15 inch PB help with airport card

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  1. fastfoodknight macrumors newbie

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    hey guys, im super new at this site but have read quite a bit
    of info on here as to i own an iphone and what not. anyways,
    todays problem is this

    my 15 inch alum. PB i bought used from a friend. had been on
    many tours so cosmetically wasnt the prettiest of the pack,
    he gave me an external wireless pc card and stated that the airport wasnt
    working.

    i didnt mind it until i realized how bad this card sucks and plus its this
    ugly giant sticking out of my computer! i hate it and went and head and
    checked the airport slot...after realizing it had no card in the first place
    i chuckled and went ahead and purchased a card off the internet.
    i did some research and came to the conclusion that it takes the
    Airport Extreme Card. it is still in the mail as we speak, but i rechecked the
    card slot to find a wire(aka antenna i believe) and on the end of it is a bare
    wire. im afaid that i know its not suppose to look bare like something was
    ripped from it. so all in all in order to work will i need to purchase a antenna wire also?

    let me know if you can help me!:confused:
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  4. fastfoodknight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    dang! i knew it. now i need to go ahead and order that as well i am assuming.
    i guess now the job isnt so easy? as to i have to dismantle the bottom half to replace the antenna?:eek:
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's going to be a mess replacing the entire antenna.

    A picture of what yours looks like would help more then anything.
     
  6. fastfoodknight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    gahhhh
    i figured. well...
    im going to grab a quick picture.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The PowerBook's wireless antenna runs around the LCD panel's edge. ;)
     
  8. ethernet76 macrumors 6502a

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    I can tell you taking apart a powerbook is not for the in experienced.

    I'm fairly comfortable taking mine apart, but I get nervous every time I do.
     
  9. fastfoodknight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    crossing me fingers while showing you guys this
    pictureeeee
    [​IMG]
    :confused::confused:

    taken by my iphone:apple::apple::apple:<3
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I fixed it for you.

    Yeah that's not pretty.
     
  11. fastfoodknight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    lol yeah thanks. fixed it also.
    and i hate the tone your using.
    its scaring me.

    how bad is it doc?
     
  12. ethernet76 macrumors 6502a

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    Looks like someone ripped it out.

    An external card is pretty much you're only hope.
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It'd be much easier trying to attach a new connector instead of replacing the entire antenna.

    It's just finding that connector that's going to be hard. It's quite standard though.
     
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    i forgot to add that
    do i need a installation cd for the airport extreme card?
    and if so, must i assume one comes with my card?
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Apple has provided the drivers built-in OS X for ages.

    My money is on since 10.2.3.
     
  17. ethernet76 macrumors 6502a

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    You don't need a CD.

    It'll be recognized automatically on next boot.
     
  18. fastfoodknight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so all in all, will i be able to buy that antenna jumper
    and replace that? it seems that would work. i just
    dont wanna take it to the genius bar cause it'll burn a hole
    in my pocket. meh:eek:

    crap
     
  19. macberry macrumors newbie

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    I have the same problem on my PB 12" and rather than starting a new thread I thought I'd borrow this one since pictures of the problem have been posted.

    Any way to easily repair this or are there any airport compatible USB dongles out there?
     
  20. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'm sure that Apple has the documentation on this but iFixIt is so much faster.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/PowerBook-G4-Al-12-Inch-DVI/Airport-Extreme-Card/63/4/Page-1

    Are you looking to replace the AirPort Extreme card in your PowerBook G4 12" or something else? Is your cable damaged as well?
     
  21. macberry macrumors newbie

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    Yeah my cable is damaged the same way except that I still have the end that connects to the airport card. The wireless works fine when I'm right next to the router but can't pick up a signal if I go any farther.
     
  22. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It might be easier to use this Rosewill 802.11n USB adapter.

    They provide OS X drivers on their website for 10.3-10.5. It's a well known Ralink chip.
     
  23. macberry macrumors newbie

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    do you have any personal experience with that usb dongle or know if it works well?
     
  24. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I've used it in Windows and it works. I haven't had much need to try it in OS X.
     

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