PowerBook Mac OS X Directions To Use Audiovox PC5740
Tuesday, 12 July 2005
EVDO is hot! Apple provided support for the PC 5220 EVDO. This article will descibe how to get the Audiovox PC5740 to work with your PowerBook. For more information, first see our Mac EVDO page.
1/13/2006 THIS JUST IN. The Verizon PC5740 is NOW fully Mac Compatible (no need to do hacking directions below). When purchasing the PC5740 from us, we will provide you with a download link for the installer AND provide free Mac support (via Telephone and email).
NOTE: These are instructions are for advanced users who know what they are doing only! These directions work under Mac OS 10.3.5 - 10.4.2.
For those that purchase the Audiovox PC5740 from our sister site (Booster-Antenna.com, we can do the steps below, for you remotely at no charge.
ALSO, the card must first be activated on a Windows PC!
If you have done your research and you are interested in purchasing this card, we do stock them and you can purchase one for $20 less than Verizon). We have an option for Mac users to have the card pre-activated.
If you are looking for the BEST SUPPORTED MAC OS X EVDO Card, we currently recommend the Kyocera KPC650 Card. You do not have to do any Terminal Hacks AND you get signal strength, network indicator, card activation (no need for Windows PC), you do not get any of this with the PC5740 - so you will need to insert the card in a Windows PC to update the PRL every few months. So, if you are within your 15 day trial, return your PC5740, purchase the Kyocera KPC650 from us, and things will be MUCH easier for you.
FYI, YOU DO NOT SEE THE MENU FEATURE as you do in the PC5220, you will not see anything, except having a high speed modem for your mac.
- Remove the Audiovox PC5740 if it is already inserted.
- Log in as an Administration user.
- Open the Terminal application.
- Go to the IOSerialFamily kernel extension PlugIns folder by executing the following command: cd /System/Library/Extensions/IOSerialFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns/
- Execute the ls command to view the directory, and you should see amongst the other plug-ins one called AppleVerizonSupport.kext and the other called AppleVerizonSupportKicker.kext. If you do not see these directories, then you are probably not running Mac OS X 10.3.5 or later, as they are installed by default (you can download the Apple Drivers and then start over)
- To enable support for the Audiovox PC5740, we need to change the Vendor ID number in the two Info.plist files contained within the two kext's above. You can use pico, but any text editor will do.
- Type sudo pico AppleVerizonSupport.kext/Contents/Info.plist
- Scroll down until you see a line that says idVendor
- In the line underneath, you should see 3901
- Replace the number with 4204 (which is the vendor ID of the Audiovox PC5740)
- Scroll down until you see a line that says idProduct
- In the line underneath, you should see 274
- Replace the number with 14081 (which is the product ID of the Audiovox PC5740)
- Save and exit the editor
- Repeat process for the AppleVerizonSupportKicker.kext plist file
- Rebuild the kernel extension cache by executing these two commands:
- sudo rm /System/Library/Extensions.kextcache
- sudo kextcache -k /System/Library/Extensions
- Restart your Mac (you can do this from the command line with a
- sudo shutdown -r now command)
- Insert the PC5740
- Open System Preferences -> NetworkWhen the dialog box pops up telling you that a New Port Has Been Detected, click OK
- Configure the Network with the following settings:
- Service Provider = Verizon
- Account Name = firstname.lastname@example.org (replace xxx's with your Verizon Phone Number)
- Password = vzw
- Telephone Number: #777
- Be sure the Verizon (PC 5220) modem script is selected
- Be sure that wait for dialtone option is NOT CHECKED
- Under PPP options, be sure Disconnect if idle is NOT CHECKED
- Hit the Apply Now button
Congratulations, your AudioVox PC5740 is now working in your PowerBook!
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Last Updated ( Monday, 25 September 2006 )