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3rd batch X210 macOS 10.15 Catalina Hackintosh EFI

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3rd batch X210 macOS 10.15 Catalina Hackintosh EFI

#1 Post by lulujyc » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:25 am

This EFI config is first shared on 51nb.com by myself, you can find the original discussion here: https://forum.51nb.com/forum.php?mod=vi ... id=1928499

Specs for my X210:
I used the X61H mod as the chassis, which contains a 1400*1050 SXGA screen. (So don't ask for HiDPI since I have a different screen)
Wireless card is DW1820a. It is supported in this config, but I suggest anyone who is interested in using the hackintosh as daily driver to use DW1830 instead for better vanilla support.
The BGA CPU is 8550u.
Memory is 2666mhz 8g*2.
System disk is 512G Toshiba XG3.
The BIOS is 190111 with patched EC, which can be found here: viewtopic.php?f=80&t=128267&start=60

Bugs:
1. Middle key scrolling: You can fix that by installing Smart Scroll in macOS
2. Brightness control: Can't figure a way to fix it in the EFI right now, installing Brightness Slider in Mac App Store is recommended.
3. Sleep: Kinda unstable. You can help yourself to get a more stable sleep using one of the two ways:
(1) Turn off WiFi in macOS each time manually before you press Fn + F4, or
(2) use "sudo pmset -a tcpkeepalive 0" which automatically helps you to do that.
4. No video output after reboot from time to time. You can fix this by either manual rebooting or press Fn + F4 then press the power key.
5. You tell me.

What's working:
1. Everything else except for those mentioned above. Also Fn + F3, Fn + F4, Fn + Up/ Down/ Left/ Right/ Thinklight works fine.

Not tested:
1. EDP screen or 12.6/ 13.0 High-res screens (Don't have one to test)
2. Installing on a test/ first/ second batch of the X210. If the CPU you have is different, then you might need to change the SSDT to have a working Turbo Boost.
3. Installing on other versions of the BIOS or BIOS that doesn't have a fixed EC installed. (190111 + fixed ec is recommended)
4. Installing on the fourth batch (X2100) in the future. Anyone interested in that could use mine as a reference to build yours.

Download:
Baidu Netdisk: https://pan.baidu.com/s/1LsrWSgjyUPEwMkGDBCvy2w Password: 3y3c
MEGA: https://mega.nz/#!XU8wTYBB!N7HN_YRt2U19 ... 59BLYJylec

Reminders:
1. You need to use TRIM Enabler or "sudo trimforce enable" to enable TRIM on your SSD after install.

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X61HK (8550u, SXGA, 16+512+1t, macOS)
T25 (8550u, Dual 1080p w/ Duex, MX150, 16+118+1t, Win10 Pro)

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Re: 3rd batch X210 macOS 10.15 Catalina Hackintosh EFI

#2 Post by L29Ah » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:03 am

lulujyc wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:25 am
I used the X61H mod as the chassis
Can you tell more about the mod? What cooling system have you used?
51nb X210 with community EC mod, me_cleaner and recelled 99W*h battery; X230 with coreboot, me_cleaner and nitrocaster's FHD mod as a backup; R500 for guests; T60 just for the looks.

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Re: 3rd batch X210 macOS 10.15 Catalina Hackintosh EFI

#3 Post by lulujyc » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:26 am

L29Ah wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:03 am
lulujyc wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:25 am
I used the X61H mod as the chassis
Can you tell more about the mod? What cooling system have you used?
I used the 17m19 3-heatpipe cooling kit. The heat under macOS is significantly reduced compared when running Windows, especially when I had a low CPU usage.
The X61H is a mod by 51nb.com forum member jxz1111111 (https://forum.51nb.com/forum.php?mod=vi ... id=1857675), based on the experiences on the X60H mod by robou (https://forum.51nb.com/forum.php?mod=vi ... id=1674617).
The mod includes cutting the back case & the top case, re-mounting screw holes on the two cases, switching a modded screen cable from the X200 and modding the battery.
You can find instructions here:
https://forum.51nb.com/forum.php?mod=vi ... id=1881530
https://forum.51nb.com/forum.php?mod=vi ... id=1879555
You might be also interested in the X61K, another mod for X61 to install a X201 mb that requires less case modifications, however several changes on the motherboard is required. X210 mb compability is not tested.
https://forum.51nb.com/forum.php?mod=vi ... id=1892975
The 51nb forum member jxz1111111 made 10 X61H kits and is no longer making them now. You can use Google translation to view these threads and possibly make one for yourself.
X61HK (8550u, SXGA, 16+512+1t, macOS)
T25 (8550u, Dual 1080p w/ Duex, MX150, 16+118+1t, Win10 Pro)

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Re: 3rd batch X210 macOS 10.15 Catalina Hackintosh EFI

#4 Post by flyingfishfinger » Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:52 am

How did you get the GPU working?

I have a somewhat-working install of Sierra, but I spent a few days playing with different ig-platform-ids to no avail. Intel HD620 should work, according to this document..

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Re: 3rd batch X210 macOS 10.15 Catalina Hackintosh EFI

#5 Post by lulujyc » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:36 am

flyingfishfinger wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:52 am
How did you get the GPU working?

I have a somewhat-working install of Sierra, but I spent a few days playing with different ig-platform-ids to no avail. Intel HD620 should work, according to this document..

R
Try using my EFI. The iGPU is fully working in my system.
X61HK (8550u, SXGA, 16+512+1t, macOS)
T25 (8550u, Dual 1080p w/ Duex, MX150, 16+118+1t, Win10 Pro)

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Re: 3rd batch X210 macOS 10.15 Catalina Hackintosh EFI

#6 Post by flyingfishfinger » Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:21 pm

Will it work with Sierra / High Sierra?

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Re: 3rd batch X210 macOS 10.15 Catalina Hackintosh EFI

#7 Post by lulujyc » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:08 pm

flyingfishfinger wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:21 pm
Will it work with Sierra / High Sierra?

R
Haven't tested so no idea. Catalina is confirmed working with this EFI after all. Hopefolly it will work or it only needed minor changes.
X61HK (8550u, SXGA, 16+512+1t, macOS)
T25 (8550u, Dual 1080p w/ Duex, MX150, 16+118+1t, Win10 Pro)

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Re: 3rd batch X210 macOS 10.15 Catalina Hackintosh EFI

#8 Post by flyingfishfinger » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:24 pm

We need a Baidu account to download this?

Would it be possible to upload somewhere that does not require creating an account?

Thanks,
R

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Re: 3rd batch X210 macOS 10.15 Catalina Hackintosh EFI

#9 Post by lulujyc » Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:48 am

flyingfishfinger wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:24 pm
We need a Baidu account to download this?

Would it be possible to upload somewhere that does not require creating an account?

Thanks,
R
MEGA link updated
X61HK (8550u, SXGA, 16+512+1t, macOS)
T25 (8550u, Dual 1080p w/ Duex, MX150, 16+118+1t, Win10 Pro)

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