Airport card not seeing any networks

ozone7

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Original poster
Oct 7, 2012
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Hi.

I have a PPC 1.25DP Desktop which has an airport (not extreme) card installed.
This used to work, but now it isn't.

I have it sitting next to my intel iMac which is seeing 6 WiFi networks but the PPC is seeing none. The Airport Express set up as an extender is 10 feet away.

I've tried resetting the PRAM and trashing prefs, but of course when it starts up the setup assistant it gets as far as not seeing any networks and that's it.

Any ideas anyone?

Thanks
 

California

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Aug 21, 2004
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Hi.

I have a PPC 1.25DP Desktop which has an airport (not extreme) card installed.
This used to work, but now it isn't.

I have it sitting next to my intel iMac which is seeing 6 WiFi networks but the PPC is seeing none. The Airport Express set up as an extender is 10 feet away.

I've tried resetting the PRAM and trashing prefs, but of course when it starts up the setup assistant it gets as far as not seeing any networks and that's it.

Any ideas anyone?

Thanks
Two things, if you are running Leopard, make sure it is updated to 10.5.8 and search MR because there is some problem with the original airport card seeing modern wifi networks.
 

ozone7

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Original poster
Oct 7, 2012
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Thanks. Sorry. Of course the other important info is that I'm running 10.4.11.

I could upgrade to Leopard but I doubt that would fix it.
 

PerformaGuy

macrumors member
Oct 5, 2012
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With an original AirPort card, it will only be able to use WEP to get online. To circumvent a potentially dying AirPort card and to be able to use more secure WPA or WPA2 Personal encryption, you might want to consider a Mac friendly USB wifi adapter.
 

666sheep

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Dec 7, 2009
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Poland
With an original AirPort card, it will only be able to use WEP to get online. To circumvent a potentially dying AirPort card and to be able to use more secure WPA or WPA2 Personal encryption, you might want to consider a Mac friendly USB wifi adapter.
This is simply not true. Original AP card does connect to WPA/WPA2 encrypted network since OS X 10.3.9. That's how my Clamshell with 10.4.11 is connected to my home network.
And OP's problem is that their computer does not see any wifi network. Connecting to one is next step, it must see one first.

OP, are you 100% sure that AP card is OK? Try to create wifi network on 1.25 and see if any of you other macs can see it. Did you connect antenna to the card?
 

PerformaGuy

macrumors member
Oct 5, 2012
92
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Wow neat, did not know Apple later came out with a firmware update for the original 802.11b AirPort cards that adds WPA (AirPort software version 3.3). Thanks for the heads up!

But I don't see anything about WPA2 on these original cards.

Also try reconnecting antenna cable.
 

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