Powermac G5 wi-fi issues

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  1. cook.675 macrumors member

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    I have a G5 dual 2.0 GHZ running 10.5.8

    The wifi signal is being unreliable, and at times not working completely. Sometimes it will show 1 or 2 bars, other times none. Occasionally it will show all 5 bars but this is rare. As of late it's been crapping out completely. I have the latest airport install from apple. My router is probably 10-15 feet away, and when I use my macbook from the same location I have full 5 bars and no problems. It's an internal wi-fi (airport?) card that came stock with the computer. Is it dying?

    SECOND ISSUE:

    I installed a wireless keyboard (works now) and apple magic mouse. The mouse is recognized fine, has brand new batteries, and I installed the software 1.0 from apple website. However, when I use it, it lags, is slow, and not entirely responsive to moving the pointer (although its clear its connected). Is this a problem with the internal bluetooth antennae?
     
  2. MacHamster68, Oct 2, 2011
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    first things first , is the AirPort Extreme connected with 2 small wire to the Antenna ports at the back ot the G5 ? one port is for the WIFI antenna the other for the bluetooth antenna
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    here how the antennas looks like

    airport antenna
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    (and sometimes it helps up to 3 more bars if you rotate the antenna a bit)

    bluetooth antenna
    [​IMG]


    and no antennas at the back means weak signal if you are lucky to get one at all

    mine shows without the antennas a extremely weak wifi signal and it will change form about 2 bars to 4 bars if i rotate the antenna , but i prefer ethernet as i am not a huge fan of anything wireless
     
  3. cook.675 thread starter macrumors member

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    No I don't have either of those external antennae devices.
     
  4. Nameci macrumors 68000

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    If you have the dual processor powermacs you should have the antennas in order for the wifi and bt to work...
     
  5. cook.675, Oct 3, 2011
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    cook.675 thread starter macrumors member

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    Right.

    Instead of purchasing these anteanne which I didn't know I needed or were even part of the system, would it be more practical to get one of these wi-fi/bluetooth USB dongles?

    EDIT: after looking at the prices it looks like these antennaes will cost upwards of $50; will these USB adapters do the same thing because they're definatley cheaper and less bulky.
     
  6. MacHamster68, Oct 3, 2011
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    only if they work under Leopard and not all usb wifi /bluetooth dongles do

    to the antennas , they had been included with every system that came with Airport and bluetooth , but often G5's gone to a corporate environment and used ethernet and usb keyboards and mice (cheaper) , and the antennas went missing all to often in some drawers of the admin guys , or people keep them to sell separate like the missing original install disc's or the OS disc's to which they upgraded . especially since the prices for G5 PowerMac's dropped significantly in the last year , some sell their G5 Powermac's mainly 1.6 and 1.8 single CPU but even 1.8 ghz and 2.0 ghz dual processors go for a BIN lower then what others get for their G4 mini's ..its a thing of today ,smaller is in and people willing to pay more to receive less :eek:

    personally i would try to get the antennas to keep the PowerMac G5 original ! it will pay off later

    just for example:
    i would pay more for a 1.6ghz single core PowerMac that comes with all parts like it shipped from Apple incl. keyboard and mouse , the antennas and all OS'disc's (original OS and upgraded OS, means if it comes with Leo i want that disc too )
    then i would for a 2.5 ghz Quadcore that comes without anything and only a OS preinstalled but no disc's , as for me thats a incomplete Mac , like a iMac with a broken display ....
     
  7. cook.675 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes I see where you're coming from.

    However, this computer will die with me, and I don't care all that much for re-sale value/originality.

    That being said, can anyone reccomend a 2-1 USB bluetooth/wi-fi adapter that will work for the powermac G5?
     
  8. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    This works great as an antenna too ;)

    [​IMG]

    The Airport antennas pop up on eBay for <$20 all the time too.
     
  9. phyrexia macrumors 6502a

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    Here's a thought, and what I did with my PowerMac until we ran cable through the house:

    Buy a Linksys WRT54G for $20 on Craigslist, spend an hour or so reading DDWRT forums, and turn the router into a wireless access point. Actually you should read the DDWRT website a little bit first to make sure you get the right revision of WRT54G.

    Anyway, then you will have a versatile little device. I have several of the things, and they are configured in various fashions depending on what I want them to do throughout the house.
     
  10. philipt42 macrumors 6502

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    I had this issue to the point where I switched permanently to ethernet. It sucks.
     
  11. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    I have this problem too, and I have a foot long antenna connected. Sometimes I can't even connect to the internet, yet I can connect to the local network, and every other Snow Leopard equipped Mac of fine can reach the internet fine. I'm just about ready to switch to a USB wireless card, since Ethernet is not an option...
     

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