How can I get Linux on my Macbook to connect to WiFi?

Ryan O January 8, 2014
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I recently made a bootable USB for Linux with Unetbootin and its runs great on my MacBook Air.

The only problem I’m having is that when I’m using Linux, my computer doesn’t detect any wireless signals but when I’m using Mavericks it connects to it just fine. Any help would be very much appreciated.

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  1. Hovsep A
    January 9, 2014 at 9:35 am
  2. Jan F
    January 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    open up a terminal window and type "ifconfig", see if the output lists any wireless device (usually wlan0)
    if that is not the case the card is either deactivated or not detected

    to check if the card was actually detected type "sudo lspci -nn", this will list all detected PCI(-e) devices
    go through the list and see if any Broadcom wireless adapter is listed

    • Ryan O
      January 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      I put ifconfig into the command line and it doesn't seem to list any wireless devices, then when I put sudo Ispci -nn it says that that command doesn't exist, but thanks for trying