OpenCore beauty treatment

Setting up OpenCore's GUI

So to get started, we're gonna need 0.5.7 or newer as these builds have the GUI included with the rest of the files. If you're on an older version, I recommend updating: Updating OpenCore

Once that's done, we'll need a couple things:

Once you have both of these, we'll next want to add it to our EFI partition:

Now in our config.plist, we have 4 things we need to fix:

  • Misc -> Boot -> PickerMode: External
  • Misc -> Boot -> PickerAttributes: 17
    • This enables mouse/trackpad support as well as .VolumeIcon.icns reading from the drive, allows for macOS installer icons to appear in the picker
  • Misc -> Boot -> PickerVariant: Acidanthera\GoldenGate
    • Applicable variables:
      • Auto — Automatically select one set of icons based on DefaultBackground colour.
      • Acidanthera\Syrah — Normal icon set.
      • Acidanthera\GoldenGate — Nouveau icon set.
      • Acidanthera\Chardonnay — Vintage icon set.
  • UEFI -> Drivers and add OpenCanopy.efi

Once all this is saved, you can reboot and be greeted with a true Mac-like GUI:

Default (Syrah)Modern (GoldenGate)Old (Chardonnay)

Setting up Boot-chime with AudioDxe

So to start, we'll need a couple things:

  • Onboard audio output
    • USB DACs will not work
    • GPU audio out is a hit or miss
  • AudioDxeopen in new window in both EFI/OC/Drivers and UEFI -> Drivers
  • Binary Resourcesopen in new window
    • Add the Resources folder to EFI/OC, just like we did with the OpenCore GUI section
    • For those running out of space, OCEFIAudio_VoiceOver_Boot.wav is all that's required for the Boot-Chime
  • Debug version of OpenCore with logging enabled

Settings up NVRAM:

  • NVRAM -> Add -> 7C436110-AB2A-4BBB-A880-FE41995C9F82:
    • SystemAudioVolume | Data | 0x46
    • This is the boot-chime and screen reader volume, note it's in hexadecimal so would become 70 in decimal

Setting up UEFI -> Audio:

  • AudioCodec:
    • Codec address of Audio controller
    • To find yours:
      • Check IORegistryExploreropen in new window -> HDEF -> AppleHDAController -> IOHDACodecDevice and see the IOHDACodecAddress property
      • ex: 0x0
        • Can also check via terminal(Note if multiple show up, use the vendor ID to find the right device)l:
ioreg -rxn IOHDACodecDevice | grep VendorID   // List all possible devices
ioreg -rxn IOHDACodecDevice | grep IOHDACodecAddress // Grab the codec address
  • Audio Device:

    • PciRoot of audio controller
    • Run gfxutilopen in new window to find the path:
      • /path/to/gfxutil -f HDEF
      • ex: PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x3)
  • AudioOut:

    • The specific output of your Audio controller, easiest way to find the right one is to go through each one(from 0 to N - 1, where N is the number of outputs listed in your log)
    • ex: 5 outputs would translate to 0-4 as possible values
      • You can find all the ones for your codec in the OpenCore debug logs:
06:065 00:004 OCAU: Matching PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1F,0x3)/VenMsg(A9003FEB-D806-41DB-A491-5405FEEF46C3,00000000)...
06:070 00:005 OCAU: 1/2 PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1F,0x3)/VenMsg(A9003FEB-D806-41DB-A491-5405FEEF46C3,00000000) (5 outputs) - Success
  • AudioSupport:

    • Set this to True
  • MinimumVolume:

    • Volume level from 0 to 100
    • To not blow the speakers, set it to 70
    • Note boot-chime will not play if MinimumVolume is higher than SystemAudioVolume that we set back in the NVRAM section
  • PlayChime:

    • Set this to Enabled
  • SetupDelay:

    • By default, leave this at 0
    • Some codecs many need extra time for setup, we recommend setting to 500000(0.5 Seconds) if you have issues
  • VolumeAmplifier:

    • The Volume amplification, value will differ depending on your codec
    • Formula is as follows:
      • (SystemAudioVolume * VolumeAmplifier)/100 = Raw Volume(but cannot exceed 100)
      • ex: (70 x VolumeAmplifier)/100 = 100 -> (100 x 100) / 70 = VolumeAmplifier = 142.9(we'll round it to 143 for simplicity)

Once done, you should get something like this:

Note for visually impaired:

  • OpenCore hasn't forgotten about you! With the AudioDxe setup, you can enable both picker audio and FileVault VoiceOver with these 2 settings:
    • Misc -> Boot -> PickerAudioAssist -> True to enable picker audio
    • UEFI -> ProtocolOverrides -> AppleAudio -> True to enable FileVault voice over