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Old 04-29-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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Question Arch Linux (only) on MacBook 4,1; Specific drivers and *.kext files


Hi all,
Let's start with: I've spent a far bit of time using my Google-fu, looking around this subject and falling short.
I have even been returning to a not unrelated post earlier this month (link).
Though nothing helpful for what I am specifically looking for.

Hopefully your knowledge may guide me directly or point me in the correct direction.

I few weeks ago I posted a question in regards an issue I was having on my current setup. The original post can be found here, but the brief is:
I have a black MacBook (Early 2008 / 4,1 ) running Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5; I cannot run Mountain Lion due to the hardware specifics.

Hence considering back to Linux; I have decided on Arch Linux as I believe that I am up for the challenge. I've have use Linux before, to a little more then a beginner level; I still spend a fair bit of time in the command-line.

I have installed Arch via virtual machine to test out a few things; but of course it's recognising virtual hardware.

My issue is that I have a MacBook, and that's all I have; I would want to run just Arch Linux.
I have read that there are some complications when getting Linux on Mac hardware.
Issues with booting due to Mac hardware being EFI.
Issues involving the iSight camera. I have read that you need to copy certain *.kext files (from ArchWiki).

I have read the ArchWiki section on MacBook, Arch Linux Only. It only seems to cover the basic issues.

I have read a few articles about installing Arch Linux, most give duel boot solutions, which is not what I'm looking for.
Are there any other *.kext files I may need from Mac OS X or specific drivers that are not mentioned in the above linked article?

Can those of you that have successfully installed Arch Linux onto Mac hardware (preferably same/similar model), lend any advice?

Thanks,
Matt Parnell
 
Old 04-30-2013, 11:52 AM   #2
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What do you mean by
Quot Issues with booting due to Mac hardware being EFI end quot
Second you do know the hardware spec of you're Mac .
So you can find out if it is supported by Arch linux .
Yes you can not run Mountain Lion but Lion is still supported 1 year or so

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Old 05-03-2013, 11:27 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ronlau9 View Post
What do you mean by
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Issues with booting due to Mac hardware being EFI
I found people expressing a difficulty with this; after further reading from reading your response; I see that it was due to trying to force MBR and having issues syncing tables.

I have read further articles that use GPT instead, and there is no issues with the EFI.

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Yes you can not run Mountain Lion but Lion is still supported 1 year or so
True. I am currently running Lion, and will be using a fresh install. On the other hand, if I still am receiving issues, or it gets to the point that I am too far behind OS X releases due to hardware restrictions (10.9 is expected to be unveiled this WWDC) I will change over to Linux to get the best out of my hardware.

(Each OS X update has felt a little more sluggish then the last, as it's optimised for the newer hardware)

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Originally Posted by ronlau9 View Post
do know the hardware spec of you're Mac .
So you can find out if it is supported by Arch linux .
Of course.
I have read articles of people putting Arch Linux on older MacBooks/PowerBooks (2006 models, etc.) and newer ones (2012, etc.); so I'm confident that Arch Linux can interface with my hardware.

Using the command line and piping into a file:
Code:
$ system_profiler | tee ~/Documents/Notes/sys-prof.txt
I have attached (the rather long) output; with some wifi information removed for security reasons.
[I also have removed the list of printer drivers, etc., they are too long and unimportant]

Thanks; I hope this helps.
Attached Files
File Type: txt sys-prof.txt (16.5 KB, 9 views)
 
Old 05-04-2013, 02:18 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by parnmatt View Post
True. I am currently running Lion, and will be using a fresh install. On the other hand, if I still am receiving issues, or it gets to the point that I am too far behind OS X releases due to hardware restrictions (10.9 is expected to be unveiled this WWDC) I will change over to Linux to get the best out of my hardware.

(Each OS X update has felt a little more sluggish then the last, as it's optimised for the newer hardware)
Doing a fresh install of OS x is mostly a waste of time .
But what did you do to keep you're OS X snappy ?
Running LION you should have at least 4 GB RAM

There are many Valid reason to go for linux , but not that OS X becomes sluggish

It is optimized in that way for new hardware that you can get the most of the new hardware .
With Mountain Lion as a example you can make out of 1 SSD + 1 HD 1 One logical drive and Mountain Lion keeps track of you're most used app and put it on the SDD .

And yes you can run Linux on MAC
It only a computer and nothing else
 
Old 05-05-2013, 03:10 PM   #5
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Quote:
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Doing a fresh install of OS x is mostly a waste of time

There are many Valid reason to go for linux , but not that OS X becomes sluggish
I briefly explained what the issue was in a separate (and linked) thread.

If you read the system profile I sent, per your request, you can see that I do have 4 GB RAM.

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And yes you can run Linux on MAC
It only a computer and nothing else
I know this, and have quite clearly shown this knowledge of this from the start.

This has not answered the original question: what specific drivers and *.kext files (for example) would I need to get all the hardware working on a MacBook 4,1; from someone who has done this on the same or similar model.
 
Old 05-07-2013, 12:51 PM   #6
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From the look of it, this post will not get an answer anytime soon.
I will leave this thread open [unless an moderator choses to close it], and if I find my answer, I will post it here for other's reference.

Thanks to ronlau9 for his effort in this matter.
 
Old 07-18-2013, 02:33 PM   #7
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Bump (also have MBP 4,1 and would like to go full arch)
 
  


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