Install and enable
# xbps-install pbbuttonsd # ln -s /etc/sv/pbbuttonsd /var/service/
Install and enable
# xbps-install mouseemu # ln -s /etc/sv/mouseemu /var/service/
Middle click defaults to F10, right click to F11. Scrolling modifier defaults to Alt.
b43 driver is usually used. Unfortunately, the firmware for that is
not redistributable. Our templates collection ships some templates which you
can use to build your own firmware packages.
You will need to set up
void-packages. Follow the standard instructions,
void-ppc fork. The condensed version would be:
# xbps-install base-devel git $ git clone https://github.com/void-ppc/void-packages.git $ cd void-packages $ ./xbps-src binary-bootstrap
Follow the official documentation for
xbps-src usage for more information.
$ echo XBPS_ALLOW_RESTRICTED=yes >> etc/conf
Then build the appropriate firwmare package:
$ ./xbps-src pkg b43-firmware
$ ./xbps-src pkg b43-firmware-classic
Whether you should use
5.x.x) depends on the wireless card you have. First, find out which
one it is:
$ lspci | grep Wireless
The output may be something like (this is from a 2005 PowerBook G4 15"):
0001:10:12.0 Network controller: Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
If you have one of BCM4306 rev.3 (this is the above), BCM4311, BCM4312 or
BCM4318 rev.2, you should use
b43-firmware-classic. If you have a BCM4331,
you should use
b43-firmware. In other cases, you should probably be able to
Install the firmware:
# xbps-install -R hostdir/binpkgs/nonfree b43-firmware
# xbps-install -R hostdir/binpkgs/nonfree b43-firmware-classic
If one doesn't work for you, try the other.
If you don't want to clone the
void-packages repository for some reason,
you can always set it up manually. First, read the section above anyway; it
contains useful information about compatibility. Then install
# xbps-install b43-fwcutter
Make a dedicated directory:
$ mkdir broadcom_fw && cd broadcom_fw
Then fetch the firmware. This is for
$ xbps-uhelper fetch http://www.lwfinger.com/b43-firmware/broadcom-wl-18.104.22.168.tar.bz2
$ xbps-uhelper fetch http://www.lwfinger.com/b43-firmware/broadcom-wl-5.100.138.tar.bz2
You're free to use any other tool you want to fetch it (
$ tar xf broadcom-wl-*.tar.bz2
And finally use the cutter to extract the firmware. For
# b43-fwcutter -w /usr/lib/firmware broadcom-wl-*.wl_apsta.o
# b43-fwcutter -w /usr/lib/firmware linux/wl_apsta.o
This will make sure to place the firmware in the appropriate location. After that, just reboot and wireless network should just work, but don't expect it to be fast :)
If you need to remove it later, just
# rm -rf /usr/lib/firmware/b43
Particularly you will need to do that when switching versions, as you should not install two conflicting versions at the same time.
By default, it might seem like audio "doesn't work". This is not actually true, it's just that PCM is muted by default.
To remedy this, install
# xbps-install alsa-utils
alsamixer. Press the F6 key to switch the card to something like
SoundByLayout; if you're using plain ALSA, you might not have to switch
anything, but PulseAudio will show its own mixer first.
Then once you see the
PCM slider (you might have to scroll a little to the
right), up its level, it'll probably be at 0 by default. Don't up it too much,
or you will introduce distortion; it seems 80 is the maximum safe value.
Audio should work afterwards and you can change the volume using the
slider or using PulseAudio or whichever other solution you like. Don't get
confused by there being just one output instead of separate ones for
headphones and speakers; automatic jack sensing works and it will switch
depending on if there's anything plugged in.