[CentOS] MacBook Pro and CentOS-5

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 12:56:06 EST 2010

On 11/15/2010 11:29 AM, James B. Byrne wrote:
>> Can't help directly with the hardware questions, but (a) if you are
>> still within your Applecare coverage, take the thing in and get
>> anything that doesn't work fixed before touching the OS, and (b)
>> you might try Virtualbox with Centos as a guest (or VMware if you
>> don't mind paying for it).  I've generally found the vendor-
>> supplied native video, sleep, and wireless tools work best on
>> laptops and virtual machines work well enough for the client-type
>> things I do under Centos.
> Well, I have done the Apple support thing and Apple's official
> position is that I have an interference problem.  The fact that I
> have six other laptops plus two X-Boxes, all with wireless
> connections, in the same household and none of which exhibit the
> problems that I have with the Macbook, is quite beside the point
> insofar as the Apple Genii are concerned.
> This to me is utter BS, since I can see in the log files that that
> the wireless driver is arbitrarily disconnecting the link due to
> "lack of activity" and then choking when trying to reconnect.  There
> are a host of other odd little symptoms that also lead me to believe
> that it is the Apple drivers that are at the root of the problem.

That actually seems pretty unlikely, since a bazillion other people use 
the same drivers...  Or at least it is a quirk of your setup that 
triggers the issue.  Do you have wireless phones in the same frequency 
range nearby?  I do, and see disconnects that I think are related in my 
d-link router logs but haven't seen any problems with connections being 
re-established from anything including my son's macbook.  Have you used 
wireless in any other locations, and if so, do you always see the same 

> For one thing, a frequent occurrence is that I get a 'browser is
> offline' (in both Safari and Firefox) when opening a new tab, but
> the existing tabs in the same browser instance can visit new pages
> on existing connections!!?? How that works is beyond me but it
> happens, often.

That doesn't make much sense but you are probably trying to reuse a 
socket that has received a reset - browsers open several sockets 
simultaneously and the others might not have been busy during the 
network disconnect.

> And it is the wireless NIC that I most need fixed.  Right now I have
> to shut down the Airport and restart it to clear the problems.  In
> itself this is no big deal, but I am just so tried of having to do
> this with such an expensive piece of kit.

Do you mean disable the wireless NIC and re-enable (which sort-of makes 
sense) or doing something to the router?  If you really have to restart 
the router, that's probably the source of the problem.

> If CentOS does not support the wireless in the Macbook then I am
> stuck with the sucker until I get up enough gumption to buy a
> Toshiba. Which is what I should have done when I allowed myself to
> be talked into the HP to begin with.

Hardware is all pretty much the same - it either works or it doesn't.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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