iBook G4 PPC USB Wireless

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  1. Ukmouse macrumors newbie

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    I have just fixed a iBook G4 PPC which has OSX 10.5 on it. The problem I have is that the person who had this laptop before me had messed with the airport card and damaged the slot so I am looking for a usb wireless card to replace this that I can purchase. Preferably small in size and available in the UK any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Anything with the Ralink RT2500 chipset should do fine.
     
  3. Ukmouse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Many thanks for that quick reply. Can you suggest any specific cards I could search for in the shops.
     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    RedCroissant has this adapter (Part Number: PL-H5DN-3070).

    I have a little Netgear adapter which is the size of a tiny dongle for a mouse. I would need to find it but it works well.
     
  5. Ukmouse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks V much the Netgear one sounds like the size I would like to go for
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    It is a Netgear WNA1000M. I did not use the Netgear driver when I last used it but rather looked up the chipset and used the drivers from the chipset manufacturer.
     
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    Thanks so much for all your help and quick replys.
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    No problem. I haven't used the card in a while. I do remember it works only on Leopard!

    Essentially anything on the RT2500 chipset should work in 10.4 or 10.5. I have never used Panther (10.3) with a wireless adapter.

    Something to note is that you will only have one USB port left and it will be tight with any dongle. Perhaps repairing the slot would be better.
     

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    I got a USB card for $7 from china that claimed full PPC compatibility. I was very sceptical, but went for it anyway. Came with a 100% PPC compatible CD installation and works perfectly on my PMG5 :)

    Morale of the story, China.
     
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    Yes, almost everything are made here, and cheap. But not things with apple trademark though. Old PPC Macs' prices are double the prices of the ones in the US.
     
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    Oh I was only talking about third party peripherals from non name brand companies. Not Apple products.
     
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    I know. There are still some that are much cheaper than that though.
     
  13. Ukmouse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Many Thanks for all the replies and support. I ordered the NEtgear WMA-1000M as recommended and it came today. It is working wonderfully. I can't thank you all enough.
     
  14. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Glad to hear it works well! How far does it stick out of your iBook?
     
  15. Ukmouse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Only by about 4mm so looks really nice and allows me to use a Bluetooth USB dongle next to it as well
     
  16. Altemose macrumors G3

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    What do you use for a mouse or flash drive?
     
  17. Ukmouse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I use the trackpad for the mouse and then remove the bluetooth dongle when I need to use external storage.
     
  18. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Glad to hear you got the dongles to work together.
     
  19. jafarrin macrumors newbie

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    I just posted a thread about finding wireless adapters for my Mac running Leopard. I found this old thread and was excited when I heard about the Netgear card, so I went on Amazon to order one.... only to find out that they don't sell them :( I'm imagining this is because it's probably obsolete by now? Does anyone have any other suggestions?
     
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    You can find lots of obsolete and no longer sold stuff on eBay if you search for it. :D
     
  21. Altemose macrumors G3

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    eBay will have it...
     

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