Working Wi-Fi on Macbooks with Ubuntu Linux

To use a MacBook’s Atheros wireless chipset on Linux, you need to use Ndiswrapper with the provided Boot Camp drivers.

  1. Get the wi-fi driver at The one you’re looking for is drivers/Atheros/AtherosXPInstaller.exe.
  2. Install ndiswrapper from apt.
  3. Install unrar from apt.
  4. Extract the drivers with “$ unrar x AtherosXPInstaller.exe
  5. Install the drivers with “$ ndiswrapper -i net5416.inf
  6. $ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
  7. $ sudo echo >> /etc/modules “ndiswrapper”
  8. Delete the temporary files
  9. The wireless should start working immediately.

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