G5 Bluetooth - Very POOR range

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by TheReef, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. TheReef macrumors 68000

    TheReef

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    #1
    Hi all,
    My PowerMac G5 came with bluetooth but haven't used it up until now.
    It appears in the menu but only on very rare occasions connects to my wireless might mouse when the mouse is positioned at the back of the tower…
    (tracking is horrible). :(

    I have the antenna and the socket doesn't appear to be damaged.

    I read about the Mac PROs having a bluetooth problem, is it the same fix for the G5?

    Thanks
     
  2. Lord Zedd macrumors 6502a

    Lord Zedd

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    Works fine on mine. The mouse and keyboard work well up to 20 feet away.

    Although mine is a different generation than yours, it has the integrated antenna.
     
  3. solvs macrumors 603

    solvs

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    I just bought a USB BT adapter for my MP that works fine. It was about $10 from OWC. Or Newegg. I forget which.
     
  4. joegomolski macrumors 6502

    joegomolski

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    The PowerMac G5 has a known bluetooth issue.

    The built in bluetooth adapter, has no real broadcasting ability. Only if you
    remove your side panel will you get a reliable bluetooth signal. Bunk bluetooth antenna.

    Solutions:

    1. If there's a active AppleCare agreement take it to an Apple Retail store, or call AppleCare. I know a fellow who did this, and Apple sent him a new machine, a MacPro!

    2. There's a connector on the back of the case, where the other ports are.
    This will accept an external bluetooth antenna. Apple sold them at 1 time.
    I can make you a good deal for the 1 I used.

    3. Buy an external bluetooth adapter.


    Good luck,
     
  5. TheReef thread starter macrumors 68000

    TheReef

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    Thanks for your replies everyone.
    It is the original generation G5, do you think they would look at it even though it's out of warranty? Kinda like that extended logic board problem on the iBook.
     
  6. solvs macrumors 603

    solvs

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    It would be cheaper and easier just to get a new USB BT device.
     

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