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(A really good & compatible notebook for hackintoshing)

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Gen

(20KH, should work with other variants too)

(Big Sur 11.1 - Windows 10)

Specifications:

  • BIOS: v1.50
  • CPU: i5-8250U (Kaby Lake-R, 1.6 GHz up to 3.4 GHz, Quad-Core)
  • GPU: Intel UHD 620
  • Display: 1920x1080 (  non-touch IPS) 14” 300 nit
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR3 2133MHz
  • Audio: ALC3286
  • SSD: KINGSTON SA2000M8500G (500 GB NVMe) (~2400 MB/s read, ~2000 MB/s write)
  • WiFi & Bluetooth: Intel AC-8265 M.2 (replaced to BCM94360NG)
  • Fingerprint reader
  • HD webcam
  • Multigesture SMBus/RMI Synaptics touchpad with 3 buttons
  • 2 level Backlight keyboard
  • 57 Whr Battery
  • Connectors:
    • 2x USB-Type C - Thunderbolt 3
    • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1x USB charging)
    • 1x Ethernet dongle (Intel I219V4 PCI-e)
    • 1x HDMI
    • 3.5mm combo-jack audio

 

BIOS settings:

  • Secure Boot: Disabled
  • UEFI: Enabled
  • CSM: Disabled
  • Virtualization, VT-d: Enabled
  • Hyper-Threading: Enabled
  • Anti-Theft: Disabled
  • Intel SGX: Software Controlled
  • Disable Fingerprint at I/O
  • Thunderbolt device: Enabled
  • For Thunderbolt 3 hot-plug (higher power consumption):
    • Thunderbolt BIOS Assist Mode: Disabled
    • Security Level: No security
    • Support in Pre Boot Environment: Disabled
  • For Thunderbolt 3 without hot-plug (lower power consumption but need to plug your device before boot)
    • Thunderbolt BIOS Assist Mode: Enabled

 

What is working:

  • AirDrop, Handoff, iCloud, Messages, App Store, FaceTime, etc. (only with BCM94360NG)
  • Intel UHD 620 (QE/CI, hardware decode/encode, VP9, HDMI)
  • Sound (incl. combo-jack, HDMI out)
  • Thunderbolt 3 (with hot-plug support)
  • USB ports
  • Ethernet dongle
  • TrackPad, TrackPoint and Keyboard (incl. native multi-gestures, FN keys)
  • FileVault
  • Battery (~0.5 W when TB3 hot-plug is disabled, ~2W when enabled)
  • Sleep
  • Power Management
  • Webcam
  • SIP is enabled by default

 

What isn’t working:

  • Fingerprint reader (disabled in BIOS)

 

Issues:

  • Although we have OpenIntelWireless for Intel WiFi, it’s quite unusable in my case (v1.1.0). It’s really slow (4 MB/s) and disconnecting quite often, the ping is also really high sometimes (spiking up to ~3000ms when pinging google.com). Sleep also breaks the connection. For reconnecting I have to reboot the whole system. Bluetooth quality is also really bad unfortunately, also disconnecting quite often.
    • I suggest everyone to just get a compatible BCM94360NG or an original Apple BCM94360CS2 with an adapter for OOB support, excellent speed, AirDrop & Handoff support and for best Bluetooth quality
      • (you can buy these cards from ebay, Aliexpress or Amazon)

Not tested:

  • Hibernation

 

Installation:

 

  • Create an installer with any method you know (- Mac: createinstallmedia, Windows: Transmac, Vmware, Win32diskimager, gibMacOS)
  • Copy my bootpack folder to the USB's EFI folder
  • Boot with the Installer USB
  • If you stuck in boot, reboot and in the Clover bootloader select "config_debug.plist" -> you'll have more informations about the freeze
  • To disable SIP boot with "config_debug.plist"

 

Post Installation:

  • Generate a new Serial Number with Clover Configurator.app for yourself  (open up your config.plist with CC then -> SMBIOS -> Serial Number -> Generate New)

 

Windows 10 dual-boot (on one drive):

  • My GUIDE to create a dual-boot with Windows 10 on the same drive:

 

Some pictures:

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macOS Big Sur 11.1

 

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PCI Device list

 

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Working Trackpad

Useful Applications for Mac:

 

Useful Applications for Windows:

 

Credit for tylernguyen for his hard work for creating SSDTs for Thunderbolt 3, he did an excellent job

 

 

Notes:

  • You should use Thunderbolt BIOS Assist mode to lower your power consumption, but you'll lose hot-plug

 

Changelog:

  • 2021.01.27: Updated to Clover v5129 -> Recovery is now working
  • 2021.01.24: Downgraded WhateverGreen from v1.4.6 to v1.4.5. v1.4.6 caused kernel panic with Installer USB's (failed to route the function IsTypeCOnlySystem). 
  • 2021.01.21: Fixed TouchPad, TrackPoint: Fixed not loading VoodooRMI & VoodooPS2, removed BrcmPatchRAM, not needed for BCM94360NG, updated bootpack
  • 2021.01.13: Initial upload
Edited by kushwavez
Updated to v5129
  • kushwavez changed the title to [GUIDE] Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Gen [Big Sur 11 - Windows 10]
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