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[ARTICLE] Olarila and dosdude1 - Mojave for almost everyone

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Based on the experience described in the MacOS Mojave 10.14.4 Guide - Intel HD Graphics (1st Gen - Arrandale) and lack of references on the subject, I decided to write a bit more about this bold and successful partnership.



Very well thought out and versatile, the versions of Olarila's macOS can be considered as complete in the Hackintosh universe. Not quite, the Olarila forum is among the best regarding support offered and diversity of guides.



In another follow-up, this time aimed at Mac users, dosdude1 has a powerful tool capable of running modern versions of macOS on older Apple hardware.

Universities that are distinct and at the same time parallel with a common goal, get the richest experiences of using macOS in different hardware.

With this reflection and the desire for such an experience of use, Olarila's macOS and dosdude1 were added together and the result could not have been better. The near-perfect run of the latest Apple OS on third-party hardware at nearly 10 years.


The Olarila forum provides its members with an image of Mojave to be installed on compatible hardware. However, due to the requirements of this new version of macOS, older systems were stuck in the High Sierra version.

But the most notable feature of Hackintosh is the ability to run the tightest operating system ever created almost universally. Considering this, to better exploit the potential reached up to the High Sierra was the route taken for the Mojave.


With Clover Bootloader non-Apple systems gain the ability to run macOS. In terms, it creates the ideal ecosystem for the operating system to understand that those are Apple hardwares.

It is clear that "not everything is flowers" and the biggest hacks for Hackintosh start right at this stage. However, Clover is powerfully versatile and has several features for loading and installing macOS into the system.

Once this step is completed and the post-installation with the Kexts, Patches and Utilities is done, the system is completely capable of use and possible upgrades.


By comparing the stability, success rate and use without fear of many users of the overvalued old Macs, dosdude1 has become a sure bet.

However, it was necessary to understand a little more of the tool. In the portal where macOS Mojave Patcher is distributed, the developer describes in detail the supported systems.


As well as unsupported systems.


After reading and finding that the target system of the first Guide was supported, it was time to proceed with the experiment.

But in the Hackintosh way how to know about the supported systems? Through the Clover Configurator, under the SMBIOS option, below the question mark icon, a list can be loaded with information from almost all Macs already created by Apple. Based on this information, the system would be able to receive the Mojave.



So the question arises, the list described by dosdude1 would serve to delimit the systems in the Hackintosh universe? Not necessarily, as the list descends through the Clover Configurator points primarily to the processor model.

And one more, then would any system receive the Mojave? Probably not, because even for earlier versions of macOS the technologies present on the processor determined whether or not the hardware was eligible for upgrade. So the title "Mojave for almost everyone".


Following the steps outlined in the dosdude1 site for creating the Mojave installation pen drive, it was time to put theory into practice.

The High Sierra has since been restarted with the pen drive still inserted. However, the first finding was that dosdude1 does not use the Clover to load the system, but Apple's own bootloader.

With the device turned off, the thumb drive was removed to restart the system. Within seconds the Clover Bootloader was loaded. With the pen drive inserted again the Mojave installer appeared and the system loading process was commonplace until the graphic part was displayed.


At that time, unlike the notice that it was not possible to proceed with the installation, the installer would inform you about the options to proceed. So far the experience had proved to be successful, but it was not over yet.

One of the prerequisites for Mojave, especially for future upgrades, is the use of the APFS partition scheme. In the experiment this was the system chosen still in the High Sierra. However, according to dosdude1 the Mac OS Expanded (Journaling) scheme is also supported, but this would prevent the new macOS from automatically updating.

As described in the Guide (1st Gen - Arrandale), the Mojave installation was performed as an upgrade. The reasons were:

1 - The need to maintain the pre-existing EFI partition already configured in the High Sierra;

2 - The dosdude1 does not load the Mojave installer with just the Clover present on the Olarila's macOS flash drive.


After the long update, it was time to run dosdude patches1. However, once again it was necessary to remove the Mojave pen drive for the Clover to load. As a precaution, the equipment was turned off.


With the pen drive inserted again, the installer appeared next to the partition where Mojave was installed. However, dudude1 works in two steps and it was necessary to load the installer as if it were the first time and then the installation would be finished.

In this step, the model compatible with the experiment system was selected and the macOS Mojave Patcher automatically displayed the patch options. Although some did not make sense in Hackintosh, all suggestions were retained and to finalize the target volume where the Mojave was installed selected and Patch!


The first boot was like all the others, without the beauty and feature of the macOS and very slow. But soon after the installation of the Kexts that were overwritten in the update, running utilities and some Mojave commands was ready.

After restarting, something already expected, the clear theme presented unusual features like no transparency in the sidebar of the Finder and Menu Bar.


However, in the dark theme everything was as it should and Mojave presented beauty beyond expectation.



In addition to the new theme, applications and functions of Mojave, another interesting point is the presence of Patcher Updater installed by the macOS Mojave Patcher. With it updated patches are automatically suggested as soon as they become available. All this care is for macOS to remain stable and functional even after receiving updates from Apple.



"Think out of the box".

Just this, think differently, try it, move on. Of course some experiences in the Hackintosh universe are almost revolutionary depending on the perspective. The experience described here is one of the least shocking, and it comes down to guiding those who wish to take older systems to a new level. Although subtle.

This text was baptized as an Article not for importance but for the less summarized form, distancing itself from the usual Guides and Tutorials. Being evident the didactic character of the reports without prejudice of other sources of knowledge, even mentioned here. There were no modifications of instructions other than those required for the experiment described.

In addition, allowing a better and broader understanding of the use of two distinct tools, Olarila's macOS and dosdude1's macOS Mojave Patcher, which together have overcome one of many barriers already existing in the Hackintosh environment.


MaLd0n - Olarila's macOS; dosdude1 - macOS Mojave Patcher; apianti, blackosx, blusseau, dmazar, slice2009 - Clover EFI Bootloadere; and many others.

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