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Andrew Pennebaker

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  1. (Posting this in the Sierra forum, as there doesn't appear to be a High Sierra forum quite yet.) Hey yall! I managed to get macOS 10.13 High Sierra running as a guest VM with VMware Fusion 10 on macOS 13.13 High Sierra host, without too much trouble. Here's my VMX for macOS hosts: https://gist.github.com/mcandre/48f90963d9a24315024319cd62142f6a However, I would like to be able to use High Sierra from Windows 10 hosts (e.g. Boot Camp'ed on Apple hardware). I'm following a dozen online tutorials for this, and can work around most glitches like ensuring that smc.version = "0" and patching VMware with the unlocker, and ensuring that the drive interfaces are SATA. However, I am not able to boot up the full macOS SetupAssistant installer. From a Windows host, I just get boot looping between the Apple logo and the VMware logo. Any tips for fixing this? Screenshots https://imgur.com/a/tHJ94 Also posting this to Stack Exchange, InsanelyMac, and {censored} in case other communities can help, too!
  2. Apparently packer was supplying bad configuration to VMware Fusion for macOS guests. When I follow the normal VMware Fusion creation wizard, then the VM successfully installs and boots. Here is my working VMX: https://gist.github.com/mcandre/48f90963d9a24315024319cd62142f6a
  3. Yo! I'm trying to install High Sierra in VMware Fusion for a command line driven Vagrant box, in order to make it easier to compile applications for macOS. I actually managed to automate macOS installation entirely with PC-compatible keyboard input in packer! Unfortunately, the boot after SetupAssistant always fails: Trace Installing: About 15 minutes remaining ... Installing on "Macintosh HD" ... An error occurred installing macOS. To use Apple Diagnostics to check your Mac hardware, shut down, press the power button, and immediately hold the 'D' key until diagnostics begins. Quit the installer to restart your computer and try again. Restart Screenshots https://i.imgur.com/Fezqad1.png https://i.imgur.com/ZMe6VUn.png https://i.imgur.com/4UpW4lc.png System Specs Guest OS: macOS 10.13 High Sierra Host OS: macOS 10.13 High Sierra Hypervisor: VMware Fusion 10 Physical hardware: mid-2013 13" MacBook Air Configuration VMX: https://gist.github.com/mcandre/df4a69809afb8103ef37ae32371c6e23 ISO generation scripts, packer configuration, and VMX settings are available as a work-in-progress "macos" branch in my packer templates repository: https://github.com/mcandre/packer-templates/tree/macos Mitigation steps attempted I've already tried: Re-generating the installer ISO image. Re-running the packer VM build. Tweaking VMX settings. Disabling SMC (which results in a VM that never finishes booting). Increasing virtual RAM to 4GB. Specifying the virtual hard drive as a solid state drive. Using VirtualBox (unfortunately, packer sends the wrong scancodes to VirtualBox for macOS guests, so packer + macOS guests + VirtualBox doesn't integrate very well at the moment). Pressing 'D' during boot (no change in behavior, no diagnostics displayed). I'm new to hackintoshing, so I'm not sure if I'm missing some critical VMX configuration, or perhaps if High Sierra introduces further complications compared to earlier editions of macOS. Or even if an alternative EFI bootloader (Clover?) is necessary, I just don't know. I'd prefer to install macOS with as vanilla/default a configuration as possible. If anyone else has experience getting macOS to boot in VMware, let me know how the VMX configuration can be improved, or if some kind of SMC toggling intervention is necessary to get the thing to boot better. I've already tossed so many hacks and workarounds into the mix that I'm starting to run out of ideas Also posting this to InsanelyMac and Reddit just in case someone there can help, too!
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