I pretty much followed this guide completely, so if you follow it you should be in pretty good shape. I’ll add notes as I find them myself.
I really tried hard to use the Realtek provided one, but in the end I broke down and spent $21 (shipped) for a Dell Truemobile 1490. Besides a minor issue that I had fixed, it’s worked perfectly across the system. The Realtek worked fine in windows and that was about it. In linux I could get it working, but I couldn’t get it working with WPA / WPA2. In OS X, with the drivers from Realtek, I was able to connect to everything except WPA Enterprise, which I need for work. Since my network consists of either WPA2 at home or WPA Enterprise at work, it wasn’t going to fly. Trust me, spend the money and upgrade.
- Dell Truemobile 1490 Issue
- Problem: It wouldn’t connect to a wireless network at all by itself. On the menu bar it wouldn’t show any wireless networks. It did show “AirPort: Not configured”. If I opened the network preferences, I could get it working manually until I rebooted and would have to do it all over again.
Updating MSI Wind to OS X 10.5.6
After the initial install, I ran the “Software Update…” directly and it updated my system. Upon rebooting, I did run into an issue of the screen being the wrong resolution and the mouse / keyboard stopped working. Luckily I had a USB mouse and keyboard laying around to fix the issues. I found a pack of kext’s someone created to fix this issue. After installing those, everything was fixed just fine.