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February 13, 2013 1:47:06 PM

Hello,
I have installed Ubuntu 10. 4 on a MAC powerbook G4
the wireless will not activate.
when plugged int via cat cable, system says network is on, but system cannot connect.
I used this version becasue it would fit on my CD, and hoped to upgrade once online.

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a b F Wireless
February 13, 2013 3:48:24 PM

post output of lspci and ifconfig
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February 13, 2013 4:50:32 PM

It would help tremendously to know which PowerBook G4 your concern is regarding (e.g. hardware specs -- what skittles was asking); for instance, I go here ( http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powerbook_g4/inde... ) and see too many choices to guess at. Making recommendations depends somewhat on your hardware (specifically which processor and its speed, plus how much RAM are in your two slots). Not knowing this, a recommendation further than saying that, rather than upgrading ubuntu per se beginniing with 10.04, start with a clean install of the 12.04 LTS version, cannot be made with any assurance.

Why? The following was taken from the webpage regarding Xubuntu, ubuntu with a different User Interface which is most likely better suited to your hardware:

"Minimum system requirements

To install or try Xubuntu within the Desktop/Live CD, you need 256 MB of memory. Installing with the Alternative CD requires only 64 MB. Once installed, it is strongly recommended to have at least 512 MB of memory"

SOURCE: http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/
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February 15, 2013 10:53:16 AM

plaguewatcher said:
Hello,
I have installed Ubuntu 10. 4 on a MAC powerbook G4
the wireless will not activate.
when plugged int via cat cable, system says network is on, but system cannot connect.
I used this version becasue it would fit on my CD, and hoped to upgrade once online.


FYI All of the standard Ubuntu downloads not specifically mentioning DVD (like the multi language version DVD) will fit on a cd. Yep, even the 12.04.

"post output of lspci and ifconfig"

If you are new to linux, he means you should open a terminal, in 10.04 you'll find it under accessories and type sudo lspci enter and then your password and sudo ifconfig and paste the results here. These tell us what your computer is seeing and we go from there.
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February 16, 2013 4:33:33 AM

just a side note, 10.04 is about to loose support and security updates.

edit: oops I didn't the entire post, my bad. it might be easier to just try 12.04 or 12.10. I will probably recognize your wlan automatically. the standard releases should fit on one cd as stillblue said. (I have 12.04.1 on a single cd)
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February 27, 2013 2:33:50 PM

skittle said:
post output of lspci and ifconfig


I will do that as soon as i have finished learning ... will respond to this very soon
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February 27, 2013 2:53:26 PM

It would also help tremendously Cyprys, If i knew what i was doing!~ seems when i installed, it did a wipe and replace, so finding out what my hardware IS is ,, a bit problematic.
I an learnign as fast as any other mollusc, I will reply when i have that info.
thanks to you and Skittles for all the time spent.



chamaecyparis said:
It would help tremendously to know which PowerBook G4 your concern is regarding (e.g. hardware specs -- what skittles was asking); for instance, I go here ( http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powerbook_g4/inde... ) and see too many choices to guess at. Making recommendations depends somewhat on your hardware (specifically which processor and its speed, plus how much RAM are in your two slots). Not knowing this, a recommendation further than saying that, rather than upgrading ubuntu per se beginniing with 10.04, start with a clean install of the 12.04 LTS version, cannot be made with any assurance.

Why? The following was taken from the webpage regarding Xubuntu, ubuntu with a different User Interface which is most likely better suited to your hardware:

"Minimum system requirements

To install or try Xubuntu within the Desktop/Live CD, you need 256 MB of memory. Installing with the Alternative CD requires only 64 MB. Once installed, it is strongly recommended to have at least 512 MB of memory"

SOURCE: http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/

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February 27, 2013 3:33:55 PM

pretty sure I am way out of my depth. previous Linux experience was a flawless install on a different platfor by a genuine linux wizard. it words sooo smoothly I thought it would be just as easy as an old mac

I figured out how to get what you askd for...
skittle said:
post output of lspci and ifconfig



and here it is..
intrachange@powerbookg4:~$ lspci
0000:00:0b.0 Host bridge: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth 2 AGP
0000:00:10.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV350 [Mobility Radeon 9600 M10]
0001:10:0b.0 Host bridge: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth 2 PCI
0001:10:12.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
0001:10:13.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1510 PC card Cardbus Controller
0001:10:17.0 Class ff00: Apple Computer Inc. KeyLargo/Intrepid Mac I/O
0001:10:18.0 USB Controller: Apple Computer Inc. KeyLargo/Intrepid USB
0001:10:19.0 USB Controller: Apple Computer Inc. KeyLargo/Intrepid USB
0001:10:1a.0 USB Controller: Apple Computer Inc. KeyLargo/Intrepid USB
0001:10:1b.0 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 43)
0001:10:1b.1 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 43)
0001:10:1b.2 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB 2.0 (rev 04)
0002:24:0b.0 Host bridge: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth 2 Internal PCI
0002:24:0d.0 Class ff00: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth/Intrepid ATA/100
0002:24:0e.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth 2 FireWire (rev 81)
0002:24:0f.0 Ethernet controller: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth 2 GMAC (Sun GEM) (rev 80)
intrachange@powerbookg4:~$


intrachange@powerbookg4:~$ ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0d:93:c6:24:bc
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
Interrupt:41 Base address:0x8000

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:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:80 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:80 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:4800 (4.8 KB) TX bytes:4800 (4.8 KB)

So, I'm doomed right?
PW
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a b F Wireless
February 27, 2013 6:59:50 PM

no, not at all. good news in fact.
  1. 0001:10:12.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)

lspci shows your card is detected, but ifconfig shows the wireless interface has not been created.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43...
You have a broadcom BCM4306 (rev 03) chipset, which uses the b43 driver. For various reasons, distrobutions cannot include the firmware with. It is a common problem for people with broadcom chipsets! Of course you need the firmware installed before the wireless will work!

All that should be necessary to get things working is to download/install the firmware for your wireless chipset. Ubuntu makes this easy to install:

Run these commands, in order, to update package list/system. Then download/install the firmware. Then reboot.
  1. sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
  2. sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer


Thats all, on next boot, the driver should load the firmware and create the wireless interface, 'wlan0'. if you run the command 'ifconfig' again, you should see 'wlan0'

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February 27, 2013 7:32:55 PM

stillblue said:
FYI All of the standard Ubuntu downloads not specifically mentioning DVD (like the multi language version DVD) will fit on a cd. Yep, even the 12.04.
Are you sure about that?

Quote:
ubuntu-12.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso 13-Feb-2013 22:21 695M Desktop CD for 64-bit PC (AMD64) computers (standard download)
That looks to me to be too big to fit on a standard CDR.
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March 16, 2013 11:30:56 AM

one useful change am updated to 12 .4! so now at least my cat cable works..
am hunting donw the driver mentiononed above.
and will once again open the "Scary Window" ( terminal) and apply the wizard Wisdom I have gotten here..
will report on succes! or failure..
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March 17, 2013 2:10:10 AM

Ijack said:
stillblue said:
FYI All of the standard Ubuntu downloads not specifically mentioning DVD (like the multi language version DVD) will fit on a cd. Yep, even the 12.04.
Are you sure about that?

Quote:
ubuntu-12.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso 13-Feb-2013 22:21 695M Desktop CD for 64-bit PC (AMD64) computers (standard download)
That looks to me to be too big to fit on a standard CDR.


Fortunately a standard cdr is 700 MB so a 695 MB ISO will indeed fit on it. An installed ISO is the same size as the ISO itself.

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March 17, 2013 3:10:36 AM

Ijack said:
A standard CD-R holds 659MB of data.

http://www.cdmediaworld.com/hardware/cdrom/cd_oversize....


Quote:
From Ubuntu site
Installation
Overview
Preparing your computer for Ubuntu is now much simpler, with a wider range of disk setup options. Each of these are detailed at length to provide you with a clear understanding of the actions that will take place with your selection.

You can now reinstall or upgrade an existing copy of Ubuntu with the Desktop CD installer, provided that your computer is connected to the Internet.

And as per my original caveat about unless specified as a dvd install
Quote:
The Ubuntu amd64 and amd64+mac alternate images for 12.04.2 are oversized, and will not fit onto standard CDs.


As of 12.10 a DVD is standard for the download.
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March 18, 2013 10:23:53 AM

I Have found an install disk for 12. ubuntu.. pretty good so far.
still learning how to download and apply the driver for the wireless rig.
also, seems not to be able to find my soundcard. did not see it mentioned when i pulled up all that hardware info. It DOES still make the apple sound when i turn it on, but none after that...
learning more about how to install that wireless driver.. HATE to make some fatal error because i think i understand it!
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a b F Wireless
March 18, 2013 10:39:07 AM

You can list sound cards available with command
  1. sudo aplay -l
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