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    iMac g5 Lubuntu 16.04 Cant connect to wifi

    Ive installed lubuntu 16.04 on my iMac g5 but I cant connect to internet, I have a airport extreme card. Ive tried installing drivers but either i've installed them wrong or they just arent working

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    Re: iMac g5 Lubuntu 16.04 Cant connect to wifi

    Moved to Apple

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    Re: iMac g5 Lubuntu 16.04 Cant connect to wifi

    I don't have one of those...
    If I understand correctly, your A/Extreme card is either Atheros or Broadcom. If it is Broadcom, you should follow the instructions here:
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerPCFAQ#W...reless_work.3F

    This command (terminal) may help you figure out which card you have:
    sudo lshw -C network

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    Re: iMac g5 Lubuntu 16.04 Cant connect to wifi

    Lubuntu 16.04 is out of support. Better to begin with a clean install of 19.10.
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts.
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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    Re: iMac g5 Lubuntu 16.04 Cant connect to wifi

    Lubuntu 16.04 LTS being a flavor of Ubuntu had only 3 years of supported life (https://lubuntu.me/xenial-5-released/ http://fridge.ubuntu.com/2019/03/01/...-lts-released/) which ended 2019-April. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Server (no desktop) or Desktop (Unity 7) have 5 years of supported life and are still supported. Refer release notes, or use `ubuntu-support-status` or your own system to confirm this is the case.

    The powerpc (`ppc`) architecture was supported by main Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and by some flavors for 16.04, however both are now EOL (end-of-life) and only `ppc64el` is still supported for power pc, however ppc64el won't run on mac hardware (mac switched to intel instead and never produced 64 bit powerpc devices)

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    Re: iMac g5 Lubuntu 16.04 Cant connect to wifi

    Sorry, I forgot about the PowerPC problem.
    Please ignore my post.
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts.
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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    Re: iMac g5 Lubuntu 16.04 Cant connect to wifi

    I tried the wiki.ubuntu.com solution but that didn't work, I looked at this https://askubuntu.com/questions/4701...on-macbook-pro and on the first answer it said to dosudo mkdir /lib/firmware/b43sudo cp Desktop/b43/* /lib/firmware/b43
    sudo modprobe -rv b43
    sudo modprobe -v b43
    This did get wireless working but it stops working after restarts and you have to run those commands again

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    Re: iMac g5 Lubuntu 16.04 Cant connect to wifi

    Good progress. Some background: the Broadcom chipset requires that the firmware part of the driver be re-installed onto the chip at each restart. The permanent module is supposed to do this.
    Review this for permanently loading modules
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Loadable_Modules

    PS: I haven't had to do this since around 2005 - so I'm just giving hints!

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    Re: iMac g5 Lubuntu 16.04 Cant connect to wifi

    Quote Originally Posted by gsahli View Post
    Good progress. Some background: the Broadcom chipset requires that the firmware part of the driver be re-installed onto the chip at each restart. The permanent module is supposed to do this.
    Review this for permanently loading modules
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Loadable_Modules

    PS: I haven't had to do this since around 2005 - so I'm just giving hints!
    This helped a lot! Thank you

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