[Guide] Acer Aspire ES1-572-38KV - Intel Core i3-6006U - 4GB RAM - Intel HD Graphics 520


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Motherboard
GIGABYTE Z370 AROUS GAMING 3
CPU
Intel Core i9 9900K
Graphics
2xAMD RX 580 8GB
OS X/macOS
10.14.6
Bootloader
Clover (UEFI)
Mac
MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
Android, iOS
This is a complete installation guide to install macOS Mojave 10.14 on Acer Aspire ES1-572-38KV. The purpose of this guide is to provide a step-by-step guide to install Mojave using Clover UEFI.


Specifications

Code:
Laptop: Acer Aspire ES1-572-38KV
CPU: Intel Core i3-6006U
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
IGPU: Intel HD Graphics 520
HDD: Seagate ST1000LM035 1TB
Audio: Realtek ALC235
Display: 15.6" AH-IPS (1366x768) (Made by LG)
Ethernet: Realtek RTL8111
Wireless/Bluetooth: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (Unsupported)
Trackpad: I2C Trackpad
Camera: VGA Camera (Chicony Electronics Ltd.)
Ports: 1 x USB 3.0 | 2 x USB 2.0 | 1 x HDMI | 1 x SD Card slot | 1 x 3.5mm audio combo jack
Summary

What works?
  • Audio ✔
  • Graphics ✔
  • HDMI Video+HDMI Audio ✔
  • Keyboard ✔
  • Trackpad (With Gestures) ✔
  • Brightness ✔
  • Brightness Hotkeys ✔
  • Power Management ✔
  • iMessage ✔
  • FaceTime ✔
  • iCloud ✔
  • USB 2.0, 3.0Ports ✔
Not working
  • WiFi and Bluetooth (Unsupported), need to replace.
  • Card Reader (Unsupported).
Bootable Media Creation
To create a Bootable media for Mojave, follow the steps below.

1. Insert your USB Flash Drive and open Disk Utility. The Disk Utility is located at /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
2. Select your USB Flash Drive in the left pane and click on Erase button, at top.
3. A pop-up will appear.
4. Under Name type USB
5. Under Format select Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)
6. Under Scheme select GUID Partition Map, and click on Erase.
7. When done, click on Done.
8. Launch terminal, located at /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.
9. Copy and paste the following sudo command in terminal.
Code:
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB
10. Enter your password
11. Press (Y) to confirm and then press enter key and it will start to erase the disk and will create macOS Bootable USB.

Once the process completes, close the terminal. The USB Flash Drive will be renamed as Install macOS High Sierra

Note :
  • At this point, the bootable USB can be only used to boot Mac only. In order to boot the computer using the USB, follow the steps below.

Install Clover Bootloader
The next step is to install the Clover Bootloader to your USB Flash Drive.

1. Download Clover EFI Bootloader.
2. Extract the Clover EFI bootloader installer package and right click on the .pkg file and select Open
3. By default, the Clover Bootloader will select the system drive i.e Macintosh HD. Simply click on Change Install Location and select your installation Drive i.e Install macOS Mojave.
4. Click on Customize and configure the following settings.
  • Install Clover for UEFI booting only
  • Install Clover in the ESP
  • Themes: BGM
  • Drivers64UEFI: AptioMemoryFix-64 and ApsDriverLoader-64
The rest necessary drivers will be installed automatically by default.

6. Confirm the above options and click on Install. When promoted, enter your password. The clover bootloader will be installed to your installation drive.
7. Once done, simply click on Close

After installing the Clover bootloader, the EFI partition should be mounted on your Desktop.

Notes :
  • You need one additional drivers. HFSPlus.efi
  • Without HFSPlus, you won't be able to see any HFS+ volumes including your installation drive.
Downloads
Copy the additional drivers, HFSPlus.efi to: /EFI/Clover/drivers64UEFI

Now you’ve successfully installed clover and the required drivers on your USB.

Placing required kexts
In order to boot into the installation, you need to place the necessary kexts. Follow the guide below to place the necessary kexts.

Navigate to: EFI/CLOVER/kexts/
Remove all the folders, 10.x, except 'Other'.

Downloads
Notes :
  • Do not download the project files. The pre-built binaries/downloads are available in the README.md section. Make sure you read it carefully.
  • Download the latest version for better support.
  • Use the kext from Release folder and Release.zip file.
Copy all the kexts from the release folder downloaded above.
Navigate to /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/ and place all the 5 kexts (FakeSMC.kext, VoodPS2Controller.kext and USBInjectAll.kext, Lilu.kext and WhateverGreen.kext)
Preparing Post Installation Tools
The next step is to place the required tools, kexts to the another Flash Drive which will help you in the post installation.

1. Insert your another USB
2. Format the USB with the following parameters
Under Name type Post Install
Under Format select Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)
Under Scheme select GUID Partition Map, and click on Erase.

When done, click on Done.

3. Copy the important tools such as DPCIManager, Clover Configurator, IOReg, MaciASL.

When done, simply eject your second Flash Drive.

Copy the Config.plist
Get the config.plist from Rehabman Github repo: https://github.com/RehabMan/OS-X-Clover-Laptop-Config

1. Download the config.plist file from the above link.
2. Copy config_HD515_520_530_540.plist
3. Place it at : EFI/Clover
4. Rename it to config.plist.
5. Open your config.plist using Clover Configurator.
6. Add the following parameters
7. -v in boot args.
8. Navigate to Devices Tab
9. Delete all the values in Add Properties
10. At bottom, delete all the properties values.
11. Navigate to Graphics Tab
12. Uncheck Inject ATI and Inject NVIDIA.
13. Save your config.plist file

UEFI Settings
To access your BIOS/UEFI, press and hold Delete key on your Keyboard and then set the following.
  • Set Load Setup Defaults.
  • Set F12 Boot Menu to Enabled
  • Set Touchpad to Basic
  • Set Supervisor Password
  • Set Boot Mode to UEFI
  • Set Secure Boot to Disabled
  • Exit Saving Changes.
Installation
Follow the steps below for the installation.

1. Turn on your PC
2. Press F12 to enter boot menu.
3. Select your USB Flash Drive with the UEFI prefix and press enter to boot.
4. When at Clover screen, select Boot macOS Install from Install macOS Mojave.
5. It will take couple of minutes to boot into installer screen. Once you reach the installer, select your preferred language and continue.
6. For a fresh installation, you must erase the drive you wish to install on. Follow the steps below to erase the destination drive.
7. On top, click on Utilities and then select Disk Utility.
8. When at Disk Utility, click on View and select Show all Devices.
9. Now select the SSD.
10. Make sure that you don’t select partition, select the Drive and click on Erase button.

Under Name type Macintosh HD.
Under Format select APFS.
Under Scheme select GUID Partition Map, and click on erase button.

Close Disk Utility

11. Select Install macOS and continue with the options.

12. Now select Macintosh HD and click on Install.
13. Upon completion, the system will automatically restart. The system may restart few times to complete the installation.
14. If the system restarts, select Boot macOS Install from Macintosh HD.

15. After installation, boot it using USB, but this time select Macintosh HD.
16. The first boot maybe slower as the caches are not build yet. Once the caches are built, it will boot normally.
17. When you're at the welcome screen, continue with the basics options such as Keyboard setup, Network, Computer Account and Privacy settings.

Now the installation is complete, but the drive isn't bootable yet. You need to configure the Post Installation

Post Installation
Now, configuring the Post Installation

The post installation is required to achieve the fully system functionality.
Typically, the post installation includes enabling boot from the system drive, Graphics, Network, Audio, HDMI Audio, Trackpad, Brightness, Keyboard remap and USB.

Boot from System Drive
This is one of the most important part as it allows to boot it using the system drive without any need of installation USB.
Mount the EFI Partition.

Be sure to mount both the EFI partitions of your Hard Drive and Mojave Bootable USB. Both the EFI partition of your Hard Drive and USB Flash Drive will be mounted on your Desktop.

Assuming that you’ve mounted your EFI Partition, continue the following.

1. Open your EFI Partition of your Hard Drive.
2. Select EFI folder and then move to Trash.
3. Now open your EFI Partition of your macOS Sierra Bootable USB.
4. Now copy the EFI folder to your EFI Partition of your Hard Drive.

By using this method, You’ll able to install Clover Bootloader automatically to your Hard Drive.

Graphics
This Laptop has Intel HD Graphics 520. Graphics works OOTB without any issue. The correct VRAM is recognised and works with Full QE/CI.

Network
The motherboard uses Intel I219-V Ethernet Chipset. All you need to do is to install the kext and reboot the system in order to activate Ethernet. The downloads for Intel Ethernet is available in the downloads section.

DSDT and SSDT Patching
For the DSDT and SSDT patching, i prefer full patched set of DSDT and SSDT. Follow the DSDT and SSDT patching guide: https://www.elitemacx86.com/threads/guide-how-to-patch-laptop-dsdt-and-ssdts.178/
Using the guides, patch all of your DSDT and SSDT.

DSDT
  • Layout id = 3 (0x03)
  • Rename GFX0 to IGPU
  • Fix _WAK Arg0 v2
  • HPET Fix
  • SMBUS Fix
  • IRQ Fix
  • RTC Fix
  • OS Check Fix
  • Fix Mutex with non-zero SyncLevel
  • USB3_PRW 0x6D Skylake (instant wake)
For activating keyboard Brightness/Backlight keys
  • UP = _Q12
  • Down = _Q11
Code:
into method label _Q11 replace_content
begin
// Brightness Down\n
Notify (KBC0, 0x20)\n
end;

into method label _Q12 replace_content
begin
// Brightness Up\n
Notify (KBC0, 0x10)\n
end;
SSDT
  • Rename GFX0 to IGPU
  • Cleanup/Fix Errors (SSDT)
  • Remove _PSS placeholders
The SSDT (SSDT-7-ACRPRDCT) will have 9 errors in total
Screen Shot 2018-11-24 at 6.57.51 PM.png


Find the line 2338
Replace:
Code:
Local3
With this:
Code:
Store (Zero, Local3)
Find the line 2538
Replace:
Code:
Local3
With this:
Code:
Store (Zero, Local3)
Find the line 2548
Replace:
Code:
Local5
With this:
Code:
Store (Zero, Local5)
Place all the patches DSDT and SSDTs to : EFI/ACPI/Patched.

1. Open your config.plist
2. Check "Drop OEM"
3. Under Sorted Order, list all of your DSDT and SSDTs.
The SSDT (SSDT-PNLF.aml) should be added at last.


Brightness
For activating the Brightness, read here: https://www.elitemacx86.com/threads/guide-how-to-enable-backlight-control-on-laptop.182/

Audio
The motherboard uses a Realtek ALC256 Audio Codec.
There are several ways to activate audio. I'm using AppleHDA to enable audio on this build.

To patch AppleHDA for this Audio Codec on your own, read here: https://www.elitemacx86.com/threads/a-beginners-guide-how-to-patch-applehda-for-laptops.184/

1. Install the kext to S/L/E
2. Open your config.plist
3. Under Acpi patches, add the following patch
Code:
Comment: Rename HDAS to HDEF
Find* [HEX]: 48444153
Replace [HEX]: 48444546
4. Use layout ID =3
5. Check "ResetHDA"

Notes :

HDMI Audio
1. Open your config.plist
2. Navigate to Devices Tab
3. Go to Add Properties section and then add the following :
Code:
Device: IntelGFX
Key: hda-gfx
Value: 6F6E626F6172642D3100
Value Type: DATA
Comment: hda-gfx=onboard-1 for HDMI audio
Code:
Device: HDA
Key: hda-gfx
Value: 6F6E626F6172642D3100
Value Type: DATA
Comment : hda-gfx=onboard-1 for HDMI audio
Code:
Device: HDA
Key: layout-id
Value: 03000000
Value Type: DATA
Comment: layout-id=3
Note :
  • Use layout id=3 only. If you use any other layout, no Audio output will be there
Trackpad
The trackpad works OOTB. But no gestures are available. Install SmartTouchPad.kext to S/L/E. For more information, read here: https://www.elitemacx86.com/threads/guide-how-to-fix-trackpads-on-laptops-including-gestures.293/

Battery Meter
The battery meter doesn't works out of the box. You'll need to install ACPIBatteryManager.

1. Download ACPIBatteryManager
2. Install the kext from the Release folder to S/L/E

Power Management
The CPU power management works OOTB. For more information, read here: https://www.elitemacx86.com/threads/guide-enable-native-power-management-on-laptops.187/

USB Ports
The ports works OOTB. All the USB ports are activated by default. But you'll need to add the port limit patch

Add USB port limit patch
1. Mount your EFI Partition
2. Open your config.plist file using Clover Configurator
3. Navigate to kernel and kext patches tab and add the following patch in your config.plist.

Code:
Name: com.apple.driver.usb.AppleUSBXHCI
Find* [HEX]: 83FB0F0F 83030500 0
Replace* [HEX]: 83FB0F90 90909090 90
Comment: USB 10.14.x by PMHeart
MatchOS: 10.14.x
4. Save your config.plist file

Restart your Laptop
After completing the post installation, restart your laptop.

Miscellaneous

App Store, iMessage, FaceTime, and iCloud
1. Mount your EFI partition
2. Open your config.plist
3. Navigate to SMBIOS Tab
4. Generate a new SMBIOS for "MacBook Pro13,1"
5. Save your config.plist
6. Restart your laptop
7. Login into App Store, iMessage, FaceTime and iCloud.

Conclusion
You should have all the functions as stated above.

Credits:
RehabMan
Mirone
Mikey1979
ricoc90