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i think I'm about to have this working on my PC ( Latitude D810 ) but I'm missing a step. My Dell Truemobile 1450 seems to be recognized, if I type 'ifconfig' in my terminal I see the 'en0' device with the correct MAC address, but it doesn't show up as an airport device, and I don't see it in 'Network' under my System Preferences.

What's the missing link?

EDIT:
i downloaded and tried the app called 'iStumbler'. I can see my wi-fi network (using WEP), but whenever I click 'Airport -> Join' nothing happens.

Also, If I click the Airport icon on the top-right, I can see some settings, but when I want to list network ports, the Airport device is grayed out, and there's an 'Integrated Ethernet' which doesn't exist in my system (I have not patched my broadcom netxxtreme yet).

Last one... i tried editing the NetworkInterfaces.plist file and change 'en0' to 'en1', but the file seems to turn back to 'en0' at every reboot.

Using macos 10.4.7 jas updated with 10.4.8 sse2 jas update.

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Not working for me, I have a seimens speedstream wireless card, with a broadcom 4301 chip and nothing i've tried gets it to detect. I also dont see any cards listed in system profiler under "PCI Cards" do you think this is related?

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I just want to say I LOVE YOU GUYS! :)

Got my nc6120 running 10.4.7 wifi working!!!!!!!

First time I tried this it didn't work
I did the following:

cd /System/Library/Extensions

sudo nano ./IO80211Family.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleAirPortBrcm4311.kext/Contents/Info.plist

then added my <string>:

<string>pci14e4,4311</string>
<string>pci14e4,4312</string>
<string>pci14e4,4320</string>
<string>pci14e4,4318</string> <--- BCM4318 was my DEV ID

sudo chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions

kextcache -k /System/Library/Extensions <--- this gave me an error. no file!?

I rebooted and nothing changed no airport but my system got really slow.
My menu on the bottom popped up in super slow-mo as well as dash, and system
restarted and shutdown very slowly took forever! :\

I did some more searching on the forums and found out that I was supposed to
delete my last entry (the pci14e4,4320 string) which I did but actually did nothing.
I then deleted my /system/library/extensions.kextcache from finder restarted and
Airport was detected! Still didn't slove the system slow down tho :/

I did some more digging in the forums and found out that maybe Intel's Speedstep Technonlogy
might be affecting it. I disabled it and TA-DA! fixed no slow down.

My Router's a WRT54G and I really can't use the DHCP function from it for some reason, so
I have to manually set a static IP w/ DNS :/ same as my ethernet connection static only :\

All in all tho it was fun and thxs a bunch guys. I'm very grateful :)

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Interesting. I've a device on USB that would work with this driver...if it could enumerate the device on USB correctly...however OS X already detects it as a NDIS 80211 adapter...hmm...

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Broadcom Wireless Tutorial
Kext Used
The kext used for this tutorial is the IO80211Family.kext. This kext needs to be put into /System/Library/Extensions/ if it is not already there.


Well thanks, and thanks! The Toshiba Core duo I just ordered comes with Intel Wireless which I already know is an impossible PITA from reading the forums.

Now I know what to put in and how to use it!

Thanks!!!java script:emoticon(':construction:', 'smid_2')
:D

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Stupid question, how do you find the device id?

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Stupid question, how do you find the device id?

Look in System Profiler or go to Windows -> Device Manager -> Network Adapters -> your device -> Properties -> Details tab -> Vendor is 4 characters after VEN_ and Device is 4 characters after DEV_

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I have a pcmcia version which uses the Atheros driver, the vendor id is 168c and device id is 0013. Will this method work? i changed the stuff, but it doesn't seem to find my card at all. I also tried using the IO80211 kext from 10.4.5 which worked for some people, but still nothing. I was wondering if maybe this was only working for the onboard model of this card and pcmcia wasn't going to work.

I have been trying ALL day, still nothing. Thanks a bunch in advance to anyone


I also have one of these wifi cards vendor 168c and device id 0013... this method doesn't work ;) doesn't detect the wifi card :D

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I too am having problems with my Broadcom card and JaS 10.4.8. Mine is in HP dv2000t laptop. DevId 4311.

The card is recognized as an airport card. However, it cannot be set-up. The Airport setup utility complains that it cannot communicate with the card. System profilers reports the card to be turned off, which it is not.

What's odd is that it worked fine in 10.4.6. On one of my laptops I did upgrade from 10.4.6 to 10.4.8 and the card still functions. However, on dv2000t I did a clean install from the 10.4.8 DVD, and I have no wireless now.

Actually, during the OSX post-installation setup the wireless did work. Once I've rebooted, I've started experiencing these problems.

I tried physically removing the Broadcom card, booting w/o it, installing it again, to no avail.


Any suggestions?

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Update:

I managed to get my 168c,0013 working finally :P All I had to do was get the IO80211Family.kext from the official apple intel update 10.4.5. I opened the dmg file, extracted the archive.gz file and inside it go to Library/Extensions and you should be able to find the IO80211Family.kext file. Just copy it to your /System/Library/Extensions and then repair its permissions and ownerships:

sudo chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions
sudo chmod -R 755 /System/Library/Extensions

Reboot the machine, go to the Network Settings and hopefully it will detect the existence of an airport device :D

Good luck guys!

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This is the wireless installer package from JaS 10.4.7 dvd, it worked for me.

Thanks for posting that. I had Jas' 10.4.7 dvd once but not sure what happened to it. For some reason he didn't put that package on the 10.4.8 dvd he made.

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I too am having problems with my Broadcom card and JaS 10.4.8. Mine is in HP dv2000t laptop. DevId 4311.

The card is recognized as an airport card. However, it cannot be set-up. The Airport setup utility complains that it cannot communicate with the card. System profilers reports the card to be turned off, which it is not.

What's odd is that it worked fine in 10.4.6. On one of my laptops I did upgrade from 10.4.6 to 10.4.8 and the card still functions. However, on dv2000t I did a clean install from the 10.4.8 DVD, and I have no wireless now.

Actually, during the OSX post-installation setup the wireless did work. Once I've rebooted, I've started experiencing these problems.

I tried physically removing the Broadcom card, booting w/o it, installing it again, to no avail.
Any suggestions?



Open /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app and type in "sudo rm -rf /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/NetworkInterfaces.plist" (without the qoutes). Now enter your password and reboot.

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Update:

I managed to get my 168c,0013 working finally :unsure: All I had to do was get the IO80211Family.kext from the official apple intel update 10.4.5. I opened the dmg file, extracted the archive.gz file and inside it go to Library/Extensions and you should be able to find the IO80211Family.kext file.


I downloaded the 10.4.5 update from
http://www.apple.com...update1045.html

But could not find the archive.gz file. When I used UltraISO to open MacOSXUpd10.4.5PPC.dmg, I could only find the Archive.pax.gz file there and could not find IO80211Family.kext

Could you attach the IO80211Family.kext file or related address?

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After completeing all instructions to the letter, I got my BCM 4318 to recognise teh wireless network, but it can't access the web. :unsure:

I did the optional stuff in the networkinterface.plist but it keeps resetting back to en0 after reboot

any thoughts?


I have the same trouble.
Maybe this en0/en1 problem is the main reason why the Airport option doesn't show up in Network Port Configurations window(only Built-in Ethernet show up), although my Mac can detect the Airport Cart in the computer info window.
Looking forward to further instruction for the en0/en1 problem.

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After completeing all instructions to the letter, I got a wireless network icon on menu toolbar, but it can't be configured to access the web.

I did the optional stuff in the networkinterface.plist but it keeps resetting back to en0 after reboot

Maybe this en0/en1 problem is the main reason why the Airport option doesn't show up in Network Port Configurations window(only Built-in Ethernet show up), although my Mac can detect the Airport Cart in the computer info window and it shows Airport is currently turned off.

I am running MAC 10.4.8 for AMD final version
Looking forward to further instruction.

Edited by hefeng, 01 January 2007 - 11:37 PM.


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Problem solved!!!!!
Please refer to
http://forum.insanel...?showtopic=8522
for the detailed of en0/en1 problem
Thanks for all

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oops...

Edited by zomgod, 07 January 2007 - 12:30 AM.


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I too am having problems with my Broadcom card and JaS 10.4.8. Mine is in HP dv2000t laptop. DevId 4311.

The card is recognized as an airport card. However, it cannot be set-up. The Airport setup utility complains that it cannot communicate with the card. System profilers reports the card to be turned off, which it is not.

What's odd is that it worked fine in 10.4.6. On one of my laptops I did upgrade from 10.4.6 to 10.4.8 and the card still functions. However, on dv2000t I did a clean install from the 10.4.8 DVD, and I have no wireless now.

Actually, during the OSX post-installation setup the wireless did work. Once I've rebooted, I've started experiencing these problems.

I tried physically removing the Broadcom card, booting w/o it, installing it again, to no avail.
Any suggestions?


Hi.

Mine is an build-in Broadcom WiFi b/g too, Dev_4311.

After setup the en0<->en1 swap trick i'm able to configure it, but it dont find any network, no infrastructure neither ad-hoc works. the wireless switch on the notebook works, so i can turn it off, but no way to get any signal...

very strange huh, and i dont have an idea to get it to work

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Okay folks I can't get my dell 1390 (broadcom 4311) to work. Here is some info about my machine and steps I have taken.
1. I installed the dell card and removed the intel from my fujitsu 4215 tablet pc hoping to get wifi in osx.
2. The dell card was successfull installed in both XP and vista.
3. Tried to install JAS 10.4.6 release and upon boot from DVD, a black screen popped up and in several languages I was told that I needed to restart the computer, I did this and continually got the error. So I disabled the wifi in my BIOS and was able to do a clean install 10.4.6.
4. So after the install is complete, I try to enable wifi in the BIOS and get the same error and unable to boot to osX.
-the only thing currently on my system is osx...with another partition set aside for XP or Vista...but I haven't gotten that far yet.

Here is what I have done in terms of troubleshooting:
1. Checked the info.plist and my card device is listed as a possible device.
Disabled the following one at a time in the BIOS and still received the error:
- Hardware power management
- speedstep technology
- core multi-processing
- AHCI configuration
- LAN
- Bluetooth
- IDE controller

What I find strange is that this card works in both XP and Vista, but not in OSX...I've searched the forums but am unable to find any help. If someone can point me in the right direction or offer any help I would appreciate it.





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