eMac - airport extreme alternative and how do I open the CD drive?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by tišina, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. tišina macrumors newbie

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    CD Drive -
    I have a regular USB keyboard, not a mac one, so is there a button I can press to open my CD drive? I clicked F1-12 and nothing.
    Any help?

    Airport extreme card -
    I've been reading posts on forums about the eMac and they said the regular Airport card isn't made anymore but the extreme is. Naturally, I was hoping my mac would require the latter so I could easily run out and buy one at an apple store. Unfortunately I found out they don't make the airport extreme anymore either. It's available on amazon and ebay, I know.
    BUT....does anyone know anything else I can use besides the airport extreme? I want to get hooked up to the internet before Monday so I can use AIM in my room and do some work over the weekend. Anything that I could find at Best Buy or some other store? Or even any alternative ways of getting the internet to work wirelessly (even just temporarily while I wait for the card to come in)? I've been googling a lot but google always want to change my "emac" to "iMac" :D.

    Any help is greatly appreciated. :)
     
  2. js81 macrumors 65816

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    How 'bout this?

    Here's a good wireless adapter for you:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127081

    Its USB, and Best Buy often sells D-Link, so they may have it, too. If not Newegg is usually REALLY quick (2-3 days). Now, here's the catch its not listed as being Mac compatible. However, check out this link:

    http://torley.com/how-i-got-my-wireless-g-usb-adapter-working-with-a-mac

    Same adapter, with links to the Mac drivers. :cool:

    As for the CD drive, I'm not really sure. I've used an eMac plenty, but always with an Apple keyboard. My advice would be to get an Apple keyboard off eBay - I bought one recently for $10. That gives you the volume keys and the command/option keys, too. And, most importantly, it will match your Mac. :D
     
  3. tišina thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! :D
    I think I'll get that. It seems good (and cheap) enough.
    All of the bad reviews seem to not pertain to anything that could effect the connection on my mac so...:D

    The local Best Buy doesn't have it -_-
    I should just go out and look around at what they have, maybe.
    What do I have to look for to ensure it's mac-friendly? Like if I wanted a PCI-adapter?
    This is all confusing for a noob like me :D
     
  4. js81 macrumors 65816

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    Glad I could help, at least a bit. :) Your eMac does not have any PCI slots. Your only options are Airport or a USB adapter. Sorry... but the eMac is still a great machine. I just bought one (an original 700MHz one) for my mother-in-law and she LOVES it. She'd been having tons of problems with PCs, so when I found the great deal that I did on the eMac I bought it. I used to use a 1.42GHz top-of-the-line eMac at my former place of employment and it was a nice machine, too.
     
  5. tišina thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It says in the contents (the info you see when you click the button in about this mac...not sure what that's called!) PCI Cards.
    If it had no PCI slots, it'd still say that? o_O

    But yeah it really it is a nice computer. I got mine on amazon for $150 (no keyboard or mouse) and it works great. :D
     
  6. js81 macrumors 65816

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    My Mini says the same thing and it doesn't have any either. :) Nah, I've worked on eMacs before (I'm a PC/Mac tech.) and can let you 100% for sure there's no slots in there at all, save for the Airport connection (its a modified PCMCIA, if I'm not mistaken). Its USB or nothing, but that's not all bad, as eMacs are a pain to open up. :D
     
  7. ADent macrumors 6502a

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    Airport Extreme.

    USB adapter.

    Ethernet to wireless adapter - aka 'gaming' adapters or the Airport Express.

    If you have another Mac (maybe PC?) you can use FireWire to network them and use the wireless on the other.
     

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