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August 10th, 2012, 02:00 AM
I painstakingly spent about 3 days getting a triple-boot working and all the apps I wanted installed on my new Macbook Pro, and so far most things are working just fine, but wi-fi and one other thing aren't working. Any suggestions?
I'm not really sure what to provide here, if you need any more information, just let me know.

August 14th, 2012, 09:30 AM

August 14th, 2012, 04:15 PM
Hey there, I managed to get the wifi working by following this post http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-1987927.html

Run the following in the terminal:
$ sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure firmware-b43-installer
response from terminal:
$ No chroot environment found. Starting normal installation
$ Unsupported device(s) found: PCI id 14e4:4331

then run:
$ sudo modprobe b43
$ export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
$ cd ~\Downloads
$ wget http://www.lwfinger.com/b43-firmware/broadcom-wl-5.100.138.tar.bz2 $ tar -xjf broadcom-wl-5.100.138.tar.bz2
$ sudo b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" broadcom-wl-5.100.138/linux/wl_apsta.o

You'll get a response like this:
This file is recognised as:
filename : wl_apsta.o
version : 666.2
MD5 : e1b05e268bcdbfef3560c28fc161f30e

...and a lot of extracting will happen

Then enter:
$ dmesg | tail -2

You'll get a response like this:
[ 5866.172626] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
[ 5870.282827] applesmc: FS! : read arg fail

Then just enable/disable wireless in Network Manager and it works!

Only I noticed every time I rebooted the machine the wifi would disconnect and dissapear as the OS was booting. So I put a line in /etc/rc.local
modprobe b43
save, reboot and all should be good.

My issue is getting the touchpad to work with multitouch and more importantly waking the machine from sleep!