MacBookPro8,1/8,2/8,3 (2011)

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Installation CD

Use the latest Arch Installation Image from here:



Note: need Kernel 3.3 or later

Install b43-firmwareAUR package from the AUR.

Unload b43 and bcma modules and load b43 module

# rmmod b43 bcma
# modprobe b43

That's it. The wireless should work now.

Ethernet: works out-of-the-box

Bluetooth: Unkown

Keyboard & TouchPad


default F1 key represents XF86MonBrightnessDown, if you want it represents to F1.

 echo 2 > /sys/module/hid_apple/parameters/fnmode
 # value 1: F1 is XF86MonBrightnessDown
 # value 2: F1 is F1, Fn + F1 is XF86MonBrightnessDown.

and put that into /etc/rc.local


Two finger scrolling and left-click works out of the box. Unfortunately the right-click is not functional.

14/09/2012 : right click (2 fingers) and middle click (3 fingers) works out of the box with KDE.

To enable most of the multitouch touchpad features (even right and middle clik) use mtrack, which is avaible in AUR. The configuration is done via the /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-mtrack.conf file. Check if the mtrack module is properly loaded in the /var/log/Xorg.0.log file. Sometimes xorg loads other drivers before, like eg. synpatics, and the mtrack driver is not used at all.

For an MBP 8,3 I needed to use the following config (in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-mtrack.conf) to stop it picking up other input devices by mistake:

Section "InputClass"
  Identifier "Multitouch Touchpad"
  Driver "mtrack"
  MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
  MatchProduct "bcm5974"
  MatchIsTouchpad "true"

Video & Screen


Intel HD Graphics 3000: works with xf86-video-intel

Adjust Brightness: works with xorg-xbacklight For example:

xbacklight -inc 7 # increase brightness
xbacklight -dec 7 # decrease brightness

15-inch and 17-inch

AMD Radeon HD 6490M: Unknown

AMD Radeon HD 6750M: works with xf86-video-ati

Adjust Brightness: install AUR package apple-bl-gmuxAUR and reboot system.

 $ echo 34839 | sudo tee /sys/class/backlight/gmux_backlight/brightness


8,1 and 8,2

 $ alsamixer # unmute 'Front Speaker' and 'Surround Speaker'


Using PulseAudio sound works out of the box. However some applications (e.g. Vlc) have intermittent crackling; appending 'tsched=0' to 'module-udev-detect' in /etc/pulse/ fixes this.

Suspend & Hibernate


For s2ram install uswsusp-git and add to file /etc/pm/config.d/module following content:

 SUSPEND_MODULES="bcma b43" 

Without this, system hangs after the machine wakes up and tries to reconnect to the wireless network.


Using linux-mainline 3.6r2 from AUR, supend and resume work out of the box, including wireless reconnection.


HFS is mounted as Read-Only. By turning journaling off in OS X, the HFS+ file system will be read/write under Linux.


I had problems pairing devices, nothing was detected with

hcitool scan

There seems to be a conflict between the bluetooth module and the b43 one (wifi), as written in this blog post. The solution is to do the following:

# rmmod b43

pair your bluetooth device

# modprobe b43

Alternative solution

Create /etc/modprobe.d/b43.conf with the following content:

options b43 btcoex=0


In order to use your webcam you need to have permission to use /dev/video0.

# gpasswd -a <username> video

Test to see if it works

$ mplayer tv:// -tv driver=v4l2:width=640:height=480:device=/dev/video0 -fps 15 -vf screenshot

With linux-mainline

As noted elsewhere in this document, some MBP features work best (or only) with the latest kernel; the usual way to install this is using the linux-mainline AUR package. However, as of 3.6.rc3 the config for linux-mainline disables webcam support (due to changed defaults in kernel). This patch to the x86_64 config fixes this issue.

Others that works-out-of-the-box

  • Sensors

Efi Booting without bootmanager (Efistub)

Warning: efibootmgr may brick your Mac firmware.

Tested on macbook pro 8.1 . Forum thread: [1]

Follow UEFI_Bootloaders#Linux_Kernel_EFISTUB. Use the following kernel parameters

i915.i915_enable_rc6=1 i915.i915_enable_fbc=1 i915.lvds_downclock=1 usbcore.autosuspend=1 hpet=force


Grub2-EFI boot: Intel invalid ROM contents

If you see this error on boot and notice the screen output seemingly frozen, you need to disable KMS.

Append the following to your /etc/grub/defaults LINUX line:

i915.modeset=0 radeon.modeset=0

However, newer versions of the Xorg Intel/i915 driver require KMS to work; without it the X server will fallback to framebuffer mode, with poor performance. The underlying issue is that the Intel KMS driver selects the wrong video output; to fix this try the following settings (tested on an 8,3/17" MBP):

radeon.modeset=0 i915.modeset=1 i915.lvds_channel_mode=2

This should give you Intel graphics output. Note that this requires kernel 3.5rc1 or higher; use linux-mainline from Aur if necessary. See this bug for more details.

You may find you need to enable the Intel device; if using Grub, the following should enable it at boot time:

set gfxpayload=keep
# Switch gmux to IGD
outb 0x728 1
outb 0x710 2
outb 0x740 2

Alternatively, if you have OS X available you can use gfxCardStatus to switch to the Intel device before booting into Linux.

Grub2-EFI boot: root fs not found

On boot, grub2-efi may complain that no root fs is found. This is due to the ahci modules being improperly loaded.

chroot into the installed Arch system. Then edit the /etc/mkinitcpio.conf MODULES array:

MODULES="..ahci libahci.."

Then re-generate the boot img:

mkinitcpio -p linux