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EFI Folder for the Xiaomi Gaming 8th Generation""

MacOS Versions Supported:

  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • macOS 10.14 Mojave
  • macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • macOS 11.00 Big Sur
  • macOS 12.00 Monterey

What do I need?

  • Xiaomi Xiaomi Gaming 8th Generation 15.6" 8750h/8300h
  • macOS or windows PC to create the install USB
  • 8GB or larger USB stick (USB3 preferred for speed)
  • Latest copy of these files (https://github.com/johnnync13/XiaomiGaming/releases)
  • (optional for multiboot) Second (M.2 SATA) SSD installed inside the laptop.
  • (possibly) USB mouse for install until trackpad is working
  • (possibly) For macOS 10.15: a natively supported (e.g. Apple) USB Ethernet adapter for installation

What is Working?

  • Native CPU Power Management
  • Sleep/Wake
  • Intel Graphics
  • Audio (AppleALC)
  • Trackpad (gestures)
  • HDMI Video and Audio
  • USB 3.0
  • NVMe / SATA SSD's
  • Battery Management
  • Brightness keys
  • Built-in camera
  • Built-in mic
  • Bluetooth Intel
  • FileVault Disk encryption (Always make a backup before switching on!!!)
  • FN brightness adjustment (SSDT-FN.aml Fix By shomerchang)
  • Card Reader

Half working:

Not working:

  • Nvidia GPU (Not supported under macOS and probably never will be)

Better WiFi solution

You can buy the network card that can be driven by MacOS as shown in the picture. It is recommended to use the wireless network card removed from the Mac. You only need to use the adapter board and insert it into the PCIe slot on the motherboard. You can use it without any driver.

If you do not plan to use the WiFi network card provided by the machine, you can also use the coaxial extension line to link the wifi antenna provided by the machine, or purchase and install the wifi antenna separately as shown in the figure. However, please note that the wifi antenna cannot be attached to any surface containing metal, or it will greatly affect the signal strength. You can choose to paste the antenna on a non-metallic surface, as shown in the figure

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Installation

Sounds good! Where do we start? You need a computer with macOS or Windows (scroll down)

Clover or OpenCore?

First let's figure out if we would like to use Clover or OpenCore. The pro's / con's listed:

Clover

Pro's (+)

Con's (-)

  • Might be less compatible with macOS updates in the future
  • Less secure (csr 67 flag needed to inject kext drivers, SIP, the macOS security system, is off)
  • Need to put kext files in /Library/Extensions/

OpenCore

Pro's (+)

  • Most secure (no csr 67 flag, SIP, the macOS security system, stays on)
  • Most compatible with future upgrades of macOS
  • No need to put kext files in /Library/Extensions/, therefore 'vanilla' macOS install
  • Faster than Clover

Con's (-)

Installing from macOS:

Clover method:

  • On your mac, create your macOS USB install media (e.g. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201372)
  • Mount the ESP (EFI System Partition) on your USB stick: (check that you mount the correct EFI partition, numbers will vary!!!)
diskutil list
sudo diskutil mount /dev/disk3s1
  • Copy and overwrite the contents of the EFI folder on your USB stick with the contents of the EFI folder from this website.
  • Eject the USB stick from your computer and insert in the Xiaomi laptop.
  • Now boot the Xiaomi laptop from the install media (if trackpad is not working, use USB mouse. If network connection needed, use a Apple compatible USB Ethernet adapter)
  • Open Disk Utility and format the builtin SSD or second SSD with APFS (will delete all your files!!!)
  • Install macOS
  • After install, boot from USB again but select SSD to boot from in the Clover Bootloader
  • Do initial macOS setup (use USB Ethernet adapter for internet)
  • Mount the ESP (EFI System Partition) on your SSD (check that you mount the correct EFI partition, numbers will vary!!!)
diskutil list
sudo diskutil mount /dev/disk0s1
  • Copy and overwrite the contents of the EFI folder from this website to the EFI folder on the ESP on your SSD.
  • Copy all the Kernel Extensions (kexts) from the EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other to your system's /Library/Extensions folder (this is important, otherwise keyboard/trackpad and other devices might not work)
  • Execute these commands in Terminal to rebuild Kernel Extension Cache:
sudo chmod -R 755 /System/Library/Extensions/
sudo chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions/
sudo chmod -R 755 /Library/Extensions/
sudo chown -R root:wheel /Library/Extensions/
sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions/
sudo touch /Library/Extensions/
sudo kextcache -i / && sudo kextcache -u /
  • Remove the USB stick from the laptop
  • Done! Reboot to enable all the kexts. Enjoy your Hackintosh!

OpenCore method:

  • On your mac, create your macOS USB install media (e.g. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201372)
  • Mount the ESP (EFI System Partition) on your USB stick: (check that you mount the correct EFI partition, numbers will vary!!!)
diskutil list
sudo diskutil mount /dev/disk3s1
  • Copy and overwrite the contents of the EFI folder on your USB stick with the contents of the EFIOC (opencore) folder from this website.
  • Eject the USB stick from your computer and insert in the Xiaomi laptop.
  • Now boot the Xiaomi laptop from the install media (if trackpad is not working, use USB mouse. If network connection needed, use a Apple compatible USB Ethernet adapter)
  • Open Disk Utility and format the builtin SSD or second SSD with APFS (will delete all your files!!!)
  • Install macOS
  • After install, boot from USB again but select SSD to boot from in the OpenCore Bootloader
  • Do initial macOS setup (use USB Ethernet adapter for internet)
  • Mount the ESP (EFI System Partition) on your SSD (check that you mount the correct EFI partition, numbers will vary!!!)
diskutil list
sudo diskutil mount /dev/disk0s1
  • Copy and overwrite the contents of the EFIOC (opencore) folder from this website to the EFI folder on the ESP on your SSD.
  • Remove the USB stick from the laptop
  • Done! Reboot and enjoy macOS.

From Windows:

Clover method:

Downloading macOS:

  • Download gibMacOS from https://github.com/corpnewt/gibMacOS/
  • Extract it somewhere and run gibMacOS.bat
  • Choose your desired macOS version by entering the number and pressing the ENTER key.
  • macOS will now download, grab a coffee.
  • Once the download is finished you can exit the program with the keys Q then ENTER

Making the installer USB stick:

  • Insert your USB stick
  • Now run MakeInstall.bat as Administrator
  • IMPORTANT: In the next step it's important to choose the correct disk, the risk of deleting all the files on that pc are very high! Choose only your USB stick!
  • Enter the number of your USB stick and hit ENTER, then type Y and hit ENTER (All files on your USB stick will be deleted!)
  • Now go to the 'macOS Downloads\publicrelease' folder inside the 'gibMacOS' folder
  • Hold the Shift key and right-click the macOS folder that you want to install on the USB stick and click Copy as path
  • Go back to the MakeInstall.bat program and right-click in the window to paste the file path, then hit ENTER
  • Your USB stick will be created, have a second coffee.
  • When it's finished, close the program.

Making the USB stick Xiaomi compatible:

  • Download the latest version of the EFI folder from here
  • Extract it somewhere
  • Open the BOOT drive from the Windows explorer (usually drive D:, E: or F:)
  • Replace the EFI folder on the BOOT drive with the EFI folder you just downloaded from this website.
  • Eject the USB stick and insert into Xiaomi laptop.

Installing macOS:

  • Now boot the Xiaomi laptop from the install media (if trackpad is not working, use USB mouse. If network connection needed, use a Apple compatible USB Ethernet adapter)
  • Open Disk Utility and format the builtin SSD or second SSD with APFS (will delete all your files!!!)
  • Install macOS
  • After install, boot from USB again but select SSD to boot from in the Clover Bootloader
  • Do initial macOS setup (use USB Ethernet adapter for internet)
  • Mount the ESP (EFI System Partition) on your SSD (check that you mount the correct EFI partition, numbers will vary!!!)
diskutil list
sudo diskutil mount /dev/disk0s1
  • Copy and overwrite the contents of the EFI folder from this website to the EFI folder on the ESP on your SSD.
  • Copy all the Kernel Extensions (kexts) from the EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other to your system's /Library/Extensions folder (this is important, otherwise keyboard/trackpad and other devices might not work)
  • Execute these commands in Terminal to rebuild Kernel Extension Cache:
sudo chmod -R 755 /System/Library/Extensions/
sudo chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions/
sudo chmod -R 755 /Library/Extensions/
sudo chown -R root:wheel /Library/Extensions/
sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions/
sudo touch /Library/Extensions/
sudo kextcache -i / && sudo kextcache -u /
  • Remove the USB stick from the laptop
  • Done! Reboot to enable all the kexts. Enjoy your Hackintosh!

OpenCore method:

Downloading macOS:

  • Download gibMacOS from https://github.com/corpnewt/gibMacOS/
  • Extract it somewhere and run gibMacOS.bat
  • Choose your desired macOS version by entering the number and pressing the ENTER key.
  • macOS will now download, grab a coffee.
  • Once the download is finished you can exit the program with the keys Q then ENTER

Making the installer USB stick:

  • Insert your USB stick
  • Now run MakeInstall.bat as Administrator
  • IMPORTANT: In the next step it's important to choose the correct disk, the risk of deleting all the files on that pc are very high! Choose only your USB stick!
  • Enter the number of your USB stick and hit ENTER, then type Y and hit ENTER (All files on your USB stick will be deleted!)
  • Now go to the 'macOS Downloads\publicrelease' folder inside the 'gibMacOS' folder
  • Hold the Shift key and right-click the macOS folder that you want to install on the USB stick and click Copy as path
  • Go back to the MakeInstall.bat program and right-click in the window to paste the file path, then hit ENTER
  • Your USB stick will be created, have a second coffee.
  • When it's finished, close the program.

Making the USB stick Xiaomi compatible:

  • Download the latest version of the EFI folder from here
  • Extract it somewhere
  • Open the BOOT drive from the Windows explorer (usually drive D:, E: or F:)
  • Replace the EFI folder on the BOOT drive with the EFIOC (opencore) folder you just downloaded from this website.
  • Eject the USB stick and insert into Xiaomi laptop.

Installing macOS:

  • Now boot the Xiaomi laptop from the install media (if trackpad is not working, use USB mouse. If network connection needed, use a Apple compatible USB Ethernet adapter)
  • Open Disk Utility and format the builtin SSD or second SSD with APFS (will delete all your files!!!)
  • Install macOS
  • After install, boot from USB again but select SSD to boot from in the Opencore Bootloader
  • Do initial macOS setup (use USB Ethernet adapter for internet)
  • Mount the ESP (EFI System Partition) on your SSD (check that you mount the correct EFI partition, numbers will vary!!!)
diskutil list
sudo diskutil mount /dev/disk0s1
  • Copy and overwrite the contents of the EFIOC (opencore) folder from this website to the EFI folder on the ESP on your SSD.
  • Remove the USB stick from the laptop
  • Done! Reboot to enable all the kexts. Enjoy your Hackintosh!

macOS is working! Next steps:

(optional) Fixing iMessage, FaceTime etc.

This can be a bit of a challenge, and outside of the scope of this repo, but if you want to, have a look here:
An iDiot's Guide To iMessage (clover)
Fixing iServices (OpenCore)

(optional) WiFi

Still very buggy, but improving fast. Have a look here

If your Intel Wifi not working, please be patient.

(optional) Hackintosh combojack how to

hackintosh-stuff thanks to his repository we can fix the headphone jack: https://github.com/hackintosh-stuff/ComboJack

(optional) High DPI display fix:

Since the text on the 13" display can be quite small for many people in 1920x1080 resolution, it's possible to use some of the High DPI scaling features of macOS. To enable those:

  • Boot into the Recovery partition (in Clover hit (Fn+)F3 to show all partitions)
  • We need to temporarily disable SIP. Run Terminal from the Utilities menu and run:
csrutil disable
  • Reboot into normal macOS
  • Open Terminal and run the hidpi.sh script:
bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://github.com/johnnync13/Xiaomi-Mi-Air/raw/master/HighDPI/hidpi.sh)"
  • Choose (1) Enable, (3) MacBook Pro and (1) 1920x1080 Display.
  • Reboot and test your new Display settings in System Preferences.
  • When all set, reboot back into Recovery and enable SIP again:
csrutil enable
  • Reboot into macOS. Done!

Troubleshooting

Some device in my system is not working under macOS!

Using Clover:

  • Make sure all kexts are in /Library/Extensions/ then run:
sudo chmod -R 755 /System/Library/Extensions/
sudo chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions/
sudo chmod -R 755 /Library/Extensions/
sudo chown -R root:wheel /Library/Extensions/
sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions/
sudo touch /Library/Extensions/
sudo kextcache -i / && sudo kextcache -u /
  • Reboot.

Using OpenCore:

  • Make sure the kexts are in the EFI/OC/kexts folder on your SSD EFI system partition (ESP).
  • Reboot. If still not working, try resetting the NVRAM from OpenCore boot menu.

IMPORTANT:

  • It is really important on OpenCore, that the laptop have unlocked CFG Lock. It is important to CPU, sleep/wake and better behavior like native macOS. It is very easy on the most laptops because the BIOS has option in menu. But on Xiaomi Laptops, it is very simple with some steps on Windows. Maybe, make a video about it.

BIOS Modification

Tutorial to modify BIOS

  • I would like make a script or others methods but this tutorial is like OpenCore method.
  • Soon I upload a csv with all xiaomi laptops that I have on the github with hexadecimal variables to unlock CFG Lock, MC Lock, SpeedShift and more.
  • THIS TUTORIAL IS AN EXAMPLE, NOT GET THE VALUES AND VARIABLES

First of all, I am not responsible for what can happen to your laptop

1- Boot with OpenCore
2- Click on space key on keyboard.
3- Select partition Mod Grub Shell
4- Write a command method, for example to unlock cfg lock: setup_var 0x3C 0x00
Other example, SpeedShift to enable: setup_var 0xB 0x01
it is possible that for example, SpeedShift is enabled before.

  • Explanation:

setup_var is to call method function.
0x3C is the location memory on bios that is variable CFG Lock.
0x00 is to disable and 0x01 is to enable. I put the example here.
(default) is how the variable is when you install a BIOS, that is, by the manufacturer.

One Of: CFG Lock, VarStoreInfo (VarOffset/VarName): 0x3C, VarStore: 0x3, QuestionId: 0x146, Size: 1, Min: 0x0, Max 0x1, Step: 0x0 {05 91 8A 02 8B 02 46 01 03 00 3C 00 10 10 00 01 00}
0x149413 One Of Option: Disabled, Value (8 bit): 0x0 {09 07 04 00 00 00 00}
0x14941A One Of Option: Enabled, Value (8 bit): 0x1 (default) {09 07 03 00 30 00 01}
0x149421 End One Of {29 02}

5- You can set up more variables to modify Bios. If you want exit, you must write reboot and click enter on keyboard.

6- You can verify the CFG is unlocked or other parametres like SpeedShift is enabled in hackintool, section Utilities and press button Get AppleIntelInfo.

Disclaimer!

Use these files and this howto at your own risk. I'm not responsible in any way for lost data, damage to software or hardware or anything else that might go wrong. This works for me but might not for you.

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