Installing Linux Mint on Mac Mini- Internet issues

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Asterisk411
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Installing Linux Mint on Mac Mini- Internet issues

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I'm a noob with linux in general, I recently purchased a Mac Mini 2012 and I was looking to triple boot it for OSX, Windows 8, and Linux Mint. I got all three installed however linux mint doesn't have the internet driver support needed for the Mac Mini. I downloaded the applicable driver I believe (http://www.broadcom.com/support/etherne ... esktop.php) however there was only rpm (which Mint doesn't support) and some tar files (which I don't know how to use to compile).

I don't know what to do, should I just wait for Linux Mint 15 and hope they have the driver support then? Or is there another (and easy) way to get the driver installed?

Thanks

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Re: Installing Linux Mint on Mac Mini- Internet issues

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You can convert rpm packages to deb using alien

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apt install alien
To convert a file open a terminal, then change to the directory the file is in, for example if it is the download folder

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cd Downloads
Then to convert to a deb file use the -d option in alien

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sudo alien -d name-of-the-file.rpm
For all the alien options

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alien -h
Edit : I was bored and had time on my hands so I converted for you ... TG3-3.124c-2-Driver

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Re: Installing Linux Mint on Mac Mini- Internet issues

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Unfortunately the deb doesn't seem to work. It installs but the internet is still off. Sigh.

Thanks though, do you think the problem will be fixed on Mint 15?

PS. I basically want it as my multimedia/internet OS with the occasional game.

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Re: Installing Linux Mint on Mac Mini- Internet issues

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Asterisk411 wrote:Unfortunately the deb doesn't seem to work. It installs but the internet is still off.
Did you reboot or modprobe the driver?

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sudo modprobe tg3
Compiling it doesn't look that difficult, guide is here.
Asterisk411 wrote:I basically want it as my multimedia/internet OS with the occasional game.
You could install it in a virtual environment, I run OSX Lion on one of my computers and Mint Debian Edition runs like a dream using VMWare Fusion, you can also use VirtualBox which is free but VMWare seems to have better graphic drivers.

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