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Dell Latitude D630 with Core2Duo, nVidia Quadro NVS 135M and 1440x900 LCD: El Capitan/Sierra/High Sierra/Mojave/Catalina

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Last update: 01 Nov 2019
 

This is a complete refresh of the original guide started back in 2015 for El Capitan and later versions.


D630.jpg     D630_sides.jpg

Specifications:

  • BIOS A17 (needs HDD set to AHCI mode)
  • Intel GM965 Express chipset
  • Intel Core2Duo Penryn T9300 (FSB800) @2.5GHz (Dell sold D630 laptops with Merom FSB800 CPUs)
  • discrete nVidia Quadro NVS 135M 128MB GPU (PCI id 10de:042b)
  • 14.1" WXGA+ 1440x900 WideScreen LCD (WXGA 1280x800 also available)
  • 4GB DDR2-800 RAM (Dell sold D630 laptops with DDR2-667 RAM)
  • Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit Ethernet (PCI id 14e4:1673)
  • Sigmatel STAC9205X High Def audio (PCI id 8384:76a0)
  • Broadcom BCM43224-based Dell DW1520 wireless card (PCI id 14e4:4353)
  • CSR-based Dell DW360 Bluetooth 2.0 module (PCI id 413c:8140)
  • CD/DVD drive
  • 1 x headset jack
  • 1 x microphone jack
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x Firewire IEEE 1394 port
  • 1 x VGA output
  • 1 x smart card slot
  • 1 x 54mm ExpressCard slot
  • 1 x DE-9 serial port

 

D630:~ 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 BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n [14e4:4353] (rev 01)

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Posted December 27, 2015 (edited) 

 

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:
 
D630n_T9300_NVS135m_10.11.2.jpg
D630n_10.11.2.jpg D630n_SpeedStep.jpg
D630n_Display.jpg 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 v2.3.5 or 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 (latest at time of writing) on the USB installer
  • Copy the above (unzipped/extracted) Enoch r2795 installer package to the root of the USB installer
  • Copy the following (unzipped/extracted) D630n 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 D630-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.

 

 

Edit: 22 Mar 2020

- - - - - - - - - - - - -

  • Revised AGPM tuning included into FakeSMC kext for better GPU throttling and lowered T°.

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Posted November 5, 2016 (edited)

 

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:
 
D630n_T9300_NVS135m_10.12.jpg

D630n_10.12.jpg D630n_SpeedStep.jpg

D630n_Displays.jpg 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 v2.3.5 or 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)
  • 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 (latest at time of writing) on the USB installer
  • Copy the above Enoch r2839 installer package to the root of the USB installer
  • Copy the following D630n 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 D630-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.

 

 

Edit: 22 Mar 2020

- - - - - - - - - - - - -

  • Revised AGPM tuning included into FakeSMC kext for better GPU throttling and lowered T°.

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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:

 

D630n_HighSierra.jpg

 

D630n_T9300_NVS-135M_HiSie_10.13.6.jpg     HWMonitor.jpg

 

D630n_HiSie_DualScreen_VGA.jpg

 

D630n_HiSie_SysInfo_PCI.jpg

 

D630n_HiSie_SysInfo_USB.jpg

 

 

D630n_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 D630n 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 D630n 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.

 

  D630n_Mojave.jpg

 

D603n_T9300_NVS-135M_Moj_10.14.6.jpg   HWMonitor.jpg

 

D630_Mojave_VGA.jpg

 

D630_Mojave_SysInfo_PCI.jpg

 

D630_Mojave_SysInfo_USB.jpg

 

 
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 16GB USB key, 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_16GB)

 

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 D630n 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 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 D630n 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/CoreDisplay.framework /S*/L*/Frameworks/
cp -Rf /Tesla_10.14/Frameworks/OpenGL.framework /S*/L*/Frameworks/
cp -Rf /Tesla_10.14/PrivateFrameworks/GPUSupport.framework /S*/L*/PrivateFrameworks/
cp -Rf /Tesla_10.14/PrivateFrameworks/SkyLight.framework /S*/L*/PrivateFrameworks/
  • Install the legacy kexts required for Tesla dGPU support:
cp -Rf /Tesla_10.14/Extensions/*.kext /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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Target macOS release:

  • :excl: Catalina 10.15 to 10.15.3 only :excl:
  • :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.

 

D630n_Catalina.jpg

 

D630n_T9300_NVS-135M_Cat-10.15.1.jpg    D630_SpeedStep.jpg

 

D630_Catalina_VGA.jpg

 

D630_SysInfo_Graphics.jpg

 

D630_SysInfo_PCI.jpg

 

D630_SysInfo_USB.jpg

 

 

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) 10.15 USB installer creation

  • Using a 16GB USB key, create a Catalina USB installer through the following Terminal command:
sudo <path>/Install\ macOS\ Catalina.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/<USB key>
  • where:
    • <path> = location of Catalina installation package (eg: /Applications if freshly downloaded)
    • <USB key> = name of formatted USB volume (eg: USB_16GB)

 

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 r5103 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 D630n Catalina 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 Catalina installation and updates 
  • copy High Sierra 10.13.6's telemetry plugin below to the root of your USB installer
  • copy Catalina'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 10.15 installation (no Telsa dGPU support/no graphics acceleration)

  • boot the Catalina 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 Catalina" 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 Catalina 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 Catalina partition>" temporary partition
  • repeat this reboot sequence until the temporary partition is no longer offered and only the target Catalina partition is offered, marking the effective completion of Catalina's installation
  • reboot the USB installer as it if were the 1st time again and, once at the macOS installer main screen, open up Terminal from Utilities menu
  • copy 10.13.6's telemetry plugin to Catalina'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 Catalina partition>/System/Library/UserEventPlugins/
  • copy Catalina's patched PlatformSupport plist to Catalina's target partition to support booting Catalina with MacBookPro7,1 SMBIOS
cp -f /Volumes/Image\ Volume/PlatformSupport.plist /Volumes/<target Catalina partition>/System/Library/CoreServices/
  • exit Terminal and restart your computer. Reboot the target Catalina partition via your USB installer with default config file.

 

3) Post-installation basic tuning

  • Once the target Catalina partition has booted, complete the 1st boot system setup
  • Once at the desktop, install Clover bootloader on the Catalina 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 Catalina partition/disk
  • Open this EFI partition and transfer the files & folders from the above D630n Catalina Clover pack to the EFI/Clover folder
  • You may then reboot and verify that Catalina boots off your disk through Clover

 

  • Remove Catalina default filesystem protection through Terminal:
sudo mount -uw /
sudo killall Finder
  • Copy High Sierra's telemetry plugin + patched PlatformSupport plist, available above, to the root of your Catalina 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 made up and described by dosdude1 & AsiententBot at MacRumors & InsanelyMac:
  • Remove Catalina default filesystem protection through Terminal:
sudo mount -uw /
sudo killAll Finder
  • Place an uncompressed copy of the above Tesla_10.15 folder to the root of your Catalina 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 Catalina volume:
mount -uw /
  • 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
  • Install 10.14.3's replacement frameworks:
cp -Rf /Tesla_10.15/Frameworks/CoreDisplay.framework /S*/L*/Frameworks/
cp -Rf /Tesla_10.15/Frameworks/OpenGL.framework /S*/L*/Frameworks/
cp -Rf /Tesla_10.15/PrivateFrameworks/GPUSupport.framework /S*/L*/PrivateFrameworks/
cp -Rf /Tesla_10.15/PrivateFrameworks/SkyLight.framework /S*/L*/PrivateFrameworks/
  • Install the legacy kexts required for Tesla dGPU support:
cp -Rf /Tesla_10.15/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 Catalina 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 Catalina update.

 

5) Catalina update

  • Catalina 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 Catalina 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 Catalina update and fine-tuning have been fully completed. Only then can Catalina be safely rebooted with its default MBP7,1 Clover config.

 

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:excl: :excl: :excl: WARNING :excl: :excl: :excl:

 

Catalina 10.15.4 update  is out but not to be installed on unsupported legacy platforms with Tesla graphics such as the D630 until the new patch is fully sorted out. The method described above works up to 10.15.3 but does not with 10.15.4 due to AMFI-related issues and will result in systematic KP or hanging at boot time, depending on library validation being enabled or not.

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I was able to obtain OpenGL-only graphics acceleration by making a fresh Catalina 10.15.4 installation with DosDude1's patcher. I wish I would have had time to suss out the detailed post-install patching process for upgrades from earlier Catalina versions but I've just sold the D630 and it's going today.

 

D630_Catalina_10.15.4.jpg

 

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My contribution to installing macOS on this old lady therefore stops here... It was fun for the many years it lasted. Leopard 10.5 to Catalina 10.15 has been a pretty good, not to say impressive, run...

 

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Farewell old girl.... she was the last bastion of our original "D" series that started the whole OSXL endeavors.. 

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