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Lenovo T490 - OpenCore

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Lenovo T490 - OpenCore

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!Warning! Warning! Warning!

Follow guide at your own risk, neither I nor OSXL will take responsibility if the process bricked your system. When I first build this system with OpenCore, after selecting Reset NVRam it bricked my system. It'll never boot to POST again. I had tried draining the battery, taking out the CMOS battery, taking out the internal battery and let system sit for days, all in vain. Luckily the system was still under warranty so I was able to get the system board replaced. I had since rebuild the system but never to use Reset NVRam on this system again. I can't remember what version of BIOS it had at the time nor which version of OpenCore. I also have a T480 and don't have this issue with Reset NVRam, so it could be a BIOS issue. Others have reported similar issue here for Lenovo systems.

Dortania recommend resetting NVRAM by updating the BIOS on machines with these issue instead.




  • Bios: 1.72
  • EC version 1.24
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8365U Whiskey Lake
  • Memory: 1x 8GB DDR4 2400Mhz (Soldered + 1 open slot)
  • Harddrive: 1x 256 PCIeNVMeOPAL
  • Display: 14" non-touch 1920x1080 IPS, anti-glare 
  • GPU: Intel UHD 620
  • Camera: 1x IR Camera & RGB 720p HD Camera & Mic with Thinkpad Privacy Shutter
  • IR: VGA maximum (640x720)
  • WLAN: Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2x2ac with BT5.1 (Soldered on)
  • Battery: 3 Cell 50Whr Li-Ion internal battery - Up to 16.11 hours*
  • Touchpad: Synaptics 
  • Audio: Realtek HDA ALC257 
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1** (one Always On)
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (Power Delivery, DisplayPort, Data transfer)
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / Intel Thunderbolt 3 (Power Delivery, DisplayPort, Data transfer)
  • MicroSD card reader
  • Headphone / mic combo
  • Micro-SIM slot
  • HDMI 1.4
  • RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet


BIOS Settings:



-Under Config Tap


       Boot Display Device -> Thinkpad LCD

       Shared Display Priority -> USB Type-C

       Total Garphics Memory ->256MB

       Boot Time Extension -> Disabled

-Under Security Tap

    Memory Protection -> Execution Prevention -> On

    Secure Boot -> Secure Boot -> Off

                         -> Platform Mode -> UserMode

                         ->Secure Boot Mode -> Standard Mode

-Under Startup Tap

    UEFI/Legacy Boot ->UEFI Only

       CSM Support -> No




  •  Keyboard (including all Fn keys)
  •  Trackpad with gestures / Trackstick
  •  Battery indicator
  •  Display auto brightness
  •  Audio (Internal and headphone jack)
  •  Microphone
  •  Ethernet
  •  GPU acceleration
  •  Camera
  •  Intel Wireless / Bluetooth (soldered in so can't be replaced)
  •  Sleep / Wake
  •  Native CPU power management
  •  HDMI video and audio
  •  Thunderbolt
  •  MicroSD card reader
  •  USB-C to HDMI Video and audio works
  •  USB-C to USB-C Video (Audio works after closing and opening LID)



  • Download MacOS Ventura / Monterey / Big Sur / Catalina app
  • Format a 16GB USB drive (GUID / Extended (Journaled))
  • Create USB Installer with createinstallmedia command
  • Download attached folder and rename as EFI
  • Mount EFI partition and add EFI folder
  • Configure BIOS setting according to guide
  • Boot with USB installer
  • Complete installation


Post Installation:

  • Mount EFI partition of newly installed drive and copy EFI folder over
  • Update / Change in Config.plist under PlatformID->Generic (use genSMBIOS or Hackintool.app)

          MLB, ROM, SystemSerialNumber and SystemUUID

  • Install ThinkpadAssistant.app (attached), set it to Launch at Login
  • Note bootpack include AirportItlwm for Intel wifi but won't work with hidden networks
  • Use Itlwm.kext + Heliport.app instead if you connect to hidden network



Thinkpad Assistant Features:

  • Spoiler


    • F1: Mute Audio (with Status LED indication)
    • F2: Volume Down
    • F3: Volume Up
    • F4: Mute / Unmute Microphone (with Status LED indication)
    • F5: Brightness Down / Dim
    • F6: Brightness Up
    • F7: Screen mirroring / Screen extending
    • F8: Activate / Deactivate Wi-Fi
    • F9: Open System Preferences
    • F10: Activate / Deactivate Bluetooth
    • F11: Show Destop
    • F12: Open Launchpad
    • FN+Spacebar: Toggle Keyboard Backlight















Updated to OC 0.8.5

- Supports Ventura








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