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Anyone still have issues with SpeedStep? Check this:

http://www.osx86.net...html#post126892

and look for ssdtPRGen.sh.zip and associated discussion to find the script to generate an SSDT to support SpeedStep--I think this is only necessary for Chameleon, because once I switched over to Clover, the bootloader is able create the same result without the extra SSDT. Make sure you generate P- and C-states.

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I was just looking to open up the W.FL antennas as well. Did you just solder the inner conductors together or did you also solder the conducting shields?

There is no conducting shields just plastic. I isolated with the tape

And how in the world did you manage to make the small cuts to W.FL cable? Good Job man.

Thank you.
Hum ... Self control :P

As you can see in 2. JPG an antenna is just a métal plate and i think it would be better and easier to solder a u.fl câble from an old antenna on the asus antenna and also keep the original w/fl cable

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There is no conducting shields just plastic. I isolated with the tape


http://en.wikipedia....ble_cutaway.svg

So you're saying you removed the plastic jacket and insulator to solder only the cores together?

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Has anyone else tried to open up the screen to put in their own antennas?

On the UX32VD, the antennas are not in the screen, but rather the hinge area of the screen. They connect to the metal frame of the screen via the screws that hold the antenna assembly. I simply removed the Asus assembly and cannibalized an old Dell laptop antenna to put in it's place. Any yes, stripping those wires is delicate work!
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Oh yeah, just as importantly, those people with "new" Wifi cards: is the App Store working?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Coaxial_cable_cutaway.svg

So you're saying you removed the plastic jacket and insulator to solder only the cores together?


Yes i did

Oh yeah, just as importantly, those people with "new" Wifi cards: is the App Store working?


Not yet :(

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Oh yeah, just as importantly, those people with "new" Wifi cards: is the App Store working?


The app store worked for me with both the atheros ar5b195 card i tried as well as a broadcom card. It was such a pain to get bluetooth working on that atheros card that I just eventually bought a BCM card with no bluetooth since I never used it.
I havent had a chance to look at your DSDT yet since it finals time in school right now. But a lot of the guides I followed were written by the same guy and I just found out if you send him your DSDT he will work on it for you.. Look at this thread and see if he can help you:
http://forum.osxlati...tssdt-patching/

Sorry I cant help you further.



Now for all of those people who want to replace your wifi cards but aren't good at soldering and dont have precise hands (like me) I have been in contact with a company to see if I can have a custom adapter made to convert the W.FL pigtail into a U.FL pigtail.
It would be similar to this adapter (http://www.jefatech....--3-inches.html) except it would need to be a W.FL male on the one end.

So if Im able to have this made, how many people would be interested? So I can further inform the company

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The app store worked for me with both the atheros ar5b195 card i tried as well as a broadcom card. It was such a pain to get bluetooth working on that atheros card that I just eventually bought a BCM card with no bluetooth since I never used it.


Does anyone know what the second bluetooth is really used for anyway? Mine is working fine with built-in BT and Magic Mouse and LG headset, so (as Thomas2111 pointed out), it's not a big deal.

EDIT: Oh yeah, what kind of speeds are you seeing? I have an RT-N66U at home which uses a Broadcom chip, so it'll be nice to match it.

Now for all of those people who want to replace your wifi cards but aren't good at soldering and dont have precise hands (like me) I have been in contact with a company to see if I can have a custom adapter made to convert the W.FL pigtail into a U.FL pigtail.
It would be similar to this adapter (http://www.jefatech....--3-inches.html) except it would need to be a W.FL male on the one end.

So if Im able to have this made, how many people would be interested? So I can further inform the company


I'd be interested, but would really prefer to receive it before Dec. 22nd. How much time/$$$ are we looking at? I'd like to take the lazy route if possible, haha. I'm in California.

RE: DSDT files. Don't worry about it. Studies come first. I'm e-mailing the dude at the other site. Ironically, the first person on that topic that requested a patch had a UX21. Unfortunately it's an UX21_E_, but I think he can help. I'm also going to be sending him the DSDT files I got off of a MacBookAir5,1 as a reference.

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Im not yet sure on price, so far the only company to get back to me wants me to order at least 50 of the.. so I'm going to look for another company and maybe find out how many people want them..

A speed test on the BCM card wont be very accurate yet since I have no antennas plugged into it

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ux32vd as you ! (works on UX31a/Ux21a too) here is the kext. place it in SLE with kext wizard
Do you remember that Zenlion deleted this kext and you too after? that work with. Why you deleted that? Idk

note about bluetooth in zenbooks:
there is two bluetooth adapters integrated:

2.1 bluetooth USB that work with the kext
[edit] addded screenshot of 2.1 bluetooth module on usb concentrator
4.0 bluetooth in the intel wireless Wifi / bluetooth Combo 6235 pci card, actually not working.

I bought a 3.0 bluetooth & wifi N combo card for 13$, 10 € in france:
Atheros AR5B195 AR3011 WiFi WLAN Bluetooth Combo Half Mini PCI-E Card
I'll tell soon if it works.


I found a BCM94312HMG lying around (actually from a Latitude 1545 laptop), and rebranded it as a Broadcom that should be natively recognized by Apple (Vend:Prod=14e4:4315), so I think I'm just missing the kext.

BUT, now the bluetooth doesn't work!!! {censored}--and I just got a Magic Mouse for an early Christmas present!!! I have no antenna hooked up, but the device is not shown.

Thomas, Can you send me your ioreg or any report that shows what the system sees in hardware? Specifically, Vendor/Product IDs and if your BT is working from the new wireless card you bought because I'm going to get the same. Also, do you have ALL the bluetooth kexts in your system? What about the USB-SCSI kext that was taken out before?

Anyone have any ideas? I'm going to check my BT kexts again. DSDT issues, maybe?

UGH.

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I found a BCM94312HMG lying around (actually from a Latitude 1545 laptop), and rebranded it as a Broadcom that should be natively recognized by Apple (Vend:Prod=14e4:4315), so I think I'm just missing the kext.

BUT, now the bluetooth doesn't work!!! {censored}--and I just got a Magic Mouse for an early Christmas present!!! I have no antenna hooked up, but the device is not shown.

Thomas, Can you send me your ioreg or any report that shows what the system sees in hardware? Specifically, Vendor/Product IDs and if your BT is working from the new wireless card you bought because I'm going to get the same. Also, do you have ALL the bluetooth kexts in your system? What about the USB-SCSI kext that was taken out before?

Anyone have any ideas? I'm going to check my BT kexts again. DSDT issues, maybe?

UGH.


Hi, i also have the BCM4312 on my old 6720s. I used this kext (IO80211Family from 10.6.8 => latest update with BCM4312 ven/dev id) -> download here.
The card works, but is not recognized as AirPort (i think you need to change manually subvendor and subdevice id from linux => search 'rebrand broadcom airport' on google and see)

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Im not yet sure on price, so far the only company to get back to me wants me to order at least 50 of the.. so I'm going to look for another company and maybe find out how many people want them..

A speed test on the BCM card wont be very accurate yet since I have no antennas plugged into it


I doubt you will find a people to make you less than a bulk amount. These custom adapter designs won't be profitable unless you make these amounts. That being said... I'm down to buy a few myself. Soldering with coaxial cables can be finicky as there's a dielectric that's pretty important to signal transmission between the inside conductor and the shielding (ground in most instances). Just soldering might result in incorrect impedance matching and could lead to poorer signal ultimately. Anyway, let us know if you've got any progress with your companies.

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Hi, i also have the BCM4312 on my old 6720s. I used this kext (IO80211Family from 10.6.8 => latest update with BCM4312 ven/dev id) -> download here.
The card works, but is not recognized as AirPort (i think you need to change manually subvendor and subdevice id from linux => search 'rebrand broadcom airport' on google and see)


Thanks for the link. Confirmed that it works? (see below), although I guess it's an older kext. I had rebranded it using this article:

http://www.osxlatitu...irport-extreme/

1. Note corrections here to the command to replace the OEM code (and my suggestion is to use Ubuntu 12.04--live CD would do it):

http://forum.osxlati...nding-broadcom/

2. Modprobe doesn't actually give you any feedback. It just does what it's supposed to. Actually, there isn't a whole lot of feedback as to whether the ROM is extracted correctly--you just have to look for the ssb_sprom_copy file (i.e., the sprom file).

3. Ignore any warnings by Ubuntu to install drivers for the card if it detects the card when you boot--otherwise it will mess with the drivers that will allow you to extract the sprom.

I am on the lookout for a card that has BT and WiFi--and this card only has WiFi and I don't believe there is a separate BT--unless I turned it off somehow (there is no setting in the bios), and I ran lspci in Ubuntu, and it didn't see a BT device after I took the Intel Centrino Advanced out. More investigation necessary.

Here's what I see in System Profile report:

Software Versions:
CoreWLAN: 3.0.1 (301.12)
CoreWLANKit: 2.0 (200.10)
Menu Extra: 8.0 (800.7)
configd plug-in: 8.3 (830.18)
System Information: 8.0 (800.1)
IO80211 Family: 3.2 (320.1)
WiFi Diagnostics: 1.1 (110.26)
AirPort Utility: 6.1 (610.31)
Interfaces:
en0:
Card Type: AirPort Extreme (0x14E4, 0x4E)
Firmware Version: Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (5.10.91.27)
MAC Address: 00:22:5f:6d:94:fe
Locale: FCC
Country Code: US
Supported PHY Modes: 802.11 b/g
Supported Channels: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Wake On Wireless: Supported
Status: Off <----- Note: I turned it off because I don't have the antennas plugged in yet...

I doubt you will find a people to make you less than a bulk amount. These custom adapter designs won't be profitable unless you make these amounts. That being said... I'm down to buy a few myself. Soldering with coaxial cables can be finicky as there's a dielectric that's pretty important to signal transmission between the inside conductor and the shielding (ground in most instances). Just soldering might result in incorrect impedance matching and could lead to poorer signal ultimately. Anyway, let us know if you've got any progress with your companies.


I'm wondering if it's a better idea just to find antennas to replace the ones we have like what gsly did. Even when I buy my "new" card, I will probably look for an antenna matched to it unless research indicates that the ones in the Zenbook are usable with any card. Even then, it seems as if there is enough space to route BOTH sets of wires, so I may end up just keeping the Zenbook antennas and routing whatever antennas I end up getting through the same place.

On the UX32VD, the antennas are not in the screen, but rather the hinge area of the screen. They connect to the metal frame of the screen via the screws that hold the antenna assembly. I simply removed the Asus assembly and cannibalized an old Dell laptop antenna to put in it's place. Any yes, stripping those wires is delicate work!


How long were the antennas you pulled out from the Asus assembly?

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Thanks for the link. Confirmed that it works? (see below), although I guess it's an older kext. I had rebranded it using this article:

http://www.osxlatitu...irport-extreme/

1. Note corrections here to the command to replace the OEM code (and my suggestion is to use Ubuntu 12.04--live CD would do it):

http://forum.osxlati...nding-broadcom/

2. Modprobe doesn't actually give you any feedback. It just does what it's supposed to. Actually, there isn't a whole lot of feedback as to whether the ROM is extracted correctly--you just have to look for the ssb_sprom_copy file (i.e., the sprom file).

3. Ignore any warnings by Ubuntu to install drivers for the card if it detects the card when you boot--otherwise it will mess with the drivers that will allow you to extract the sprom.

I am on the lookout for a card that has BT and WiFi--and this card only has WiFi and I don't believe there is a separate BT--unless I turned it off somehow (there is no setting in the bios), and I ran lspci in Ubuntu, and it didn't see a BT device after I took the Intel Centrino Advanced out. More investigation necessary.

Here's what I see in System Profile report:

Software Versions:
CoreWLAN: 3.0.1 (301.12)
CoreWLANKit: 2.0 (200.10)
Menu Extra: 8.0 (800.7)
configd plug-in: 8.3 (830.18)
System Information: 8.0 (800.1)
IO80211 Family: 3.2 (320.1)
WiFi Diagnostics: 1.1 (110.26)
AirPort Utility: 6.1 (610.31)
Interfaces:
en0:
Card Type: AirPort Extreme (0x14E4, 0x4E)
Firmware Version: Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (5.10.91.27)
MAC Address: 00:22:5f:6d:94:fe
Locale: FCC
Country Code: US
Supported PHY Modes: 802.11 b/g
Supported Channels: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Wake On Wireless: Supported
Status: Off <----- Note: I turned it off because I don't have the antennas plugged in yet...



I'm wondering if it's a better idea just to find antennas to replace the ones we have like what gsly did. Even when I buy my "new" card, I will probably look for an antenna matched to it unless research indicates that the ones in the Zenbook are usable with any card. Even then, it seems as if there is enough space to route BOTH sets of wires, so I may end up just keeping the Zenbook antennas and routing whatever antennas I end up getting through the same place.



How long were the antennas you pulled out from the Asus assembly?


I didn't rebrand it, so i must use the old 10.6.8 kext to get BCM4312 working.
Does AirPort fully work on your laptop? (in my System Profiler i see 'Third Party Wireless Card' instead of 'AirPort Extreme')

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I didn't rebrand it, so i must use the old 10.6.8 kext to get BCM4312 working.
Does AirPort fully work on your laptop? (in my System Profiler i see 'Third Party Wireless Card' instead of 'AirPort Extreme')

I don't there is a newer kext, is there?

The listing above IS from my System Profile, which says "Airport Extreme". Should I look for something else to confirm? Not sure what it bought me anyway, but there it is.

I'm probably going to be looking for another Broadcom card, but def. with bluetooth. I need my Magic Mouse and LG headset.

Edit (added picture): Left = UX21A (before I stuffed all that antenna material into the laptop). Right = Latitude 1545 (probably Hackintosh that once I get the new card and put it back together).

Edit (added links): According to the specification and my experience, UX21A (UX31A) does NOT have separate BT 2.0 as does the UX32VD. Also compare:

http://www.asus.com/...#specifications

to

http://www.asus.com/...#specifications

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Just purchased AR9002WB, this kext should support it, so we'll see:

http://www.osx86.net...&id=2311&page=3

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Alright so I found someone to make the connectors if anyone is still interested. It is kinda expensive though $7 dollars each +shipping and handling. The shipping was $25 and the handling was $10 so the total was $49. Kinda funny that it cost more to ship it. I ordered two to test, should be here in about 3 weeks so I will test then.
For now I get wifi all over my house with taped on connectors.

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Alright so I found someone to make the connectors if anyone is still interested. It is kinda expensive though $7 dollars each +shipping and handling. The shipping was $25 and the handling was $10 so the total was $49. Kinda funny that it cost more to ship it. I ordered two to test, should be here in about 3 weeks so I will test then.
For now I get wifi all over my house with taped on connectors.


Still interested, although it def. doesn't seem like they are going to be in before I leave, which probably means I would have come up with a solution by then.

Very sad that it's going to take the much just to ship a little piece of cable. I briefly looked for an adapter--seriously, wouldn't it be better to solder a jack to a connect?--but didn't see anything. I presume this thing is going to be a pig-tail?

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I reinstalled my hackintosh and all apple services, like mac appstore imessages, icloud actualy works with my atheros AR5B195 AR3011

Actualy the last things that not working on my ux32VD are
ELANTECH 4.0 trackpad (soon :) )
Geforce 620 gtm (no hope :P )
Cardreader (no hope :P )
some fn keys

my c& p states are working with chameleon and my sound works when i quit the sleep mode

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They said they couldn't use W.Fl but informed me that ipex3 is the same. So it is an ipex3 male at one end and an ipex pigtail (supposedly same as u.fl) on the other. So I hope it works I will let you know..

Thomas:
For sound after sleep use the mountain lion kext here I think it's the one I used.. http://forum.osxlati...4335#entry14335

The alc 269 audio in our laptop is a little different than the standard one so I had to patch appleHda kext from scratch following one of that guys guides. I forget what node eapd is at so let me know if that doesn't work.. My audio works after sleep but like he states in that thread there are issues with the headphone jack.
Does your ar3011 Bluetooth work after sleep? If not I found a kext that fixed that as well I can link it to you if you need





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