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Dell Latitude D830 with Core2Duo and nVidia Quadro NVS 135M - Mavericks/Yosemite/El Capitan/Sierra/High Sierra/Mojave


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Last update: 23 Jan 2018
 
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Specifications:

  • BIOS A15 (needs HDD set to AHCI mode)
  • Intel GM965 Express chipset
  • Intel Core2Duo Merom T7500 (FSB800) @2.2GHz (Penryn FSB800 CPUs also supported)
  • discrete nVidia Quadro NVS 135M 128MB GPU (NVS 140M 256MB also available)
  • 15.6" WXGA 1280x800 WideScreen LCD (WSXGA+ 1680x1050 and WUXGA 1980x1200 also available)
  • 2GB DDR2-667 RAM (4GB recommended)
  • Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit Ethernet
  • Sigmatel STAC9205X High Def audio (PCI id 8384:76A0)
  • Broadcom BCM4311-based Dell DW1490 wireless card
  • CSR-based Dell DW360 Bluetooth 2.0 module (PCI id 413c:8140)
  • CD/DVD drive
  • 3 x USB 2.0 ports (port at rear is D/Bay for powering of Dell D/Bay external media device modules)
  • 1 x VGA output
  • 1 x DE-9 serial port
  • 1 x S-Video output
  • 1 x RJ11 port (modem)
  • 1 x RJ45 port (Ethernet)
  • 1 x Firewire IEEE 1394 port
  • 1 x headset jack
  • 1 x microphone jack
  • 1 x 54mm ExpressCard slot
  • 1 x PC Card/PCMCIA slot
  • 1 x smart card slot

 

D830:~ admin$ lspci -nn
pcilib: 0000:01:00.0 64-bit device address ignored.
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub [8086:2a00] (rev 0c)
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 PCI Express Root Port [8086:2a01] (rev 0c)
00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:2834] (rev 02)
00:1a.1 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 [8086:2835] (rev 02)
00:1a.7 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 [8086:283a] (rev 02)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:284b] (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:283f] (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:2841] (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 4 [8086:2845] (rev 02)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 6 [8086:2849] (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:2830] (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:2831] (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:2832] (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 [8086:2836] (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev f2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801HM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Controller [8086:2815] (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801HM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller [8086:2850] (rev 02)
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 82801HM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA Controller [AHCI mode] [8086:2829] (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:283e] (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation G86M [Quadro NVS 135M] [10de:042b] (rev a1)
03:01.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: O2 Micro, Inc. Cardbus bridge [1217:7135] (rev 21)
03:01.4 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: O2 Micro, Inc. Firewire (IEEE 1394) [1217:00f7] (rev 02)
09:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Limited NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express [14e4:1673] (rev 02)
0c:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Limited BCM4311 802.11a/b/g [14e4:4312] (rev 01)

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Target OS X release:

  • Mavericks 10.9.x (all versions)

Installation fully successful with myHack v3.3.1 and attached D830 nVidia bootpack on a HDD partitioned GUID and formatted Mac OS X (journaled).


D830n_T7500_NVS135M_10.9.5.jpg

D830n_10.9.5.jpg D830n_SpeedStep.jpg

D830n_Devices.jpg

 
Working:

  • full QE/CI with nVidia Quadro NVS 135m OOB
  • VGA output OOB (display extension or mirroring)
  • full audio, including jack microphone input and headset output (with VoodooHDA v2.8.x & AppleHDADisabler kexts)
  • built-in Gigabit Ethernet (with BCM5722D kext v2.3.6)
  • DW360 bluetooth OOB (with CSRTransport-tuned FakeSMC to turn On/Off)
  • native CPU speedstep (with SMC-tuned Kozlek's FakeSMC (SMC keys=1.33f8/SMC compatible=smc-mcp) and MBP5,1 SMBIOS profile)
  • native GPU throttling (with AGPM-tuned Kozlek's FakeSMC)
  • sleep through lid closure, Fn-Esc, Apple menu->Sleep, power button (Press ALT-CMD/Win-PWR or CTRL-PWR for power options menu) and energy savings settings (all with hibernation disabled)
  • wake through lid opening and power button
  • wireless with any compatible card
  • battery management and monitoring (with ACPIBatteryManager kext v1.60.4 or later)

Not Working:

  • CardBus/PC Card/PCMCIA (unsupported since SL 10.6.7)

Not tested:

  • Firewire 1394
  • SmartCard reader
  • ExpressCard54

 

GeekBench v2.4.3 (32bit) gives a 3100+ rating:

D830n_T7500_10.9.5_GB32.jpg

 

Once system is installed, you may update Chameleon to a subsequent release such as r2395, r2401 or r2468 for instance. Enoch branch should be a suitable alternative too.

 

Everything required for installation is in the pack below:

 

Post-installation fine-tuning:

  • :excl: GPU performance tuning has been injected into FakeSMC kext and no longer requires additional action at this stage
  • :excl: Disable hibernation: open up Terminal and type the following commands
sudo pmset hibernatemode 0
sudo pmset hibernatefile /dev/null
sudo rm -f /var/vm/sleepimage
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Target OS X release:

  • Sierra 10.10.x (all versions)

Installation fully successful with usual manual procedure and attached D830 bootpack on SATA-III HDD partitioned GUID and formatted Mac OS X (journaled).
 
D830n_T7500_NVS135M_10.10.5.jpg
D830n_10.10.5.jpg D830n_SpeedStep.jpg
D830n_Displays.png DVD_Features.jpg D830n_Bluetooth.jpg

 

Working:

  • full QE/CI with nVidia Quadro NVS 135m OOB
  • VGA output OOB (display extension or mirroring)
  • full audio, including jack microphone input and headset output (with VoodooHDA v2.8.x & AppleHDADisabler kexts in /L/E)
  • built-in Gigabit Ethernet (with BCM5722D kext v2.3.6)
  • DW360 bluetooth OOB (with CSRTransport-tuned FakeSMC to turn On/Off)
  • native CPU speedstep (with SMC-tuned Kozlek's FakeSMC (SMC keys=1.33f8/SMC compatible=smc-mcp) and MBP5,1 SMBIOS profile)
  • native GPU throttling (with AGPM-tuned Kozlek's FakeSMC)
  • sleep through lid closure, Fn-Esc, Apple menu->Sleep, power button (Press ALT-CMD/Win-PWR or CTRL-PWR for power options menu) and energy savings settings (all with hibernation disabled)
  • wake through lid opening and power button
  • wireless with any compatible card
  • battery management and monitoring (with ACPIBatteryManager kext v1.60.4 or later)

Not Working:

  • CardBus/PC Card/PCMCIA (unsupported since SL 10.6.7)

Not tested:

  • Firewire 1394
  • SmartCard reader
  • ExpressCard54

 

1) 10.10 USB installer creation

  • Double click on InstallESD.dmg found in Install OS X Yosemite.app/Contents/SharedSupport to mount the dmg image
  • Then mount BaseSystem.dmg (hidden file)
open /Volumes/OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/BaseSystem.dmg
  • Use Disk Utility to restore the contents of BaseSystem.dmg on a USB key (or HDD partition) formatted Mac OS extended (journaled).
  • Remove link for Packages in folder System/Installation of your USB key
rm /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1/System/Installation/Packages
  • Copy folder Packages located in InstallESD.dmg to folder System/Installation of your USB key
cp -R /Volumes/OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/Packages /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1/System/Installation
  • Copy the 2 hidden files (BaseSystem.dmg & Basesystem.chunklist) of InstallESD.dmg to the root of your USB key
cp /Volumes/OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/BaseSystem.* /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1
  • Create a folder called Kernels under /System/Library (normally, it won't exist at that stage)
  • Copy the appropriate Yosemite vanilla kernel to /System/Library/Kernels. Copies of the kernels are available here.
  • Run the following unzipped/extracted package to install Chameleon r2468 on the USB installer.
  • Copy the above Chameleon r2468 unzipped/extracted package to the root of the USB installer
  • Unzip/extract the following D830n Yosemite bootpack as "Extra" at the root of the USB installer
  • Copy the kexts from the pack to /Library/Extensions, repair permissions and rebuild kext cache
sudo chmod -R 755 /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1/Library/Extensions
sudo chown -Rf 0:0 /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1/Library/Extensions
sudo touch /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1/Library/Extensions
sudo /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1/usr/sbin/kextcache -Boot -U /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1 -K /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1/System/Library/Kernels/kernel

2) 10.10 installation

  • Boot the 10.10 USB installer with -f -v boot flags
  • If/when prompted for USB keyboard and/or mouse at installer startup, just press [sPACE] or [ENTER] key
  • At OS X installer main screen, open up Disk Utility in Utilities menu
  • If applicable, partition your target disk in GPT/GUID scheme
  • Create your target 10.10 partition and format it as OS X Extended (Journaled)
  • Close Disk Utility and proceed with OS X 10.10 installation as usual

 

3) Post-installation fine-tuning

  • Reboot the freshly made 10.10 installation via the USB installer and complete 1st boot system configuration
  • Run the Chameleon r2468 package from your USB installer to install Chameleon on your HDD; it should be installed on the 1st partition of the disk
  • Copy the Extra folder of the USB installer to the root of your Yosemite partition
  • Eject the USB installer and put it aside
  • Copy all kexts found in /Extra/Extensions folder to /Library/Extensions
  • Repair permissions and rebuild kext cache with the following Terminal commands:
sudo chmod -R 755 /Library/Extensions
sudo chown -Rf 0:0 /Library/Extensions
sudo touch -f /Library/Extensions
sudo kextcache -Boot -U /
  • :excl: GPU performance tuning has been injected into FakeSMC kext and no longer requires additional action at this stage
  • :excl: Disable hibernation (can be done later, but should be done): open up Terminal and type the following commands
sudo pmset hibernatemode 0
sudo pmset hibernatefile /dev/null
sudo rm -f /var/vm/sleepimage
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Target OS X release:

  • El Capitan 10.11.x (all versions)

 

This is an Enoch-based installation using the well-known/well-documented vanilla manual method detailed below:
 
D830n_T7500_NVS-135M_EC.png

 

D830n_10.11.6.png SpeedStep.png

 

VGA.png QE-CI.png 

 
Working:

  • full QE/CI with nVidia Quadro NVS 135m OOB
  • VGA output OOB (display extension or mirroring)
  • full audio, including jack microphone input and headset output (with VoodooHDA v2.8.x & AppleHDADisabler kexts in /L/E)
  • built-in Gigabit Ethernet (with BCM5722D kext v2.3.6)
  • DW360 bluetooth OOB
  • native CPU speedstep (with SMC-tuned Kozlek's FakeSMC (SMC keys=1.33f8/SMC compatible=smc-mcp) and MBP5,1 SMBIOS profile)
  • native GPU throttling (with AGPM-tuned Kozlek's FakeSMC)
  • sleep through lid closure, Fn-Esc, Apple menu->Sleep, power button (Press ALT-CMD/Win-PWR or CTRL-PWR for power options menu) and energy savings settings (all with hibernation disabled)
  • wake through lid opening and power button
  • wireless with any compatible card
  • battery management and monitoring (with ACPIBatteryManager kext v1.60.4)
  • rear + right USB2.0 ports (with USB_injector kext)

 

Not Working:

  • CardBus/PC Card/PCMCIA (unsupported since SL 10.6.7)

 

Not tested:

  • Firewire 1394
  • SmartCard reader

 

1) 10.11 USB installer creation

  • Double click on InstallESD.dmg found in Install OS X El Capitan.app/Contents/SharedSupport to mount the dmg image
  • Then mount BaseSystem.dmg (hidden file)
open /Volumes/OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/BaseSystem.dmg
  • Use Disk Utility to restore the contents of BaseSystem.dmg on a USB key (or HDD partition) formatted Mac OS extended (journaled).
  • Remove link for Packages in folder System/Installation of your USB key
rm /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1/System/Installation/Packages
  • Copy folder Packages located in InstallESD.dmg to folder System/Installation of your USB key
cp -R /Volumes/OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/Packages /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1/System/Installation
  • Copy the 2 hidden files (BaseSystem.dmg & Basesystem.chunklist) of InstallESD.dmg to the root of your USB key
cp /Volumes/OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/BaseSystem.* /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1
  • Install Enoch r2795 on the USB installer
  • Copy the above Enoch r2795 installer package to the root of the USB installer
  • Copy the following (unzipped/extracted) D830n bootpack to the root of the USB installer
  • Create a folder called Kernels under /System/Library (normally, it won't exist at that stage)
  • Copy the appropriate El Capitan vanilla kernel to /System/Library/Kernels. Copies of the kernels are available here.

 

2) 10.11 installation

  • Boot the 10.11 USB installer (it may take a little time to kick in) with -f -v boot flags
  • If/when prompted for USB keyboard and/or mouse at installer startup, just press [sPACE] or [ENTER] key
  • At OS X installer main screen, open up Disk Utility in Utilities menu
  • If applicable, partition your target disk in GPT/GUID scheme
  • Create your target 10.11 partition and format it as OS X Extended (Journaled)
  • Close Disk Utility and proceed with OS X 10.11 installation as usual

 

3) Post-installation fine-tuning

  • Reboot the 10.11 USB installer (it may take a little time to kick in)
  • If/when prompted for USB keyboard and/or mouse at installer startup, just press [ENTER] or [sPACE] twice
  • At OS X installer main screen, open up Terminal in Utilities menu
  • Verify CoreStorage installation disk mode:
diskutil list
  • If CoreStorage activated for Fusion drive, revert to legacy mode:
diskutil corestorage revert <device> (for example: /dev/disk1)
  • Identify your freshly made 10.11 partition name
df
  • Copy the Extra folder from the USB installer to your identified 10.11 disk partition
cp -R /Extra /Volumes/<your fresly made 10.11 partition name> (for example: cp -R /Extra /Volumes/OSX_disk)
  • Reboot the 10.11 USB installer, press a key at delay bar (or F8) to interrupt boor process and select your freshly made 10.11 disk partition. You'll then be booting El Capitan for the 1st time
  • Complete the 1st boot installation finalisation
  • Once at the 10.11 desktop, run the Enoch r2795 package from your USB installer to install Enoch on your HDD; it should be installed on the 1st partition of the disk
  • Eject the 10.11 USB installer and put it aside
  • :excl: GPU performance tuning has been injected into FakeSMC kext and no longer requires additional action at this stage
  • :excl: Disable hibernation (can be done later, but should be done): open up Terminal and type the following commands
sudo pmset hibernatemode 0
sudo pmset hibernatefile /dev/null
sudo rm -f /var/vm/sleepimage
  • Reboot your finalised El Capitan installation

 

If you want faster boot time with optimised prelinked kernel:

  • copy all kexts from /Extra/Extensions to /Library/Extensions (ignore and acknowledge the permissions-related error messages)
  • repair kexts permissions and rebuild cache
sudo chmod -Rf 755 /L*/E*
sudo chown -Rf 0:0 /L*/E*
sudo touch -f /L*/E*
sudo kextcache -Boot -U /
  • Edit /Extra/kernel.plist and set KernelBooter_kexts parameter to No
<key>KernelBooter_kexts</key>
<string>No</string>
  • Boot time will be faster in that configuration mode
  • El Capitan can subsequently be updated through AppStore updates or combo updates without further tuning action

 

Please note that:

  • the DSDT was modified to rename USB devices to EH01/EH02; failing that, El Capitan does not recognise any USB2.0 ports/devices.
  • USB ports all functional thanks to D830-specific USB_injector kext (DSDT-described ports injected to MBP5,1 profile).
  • VoodooHDA + AppleHDADisabler kexts have to be placed in /L/E in order to load (they don't load from /E/E).
  • Injecting kexts from /E/E with boot option KernelBooter_kexts=Yes is slower than loading cached kexts placed in /S/L/E or /L/E.
  • After any kexts modification, whether to /S/L/E or to /L/E, repair permissions and rebuild cache as detailed above.Enoch-rev.2795.pkg.zip
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Target macOS release:

  • Sierra 10.12.x (all versions)
  • :excl: For models with Penryn CPUs only  :excl:

 

This is an Enoch-based installation using the well-known/well-documented vanilla manual method detailed below:

 

D830n_T9300_NVS-135M_Sie.png

 

D830n_10.12.6.png SpeedTest01.png SppedTest02.png

 

QE-CI.png

 
Working:

  • full QE/CI with nVidia Quadro NVS 135m OOB
  • VGA output OOB (display extension or mirroring)
  • full audio, including jack microphone input and headset output (with VoodooHDA v2.8.x & AppleHDADisabler kexts in /L/E)
  • built-in Gigabit Ethernet (with BCM5722D kext v2.3.6)
  • DW360 bluetooth OOB
  • native CPU speedstep (with SMC-tuned Kozlek's FakeSMC (SMC keys=1.62f6/SMC compatible=smc-mcp) and MBP7,1 SMBIOS profile)
  • native GPU throttling (with AGPM-tuned Kozlek's FakeSMC)
  • sleep through lid closure, Fn-Esc, Apple menu->Sleep, power button (Press ALT-CMD/Win-PWR or CTRL-PWR for power options menu) and energy savings settings (all with hibernation disabled)
  • wake through lid opening and power button
  • wireless with any compatible card
  • battery management and monitoring (with ACPIBatteryManager kext v1.60.4 or later)
  • rear + right USB2.0 ports (with USB injector kext)

 

Not Working:

  • CardBus/PC Card/PCMCIA (unsupported since SL 10.6.7)

 

Not tested:

  • Firewire 1394
  • SmartCard reader

 

 

1) 10.12 USB installer creation

  • Double click on InstallESD.dmg found in Install macOS Sierra.app/Contents/SharedSupport to mount the dmg image
  • Then mount BaseSystem.dmg (hidden file)
open /Volumes/OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/BaseSystem.dmg
  • Use Disk Utility to restore the contents of BaseSystem.dmg on a USB key (or HDD partition) formatted Mac OS extended (journaled).
  • Remove link for Packages in folder System/Installation of your USB key
rm /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1/System/Installation/Packages
  • Copy folder Packages located in InstallESD.dmg to folder System/Installation of your USB key
cp -R /Volumes/OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/Packages /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1/System/Installation
  • Copy the 2 hidden files (BaseSystem.dmg & Basesystem.chunklist) of InstallESD.dmg to the root of your USB key
cp /Volumes/OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/BaseSystem.* /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 1
  • Install Enoch r2839 (or later) on the USB installer
  • Copy the above Enoch r2839 installer package to the root of the USB installer
  • Copy the following D830n bootpack to the root of the USB installer
  • Create a folder called Kernels under /System/Library (normally, it won't exist at that stage)
  • Copy the appropriate Sierra vanilla kernel to /System/Library/Kernels. Copies of the kernels are available here.

 

2) 10.12 installation

  • Boot the 10.12 USB installer (it may take a little time to kick in) with -f -v boot flags
  • If/when prompted for USB keyboard and/or mouse at installer startup, just press [sPACE] or [ENTER] key
  • At macOS installer main screen, open up Disk Utility in Utilities menu
  • If applicable, partition your target disk in GPT/GUID scheme
  • Create your target 10.12 partition and format it as OS X Extended (Journaled)
  • Close Disk Utility and proceed with macOS 10.12 installation as usual

 

3) Post-installation fine-tuning

  • Reboot the 10.12 USB installer (it may take a little time to kick in)
  • If/when prompted for USB keyboard and/or mouse at installer startup, just press [ENTER] or [sPACE] twice
  • At macOS installer main screen, open up Terminal in Utilities menu
  • Verify CoreStorage installation disk mode: 
diskutil list
  • If CoreStorage activated for Fusion drive, revert to legacy mode:
diskutil corestorage revert <device> (for example: /dev/disk1)
  • Identify your freshly made 10.12 partition name
df
  • Copy the Extra folder from the USB installer to your identified 10.12 disk partition
cp -R /Extra /Volumes/<your fresly made 10.12 partition name> (for example: cp -R /Extra /Volumes/OSX_disk)
  • Reboot the 10.12 USB installer, press a key at delay bar (or F8) to interrupt boor process and select your freshly made 10.12 disk partition. You'll then be booting Sierra for the 1st time
  • Complete the 1st boot installation finalisation
  • Once at the 10.12 desktop, run the Enoch r2839 package from your USB installer to install Enoch on your HDD; it should be installed on the 1st partition of the disk
  • Eject the 10.12 USB installer and put it aside
  • Copy all kexts from /Extra/Extensions to /Library/Extensions (ignore and acknowledge the permissions-related error messages)
  • Repair kexts permissions and rebuild cache (if you end up with "Error 77..." message, repeat the touch + kextcache commands)
sudo chmod -Rf 755 /L*/E*
sudo chown -Rf 0:0 /L*/E*
sudo touch -f /L*/E*
sudo kextcache -Boot -U /
  • Edit /Extra/kernel.plist and set KernelBooter_kexts parameter to No
<key>KernelBooter_kexts</key>
<string>No</string>
  • Disable hibernation (can be done later, but should be done): open up Terminal and type the following commands
sudo pmset hibernatemode 0
sudo pmset hibernatefile /dev/null
sudo rm -f /var/vm/sleepimage
  • Sierra can subsequently be updated through AppStore updates or combo updates without further tuning action

 

 

Please note that:

  • Sierra requires a Penryn CPU with SSE4 instructions set (e.g. T6xxx, T8xxx, T9xxx with FSB 800MHz). Merom CPUs (e.g.: T5xxx, T7xxx) do not have such instructions set and do not allow Sierra installation.
  • Sierra installation is not supported with MBP5,1 SMBIOS profile (although Sierra can subsequently run with that SMBIOS). Hence the switch to MBP7,1 profile. FakeSMC SMC keys + AGPM tuning revised accordingly (GPU (i.e. AGPM) performance tuning has been injected into FakeSMC kext and no longer requires additional action at this stage).
  • the DSDT was modified to rename USB2.0 controllers to EH01/EH02; failing that, Sierra does not recognise any USB2.0 ports/devices.
  • USB ports all functional thanks to D830-specific USB_injector kext (DSDT-described ports injected to MBP7,1 profile).
  • VoodooHDA + AppleHDADisabler kexts have to be placed in /L/E in order to load (they don't load from /E/E).
  • Injecting kexts from /E/E with boot option KernelBooter_kexts=Yes is slower than loading cached kexts placed in /S/L/E or /L/E.
  • After any kexts modification, whether to /S/L/E or to /L/E, repair permissions and rebuild cache as detailed above.
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Target macOS release:

  • High Sierra 10.13.x (all versions)
  • :excl: For models with Penryn CPUs only :excl:

 

Last macOS version supporting full graphics acceleration for the old Tesla GPU of this laptop; therefore last recommended macOS version to run.

 

This is a Clover-based installation using the well-known/well-documented vanilla manual method detailed below:

D830n_HighSierra.jpg

 

D830n_T9300_NVS-135M_HiSie_10.13.6.jpg   HWMonitor.jpg

 

D830n_HiSie_DualScreen_VGA.jpg

 

D830n_HiSie_SysInfo_PCI.jpg

 

D830n_HiSie_SysInfo_USB.jpg

 

D830n_HiSie_DVDPlayer_Features.jpg

     

 

Working:

  • full QE/CI with nVidia Quadro NVS 135m OOB
  • VGA output OOB (display extension or mirroring)
  • full audio, including jack microphone input and headset output (with VoodooHDA v2.8.x & AppleHDADisabler kexts in /L/E)
  • built-in Gigabit Ethernet (with BCM5722D kext v2.3.6)
  • DW360 bluetooth OOB
  • native CPU speedstep (with SMC-tuned Kozlek's FakeSMC v6.13.1363 and MBP7,1 SMBIOS profile)
  • native GPU throttling (with above AGPM-tuned Kozlek's FakeSMC)
  • sleep through lid closure, Fn-Esc, Apple menu->Sleep, power button (Press ALT-CMD/Win-PWR or CTRL-PWR for power options menu) and energy savings settings (all with hibernation disabled)
  • wake through lid opening and power button
  • wireless with any compatible card
  • battery management and monitoring (with ACPIBatteryManager kext v1.81.4)
  • rear + right USB2.0 ports (with USBInjectAll kext v0.7.1)

 

Not Working:

  • CardBus/PC Card/PCMCIA (unsupported since SL 10.6.7)

 

Not tested:

  • Firewire 1394
  • SmartCard reader

 

 

1) 10.13 USB installer creation

  • Using a USB key of 8GB minimum, create a High Sierra USB installer through the following Terminal command:
sudo <path>/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/<USB key>
  • where:
    • <path> = location of High Sierra installation package (eg: /Applications if freshly downloaded)
    • <USB key> = name of formatted USB volume (eg: USB_8GB)

 

The process will take several minutes. Once completed:

  • install Clover bootloader on the USB installer with the following customised settings:
    • Install Clover in the ESP

    • Boot Sectors -> Install boot0af in MBR

    • Clover for BIOS (legacy) booting -> Clover EFI 64-bits SATA

    • BIOS Drivers, 64 bit -> FSInject-64 / ApfsDriverLoader-64 / AppleImageLoader-64

    • BIOS Drivers, 64 bit -> GrubEXFAT-64 / GrubNTFS-64

    • Themes (optional only)
    • Install Clover PrefPane (optional only)
  • you may use version r4689 attached below or any subsequent version available at Dids' Github repo
  • once Clover is installed, launch 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 D830n High Sierra Clover pack below to the EFI/Clover folder of the EFI partition

 

2) 10.13 installation

  • boot the High Sierra USB installer and wait until you get to the language menu; it'll get there.
  • at the Clover main menu, select the "Install macOS High Sierra" partition (but don't press [ENTER])
  • press [SPACE], select -v verbose option in the menu, then choose to boot with the selected options
  • proceed with installation, creating & formatting the target High Sierra installation through Disk Utility as/if required
  • on 1st reboot, boot off the USB installer and select the freshly created "macOS install from <target High Sierra partition>"
  • repeat this until this partition is no longer offered and only the target High Sierra partition is left to boot

 

3) Post-Installation tuning

  • Once the target High Sierra partition has booted, complete the 1st boot configuration finalisation
  • Once at the desktop, install Clover bootloader on the High Sierra partition/disk with the customised settings listed above
  • Once Clover is installed, launch Clover Configurator app and mount the freshly created EFI partition of the High Sierra partition/disk
  • Open this EFI partition and transfer the files & folders from the above D830n High Sierra Clover pack to the EFI/Clover folder of the EFI partition
  • You may then reboot and verify that High Sierra boots off your disk through Clover
  • After that reboot, finalise post-installation tuning actions such as disabling hibernation, allowing all apps download from anywhere, changing all serial numbers, etc.

 

 

NB: Please note that the requirements stated for macOs Sierra in the above Sierra guide fully apply to High Sierra (Penryn CPU, SMBIOS compatibility, etc.).

 

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Target macOS release:

  • Sierra 10.14.x (all versions)
  • :excl: For models with Penryn CPUs only :excl:

 

Proceed with the knowledge that, lack of Metal compatibility of Tesla GPUs oblige, only OpenGL graphics acceleration can be achieved. It works Ok but graphics bugs and/or degraded performance may be noticeable especially with Finder or when watching a movie in Netflix (video may be slightly jerky). It's not totally as smooth as in High Sierra.

 

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Working:

  • OpenGL-only graphics acceleration with nVidia Quadro NVS 135m (after specific tuning)
  • VGA output (display extension or mirroring)
  • full audio, including jack microphone input and headset output (with VoodooHDA v2.8.x & AppleHDADisabler kexts in /L/E)
  • built-in Gigabit Ethernet (with BCM5722D kext v2.3.6)
  • DW360 bluetooth OOB
  • native CPU speedstep (with SMC-tuned Kozlek's FakeSMC v6.13.1363 and MBP7,1 SMBIOS profile)
  • native GPU throttling (with above AGPM-tuned Kozlek's FakeSMC)
  • sleep through lid closure, Fn-Esc, Apple menu->Sleep, power button (Press ALT-CMD/Win-PWR or CTRL-PWR for power options menu) and energy savings settings (all with hibernation disabled)
  • wake through lid opening and power button
  • wireless with any compatible card
  • battery management and monitoring (with ACPIBatteryManager kext v1.81.4)
  • rear + right USB2.0 ports (with USBInjectAll kext v0.7.1)

 

Not Working:

  • CardBus/PC Card/PCMCIA (unsupported since SL 10.6.7)

 

Not tested:

  • Firewire 1394
  • SmartCard reader

 

 

1) 10.14 USB installer creation

  • Using a USB key of 8GB minimum, create a Mojave USB installer through the following Terminal command:
sudo <path>/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/<USB key>
  • where:
    • <path> = location of Mojave installation package (eg: /Applications if freshly downloaded)
    • <USB key> = name of formatted USB volume (eg: USB_8GB)

 

The process will take several minutes. Once completed:

  • install Clover bootloader on the USB installer with the following customised settings:
    • Install Clover in the ESP
    • Boot Sectors -> Install boot0af in MBR
    • Clover for BIOS (legacy) booting -> Clover EFI 64-bits SATA
    • BIOS Drivers, 64 bit -> ApfsDriverLoader / FSInject / HFSPlus / SMCHelper
    • BIOS Drivers, 64 bit -> GrubEXFAT / GrubNTFS
  • you may use version r5097 attached below or any subsequent version available at Dids' Github repo:
  • once Clover is installed, launch 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 D830n Mojave Clover pack below to the EFI/Clover folder. This pack contains 2 x Clover config files: the default one with MBP7,1 SMBIOS which is required to gain CPU power management and a 2nd one called "config_MBP9,1" with MBP9,1 SMBIOS which is required for Mojave installation and updates 
  • copy High Sierra 10.13.6's telemetry plugin below to the root of your USB installer
  • copy Mojave's PlaformSupport plist below (patched to support MBP7,1 platforms) to the root of your USB installer
  • copy Clover package + Clover Configurator app to the root of your USB installer for subsequent use later

 

2) Basic 10.14 installation (no Telsa dGPU support/no graphics acceleration)

  • boot the Mojave USB installer
  • at the Clover main menu, go "Options" then "Configs" and select "config_MBP9,1" (Press [ENTER] each time). Press [ESC] a couple of times to return to Clover main menu
  • at the Clover main menu, select the "Install macOS Mojave" partition but don't press [ENTER]
  • press [SPACE], select -v verbose option in the menu, then boot with the selected options
  • proceed with installation, 1st creating & formatting the target Mojave partition through Disk Utility as/if required (GUID scheme, HFS (journaled) format)
  • on 1st reboot, boot from the USB installer again and select "config_MBP9,1" config file again
  • return to the Clover main menu and boot the freshly created "macOS Install from <target Mojave partition>" temporary partition
  • repeat this reboot sequence until the temporary partition is no longer offered and only the target Mojave partition is offered, marking the effective completion of Mojave's installation
  • reboot the USB installer as it if were the 1st time again (or the Recovery partition via the USB installer) and, once at the macOS installer main screen, open up Terminal from Utilities menu
  • copy 10.13.6's telemetry plugin to Mojave's target partition to avoid SSE4.2-related KP/reset on Core2Duo at boot time (required after each update😞 )
cp -Rf /Volumes/Image\ Volume/com.apple.telemetry.plugin /Volumes/<target Mojave partition>/System/Library/UserEventPlugins/
  • copy Mojave's patched PlatformSupport plist to Mojave's target partition to support booting Mojave with MacBookPro7,1 SMBIOS
cp -f /Volumes/Image\ Volume/PlatformSupport.plist /Volumes/<target Mojave partition>/System/Library/CoreServices/
  • exit Terminal and restart your computer. Reboot the target Mojave partition via your USB installer with default config file.

 

3) Post-installation basic tuning

  • Once the target Mojave partition has booted, complete the 1st boot system setup
  • Once at the desktop, install Clover bootloader on the Mojave partition/disk with the customised settings listed above
  • Once Clover is installed, launch Clover Configurator app and mount the freshly created EFI partition of the Mojave partition/disk
  • Open this EFI partition and transfer the files & folders from the above D830n Mojave Clover pack to the EFI/Clover folder
  • You may then reboot and verify that Mojave boots off your disk through Clover

 

  • Copy High Sierra's telemetry plugin + patched PlatformSupport plist, available above, to the root of your Mojave partition/volume

 

  • If you wish to cache add-on kexts rather than inject them through Clover at boot time, copy them to /L/E folder and rebuild your cache through the following Terminal commands:
sudo chmod -Rf 755 /L*/E*
sudo chown -Rf 0:0 /L*/E*
sudo touch -f /L*/E*
sudo kextcache -i /

 

4) Post-installation graphics tuning

  • Fine-tuning for natively unsupported Quadro NVS 135M Tesla discrete GPU may now complete using the files available in the package below, as derived from early findings with Mojave and the work done dosdude1 & AsiententBot at MacRumors & InsanelyMac:
  • Place an uncompressed copy of the above Tesla_10.14 folder to the root of your Mojave partition/volume
  • Reboot in single-user mode (at Clover main menu, press [SPACE] and select -s option)
  • At the single-user mode prompt, mount your Mojave volume:
mount -uw /
  • For Mojave 10.14.4 and later, remove GPUSupport + SkyLight + OpenGL + CoreDisplay vanilla frameworks:
rm -Rf /S*/L*/PrivateFrameworks/GPUSupport.framework
rm -Rf /S*/L*/PrivateFrameworks/SkyLight.framework
rm -Rf /S*/L*/Frameworks/OpenGL.framework
rm -Rf /S*/L*/Frameworks/CoreDisplay.framework
  • For Mojave 10.14.4 and later, install 10.14.3's replacement frameworks:
cp -Rf /Tesla_10.14/Frameworks/*.* /S*/L*/Frameworks/
cp -Rf /Tesla_10.14/PrivateFrameworks/*.* /S*/L*/PrivateFrameworks/
  • Install the legacy kexts required for Tesla dGPU support:
cp -Rf /Tesla_10.14/Extensions/*.* /S*/L*/E*
chmod -Rf 755 /S*/L*/E*
chown -Rf 0:0 /S*/L*/E*
touch -f /S*/L*/E*
  • Quit single-user mode and resume normal macOS startup:
exit

 

macOS Mojave should then complete full boot and now run with (OpenGL-only) graphics acceleration. Note that this entire graphics-tuning process will require to be repeated after each Mojave update.

 

5) Mojave update

  • Mojave updates will only be offered, downloadable and installable if running with MBP9,1 SMBIOS, i.e. if booting with the "config_MBP9,1" config; this because Apple does not offer/support updates for unsupported models.
  • Once a Mojave update has completed, the following fine-tuning must be completed through single-user mode:
    • re-install High Sierra's telemetry plugin as detailed above
    • re-install patched PlatformSupport plist as detailed above
    • re-apply the graphics fine-tuning process detailed above
  • Please note that all reboots must be done with "config_MBP9,1" Clover config until Mojave update and fine-tuning have been fully completed. Only then can Mojave be safely rebooted with its default MBP7,1 Clover config.

 

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