Asus ZenBook UX32VD

ASUS UX32VD Hackintosh

Guide on how to install macOS Big Sur on ASUS UX32VD Laptop

Asus ZenBook UX32VD

Info

This Hackintosh was build with help of danieleds/Asus-UX32VD-Hackintosh repository as base.

Considerations for this project are moving towards a migration with OpenCore. Due to the effort for the migration, the current setup still uses Clover (with OC integration).

  • macOS version: 11.1
  • clover version: r5127

Laptop Frequent Questions: tonymacx86.com


BIOS

  • Use version 214 (get ROM from BIOS folder)
  • Check for correct BIOS settings:
    Basic
    - Intel Virtualization Technology [Enabled]
    - Intel AES-NI [Enabled]
    - VT-d [Enabled]
    
    SATA
    - SATA Mode Selection [AHCI]
    
    Graphics
    - DVMT Pre-Allocated [64M]
    
    Intel
    - Intel(R) Anti-Theft Technology [Enabled]
    
    USB
    - Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
    - XHCI Pre-Boot Mode [Auto]
    
    Network
    - Network Stack [Disabled]

Restrictions

The following features are not working or disabled:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
  • Right/top USB-Connector
  • F2 LED-Indicator

Hardware

This Hackintosh is based on an ASUS UX32VD-R4002V Laptop, with an Intel Core i7-3517U Processor and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M graphics card.

RAM

The default 2GB of RAM were replaced with an equivalent 8GB DDR3 module to get 10GB of RAM.

Graphics

The NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M was disabled in favour of the Ivy Bridge Intel HD 4000 graphics card which is renamed to iGPU with a DSDT patch.

WIFI / Bluetooth

As the default WiFi/BT card is not supported by macOS, it is replaced by a Broadcom BCM4352 Combo card.
Notice that antenna-adapters are needed when replacing the default card due to different connector sizes (link).

Ethernet

The default USB-ethernet adapter was replaced with a UGREEN 20256 Adapter after it stopped working. Benefits of the new adapter are USB3 and Gigabit speed.


Install macOS

1. Create Clover Drive

a) Preparation
  • Format USB-Drive with GUID and APFS (Link)
    • Find the correct disk number of USB-Drive:
      diskutil list
      
    • Replace {#} with corresponding disk number and {Volume} with desired Name:
      diskutil apfs createContainer /dev/disk{#}
      diskutil apfs addVolume disk{#} APFS {Volume}
      
  • Download latest Clover release: github.com/CloverHackyColor
b) Install Clover
  • Follow these steps:

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c) Post Install
  • Overwrite CsmVideoDxe.efi from/to EFI/CLOVER/drivers/UEFI/
  • Copy all ACPI patches from/to EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/
  • Rename config.plist to config-org.plist in EFI/CLOVER
  • Copy config.plist from/to EFI/CLOVER/config.plist
  • Copy all kexts from/to EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/
    • Delete all 10.X folders in EFI/CLOVER/kexts/
  • (Optional: Copy favorite Clover theme to EFI/CLOVER/themes)

2. Create macOS Installer Drive

To create a working macOS Installer boot drive, you will need the following:

  • An empty USB3 flash drive (minimum 32GB)
  • A device already running macOS with App Store access
a) Download macOS Installer
  • Open the Mac App Store on a device running macOS
  • Download Install macOS Big Sur application
  • Close Installer when it opens automatically
b) Create Installer Stick
  • Follow this guide: macOS Big Sur 11: bootbaren USB-Stick erstellen

    Create installer stick with this command:

    sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Big\ Sur.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Big\ Sur/ --nointeraction
c) Patch Installer Stick

Enable installation on unsupported hardware:


3. Install macOS

  • Connect macOS Installer and Clover Drive to your UX32VD
Stage 0
  • Boot from Clover drive and select macOS Installer (Install macOS Big Sur)
  • Disable all Broadcom kexts:
    • Hit Spacebar after selecting macOS Installer
    • Select Block injected kexts -> (Spacebar)
    • Select Other -> (Spacebar)
    • Select (Spacebar)
      • AirportBrcmFixup.kext
      • BrcmBluetoothInjector.kext
      • BrcmFirmwareData.kext
      • BrcmPatchRAM3.kext
    • Select Return twice (Spacebar)
    • Select Boot macOS with selected options
  • If screen turns completely blue, reboot
Stage 1
  • Once installer shows up, follow the installation instructions
Stage 2
  • On 1. reboot select macOS HD instead of macOS Installer
  • Again disable all Broadcom kexts
Stage 3
  • On 2. reboot press F3 in Clover and select Big Sur Preboot Volume
  • Repeat this step on 3. and 4. reboot
Stage 4
  • Once installation is complete, create user account and finish setup process
  • From now on boot regular Big Sur Volume from macOS HD

4. Post Installation

a) Install Clover in EFI partition of macOS HD
b) Install AsusSMCDaemon
  • Unzip Post-Install/AsusSMCDaemon.zip
  • Run install_daemon.sh as root Link
c) Install Karabiner Elements
  • Install Karabiner Elements from Post-Install/Karabiner-Elements-13.1.0.dmg
  • Create configuration with following options:

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d) Optimize Clover GUI
  • Unzip and install Clover Configurator from Post-Install/CCG 5.17.3.0.zip
  • Mount EFI partition, load config.plist go to GUI section and modify custom boot entries to match your setup

Troubleshooting

  • If display shows graphical glitches, close lid, wait for sleep and reopen
  • When getting Error loading kernel cache reboot until it passes
    (should be fixed with OpenRuntime.efi)
  • On USBSMC Error check if your Installer-Drive is USB3, use an USB2 Drive (or cable/adapter) instead (not more valid for Big Sur)
  • If EFI partition is messed up and boot only works in safe mode, mount EFI with:
    sudo mkdir /kexts
    sudo cp -RX /System/Library/Extensions/msdosfs.kext /kexts
    sudo /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Add :OSBundleRequired string" /kexts/msdosfs.kext/Contents/Info.plist
    sudo /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :OSBundleRequired \"Safe Boot\"" /kexts/msdosfs.kext/Contents/Info.plist

Update Clover

Update with Clover Configurator or download latest CLOVERX64.efi from github.com/CloverHackyColor and replace in EFI/CLOVER/CLOVERX64.efi and EFI/BOOT/BOOTX64.efi

Update macOS

  • Make a full backup
  • Check hackintosher.com for the latest macOS Update Guide
  • Check all kexts for updates
  • Create a new Clover Drive for testing purpose
    • Use updated kexts and drivers in post install
  • Boot from new Clover Drive
  • If system boots
    • Mount EFI partition of macOS HD
    • Backup EFI to EFI-Backups
    • Install new Clover version to EFI partition
    • Copy updated kexts and drivers during post install
    • Don’t forget to copy Microsoft and Ubuntu folder (it contains the windows and ubuntu bootloader)
  • Eject Clover Drive and reboot
  • If system boots
    • Start macOS Update
    • On restart select newly added Install macOS Big Sur partition
    • After reboot select normal macOS HD partition
  • If system boots
    • Be happy and enjoy the new update
  • If system doesn’t boot on one of these steps
    • Try to fix the problem or revert to the latest backup

Resources

Sleep

  • In order to get sleep working with Bluetooth enabled the GPRW-Patch is applied. Loading of SSDT-GPRW.aml fails, but it seems that the Rename GPRW to XPRW ACPI-patch is sufficient, as it prevents waking up from sleep (but producing some error logs in verbose boot).

ACPI

  • SSDT-EC.aml fixes embedded controller (since macOS Catalina)
  • SSDT-GPRW.aml prevents instant wake from sleep (usb-devices)
  • SSDT-PNLF.aml activates display backlight control

SSDT

Method 1: use precompiled SSDT

🚨 WARNING: Make sure you have exactly the same CPU (Core i7-3517U) 🚨
Use precompiled SSDT from SSDT/SSDT.aml and copy to EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/

Method 2: create your own SSDT

Generate your own SSDT with ssdtPRGen.sh
-x 1 is for Ivy Bridge CPU
-lmf 900 sets lowest idle frequency to 900 mhz

./ssdtPRGen.sh -x 1 -lfm 900

Copy /Users/{Name}/Library/ssdtPRGen/ssdt.aml to EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/
Replace existing file, rename it to SSDT.aml

DSDT

Method 1: use precompiled DSDT

🚨 WARNING: Make sure you have exactly the same Laptop Model (UX32VD-R4002V) 🚨
Use precompiled DSDT from DSDT/DSDT.aml and copy to EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/

Method 2: create your own DSDT

Generation of DSDT is inspired by: danieleds/Asus-UX32VD-Hackintosh

  • Extract original ACPI by pressing F4 in Clover menu
  • Download acidanthera/MaciASL
    • Set iASL Compiler to Legacy in Preferences
  • Open EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/origin/DSDT.aml with MaciASL
  • Apply all patches from DSDT/patches in correct order
  • Export DSDT.aml and copy to EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/

Clover Configuration

  • Use MacBookAir5.2 as SMBIOS

Fix for Hibernation

  • Hackintool -> Power -> Fix Sleep
    (Sets Clover -> ACPI -> FixMCFG)

Fix Freeze after Wakeup

  • Setting up the iGPU Link
  • Disable GPU with Boot Flags Link

Enable TRIM for SSD

There are two options:

  • Run following command in the terminal:

    sudo trimforce enable

  • Patch kext with clover configurator:
    com.apple.iokit.IOAHCIBlockStorage
    
    00415050 4C452053 534400
    00000000 00000000 000000

Fix OC boot for Big Sur (Link)

  • Change Quirk SetupVirtualMap to True

Fix WiFi for Big Sur (Link)

  • Remove AirPortBrcm4360_Injector.kext from plugins folder of AirportBRCMFixup.kext (right click -> package content)
  • Add in config.plist -> KernelAndKextPatches -> KextsToPatch
    <dict>
        <key>Arch</key>
        <string>Any</string>
        <key>BundlePath</key>
        <string>AirportBrcmFixup.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AirPortBrcmNIC_Injector.kext</string>
        <key>Comment</key>
        <string></string>
        <key>Enabled</key>
        <true/>
        <key>ExecutablePath</key>
        <string></string>
        <key>MaxKernel</key>
        <string></string>
        <key>MinKernel</key>
        <string></string>
        <key>PlistPath</key>
        <string>Contents/Info.plist</string>
    </dict>

Kexts

Kext Patch: acidanthera/Lilu

  • Lilu.kext

Graphics: acidanthera/WhateverGreen

  • WhateverGreen.kext

WiFi: acidanthera/AirportBrcmFixup

  • AirportBrcmFixup.kext

Bluetooth: acidanthera/BrcmPatchRAM

  • BrcmBluetoothInjector.kext
  • BrcmFirmwareData.kext
  • BrcmPatchRAM3.kext

Sensors: acidanthera/VirtualSMC

  • VirtualSMC.kext
  • SMCBatteryManager.kext
  • SMCLightSensor.kext
  • SMCProcessor.kext
  • SMCSuperIO.kext

CPU: tonymacx86/NullCPUPowerManagement

  • NullCPUPowerManagement.kext

Audio: AppleALC or VoodooHDA

TouchPad: BAndysc/VoodooPS2

  • VoodooPS2Controller.kext

FN-Keys: hieplpvip/AsusSMC

  • AsusSMC.kext

USB: RehabMan/OS-X-Fake-PCI-ID

  • FakePCIID.kext
  • FakePCIID_XHCIMux.kext

Driver


Tools

Links

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