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AdmiralA

Member Since 23 Sep 2010
Offline Last Active Jun 26 2011 02:43 AM
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In Topic: [Guide] HP DV8, DV7, DV6, & DV5, 10.6.4 Easy, Comprehensive Installation

27 September 2010 - 05:20 PM

The wireless card does recognized properly so it doesn't require Chun-Nan's kext. I think the only solution is to re-brand the wireless card to Apple wireless card. If it is detected as Apple AirPort Extreme card, it might work & driver actually load. But this only a theory. Based on the screenshot above, the broadcom kext does load but the driver actually didn't load (refer to System Profiler screenshot).


Okay, great!
Any ideas how one goes about 'rebranding' the card to show up as an Apple wireless one?
Is a DSDT modification required or can we do something at the software level, like an injector or something else?

In Topic: [Guide] HP DV8, DV7, DV6, & DV5, 10.6.4 Easy, Comprehensive Installation

26 September 2010 - 10:48 PM

Yes, it works. You will not be able to control it (ON/OFF) anymore unless you remove the tape.

I don't know whether this wireless card is supported by Mac OS X or not. I did a quick search & I didn't found anyone able to get it to work yet.


Apparently, the Broadcom 43224 is supported by Apple. I took a look at the loaded kexts, one being AppleAirPortBrcm43224 which is apparently inside IO80211Family.kext.

If you take a look at /System/Library/Extensions/IO80211Family.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleAirPortBrcm43224.kext/Contents/Info.plist and scroll down a little to the IONameMatch key, you get
<key>IONameMatch</key>
<array>
		<string>pci14e4,4353</string>
		<string>pci14e4,432b</string>
</array>

PCI vendor ID 14E4 (Broadcom) with our particular wireless card (4353) which means it definitely is supported.

I've had reports that people have gotten this same card working before in 10.5 Leopard, but are facing issues with it in 10.6 Snow Leopard.
I'm going to open up my computer today and tape pin 20 and verify that it's working as expected, then I'll see what I can do in OSX.

Yehia, now that you know your wireless card is definitely on but is still not being picked up by Airport (lol) you may be having a PCI issue. You can try out this kext here, reported to work in 10.6.4 both 32 and 64-bit. It's meant to be installed to /S/L/E, but you could always try /C/E/E first I guess. Be sure to open it up and check that your card's PCI ids still exist there.

Hope it works for you, if it does, it'll work for me too :)

In Topic: [Guide] HP DV8, DV7, DV6, & DV5, 10.6.4 Easy, Comprehensive Installation

25 September 2010 - 04:39 PM

Yes. Put a tape to cover the pin. This way it won't receive signal to power OFF. On my Acer Aspire 3680 (still working but I already retired it), it have "dead man switch". LOL. It actually soft-switch, to turn the wireless ON/OFF, push to the right & let go. It doesn't work with Mac OS X, so I have to cover the pin 20 (both sides). It's tiny but you'll be able to do it. I'm actually have to cover two pins because it still turned OFF if I just cover pin 20. I can't remember it's number but it is side-by-side with pin 20.


So my wireless card will be permanently on. The question is, will OSX then be able to recognise and work with the Broadcom 43224AG that's already in my laptop?

In Topic: [Guide] HP DV8, DV7, DV6, & DV5, 10.6.4 Easy, Comprehensive Installation

24 September 2010 - 12:01 PM

Hi folks!

I have a recently purchased HP dv6-2155ee (very similar to Yehia Amer's) and I'm willing to test and experiment anything necessary to achieve as vanilla a build as possible. I've taken a look at Mammoth's guides, but seeing what I've read from these past few pages, there's been some interesting new developments of interest, especially pertaining to audio.

I've quite a bit of experience with setting OSX up, I'm actually typing from Snow Leopard on my desktop machine right now, which is a 100% vanilla build with no system files modified, just the regular stuff in E/E.

But alas, this HP laptop is another issue altogether. I took a look through Mammoth's guides and I intend to follow them (which some required deviations which I will make very clear when I post my results)

As far as I'm concerned, there are two main issues that prevent me from using OSX as a primary system on my laptop:
  • The insyde BIOS issue: Exactly what's the difference between the Kokomal kernel and the regular vanilla kernel? Is it just the two line lapic fix? Why does it require removing some .kexts, and how does this affect the popping sound issue?
    I am considering just using the meklort bootloader which patches the vanilla kernel on the fly.
  • Wireless. I have the same Broadcom card as Yehia Amer, and am wondering if as if yet there is a fix for getting it to work. If I'm not mistaken, the Broadcom chipset is supported by Apple, but is not accessible because it does not power-on during boot up, so if the wireless card is off, it can't recognise it. The wireless switch doesn't do anything. How can this be fixed?
    Is it possible to use the pin 20 method here? Removing the card from the laptop, covering pin 20 with tape or simply cutting pin 20 off, then plugging it back in so it's permanently on and therefore recognised by OSX?

Oh, and there's a fix for time-zone mismatches when you boot up to windoze 7. OSX synchronises and sets the time everytime it boots, and sets the BIOS clock to a UTC standard. win7 has no idea it's operating under UTC time, so it needs to be told that it is with a very simple registry fix:
Open Registry Editor (start>run>regedit.exe) and go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation
Then click Edit>New>DWORD Value, and name it RealTimeIsUniversal, and then give it a value of 1. Close Registry Editor, reboot into OSX, then reboot into win7, and enjoy properly synced time on both systems :)

Thanks guys!

EDIT: added to clarify that I meant that my laptop has an internal Broadcom wireless card, 43224AG, but if I'm correct, OSX doesn't recognise it because it simply isn't powered on during boot. I think the IOPCIFamily kext may fix this.
My laptop is an HP dv6-2155ee, exactly the same as Yehia Amer's dv6-2170ee except I have an i5 540M instead of an i7.

Model: HP Pavilion dv6-2155ee
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-540M Processor (3M Cache, 2.53 GHz)
RAM: 4GB DDR3
GFX card: GeForce GT 230M, 1GB PCI-E
Sound: IDT 92HD75B3 @ Intel Ibex Peak PCH - High Definition Audio Controller [111D-7603]
Ethernet: Realtek RTL8168D/8111D PCI-E Gigabit [10EC-8168]
Wireless: Broadcom 43224AG 802.11a/b/g/draft-n [14E4-4353]
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