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Happy holidays everyone.

 

I just wanted to start with saying what a great website and thanks to your guides I have manged to make a fantastic D620 OSX SL Hackintosh with dual boot into Win 7. Even for a noob like me it turned out to be pretty straight forward using this site.

 

It works like a dream except for an annoying lack of wifi. I've done alot of googling and tried a few kexts that didn't work. I've looked in system profile and OSX can see a Dell DW1395 in pci slot 2 and it even says Airport but there's no driver install...grrr!  I've gone back to the latest EDP from here to get back to close as possible to a fresh install and start again

 

The details for the DW1395 card are as follows:

Name: pci8086,4222

Type: Airport

Vendor ID: 0x8086

Device ID: 0x4222

Subsystem ID: 0x1021

 

Can anyone with much more knowledge and experience than me please help me find the answer to this final riddle on my hackintosh?

 

Many thanks in advance

 

 

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You have the same card I have in my D520. Usually I can get this card (Broadcom 4321) to work in Snow Leopard with no problem.

 

Have you tried the Broadcom43XXFamilyRev2 kext? I needed this kext (in System/Library/Extensions, not in /Extra/Extensions!) in order to make my DW1395 work in Lion, so it might work in Snow Leopard as well.

 

Here is a link to that kext:

https://osxlatitude.com/index.php?/topic/1922-guide-d520-os-x-lion/

 

First post, way at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, here is an off-site link that has the same kext (plus another one I've never saw) that says it works for 10.6

http://www.osx86.net/view/972-broadcom_43xx_series_airport.html

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It will work in /Extra/Extensions, however you'll have to pull out IONetworkingFamily.kext from /System/Library/Extensions and copy it into /E/E. (Making sure BOTH /E/E and S/L/E have IONetworkingFamily.kext)

 

For me, its just easier to use KextWizard to drop it into S/L/E and rebuild caches.

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Ok I've tried the above with not much joy. I get some warning from the OS if cut and pasting from the desktop and even with using admin password it doesn't seem to paste in either recommended folders.

 

So I thought Kext Wizard would help but seems to have a problem with finding the target drive/volume. It only gives item2 or item 3 as target volumes and doesn't seem to work. I can see the volumes on the desktop, if set in Finder prefs so not sure what going on with Text Wizard?

 

The system boots like normal if left alone but if I use the -f line on the boot selection screen to try and reset permissions I get a restart request from the OS? But I'm guessing it's a case of too little a knowledge being dangerous when using boot commands or maybe a really messed up OSX in stall. Does OSX have a Safe Mode?

 

Any help would be gratefully received please.

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Using the "-f" flag in Chameleon will tell OS X to boot in safe mode.

 

Which version of the kext I linked are you attempting to use? I can only vouch for the one I supplied, in my D520 guide. It works brilliantly on my DW1395 in Lion. I can't make any guarantee's for Snow Leopard, or the other version of the kext I linked.

 

If you installed using myHack, open a Terminal and type the following:

 

lspci -nn

 

And paste the output here. This will give us exact details of your machine and which wireless card you actually have.

 

Also, is Kext Wizard installed in /Applications? 

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Hmm, are you really sure you have a DW1395? PCI vendor id 8086 = Intel as far as I know... One way to ascertain your hardware is to lift the plastic casing above the keyboard then unscrew the keyboard to lift it and have a look at the card. To me, you have an Intel card and that is not supported.

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As I thought, you do not have a DW1395 (where did you see that? I have a DW1395 in my D630 and it sure does not show as such), you have the usual Intel 3945ABG wireless card. You'll have to replace that.

http://www.pcidatabase.com/search.php?device_search_str=4222&device_search.x=0&device_search.y=0&device_search=search+devices

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Feeling really silly now as somebody above has already pointed out it's an Intel card installed...DOH! Booting into Win 7 and checking network adaptors in device manager clearly show Intel Pro Wireless and lifting the keyboard also confirms this. Just a tad embarrassed about that.

 

Where did I see it was a DW1395? By using About This Mac and then More Info... button and in the Hardware List where it says pci cards it says dw1395 which I'm guessing is the default install setting until it finds a working airport device?

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This is where I got the device ID and Vendor ID from, which is the correct info supplied from the Intel card. Anyway time to order one from Ebay at about £7 which isn't much. Hmmm is it worth going for a N rated one or stick with just B/G?

 

Thanks for the help though.

 

Moving on there's the small issue of booting fine in normal mode but failing to boot in safe mode, -f at OS selection screen. It has managed to get to the desktop once or twice but does fail most of the time when using that switch. Do I need to worry about that or can I just let that go as the system boots fine when left alone?

 

Maybe it's linked into the Kext Wizard problem that still happens even when launched from within Applications.

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That only happened after I reinstalled the EDP yesterday morning thinking it might help with the wifi (a little knowledge being dangerous again?). Just to give you all the facts, KW worked the night before when trying to install a Kext for the wifi and infact it was the ver2 mention above that I found myself on the same site as your link.

 

Just asking really if it's worth sorting this problem out or now leave alone and enjoy my OSXLatitude?

 

Oh and finally is it worth doing the Mac OS update to 10.6.8 or similar and if so does that have any strange impact on the OS that needs major reworking afterwards?

 

Many thanks.

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