mount the EFI partition of your backup disk; remove any folders in that EFI partition; drag and drop the FI folder and the nvram.plist to that EFI partition; and unmount (eject) that partition;
:ch: Move the EFI folder and nvram.plist file from the Desktop to the Trash and empty the Trash.​

:ch: Insert your UniBeast USB Installation Thumb Drive into the Back Panel USB 2 port.
:ch: Reboot into the BIOS and set your boot disk to the thumb drive, save and exit the BIOS.
:ch: At the Clover Boot screen, select the thumb drive (External) and boot into the installer.
:ch: The installer will reboot several times; the installer/Clover will highlight the correct boot to finish the installer (mine was "Boot macOS Install Prebooter from Preboot" IIRC).
:ch: After the 2nd reboot, select your installation disk in the Clover Boot screen.
:ch: The installer will finish and put you on the Desktop.
:ch: If you had the Nvidia drivers previously installed, the Nvidia update window will pop up; just ignore it for now.
:ch: Copy the hackintosh applications from the thumb drive to /Applications (you can create a Hackintosh folder in the /Applications folder, if you desire, as I did).
:ch: Run MultiBeast for High Sierra using the following configuration choices:
Quick Start > UEFI Boot Mode
Drivers > Audio > Realtek ALC8xx > ALC898
Drivers > Disk > 3rd Party SATA
Drivers > Misc > FakeSMC Plugins
Drivers > Misc > Fake SMC HWMonitor Application
Drivers > Network > Intel > AppleIntelE1000e <--- Use the latest version
Drivers > USB > 7/8/9 Series USB Support
Drivers > Increase Max Port Limit
(Optional for Nvidia drivers use) Bootloaders > Clover UEFI Boot Mod + Emulated NVRAM
Build
Install
Thnderball MBv10.2 Build.png

:ch: Don't reboot, yet!

:ch: (Optional) For the Nvidia drivers, if the Nvidia update window appeared, then click on the Install button.
:ch: If you are using the Nvidia drivers, open the Nivida Driver Manager System Preferences pane;
:ch: Click on the Updates and then the Check Now button;
:ch:Proceed to update the drivers;
:ch: After the drivers are done, DON'T reboot, yet!​

:ch: Using EFI Mounter, mount your High Sierra drive's EFI partition (use the same method as above).
:ch: Open EFI/EFI/Clover/drivers64UEFI/ folder and replace/copy the apfs.efi that was on your thumb drive.

:ch: Drag & drop the Codec Commander zip file from the thumb drive onto your Desktop and un-zip the file. Drag the CodecCommand.kext from the Release folder to the Desktop. Drag the zip & the two folders to the Trash.
:ch: Run KextBeast; chose to put the kexts in the /Library/Extensions folder. Drag and drop the CodecCommand.kext to a safe place.

:ch: Now click on the Restart button in the Nvidia Web Driver window or reboot the computer if you didn't install the Nvidia drivers.
:ch: Reboot into the BIOS.
:ch: Select your installation disk to be the boot disk > Note: Always pick the UEFI choice if there are two entries for the same drive.
:ch: EXIT to save the BIOS update and reboot.

:ch: At the Clover Boot screen, select your High Sierra disk (should be the default).

Done!

Update: fixed some typos.
 
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That's great, thank you Stork!
So upgrading to a 1070/1080 with this method should work just the same as with your GTX 760?
 

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That's great, thank you Stork!
So upgrading to a 1070/1080 with this method should work just the same as with your GTX 760?
Yes. It should be the same. However, I'd like to stress that you need to backup your installation drive and EFI partition. By doing that, it saved my behindy several times. :thumbup:
 
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I'm still on 10.10 and I think I'll just do a clean 10.13.4 install on a new drive. Has anyone done that recently? Anything to look out for?
 
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I'm still on 10.10 and I think I'll just do a clean 10.13.4 install on a new drive. Has anyone done that recently? Anything to look out for?
Yes, Post #941 (just above your post) did what is essentially a fresh install. Same procedures in Post #1.

Note that the UniBeast Installation USB thumb drive installation will boot three times. I've noted the Clover Boot screen items to select in the procedures.

Good Luck! Have fun!
 
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Stork, I think I'm messing up with the part of EFI mounter.
Since I'm doing a fresh install, should I just replace the apfs.efi on the thumb drive with the one on High Sierra?

Thanks,
 

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Stork, I think I'm messing up with the part of EFI mounter.
Since I'm doing a fresh install, should I just replace the apfs.efi on the thumb drive with the one on High Sierra?
If your thumb drive installer has the High Sierra 10.13.4 version on it, it's not necessary as they should be the same.
 
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This is tough.
I get to install 10.13.4, MultiBeast, Nvidia drivers (trying to install with 1060 card), Codec Commander... everything as you describe.
After reboot everything works except I shut down and system restarts by itself. Then the pain begins... No Clover, BIOS sets to a9 instead a0 and nothing works anymore.
 

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This is tough.
I get to install 10.13.4, MultiBeast, Nvidia drivers (trying to install with 1060 card), Codec Commander... everything as you describe.
After reboot everything works except I shut down and system restarts by itself. Then the pain begins... No Clover, BIOS sets to a9 instead a0 and nothing works anymore.
Wow! I have no idea what happened. If BIOS reset, it sounds like a motherboard problem, but I could be wrong because I'm only guessing. I recommend you post this problem in General Help or Hardware TroubleShooting forum sections:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/forums/general-help.10/
https://www.tonymacx86.com/forums/hardware-troubleshooting.154/

I'm sorry I can't be of more help. I've never had this happen to me.
 
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Wow! I have no idea what happened. If BIOS reset, it sounds like a motherboard problem, but I could be wrong because I'm only guessing. I recommend you post this problem in General Help or Hardware TroubleShooting forum sections:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/forums/general-help.10/
https://www.tonymacx86.com/forums/hardware-troubleshooting.154/

I'm sorry I can't be of more help. I've never had this happen to me.
Yep, it's kind of weird because when I change the GPU back to 660 and El Capitan OS drive everything goes back to normal...
 
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