OS X is no more on my iBook!

By , September 20, 2006 8:43 am

After downloading the latest Ubuntu distro and burning it to disk I started it up in the iBook. Fought with it for a while but as there was a storm going on at the time and all the wired computers were off, was unable to get to the instructions for making the airport extreme work so rebooted into OS X and waited till later.

Later came today. After updating the backup software I did a full backup to the firewire drive and rebooted into it just to check. Worked fine so then booted into the Ubuntu cd and started trying to get the wireless going. First step was to run an ethernet cable to it so I could do the apt-get thing as well as getting to the Ubuntu site with the instructions. 😉

First page was WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx – Community Ubuntu Documentation which told me to:

In a terminal, type lspci , which lists the PCI devices in your system. Mine is the same as the example and this will be a new install so next page was WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx/Dapper – Community Ubuntu Documentation.

Since this is a new install I skipped down to section 1.2.2 Obtaining the firmware.
It told me to enable the Universe repository and after following the links I did that. Next up was again in the terminal and was:

sudo apt-get install bcm43xx-fwcutter which gets the package needed. Then taking the easy way out and using the script:

sudo /usr/share/bcm43xx-fwcutter/install_bcm43xx_firmware.sh When it quits doing its thing we’re ready to setup the wireless card.

First up is to load it in the kernel: sudo modprobe bcm43xx then check to see what it was loaded as with iwconfig. Should be eth1.

Then see if you can scan the network: sudo iwlist ethX scan and then you get to pick and choose and restart till the damn thing works on reboot.

Not there yet but close.  I still have to start the network manager and choose the wifi card as the network device but it IS able to find it and load it.  So closer and closer.

Downloaded and installed the KDE base packages and am now back with my perfered desktop.  Bit more tweeking and then to try to get my years of mail moved over…

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