PowerMac G5 Upgrades

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by beatledud, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. beatledud macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2006
    So I just inherited a dual 2GHz G5. Due to where I want it (and the keyboard and mouse I have) I'd like to add bluetooth and wireless to the tower. Now I notice that it has an outlet on the back for antennas for both, but when I checked the system info there was nothing for bluetooth and airport.

    1. What do I need to add? Is there one card for both that also makes in cost effective? Is there an onboard card that connects to the outputs there and do they come with the antennas for those? Or do I need to use a PCI-x slot?

    2. Where can I buy these and for cheap? I'm planning on selling this tower at some point, and while having wireless and bluetooth would increase the value a little bit, I'd obviously probably wouldn't make my money back, so if it's too much I don't want to bother.
  2. beatledud thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2006
    That's says it's for the iMac G5 a and the powermac isn't listed as compatable.
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    That combo card is only compatible with the Late 2005 PowerMac G5 dual core with PCI-e slots. Previous models used separate bluetooth, wifi, and antennas. Looking at the cards they are not pin compatible.

    Earlier G5 Cards
    BT Front

    BT Back
    Apple Part #: 922-6530, 922-7289, & 922-6201

    AP Extreme
    AP Ex.jpeg
    MFP#: 661-3045

    You also need the bluetooth antenna and the Airport antenna.
    BT Apple Part #: 922-5951
    AP Apple Part #: 922-6043 and 922-6043

    Late 2005
    BT/AP Combo
    Apple Part # 661-3692

    Also requires a runway card to connect the combo card to the G5 and its antenna array.
    runway card.jpeg
    Apple Part # 922-7152

    I would just buy a USB bluetooth adapter and a PCI Wireless adapter for less than all those other parts.

    Wireless N

    Bluetooth 2.1
  4. Darth Maynard macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2007
    I have the same machine and wondered about the bluetooth. I have the Airport Extreme card alreadu (though I don't currently use it). I'm looking to get the next gen iPod Touch and would like to use some of the wireless functionality (Remote, etc.). Would I need both the bluetooth dongle and the antenna array for this? Or am okay with what I have?

  5. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Remote works over wi-fi, not bluetooth, so you're fine.
  6. Darth Maynard macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2007
    Well, that's good news. Thanks for that.

    What applications would it be good to have Bluetooth capability for?
  7. beatledud thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2006
    Thanks VelocityG4. Darth, bluetooth is most commonly used for devices, although there are plenty of software applications. It's essentially a low power consumption, short distance technology that transfers information. I'm looking to use it with my wireless bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

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