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  1. #11
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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    A few questions.
    • Which screen size you opted for (so we know which of the two resolutions you are having problems with)?
      What do you mean by Ubuntu 8?
      Are you trying i386 or AMD64?
      Have you tried the Mini Display port to HDMI (or VGA, DVI, etc)?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by forbes; October 23rd, 2010 at 03:59 AM. Reason: Typo

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    I have the 13.3" and kimptoc has the 11" so both 1440x900 and 1366x768 have the same problem.

    I am trying the i386 images.

    I haven't tried the mini display port because I don't have an adapter.

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    Thanks SuperDodge. I've ordered an 11", which should arrive later next week. Hopefully we can figure out how to get the display to work soon.
    Were you able to test anything else like headphone socket, suspend/hibernate, the new power button, function specific keys (brightness, volume, etc), wireless, bluetooth, touchpad, iSight, etc? Or is the display so bad you can't really do an install?

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    Hi,

    Sorry, by Ubuntu 8, I mean 8.1, i386

    I have now tried 9.04/i386 , which displays ok, but still finds no devices/hard drives in gparted.

    The 10.10 display is pretty unusable, though you can barely make out the dialog shape - so if you knew what options to take, it might work.

    I dont have the connector either to hook it up to VGA/TV

    Thanks,
    Chris

    PS Just tried using it a bit with the fuzzy screen.

    Got the "try" option. gparted runs and shows devices/partitions

    I wonder if I partition in this mode, will it be visible under 9.04 - I am guessing not...

    Tried the wireless, does not show any networks - so I think there is a driver issue there (dont have the usb/ethernet link - but then would it work under ubuntu?)

    There was a nividia driver alert - I think it said no proprietary drivers found...

    Sound does not seem to be working, no noise on boot - volume up/down does nothing.

    The normal F1 keys seem to be working, not sure about the Fn versions.

    The fuzzy display seems to mean the right hand side of the screen is wrapped to the left... same on the terminal/command line too, ctrl-alt-f1.

    Touchpad seems ok, though not sure how to do drag/right click on it - may need configuring...
    Last edited by kimptoc; October 23rd, 2010 at 08:10 AM.

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    http://ebsi4711.blogspot.com/2010/10...kair31-11.html

    it is possible The patch for the keyboard and touchpad needs aditions.

    Can someone provide me "lsusb and lspci" output of the MacBookAir3,2 ?
    Last edited by ebsi; October 23rd, 2010 at 10:54 AM.

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    I played with the garbled screen in 10.10 some as well. I was able to get on my wireless network after installing a restricted driver. There was also a restricted driver for the NVidia card in the list, but nothing got better after installing it.
    Last edited by SuperDodge; October 23rd, 2010 at 11:58 AM.

  7. #17
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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    Hey, thanks Ebsi - that "nomodeset" boot line sorted the screen problems out.

    I now have an installed Ubuntu 10.10

    Right onto the wireless problems (and making nomodeset a permanent boot option...)

    Thanks,
    Chris

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    Output of dmidecode:

    # dmidecode 2.9
    SMBIOS 2.4 present.
    37 structures occupying 1925 bytes.
    Table at 0x000E0000.

    Handle 0x0000, DMI type 4, 35 bytes
    Processor Information
    Socket Designation: U2E1
    Type: Central Processor
    Family: Other
    Manufacturer: Intel(R) Corporation
    ID: 7A 06 01 00 FF FB EB BF
    Version: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU U9400 @ 1.40GHz
    Voltage: 1.6 V
    External Clock: 200 MHz
    Max Speed: 1400 MHz
    Current Speed: 1400 MHz
    Status: Populated, Enabled
    Upgrade: ZIF Socket
    L1 Cache Handle: 0x0002
    L2 Cache Handle: Not Provided
    L3 Cache Handle: Not Provided
    Serial Number: Not Specified
    Asset Tag: Unknown
    Part Number: Not Specified

    Handle 0x0001, DMI type 7, 19 bytes
    Cache Information
    Socket Designation: Unknown
    Configuration: Enabled, Not Socketed, Level 1
    Operational Mode: Write Back
    Location: Internal
    Installed Size: 32 KB
    Maximum Size: 32 KB
    Supported SRAM Types:
    Asynchronous
    Installed SRAM Type: Asynchronous
    Speed: Unknown
    Error Correction Type: Single-bit ECC
    System Type: Instruction
    Associativity: 8-way Set-associative

    Handle 0x0002, DMI type 7, 19 bytes
    Cache Information
    Socket Designation: Unknown
    Configuration: Enabled, Not Socketed, Level 1
    Operational Mode: Write Back
    Location: Internal
    Installed Size: 32 KB
    Maximum Size: 32 KB
    Supported SRAM Types:
    Asynchronous
    Installed SRAM Type: Asynchronous
    Speed: Unknown
    Error Correction Type: Single-bit ECC
    System Type: Data
    Associativity: 8-way Set-associative

    Handle 0x0003, DMI type 4, 35 bytes
    Processor Information
    Socket Designation: U2E1
    Type: Central Processor
    Family: Other
    Manufacturer: Intel(R) Corporation
    ID: 7A 06 01 00 FF FB EB BF
    Version: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU U9400 @ 1.40GHz
    Voltage: 1.6 V
    External Clock: 200 MHz
    Max Speed: 1400 MHz
    Current Speed: 1400 MHz
    Status: Populated, Enabled
    Upgrade: ZIF Socket
    L1 Cache Handle: 0x0005
    L2 Cache Handle: Not Provided
    L3 Cache Handle: Not Provided
    Serial Number: Not Specified
    Asset Tag: Unknown
    Part Number: Not Specified

    Handle 0x0004, DMI type 7, 19 bytes
    Cache Information
    Socket Designation: Unknown
    Configuration: Enabled, Not Socketed, Level 1
    Operational Mode: Write Back
    Location: Internal
    Installed Size: 32 KB
    Maximum Size: 32 KB
    Supported SRAM Types:
    Asynchronous
    Installed SRAM Type: Asynchronous
    Speed: Unknown
    Error Correction Type: Single-bit ECC
    System Type: Instruction
    Associativity: 8-way Set-associative

    Handle 0x0005, DMI type 7, 19 bytes
    Cache Information
    Socket Designation: Unknown
    Configuration: Enabled, Not Socketed, Level 1
    Operational Mode: Write Back
    Location: Internal
    Installed Size: 32 KB
    Maximum Size: 32 KB
    Supported SRAM Types:
    Asynchronous
    Installed SRAM Type: Asynchronous
    Speed: Unknown
    Error Correction Type: Single-bit ECC
    System Type: Data
    Associativity: 8-way Set-associative

    Handle 0x0006, DMI type 16, 15 bytes
    Physical Memory Array
    Location: System Board Or Motherboard
    Use: System Memory
    Error Correction Type: None
    Maximum Capacity: 2 GB
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Number Of Devices: 2

    Handle 0x0007, DMI type 19, 15 bytes
    Memory Array Mapped Address
    Starting Address: 0x00000000000
    Ending Address: 0x0007FFFFFFF
    Range Size: 2 GB
    Physical Array Handle: 0x0006
    Partition Width: 0

    Handle 0x0008, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0006
    Error Information Handle: No Error
    Total Width: 2 bits
    Data Width: 65508 bits
    Size: 1024 MB
    Form Factor: SODIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM0
    Bank Locator: BANK 0
    Type: <OUT OF SPEC>
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1067 MHz (0.9 ns)
    Manufacturer: 0x02FE
    Serial Number: 0x00000000
    Asset Tag: Unknown
    Part Number: 0x45424A3130554538454655302D41452D4620

    Handle 0x0009, DMI type 130, 186 bytes
    OEM-specific Type
    Header and Data:
    82 BA 09 00 08 00 00 00 B0 00 92 10 0B 03 02 11
    02 01 03 52 01 08 0F 00 1E 00 69 78 69 3C 69 11
    2C 95 70 03 3C 3C 01 2C 83 81 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 0F 11 41 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 02
    FE 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 BE D2 45 42 4A 31 30 55
    45 38 45 46 55 30 2D 41 45 2D 46 20 30 20 02 FE
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

    Handle 0x000A, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0006
    Error Information Handle: No Error
    Total Width: 2 bits
    Data Width: 65508 bits
    Size: 1024 MB
    Form Factor: SODIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM0
    Bank Locator: BANK 1
    Type: <OUT OF SPEC>
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1067 MHz (0.9 ns)
    Manufacturer: 0x02FE
    Serial Number: 0x00000000
    Asset Tag: Unknown
    Part Number: 0x45424A3130554538454655302D41452D4620

    Handle 0x000B, DMI type 130, 186 bytes
    OEM-specific Type
    Header and Data:
    82 BA 0B 00 0A 00 00 00 B0 00 92 10 0B 03 02 11
    02 01 03 52 01 08 0F 00 1E 00 69 78 69 3C 69 11
    2C 95 70 03 3C 3C 01 2C 83 81 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 0F 11 41 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 02
    FE 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 BE D2 45 42 4A 31 30 55
    45 38 45 46 55 30 2D 41 45 2D 46 20 30 20 02 FE
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

    Handle 0x000C, DMI type 20, 19 bytes
    Memory Device Mapped Address
    Starting Address: 0x00000000000
    Ending Address: 0x0007FFFFFFF
    Range Size: 2 GB
    Physical Device Handle: 0x0008
    Memory Array Mapped Address Handle: 0x0007
    Partition Row Position: Unknown
    Interleave Position: 1
    Interleaved Data Depth: 1

    Handle 0x000D, DMI type 20, 19 bytes
    Memory Device Mapped Address
    Starting Address: 0x00000000000
    Ending Address: 0x0007FFFFFFF
    Range Size: 2 GB
    Physical Device Handle: 0x000A
    Memory Array Mapped Address Handle: 0x0007
    Partition Row Position: Unknown
    Interleave Position: 2
    Interleaved Data Depth: 1

    Handle 0x000E, DMI type 0, 24 bytes
    BIOS Information
    Vendor: Apple Inc.
    Version: MBA31.88Z.0061.B00.1009101530
    Release Date: 09/10/10
    ROM Size: 4096 kB
    Characteristics:
    PCI is supported
    BIOS is upgradeable
    BIOS shadowing is allowed
    Boot from CD is supported
    Selectable boot is supported
    ACPI is supported
    IEEE 1394 boot is supported
    Smart battery is supported
    Function key-initiated network boot is supported
    BIOS Revision: 0.1

    Handle 0x000F, DMI type 1, 27 bytes
    System Information
    Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
    Product Name: MacBookAir3,1
    Version: 1.0
    Serial Number: C02DJ25MDDQX
    UUID: C52FEE79-7168-3457-A292-9BA902B2440F
    Wake-up Type: Power Switch
    SKU Number: System SKU#
    Family: MacBook

    Handle 0x0010, DMI type 2, 16 bytes
    Base Board Information
    Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
    Product Name: Mac-942452F5819B1C1B
    Version: 1.0
    Serial Number: C02039200DDDG4MAN
    Asset Tag: Base Board Asset Tag#
    Features:
    Board is a hosting board
    Board is replaceable
    Location In Chassis: Part Component
    Chassis Handle: 0x0011
    Type: Motherboard
    Contained Object Handles: 0

    Handle 0x0011, DMI type 3, 21 bytes
    Chassis Information
    Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
    Type: Notebook
    Lock: Not Present
    Version: Mac-942452F5819B1C1B
    Serial Number: C02DJ25MDDQX
    Asset Tag: Not Specified
    Boot-up State: Safe
    Power Supply State: Safe
    Thermal State: Other
    Security Status: Other
    OEM Information: 0x00000000
    Height: Unspecified
    Number Of Power Cords: Unspecified
    Contained Elements: 0

    Handle 0x0012, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: None
    Internal Connector Type: None
    External Reference Designator: USB0
    External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
    Port Type: USB

    Handle 0x0013, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: None
    Internal Connector Type: Other
    External Reference Designator: Mini DisplayPort
    External Connector Type: None
    Port Type: Other

    Handle 0x0014, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: None
    Internal Connector Type: Other
    External Reference Designator: Microphone
    External Connector Type: None
    Port Type: Other

    Handle 0x0015, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: None
    Internal Connector Type: Other
    External Reference Designator: Speaker
    External Connector Type: None
    Port Type: Other

    Handle 0x0016, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: None
    Internal Connector Type: Other
    External Reference Designator: MagSafe DC Power
    External Connector Type: None
    Port Type: Other

    Handle 0x0017, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: SATA Port A
    Internal Connector Type: On Board IDE
    External Reference Designator: None
    External Connector Type: None
    Port Type: Other

    Handle 0x0018, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: None
    Internal Connector Type: None
    External Reference Designator: Audio Line Out
    External Connector Type: Mini Jack (headphones)
    Port Type: Audio Port

    Handle 0x0019, DMI type 9, 13 bytes
    System Slot Information
    Designation: AirPort
    Type: x1 PCI Express
    Current Usage: Available
    Length: Short
    ID: 3
    Characteristics:
    3.3 V is provided
    Hot-plug devices are supported
    SMBus signal is supported

    Handle 0x001A, DMI type 10, 6 bytes
    On Board Device Information
    Type: Video
    Status: Enabled
    Description: Integrated Video Controller

    Handle 0x001B, DMI type 10, 6 bytes
    On Board Device Information
    Type: Sound
    Status: Enabled
    Description: Azalia Audio Codec

    Handle 0x001C, DMI type 10, 6 bytes
    On Board Device Information
    Type: Ethernet
    Status: Enabled
    Description: Yukon Ultra Ethernet Controller

    Handle 0x001D, DMI type 10, 6 bytes
    On Board Device Information
    Type: Other
    Status: Enabled
    Description: SATA

    Handle 0x001E, DMI type 12, 5 bytes
    System Configuration Options

    Handle 0x001F, DMI type 13, 22 bytes
    BIOS Language Information
    Installable Languages: 1
    <BAD INDEX>
    Currently Installed Language: Not Specified

    Handle 0x0020, DMI type 22, 32 bytes
    Portable Battery
    Location: Unknown
    Manufacturer: Unknown
    Manufacture Date: Unknown
    Serial Number: Unknown
    Name: Unknown
    Design Capacity: Unknown
    Design Voltage: Unknown
    SBDS Version: Unknown
    Maximum Error: Unknown
    SBDS Chemistry: Unknown
    OEM-specific Information: 0x00000000

    Handle 0x0021, DMI type 32, 20 bytes
    System Boot Information
    Status: No errors detected

    Handle 0x0022, DMI type 131, 6 bytes
    OEM-specific Type
    Header and Data:
    83 06 22 00 02 03

    Handle 0x0023, DMI type 128, 88 bytes
    OEM-specific Type
    Header and Data:
    80 58 23 00 04 00 00 00 03 14 01 C0 FF FF 01 C0
    02 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 A0 CC FF FF 9F E0 FF
    00 A0 E0 FF FF 1F E3 FF 00 20 E3 FF FF BF FF FF
    00 00 C8 FF FF 7F CA FF 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

    Handle 0xFFFD, DMI type 127, 4 bytes
    End Of Table

  9. #19
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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    Output of lspci:

    00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP89 HOST Bridge (rev a1)
    00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP89 Memory Controller (rev a1)
    00:01.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation Device 0d6d (rev a1)
    00:01.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation Device 0d6e (rev a1)
    00:01.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation Device 0d6f (rev a1)
    00:01.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation Device 0d70 (rev a1)
    00:02.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation Device 0d71 (rev a1)
    00:02.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation Device 0d72 (rev a1)
    00:03.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP89 LPC Bridge (rev a2)
    00:03.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP89 Memory Controller (rev a1)
    00:03.2 SMBus: nVidia Corporation MCP89 SMBus (rev a1)
    00:03.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP89 Memory Controller (rev a1)
    00:03.4 Co-processor: nVidia Corporation MCP89 Co-Processor (rev a1)
    00:04.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP89 OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a1)
    00:04.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP89 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev a2)
    00:06.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP89 OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a1)
    00:06.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP89 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev a2)
    00:08.0 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP89 High Definition Audio (rev a2)
    00:0a.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP89 SATA Controller (rev a2)
    00:0b.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation Device 0d75 (rev a1)
    00:15.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation Device 0d9b (rev a1)
    00:17.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP89 PCI Express Bridge (rev a1)
    01:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 01)
    02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 08a2 (rev a2)


    Output of lsusb:

    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 006: ID 05ac:821b Apple, Inc.
    Bus 003 Device 005: ID 05ac:820b Apple, Inc.
    Bus 003 Device 004: ID 05ac:820a Apple, Inc.
    Bus 003 Device 003: ID 0a5c:4500 Broadcom Corp. BCM2046B1 USB 2.0 Hub (part of BCM2046 Bluetooth)
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 05ac:0243 Apple, Inc.
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0bc2:2000 Seagate RSS LLC Storage Adapter V3 (TPP)
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 05ac:850a Apple, Inc.
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

  10. #20
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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    On the wireless driver front, from the lspci output, it seems to be a Broadcom BCM43224 [14e4;4353] chip.

    I tried the CD based install, as per this guide but no joy.

    The b43 module seems to load, I get a message in the /var/log/messages about the Broadcom 43xx driver loaded, features PL, firmware-id FW13] - but no sign of wireless life.

    It seems that according to the b43 page this device is not covered by that driver - wonder which I should be using...

    http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/...sked_questions

    Although "lshw -C network" shows a *-network UNCLAIMED entry for the Network controller - so it seems like I just need to start something to get it being used... but what?

    It seems support for this network card was going to be built into 10.10:
    http://www.daemonnews.org/2010/09/10...om-driver.html

    But then since its got kernel 2.6.35 and 2.6.36 is the one with the driver in, perhaps not...

    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/na...er/000022.html

    I guess there is an old driver that should support this card - but which...

    /Chris
    Last edited by kimptoc; October 23rd, 2010 at 06:05 PM.

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