How to get PowerBook G3 wireless

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MacR:Steve, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. MacR:Steve macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2011
    What do I need to have my PowerBook make a wireless connection?

    266 MHz, 256 MB memory, running OS 8.6
  2. walterwhite macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2011
    South Central PA
    a first gen airport card goes into them ... or a possible USB wireless card that runs on 10.2
  3. MacR:Steve thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2011
    Thanks for the response.

    I assume I could find the first gen airport card on Ebay. RE the USB wireless card that runs on 10.2, are you suggesting an OS upgrade prior?
  4. el-John-o macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010
    He may not have noticed that you are running 8.6. In order to run alot of that hardware, you will need to upgrade to 10.2, AFAIK there is no WiFi hardware that's 8.6 compatible.

  5. 63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    I used to be an Apple warranty tech and I, for fun, got my 1999 300 Mhz/3GB/160 MB Ram iBook on the internet (barely) with an ethernet cable.

    I had all possible downloads to upgrade this originally OS 8.6 machine to run OS X, but eventually it became impossible to run on the internet. Many pages just won't load up.
  6. Jamie37211 macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    You have a "Wallstreet", I assume? The restriction here, more than anything, is the OS. You can use a PCMCIA wireless card under 8.6, but it is tricky. Most of the better options for you exist with OS 9x. I actually managed to get a couple of PB 1400s wireless with a few hardware and OS updates.

    There are several options out there for you, but IIRC the 802.11b airport card is not one of them - you have an early Powerbook G3, and I don't think you can install them in this model. I may be wrong.

    This is an older tutorial, but it details using a wireless card with Apple laptops in your model range. All of the PCMCIA cards discussed there can be found on eBay, etc. to this day. Good luck!
  7. chrismacguy, Jan 30, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011

    chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    If its the original OS its far more likely to be a Lombard (Wallstreets shipped with OS 8.0/8.1, Lombards shipped with OS 8.6 as their OS) - These however are also non-airport capable (That came with the Pismo, which was OS 9) - Im sure Ive seen a bodged 266Mhz Lombard (It had a bad CPU and I think it somehow ended up with a 266 in it) - so it really depends on the keyboard

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