Issue 126: No WIFI Card on LION with Cham version greater than 1078

Reported by Peter _sm, Jul 24, 2011

Steps to reproduce the problem:
1.Installing Cham never than 1078, my WIFI card is not found on 
LION, SL is OK with the newer release of Cham.
I have org.chameleon.Boot.plist in Extra folder.

2.See info here about my System ->

Expected result:

Actual result:

Comment 1 by Peter _sm, Jul 24, 2011

Added a new bdmesg result where Cham 1203 is installed.

Comment 2 by Peter _sm, Jul 24, 2011

Second try to attach the bdmesg file as above.

Comment 3 by Peter _sm, Jul 24, 2011

Hi, I forgot, there is also a issue when I shall restart the 
computer, it tells me to hold down power button, this is not 
happening on 1078, and this is only related to LION.

BR  Peter

Comment 4 by Peter _sm, Jul 24, 2011

Added a bdmesg file from Cham 1078, where my WIFI card is working

Comment 5 by Azimutz, Jul 24, 2011

Peter, only now i saw this issue; check my answer on IM topic... 
this is probably related with issue 123, or the other way around :P

Comment 6 by Evan Lojewski, Jul 25, 2011

Please try the latest version and see if this is still an issue.
Labels: Target:2.0
Owner: meklort

Comment 7 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011

OK, I compiling 1221.... let you know...


Comment 8 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011

Sorry, it the same, I put back origina/untuched O80211Family.kext in 
S/L/E and installed ver. 1221.


Comment 9 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011

FYI: With 1203, I did this "You need to delete 
AirPortAtheros40.kext plugin under 

When removing that kext I got WIFI worked, but I dont know If that 
is the right way to fix my issue. ;-)

Comment 10 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011

Good news is that the restart are working now :-)

I tested to boot with UseKernelCache=Yes, but is not finishing 
booting, I have the spinning wheel......

Comment 11 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011

By mistake I replaced AirPortAtheros40.kext instead of 
IO80211Family.kext :-) :-) ;-)

I let you know later, I haver issue to boot in to lion right now ?

Comment 12 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011


This is Funny/Strange ;-)

Installed IO80211Family.kext and Cham 1221,
Booting is OK, I come in to the GUI, and my previous app is loading, 
Mouse/Trackpad is working. BUT I cant click/activate any window and 
move the curser on the dock no one is able to run,

Removing IO80211Family.kext then everything is fine to click on 
window and application.

Any ide what is going on with IO80211Family.kext;-)


Comment 13 by Azimutz, Jul 25, 2011

Peter, the tip was to remove just AirPortAtheros40.kext; you mention 
IO80211Family.kext... is it a typo?
If you remove IO80211Family.kext you wont have wifi at all?!
Make sure you install the kext properly and fix permissions on it 
after install with Disk Utility; kext Wizard it's approved for the 
job. And try to boot with kernelcache no -v if possible.

Comment 14 by Cosmosis Jones, Jul 25, 2011

i think this is fixed now w/ the kextloading issue.
Status: Fixed

Comment 15 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011

The first thing was to remove AirPortAtheros40.kext from 
IO80211Family.kext, then I got WIFI to work with Cham 1221.

Step 2, Put the AirPortAtheros40.kext back to IO80211Family.kext and 
installed Cham 1221, booting OK,and I cant do anything in the GUI, 
all windows and top menu is loading but couldn't activate any 
windows or function on the menu or start app from the dock.
couldn't do anything with the mouse.

So right now I have original O80211Family.kext installed, and can't 
do anything in the GUI.

I try again to install and fix permission

Comment 16 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011

Now its booting fine vid cham version 1221 ;-)

But NO WIFI and all kext in S/L/E is original. see new attached 


Comment 17 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011

False alarm, its not OK!

Booting with..

UseKernelCache=NO = No WIFI and frozen GUI
-V = Same as above.
UseKernelCache=Yes = Spinning Wheel, never going to the GUI


Comment 18 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011


Booted with only arch=x86_64

The GUI shows up, but I couldn't do anything, I went out for a 
30minuntes, when I'm back the GUI works, so it took long time to get 
all up and running ???? What can cause that behaviour ??

But NO wifi,

Perhaps my computer don't like the AirPortAtheros40.kext

So next for me is to remove this again ;-)

See new text file

Comment 19 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011

Attached a kernel log for you ;-)

Comment 20 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011

Update again ;-)

Back on Cham version 1203,GUI is up and running limitedly, some 
issue on 1221.

Comment 21 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011

New update ;.) ;.)

I found O80211Family.kext in my /Extra/Extension!!!! :-(

So removed that and used a original O80211Family.kext in /S/L/E with 
cham 1221,result no WIFI and bad GUI

With AirPortAtheros40.kext removed inside  O80211Family.kext in 
The WIFI works and GUI is normal.

That is the status right now. ;-)
Sorry I messed up things ;-)


Comment 22 by Peter _sm, Jul 25, 2011

Added some info from my system ;-)

Comment 23 by Azimutz, Jul 26, 2011

Peter, let's close the talk here.
If removing AirPortAtheros40 fixes your problem, do it for now! It's 
not the first time something similar had to be done. Maybe not the 
most elegant solution, but efficient :)

Created: 12 years 2 months ago by Peter _sm

Updated: 12 years 2 months ago

Status: Fixed

Owner: Evan Lojewski

Followed by: 2 persons