Matebook X Pro (2018 Edition)

macOS  on Huawei Matebook X Pro 2018

Matebook X Pro (2018 Edition)

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This repo is currently compatible with macOS Big Sur, Catalina and OpenCore 0.6.7

macOS Big Sur macOS Catalina macOS Mojave
11.3 (20E232) 10.15.7 (19H15) 10.14.6 (18G87)
11.2.3 (20D91) 10.15.6 (19G2021) 10.14.5 (18F132)
11.2.2 (20D80) 10.15.5 (19F101) 10.14.4 (18E226)
11.2.1 (20D74) 10.15.4 (19E287) 10.14.3 (18D42)
11.2 (20D64) 10.15.3 (19D76) 10.14.2 (18C54)
11.1 (20C69) 10.15.2 (19C57) 10.14.1 (18B75)
11.0.1 (20B29) 10.15.1 (19B88) 10.14 (18A389)
10.15 (19A583)

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Matebook X Pro (2018 Edition)

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Introduction

This repo contains information for getting macOS working on a Huawei MateBook X Pro (2018 Edition) laptop.

This is intended to create a “fully” functional (as far as possible) hackintosh for the Huawei Matebook X Pro. If you would like to get started with creating a hackintosh on your MBXP but have non experience, I would highly recomend following Dortania’s OpenCore Install guide and then returning here for troubleshooting. With each new release of macOS we need to resolve each new “minor issue” we run into. The installation is not perfect yet since it’s a continuos work-in-progress, but I’m glad to say that I learned a lot in the meantime. All of the steps I made to get to this point were a result of countless hours of reading along with trial and error. I am by no means an expert so any help to get this project functional is very appreciated!

  • The compatibility is very good for the most part, most of the stuff works like it would on a real MacBook, including camera, audio, touchpad, iCloud services.
  • The experience is pleasant, as the laptop is smooth and responsive under macOS Big Sur/Catalina.
  • Battery life is quite great (from personal experience it lasts from 8 to 10 hours for light works depending on its age with a behaviour very similar to Windows 10).
  • The Intel WiFi card is soldered onto the motherboard, which means it can’t be replaced with a Broadcom one, but the Intel card is now functional albeit not operating at full speeds (however it is fine for most use cases). With the latest AirportItlwm.kext even Handoff and Continuity features are working, but with a very limited support for AirDrop and Apple Watch unlocking (see Changelog for OpenIntelWireless release v. 1.2.0 stable). For any issues about AirportItlwm.kext please refer to OpenIntelWireless Gitter Page

Matebook X Pro (2018 Edition)

This repository is for personal purposes

Generate your own SMBIOS Information

For privacy reasons, all SMBIOS information has been wiped out in the configuration file EFI/OC/config.plist. You need to generate your unique SMBIOS info by yourself (recommend to use CorpNewt’s GenSMBIOS), and inject them into your config.plist.

Configuration

Specifications Details
Computer model Huawei Matebook X Pro 2018 Space Gray
Processor Intel Core i7-8550U Processor @ 1.8 GHz
Memory 8 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz
Hard Disk LiteON SSD PCIe NVMe 512 GB [CA3-8D512]
Integrated Graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX150 / Intel(R) UHD Graphics 620
Screen JDI 3k Display @ 3000 x 2000 (13.9 inch)
Sound Card Realtek ALC256
Wireless Card Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265/8275
Bluetooth Card Intel Bluetooth 8265/8275

Device Firmware Bios version: 1.28

Benchmarks
Matebook X Pro (2018 Edition) Matebook X Pro (2018 Edition)
System configuration GPU – OpenCL Single-Core 4618

Changelog

2021 – February – 16

See Current status

Status

  •  Intel(R) UHD 620 Graphics card
  •  Intel(R) Wireless-AC 8265/8275 & Intel(R) Bluetooth
  •  Power Management with support for HWP (Intel Speed Shift & Intel SpeedStep)
  •  Sleep and Wake (support for native macOS hibernatemode3)
  •  Hibernation (support for native macOS hibernatemode25 with HibernationFixup.kext)
  •  Battery support with better memory access and integration of Battery Information Supplement
  •  Automatic Backlight control (with more granular levels)
  •  Backlight shortcuts (F1 [brightness level down] – F2 [brightness level up])
  •  Volume shortcuts (F4 [mute] – F5

    – F6

    )

  •  Audio for Realtek ALC256 card (via AppleALC.kext and layout-id 97)
  •  Speakers (4 Channels) & Internal Mic
  •  Headphone jack [2 in 1] (via ALCPlugFix)
  •  HDMI 2.0 up to two 4K @60 Hz monitors (via LSPCON)
  •  Native Color Profile for Display JDI 3k
  •  TouchPad (via GPI0 interrupt mode) and native macOS gestures
  •  Touchscreen
  •  Updated support for LiteON SSD PCIe NVMe
  •  PCI Devices latency support and complete description for System Information app
  •  USB Ports Mapping (Type-A & Type-C) with proper power levels
  •  Thunderbolt Port (limited support)
  •  HD Camera
  •  NVRAM native support
Notes
  1. Intel Bluetooth could not support some Bluetooth devices like some Bluetooth mouse since it is only a firmware injector; please, report any issues not here but only on OpenIntelWireless/IntelBluetoothFirmware Gitter Chat
  2. Touchscreen support is disabled by default since release v. 1.8.0. Why? It seems that all VoodooI2C versions after 2.4 are affected to a greater or lesser extent by Multi_GPI0 issues. The solution proposed so far by VoodooI2C developers is only a workaround and not a real fix: proposing to use the GPI0 pinning for touchpad and polling method for touchscreen is not a real fix because this approach increases interrupts and causes a degrade in battery life. This being the case and not needing to use the touchscreen in my daily work, for the moment I have disabled this function pending improvements that can only come from VoodooI2C developers.
Thunderbolt support

As reported in NotebookCheck review our Matebook X pro (2018) is utilizing only half the PCIe lanes for its single Thunderbolt 3 port (TB). Thus, its PCIe x2 Thunderbolt 3 port is only capable of providing a maximum of 20 Gbps instead of 40 Gbps when compared to a standard Thunderbolt 3 port with PCIe x4 lanes.

The connector type is Usb-C and it can do multiple protocols (TB, USB 2/3/3.1, DP, etc…) with different backing controllers. The problem on Hackintoshes is mostly about TB on Usb-C, because the firmware and power management of Apple’s TB-controllers works entirely different than those for other OS’es. So even if it’s the same hardware found on Windows laptops, they don’t “just work” because of the different firmware.

The ACPI-part for handling Thunderbolt 3 port and its power management has been implemented:

  • it enables not only the PCIe-to-PCIe-bridge mode of the TB controller but also the native drivers which make it possible to completely poweroff the controller after using the TB port, saving battery life and prevent the controller from preventing the CPU goes into deeper C-State
  • the ICM is disabled on boot to let OSX’ drivers take over the job
  • the TB port works when any device is plugged into it at the boot time: this means no hot-plug
  • it’s largely untested since I don’t have any TB 3 devices.

For reference, see Thunderbolt 3 Fix and ThunderboltPatcher for related attempts to fix TB by patching its firmware.

Due to lack of Thunderbolt devices my interest in this feature is very marginal; therefore, in my default config.plistThunderbolt controller has been left disabled.

Steps for enabling support for Thunderbolt controller (\_SB.PCI0.RP09):

  • disable SSDT-DTB3.aml
  • enable all SSDT-TB-DSB*.aml
  • enable TB3: _GPE.NTFY,1,S to XTFY binary patch
  • enable TB3: RP9._INI,0,N to XINI binary patch
What’s not working
  •  Discrete graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce MX150) is not working, since macOS doesn’t support Optimus technology
    • Have used SSDT-DDGPU.aml to disable it in order to save power.
  •  Fingerprint sensor is not working
    • Fingerprint readers on Macbooks are managed by T2 chip which has not been very throughly reverse engineered yet
    • Have used SSDT-XHC.aml to disable it (in order to save some power).

Bootloader Firmware

OpenCore
  • Support macOS 10.14 ~ macOS 11.1
  • For dual-booting systems, Windows Activation may fail due to different hardware UUID generated by OpenCore
    • According to OpenCore Official Configuration, you are highly recommended to inject the original Windows system UUID to PlatformInfo -> Generic - >SystemUUID in EFI/OC/config.plist: run wmic csproduct get UUID command in Windows PowerShell app
  • Limited theme with OpenCanopy: a cleaner version with custom graphics has been provided by @R-Teer

Post – Install

Enable Apple Services

Default SMBIOS settings of this repo is MacBookPro14,1 MacBookPro15,2

  1. Launch Terminal app
  2. Copy the following script, paste it into the Terminal window, then press Enter
    git clone https://github.com/corpnewt/GenSMBIOS && cd GenSMBIOS && ./GenSMBIOS.command
  3. Type 2, then press Enter
  4. Drag your config.plist inside the Terminal window
  5. Type 3, then press Enter
  6. Type MacBookPro14,1, then press Enter
Activate Surround Sound via MIDI

By default macOS only uses 2 out of our MBXP 4 speakers: if you want to achieve a surround sound system on macOS, you need to create an Aggregate Device. But then macOS does not allow you to control the volume of the sound: yes, it is real and is a general behaviour of MacBookPro machines.

For a detailed guide on how to activate surround sound via MIDI on internal speakers and native audio shortcuts, see Wiki section

Undervolt using VoltageShift

Undervolting is a great way to maximise performance, lower power consumption and reduce temperatures.

For a detailed guide on how to undervolt our MBXP using VoltageShift from the EFI folder instead of disabling SIP, see Wiki section

Power management

CPUFriend

CPU power management can be achieved by using CPUFriend.kext while CPUFriendDataProvider.kext defines how it should be done. CPUFriendDataProvider.kext is generated for a specific CPU and power setting. The one supplied in this repository was made for i7-8550U and is optimized for balanced performance.

  • The kexts and SSDT for i7-8550U are here.
  • CPUFriendDataProvider.kext is generated for SMBIOS MacBookPro15,2 because of Kaby Lake R architecture.
  • CPUFriend.kext and CPUFriendDataProvider.kext need to be put in CLOVER/kexts/Other
  • Furthermore, you also need to put SSDT-XCPM.aml in CLOVER/ACPI/patched for working as normal after awake.
Sleep & Hibernation settings

Sleep function works flawlessly (both via software and via clamshell) like hibernation (suspend to disk or S4 sleep). In order to get automatic sleep working properly like real Macs, the following settings are mandatory:

sudo pmset -a standby 0
sudo pmset -a powernap 0 
sudo pmset -a proximitywake 0
sudo pmset -a tcpkeepalive 0
sudo pmset -a womp 0
  • powernap will wake up the system from time to time to check mail, make Time Machine backups, etc…
  • proximitywake can wake your machine when an iDevice is near.
  • tcpkeepalive has resolved periodic wake events after setting up iCloud.
  • womp is wake on lan.

Default macOS setting is hibernatemode 3 i.e. sleep mode.

After every update, ALL these settings should be reapplied manually!

Hibernation mode can be enabled only via console command sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 25 and is fully supported by Matebook X Pro (obviously using HibernationFixup kext). If, however, you would like to disable it, then

sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0
sudo pmset -a autopoweroff 0
sudo rm -rf /private/var/vm/sleepimage
sudo touch /private/var/vm/sleepimage
sudo chflags uchg /private/var/vm/sleepimage

You can verify your power settings by typing in terminal sudo pmset -g live . If you ever want to reset these settings: sudo pmset -a restoredefaults

About power consumption, HWMonitor reports for the idle state both before and after sleep phase the same value for “CPU package total” (0.65-0.70 W). Sleep discharge rate is about 1% every 4:30 hours (during night).

USB port mapping

Mapping scheme

Proper SSDT-XHC.aml is used for USB Host Controller (XHCI-Device-ID: <2f 9d 00 00>): this file is configured to map only the necessary ports (tested with IOReg) with the correct connector type and prevent it from shutdown issues.

Port Address Physical Location Internal/External
HS01/SS01 00000001/0000000D Left Port type-C (Power Source) – next to 3.5mm jack port E
HS02/SS02 00000002/0000000E Right Port type-A E
HS03 00000003 Left Port type-C Thunderbolt E
HS05 00000005 Bluetooth USB Port I
HS07 00000007 Integrated HD Camera module I

Optional

Monitor temperatures and power consumption with HWMonitor

HWMonitor is relatively old and no longer supported, but it gets the job done.

Make dock animation faster and without delay

Run these lines in terminal:

defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-delay -float 0
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -float 0.5
killall Dock
Remove Eject icon from macOS menu bar

Apple no longer sells any Mac with a built-in optical drive, but many users still rely on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs for both work and entertainment.

How do I get rid of this icon?

  • Press and hold the Apple/Command key
  • Click and drag the Eject menu icon off the menu bar
  • Once you start dragging the Eject icon, you can release the Apple/Command key
  • When you see a small “x” icon appear, then release the mouse button: it will remove the Eject icon from your menu bar.

How to add Eject icon to menu bar

  • From the macOS desktop, make sure Finder is the active application and then select Go -> Go to Folder from the menu bar. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Shift-Command-G
  • Enter the following location: /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/
  • Find and double-click on Eject.menu
Increase Launchpad icons number

By default (for a 13 inch MacBook Pro), the Launchpad shows the icons in 5×7 format.

Type in Terminal the following commands:

defaults write com.apple.dock springboard-rows -int 6
defaults write com.apple.dock springboard-columns -int 9;killall Dock

Relaunch the Launchpad to see the icons are changed now.

Finally you can revert to the default setting with the following commands:

defaults delete com.apple.dock springboard-rows
defaults delete com.apple.dock springboard-columns
defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool TRUE;killall Dock

(Warning: the last command also will remove any custom folders you have created)

Fix AppleID issue on macOS Catalina
  • If you encounter the problem with AppleID which cannot login and logout, this problem happened on both Hackintosh and Macintosh.
  • Fix this issue with the following commands:
sudo -v
killall -9 accountsd com.apple.iCloudHelper
defaults delete MobileMeAccounts
rm -rf ~/Library/Accounts
killall -9 accountsd com.apple.iCloudHelper
sudo reboot
Dual Booting: fix Windows time

Windows uses local time by default while macOS uses universal time. You can switch Windows to use universal time. Open up a command prompt in Windows as an administrator and copy and paste this in:

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation" /v RealTimeIsUniversal /d 1 /t REG_QWORD /f

That will make Windows use universal time instead of local time. Then update your clock via the built-in internet time setting to update the time.

Add custom shortcuts to F7, F9 & F10 hotkeys

With the latest update and inclusion of the new SSDT-KBD.aml we are now able to reconfigure the shortcuts to custom settings.

For a detailed guide on how to enable original F7F9 & F10 hotkeys using native Automator app, please see Wiki section.

Otherwise, you can follow these suggestions [credit @R-Teer]:

  • There are various freeware software tools to achive this such as Karabiner Elements or Ukelele.
  • Personally I use the application BetterTouchTool, which is paid but incredibly useful and allows custom trackpad gestures amongst other features.
  • My current settings are as follows:

Matebook X Pro (2018 Edition)

Update tracker

Item Version Remark
MacOS 11.3
OpenCore 0.6.7 Default Bootloader
Lilu 1.5.2 Kext/process/framework/library patcher
WhateverGreen 1.4.9 Handle Graphics card
AppleALC 1.5.9 Handle/fix onboard audio
CodecCommander 2.7.2 Fix headphone audio switch
CPUFriend 1.2.3 Power management
HibernationFixup 1.4.0 Handle hibernate status
IntelBluetoothFirmware 1.1.2 Handle Bluetooth
AirportItlwm 2.0.0 beta Handle native Wi-Fi card
NullEthernet 1.0.6 Fake Ethernet card
NoTouchID 1.0.4 Disable TouchID
NVMeFix 1.0.6 Fix for NVMe SSDs
RestrictEvents 1.0.0 Block unwanted processes
VoodooI2C 2.5.2 Handle I2C device
VoodooI2CHID 2.5.2 Touchpad I2C satellite
VoodooPS2Controller 2.2.2 Enable keyboard, alternative trackpad driver
VirtualSMC + plugins 1.2.2 SMC chip emulation
USBInjectAll 0.7.6 Inject USB ports
VoltageShift 1.25 Undervoltage tool

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