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New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue - SOLVED
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:06:21 pm »
I'm trying to run Peppermint 8 respin from a live usb, however, the system does not see any wifi networks at all.  :(  The Macbook Air has a broadcom BCM 4360 wifi adapter.  Is it possible to get a driver to make this wifi adapter operate?  If so, please advise how this is done.  Thanks.
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Re: New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 08:37:01 pm »
Please post the info from the commands listed here:
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Re: New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2018, 07:58:37 am »
At the moment I'm unable to comply since I have no way to connect to the internet.  There is no ethernet connection on this machine and wifi does not work.  I may try to get an ethernet to usb adapter but that will take some time.   :-\   Thanks for trying to help.

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Re: New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2018, 08:19:47 am »
Copy the output to a text file .. move it to a PC with an interweb connection via say a USB stick .. post it ;)

But it'll be hard to diagnose the issue without the output.
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Re: New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 08:41:40 am »
Ok.  I pasted the output below from a text file created on the macbook air using a live usb containing Peppermint 8 respin.   I hope it helps.  Thank you for your help.   :)

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peppermint@peppermint ~ $ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 05ac:8406 Apple, Inc.
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 05ac:0291 Apple, Inc.
Bus 001 Device 008: ID 05ac:828f Apple, Inc.
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0a5c:4500 Broadcom Corp. BCM2046B1 USB 2.0 Hub (part of BCM2046 Bluetooth)
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 046d:c51b Logitech, Inc. V220 Cordless Optical Mouse for Notebooks
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 18a5:0304 Verbatim, Ltd
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
peppermint@peppermint ~ $ sudo lshw -C network
  *-network               
       description: Network controller
       product: BCM4360 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
       vendor: Broadcom Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
       version: 03
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
       configuration: driver=bcma-pci-bridge latency=0
       resources: irq:18 memory:c1200000-c1207fff memory:c1000000-c11fffff
peppermint@peppermint ~ $ iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

peppermint@peppermint ~ $ ifconfig
lo        Link encap:Local Loopback 
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:65536  Metric:1
          RX packets:496 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:496 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:39504 (39.5 KB)  TX bytes:39504 (39.5 KB)

peppermint@peppermint ~ $ sudo iwlist scan
lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.

peppermint@peppermint ~ $ rfkill list
0: hci0: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
peppermint@peppermint ~ $
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Re: New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2018, 10:00:06 am »
If it helps you any, the Macbook Air runs and will use wifi on MX-17.1 but only when plugged into power.  This is on a live usb as well.  It will not work on battery only.  It uses the wl driver.  More info below from the system running on MX-17 in case it helps you.  Thank you for all of your help.

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System:    Host: mx1 Kernel: 4.15.0-1-amd64 x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 
           Distro: MX-17.1_x64 Horizon March 14, 2018
Machine:   Type: Laptop System: Apple product: MacBookAir7,2 v: 1.0 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Apple model: Mac-937CB26E2E02BB01 v: MacBookAir7,2 serial: N/A UEFI: Apple
           v: MBA71.88Z.0176.B00.1802270937 date: 02/27/2018
Battery:   ID-1: BAT0 charge: 55.0 Wh condition: 56.0/54.3 Wh (103%)
CPU:       Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i7-5650U type: MT MCP L2 cache: 4096 KiB
           Speed: 800 MHz min/max: 500/3200 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 800 2: 800 3: 800 4: 800
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel HD Graphics 6000 driver: i915 v: kernel
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.2) driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa
           resolution: 1440x900~60Hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 6000 (Broadwell GT3) v: 4.5 Mesa 13.0.6
Audio:     Card-1: Intel Broadwell-U Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Card-2: Intel Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.15.0-1-amd64
Network:   Card-1: Broadcom Limited BCM4360 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter driver: wl
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: d0:81:7a:b9:6a:d6
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 353.29 GiB used: 6.05 GiB (1.7%)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: APPLE_SSD_SM0256 size: 233.76 GiB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB model: Flash_Drive size: 119.53 GiB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 19.56 GiB used: 2.68 GiB (13.7%) fs: overlay dev: ERR-102
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 54.0 C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Repos:     Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/antix.list
           1: deb http://repo.antixlinux.com/stretch stretch main
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian-stable-updates.list
           1: deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stretch-updates main contrib non-free
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list
           1: deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stretch main contrib non-free
           2: deb http://security.debian.org/ stretch/updates main contrib non-free
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mx.list
           1: deb http://mxrepo.com/mx/repo/ stretch main non-free
           No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/various.list
Info:      Processes: 202 Uptime: 1m Memory: 7.70 GiB used: 579.9 MiB (7.4%) Shell: init
           inxi: 3.0.00

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Re: New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2018, 10:12:00 am »
You posted the output for a USB adapter, but i gather yours is an internal PCI adapter.

So I'm gonna need the output from:
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usdo lspci -vnn | grep -i net
I'm afraid.



If I had to guess I'd say you're going to need to install 'dkms' the 'bcmwl-kernel-source' driver .. is there no way you can connect to your router via an ethernet cable ?

[EDIT]

Actually that's not really a guess because MX obviously has the 'wl' driver that gets built from bcmwl-kernel-source
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Re: New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2018, 10:29:46 am »
I cannot connect to my router at this time as the Macbook Air does NOT have an ethernet port only wifi.  I have to get an adapter that has an ethernet port on one end and a usb on the other end to connect to the Macbook Air.  I'm assuming that would work.

The only way I can connect to my router at this point is to use the MacOS or MX-17.1 with the power cable plugged in.  That's why I gave you the MX info, as it is directly from the operating machine.  I could give the info you request using MX if that helps.  Thanks again for everything.
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Re: New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2018, 10:32:39 am »
Have you not got a USB wireless adapter you could 'borrow' long enough to install dkms and bcmwl-kernel-source ?

This CAN be done by downloading stuff on another computer, them moving it across for installation if necessary .. but a USB wireless adpater would probably be easier if you have one ?
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Re: New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2018, 10:37:45 am »
Is it 32bit or 64bit Peppermint 8 ?
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Re: New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2018, 11:01:35 am »
I am using 64 bit Peppermint 8.  I finally got it through my head what you were suggesting, and installed an old Netgear usb wifi adapter which I am using now on the Macbook Air with Peppermint on a live usb with persistence.   :-[

Following is the info you requested:

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peppermint@peppermint ~ $ sudo lspci -vnn | grep -i net
03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4360 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter [14e4:43a0] (rev 03)
Subsystem: Apple Inc. BCM4360 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter [106b:0117]
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Thanks again for all of your help.  :)

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Re: New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2018, 11:14:18 am »
If you now have an active internet connection, just run:
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sudo apt-get install dkms bcmwl-kernel-source
then reboot and wireless should be working.



Or if you have NO active internet connection and require an OFFLINE install of the diver, carry on below

Okay let's say you have 64bit Peppermint 8

Download these 2 files on a computer with internet access
http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/d/dkms/dkms_2.2.0.3-2ubuntu11.5_all.deb
and
http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/restricted/b/bcmwl/bcmwl-kernel-source_6.30.223.271+bdcom-0ubuntu1~1.2_amd64.deb

Or if you are running 32bit Peppermint 8, instead download these 2 files
http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/d/dkms/dkms_2.2.0.3-2ubuntu11.5_all.deb
and
http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/restricted/b/bcmwl/bcmwl-kernel-source_6.30.223.271+bdcom-0ubuntu1~1.2_i386.deb

Copy them to a USB stick and move them to the Peppermint PC

Create a folder on your desktop called broadcom

Place those 2 files inside the broadcom folder you just created

Open a terminal and run these 2 commands in sequence:
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cd ~/Desktop/broadcom
then
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sudo dpkg -i *.deb
then if necessary (ie. if wireless isn't already working now), reboot.



I must add though that I have no idea how well these drivers will work in a persistent LiveUSB session ?
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Re: New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue - SOLVED
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2018, 12:43:03 pm »
PCNetSpec,

I installed the driver with my temporary wifi usb and wifi works now on my Macbook Air using Peppermint 8 on a live usb.  Thank you very much for your help.   ;D

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Re: New Macbook Air Wifi Adapter Issue - SOLVED
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2018, 12:45:59 pm »
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