It wasn’t fun. However, my MacBook Pro is networked, again, after all of the WWAN support update 1.0 stability-related issues. My AirPort is rock solid, again. How? These are the steps I followed:
- Backed up my data — by the way, unlike PC, Mac overwrites old backups with new ones, deleting files from the backup destination if they no longer exist on the source. Be sure to do a complete backup to a fresh destination.
- Made sure I have a lot of disk space. I think I needed about 10Gb.
- Booted my computer from the installation CDs and did an Archive install, preserving user preferences. Note, this also saves all of your installed applications except the ones that are dependent on some kernel components (e.g. Parliant’s Phone Valet).
- Rebooted my computer.
- Used a wired connection (because my AirPort was not working), to be able to download and install the first wave of software updates.
- Reset the password of my wireless network.
- Hey! Finally! A wireless connection that restores itself from sleep!
- Used the AirPort connection to install the second wave up software updates — UNCHECKED THE APPLE WWAN SUPPORT UPDATE 1.0 AND AIRPORT EXTREME UPDATES.
- Copied back files I had to delete for space.
- Confirmed everything is working.
- Removed the Archived System folder.
This took me about four hours to figure out and complete – the longest piece being the archive installation from CDs. Thanks a million to Maurizio Ortolani for all of his help and patience.
I have confirmed with Apple that there is no way to permanently ignore any software updates. The tech told me that doing so would require Apple to rewrite the server application that serves the updates. I argue that it can be a software setting on the Mac (e.g. ignore this update) – just don’t mess with my AirPort anymore.