Finding Firmware:



  • I have a 2010 mac mini that i have installed Fedora Server 31 on. It works great, boots great. Got Ethernet configured and up. Now trying to coax the wifi radio back to existence. I used b43-fwcutter to build and install driver. It worked and i can now see the device with
    General.Driver b43
    General.Driver-Version 5.3.16-300.fc31.x86_64
    General.firmware-Version N/A
    General.State 20(unavailable)

    Tried tracking down firmware but have not been successful. Any thoughts? Any pointers on where to go next? Am I missing something? Thanks.



  • @popester said in Finding Firmware::

    Am I missing something? Thanks.

    Donโ€™t use Wi-Fi?



  • @JaredBusch said in Finding Firmware::

    @popester said in Finding Firmware::

    Am I missing something? Thanks.

    Donโ€™t use Wi-Fi?

    Rim-shot! Nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

    That is where it is going to end up I believe. It was more of a challenge than a need. I did notice something that may or may not help me FWIW. lsipc gives you back Broadcom BCM4331 which linux wifi drivers website points to B43 drivers, but when you use the built in MAC hardware diagnostics it reports back as using X28 Airport drivers. Have not and may not pursue that line of WTF? Anyway, I learned a lot of new stuff so not a total waste of time.

    Your advice is much appreciated sir. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ



  • If you do pursue this further, and IIRC there's 2 ways to get that particular PoS chip to work, depending on the revision. I haven't had to mess with one lately, but they were popular in HP laptops for a while.



  • @popester Mostly, you are playing with 8 year old hardware. While it could be "fun" to be able to say you did it, what's the point?


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