HOWTO Setup Wireless on PowerBook G4 Aluminum 15" 1.5 Ghz

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HOWTO Setup Wireless on PowerBook G4 Aluminum 15" 1.5 Ghz

Postby bchat » 2014-01-25 18:57

I have taken this information from

This assumes you have installed the "sudo" command and the "gnome" desktop.
  1. (Run this as root.) apt-get install sudo
  2. sudo apt-get install gnome

Follow these steps to get wireless setup:

  1. You must first run the Debian install with a physical ethernet wire connected
    or you'll end up with a non-functional network system that will be very hard to fix.
    The install does not support wireless so you must run the install with a wired connection.
  2. You must configure you system to allow non-free software to be installed because
    the firmware you must install is non-free. As root, edit /etc/aps/sources.list by
    appending "contrib" and "non-free" to the repository definitions. My lines look like
    this after editing (don't change your URLs to match mine, just add "contrib" and
    "non-free" as I have done):
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    deb wheezy main contrib non-free
    deb wheezy-updates main contrib non-free

  3. Update the package information for the new software locations you
    just added:
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    sudo apt-get update

  4. Look at dmesg to get the device name. Mine is:
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    [   14.140849] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4306 WLAN found (core revision 5)
  5. Install the firmware that matches the device you found above.
    See the mapping in
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    sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
  6. That installs the necessary firmware, but what the instructions don't say is that you have to reload the kernel module (or reboot, which is silly) afterward to bring up the device.
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    sudo rmmod b43
    sudo modprobe b43
  7. Unplug your ethernet wire and the Gnome wireless network applet will appear in the upper right corner of the screen. You can use this to choose a wireless network and enter the password.
PowerBook G4 15" Aluminum / 1.5 GHz PowerPC 7447a (32-bit) CPU with AltiVec Velocity Engine / 1 GB RAM / ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (4X AGP) 64 MB
Debian Wheezy 7.8 ONLY / Gnome 3.4.2 Fallback Mode
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