[Fix] Intel HD Graphics 3000 on macOS Mojave 10.14.x



EliteMacx86

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Recently, Apple announced their next release i.e macOS Mojave 10.14 for which we have been waiting for. macOS Mojave includes many new features. The most attractive feature is the Dark Theme and the GUI. With each release of macOS, Apple remove supports for old hardware. With the the release of Mojave, Apple has removed support for Intel HD Graphics 3000 Officially for all the Mac line up products from late 2010 and 2011. From Mojave, Apple does not supports any non-metal Graphics Card which requires at least Intel HD Graphics 4000, which is a metal capable Graphics.

If you tend to install, you cannot even boot as the system is incompatible. However, even you trick by using boot-args and skip compatibility check, at the time of installation, you won't be able to select the drive on which you want to install. It will throw a error saying "This version of macOS 10.14 cannot not be installed on this computer". The system compatibility check can be bypassed by using a boot-arg and changing the SMBIOS in config.plist. For more information, read here: https://www.elitemacx86.com/threads/guide-how-to-boot-macos-installer-on-laptops-using-clover-uefi-legacy.177/

Users with Intel HD Graphics 3000 don't need to worry as they can install it and can also get the Graphics working with Full QE/CI. However, with the light theme, a weird darkish grey Menu Bar and Finder sidebar appears. With the Dark Theme, this issue is not present.

Before you start with this guide, please know something about the performance. Graphics enhance the performance and helps to work smoothly. In macOS, full acceleration requires that both Quartz Extreme and Core Image (QE/CI) should work together.

Quartz Extreme and Core Image (QE/CI) should work together to enable full acceleration on macOS’s GUI. It utilizes the complete Graphics capabilities. In case if you haven’t enabled QE/CI on your graphic card, you won’t be able to use your macOS smoothly and there would be lots of lags and artifacts, graphic related issues and poor refresh rate. Also the dock would not be transparent. Therefore it is very important to ensure that your graphic is working with full QE/CI.

Requirements:
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • macOS Mojave 10.14.0 or later
Step 1
BIOS Setting:

  1. The very first step is to setup your BIOS. This guide will only include settings for Intel HD users.
  2. To access your BIOS/UEFI, press and hold Delete key on your Keyboard. The key maybe different in your case. Refer to your Motherboard Guide/Manual.
  3. Set Initial Display Output to IGFX
  4. Set Internal Graphics to Auto/Enabled
  5. Set DVMT Pre-Allocated to 64MB
  6. Set DVMT Total Gfx Memory to 256/128MB
  7. Save & Exit Setup.
Step 2
Mount EFI Partition:

  1. Mount EFI Partition of your system drive.
Step 3
Edit your config.plist file:

  1. The next step is to edit your config.plist file and make necessary edits. The guide recommends to use the installation guide which uses the Rehabman's config.plist. Read here: https://www.elitemacx86.com/threads/guide-how-to-boot-macos-installer-on-laptops-using-clover-uefi-legacy.177/
2. Navigate to Boot tab and check the following:​
  • Check nv_disable=1 box
  • Under the Custom Flags section, type -no_compat_check

3. Save your config.plist file.​

Step 4: DSDT Patching
For a Laptop, the DSDT patching is necessary in order to achieve the full functionality of the hardware. Read the basic DSDT and SSDTs patching guide here: https://www.elitemacx86.com/threads/guide-how-to-patch-laptop-dsdt-and-ssdts.178/

Notes:
  • If your Laptop has 1366x768 resolution, use HD 3000 Low Resolution patch.
  • If your Laptop has 1600x900+ resolution, use HD 3000 High Resolution patch.
Step 5: Download the Graphics kexts
The next step is to download the required kexts to enable graphics. AppleIntelHD3000Graphics.kext, AppleIntelHD3000GraphicsGA.plugin, AppleIntelHD3000GraphicsGLDriver.bundle, AppleIntelHD3000GraphicsVADriver.bundle, AppleIntelSNBGraphicsFB.kext, AppleIntelSNBVA.bundle. is required from High Sierra 10.13.6. All these kexts are needed together to work with conjunction in order to enable the graphics.

Downloads
  1. Download the kexts from the bottom of this post.
Notes :
  • Download the latest version only.
Step 6: Installing Graphics kexts
After editing your config.plist file, the next step is to install the Graphics kexts.
You can use either terminal or any other app for installing the kexts.

Download the kexts
Extract it to your Desktop
Open terminal
Type
Code:
sudo cp -R /Users/your user name/Desktop/kextsToInstall/System/Library/Extensions
Press enter, when promoted, enter your password
Rebuild caches
Code:
sudo kextcache -i/
Note :
  • Make sure to replace your user name with "your user name"
Restart your System
  1. After performing all the above steps, restart your system in order to enable the Intel HD Graphics.
  2. Now you should be able to get your Intel HD Graphics 3000, 384MB/512MB will full QE/CI. And your Dock would be also transparent.
Problem Reporting

Details :
  1. macOS version
  2. Copy of IOReg
  3. Kextcache output
Screen shots :
  • DPCIManager/Status
  • About This Mac
  • System Information/Graphics/Displays
Clover Files :
  • Compress EFI/Clover, exclude the themes folder. Do not include complete EFI folder.
Put all files in a folder with your name, compress files as Zip and attach files using site attachments only. Do not use any external links.

Credits:
Artur for testing

Sample Attachment
The Intel HD 3000 from Dell Latitude E6320, and ASUS N53SV are used as the example in this guide.
 

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displhehynehym

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I'm on my phone so I can't attach problem reporting files right now, but can I ask one thing: is setting dvmt pre-allocated a must have requirement? I'm a beginner, but I don't think I have read/seen HD 3000 guides and config.plist's mention dvmt patching in bios or framebuffer patching for it, even for an accelerating HD 3000 in mojave, such as https://github.com/BesnikRrustemi/Lenovo-B570e. Thanks in advance.
 

EliteMacx86

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is setting dvmt pre-allocated a must have requirement?
DVMT pre-alloc is required from Broadwell and above. I've included the options if there's option to set from BIOS otherwise it's not required. The guide has been tested and works like a charm.
 

displhehynehym

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Thank you for your reply. I will not do the DVMT patching.
I attached two sets of problem reporting files. They both have only 384MB in graphics memory. It does not go up to 1536MB or 2048MB with WEG framebuffer-unifiedmem 00000080. JinmoMBP8,1 is the one that has WEG patching in Devices/Properties/PciRoot~/AAPL,snb-platform-id 00000100, and JinmoMBA5,1 is with the former IntelGraphicsFixup method Graphics/Inject/Intel/true. They both have corresponding EDID injection in Devices/Properties/PciRoot~ or Graphics/EDID/Custom, as my screen does not seem to work without EDID extracted from Windows. But without EDID, sound and other things work, so with a black screen, I can shut down by pressing tab a couple times and hitting spacebar or even hear the beep sound from pressing F1-F12 keys.
I also have noticed that with MBP8,1, the display is recognized as external display with backlight control not working. MBA5,1 is internal display, and backlight control works, but everything is white so I cannot see very well. The dropdown menu of the display icon that lets me change the color tone or shading can only lighten up in brightness so it becomes more white.
I would like to go with the new WEG patching method because people say Devices/Properties method is more powerful. Can you help me with this? I will open a separate thread if that's necessary.
 

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EliteMacx86

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I will not do the DVMT patching.
As mentioned, it's not required. Intel HD Graphics 3000 can be 384MB and 512MB. Depends on the RAM.
They both have corresponding EDID injection in Devices/Properties/PciRoot~ or Graphics/EDID/Custom, as my screen does not seem to work without EDID extracted from Windows. But without EDID, sound and other things work, so with a black screen, I can shut down by pressing tab a couple times and hitting spacebar or even hear the beep sound from pressing F1-F12 keys.
EDID injection is not required unless you've some weird issues with your screen.
I also have noticed that with MBP8,1, the display is recognized as external display with backlight control not working. MBA5,1 is internal display, and backlight control works, but everything is white so I cannot see very well. The dropdown menu of the display icon that lets me change the color tone or shading can only lighten up in brightness so it becomes more white.
MBA5,1 is a poor choice. You must use MBP8,1. For the Backlight control, read the guide here: https://www.elitemacx86.com/threads/guide-how-to-enable-backlight-control-on-laptop.182/

For the MBP8,1, incomplete PR files have been attached. The kextcache output, screenshot is missing. the DSDT is not patched as per the guide. You cannot expect things to work on a Laptop without proper DSDT patching. The native DSDT is different than the patched one. You must follow the Laptop DSDT and SSDTs patching guide. Also, the config.plist is not as per the guide.

The same is with the MBA5,1 PR files.
I would be updating this guide very soon.
It would be good if you follow the guide, and open a separate thread instead.
 

displhehynehym

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Thank you for your reply. I have just joined this community and am not familiar with the problem reporting, configs, or DSDT and SSDTs. I will look into that and I will be keeping an eye on this thread.
 

EliteMacx86

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Thank you for your reply. I have just joined this community and am not familiar with the problem reporting, configs, or DSDT and SSDTs. I will look into that and I will be keeping an eye on this thread.
Sure. I've updated the guide. You should be good to go now.
 

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