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I recently installed ubuntu 12.10 on my Macbook Pro mid 2012 alongside Mountain Lion using rEFIt boot. I am having trouble connecting to wireless network. When I click the internet icon at the top of the menu bar, no networks are shown and when I try to manually connect through edit connections, it doesen't work. I did not instal any drivers for anything, but the trackpad (even the two finger scrolling works) , brightness keys, volume keys and keyboard illumination led brightness works. So.. I am guessing it came with some drivers.

Here are my results of some things I typed into terminal

  1. nm-tool

    State: disconnected
    Device: eth0 -----------------------------------------------------------------  
    Type:              Wired  
    Driver:            tg3
    State:             unavailable
    Default:           no
    HW Address:        A8:20:66:2A:05:23
    Carrier Detect:  yes
    Wired Properties
    Carrier:         off
  2. sudo lshw -C network

    PCI (sysfs)  
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: NetXtreme BCM57765 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 10
    serial: a8:20:66:2a:05:23
    capacity: 1Gbit/s
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi msix pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 
    10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=tg3 driverversion=3.123 
    firmware=57765-v1.37 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
    resources: irq:16 memory:a0400000-a040ffff memory:a0410000-a041ffff
    description: Network controller
    product: BCM4331 802.11a/b/g/n
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
    version: 02
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=bcma-pci-bridge latency=0
    resources: irq:17 memory:a0600000-a0603fff

Thank you, any help is great, I am only 14 and I just need a bit of help.

Also, if this doesn't work, will an older version of Ubuntu or a different Linux work?

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Please get a temporary wired ethernet connection. Open a terminal and do:

sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree
sudo modprobe -r b43 && sudo modprobe b43

It should now be working.

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that didnt work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! –  Skyler 440 Feb 1 '13 at 2:59
Please run and post: dmesg | grep b43. The pipe symbol | is on the right side of my US keyboard on the same key with \. –  chili555 Feb 1 '13 at 22:35
i got it to work on ubuntu 12.04 instead of 12.10 –  Skyler 440 Feb 4 '13 at 2:17
Glad it's working! –  chili555 Feb 4 '13 at 15:04
Thanks but it's not that important but my keyboard backlight won't work now –  Skyler 440 Feb 4 '13 at 15:16

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