OpenCore isn't very friendly to my hardware and I and we need some help with that.

So I decided to get back into the hackintosh scene after many months of taking a break from it and when I did, I noticed that OpenCore had started supporting intel 1st gen hardware and it worked fairly well. I used clover in the past and had mastered the basics of it. So I decided to try OpenCore. Always fun to be adventurous. However, that feeling slowly faded away and now its living hell for me.


At first I followed the Dortania guide 100% and made the bootable usb just the way it was mentioned in the guide. I booted up the usb and it worked just fine. I got to the internet recovery installer and then wiped my hdd and changed the partition table to GPT and reformatted it to HFS+. Everything worked fine. I proceed on with installing High Sierra to the hdd and it all works until it reaches about 2 minutes remaining and suddenly the install just halts abruptly and crashes and a popup appears saying "An error occured while preparing the installation. Try running this application again.". I checked the log and all it showed in the last line was, " [auth] failed to write file <private>". I could not make any sense of that.

So I decided to make a Clover bootable usb and install High Sierra with that and then use the OpenCore efi for the 1st boot once the installation was complete. Everything was going as planned. Then a new issue popped up. The boot hangs on one line and one line only, "IOConsoleUsers: gIOScreenLockState 3, hs 0, bs 0, now 0, sm0x0". I really don't know how to get past this one because based on my knowledge, this is an issue that is related to framebuffer patching. As I have mentioned before, I followed the Dortania guide and set up my efi just the way the guide told me to and with that I assume that the farmebuffer has been patched properly. I also don't get this framebuffer issue when I boot into the internet recovery installer.

A few things I would like to say:

  1. This is my first time using OpenCore with legacy hardware. Although, I helped my good friend, u/SolarBMWfreak make a hack and helped him with his efi and things went very smooth. He is currently helping me out with this issue but we seem to have just hit a brick wall for this one.
  2. I make sure that everything I use is always up to date.
  3. I have had issues in the past with Clover that I couldn't really solve, mainly the audio. Absolute PITA because I have tried all of the layout ids provided for my codec which is the ALC272 and the closest I get to success is a line in the verbose that says, "busy timeout 0", when I use alcid=3 bootflag.
    Link to previous post: Issues with the HackBook : hackintosh (
    P/S: The previous post mentions that I could not get the framebuffer to work with clover but I managed to get it to work eventually.
  4. Please don't tell me to go right back to clover because if the guide includes support for Arrandale, then why should I not try to use OpenCore. More importantly, it boots. Well, at least the internet recovery installer does.
  5. Please correct me if I am wrong.
  6. Specs:
    CPU: Core i5 480M (Min: 2.66GHz/Max: 2.93GHz)
    iGPU: Intel HD (GMA) (Min: 500MHz/Max: 766MHz)
    RAM: 4GB DDR3 (1333MHz)
    Storage: Hitachi HTS542516K9SA00
    Motherboard: Acer JE41_CP
    Wifi: BCM943225HM
    Bluetooth: BCM92070MD_REF
    Audio: Realtek ALC272
    Ethernet: BCM57780

Cooperation and feedback is highly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.

-Kunaal (TheKROCZ)

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