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Last Updated: 2021-01-01

General Rules

  • The iATKOS community does not condone piracy or the use of illegally acquired software. Any use, discussion, links to or mentions of pirated or illegal software will result in an instant permanent ban and account deletion without warning or notice. Examples of piracy are pre-built VMs, distributions, disk images, iso files, non-Apple computers purchased with macOS pre-installed, hacked or modified installers and cracking or unlocking software. Piracy is ILLEGAL and NOT TOLERATED.
  • Discussion of illegal activities such as software or music piracy and other intellectual property violations are not allowed and will result in a permanent ban from this community.
  • Building a hackintosh is not illegal as long as you have legally acquired macOS. However, installing macOS on non-Apple hardware is a violation of Apple’s EULA. In most countries, violating the terms of the EULA is not illegal as it is a contract. You are advised to consult your local laws before continuing.
  • Because of possible errors and complexities in external content, this community only supports guides and installation methods using tools and instructions published on iATKOS. Threads or posts which use tools, guides or instructions from third party sources may be removed.
  • This community does not support installation of macOS on Atom CPUs nor hypervisors other than VMware Fusion. Any post referencing these will be removed.
  • Discussion of pre-release software (such as macOS Public Beta software builds) from the free Apple Beta Software Program is encouraged.
  • Software released thru the Apple Developer Program is restricted to paid developer members only and restricted by NDA. As such, this site does NOT support installation of any software released under this program nor discussion of it or any non-public information developers have access to.
  • All software and DSDTs created by iATKOS UK are copyrighted and may not be redistributed or hosted on any other site or file sharing service.


  • Members are allowed only one account for personal non-commercial use.
  • Registering with multiple accounts or using this community for commercial use will result in a permanent ban and deletion of accounts.
  • Accounts must be created and maintained using a valid permanent email address. Using temporary or disposable emails is not allowed. Using these types of email accounts will result in deletion of the account.
  • To prevent the use of temporary emails addresses, email addresses cannot contain the plus sign (+) or have more than one period (.).
  • Account emails addresses cannot contain any form of any iATKOS website(s), site administrators or forum moderators. This is done to to prevent confusion and protect our community members.
  • Any account that has no posts or activity one year after being created will be deleted.
  • Users wishing to have their account deleted or removed need to notify us using the Contact Us link found on the bottom of every page. Any content for that account will either at the discretion of staff of the iATKOS Forum be deleted or the owner name will be changed.
  • Account usage is limited to the account creator. Sharing account login information will result in a permanent account and registration IP (if static) ban and all content deleted.


  • Must not violate iATKOS community standards and be safe for work (SFW).
  • The usage of a user name that is similar or may be confused with official staff members or other users is not allowed.
  • Using personally identifiable information such as an email address, telephone number or real name is prohibited. iATKOS UK will not be held accountable for exposing any such information.


  • Due to global privacy laws, avatars may not be selfies or photos that can identify the user.
  • Avatars that may be confused with official staff or moderators’ avatars are not allowed.
  • Use of the iATKOS logo in any form in avatars is not allowed.
  • Animated avatars are not allowed
  • Copyrighted images are not allowed for use in avatars.


  • Profiles are mandatory so that others can assist you. They are only for listing components and details of your primary system you are seeking assistance for or your latest system. Since they are viewable under your avatar they need to kept as small as possible and limited to one system only.

    Desktop profile field recommendations:

    • Motherboard: limited to manufacturer, model, UEFI/BIOS version and boot loader separated by "-", i.e. ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming - 1002 - Clover UEFI or Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD7 TH - F6.
    • CPU: limited to model number and clock speed if over-clocked, i.e. i7-8700 or i7-8700K OC 4.5 GHz.
    • Graphics: limited to model, i.e. GTX 1070, R9 570, HD 4000, HD 630 or GTX 1060 / HD 630.

    Laptop profile field recommendations:

    • Motherboard: limited to laptop manufacturer name, model, BIOS version and boot loader separated by "-", i.e. Dell XPS 13 9360 - 2.8.1 - Clover UEFI.
    • CPU: limited to model number and optionally chipset, i.e. i7-7500U or i7-3630QM/HM77.
    • Graphics: limited to model and resolution, i.e. HD 4000 1920 x 1280, HD 630 or GTX 1060/ HD 630 3840 × 2160.

  • Some examples of disallowed information are part numbers for anything other than motherboard or laptop, CPU and/or chipset code names, device ids or details for more than one system.
  • Any profile field that contains data that was not previously described as allowed will be edited and/or removed by a moderator without notice. Repeat offenders may have their posting privileges suspended.


  • Signatures are for build descriptions only and cannot be used to express personal, political or religious views. Users can list a maximum of 5 systems in their signature with each being on a separate line. Each build description can only contain motherboard manufacturer and model, CPU model and graphics card(s) manufacturer and model only. In lieu of listing components, a link to your build in the user builds forum is allowed. Formatting of signatures is limited to the default font size and may contain bolding.


  • Posts containing links to price comparison web sites or services will be removed.
  • Members cannot post advertisements or notices for eBay auctions, Kickstarter projects, Craigslist listings, personal sales, sponsorships or contests.
  • Posting any affiliate or referral links, or post anything asking for a referral is not allowed and will be removed.


  • No member can ask, accept, offer or provide any form of compensation to any other member for any form of assistance.
  • We do not allow members to post threads or to send private messages or emails to other members offering to pay for either public or private assistance.
  • Any post that advertises products, services or solicits for funds or donations will be removed.

Private Communications

  • Private conversations are only enabled once a user has 75 valid posts.
  • Members may not solicit nor provide assistance via private conversations. This forum was created to provide help by posting questions and getting answers. By not publicly discussing you are depriving others of solutions to problems they may encounter.
  • Any private conversation content that violates any community rule as defined on this page may be removed and result in a temporary suspension of community privileges or a permanent ban.


  • All posts must be made in English. Any and all posts in other languages will be deleted.
  • Posts cannot contain email addresses or any other form of contact information. iATKOS UK will not be held accountable for exposing any such information.
  • Please remove or redact all serial numbers or other personally identifiable information from posts, screen captures or config.plist files. Any posts containing this type of information will be removed to protect the poster.
  • Please use the search function before creating a new topic. The question that you ask may have already been answered.
  • Do not cross post or create identical threads in multiple forums. Duplicate threads and/or posts in this community will be deleted.
  • Bumping a thread is allowed after waiting at least 24 hours with no more than one bump per day.
  • Please refrain from posting meaningless threads, nonsense posts, or one-word (or short) posts.
  • Any posts containing links to external file/photo sharing sites will be removed. Please attach any and all attachments to your posts.
  • Multiple or repeated posting in order to increase your post count is not allowed. These posts will be deleted and the posters privileges will be temporarily suspended.
  • Posts that gets flagged as moderated is due to them containing content that contains links or content that violates iATKOS community rules.
  • Any post containing content that violates any iATKOS community rule as defined on this page will be edited by a moderator to remove the inappropriate content or removed from public view without warning.
  • Trolling, spamming and advertising via the forum, email, visitor messages, comments or private message system is not allowed.
  • While debating and discussion is fine, we will not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks, purposeless inflammatory posts or profanity (or attempts to bypass profanity filters).
  • All posts express the views of the author. Neither the owners of the iATKOS community nor iATKOS UK will be held responsible for the content of any post.
  • Posts discussing or arguing about iATKOS policies or moderator actions are not allowed and will be deleted.
  • Any disputes with the staff of the iATKOS community will be handled in private through thru the Contact Us link on this page.
  • Although the administrators and moderators of the iATKOS community will attempt to keep all objectionable content off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all posts.
  • The administrators and moderators of the iATKOS community reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread or post for any reason at their discretion.

Rules Enforcement

  • We reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure that this community is not disrupted or abused in any way.
  • Community members can have their privileges suspended or removed at any time without prior notice.
  • The administrative staff of the iATKOS community without notice may edit or delete posts, threads, private conversations, user avatars, profiles or signatures to enforce these rules.


  • The Contact Us link is ONLY for issues with the web site or your account.
  • Any messages asking for help will be ignored. The administrators and moderators of the iATKOS Forum do not provide private support or advice.


  • This website and all of its content is copyright of iATKOS UK. All rights reserved.
  • The content of this site may not be translated, transmitted or stored in any form on any other website or any other form of electronic retrieval system.
  • Any redistribution or reproduction of any content from this site in any form is prohibited without the express written consent of iATKOS UK.


  • We reserve the right to update and modify these rules as the needs of the community dictate to ensure the smooth operation of this community.