I was wondering, is there anyway that i can replace and upgrade the old and dieing cardbus airport card that fits in the G4 towers with something that supports 802.11g? I would use a PCI card, but i was hoping that i can use the card slot already built in the comp. Is there any specific card or cards i can use? Any and all info about this would be greatly appreciated.
Hmm, fraid you are stuck here, it's either a replacement Airport 11b card off ebay or a 54g PCI card. You will need one with a broadcom chip to work in a sawtooth. Linksys do one, but you have to be carefull as they go from Broadcom to Atheros and back again for the same model. I suggest a store with a good return policy.
Well, according to what i read, the internal slot on the older G4 macs ran the Lucent cards. They would have been compatable with other "Cardbus" cards, not PCMCIA since that is slower and ran at 5V compared to the cardbus' 32 bit 3.3V. Anyways, according to several sites i read, you CAN replace the internal card.... but here is the catch. It needs be be a Lucent compatable card since Apple swapped 2 pins in the configuration in order to have these cards exclusive to the mac. Now i have heard of a Sony card that is compatable with the original 802.11b apple specs. And they work with the internal cardbus connector. So now all this just makes me wonder....
Yes, I heard of the Sony card, there was a write up with photos somewhere, however I think this may be extremely hard to find. I have tried a number of other cards that phsically fit in the slot from Buffalo, Belkin, Linksys etc, but all were no go for the reasons you explained above. Didn't know about the reversed pins though.
Ok, here is a new idea. What type of cardbus cards work with the powerbook G3 and G4 laptops? I know the Lucent and Broadcom chipsets work, but i need to know the names of these cards. I'm looking at a Linksys WPC54G card but from what i have read, i might need drivers. I'm looking specificly for a card that works out of the box and will be soon compatable with Leopard when it comes out. I'm not looking for the USB adapters since the D-Link i had crapped out on me.
Any ideas? This is going to go into my Pismo when all is said and done.
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Thanks for the replies, i think what i will do is instead of the internal wireless, i will go with the Sonnet card. Seems to be the better choice rated above all. And i can pick up one of those cards from a computer store in British Columbia without a problem.
Thanks for the info vaz, but i have searched all over Edmonton for what i can do for wireless. The most i have seen that works with those drivers is the D-LINK AIRPLUS XTREME G DWL-G650 or if i want to spend the same amount of money, i can order from British Columbia the Sonnet Aria extreme. Both are around $70 to $75 CND. Other than hunting eBay, i would prefer to stay close to Edmonton (where i live) because it would be alot cheaper.