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Default Mini 1012 WIFI issues - 01-21-2011, 02:47 PM


I hate to post another "My WIFI does not work" thread as my first post but I searched and searched and could not find the answers I seek. I have read all 42 pages of the Inspiron Mini 1012 sticky thread. An interesting read, but no help.

Here are my system specs.
Bios: A11
Mac OS: 10.6.2. I did a fresh install from 10.6.0 then updated to 10.6.2 via the combo update.
NBI 8.4pre. 8.5pre results in a Kernel Panic ("You need to restart your computer") even with arch=i386. The boot screen is stretched on 8.5pre. 8.4RC1 boots but sound does not work. All other versions give me a KP. With 8.4pre I must use the flags arch=i386
System Profiler Information on WIFI Card:
Menu Extra: 6.0 (600.22)
Config Plugin: 6.1 (610.2)
System Profiler: 6.0 (600.9)
Network Preference: 6.0 (600.22)
AirPort Utility: 3.4.2 (342.23)
IO80211 Family: 2.1 (211.1)

What works and doesn't:
Sound works. Wifi does NOT work. The airport adapter is not listed in System Preferences->Network (tried manually adding it by clicking "+"). The System Profiler shows very general information about the card under the "Air Port" tab. I doubt it is detecting it correctly. AirPort utility is unable to find any Apple Wireless Devices.

What I tried:
Update to 10.6.2

Using various versions of NBI. 8.5pre, 8.4pre, 8.4RC1, 8.3RC5 . 8.4pre works the best (How the hell are others getting 8.5 to work straight out of the box? We have identical hw)

Installing various versions of the IO80211Family.kext. A question about installing kext is do they go in the "Extra/Mini1012Ext" folder or in the "System/Library/Extensions" folder. Other things I've read is to put them in the "Extra/Additional Extensions" folder and run in the /Extra folder. Could someone tell me the PROPER way to install these kexts? Is there any configuration necessary on the kext itself besides putting it in the correct folder? I've been using KextHelper which seems to put it into SLE.

According to various websites my WIFI controler is:


Wireless Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g Half mini-card --
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