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Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on a regular laptop

One of the new products presented at WWDC 2019 was macOS 10.15. In the arsenal of macOS Catalina there were not as many chips and innovations as many users wanted.

Installing the first test version is much simpler than iOS 13. No dancing with a tambourine, downloading firmware files and so on. As usual, install the developer profile and download the system from the Mac App Store for updates.

A day after the presentation, he noticed a serious revival in the Hakintoshnin forums, many reported on the successful installation of macOS 10.15 on computers from other manufacturers. I also became interested and decided to try.

What hackintosh I used

hackintosh about this in a separate article .

I could not make a choice for a long time and even began to look in the direction of Windows laptops. In the end, instead of buying a MacBook, I took a gaming laptop from ASUS .

The price of the device and a small upgrade (replacing the Wi-Fi module, purchasing additional RAM and a second SSD drive) ended up cheaper than the basic 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The performance of the laptop was at the level of an average 15-inch model with a discrete graphics card (only under Windows).

Among the shortcomings – controversial design, less portability and the lack of a smart touchpad. But today it does not matter.

What you need to know before installing hakintosh

Everyone knows the unwritten hakintosh rules that should be followed when installing or updating the system.

First , the installation of a hack on a laptop, although it has become easier recently, but it is accompanied by a large number of problems and difficulties.

Secondly , beta versions of macOS and hackintosh things are incompatible. Not everyone is trying to update the hack to test versions on a stationary computer, and on a laptop, only desperate kamikazes do it.

Thirdly , to update to the new version of macOS you usually have to wait 2-3 months after the final release. Usually a massive transition to the system occurs after the first serious update 10.13.1, 10.14.1, etc.

Fourthly , experienced haktintoshniki generally sit on the last year’s system for a whole year and only closer to the next version’s release are updated to the current one.

It turns out that it was too early for me with my ASUS laptop to dream about switching to macOS 10.15 Catalina. However, I ventured.

What to do before updating macOS on hackintosh

I do not recommend installing Catalina from scratch on a regular laptop. If you just need to put Hakintosh on a PC, start with this article .

The first step is to create a backup of the data. I was reinsured and made two backups: one is typical via Time Machine , and the second is a full copy of the disk with hackintosh in Acronis . So after unsuccessful experiments, you can return everything to the previous form in a couple of minutes.

After that I switched to updating Clover bootloader .

To install test versions of macOS, it is recommended to use the latest beta version of the bootloader. Especially when trying to upgrade to the beta version released two days ago.

The easiest way to upgrade is through the Clover Configurator app .

The utility itself finds the latest update of the bootloader and downloads it. During installation, all previously specified parameters will be saved.

It is best to allocate a separate partition on the system disk to install the new macOS. So at first it will be possible to use both the old and the new systems.

When the final version of macOS Catalina is released, you will be able to load the Mojave partition and expand the new partition to the full capacity of the drive.

With the APFS file system is still easier. Within one section, you can create multiple volumes to install different operating systems. Adding and deleting a volume is much faster than partitioning a disk into several logical partitions.

In addition, the volume may have a dynamic size. No need to initially calculate the amount of space required. If necessary, free space on the drive without problems will go to the needs of a volume.

Disk utility without any problems cope with the task.

Everything is ready, you can start the update.

How to install macOS Catalina on a laptop

To get the update, you only need a developer profile. After installing it, the system will be available for download in the Mac App Store.

Download the image with the installer and start the update.

In order not to overwrite the old system, select the volume created in the disk utility.

The installation will take place in the usual mode; you only need to select the correct partition in the Clover loader when the system is rebooted.

Initially, this will be the disk area created for the installation, and then the partition with the system to continue the installation.

In the end, everything should work and be established from the first time.

I installed from the second, the first did not update Clover to the latest test version. After the update, everything went smoothly and quickly.

What doesn’t work after installing Catalina on a laptop

Got three operating systems to choose from: Windows 10, macOS Mojave and Catalina.

All this without any dancing with a tambourine, problems and crutches. Already existing cakes (analog drivers) did an excellent job with their task, all the components of the laptop worked in the new version of the system.

For a long time, I don’t remember such a thing, that the macOS update on hackintosh went so smoothly, also on the beta version of the system.

The OS is quite stable, most applications are installed and do not require updates from the developers.

Of the minuses noted, the hackintosh hangs after exiting sleep. This is a typical problem for many laptops. In Mojave, this was overcome with a magical selection of cakes. Apparently, you will have to wait a bit until they are updated to work with Catalina.

Briefly: Catalina Norm?

Cupertino fighters have released a minor update. The list of changes is not particularly impressive. The system could be called High Mojave or Snow Mojave .

On the other hand, the situation is normal. The system is stable, even the first test version for developers is quite suitable for work. It runs on the same computers as Mojave, without difficulty and performance loss.

Feel free to install to view the world without iTunes, try working with the iPad as a second screen with a regular Sidecar chip or get the latest version of Xcode 

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