Fix WiFi in Ubuntu on Macbook

Recent versions of Apple Macbook uses a Broadcom wireless ethernet (Wifi, called Airport in Apple terms) chipset that does not work out of the box on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx. Some versions of Macbook require installing new drivers, and some others require enabling proprietary drivers.

Enable Airport in Ubuntu on Macbook

  1. Find your version of Macbook by entering this in Terminal (open from Applications > Accessories):
    sudo dmidecode -s system-product-name
  2. Macbook 5.1: Install Broadcom STA driver either from Synaptic (which might not be possible if you do not have wired internet ready). If you cannot use wired internet, download the following files, and install them in the same order by double-clicking the downloaded .deb files:
    http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/patch
    http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/dkms
    http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/bcmwl-kernel-sourceAfter installation, you need to restart Ubuntu to get wireless connection working.
  3. Macbook 5.2 and Macbook 6.1: Install Broadcom driver by navigating to System > Administration > Hardware Drivers > Broadcom Sta.
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