installing an airport xtreme card

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  1. jetjaguar macrumors 68030

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    the method is easy as can be. the difficulty is screwing it onto the board with microscopic screws and connecting the antenna leads. If you are impatient, clumsy, or have large hands, it could turn out to be way more difficult than it should be. Just make sure you take your time and invest in a good, small, magnetic screwdriver.
     
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    Alright thanks. Guess Ill give it a shot. Dont really feel like lugging my tower into an applestore to have them do it for me.
     
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    agreed, i did it in my machine just last week (09 pro) the hardest bit for me was trying not to mess up when connecting the antenna wires, wot i did was to get them aligned over the socket and then press down gently with a flathead screwdriver as my fingers are way too big.
     
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    Besides the $50 price tag, is installation free from Apple? Or is there another fee for that? :mad:
     
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    no idea, but its fairly easy to install just be careful with the connectors.
     
  7. jetjaguar thread starter macrumors 68030

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    installation is not free from apple
     
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    where is the best place to buy a card for an original Mac Pro?
     
  10. mac88 macrumors 6502

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    Give eBay a shot. You might get a deal on the price. Good luck.
     
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    do you think this one will work?

    BCM94321MC

    Dual-Band 802.11n PCI Express® MiniCard Reference Design
     
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    Maybe I am just lucky, but the '09 I had them do a few months back cost me a flat $50.
     
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    I wouldn't trust anything but the vanilla Apple hardware to work with the airport kexts. It might work using some homebrew code, but wireless devices are very finicky.
     
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    I just got one, there was 2, one a little cheaper but something looked fishy so I ordered the other one that was from apple, cant wait to get this in:)
     
  15. mac88 macrumors 6502

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    Great. Let us know how the installation goes and how it's working.
     
  16. Nitro1 macrumors 6502

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    I got one a few months back on Ebay for 50 or so and it was a original from apple. It works great go with a original.

    B. Installation for me was ok except i did not know about the antenna's so i did not install them and i had a hell of a time figuring out why it was not working all the time. So install was easy except the antenna are behind the motherboard hidden. I grabbed the antenna from the Bluetooth board and just followed it back. I am unsure if this is different on the 08 from the 09 like you have but that is what i did.

    Be careful with the antenna they are very easy to break from what i have read since then.

    Either way i would do it yourself. It is cheaper and give you the great feeling of i am the **** because i did it myself. LOL.

    Ebay best choice for finding the board tho. IMO.

    Good Luck
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