Skip to content

Instantly share code, notes, and snippets.

Last active March 29, 2023 04:47
Show Gist options
  • Save hexcowboy/f64e130a974cbf3e11d1b2f70d532528 to your computer and use it in GitHub Desktop.
Save hexcowboy/f64e130a974cbf3e11d1b2f70d532528 to your computer and use it in GitHub Desktop.
Dell XPS 9360 macOS Guide

Dell XPS 9360 macOS Guide

The Dell XPS 9360 macOS Hackintosh Guide is provided as a hardware specific guide. The information is taken from various resources and if you run into problems you may wish to read the entire document where it is linked. Credits go to the authors of these resources and files.

Following the hardware specs provided in the dedicated repository, here's what we will be working with in this guide:

  • Dell XPS 9360

    • Intel i7-8550U
    • 16GB RAM
    • Sharp SHP144 LQ133Z1 QHD+ (3200x1800) Touchscreen display
    • Western Digital Black 512GB SSD (WDS512G1X0C-00ENX0) on latest firmware
      • Formatted for APFS with 4K sectors, using nvme-cli using this guide
    • Dell DW1560 Wireless (eBay)
      • Wi-Fi device ID [14e4:43b1], shows as Apple Airport Extreme due to FakePCIID_Broadcom_WiFi.kext
      • Bluetooth device ID [0a5c:216f], chipset 20702A3 with firmware v14 c5882 using BrcmPatchRAM2.kext
    • Sonix Technology Webcam, device ID [0c45:670c], works out of the box
    • Validity Inc. Finger print scanner, device ID [138a:0091], linux open-source project
    • Disabled devices
  • Firmware Revisions

    • BIOS version 2.8.1
    • Thunderbolt Controller firmware version NVM 26


  • Either two 16GB flash drives or one 16GB flash drive and two 8GB+ flash drives
  • A system with latest version of macOS installed

Before you continue, please back up any important information on your hard drive. We will be completely wiping it and you will not be able to recover lost files.

1. Creating installation media

This section follows closely along with this guide (Step 1).

Format the 16GB Flash Drive

Skip this step if you're using separate 8GB+ flash drives.

  1. On your working macOS machine, insert the 16GB flash drive.
  2. Open Terminal and use this command to format the flash drive into one partition Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and the second as ExFat:

Create a macOS Bootable Drive

This section follows closely along with this guide.

  1. On your working macOS machine, download the installer for macOS High Sierra. Open App Store -> Enter macOS in the search bar -> Hit Download. Do not run the installer when it has finished, but confirm it is downloaded to your Applications folder as Install macOS High
  2. Plug in your other 8GB flash drive or use your 16GB flash drive that already has the Linux installer on it.
  3. Open Terminal and use diskutil list to find your flash drive.

Create a Linux Bootable Drive

  1. Download Unetbootin (
  2. Download your preferred flavor of Linux (I'll be using Ubuntu 18.04) (this will just be used as a live boot and we won't actually be installing linux to our system)
  3. Launch Unetbootin and select your Linux ISO file and install it to one of your 8GB flash drives or the ExFat partition of your 16GB drive.
  4. Confirm you selected the correct partition of your flash drive and click OK. Unetbootin will write a bootable image of Linux to your flash drive.
Sign up for free to join this conversation on GitHub. Already have an account? Sign in to comment