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Required efi folder / cloverūüćÄ to boot macos for my hp elitebook 8730w. Config as follows.

  • Processor:¬†Intel¬ģ Core‚ĄĘ2 Duo Processor P8400 2.26 ghz penryn
  • RAM:¬†4GB
  • Graphics:¬†ati radeon hd 3670
  • Audio:¬†SoundMAX integrated digital HD audio


*Also suggest which version supported for above configuration.

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You can look at the guides I've posted for old Penryn-based Dell Latitude D630 and/or D830 in the Guides section (obviously). They're specific to those Dell and without your full systems specs (eg: audio codec, LAN card, wireless card, type of keyboard/touchpad, etc.), we won't be able to give you any working EFI, but you'll get pointers out of those guides.


Target macOS High Sierra 10.13, that's the last version to officially support (and to the full) your hardware platform.

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  • BIOS: F.20 (with AHCI support it would seem)
  • CPU: Intel Penryn C2D P8400 FSB-1066 @2.26GHz
  • RAM: 4GB DDR2-800 (PC2-6400)
  • dGPU: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670 2GB (PCI id¬†1002:9593)
  • Display: 1680x1050 built-in LCD
  • Audio: Analog Devices¬†AD1984A Codec
  • IO Controller: Intel ICH9-M
  • USB: USB2.0 ports
  • Disk: 160GB¬†Hitachi¬†HTS543216L9A300 5400rpm SATA-II¬†HDD
  • LAN: Intel 82567LM Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless: Intel Wifi Link 5300 AGN
  • TouchPad: Synaptics
  • SD card reader: Ricoh¬†R/RL/5C476(II) (PCie)
  • Optical drive: TSSTcorp TS-L633M CD/DVD writer

Should run macOS High Sierra pretty well, though it'll be slow on that SATA-II 5400rpm HDD which you should consider replacing by a SATA SSD.


I see the you've been posting on various forums these last few months to try and get macOS installed on this old laptop so I assume you're now familiar with bootloader, etc. I suggest that:

  • you use Clover and start with an older version installed as follows:
    • Clover for UEFI booting only
    • Install Clover in the ESP
    • UEFI Drivers
      • AudioDxe
      • DataHubDxe
      • FSInject
      • SMCHelper
      • ApfsDriverLoader
      • AptioMemoryFix
      • Fat
      • PartitionDxe
      • Ps2MouseDxe
      • UsbMouse.Dxe
      • VBoxHfs
    • Themes (optional)
    • Install Clover Preference Pane (optional)
  • you may use version r5035 for instance:
  • once¬†Clover¬†is installed, run¬†Clover Configurator¬†app and mount the freshly created¬†EFI¬†partition of the USB installer
  • open this EFI partition and¬†transfer the files & folders from the Clover pack below to the¬†EFI/Clover¬†folder. The pack may not be100% complete to match all of your hardware (keep looking for kexts as required) but should get you going:


For audio, experiment with the various layout ids specified in the AppleALC wiki.

For your Synaptics touchpad, look here though it's old stuff (I've no experience with anything other than ALPS touchpads).

For your Intel Wireless card, look here.

For graphics acceleration, you'll have to experiment with the various ATI framebuffer personalities that may apply to Mobility Radeon HD 3670 (I've no experience with this):



This is all without any guarantee of any kind so be prepared for additional home work. Good luck!

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