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    Hey all,

    I was checking out this thread on BackTrack 5 and BCM43224 chipsets working on a MacBook Pro. My MacBook is one of the newest generations - the 8,1 with the i7 Sandy Bridge processors. As far as I'm aware they also use an updated wireless card (for a start it has 3 antennas and not two like the pervious generations).

    It's firmware version is showing up as Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 supporting a/b/g/n but BackTrack 5 doesn't appear to recognise the card at all. iw and ifconfig yield nothing. Wicd doesn't show any networks or interfaces either.

    Have I missed anything when it comes to configuring the card or is it just not compatible with BackTrack?

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    Same problem here, no advice anybody? :/

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    I'm having the same problem with the MacBook Pro 8,2 (first Thunderbolt model, 2011). The AirPort Extreme wireless card is listed as having firmware version: Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 It supports 802.11 a/b/g/n as well. Running ifconfig yields no wireless devices. Running lsmod shows b43 right at the top. Odd? I've had a wonderful experience with the b43 drivers on my Dell Mini 9.

    Any news on this MacBook Pro issue? Thanks for any replies.

    I wanted to add this next little bit just in case someone else is able to find this post through a google search.I got past the white screen of death by using the advice here. If you're using a MacBook Pro with an ATI/AMD graphics card check this post for the answer.

    First post!

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    any update on this?

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    Hello BackTrack Community,

    I have the same issue here and I was searching a lot about this topic since the wireless card is not supported in other Linux-Distros that I've tried as well.
    I'll be looking some more for a possible solution and post my findings here (if any).

    If someone more experienced than I am could look for a solution I would really appreciate it.


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