Got WiFi Woes? Worry no more.

September 21, 2009

It can happen. You turn on your netbook and boot into OS X, and boom. No internet connection?!?! What’s a fellow hackintosher to do? Hop on another computer and look at, of course… Unless you’re looking at this for future reference 😉
I have decided to post this because it has already happened to me for some odd reason, and after playing around for a few times and after numerous reboots, I have found the solution that worked. The kexts need to be reinstalled that make the WiFi adapter become recognized and fuction with Airport.

The following kexts are necessary in making WiFi work:

  • IO80211Family.kext
  • IOUSBFamily.kext
  • LAN9500.kext

It’s either all three or none, trust me. After many reboots and kext installs later, I found that if one is missing, WiFi will not work.

So, these kexts can be found in the HP Mini Essentials .zip file, which can be downloaded here: HP Mini Essential. zip

  1. Extract the contents to your desktop, and open up the HP Mini Essential Files folder.
  2. Open up OSX86Tools, (HP Mini Essential Files > OSX86Tools_1.0.150)
  3. Select “Install Kexts
  4. Navigate to the “Kexts” folder within the HP Mini Essential files folder.
  5. Choose the three kexts listed above to install.
  6. At all the prompts, just hit OK to all except the last prompt when you are asked to reboot. Choose cancel.
  7. After the kexts are installed and you chose to cancel stay in OSX86Tools and check off “Repair Permissions” and click “Run Selected Tasks“.
  8. After it is finished (it will be a litle while) go ahead and reboot.

Install kexts. Your best friend.

This should solve your WiFi troubles. Oh, and before you ask, YES, it is normal for the WiFi light to be “pink”. It’s purely aesthetic. If it really bothers you, all you have to do is put the computer to sleep, and when you wake it again the WiFi light should be blue again.