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    Ubuntu 10.10 Powerbook G4 Wireless Fix

    Hello all.

    For any of you who are interested in installing Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat (http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/daily/current/) onto your old and dusty Powerbook G4 (21") and are frustrated with the wireless networking issues, please find these instructions below helpful. If you're curious why I chose 10.10 its because I wanted the most up to date software running on my crap, old hardware.

    Also, would someone more experienced from the community then myself like to evaluate these instructions (taken from YDL.net - http://www.yellowdoglinux.com/suppor...-extreme.shtml) and vet them for us?

    Granted, they work (wireless kicks off and reconnects from time to time) but I feel like I have both Gnome's networkmanager running and wicd (although I have quit wicd after booting into the desktop and Gnome's NWM works fine)

    Thanks in advance and keep up the great support everyone!

    Andrew

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    Again, these instructions can be found HERE (http://www.yellowdoglinux.com/suppor...-extreme.shtml) via YDL.net and involve a bit of command line work, but nothing anyone here should be scared of. In addition, ignore the steps specific to YDL only (obviously).

    OPIC: Enabling Airport Extreme


    Introduction
    This HOWTO will guide you through the steps of setting up Airport Extreme with YDL v6.x for Apple hardware. It was tested on an Apple PowerBook G4 1.67GHz running a fresh install of YDL v6.1.

    This procedure requires 3 steps:
    Discover your Airport firmware version.
    Extract the Airport Extreme firmware.
    Configure your wireless card under Linux.

    Discover your Airport Extreme version
    Broadcom is the manufacturer of the Airport Extreme wireless chip for Apple. The Broadcom chip in the Powerbook used to write this HOWTO is the BCM4306 802.11b/g (rev 03). Different versions of the firmware and driver might not be as straightforward. To discover the version of the Airport you have on your computer, under Linux run this command as root:
    [root@localhost network-scripts]# lspci | grep -i broadcom [ENTER]

    Here's the output I get on my laptop:
    0001:10:12.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g

    Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)

    If you have an earlier or later version, these instructions may or may not work for you. If you run into troubles, join the yellowdog-general mailing list or visit us on #yellowdog at freenode.irc.net. Someone there might be able to help you troubleshoot any problems you might have.


    Extract the Airport Extreme firmware
    The first step in getting your Airport Extreme working is to extract the necessary firmware files from your MacOS X drivers.
    Note that these instructions were written for YDL v.6.1. Other versions of YDL may require different versions of fwcutter and the firmware.
    Change to user root:
    su -
    Download, extract and build b43-fwcutter software version 011, which will be used to extract the Broadcom drivers:
    wget http://bu3sch.de/b43/fwcutter/b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2 [ENTER]
    tar xjf b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2 [ENTER]
    cd b43-fwcutter-011 [ENTER]
    make [ENTER]
    The make command above should generate output similar to the following:
    cc -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -std=c99 -Wall -pedantic -D_BSD_\
    SOURCE-DFWCUTTER_VERSION_=006 -c -o fwcutter.o fwcutter.c
    cc -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -std=c99 -Wall -pedantic -D_BSD_\
    SOURCE-DFWCUTTER_VERSION_=006 -c -o md5.o md5.c
    cc -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -std=c99 -Wall -pedantic -D_BSD_\
    SOURCE-DFWCUTTER_VERSION_=006 -o bcm43xx-fwcutter fwcutter.o md5.o
    ... and you should be left with a binary executeable called b43-fwcutter.

    Type:
    cd .. [ENTER]
    Download and use fwcutter software to extract the Broadcom proprietary driver:
    wget http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/b...0.10.5.tar.bz2 [ENTER]
    tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2 [ENTER]
    b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w "/lib/firmware" broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver/wl_apsta_mimo.o [ENTER]
    The b43 within the /lib/firmware directory should contain files:
    [root@localhost ~]$ ll /lib/firmware/ [ENTER]
    a0g0bsinitvals4.fw
    a0g0bsinitvals5.fw
    a0g0bsinitvals9.fw
    a0g0initvals4.fw
    a0g0initvals5.fw
    a0g0initvals9.fw
    a0g1bsinitvals13.fw
    a0g1bsinitvals5.fw
    a0g1bsinitvals9.fw
    (more ...)


    If wicd cannot find any local wireless networks, even after pressing "Refresh" once or twice, you may need to change the permissions on the b43 directory:
    chmod 755 b43

    Configure your wireless card under Linux using wicd.
    Refer to Using Wicd Network Manager

    You are on-line!
    This HOWTO was written by Christopher Murtagh and Bonnie Gosler, Fixstars.
    Last edited by bemental; July 23rd, 2010 at 09:08 PM. Reason: spelling & grammer

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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 Powerbook G4 Wireless Fix

    Ugg. Everyone once and awhile the Powerbook will connect to the internet and STAY connected, but now it hops on and off on and off on and off (etc) INCESSANTLY.

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    I have manually removed Gnome's Network-manager via apt (sudo apt-get remove network-manager) and it seems to have stopped. Sometimes Wicd has trouble logging onto my WAP2 network but after a few tries we manage to get on.

    Now onto fixing flash on a PPC...
    Last edited by bemental; July 23rd, 2010 at 11:09 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 Powerbook G4 Wireless Fix

    thank you! i will try it straight away!
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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 Powerbook G4 Wireless Fix

    unfortunatley, Wicd Network Manager is not preinstalled, which makes this procedure fail when there is no other alternatives to connect to internet.
    But thank you anyway!
    Still looking for my sollution....
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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 Powerbook G4 Wireless Fix

    I tried to do this but i get the error message "HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found 2011-04-12 21:18:23 ERROR 404: Not Found." when i run:

    I did try to install this on YDL before I un-installed YDL (as i didn't like it), but i can't seem to get this working on ubuntu. Any suggestions or workarounds would be great as i curently have about 10 feet of tele cable across my house!

    Many Thanks in advance.

    Dc

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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 Powerbook G4 Wireless Fix

    Scratch hat I didn't realise that you had to click he link and copy it's location that way. Whoops.

    Many thanks

    Dc

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