I'm struggling to figure this out and I'm hoping someone can provide me with some advice or at least point me in the right direction.

I've got a 2010 Macbook Pro (7,1) that I'm trying to get stable on Xubuntu. Most things are running fine, the issue I'm running into is that I can't get the Nvidia display and PCI bridge to register correctly, so when I suspend the device, it is unresponsive when I bring it back up and I end up having to hard reset it.

I started on 19.10 and tried following stommestack's answer here and subsequently ylwghst's answer here (and many other places) with no luck.

My PCI register values pre-attempt are: MCP89 [GeForce 320M] -- "04:00.0" 04b is 07 (as it should be) MCP89 PCI Express Bridge -- "00:17.0" 3e.b is 02 (should be 08)

My PCI register values post attempt are: MCP89 [GeForce 320M] -- "04:00.0" 04b is 07 (as it should be) MCP89 PCI Express Bridge -- "00:17.0" 3e.b is 0a (different, but should be 08)

The output from my lshw --businfo -class bridge -class display command is:

Bus info          Device      Class          Description
pci@0000:00:00.0              bridge         MCP89 HOST Bridge
pci@0000:00:03.0              bridge         MCP89 LPC Bridge
pci@0000:00:0e.0              bridge         NVIDIA Corporation
pci@0000:00:15.0              bridge         NVIDIA Corporation
pci@0000:00:16.0              bridge         NVIDIA Corporation
pci@0000:00:17.0              bridge         MCP89 PCI Express Bridge
pci@0000:04:00.0              display        MCP89 [GeForce 320M]

The contents of my 01_enable_vga.conf is:

cat << EOF
insmod setpci
setpci -s "00:17.0" 3e.b=8
setpci -s "04:00.0" 04.b=7

The contents of my current dmesg shortly after boot is:

[    0.000000] efi: EFI v1.10 by Apple
[    0.000000] efi:  ACPI=0xbf96a000  ACPI 2.0=0xbf96a014  SMBIOS=0xbf71a000 
[    0.046985] clocksource: refined-jiffies: mask: 0xffffffff max_cycles: 0xffffffff, max_idle_ns: 7645519600211568 ns
[    0.334057] pci 0000:04:00.0: BAR 1: assigned to efifb
[    0.340118] Registered efivars operations
[    0.708530] efifb: probing for efifb
[    0.708554] efifb: No BGRT, not showing boot graphics
[    0.708558] efifb: framebuffer at 0xc0010000, using 6400k, total 6400k
[    0.708561] efifb: mode is 1280x800x32, linelength=8192, pages=1
[    0.708564] efifb: scrolling: redraw
[    0.708567] efifb: Truecolor: size=8:8:8:8, shift=24:16:8:0
[    0.712633] fb0: EFI VGA frame buffer device
[    0.981620] EFI Variables Facility v0.08 2004-May-17
[    1.394155] [Firmware Bug]: ACPI(IGPU) defines _DOD but not _DOS
[    7.812178] fb0: switching to nouveaufb from EFI VGA

I've tried 18.04 LTS, and setpci works correctly there, but then I can't get my Broadcom wireless card to work even with the proprietary drivers. 18.04 is also less ideal, as I'd like to be on 20.04 when it releases later this month.

I've also tried the 20.04 LTS Beta (which is the currently installed version) and am having the same issues as 19.10.

Please let me know if there's anything else I can provide to help figure this issue out. I appreciate any help. Thanks!

  • I can't really add much other than I gave up trying to get a good Linux experience out of my own MBP and shelled out for a 2nd hand ThinkPad T Series. I wish I hadn't wasted months trying to get things to work. I think the reality is that you're unlikely to get a good Linux experience in a Mac.
    – Kurankat
    Apr 15 '20 at 22:42
  • Yeah, I realize it may be a bit of an uphill battle. Everything else works fine though, so I hate to give up when it feels like I'm this close... I'm hoping there's something in logs somewhere that I'm unable to comprehend that someone more experienced can point out?
    – Jay
    Apr 16 '20 at 14:04

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