Network Card for PowerMac G5

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Dangerdom, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have a PowerMac G5 with two gigabit network ports on it, but one of them has stopped working. I am wondering if I can just buy a PCI gigabit network card and plug it in to one of the open PCI slots. If so, can I buy any brand?

    The one that is listed on OWC is like $90.
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Sonnet Technology/GE1000LA/

    I have browsed through all of the ones on NewEgg and none of them mention support for Macs at all, much less a PowerMac G5. Will any generic PCI Gigabit card be supported?
     
  2. macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

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    Personally, I'd just use the other ethernet port until it also dies, likely by that time you would be looking at simply replacing the machine with something faster (like a Mini)

    Been awhile since I've seen any news on which PCI ethernet cards work with the G5. Some did, and some people had problems with.

    Edit: looking at that they have a rather old driver, don't know if you still need their driver for it to work, or it was replaced by a generic Apple driver.

    Might be able to buy a similar chipset for $15 and the local computer stone and use the sonnet driver also. Don't know with if it'll work with a newer chipset, but that used to be what some would do.

     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the info. The problem at this point is that I am using the PowerMac to run a DroboPro and am wanting two network ports so I can connect the DroboPro via gigabit rather than firewire.

    A mini will probably replace the machine eventually, but if for a while I can spend only $15 to keep it going, that would be nice.
     
  4. macrumors G4

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    OrangeSVTguy

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    Have you tried checking ebay?

    ;)
    http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_tr...nkw=pci+gigabit+mac&_sacat=See-All-Categories

    Quite a few choices and are pretty cheap. Just stay away from anything that has a VIA chipset :D. There's even a dual gigabit card there so if your other ethernet port fails, you can still have 2. And it's only about half the price as the one you mentioned!

    Edit:
    Do you have the dual-core version of the G5, those use PCIe cards. The ones above use PCI/PCI-X.
     
  6. macrumors G5

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