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> How to add support for RT73 chip in OSX, When is not "supported" by Ralink kexts
post Jun 17 2009, 09:53 AM
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So we go to Ralink site and download the latest driver for our usb dongle but usb still doesn't work...
Go to System Profiler under USB and look for your device ids.

802.11 bg WLAN:
Product ID: 0x8008
Vendor ID: 0x1044
Version: 0.01
Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: Ralink

We use Calculator to do HEX -> DEC conversion
Mine was:
0x8008 DEC: 32776
0x1044 DEC: 4164

And add product and vendor device id to info.plist file in RT73USBWirelessDriver.kext

P.S. Same thing we can do if our dongle is not supported in KISMAC, all we need to do is add these Device IDs in UsbVendorsRT73.kext witch U can find under Resources folder in Kismac.
Is mine version of dlink wireless tool I patched and removed some part of the code inside. So it looks like it is Airport thing :-)
How to install:
1. DOWNLOAD: Attached File ( 324.25K ) Number of downloads: 2393

2. backup your existing Ralink programs
3. remove all existing Ralink programs from app folder, and startup folder (don't delete kexts in S/L/E!!)
4. RalinkWirelessUtility.prefPane -> install it in /System/Library/PreferencePanes/
5. -> install it in Applications folder
6. Under System Preferences/Accounts add this to Login Items

I tested it on G3,iMac G4 and Hackintosh it works on all... Intel/PPC - 10.4/10.5

This post has been edited by jadran: Jun 25 2009, 12:14 PM
post Dec 30 2009, 10:41 PM
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Tested with an TP-Link USB TL-WN321G Adapter in 10.6.2 and 10.5.8 working fine but with some details:

Wireless Prefpane is only 32 bits.

Ralink Airport app show [Connecting], [Not Connected] may be change to show an disabled AirPort or something as the app here: there is a similar application for ralink devices but with AirPort look a like menu:

But (big but) seem work only with Open and WEP Hex 64 bits Wireless Networks and not save the passwords.

Another thing, the RT73USBWirelessDriver.kext for snow 32/64 is available for download.


This post has been edited by quinielascom: Dec 30 2009, 10:45 PM
Acer Aspire 4320
Works: Integrated graphics Intel X3100 (QE/CI), Processor T7100 1.80GHz (2 cores, Speedstep), Audio ALC268 Codec (Only SPDIF not works), Network: BCM5787M, Wireless BCM4311 (Led Off), CardReader (Only SD, SDHC & MMC), USB 2.0, Firewire 400, Bluetooth, Battery, Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, ICH8 IDE/SATA Ports. No Works: Modem.
Operating Systems: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1, PCLinuxOS 2008, Snow Leopard 10.6.8 (32 bits).

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