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How to Boot macOS Installer on Desktops and Laptops using OpenCore [UEFI/Legacy] - OpenCore Install Guide
Booting the OS X/macOS installers on a non-Apple computer can be challenging for new users. This guide is for those who wish to use OpenCore as a Bootloader and it covers a complete process to boot the OS X/macOS installer on your target Desktop or Laptop using the OpenCore bootloader. By following this guide, you'll also be able to create a config.plist for the OpenCore bootloader. This guide supports both Intel and AMD Desktops and Intel Laptops with UEFI/Legacy boot mode. Of course, the hardware compatibility must be taken care of. Those who are not using OpenCore, can update their configuration for OpenCore and continue to use it. It is advised to create a configuration from scratch without the involvement of someone's else configuration and files.
- If you're having a computer that is UEFI capable, follow the UEFI instructions.
- If you're having a system that doesn't have UEFI capabilities, then follow the Legacy instructions.
You should have at least the following information to match against the compatibility
- Motherboard Chipset Series
- CPU Model and Generation
- GPU Model
- Storage Devices and their configuration
- Laptop/Desktop model if its branded/OEM
- Ethernet chip Model
- WiFi/BT Model
This guide requires compatible hardware to work. Even if you manage to install OS X/macOS, some features may work partially or may not even work. See the compatibility section for more information.
Storage Devices and Space
- A Compatible HDD or SSD (NVMe/PCIe/2.5inch SSD) for installation.
- At least 16GB of USB if you're going to use macOS to create the Bootable USB using Offline Method.
- At least 2GB of USB if you're going to use macOS, Windows or Linux to create the Bootable USB using Online Method.
- At least 30GB of space for OS X/macOS installation on the target Drive.
An internet connection is required to download the files. If using Online Method for Installation, you'll also require a compatible working Ethernet or WiFi connection with a proper speed. USB based WiFi Dongles and USB to LAN Adapters may not work in this case. If you do not have a compatible Ethernet or WiFi Card, you can use HoRNDIS to tether your Android's Mobile Data.
Gathering System Details
Before you start, get to know about your hardware. Starting your journey without knowing your hardware will make your journey difficult with no chance of success. Also when seeking support on this forum, the hardware details should be present in your profile. Before asking for support, make sure your profile includes the hardware details.
Before you start to install, we recommend you to find out the complete system specification which will speed up the installation process and you can complete the post installation, very easily. Without knowing the complete system specification, you'll not be able to install or fix the issues...
Once you have gathered the system details, the next is to perform a compatibility check against the hardware you have. This step is important as it will give you an exact idea of whether your system is compatible or not, what exact hardware is compatible, what hardware needs to be replaced with a compatible one, and whether you can proceed with the purpose of installing macOS or not. To check whether your hardware is compatible or not, simply match your hardware from the compatibility list given below.
If you determine that your hardware is compatible, you can proceed to the next step. If not, you'll have to replace the hardware with a compatible one if you're willing to have a perfect setup.
CPU Compatibility List For OS X and macOS [Intel/AMD] Overview OS X and macOS do not support a major number of CPUs, unlike Windows or Unix. QUICK INFO: OS X & macOS support all CPUs till date, starting from Pentium 4 CPUs with 32-bit architecture only support OS X 10.4.1 to 10.6.8 CPUs...
Intel GPU Compatibility List for macOS QUICK INFO: Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge display must specify AAPL00,DualLink in Device Properties. 0 for 1366x768 and 1 for 1600x900 and higher displays. Some Haswell systems may require Legacy/CSM in BIOS to fix the glitches and artifacts. Haswell...
AMD GPU Compatibility List for macOS HD 2000 Series Vendor Model Metal Compatible Sierra High Sierra Mojave Catalina Big Sur Monterey Ventura AMD Radeon HD 2350 AMD Radeon HD 2400 PRO AMD Radeon HD 2400 XT AMD Radeon HD...
NVIDIA GPU Compatibility List for macOS 100 Series Vendor Model Metal Compatible Sierra High Sierra Mojave Catalina Big Sur Monterey Ventura NVIDIA GeForce G 100 Yes Yes Yes (With patch No No No No NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 Yes Yes No No No No No NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 Yes Yes No...
Storage Compatibility for macOS Intel AHCI and RAID Controllers Vendor Chipset Series VEN ID:EV ID Support Kext Intel 5 Series Chipset 8086:3b29 8086:3b22 8086:3b2f Intel 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SATA RAID Controller 8086,3b25 8086,3b2C Intel 6 Series Chipset 8086:1c02 8086:1c03...
WiFi Compatibility List for OS X and macOS [Broadcom, Atheros, Intel and Realtek] Following are the list of compatible and non-compatible WiFi models for Mac. For Broadcom https://www.elitemacx86.com/threads/how-to-enable-broadcom-wifi.606/ For Atheros...
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