- 1 Installation CD
- 2 Network
- 3 Keyboard & TouchPad
- 4 Video & Screen
- 5 Sound
- 6 Suspend & Hibernate
- 7 HFS+
- 8 Bluetooth
- 9 Webcam
- 10 Others that works-out-of-the-box
- 11 Efi Booting without bootmanager (Efistub)
- 12 Troubleshooting
Use the latest Arch Installation Image from here: http://www.archlinux.org/download/
For 3.1 Kernel:
Install AUR.AUR from the
download the latest package from http://linuxwireless.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/
$ cd compat-wireless-2011-10-09 $ scripts/driver-select b43 $ make $ sudo make install $ sudo make wlunload $ sudo rmmod bcma $ modprobe b43 # it should work.
add 'blacklist bcma' to '/etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf'
Note that after every kernel update you will have to recompile the module for the new kernel:
$ cd compat-wireless-2011-10-09 $ make clean $ make $ sudo make install
For 3.2 Kernel:
Install AUR. Unload bcma module and load b43 moduleAUR and AUR packages from the
# rmmod bcma # modprobe b43
That's it. The wireless should work now.
For 3.3 Kernel:
Install AUR.AUR package from the
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
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" EndSection
Video & Screen
Intel HD Graphics 3000: works with xf86-video-intel
Adjust Brightness: works withFor 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 packageAUR 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'
Suspend & Hibernate
For s2ram install uswsusp-git and add to file /etc/pm/config.d/module following content:
SUSPEND_MODULES="bcma b43" SLEEP_MODULE=uswsusp
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
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
/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
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
Efi Booting without bootmanager (Efistub)
Tested on macbook pro 8.1 . Forum thread: 
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:
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:
Then re-generate the boot img:
mkinitcpio -p linux