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[UPDATED] [Nov. 2017] Fix BTFirmwareUploader in macOS High Sierra

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Thank you for a great solution, it works with my Dell DW1707 Atheros 9565 card.

The virtual machine based on Ubuntu takes up to 4++ GB disk space and 30s to load, I found it too expensive to just enable a bluetooth card.

After several days of research, I found a way to prepare a very tiny (40 MB) and very fast (10s load) virtual machine that load firmware to atheros card. The solution is based on Tiny Core Linux. Here is how:

1. Download CorePlus from website

2. In VMWare, create a virtual machine:

- Use the downloaded CorePlus ISO file.

- Template: Linux 4x...

- Config: CPU & RAM: 1 core, RAM: 256 MB, Hard Disk: 1GB, SATA (not SCSI !!!, if SCSI you can not install Tiny Core on HDD)

3. On the first run, install TinyCore following exactly this instruction except for the step when select Install Type you need to select Core and X/GUI Destop and select Wifi Support.

4. After installing, install Bluez extension by the following steps:

4.1 Run Apps (middle icon at the bottom), click App -> Cloud (remote) -> Browser

4.2. Install Bluez:

- Wait a bit, when list of extensions appear, type bluez and Enter in Search text box.

- Select bluez.tcz, wait a bit until detailed information appear. After that, on the bottom left of App Windows, select OnBoot and click Go.

- Wait until bluez is being installed (see attached image).

4.3. Install atheros firmware

- Similarly, install firmware-atheros.tcz.

- Note: in this way, you can install firmware for other manufacturers. Actualy, in step 3, if you select an option to install firmware than all firmware for all manufacturers will be installed, but in this case, the VM size grow up from 39MB to 267MB.

4.4. Reboot virtual machine and you are finished !

5. For lazy people, here is the prepared virtual machine.

 

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