Troubleshooting Hackintosh Boot Failures on MSI MAG Tomahawk B460 with i7-10700K and RX 6600 XT


Given your MSI MAG Tomahawk B460, Intel Core i7-10700K, XFX Radeon RX 6600 XT, and 24GB RAM DDR4 setup, and the difficulties in passing through verbose mode in a Hackintosh environment, consider the following steps:

  1. Verbose Mode for Diagnosis: Booting in verbose mode is crucial for diagnosing where the process is halting. Use the boot flags -v -f to enable verbose mode and rebuild the kext caches, which is important especially if the installer has not updated them properly​​.

  2. Correct Boot Flags:

    • The agdpmod=pikera flag is specific to AMD GPUs and helps to prevent black screen issues.
    • debug=0x100 and keepsyms=1 are useful for debugging purposes. If they are not providing any useful output, you can temporarily remove them.
    • The SMBIOS change from iMac20,2 to MacPro7,1 needs careful consideration. Ensure that the chosen SMBIOS is the most compatible with your hardware configuration.
  3. Graphics Compatibility: The XFX Radeon RX 6600 XT should generally be compatible, but ensure that your EFI configuration doesn't have any unnecessary or conflicting settings for GPU.

  4. EFI Folder and Configurations: Revisit your EFI folder. Ensure that all drivers, kexts, and ACPI patches are appropriate for your hardware.

  5. Check RAM Configuration: Unusual RAM amounts like 24GB can sometimes cause issues. Try configuring with a standard RAM setup (like 16GB or 32GB) to rule out memory-related issues.

  6. BIOS Settings: Verify that the BIOS settings on your MSI motherboard are correctly configured for Hackintosh. This includes disabling Secure Boot, enabling AHCI, and potentially tweaking other settings like VT-d.

  7. Community Assistance: Since you've already sought help on Discord, consider detailed posts on Hackintosh forums like Reddit or tonymacx86 with your EFI folder and a description of the issue.

  8. Alternate Bootloaders: If you're using Clover, consider trying OpenCore, which is often more up-to-date and may have better support for newer hardware and macOS versions.

  9. Backup and Documentation: Maintain backups of your working EFI configurations and document changes you make for easy troubleshooting.

Visual Aids: Screenshots of the verbose mode errors, BIOS settings, and EFI folder structure can be extremely helpful when seeking help from the community.

Additional Note: Building a Hackintosh can be complex, especially with newer hardware and macOS versions. Patience and systematic troubleshooting, combined with community support, are often key to resolving such issues.

Hackintosh cannot enter macOS after booting into OpenCore. Specs are MSI MAG Tomahawk B460, Intel Core i7-10700K, XFX Radeon RX 6600 XT, 24GB RAM DDR4. I’ve added agdpmod=pikera, remove debug=0x100 keepsyms=1, replace SMBIOS iMac20,2 to MacPro7,1. After this failure, I undo my steps and only added ‘agdpmod=pikera’ like what other Reddit posts said. Still, the same happened. I’ve posted this in Discord and no one could help me there, so I’m resorting to Reddit. What can I do to the config.plist to fix this? Thanks for your help!

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