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Join Date: Nov 2008
For anyone who added the Novatel internal 3G card - 01-16-2009, 02:47 AM
I have been using the Novatel EU870D in my Mini for a while now, it works quite happily in Windows but the drivers I had didn't work in OS X. I found some kexts that will get it to work on a forum for the MSI Wind.
Links to kexts:
http://rapidshare.com/files/169659631/H ... r.kext.zip
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It isn't as easy to use as the nice connection software you get for Windows but at least you can get connected
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Join Date: Mar 2009
07-19-2010, 12:25 PM
This discussion has gone quiet recently, so I thought I'd add my success story here with a few keywords and info for other searchers to find.
I have a Dell Mini 9 and a Dell Latitude D620. The Mini 9 is running Ubuntu, the D620 is running OSX.
I've just bought a Dell-branded 3G data card, the Dell 5520 (the cheaper variant of the 5530, I got mine from Ebay for Â£17) - also known as the Novatel EU870D or Novatel Merlin U740. This is a mini PCI-E card that appears on the USB bus of the host, this is the lsusb info from Ubuntu:
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 1410:2420 Novatel Wireless
So, Vendor ID 2420 and product ID 1410.
I have this working in both the Mini 9 and the D620 with the XP drivers from Dell under XP SP3, using the built-in usbserial driver in Ubuntu, and with the Novatel drivers for OSX from here:
Installation Instructions: Mac OS X (SnowLeopard) with Novatel Drivers (v3.0.7) for 3G modems - Novatel Wireless
Once the kexts are installed (either by extracting them from the pkg or just running the pkg installer as normal), they load fine and the Novatel modem appears in the main OSX network settings. I've used the GSM mode and standard Vodafone 3G settings and now everything works first time, perfectly.
This is all using OSX 10.6.4, and using the built-in WWAN scripts from OSX on top of the Novatel kext drivers linked to in the above Novatel web page. No other hacking is needed, and all in all it cost me Â£17 to add to my laptops.
I hope that's useful to someone!
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