HaC Mini Hackintosh
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Installation

The HaC Mini installer will install the OpenCore bootloader along with patches, configurations, and drivers for a fully working Hackintosh.

Installer Download

Github

New Install

A brand new clean install is the recommended way. Existing installations may have unneeded patches/hacks that conflict with HaC Mini and cause issues. OSX "distributions" and pre-made generic installers (such as MultiBeast) are highly discouraged for any machine and especially NUC Hades Canyon because they contain many outdated and broken patches.

Prerequisites

  • A Mac or another Hackintosh to prepare the installer (running at least macOS 10.14)
  • macOS 10.14.5+ installer (lower versions not supported)
  • USB flash drive with at least 16GB of storage
Please note that OSX software license prohibits running it on non-Apple hardware.

Creating OSX Installer

Note all data on the USB drive will be erased.
  1. 1.
    On another OSX machine (or another Hackintosh), download macOS Catalina or higher from the App Store.
  2. 2.
    Insert your USB drive and open up Terminal.
  3. 3.
    Open up Disk Utility to format your USB drive:
    1. 1.
      Find your USB drive in the left sidebar under External (if there are multiple sub-drives under your USB drive, select the top-most one). You may need to choose View -> Show All Devices in order to see the full disk.
    2. 2.
      Press the "Erase" button on the top toolbar.
    3. 3.
      Give the name Installer and make sure to select MacOS Extended (Journaled) as the Format and GUID Partition Map as the Scheme.
    4. 4.
      Press Erase, wait until it completes, and quit Disk Utility.
  4. 4.
    Open up Terminal and create the installer
    1. 1.
      Run the following command sudo "/Applications/Install macOS Catalina.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia" --volume /Volumes/Installer and type in your password when prompted.
    2. 2.
      Wait for the process to complete. This can take around 30 minutes to an hour.

Patching OSX Installer

macOS Big Sur (11.0) and higher no longer supports installer patching. Skip this section if this applies to you.
We will use the HaC Mini installer (link at top of the page) to modify the vanilla OSX installer to install HaC Mini automatically after OSX installation completes.
  1. 1.
    Make sure your OSX installer USB is inserted and open HaCMini.pkg
  2. 2.
    Continue with the install until you reach the Installation Type page.
  3. 3.
    Press Change Install Location...
  4. 4.
    Select your OSX installer USB from the list of destinations.
    1. 1.
      Make sure you do not select your booted drive or you will install HaC Mini on the computer you're currently using.
    2. 2.
      If the OSX installer USB cannot be selected, make sure the installer is for OSX 10.14.5 or later.
  5. 5.
    Press Continue and then Customize
  6. 6.
    Check Patch OSX installer if it is not disabled
    1. 1.
      If the option is disabled, make sure you selected the OSX installer USB as the destination in the previous step.
    2. 2.
      If it is still disabled, the macOS installer is not compatible. You can still proceed, however, you must follow the update section after installing macOS.
  7. 7.
    Press Install and finish the installation.

Installing macOS

We will be doing a clean installation. That means the SSD will be wiped and any existing data will be lost. If you plan to boot Windows and/or Linux, it is advised that you install those systems after OSX.
  1. 1.
    Insert your newly created USB installer into any USB slot and power on the NUC.
  2. 2.
    Press F2 to enter BIOS and in Boot -> Boot Priority, make sure your USB drive is first.
  3. 3.
    Reboot and you should boot into the OSX installer
    1. 1.
      If not, you need to get into the boot picker menu and select the installer.
  4. 4.
    The OSX installer should load.
    1. 1.
      Partition your SSD using Disk Utility. You may need to choose View -> Show All Devices in order to find your drive. You should wipe the entire drive and format it as APFS with GUID Partition Map. This will also create the EFI and Recovery partitions.
  5. 5.
    Run the installer to completion.
    1. 1.
      If the installer fails with an error message "This copy ... is damaged, and can’t be used to install macOS," check out the support page.
    2. 2.
      Installation will reboot a few times. Because USB has first boot priority, you do not have to touch anything.
    3. 3.
      If you see the boot picker after rebooting, select "macOS Installer."
  6. 6.
    After installation completes, you can remove the USB and boot from your SSD. You can revert the boot priority changes if desired.

Install or Update HaC Mini Patches

This section is optional (but recommended) if you've followed "Patching OSX Installer" above. It is required for users on macOS Big Sur (11.0) and higher.
When a macOS update is released, you should install it through normal means. Major macOS updates may not work 100% on day one and may have known issues, you should check the issues page before a major upgrade. When a new release of HaC Mini comes out, you can follow the steps below to update the drivers and patches. Always update HaC Mini first before updating macOS to avoid potential boot issues.
You should never follow instructions or install drivers found on other Hackintosh sites and "distributions" as they do not apply to HaC Mini. When applicable, follow instructions from Apple's KB site or instructions for Mac mini.
If you do not have Xcode or Xcode Command Line Tools installed, you need to run xcode-select --install in Terminal if you plan to enable secure boot.
  1. 1.
    Download the installer and run HaCMini.pkg
  2. 2.
    Run the installer to completion
    1. 1.
      You may wish to click Customize at the third step to install additional drivers and optional patches.
    2. 2.
      It is highly recommended that you check "Boot Options -> Enable boot security" as it provides additional security and is required for OTA updates on macOS 12.2 and above. Extra steps are needed if this is the first time enabling boot security.
  3. 3.
    If you've selected to install Native Thunderbolt support, run Thunderbolt Patcher from Applications after rebooting and patch your Thunderbolt controller. (This only needs to be done once.)
Your NUC is now a Mac.