[ubuntu-us-mo] Anyone alive out there.

Erich Jansen erich at stoptouchingmethere.com
Tue Mar 18 03:02:14 GMT 2008

On Mon, 2008-03-17 at 21:29 -0500, Matthew Copple wrote:
> I've been itching to dual-boot Hardy with my shiny new Macbook.  
> Unfortunately, it appears that networking requires ndiswrapper, from  
> the blog posts I've seen.
> Matt

My macbook has a broadcom 4318 in it. I use the restricted drivers
because ndis uses extra processing power when running. I don't mind
being limited to 24Mbits for my connection. That being said,
installation of the firmware is slightly broken under Hardy.
B43-fwcutter is the new utility for extracting the FW for that card,
bcm43xx-fwcutter has been deprecated but is still available if your card
is a legacy card. Yours isn't, because broadcom cards in mac's all
support WPA-PSK/AES/TKS etc etc. The problem most people are having is
that unlike in previous versions of ubuntu, the wireless module doesn't
seem to poll the firmware directory on a set schedule. So even after you
install the firmware it can take an hour before your card activates.
Most of the time 'sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart' is all you need
to get your card up and running.

I usually keep the deb for fwcutter and the firmware stored on my ipod,
just in case I have to do a reinstall I don't have to drag an ethernet
cable over to my laptop.

Erich Jansen <erich at stoptouchingmethere.com>
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