Bad Powerbook Airport Reception

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Sympathy, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. Sympathy macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2004
    I was just curious if this had happened to anyone else. I have about a 1 month old Powerbook 12 inch and I have had great WiFi reception. I have an Airport Express at home and it has been great. Until about three days ago. I troubleshooted everything with the Express until I decided to take a look at the Airport Extreme card in the Powerbook. It was factory installed so I didn't think it was the culprit but it was. The antenna cord was nicked through the sheilding down to the bare wire. I taped it up and everything was fine. It was right at the turn and I guess the corner of the card was rubbing on it or something. Anyone else with this problem?
  2. glosterseagul macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2004
    #2 powerbook has a bad range...I'll look it my mine. :rolleyes:
  3. vostap macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2005
    Bad PowerBook Airport Reception

    My new 17" PowerBook and new 12" iBook, of course both with Airport extreme, have worse reception than my 4-year old PowerBook G3 (w/old Airport card). My router is a Linksys Wireless G 2.4 GHz. What's going on??
  4. gallagb macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2004
    ibook g3 >> PB G4

    so yea- i upgraded from an ibook g3 to an PB g4 and basically my airport reception got totally cut in half (from airport >> AExtreme) -using the same d-link router (11mps)

    so- yea- i hear ya

    anyone know why this happens?

    is it the PB's? or is it the AirPort Extreme difference?
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    It's the PowerBook - the cases shield a lot of the signal; the iBooks and older PBs are much more transparent to the radio waves.
  6. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    It's a well known fact that PowerBooks have sucky WiFi reception. The TiBooks were awful, the AlBooks are better, but still not as good as previous and current iBooks from what I've heard. I don't think there's much you can do about it.
  7. glosterseagul macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2004
    yep - it's the PB! I had heard that the reception was not good on them; but when I saw the bit about the airial I just hadda check! :rolleyes:
  8. superleccy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2004
    That there big London
    Me too on iBook... but fixed now

    I had a similar problem with my new 14" iBook. After upgrading the memory, my airport reception droped to about 40% of what it was.

    (To get to the memory on an iBook, you need to remove the Airport Card).

    I've fixed it now, but it seems like the connection between the Airport Card and the antenna is stupidly sensitive. Even when I'd thought I'd pushed the antenna into the Airport Card as tightly as I possibly could without doing any damage, it still didn't seem to help.

    In the end, I found the trick was to make sure the antenna lead was carfefully snagged underneath the spring-clip, ensuring that it couldn't possibly move around. As a result, my reception is now back to normal.

  9. unfortunate macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2005
    SeaTown, WA
    i haven't noticed any difference reception wise between my ibook and powerbook. i have them sitting next to one another right and they're both getting the same bumber of bars. i've heard that the wifi icon in the menu bar isn't that accurate though.
  10. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    The wire is bare, atleast on my powerbook, powermac g4 and iMac.

    Besure to push the card in really hard, I had to use a large amount of force to properly seat the card on my friends powerbook (1.0GHz 12").
  11. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Off on a bit of a tangent: I've noticed that when you install your own airport extreme card, you really have to push hard to get the antenna cable well connected. Because of the resistance you might think that you've got the cable all the way in, when in reality it's not.

    Basically the square base of the connector should be almost flush against the airport extreme card.

    Oh, and a piece of advice after watching my friend almost break his iBook - DON'T try to connect the antenna cable with the airport extreme card already installed. :D Hold the card in your hand while pushing on the antenna cable connector.

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