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Lenovo T410 with NVIDIA NVS 3100


Special thanks to Jake Lo. He gives the draft for this guide.



BIOS 1.45 (no Whitelist) | i5-520M 2.4Ghz| 8GB DDR3 | NVIDIA NVS 3100, 1280x800 | Atheros AR 9280 | Mavericks 10.9.4
Prepair the Notebook:
Load this: T410 Extras
Flash Bios with moded BIOS ROM while WINDOWS working on that machine.

BIOS settings:

Set all to default.

Then set Security-> Memory Protection-> Execution Prevention: Enabled

Security-> Security Chip-> Security Chip: Disabled

Config-> Serial ATA (SATA) -> Sata Controller Mode option: AHCI


Let's get started...

I use the myhack method for this build, so follow instructions to build your USB installer from here http://myhack.sojugarden.com/guide/


Installing OSX:

  1. After creating your USB installer, run myHack again
  2. Select Install Extra and point to the Extra folder attached (extract it first)
    Boot up system with USB installer disk (if not work type "-f -v" before enter install disk).You'll see a white, then a gray screen with cursor only, just wait.
  3. Eventually you get to the screen to select Language

  4. Format the HDD per instruction from myHack site

  5. Select "Use my Own" when prompt and point to the Extra folder in the root of the USB installer drive

  6. Delete the (3) files when prompt

  7. A few minutes later, it will automatically reboot. Remove the USB installer drive

  8. Complete the post install


What's working:

Full QE/CI

Keyboard, trackpad and trackball (multitouch three finger swipe) (the keyboard layout of thinkpad is different to mac keyboard, so I advise you to exchange the function of option and command at system preferences - special keys)


Sleep and Wake with Lid

Wifi - replaced Intel Card with Atheros AR 9280



Shut down

Brightness control

Bluetooth (integrated bt doughtercard)


App Store (sometimes its required to buy something in itunes to authenticate the computer)

Finger print reader

iMessage (with NVRAM fix, own generated Serial and a call to iMessage support)

WWAN (Ericsson F3507g/ Dell Wireless 5530)

VGA Out(Mirroring and extended Desktop)


What's not working:

SD card reader



Not yet tested but should still work:

HDMI, Display Port, ExpressCard

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Did you get QE/CI with NVS 3100? 
If so, you don't need AppleIntelHDGraphicsFB. It's only for the 1st Gen. GMA5700. The DSDT from my boot pack is tweaked for the Intel Display so obviously you'll have some issue. 
Joshhh from IM has DSDT for the Nvidia models here. See if it'll work better for you.

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Thanks Jake, QE/CI works well with NVS 3100. So you are right and I knew it but didn't mention that you ca delete these files. Now there is an updated file that contains special DSDT for NVIDA card.

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If I flashed with the Mod BIOS already. How can I change it back to the original BIOS? I can get OSX to come up and I can hear the audio "press the return key to set up in English". But my screen is blank. Can I tweak the coding at all? Any help would be great. Thanks!

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No, I never got it to work on a 410. I followed a different guide and got it work on 410s.. I tried following this guide for my 410 but the "Extra" folder is configured for NIVIDIA graphics...however my 410 has intel HD graphics. How could I configure my "extra" folder to run with Intel HD graphics, instead of the NIVIDIA? Or is that possible? :)

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