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macOS Big Sur – Available Fall 2020

The developer preview of macOS Big Sur is now available to Mac Developer Program members. Apple also provides a macOS Public Beta Program, which gives customers early access to macOS Big Sur and ask them to try out the release and submit their feedback.

Mac users can participate in the Apple Beta Software Program for macOS Big Sur this July and download the final version for free from the Mac App Store this fall.

“macOS Big Sur is a major update that advances the legendary combination of the power of UNIX with the ease of use of the Mac, and delivers our biggest update to design in more than a decade,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With its modern and clean look, huge improvements to key apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps, and new privacy features, we think everyone is going to love the breakthrough experience that macOS Big Sur offers.”

Biggest Design Upgrade Since the Introduction of Mac OS X

macOS Big Sur delivers a spacious new design that makes navigation easier, while putting more controls at users’ fingertips. Everything from the curvature of window corners to the palette of colors and materials has been refined, and new features provide even more information and power. Icons in the Dock have been thoughtfully designed to be more consistent with icons across the Apple ecosystem while retaining their Mac personality. Buttons and controls appear when needed, and recede when they’re not. The entire experience feels more focused, fresh, and familiar, reducing visual complexity and bringing users’ content front and center.

The customizable menu bar features an all-new Control Center, delivering quick access to controls from the desktop. An updated Notification Center includes more interactive notifications and redesigned widgets that come in different sizes, providing users with more relevant information at a glance. And a new design for core apps brings more organization to multiple open windows and makes interacting with apps even easier.

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Hackintosh UEFI BIOS Settings

Proper UEFI BIOS Settings are required when Installing a Hackintosh with Clover Bootloader or OpenCore Bootloader.

A simple mistake in UEFI BIOS may prevent your Hackintosh from Booting. UEFI Configuration error may cause macOS to hang on boot process or may even cause kernel panics.

Here we have listed basic UEFI BIOS Settings that is required to boot a #Hackintosh in a UEFI MotherBoard.

Disable CSM

Disable CSM in BIOS or Disable Launch CSM in BIOS

The Compatibility Support Module (CSM) is a component of the UEFI firmware that provides legacy BIOS compatibility by emulating a BIOS environment, allowing legacy operating systems and some option ROMs that do not support UEFI to still be used.

Clover Bootloader and OpenCore Bootloader supports UEFI Booting. Disabling CSM makes BIOS to easily discover Bootloader.

Disable Secure Boot

Clear Secure Boot Keys or Disable Secure Boot in UEFI BIOS

Secure Boot prevents booting an unsigned Bootloader from any internal disk or USB drive. Secure boot is not supported by Clover or OpenCore. Secure Boot must be disabled in UEFI BIOS to boot from a Hackintosh.

To Disable Secure Boot Just “Clear Secure Boot Keys” or delete PK Keys.

Delete Secure Boot Keys

Set OS Type to Other OS

Set OS Type to Other OS

Set OS Type as Other OS to get the optimized functions when booting from Third party Operating Systems that does not support Microsoft Signed Secure Boot.

Set SATA as AHCI

Set SATA to AHCI

Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) mode enables the use of advanced features on SATA drives, such as hot swapping and Native Command Queuing (NCQ). AHCI also allows a hard drive to operate at higher speeds than in Legacy IDE mode.

Disable CFG Lock

Disable CFG Lock in BIOS

CFG Lock prevents macOS from writing to a certain region in your BIOS. macOS does this for power management and other reasons, and if it can’t access it, it will not boot.

Disable Intel Virtualization Technology / VT-X

Disable Intel Virtualization Technology / VT-X

Several Intel CPUs come with the Intel Virtualization Technology. Formerly known as Vanderpool, this technology enables a CPU to act as if you have several independent computers, in order to enable several operating systems to run at the same time on the same computer.

Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) is also know as VT-x extension that allows direct access to CPU under a virtual-machine which makes virtualization software like VMWare/Parallel Desktop perform better.

But for many #Hackintosh users VT-X cause no problem but if you are a fresher trying to Install & Configure your Hackintosh Disable Intel Virtualization Technology and Install . You can Enable Virtualization Technology after the Installation when you need it.

Disable VT-D

Disable VT-D

VT-d specifically is an IOMMU specification. An extension that allows you to access physical hardware under a virtual-machine (for example a system running Linux can run Windows in a virtual-machine. Without VT-d, the video card is emulated and will be slow for games. With VT-d, the video card can go into passthrough mode and be accessible as real hardware under Windows (you can install the nvidia driver) and video card performs like if you run native Windows.

But for many #Hackintosh users VT-D cause no problem but if you are a fresher trying to Install & Configure your Hackintosh Disable VT-D and Install. You can enable VT-D after the Installation when you need it.

Enable XHCI Hand-off

Enable XHCI Hand off in BIOS

Disable Legacy USB Support

Disable Legacy USB Support in BIOS

Disable USB Keyboard and Mouse Simulator

Disable USB Keyboard and Mouse Simulator in BIOS
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BitTorrent Client For Mac

For windows uTorrent is the best torrent client imo, when it comes to Mac, Nope, because the uTorrent & BitTorrent interface has limited functions in mac. So which is the best torrent client for mac, Let’s Explore.

qBittorrent

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An advanced and multi-platform BitTorrent client with a nice user interface as well as a Web UI for remote control and an integrated search engine. qBittorrent aims to meet the needs of most users while using as little CPU and memory as possible.

Features

  • Simultaneous download of multiple torrents
  • Integrated torrent search engine
  • Integrated RSS feed reader and downloader
  • Good internationalization
  • DHT, PeX, Encryption, LSD, UPnP, NAT-PMP, µTP
  • Cross platform
  • Very lightweight
  • Torrent queueing and prioritizing
  • Control over files in a torrent (filtering, prioritizing)
  • Nice µTorrent-like interface with Qt4 toolkit
  • IP filtering (eMule dat files or PeerGuardian files)
  • Peer display with country and hostname resolution
  • Advanced control over torrent trackers
  • Closest open source equivalent to µTorrent
  • Torrent creation tool
  • Remote control through Secure Web User Interface

Transmission

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Transmission is designed for easy, powerful use. We’ve set the defaults to Just Work and it only takes a few clicks to configure advanced features like watch directories, bad peer block-lists, and the web interface. Transmission is an open source, volunteer-based project. Unlike some BitTorrent clients, Transmission doesn’t play games with its users to make money.

  • Uses fewer resources than other clients
  • Native Mac, GTK+ and Qt GUI clients
  • Daemon ideal for servers, embedded systems, and headless use
  • All these can be remote controlled by Web and Terminal clients
  • Local Peer Discovery
  • Full encryption, DHT, µTP, PEX and Magnet Link support

Deluge

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Deluge is a lightweight, Free Software, cross platform BitTorrent client.

  • Protocol Encryption
  • DHT
  • Local Peer Discovery (LSD)
  • Peer Exchange (PEX)
  • UPnP
  • NAT-PMP
  • Proxy support
  • Web seeds
  • global and per-torrent speed limits

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Hackintosh Frequently Asked Questions (Faq)

What is a Hackintosh?

A Hackintosh is an Intel based PC which is capable of running Mac OS X either by modifying (hacking) the OS itself or using a special boot procedure which allows the Mac OS X install DVD to run and install the OS on the hard drive.  The term Hackintosh, is a portmanteau of the word hack and the name of Apple’s main brand of computers, Macintosh.

Can any PC be made into a Hackintosh?

No, only those capable of running OS X can be used. This generally means later generation PC’s with Core based CPU’s.  There are exceptions, depending on which distro you use, which will allow even older Pentium 4 based systems to run OS X. Latest macOS requires a processor with SSE 4.2 Instruction set.

Does Apple care if I run OS X on my PC?

Yes they do, the Apple EULA (End User License Agreement), states that OS X is only to be run on Apple computers.  However, the legality of this agreement is in dispute in both the courts and by the community at large.

How difficult is it to build a Hackintosh?

A Hackintosh can easily be put together from available parts with the system up and running in less than an hour.  As always, the amount of time it will take any individual depends on their skill level.  If you can put together a PC you will have no problem building a Hackintosh.  If you don’t know what a motherboard is you might be better off asking someone who does know to build it for you.  Most people who build systems will do it just for the fun of it.  🙂

How much does it cost to build a Hackintosh?

This varies depending on what type of system you want.  I’ve personally built Hackintoshes for as little as $200 and some costing nearly $5,000.  But the bottom line is, whatever system you decide on will cost much less than a Macintosh of similar performance.

Why build a Hackintosh when I can buy a Mac?

If you don’t think you can build one yourself, or don’t know someone who will do it for you, this question is moot.  However there are those who will build the system for you for a small fee, still making the total cost less than a Macintosh of similar performance.  Obviously the cost is the overriding reason to choose a Hackintosh over a Macintosh.  If you are someone who prefers the security of a warranty or knowing you aren’t breaking any rules, a Hackintosh is not for you.

How well does a Hackintosh perform compared to a Mac?

Because you are free to choose whatever options you want from all of the PC hardware available, instead of being limited to what Apple wants you to have, you can build a Hackintosh to outperform the fastest Mac available at a lower cost.  Obviously a Hackintosh with specs that are similar to the Mac you are comparing it to will perform at the same level.

Will a Hackintosh run all Mac software?

No, the majority of programs will run on a Hackintosh, but there are a few that check to see if they are running on a Mac which will not run.  Boot Camp is one such program that comes to mind as it checks the boot rom of your system and will not run if it doesn’t find a true Mac boot rom.  However, there are so many other better options available that this is a moot point.

Will software updates break a Hackintosh?

This is perhaps been the biggest downside to using a Hackintosh.  All of the minor updates to applications can be applied with little worry of the system breaking, but the major point OS upgrades sometimes render a Hackintosh useless unless some common sense (system backup) is used in updating.  Also those systems using a retail install will generally have an easier path to updates than those using one of the many OS X distros such as Kalyway, IatKOS, Leo4all, etc.  The reason being is those using the retail version can generally find fixes on the net for any problems encountered in short order, where as those using the distros will have to wait for whoever puts out that particular distro to issue an updated version.  Niresh distro can be updated with default software update.

 Can a Hackintosh run Windows?

Perhaps the easiest question of all, the answer is yes, since it is a PC, it will always be able to run Windows.  The options are many for doing so, dual boot, VMware, etc.  

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Clover EFI Drivers Explained

Since the introduction of UEFI BIOS, All Hackintosh users have switched to Clover boot-loader from Chameleon. Clover has most advanced options and on-the-fly patching support. It has also some built-in drivers to enhance its functionality, They are know as EFI Drivers.

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Applications for macOS

After installing macOS, you might want to install a few Applications for your Computer to tweak OS X.

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Kexts Explained!

Kexts stands for Kernel Extensions, Kernel is actually the heart of macOS, It is basically the one that gets your Operating System boot & work. The function of Kexts are similar to Drivers in Windows. Kexts extend the functionality of macOS by providing additional codes to the kernel. Basically, Kexts are loaded when macOS boots. Simply Kexts are similar to Drivers in Windows, Different hardware needs different drivers that are the basics.

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Hackintosh Terms and Definitions

When starting out Hackintoshing, there can be a lot of daunting terms and jargon. In this section, I will attempt to define many of these terms.

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Building a Hackintosh

If you are looking to build a Hackintosh and have never built a computer before, chances are you have a lot of questions. This will be a basic rundown of what components a computer needs and what components you will need should you chose to build a Hackintosh.
There are 7 basic components your computer needs to run.

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How to Force Enable TRIM in macOS

A Trim command which allows an operating system to inform a Solid-State Drive (SSD) which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally.

Trim was introduced soon after SSD’s started to become an affordable alternative to traditional hard disks. Because low-level operation of SSDs differs significantly from hard drives, the typical way in which operating systems handle operations like Erasing, Formatting resulted in unanticipated progressive performance degradation of write operations on SSDs