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On Ubuntu MacBookPro support page, I've found info about 10.10 on MBP 7,1 and some info about 11.04 on MBP 8,1+. But what I would like is information about 11.04 on MBP 7,1. The issues I'm most concerned about:

  • does WiFi work? OotB?
  • does external monitor work? OotB?

EDIT: additional info


Card Type:  AirPort Extreme  (0x14E4, 0x8D)
Firmware Version:   Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (

graphics card

Chipset Model:  NVIDIA GeForce 320M
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audio and video chipsets would be useful...I have a sneaking suspicion it's a yes. the last problem i remember with debianized and macbookpro was some weirdness with an nvidia sata controller that had to get sorted out. – RobotHumans Apr 28 '11 at 12:04
youre running 64 bit right? – Trevor Arjeski Apr 30 '11 at 14:58
@TrevorMA: no, 32-bit PAE. – vartec May 2 '11 at 0:21
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I've just installed 11.04 on MBP, so I'm gonna answer my own question:

WiFi works. Not exactly out-of-the-box though. The solution for 10.10 I've googled has helped in my case.

The original solution:

  1. Go to System>Administration>>Synaptic Package Manager and in the search bar, type bcm.
  2. Make sure broadcom-sta-common and broadcom-sta-source are installed. If not, mark them for installation, close, and reload.
  3. Make sure bcmwl-kernel-source and bcmwl-modaliases are installed. If not install, reload, and then go back and mark them for reinstallation. Then reload.
  4. Restart your computer. It won't tell you that you need to restart, but it is necessary nonetheless.
  5. After you have restarted, click on the network icon at the top and click on "Connect to Hidden Wireless Network..."
  6. Enjoy your wifi connection...hopefully.

Actually in my case I didn't have to install bcmwl-modaliases, nor did I have to use hidden network option (Ubuntu detected all networks perfectly).

External monitor works, almost OotB. All you need is to install disper to actually activate it.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:disper-dev/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install disper
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I'm currently installing 11.04 in my macbook white. It's almost the same hardware as your macbook pro. Everything's fine until now. Got wireless out of the box and it's working well. WHen the installations ends I'll see if video works.

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