Running a Macbook Pro 7,1 and had nothing but problems since I got it.
halfnelsoninc
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Please let me know what you guys think .... I need to find any and every way to optimize this thing ... the Broadcom driver and its notorious issues are merely the tip of the iceberg. I have no money to upgrade this thing so I have to make what I can of it. I'm running Debian Bookworm with Liquorix kernel.

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System:
  Host: debian Kernel: 6.2.14-1-liquorix-amd64 arch: x86_64
    bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.2.0 Desktop: GNOME v: 43.4 tk: GTK
    v: 3.24.37 wm: gnome-shell dm: GDM3 Distro: Debian GNU/Linux
    12 (bookworm)
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: Apple product: MacBookPro7,1 v: 1.0
    serial: W80320YFATQ Chassis: type: 10 v: Mac-F222BEC8
    serial: W80320YFATQ
  Mobo: Apple model: Mac-F222BEC8 serial: C02030603P7DD7GAH
    UEFI: Apple v: 68.0.0.0.0 date: 06/13/2019
CPU:
  Info: dual core Intel Core2 Duo P8800 [MCP] arch: Penryn
    speed (MHz): avg: 2660 min/max: 798/2660
Graphics:
  Device-1: NVIDIA MCP89 [GeForce 320M] vendor: Apple
    driver: nouveau v: kernel arch: Tesla ports: active: LVDS-1
    empty: DP-1 bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:08a0 temp: 73.0 C
  Device-2: Apple Built-in iSight type: USB driver: uvcvideo
    bus-ID: 2-6:3 chip-ID: 05ac:8507
  Display: server: X.Org v: 1.22.1.9 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.9
    compositor: gnome-shell driver: dri: nouveau gpu: nouveau
    note: X driver n/a resolution: 1280x800~61Hz
  API: OpenGL v: 3.3 Mesa 22.3.6 renderer: NVAF
    direct-render: Yes
Network:
  Device-1: Broadcom BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN
    vendor: Apple AirPort Extreme driver: b43-pci-bridge v: N/A pcie:
    speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 14e4:432b
  Device-2: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
    driver: tg3 v: kernel pcie: speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: N/A
    bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 14e4:1684
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 465.76 GiB used: 8.26 GiB (1.8%)
Info:
  Processes: 209 Uptime: 31m Memory: 7.5 GiB used: 1.32 GiB (17.7%)
  Init: systemd v: 252 target: graphical (5) default: graphical
  Compilers: gcc: 12.2.0 alt: 12 Packages: 1653 pm: dpkg pkgs: 1647
  pm: flatpak pkgs: 6 Shell: Bash v: 5.2.15
  running-in: gnome-terminal inxi: 3.3.26

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Saying you've had nothing but problems isn't actually very helpful.

You have to be specific. I know people run Linux on the Intel Macs, but of course, laptops are packed with proprietary stuff, so support for that will be variable.

To get meaningful help, you have to document the problems you have had, then list them one by one, otherwise it's just a generic comment that you are having issues. We all have issues, lol, the trick is to narrow it down enough so we can do something about some of them.

For example, broadcom wifi is a known issue.

Some problems are as trivial to resolve as just getting a USB dongle for the NIC/ethernet, or getting one that has known good linux support for wifi.

Note that Liquorix can't fix buggy broadcom ethernet/wifi drivers, and it can't fix nouveau, but for network, a usb nic can totally fix those issues.

Nouveau can also lead to less than happy results, I think Tesla nvidia architecture is still supported by the non free driver, the legacy one, not positive.

All I can say is, I was offered a huge imac with a large screen, and I happily turned it down, since I had a decent idea of some of the problems it would cause, and wasn't interested, not even for free.
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good points
halfnelsoninc
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I will stick with it and see what happens. more updates as they come. I appreciate the reply and I will let you know throughout the nights how everything goes.
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