Clover Bootloader

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  1. Karina Neko says:

    Hi Rampage, did you recommend leaving the EFI partition type as is, with HFS, or do you recommend it to be reformated to FAT32 as many guides on the web?

  2. Fernando. says:

    Hi. is this guide done ? I am planning on using clover on my next hackintosh and so far this is the best guide I found, but seens like its not finished, or my browser is borked 🙂



    • rampagedev says:

      I am still working on the guide. I have been taking my time with the guide so that it is done correctly with the user in mind.

      • mthomas26 says:

        Hi rampagedev. quick question do i install cover onto the tumbdrive or onto my computer? Sorry if this is a dumb question! thanks for the help.

  3. Fetakungen says:

    Hi, I’m a new to the hackintosh world, and currently only run a os x 10.10 in a vmware workstation. After testing it out i ofcourse want to install is as my main os.

    I’m using X99 Gigabyte soc force , 5960x ,290x etc etc. Since 290x is not supported in 10.9 i went straight for 10.10. I have created a boot usb inserted the files from x99 dmg but i cant get my board to pickup clover. when i choose to boot from the usb it takes 1 sec then boot my ssd raid instead i also tried to change the stick to csm just for test and it wont boot either while it works in my asus ultrabook atleast in csm mode.

    Ideas ?

  4. Evan Hindra says:


    I have an existing working 10.9 installation on Fusion Drive, with Chimera. What’s the best way to create a fresh 10.10 installation under Clover, if I want to use Fusion Drive again (not necessarily “re-using” existing 10.9 installation)

    I’ve been wanting to switch to Clover, for reasons that it seems to be newer/better than Chimera. Not to mention, iMessage works. I’m new to Clover; but I am familiar with Hackintosh, and creating my own Fusion Drive.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think these are my options:
    1) Break my 10.9 Fusion Drive into two separate drives again, and re-assemble an entirely new Fusion Drive
    2) Just Reformat “Macintosh HD” from my 10.9 Fusion Drive, and install 10.10 on it (though I’m not sure if Clover will conflict with Chimera’s Apple_Boot/Boot OS X’s helper partitions)

    As of right now, I have 10.10 installed in a separate SSD than the 10.9 Fusion Drive.

    I’m hoping I can just do option 1, and then using SuperDuper, I can just clone my existing 10.10 installation to the “newly formatted 10.10 Fusion Drive”.

    I have a headache just trying to describe what is going on. I need coffee!

  5. cidcoman says:

    Rampage, I am running an Asus X79 Deluxe with an R9 290 and am having a problem with following your directions. When I disable CSM it gets turned back on because it says “The VGA card is not supported by UEFI driver” I am still able to boot to clover with that CSM enabled but when i select to boot the OS X installer nothing happens, no freezing or anything. Windows boots fine.

  6. cidcoman says:

    When I Click “Boot OS X Install from Install OS X Yosemite” it hangs for a couple seconds like tis trying to do something but when i press any keys on the board it comes right back and i can select different options. I have even , hit space bar and tried doing it verbose. Once I hit enter to boot no errors or anything. The little animation freezes for a few seconds but again if i press any buttons on the keyboard i can move around again.

    • cidcoman says:

      Im kind of thinking this might be a kext related problem. Because I have also not been able to to use the first few steps of your directions on the DMG.

      The part about using Kext helper to install doesn’t work because i’m just getting the USB installer created. Wouldn’t i run that once in the new environment so they get installed to that system?

      I have copied the SSDT and the clover config, and rebooted to the usb installer.

    • rampagedev says:

      I covered this in rhe install guide.

      • cidcoman says:

        Ok I got OS X installed !! THANKS!! Now one more problem. Do i need to have the usb drive in to boot after its installed ? Because everything just keeps taking me directly to windows no matter which boot device i use. For some reason i also see 2 “Clover start boot.efi at install OS X Yosemite” Maybe one for each of my SSDs?

      • rampagedev says:

        Need to do post install. If i have a dmg for your gnereation of board then downlpad and use that.

  7. cidcoman says:

    Awesome I have a good feeling this time! I don’t know how i missed the section about the VBoxHfs-64.efi ! Ill report back!

  8. cidcoman says:

    Thanks again for all of the help! I was just not being patient! Took about 10 minutes after it said about a second remaining… Im officially running 10.10!!!

  9. I have successfully installed OS X Yosemite 10.10. onto my Hackintosh and my next step is the post installation of the clover boot loader to my SSD. I am wondering if I should use the same settings as I used from your USB drive guide or do I need different settings. I also wondered if I need to format the EFI partition as an MS-DOS partition with the command: sudo newfs_msdos -v EFI -F 32 /dev/disk?s?…

    Thanks for all of your help!

  10. DKMN says:

    Are you happy with Clover for 10.9?
    Reason I ask is I have a very stable 10.9.5 installation using your method with Chameleon.
    1. I am wondering whether it makes sense to try and set up Clover with my existing installation first, then upgrade in place, or just go ahead fresh with 10.10 and eventually “import” or re-create my installation (lots of apps and config)?
    2. Evan mentioned Fusion Drive above; my Fusion Drive is not my boot drive, so I am thinking this will be a non-issue as I would need to only re-format the boot drive, correct?

    • rampagedev says:

      Clean install of 10.10 would be best. Fusion will stay together after update. 10.10 has a few bugs still…

      • dkmn says:

        Actually, I just came across another issue. If I understand correctly:
        -my graphics cards (EVGA GTX670 FTW 2GB) aren’t currently flashed with a UEFI-compatible BIOS
        -this forces my Mobo to switch CSM back on at POST
        Following your guide, I get a fair way into the Installer Boot (off of USB), kexts loading, filesystems mounting, etc. Then the screen goes blank.
        Do you think this is likely related to CSM and that I need to upgrade my GPU BIOSes, or am I likely bumping into some unrelated?
        If so, is there anything you can suggest that I use to “pare down” the possibilities?
        (also, please confirm that your guide specifies copying KEXTS into the EFI partition on the USB installer as well as the target HDD).

      • rampagedev says:

        Unrelated to CSM. Boot with Nvidia disable flag for the GPU drivers.

  11. I’m confuse about the Part 5: Clover Bootloader Installation – it’s to be installed on USB drive? Because the picture shows a HD. If is to be installed on the hackintosh you presume the system is already working so no need to usb drive 😛
    Or third optino is to install in some other computer to prepare the USB drive? In this case can be a real Mac? Thanks and sorry It’s a stupid question. I’m new to clover, used to Chamaleon

    • Michel says:

      I see why it’s confusing: the Part 3 from _this_ guide (which gets Clover running on your hard disk that already has OSX installed) is taken from Part 4 of the 10.10 Yosemite Install Guide (see the menu at the top of the page for a link). In _that_ guide, it’s creating a bootable USB installer, ergo the screenshot. For _this_ guide, you already have OSX installed otherwise you wouldn’t be here, so you don’t need to format anything. In _that_ guide for creating the OSX installer on USB, you will want to choose the USB stick as the target disk for Clover’s installer, even though a hard drive is in the screenshot.


  12. steve says:

    I heard about heckintosh last night and wondering if I got one on my working windows 7 pc which has Intel core i5 on a all in one mother board ASRock B85M-HDS ( i have checked it from the Latest Haswell (LGA1150) Motherboard Info ).

    I would like to make about 150G space out of my Disk0 (current windows 7 installed disk) for OS X Yosemite. Could the Clover Bootloader work for my case?

  13. James Cushman says:

    I have installed Yosemite with your guide and when I try to shutdown my computer reboots… I’ve loaded your optimized SSDT.aml from the .dmg and compiled my own SSDT.aml with no luck.

  14. Anne Ominous says:

    I have tried following your guide, but trying to boot from USB I’m not getting past “DSMOS has arrived”. I got this to boot with 10.9, so I’m trying to figure out what went wrong. Here is how I am going about it. Board: Asus z97 Pro WiFi AC. Graphics: native Intel.

    1) Set bios as recommended.
    2) Create clover usb disk.
    3) Copy kexts into /EFI/CLOVER/kexts on the USB EFI partition. (Note 1: I am copying in the generic extension kexts first, then the kexts for my board. That overwrites the generic FakeSMC kext. Note 2: I have tried this with and without AppleIntelFramebufferAzul.kext and AppleKextExcludeList.kext.
    4) Copy SSDT for my board into /EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched.
    5) Try to boot using -v and kext-dev-mode=1. Gets stuck at “DSMOS has arrived”. So I tried other switches that have sometimes been of use before: npci=0x2000, IGPEnabler=1, GraphicsEnabler=Yes (and No), PCIRootUID=0

    I have tried just about every combination of switches, re-checked BIOS (CSM is off, USB boot set to full, security set to Other OS).

    Everything I have tried still hangs at “DSMOS has arrived”. I know it’s a good board because as I say I had success with 10.9.

    Any advice?

    • Anne Ominous says:

      To be clear, I’m trying to install 10.10. That might have been obvious but I figured I’d better say so.

      • rampagedev says:

        You said 10.9… Any way install the kexts from the dmg not the kext for 10.9 which shoild be common sense and the ssdt.

      • Anne Ominous says:

        Misunderstanding. I said I got the system to work with 10.9. I am NOT getting it to work with 10.10.

        I mentioned that I have tried it both with, and without, the 10.9.4 kext included in the DMG. It made no difference. I only tried it because nothing else was working.

        Anyway, I will try it again as you suggest.

    • rampagedev says:

      To start of i dont mention s boot flag DONT use them. Install the ssdt from the dmg with the kexts and config list on the dmg. Then install. It will work then.

      • Anne Ominous says:

        I have spent many hours now trying to do this exactly as you say, with no success.
        Details again: Z97 Pro WiFi AC, i7 4790k, internal Intel graphics. Trying to install 10.10. The BIOS is the latest version (1304). I have your latest Haswell DMG.

        ** Set BIOS: CSM => disabled, Secure Boot => Other OS, USB Boot => Full
        ** Partition USB stick, install clover, run command to put OS installer onto USB drive.
        ** Copy kexts from DMG into EFI/CLOVER/kexts, including “10.10 Driver”.
        ** Copy SSDT from DMG to EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched.
        ** Copy config.plist from DMG to EFI/CLOVER.
        ** Attempt to boot with -v npci=0x2000 kext-dev-mode=1

        System hangs at “DSMOS has arrived”.

        I’ve repeatedly tried doing this just as described, in case I missed something. Careully check USB stick after preparation. Partition proper, everything looks okay. Clover comes up. Everything works up to this point. But every time it has hung at DSMOS Has Arrived.

        I have no idea how to proceed from this point. I’ve made Hackintoshes before… I have another one here running 10.9, and I got 10.9 running on this machine. But I need to put 10.10 on it.

        Any ideas at all? I will happily donate if I can get this thing running properly on 10.10.

      • Anne Ominous says:

        As I wrote above, internal Intel graphics. No card.

      • Anne Ominous says:

        In case that wasn’t clear: It’s the internal graphics, Intel 4600. The SSDT I used was the one for Nvidia, because I plan to eventually put an Nvidia card in this computer when the budget allows. You mentioned that for 10.9 I could use either SSDT, and I did get that to work on 10.9.

  15. James Cushman says:

    I figured out why my system kept rebooting…
    Apparently some Asus boards have issues with the “Shutdown/Reboot process”
    Just change (false to true) for the following setting in the config.plist

  16. James Cushman says:

    How can we enable trim? Do we do it within the config.plist?

  17. anybody have a similar setup and wouldn’t mind posting your cinebench scores?or just post yours for fun ?

  18. Claude says:

    I’ve followed your guide for installing 10,10 and clover but i have a problem : when i boot from usb it work and if i unplug usb the system don’t see my HDD

  19. obesner says:

    Hey rampagedev,

    Big thanks to your guide. Got my rig running in a few hours. Everything is running sharp, except for that damn ALC1150 codec (which toleda’s fix never worked for), but I have an external amp so I’m doing just fine. I just wanted to mess around and have some fun and it all worked out in the end =D
    Gigabyte H97-D3H
    Radeon 280X 3GB
    8GB of RAM
    512GB SSD

    Two things I’d like to point out :
    1) For a 280X, you need to check “Inject EDID” for the computer to boot with it. Inject ATI and all that other stuff needs to be unchecked. Maybe you should add this to the guide?
    2) What are the SSDT that are bundled in your “Haswell” package for? I never got to use them and the system worked just fine (unless they were required for the ALC1150 to work, hmm…)

    Have a good one, and thanks for your work.

  20. eyevuemedia says:

    System: asus p9X79-WS (Bios4306) EVGA Nvidia 580GTX+ i7 3820

    Using clover USB formatted from your install instructions. Set Launch CSM to disabled but i get message on reboot saying my video card Is not supported in UEFI mode and it enables it automatically again. Any suggestions?

  21. Gary Bensel says:

    any updates to getting a R9 290x running in Yosemite? your previous post results in crashed system requiring me to run grafix backup all or re-install system

  22. benselg says:

    Thanks for the super quick reply

  23. pete says:

    Followed instructions …. 4 times now. Clover installed on USB, OS X Yosemite installed on usb. USB only boots if I hit F11 and choose it EUFI usb drive to boot.
    Clover comes up. Red – Christmas edition.
    Chose External – Boot OS X Install from OS X Yosemite.

    Get a black screen. Nothing else. Every time.

    Asrock X79 Extreme6. I7 CPU, AMD R9-270 gpu.

    CSM turned off in bios, but turns on as soon as i boot. Says GPU does not support it.

    No setting in bios for “windows” or “other os”

    Not sure about the Config.Plist…..the guide ends before explaining it.

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