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#1 2008-06-27 21:08:46

braz2kuk
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Registered: 2008-06-26
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Macbook Pro wifi Help...

Hi,

Brand new to these forums and to archlinux and i am amazed so far, imo it is the best distro i have ever used period. Now down to business smile i have a macbook pro and i have installed archlinux alongside mac os x. I am using the x64 version overlord with the latest kernel 2.6.25, i have installed gnome desktop and many other things i can connect via eth0 which is my wired connection via dhcpcd. However even after installing madiwfi and reading the wiki i am still lost.

My wifi is WPA2 encryption ubuntu picked it up using madwifi no problem but i seems to be struggling with this on arch. I have issued the command "iwconfig ath0 up" and it shows up as a device under ifconfig but i can't get it to connect.

Just wondering if anyone can help me out with this smile

Thanks

If you need anymore information i would be happy to post it.

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#2 2008-06-27 21:27:24

timetrap
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Re: Macbook Pro wifi Help...

I am unfamiliar with your macbook's hardware, can you post the output of the following command?

lspci

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#3 2008-06-27 21:31:47

braz2kuk
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Re: Macbook Pro wifi Help...

Yeah sure,

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Contoller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HEM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8600M GT (rev a1)
0b:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5418 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
0c:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Marvell Yukon 88E8058 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 13)
0d:03.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB82AA2 IEEE-1394b Link Layer Controller (rev 02)

Thanks

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#4 2008-06-28 00:08:32

venky80
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Re: Macbook Pro wifi Help...

fucking Atheros, it is a pain in the ass to setup, does anyone know how to setit up out of the box with netcfg2 and WPA?


Acer Aspire V5-573P Antergos KDE

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#5 2008-06-28 02:07:15

timetrap
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Re: Macbook Pro wifi Help...

braz2kuk:

can you issue the command

iwlist scan

You may need to run the command as root

If you see a list of access points, you have installed your madwifi drivers correctly!

To finish bringing your wireless interface up, you should follow the quickstart guide http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Wir … Quickstart

If you do not see a list of access points, you will need to go a look up the madwifi install guide in the archwiki http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Wir … up#madwifi and try again. (or move to an area that you know has access poinits)

If you have a window manager installed there are two main choices for network management: netcfg and wicd. (wicd and netcfg will allow you to setup your wireless and wired networks in a GUI) I prefer wicd, but I know there is a rabid fanbase here for netcfg.

And of course (if you haven't already guessed) here are the archwiki links you will need to install netcfg or wicd:

http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Wicd
http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Netcfg

Welcome to Arch!

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#6 2008-07-08 20:22:34

greyhat.goon
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Re: Macbook Pro wifi Help...

hi,

just want to make a comment and possible recommendation.
sounds like you're dual booting arch and OS X.  you might give virtual machines a try instead.  I used to dual boot, but after using virtual machines, I wouldn't even think about it anymore.

i would suggest looking at Virtualbox (completely free) first and then VMware fusion second (not free).
virtual machines are nice for a number of reasons: you don't have to reboot, you cam run multiple operating systems
easily, and the networking (especially wifi) just works because it's all funneled through your host operating system.


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