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How to Enable Intel Skylake Graphics (Intel HD Graphics 515, 520, 530, 540, 550 and 580) on macOS Sonoma and Later

An EliteMacx86 Exclusive Guide - This guide covers fixing Intel Skylake Graphics on Desktops and Laptops for macOS Sonoma and Later. By following this guide, you'll be able to achieve full QE/CI on your system.

Overview


macOS supports a wide range of Intel HD Graphics (also referred to as iGPU) but some of them might not work out of the box if you have not followed the Clover or OpenCore Installation Guide.

Before you start with this guide, please know something about the performance. Graphics enhance the performance and helps to work smoothly. In macOS, full acceleration requires that both Quartz Extreme and Core Image (QE/CI) should work together.

Quartz Extreme and Core Image (QE/CI) should work together to enable full acceleration on macOS’s GUI. It utilizes the complete Graphics capabilities. In case you haven’t enabled QE/CI on your graphic card, you won’t be able to use your macOS smoothly and there would be lots of lags and artifacts, graphic-related issues, and poor refresh rate. Also, the dock would not be transparent. Therefore it is very important to ensure that your graphic is working with full QE/CI.

Unfortunately, with the announcement of macOS Sonoma, Apple has officially dropped support up to Skylake, including IGPU support. If you check S/L/E, you'll notice that the support for IGPU is for KBL and later. This means Skylake CPUs will not have IGPU acceleration. However, there is still a workaround to get acceleration on macOS Sonoma for Skylake users.


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Requirements


GraphicsIntel Skylake Graphics (HD 515, 520, 530 and 540) Desktop or Mobile
KextsOriginal Graphics kexts in S/L/E
Lilu and WhateverGreen
macOS VersionmacOS Sonoma and later


STEP 1: BIOS Setting

The BIOS settings have been provided in a separate thread. For more information on BIOS settings, refer to the thread linked below.

STEP 2: Add Required Kexts

The next step is to add the required kexts to enable Graphics and to use the WhateverGreen properties. WhateverGreen doesn't work standalone. Lilu and WhateverGreen are needed together to work in conjunction.

1. Download Lilu and WhateverGreen from the downloads section of this forum.
2. Mount your ESP.

For Clover:
If you're using Clover, copy both the kexts to EFI/Clover/Kext/Others

For OpenCore:
If you're using OpenCore, copy both the kexts to EFI/OC/Kexts. You'll also need to add the kext entries in the Kernel section of your config.plist.

NOTES:
  • Download the latest version for better support.
  • Download only the RELEASE.zip file.
  • If the kext is already present in the directory, replace them with a new version
  • Do not use WhateverGreen.kext.dSYM, WhateverName.app and Lilu.kext.dSYM

STEP 3: Soof GPU Properties

The next step is to modify the config.plist and spoof the GPU properties SKL as KBL.

1. Mount your ESP.
2. Open your config.plist.
3. Depending on the bootloader you use, add the following properties to your config.plist under Devices>Properties (for Clover) and DeviceProperties (for OpenCore)

DevicesKeyValueTypeNotes
PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x2,0x0)AAPL,ig-platform-idDepends on your SystemDATA
  • Specifies ig-platform-id which enables IGPU Graphics acceleration and support.
00001B59
  • Required for Laptops
00001259
  • Required for Desktops
device-id16590000DATA
  • Sets Fake Device ID for Unsupported Device ID in macOS.
enable-hdmi2001000000DATA
  • Enables CoreDisplayFixup functionality via WhateverGreen.kext.
  • Enables HDMI 2.0 patches.
  • This prevents black screen for HDMI in UHD resolution with 60FPS or more.
  • Usually relevant for 4K/UHD/QHD panels. If your Laptop has a 4K/UHD/QHD panel, you'll need to use this boot arg.
  • If you get the "gIOScreenLockState3 error", you'll need to use this property.
framebuffer-fbmem00009000DATA
  • Specifies framebuffer memory size.
  • This is a memory which is reserved for the framebuffer.
00009000
  • Sets framebuffer memory size to 9MB
00000003
  • Sets framebuffer memory size to 48MB
framebuffer-patch-enable01000000DATA
  • Enables framebuffer patching.
framebuffer-stolenmem00003001DATA
  • Specifies stolenmem.
  • This is a memory which is reserved for the IGPU.
  • Prevents kernel panic due to less DVMT size set in BIOS/UEFI.
00003001
  • Sets framebuffer stolenmem size to 19MB
  • Usually relevant for Laptops where the DVMT-prealloc cannot be set due to hidden settings under BIOS/UEFI.
00002002
  • Sets framebuffer stolenmem size to 34MB
  • Usually relevant for 4K/UHD/QHD panel where the DVMT cannot be set due to hidden settings under BIOS/UEFI and variables cannot be modified using UEFI shell method.
  • However, few 4K/UHD/QHD Laptops such as Lenovo Yoga, may require BIOS unlocking.
hda-gfxonboard-1STRING
  • Sets hda-gfx to onboard-1 on IGPU.
  • This property provides HDMI/DP function and can also fix crash issue when Hot plugging.

4. Once you are done with adding the properties, save your config.plist

NOTES:
  • Use the latest OpenCore and kexts.
  • The config.plist must be according to the config.plist creation guide.
  • Connector patching is required for HDMI/DP/Type-C Display. See Intel Framebuffer Patching for more information.

STEP 4: Fix Flickers and Artifacts

The next step is to fix flickers and artifacts which are common when spoofing SKL as KBL Graphics. To fix the issue, you'll need to add AAPL,GfxYTile property on IGPU. To add the AAPL,GfxYTile property, follow the steps below.

Assuming the ESP is still mounted,

Open your config.plist
Depending on the bootloader you use, add the following properties to your config.plist under Devices>Properties (for Clover) and DeviceProperties (for OpenCore)

DevicesKeyValueTypeNotes
PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x2,0x0)AAPL,GfxYTile01000000DATA
  • Fixes artifacts and glitches in the upper left corner of the menu bar and bottom.
  • Required for Skylake and newer on macOS Sierra and later.

4. Once added, save your config.plist.


STEP 5: Disable dGPU

If you're using a Laptop and it has dGPU, you'll likely need to disable it. To disable the dGPU, refer to the guide linked below.

STEP 6: Setup SMBIOS

Depending on your Platform, you'll need to use a supported SMBIOS from the table below.

PlatformSMBIOSNotes
LaptopMacBookPro13,1, MacBookPro13,2, MacBookPro13,3-no_compat_check boot arg required.
LaptopMacBookPro15,1 and Later
Macmini8,1 and Later
No need to use -no_compat_check boot arg.
DesktopiMac17,1-no_compat_check boot arg required.
DesktopiMac19,1 and LaterNo need to use -no_compat_check boot arg.

For more information on setting up SMBIOS, refer to the guide linked below.

STEP 7: Restart your System


After performing all the above steps, restart your system for the applied changes to take effect.
Now you should be able to get your Intel HD Graphics 5XX 1536 MB will full QE/CI. And your Dock would be also transparent.

Verifying Graphics Acceleration


The next step is to verify whether the Graphics acceleration is working or not. Follow the steps below to verify the Graphics acceleration.

Desktop

Screenshot 2023-06-07 at 3.17.13 AM-min.png


  • Verify the monitor size and resolution in About This Mac>Displays
Screenshot 2023-06-07 at 3.17.56 AM-min.png
System Report
  • Verify the GPU information in About This Mac>System Report>Graphics/Displays
Screenshot 2023-06-07 at 3.18.10 AM-min.png
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Screenshot 2023-06-07 at 3.20.09 AM-min.png


Laptop

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Hackintool System Info

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Problem Reporting


Details:
  1. macOS version
  2. Copy of IOReg
  3. Kextcache output
Screenshots:
  • DPCIManager/Status
  • About This Mac
  • System Information/Graphics/Displays
Files:
  • For Clover, compress EFI/Clover, and exclude the themes folder.
  • For OpenCore, compress EFI/OC.
Notes:
  • Do not include the complete EFI folder.
  • Put all files in a folder with your name, compress files as Zip and attach files using site attachments only.
  • Do not use any external links.

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I have a 13.4" i3 7100U CPU with HD 630 graphics, and I have had a really hard time getting the graphics to work on my iMac18,1. Every change I make to the SMBIOS, such as switching to iMac19,1, immediately disables the graphics (black screen). It's also impossible to install Sonoma without at least iMac19,1.
 
I have a 13.4" i3 7100U CPU with HD 630 graphics, and I have had a really hard time getting the graphics to work on my iMac18,1.
Please note that this thread is specifically for macOS Sonoma and later.

Every change I make to the SMBIOS, such as switching to iMac19,1, immediately disables the graphics (black screen). It's also impossible to install Sonoma without at least iMac19,1.
You need to do framebuffer patching.
 
I have i5-6600 desktop with uhd530 igpu, succefully installed sonoma but the display always flickers randomly, STEP 4: Fix Flickers and Artifacts is done, any idea?
 
I have i5-6600 desktop with uhd530 igpu, succefully installed sonoma but the display always flickers randomly, STEP 4: Fix Flickers and Artifacts is done, any idea?
No idea without the PR Files.
 
No idea without the PR Files.
Sorry I dont know how to copy IOReg and kextcache output, but everthing else is here

macOS Sonoma 14.0 (23A344)
 

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Sorry I dont know how to copy IOReg and kextcache output, but everthing else is here

macOS Sonoma 14.0 (23A344)
Well, the implementation looks good. Can you provide a video?
 
Well, the implementation looks good. Can you provide a video?
I am using DP connector to my display.
Here is a short video.
The black screen seems to appear randomly, and it just happend twice while I am typing.
 

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I am using DP connector to my display.
Here is a short video.
The black screen seems to appear randomly, and it just happend twice while I am typing.
Fill out the profile to assist better.
 
Fill out the profile to assist better.
Just another update, I feel the frequency of black screen increases as the cpu workload increases
 

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