Attivare scheda Wireless Powerbook G4 PPC su Ubuntu 10.04

Oggi ho ripreso in mano il mio vecchio Powerbook G4 PPC, per poterlo usare principalmente con Ubuntu; a quanto pare Ubuntu 10.04 riveleva perfettamente la scheda Wireless del Mac, ma il computer non riesce a visualizzare le varie reti wireless. Due minuti di paura e ho trovato la soluzione:

IMPORTANTE – evitate di scaricare i files da un altro computer e passarli sul Mac, prima di fare questa procedura è importante che attaccarsi col cavo ethernet al router.

This HOWTO will guide you through the steps of setting up Airport Extreme with YDL v6.x for Apple hardware. It was tested on an Apple PowerBook G4 1.67GHz running a fresh install of YDL v6.1.This procedure requires 3 steps:
Discover your Airport firmware version.
Extract the Airport Extreme firmware.
Configure your wireless card under Linux.Discover your Airport Extreme version
Broadcom is the manufacturer of the Airport Extreme wireless chip for Apple. The Broadcom chip in the Powerbook used to write this HOWTO is the BCM4306 802.11b/g (rev 03). Different versions of the firmware and driver might not be as straightforward. To discover the version of the Airport you have on your computer, under Linux run this command as root:
[root@localhost network-scripts]# lspci | grep -i broadcom [ENTER]Here’s the output I get on my laptop:
0001:10:12.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/gWireless LAN Controller (rev 03)If you have an earlier or later version, these instructions may or may not work for you. If you run into troubles, join the yellowdog-general mailing list or visit us on #yellowdog at Someone there might be able to help you troubleshoot any problems you might have.Extract the Airport Extreme firmware
The first step in getting your Airport Extreme working is to extract the necessary firmware files from your MacOS X drivers.
Note that these instructions were written for YDL v.6.1. Other versions of YDL may require different versions of fwcutter and the firmware.
Change to user root:
su –
Download, extract and build b43-fwcutter software version 011, which will be used to extract the Broadcom drivers:
wget [ENTER]
tar xjf b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2 [ENTER]
cd b43-fwcutter-011 [ENTER]
make [ENTER]
The make command above should generate output similar to the following:
cc -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -std=c99 -Wall -pedantic -D_BSD_
SOURCE-DFWCUTTER_VERSION_=006 -c -o fwcutter.o fwcutter.c
cc -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -std=c99 -Wall -pedantic -D_BSD_
SOURCE-DFWCUTTER_VERSION_=006 -c -o md5.o md5.c
cc -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -std=c99 -Wall -pedantic -D_BSD_
SOURCE-DFWCUTTER_VERSION_=006 -o bcm43xx-fwcutter fwcutter.o md5.o
… and you should be left with a binary executeable called b43-fwcutter.Type:
cd .. [ENTER]
Download and use fwcutter software to extract the Broadcom proprietary driver:
wget…0.10.5.tar.bz2 [ENTER]
tar xjf broadcom-wl- [ENTER]
b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w “/lib/firmware” broadcom-wl- [ENTER]
The b43 within the /lib/firmware directory should contain files:
[root@localhost ~]$ ll /lib/firmware/ [ENTER]
(more …)If wicd cannot find any local wireless networks, even after pressing “Refresh” once or twice, you may need to change the permissions on the b43 directory:
chmod 755 b43Configure your wireless card under Linux using wicd.
Refer to Using Wicd Network Manager

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