Monday, October 22, 2018

How to update Clover to the latest version

The newest Clover version as of the time of this writing is 4700. Some (including myself) had a black screen after updating to Clover 4700 or the Hackintosh is not booting at all. Here's how to backup your existing working EFI, update Clover to the latest version for better Mojave compatibility, and how to ensure you don't get a black screen.

Important Note: This works for a PC with a configuration like mine, see here for the specs. I cannot guarantee that you will have a successful update without problems. Make sure you follow the steps carefully, and before updating, backup your EFI folder as we explain below and have a bootable macOS USB disk with Clover bootloader standing by.

Before continuing, you might want to ensure you have a bootable USB of the macOS. In case you can no longer boot in Clover, you will need this macOS Installer thumb drive to get back to a working state so you can fix your EFI folder. Follow this process to create a bootable macOS Mojave USB disk.


Backup your existing working EFI folder

  1. Download the latest Clover Configurator from here. Ensure your AdBlocker is disabled for this site to allow download.
  2. Run Clover Configurator. From the Tools list on the left, click on Mount EFI.
  3. Find your EFI. It should be something like EFI on APFS Container (macOS, Preboot, Recovery, VM).
  4. Click on Mount Partition. Now you will see an EFI drive icon on the Desktop. Open it.
  5. On your keyboard, press simultaneously the Command (Windows key on a Windows keyboard) + Shift + . (period) keys. This will make the Hidden Files visible.
  6. Select All by pressing Command + A or Windows key + A and back them up in a safe place (preferably on a different drive).

Update your Clover Bootloader

  1. Download the latest Clover Configurator from here. Ensure your AdBlocker is disabled for this site to allow download.
  2. Run Clover Configurator. From the Tools list on the left, click on Mount EFI.
  3. Find your EFI. It should be something like EFI on APFS Container (macOS, Preboot, Recovery, VM).
  4. Click on Mount Partition. Now you will see an EFI drive icon on the Desktop.
  5. From the Tools list on the left, click on Install/Update Clover.
  6. Click on Check Now button and then on Download.
  7. Run the installation package. Click Continue 3 times. 
  8. Click on Customize button. This is critical so don't rush to install Clover with a Standard Installation.
  9. These options should be selected:
  • Clover for UEFI Booting Only.
  • Install Clover in the ESP.
  • Themes (optional)
  • Expand UEFI Drivers and select:
    • DataHubDxe-64
    • FSInject-64
    • SMCHelper-64
    • VBoxHfs-64
    • ApfsDriverLoader-64
    • AptioMemoryFix-64
    • PartitionDxe-64 
  •  Expand FileVault 2 UEFI Drivers and select:
    • AppleImageCodec-64
    • AppleKeyAggregator-64
    • AppleKeyFeeder-64
    • AppleUITheme-64
    • FirmwareVolume-64
  • Install RC scripts on target volume
  • Install Clover Preference Pane
10. Click Install and then restart your computer.

If you have any issues booting up, you can use your bootable USB drive to boot to macOS and try to fix your EFI folder or revert to the previous version.

Disclaimer: The content provided in this article is for informational purposes only. You are solely responsible for verifying the information as being appropriate for your personal use.

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