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Hello, everybody!


It's a long time since my last post... I had to be absent for some time, due to particular issues and, in this meantime, some great
things happened at the Hackintosh scene!


So, let's talk a bit about Lilu.kext > https://github.com/acidanthera/Lilu

Download >  https://www.osx86.net/files/file/4820-lilukext/



Lilu.kext is a kernel extension that allows patching of kexts and process just as Clover Bootloader does, but the good thing is, it's bootloader independent, so, even those not using Clover can have part of its benefits and, those using it, can make the experience
even better!


Lilu.kext alone isn't of great help for regular users, but it has some plugins that help us a lot when used together!


ATTENTION! All plugins must be used with same Lilu.kext used as base for the compilation, otherwise, the efficacy may be affected. All download available below, were compiled using the same debug kext.


Let's talk a bit about the most used plugins (Click at the spoiler button for a brief explanation);

VirtualSMC.kext > https://github.com/acidanthera/VirtualSMC/blob/master/Docs/FAQ.md

Download >  https://www.osx86.net/files/file/4821-virtualsmckext/




In short long history, it's a replacement for the widely known FakeSMC.kext...

It has lots of benefits for Advanced users but, starters can use it easily, just like they do with FakeSMC.kext...

You can find detailed information at the link above...


AppleALC.kext > https://github.com/acidanthera/AppleALC

Download > https://www.osx86.net/files/file/4822-applealckext/




Forget complicated workarounds to have your audio device working, using native AppleHDA.kext...

In the most of cases, the user only has to use the kext and set "layout-id" for supported codecs... > https://github.com/acidanthera/AppleALC/wiki/Supported-codecs


WhateverGreen.kext > https://github.com/acidanthera/WhateverGreen

Download > https://www.osx86.net/files/file/4823-whatevergreenkext/




It's a GPU injector/patcher that helps the user to have a better graphical experience at macOS and also, helps enable HDMI Audio using native AppleHDA.kext...

It's compatible with Nvidia/AMD/Intel GPUs...


You can find detailed information at the link above...


LiluFriend.kext > https://github.com/PMheart/LiluFriend

Download > https://www.osx86.net/files/file/4824-lilufriendkext/




LiluFriend.kext isn't a Lilu.kext plugin, it's a helper kext that ensures Lilu and plugins will be loaded at earlier boot stages and, by doing this, granting effective use...

It's recommended for those installing kexts directly to the system, also, it needs some user interaction to be effective, by adding plugins' "CFBundleIdentifier and Version" to its "LiluFriend.kext/Contents/Info.plist" file...


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You can find detailed information at the link above...


Here you cand find a list of some existing plugins > https://github.com/acidanthera/Lilu/blob/master/KnownPlugins.md

Keep in mind that, an universal Hackintosh rule still exists... "Never, ever, use two activation methods at same time..."


Some users may have issues using Lilu+Plugins due to conflicting activation methods, for example, trying to use Lilu+AppleALC but having non-native AppleHDA.kext or, having native AppleHDA.kext but using Clover's audio patches and/or patched DSDT, so, remember the rule... 


Make sure to rebuild kextcache after handling kexts, using an application or using Terminal.app;


sudo kextcache -system-prelinked-kernel


 Clear NVRAM;


sudo nvram -c


And check if all kexts were properly loaded...


kextstat | grep vit9696


Enjoy your Hackintosh!

Offical support topics;


Lilu.kext > https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/321371-lilu-—-kext-and-process-patcher/
VirtualSMC.kext > https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/335292-virtualsmc-—-smc-emulator/
AppleALC.kext > https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/311293-applealc-—-dynamic-applehda-patching/
WhateverGreen.kext > https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/325987-whatevergreen-support-topic/
LiluFriend.kext > https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/324146-lilufriend-fixing-lilu-does-not-function-correctly-under-system-locations/

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What is the actual place for installing lilu & its plugins?


Somewhere I read its EFI/Clover/Kexts/Other and somewhere its L/E ? So which one is true?

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