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Macbook 4, 1 Ethernet and Wireless not working [SOLVED]

Post by Metatronos » Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:15 pm

I pulled out my 2008 Macbook desiring to breath new life into it. I used Linux Mint 17.2 on a Macbook Air and it worked great. Now that I tried it on this model, I am having substantial difficulty getting the ethernet and wi-fi to work. I have installed Opensuse Leap, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, and Linux Mint 18 with the same problem occurring.

Immediately after install, I plug the ethernet cord in and it states that I am connected, but I am not able to use the web browser. It simply states that I do not have an internet connection when doing this. Any advice you can impart on my behalf is most appreciated.
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Re: Macbook 4, 1 Ethernet and Wireless not working

Post by TooMuchTime » Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:25 pm

Let's get a look at your system. Run the following command from a terminal:

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inxi -Fxz
If you type, the F is a capital. Copy and paste the output back here between Code tags. It's easier to read that way.

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Re: Macbook 4, 1 Ethernet and Wireless not working

Post by Metatronos » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:48 pm

Here is the code

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  Desktop: Cinnamon 3.0.6 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3)
           Distro: Linux Mint 18 Sarah
Machine:   System: Apple (portable) product: MacBook4 1 v: 1.0
           Mobo: Apple model: Mac-F22788A9 v: PVT
           Bios: Apple v: MB41.88Z.00C1.B00.0802091535 date: 02/09/08
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo T8300 (-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 9575
           clock speeds: max: 2400 MHz 1: 800 MHz 2: 1800 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (primary)
           bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x800@59.91hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 965GM
           GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-21-generic
Network:   Card-1: Broadcom BCM4321 802.11a/b/g/n driver: wl bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: wls4 state: dormant mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Marvell 88E8058 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: sky2 v: 1.30 port: 5000 bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: ens5 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (4.6% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: FUJITSU_MHY2160B size: 160.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 145G used: 5.0G (4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.13GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 27.3C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 269 Uptime: 5 days Memory: 491.0/1980.9MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.3.1
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.421) inxi: 2.2.35

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Re: Macbook 4, 1 Ethernet and Wireless not working

Post by TooMuchTime » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:55 pm

Try the instructions here first.

viewtopic.php?f=90&t=228884&p=1209980#p1210307

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Re: Macbook 4, 1 Ethernet and Wireless not working

Post by Metatronos » Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:14 pm

I tried the Menu > Administration > Driver Manager and I am not even given the option to select between various drivers. Instead, a message states that "Drivers cannot be installed. Please connect to the internet or insert Linux Mint Installation DVD (or USB stick)."

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Re: Macbook 4, 1 Ethernet and Wireless not working

Post by Metatronos » Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:46 pm

Also I tried this as well in order to uninstall the current drivers:

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sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-dkms broadcom-sta-common
This proved unfruitful too.

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Re: Macbook 4, 1 Ethernet and Wireless not working

Post by TooMuchTime » Sat Nov 19, 2016 6:22 pm

Metatronos, see if the results in this thread work for you. The adapter matches yours.

viewtopic.php?f=53&t=223778&hilit=Broadcom+BCM4321

JeremyB has much more extensive networking knowledge than mine. You can search through his posts. I found the URL above by doing just that.

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Re: Macbook 4, 1 Ethernet and Wireless not working

Post by Metatronos » Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:01 pm

I really appreciate your diligence on my behalf. I think I am going to just build a computer from the ground up for strictly running Linux Mint. It is my hope to do 4k Video creation and editing for a business idea I have. I just need to do my research now on which hardware components are compatible with Linux. Again, thanks!

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Re: Macbook 4, 1 Ethernet and Wireless not working

Post by deepakdeshp » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:34 pm

https://community.linuxmint.com/hardware
This is certified hardware.
Most of the Intel hardware nowadays will run Mint.
If I have helped you solve a problem, please add [SOLVED] to your first post title, it helps other users looking for help, and keeps the forum clean.
I am using Mint 19 Cinnamon 64 bit with AMD A8/7410 processor . Memory 8GB

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Re: Macbook 4, 1 Ethernet and Wireless not working

Post by Metatronos » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:07 am

deepakdeshp wrote:https://community.linuxmint.com/hardware
This is certified hardware.
Most of the Intel hardware nowadays will run Mint.
This is exactly what I've been looking for. Thank you! This cuts my research time down quite a bit.

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Re: Macbook 4, 1 Ethernet and Wireless not working

Post by Metatronos » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:00 pm

Finally, Linux Mint 18.1 Serena runs like a champ on the Macbook!! Thanks Mint team!!

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Re: Macbook 4, 1 Ethernet and Wireless not working

Post by TooMuchTime » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:25 pm

Awesome! It's good to know that these older MacBooks can still function past Apple's forced outdating of OSX.

Don't forget to add [Solved] to the title of your thread so everyone can know you've found a solution.

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Re: Macbook 4, 1 Ethernet and Wireless not working [SOLVED]

Post by DadeMurphy » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:43 pm

I have a MacBook Pro 2014 and I solved the wireless problem by plugging in a cheap Realtek 802.11n USB dongle I bought for my Raspberry Pi. Mint detected it and connected right away.

I then ran:

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y

REBOOTED

Broadcomm drivers installed and working.

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