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    No Wireless on my Macbook

    Just got started with ubuntu
    everything works except the wireless internet

    here's what people seem to want to know:
    Wireless Card Type: AirPort Extreme (0x14E4, 0x8
    Wireless Card Locale: USA
    Wireless Card Firmware Version: Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (4.170.46.5)

    and i'm using 64 bit ubuntu
    i've followed the wiki and other sources but nothing seems to work as when i type commands in the terminal i get some kind of error.
    says that it cant identify the character 'z' in ['xvzy;] or something similar to that, as well as other problems.

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    Re: No Wireless on my Macbook

    Quote Originally Posted by KC_HYPE View Post
    Just got started with ubuntu
    everything works except the wireless internet

    here's what people seem to want to know:
    Wireless Card Type: AirPort Extreme (0x14E4, 0x8
    Wireless Card Locale: USA
    Wireless Card Firmware Version: Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (4.170.46.5)

    and i'm using 64 bit ubuntu
    i've followed the wiki and other sources but nothing seems to work as when i type commands in the terminal i get some kind of error.
    says that it cant identify the character 'z' in ['xvzy;] or something similar to that, as well as other problems.
    you need to be more specific. give a real example of the error message.
    Is this the page you are following:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ma...18bfda214af23b

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    Re: No Wireless on my Macbook

    Quote Originally Posted by KC_HYPE View Post
    Just got started with ubuntu
    everything works except the wireless internet

    here's what people seem to want to know:
    Wireless Card Type: AirPort Extreme (0x14E4, 0x8
    Wireless Card Locale: USA
    Wireless Card Firmware Version: Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (4.170.46.5)

    and i'm using 64 bit ubuntu
    i've followed the wiki and other sources but nothing seems to work as when i type commands in the terminal i get some kind of error.
    says that it cant identify the character 'z' in ['xvzy;] or something similar to that, as well as other problems.
    I tried many links - I also have a MacBook with the Broadcom firmware - none of the links worked.

    ... Until I found this:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...eisty_No-Fluff

    A quite long process, but when completed I instantly (no reboot) had wireless!

    Take your time, follow the directions explicitly & it should work. Be aware that the "l" looks a lot like the "1"! Best option would be to cut & paste - and do that one line at a time (watch out for line wraps).

    I'm not even an Ubuntu novice (is there a level below that?), and it worked first time through.

    Steve

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    Re: No Wireless on my Macbook

    this is the site i'm using

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ma...%28macbook%29#

    kevin@kevin-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf automake
    [sudo] password for kevin:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Package autoconf is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    E: Package autoconf has no installation candidate
    kevin@kevin-laptop:~$

    using this site: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...eisty_No-Fluff
    everything goes good until
    sudo ndiswrapper -m
    then it reads: invalid driver!


    i then went to the site listed above and had the same error with "sudo ndiswrapper - m"

    i continued and i did get to this:
    # /etc/modules: kernel modules to load at boot time.
    #
    # This file contains the names of kernel modules that should be loaded
    # at boot time, one per line. Lines beginning with "#" are ignored.

    lp
    mousedev
    psmouse
    ndiswrapper

    but what's next?

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    Re: No Wireless on my Macbook

    and once i have everything done (if this ever happens)
    will i just be able to choose "wireless connection" from Network Settings, or is there more to it?

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    Re: No Wireless on my Macbook

    Quote Originally Posted by KC_HYPE View Post
    That is the wrong page. that is only 1st and 2nd generation Macbooks that have an atheros chipset. You have a broadcom chipset. follow the direction at the link I gave.

    Quote Originally Posted by KC_HYPE View Post
    Code:
    kevin@kevin-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf automake
    [sudo] password for kevin:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    Package autoconf is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    E: Package autoconf has no installation candidate
    kevin@kevin-laptop:~$
    ok then that package doesn't need to be installed. Don't try to install it.

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    Re: No Wireless on my Macbook

    Ok, i'm just about positive everything is installed correctly

    there's still no wireless connection option in Network Settings...
    should this just appear or is there something else i need to do?

    you have no idea how thankful i am for your help

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    Re: No Wireless on my Macbook

    Can you clarify:

    (1) is ndiswrapper installed ok?

    (2) which driver did you give to ndiswrapper? where did you get it? - specifically you are on 64 bit so you must have a 64 bit driver for it to work.

    I have my BCM4328-based Airport Extreme working in 64bit Ubuntu hardy and yes network manager does its job once you've gotten ndiswrapper going with the correct driver.
    Last edited by blurg; April 29th, 2008 at 03:54 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Re: No Wireless on my Macbook

    Quote Originally Posted by KC_HYPE View Post
    there's still no wireless connection option in Network Settings...
    should this just appear or is there something else i need to do?
    You might try rebooting just to make sure...

    give the output of
    Code:
    ndiswrapper -l
    (that's a lowercase L not an i)
    and
    Code:
    lsmod |grep ndiswrapper

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    Re: No Wireless on my Macbook

    code:
    ndiswrapper -l

    gives:
    bcmwl5 : invalid driver!
    (i guess this means no to your first question blurg)

    lsmod |grep ndiswrapper
    gives:
    ndiswrapper 233632 0
    usbcore 161584 8 hci_usb,ndiswrapper,isight_usb,xpad,usbhid,ehci_hc d,uhci_hcd

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