how to upgrade to blue tooth module

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by abhishekit, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. abhishekit macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    i just got an ibook g4...dint get the blue tooth card....some silly advice frm my freind....
    how can i do it now?/
  2. powerbookje macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2003
    well basicly you're "doomed"; you are forced to use a USB dongle now, and I can tell you it sucks to plug it in every time you want to use bluetooth. "good" advice from your friend, roflol!
    I have built in BT in my 12" PB, and it rocks compared to my girlfriends ibook who uses a USB dongle... well, good luck! :)
  3. jimthorn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2003
    Huntington Beach, CA, USA
    Yeah, I think the iBook's internal Bluetooth module is directly attached to the motherboard, and can only be installed on Build-To-Order iBooks.

    I think it should really be designed as a user-installable module or just included with all iBooks. :confused: Apple's website doesn't really make it clear that if you don't order it built-in, you're never gonna get it. I'm sure you're not alone.

    I first heard about this issue here.
  4. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest

    Sounds like you might want to see if you can return your iBook. My iBook is en route but I made sure to upgrade everything that I couldn't get done (reasonably) later... which just means the bluetooth and the Hard Drive... but I maxed out the RAM too... the RAM I would've gotten elsewhere only saved me about 7 bucks without shipping... (I get an EDU discount)
  5. Stinkysteve macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    Would it be possible to have it installed at an Apple Service Center?
    This would a nice feature for this machine... I bought it used, (for a week), and couldn't resist the price on this!
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    At least you didn't say soldered to the Motherboard like a few people have said (which it isn't).

    In the PowerBooks/iBook/iMac it's located plugged into an internal USB connection and the antenna -- and usually located in hard to reach (aka warranty voiding) locations.

    This is the Module for the new DDR PowerBook 15...

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  7. TigerPRO macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2003
    What about iMac?

    I have a flat panel iMac, is it also like the iBooks where you can't upgrade to an internal Bluetooth? Anyone know for sure?
  8. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    wow thanks for the info, i am one of those people who always said solder, just because apple made it clear that it can never be added. thats interesting to know. all he needs to find now is someone who will take theirs out (if thye have the balls) and then if he has the balls to put it in himself.

  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Re: What about iMac?

    Doesn't look like it's in a user accessible spot.

    Apple shows it located under here on the USB 2.0 iMac...

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