Airport card kinda weak in powerbook....

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by faithfulFrank, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. faithfulFrank macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2003
    Central Florida
    Hi everyone,
    I recently bought a used 12" 1.5 ghz powerbook off ebay for my youngest son. All is great with it, except that the airport card seems a bit weak. I have an Airport Express base station set up, and two other macs seem to work fine with it, but this one powerbook seems weak. It only shows one bar when it is 25 feet away in open air.
    I should also mention that there is strong evidence that this laptop was dropped once by the previous owner, although all works fine.
    My other son has an older 12" powerbook, and it seems stronger.....showing a few bars all the way at the other end of the house. His powerbook (and him) are off at college, so I cannot compare both side by side.

    what steps can I take to improve settings or reception?

    Thank you in advance for any help.

    respectfuly, Frank D.
  2. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    If you can open it up, these things always seem to have antennas not plugged in well enough. Or the card itself could be reseated, see what happens.

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