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I own a Lenovo Thinkpad T520 with this hardware:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2520M 2.50 GHz
Motherboard: Lenovo 4242Y13 Chipset Intel sandy bridge
RAM: 8Gb DDR3 dual channel
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Storage: 320 Gb HDD 7200 rpm.
Wireless Card: Intel 82579LM Gbit network connection

  1.  - 2 USB 2.0
  2.  - 1 USB 3.0
  3.  - 1 VGA
  4.  - 1 Card reader
  5.  - 1 Ethernet

Is it Hackintosh compatible? I would like to install High Sierra, or at least El Capitan. I read that someone made it following the T410's guide, but they had the i7 version of the T520 with NVidia graphics. can you help me please?

Thank you for your time.


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That model carries the same specs as many popular business Sandby Bridge laptops such as the Dell Latitude E6220 (or other E6x20 models) or HP EliteBook 2560p for instance: same CPU, iGPU, chipset, LAN card, etc. It's entirely compatible with all versions of OS X since good old Snow Leopard 10.6.8 up to latest High Sierra 10.13.4.


You only may encounter trouble with the wireless card because

1) Intel cards are not compatible with Apple's OS

2) ThinkPad are infamously subject to whitelisting, i.e. Lenovo BIOS only supports certain models.


According to p120 of the T520 Hardware Maintenance Manual, the only non-Intel WLAN card is a Realtek RTL8188CE model (FRU 60Y3247, would appear to be a Foxconn TH77H219). That's what your ought to run on as I believe it's compatible with OS X/macOS. Failing that, you'd need a modded BIOS where whitelist has been removed. Of course, a USB dongle remains an alternative to mini-PCIe card...


Thinkpad T410 was 1st gen Arrandale platform afaik, so quite different from your 2nd gen model.

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