MacBook4,2 (late 2008)

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This article is intended specifically for Macbook(4,2) (late September 2008) model. If you have other Macbook model, please see here.

The Model

To make sure that you have the right model, here is the list of system specifications for Macbook(4,2) wikipedia:Macbook

  • Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Model Numbers: MB402*/B
  • Display: 13.3-inch glossy widescreen LCD, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution (WXGA, 16:10 = 8:5 aspect ratio)
  • Front Side Bus: 800 MHz
  • CPU: 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (T8100)
  • Memory: 1 GB (two 512 MB) 667 MHz PC2-5300 - Expandable to 4 GB
  • Graphics: Intel GMA X3100 using 144 MB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 120 GB - Optional 160 GB or 250 GB
  • Wireless: Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n (Broadcom BCM4328 rev03)
  • Slot Drive: 4× DVD+R DL writes, 8× DVD±R read, 4× DVD±RW writes, 24× CD-R, and 10x CD-RW recording
  • Included OS: Mac OS X v10.5.4
  • Battery: 55-watt-hour removable lithium-polymer


Incomplete - Work in Progress


Back up your data

You should backup before you begin the installation. It suffices to just backup the Users directory (/Users/user/ where user is the name of the username in OSX) onto external hard drive or USB stick.

Install rEFIt

Before you begin, you should install rEFIt, the bootloader for EFI-based computer, such as the Intel Macbooks.

  1. Download the .dmg
  2. Install the program
  3. run:
cd /efi/refit; ./

Note for single-boot

However, if you are going to erase OS-X and plan on single-boot, then you need to also back up


You will need this for iSight functionality



Single-boot (Arch Linux Only)
Dual-boot (Arch Linux + OS-X)
Triple-boot (Arch Linux + Windows + OS-X)

Install Arch Linux


System Configuration


Xorg Setup




Wireless Setup

This model of Macbook has Broadcom BCM4328(rev03). There are two methods: (a) using ndiswrapper or (b) using broadcom-wlAUR

See Broadcom wireless for more information.