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If you have troubles, please follow this post and reply if you need further help!

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Disclaimer: The WUSB54GC is a different product than the WUSB54GCS (the one with speedbooster), so if you're buying one based on this driver you should make sure it's the standard model. There are probably more reliable options out there but this might work if you already have one of these adapters- definitely worth a try as most people get it working without much trouble. All current versions, 1-3, are supported. 10.6.1 (Snow Leopard) has been reported working. These versions were uploaded on March 17, 2010 and will be referred to as the "March" versions.

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Directions:
Simply download the file above and unzip it. Choose the folder you use according to your WUSB54GC version and OS X version.
  • Panther=10.3.x
  • Tiger=10.4.x
  • Leopard=10.5.x
  • Snow Leopard=10.6.x
Open the folder so that you see the "Applications", "Library", and "System" folders. Then open up another Finder window and go to the root (beginning) of your hard drive. Now just copy over the "Application" and "Library" folders to the root of your drive. Expect to be prompted for your login. Now install an application such as Kext Helper B7, Kext Installer, or this nice app we aren't allowed to link to for some stupid reason. Use whatever program you downloaded to install the WUSB54GC kext (it's at System/Library/Extensions inside the folder you unzipped). Reboot.
Post-Install
You may have to open up System Profiler, click on "Network" and hit apply for the card to connect. Remember that you also must use the "USBWirelessUtility" application to set up your connection and that you must start that every time you restart your computer. I recommend right clicking on its dock icon and checking "Open at Login". If you have any problems don't hesitate to ask for help.

If those kext installation apps don't support your computer (ie, you have a PPC (G3, G4, G5) or are running 10.4), you can follow these instructions:

Put the kext file(s) in /System/Library/Extensions/
Open Terminal (in Applications/Utilities) and set right permissions on kext by entering
sudo chmod -R 755 nameof.kext
	sudo chown -R  root:wheel nameof.kext
	sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions
Delete extensions.mkext in /System/Library/
Repair permissions with Disk Utility and reboot


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If those kext installation apps don't support your computer (ie, you have a PPC (G3, G4, G5) or are running 10.4), you can follow these instructions:
1. Put the kext file(s) in /System/Library/Extensions/
2. Open Terminal (in Applications/Utilities) and set right permissions on kext by entering
sudo chmod -R 755 nameof.kext
	sudo chown -R  root:wheel nameof.kext
	sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions
3. Delete extensions.mkext in /System/Library/
4. Repair permissions with Disk Utility and reboot
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Thanks a lot, worked for me too ! didn't have to use the -f flag neither replug the device.

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why there is a folder named _MACOSX??




how many kext i need to install?

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why there is a folder named _MACOSX??
how many kext i need to install?

that _MacOSX folder is just a folder that is usually hidden and you don't need to pay attention to it (I think its purpose is to arrange the icons in certain places in a window). You are installing these two .kext files:
RT73USBWirelessDriver.kext
RT2500USBWirelessDriver.kext
They should be installed using the utility linked to in the original post. You probably don't need to set the -f boot flag or replug the device because they seem to have been fixed by Ralink. Reply back if you need more help.

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... You are installing these two .kext files:
RT73USBWirelessDriver.kext
RT2500USBWirelessDriver.kext
They should be installed using the utility linked to in the original post. You probably don't need to set the -f boot flag or replug the device because they seem to have been fixed by Ralink. Reply back if you need more help.


my case is quite strange,

if those two kext installed on /S*/L*/E* then USBWirelessUtility says NO DEVICE!!

but when those two kext installed on /Extra/Extensions alongside with IONetworkingfamily.kext then the device is recognised in network pane as eth0.

however the problem is USBWirelessUtility always crashed when launched so there is no way to set up the device.

could you please help me to overcome this problem?


Edited by barbie, 15 February 2009 - 11:30 AM.


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my case is quite strange,

if those two kext installed on /S*/L*/E* then USBWirelessUtility says NO DEVICE!!

but when those two kext installed on /Extra/Extensions alongside with IONetworkingfamily.kext then the device is recognised in network pane as eth0.

however the problem is USBWirelessUtility always crashed when launched so there is no way to set up the device.

could you please help me to overcome this problem?


Could you please provide information about your system? Like what parts make up your system, how did you install osx, what version is it, did you use boot-132, did you previously have this stick working even partially, do any other apps crash when they shouldn't, and did USBWirelessUtility always crash?

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my system is a netbook with following parts:
Mother Board ECS J10IL
Processor Intel Atom 1.6GHz
Memory 2GB DDRII
SATA Hard Drive 160GB
OSX 10.5.6 vanilla install with PC EFI 9 and DSDT patch and no other apps has ever been crash.
the stick has never been working before and USBWirelessUtility always crash if the stick being detected.
if the kext installed on /S*/L*/E*/ then stick will not be detected and USBWirelessUtility running well with NO DEVICE!! information.

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my system is a netbook with following parts:
Mother Board ECS J10IL
Processor Intel Atom 1.6GHz
Memory 2GB DDRII
SATA Hard Drive 160GB
OSX 10.5.6 vanilla install with PC EFI 9 and DSDT patch and no other apps has ever been crash.
the stick has never been working before and USBWirelessUtility always crash if the stick being detected.
if the kext installed on /S*/L*/E*/ then stick will not be detected and USBWirelessUtility running well with NO DEVICE!! information.

So when you have installed the kexts USING OSX86TOOLS, the brand new USBWirelessUtility that came with the official Ralink driver says "NO DEVICE!!"? I'm thinking maybe the RT2500USBWirelessDriver.kext file is being loaded instead of the RT73USBWirelessUtility that I know is neccessary for this card to work. I'm going to see if this works with just the RT73 driver and no RT2500 driver (now that I think about it, it should)

The conflict might also exist because you are running 10.5.6 and I am running 10.5.4. Maybe 10.5.6 makes the software unstable. Don't try to downgrade just yet, it may just be the RT2500 driver. I'll be back with an update soon.

Update: I just checked with my System Profiler and the RT2500 driver isn't being loaded, which means it's useless for this card. I think it may be causing a conflict in your rare case, so you should just delete the RT2500USBWirelessDriver.kext from System/Library/Extensions. Also, in your case you should delete it from /Extra/Extensions if you haven't already. Attaching a .zip without the RT2500 driver now.

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... I think it may be causing a conflict in your rare case, so you should just delete the RT2500USBWirelessDriver.kext from System/Library/Extensions. Also, in your case you should delete it from /Extra/Extensions if you haven't already. Attaching a .zip without the RT2500 driver now.


i have some progress now, in my system RT73 kext aparently should be installed both on /S/L/E AND /E/E to make RT73USBWirelessUtility run. however the utility only detect the card as DISCONECTED!!, i have try to plug/unplug the card, repair permissions, boot with -F, delete mkext but the result is just the same. what should i do then?

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just to log in another success story!
after several times restart the system (more than 4 times) for the purpose of clearing the system cache,
edit: or maybe because i activate the card under windows and then swicthed to osx to make it operate.
the card now is in fully operation.
thank you Warstrong for your kext and help.
-case closed-

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Thank you thank you thank you. This worked like a charm....relatively speaking of course. :-)

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YES! Finally I got it working! Thanks!
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glad to hear all the success stories :(

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I just have to install the setup file right? The one you modded? Since I've done this, I have to start the USBwireless utility each time I boot, is that right? Also I've had 3 kernel panics since I installed it, I thougth that wouldn't happen with the modified installer?

I'm running XXX Osx 10.5.6 on a Acer Aspire 5715z and I'm using the WUSB54GC. It works, which I'm grateful for, but without kernel panics and maybe without the need to start the utility manually each time it would be much better!

Looking forward to your answer!

Fabian

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I just have to install the setup file right? The one you modded? Since I've done this, I have to start the USBwireless utility each time I boot, is that right? Also I've had 3 kernel panics since I installed it, I thougth that wouldn't happen with the modified installer?

I'm running XXX Osx 10.5.6 on a Acer Aspire 5715z and I'm using the WUSB54GC. It works, which I'm grateful for, but without kernel panics and maybe without the need to start the utility manually each time it would be much better!

Looking forward to your answer!

Fabian

I believe all you have to do is install the setup file and then tell the wireless utility app to "Open at Login" by right-clicking on the app's dock icon. I actually never used that installer since I already got my system running with the more manual method of installing the kext using OSX86Tools. The kernel panics might actually be caused by the fact that you're running 10.5.6 based on the fact that someone has PM'd me saying he had kernel panics with 10.5.6 and then reinstalled osx and only updated 10.5.5 and then installed my package with no problems. But he never said anything about using my package on his 10.5.6 if I recall correctly. Nobody else has reported KP's with this though. Please reply back.

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Works beatifully!

My airport started KP'ing on me, after a re-install of the OS it still happened.
But after this wonderful piece of code, I'm wireless once more. Why did no else think of this before?

iBook G4, 1333mhz OSX .4.11

No problems as of yet..

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glad to hear (and surprised) that this is helping with real macs as well ;)

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I believe all you have to do is install the setup file and then tell the wireless utility app to "Open at Login" by right-clicking on the app's dock icon. I actually never used that installer since I already got my system running with the more manual method of installing the kext using OSX86Tools. The kernel panics might actually be caused by the fact that you're running 10.5.6 based on the fact that someone has PM'd me saying he had kernel panics with 10.5.6 and then reinstalled osx and only updated 10.5.5 and then installed my package with no problems. But he never said anything about using my package on his 10.5.6 if I recall correctly. Nobody else has reported KP's with this though. Please reply back.



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forget to add an actual comment?

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Warstrong, you are amazing! After some fiddling with the terminal and reading the comments I've FINALLY got my OSX86 install online! Thank you so much!





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