ibook/powerbook built in Airport

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by KwilsonCCO, May 8, 2004.

  1. KwilsonCCO macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2004
    A stupid question that i that i was wondering about is concerning the new powerbook and the 1.2 ibook

    The built in AE is that a installed card or built into the motherboard?

    Do these models with built in specs have a card installed like all the rest that are AE ready?

    Was just wondering if it is a motherboard thing what happens if the AE messes up Do you get anew card and pop it in or you have to get the logic board worked on?

    Im considering the 14 ibook in either the 1ghz or 1.2 ghzand would like to know about the AE issue

    Im guessing these models just included a AE card but maybe im wrong

    please let me know thanks
  2. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    It is my understanding that a card comes pre-installed and that you replace it as needed, just as if you bought one without a card. But I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong.
  3. CalfCanuck macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2003
    I just popped an AE card in my iBook G4 933 that I bought last Nov.

    The unit did not ship with the card, but it was ready to install (the antenna is inside the case itself, so you just plug it in and seat it into the existing AE slot) in 2 minutes.

    The latest iBook 1Ghz models ship AE ready (like mine) but not installed. The 1.2 model ships with an AE card, as do all current Powerbooks.

    Should say I've been quite impressed with the card so far.
  4. Coolvirus007 macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2004
    Im not sure about the iBooks but the Powerbooks ALL come with a built in AE. And back to your question - The AE is not part of the motherboard. The card comes pre-intalled in the AE slot.
  5. KwilsonCCO thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2004
    Thanks i was thinking it was just the same card as the machines without built in

    I know all about airport card installation as i have a old g3 ibook which i added a card but just wasnt sure about this built in stuff

    So to let it be know that AE built in means u get the card at no other charge and u can take it out if you wanted

    Thanks everyone
  6. iBook macrumors regular

    May 3, 2004
    On a tugboat
    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong....

    The Airport Expreme card in my iBook sits right under the keyboard. Pop the keyboard open and there it sits in all in its wireless wonder.

    If your PowerBook ships with Airport Extreme as standard or as a BTO option, you'd be able to remove it, should you choose. Though I don't know where it's installed in the PowerBook (d'oh!), I'd imagine the configuration is similar to the iBook.

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