An ethernet card that'll work out the box in a MDD?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by gargantu, May 8, 2016.

  1. gargantu macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone. The housing on the built in ethernet port on my mdd is broken (snapped off the logicboard), does anyone know of a particular brand of cheap ethernet pci card that I can stick in my june 2003 MDD to give it ethernet capabilities (again) without the need for drivers? I'm assuming this is possible to achieve since originally I had a wifi connection, and to get one I found a "mac compatible" wireless pci card that OS X simply recognises as an airport extreme card with no further software driver installation required (the mac does have an aiport card port but doesn't support airport extreme so having a third party card was the only way to get 802.11g speeds).

    I did think initially i could replace the housing by buying a cheap card and pulling the housing off of that and putting it back on the Mac but there are some caveats to that plan, namely I haven't tested the built in ethernet port (it's been broken as long as I've had the Mac), so it might not work properly or at all even with a new housing in place. Secondly there's no telling if a housing on cheap card is going to fit the Mac['s logicboard if the little pegs that hold it in place are in different positions. Thirdly if I'm going to buy a cheap ethernet card anyway I might just as well get one that will go in a PCI slot and work that way.​
     
  2. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    I have a supposedly working card (another forum member commented and said it should) that I'd send to you for free. Its 10/100/1000 PCIX
     
  3. abundantmussel macrumors member

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    I have used Startech ST1000BT32 in machines with PCI slots they are 10/100/1000 and work in Windows/UNIX/MacOS9/MacOSX. I pay around GBP£7 each for them.
     

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