Powerbook G4 500mhz

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Nick9597, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. Nick9597 macrumors member

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    Hello, I have a 15' Powerbook G4 500mhz and I'm interested in installing a wireless card in it. I have two questions....

    1. Will it perform well (considering its a slower computer)?

    2 Where can I get one (online) for a good price?

    Thanks. :) :apple:
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I'd recommend looking for an old AirPort card on eBay. Make sure it's a regular AirPort card, and not one of the newer AirPort Extreme cards. This will give you 802.11B access, which is theoretically rated at 11Mbps but in reality is slightly lower. This should easily suffice for most internet connections, but large file transfers will be a little slow (think USB 1.1 speeds). Third party wireless cards are notorious for causing crashes and kernel panics, which is why the AirPort card is usually probably the better option, although since they're no longer produced they can be a little pricey on eBay. The speed of the computer shouldn't come into play when it comes to this particular network connection, however you may find browsing Flash-intensive sites a little slower than a modern computer. This wouldn't be any different if the machine was hardwired to a modem though.
     
  3. Nick9597 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, thanks for the info. That definately helps! :) One other question.....any other suppliers besides ebay you would recommend?

    Thanks again! :):apple:
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    No worries mate. iFixit has some available. They've also got some guides on how to install it yourself, if you want to save a bit of money. :)
     
  5. California macrumors 68040

    California

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    Put in a 7200rpm 8mb cache hard drive and 1 gig of ram and the old Tibook will run just fine...
     

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