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This article is to provide information on how to get components of Apple's MacBook5,1 also know as the MacBook Aluminum, or the unibody Macbook, working in Arch.

Discussion of this in in this thread


To install, follow the instruction on the MacBook page.

Multi-Touch Trackpad



The Alsa section on Arch wiki covers the sound setup mostly. However to get speaker output working, edit the following file:


And put the following in:

options snd_hda_intel model=mbp3

It appears that alsa fails to correctly detect and setup the soundcard. This is typical behaviour on some older models aswell.

To ensure that the correct modules get loaded by Arch's module autoloading system, "blacklist" the snd_pcspk module:

MODULES=(everything_else !snd_pcspk)

It is necessary to reboot Arch to make these changes useful.


Install the 'nvidia' package and run 'nvidia-xconfig' as root. Be sure to have dbus and hal installed, and enabled in rc.conf (i.e. DAEMONS=(dbus hal other_stuff)).


Follow the instructions in the Broadcom_BCM4312 article and install the broadcom-wl driver.


Issue: Either I dont know how to do this or it takes more work...

Suspend/power management stuff

Suspend works (tested in GNOME)



Issue: When using it in Cheese, logs spill out "uvcvideo: unknown event type 79." (number changes).


motion sensor: How do I test?

an ambient light sensor: How do i test?

fan sensors: How do I test?

Temperature sensors: Could only get CPU core temps.... Need more!!!

Anything else?