powermac won't connect to Airport

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JoeJoe, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. JoeJoe macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2006

    Just purchased a used pm G5 2.5 w/4.5 of ram.

    I set the machine up via target disk mode from my powerbook and everything is working fine except......

    It can't seem to locate my wireless network. I have an AE base station(older model) that works great. I can still "see" it and use it from my powerbook so I know it's working.

    However, when I go through the network diagnostics I do the following:

    1) I select the location "automatic"
    2) I choose the network port configuration "AirPort".
    3) But when I get to the "Select Airport network" section nothing shows up?

    I tried just typing in the network name but that doesn't work either.

    In system profiler under airport card/wireless card type it says "Third Party Wireless Card". Next to current wireless network it says "wireless network not available".

    Now, the back of the machine has a small black antenna with an amber light lit up next to something that says "link". It's a slot, I think(newbie).

    There is a screw hole looking thing that has the wireless symbol and it appears I could screw an antenna in that socket.

    Can someone please help?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    Sounds like the original owner fried the Airport and was using a third party card and when you did the target-disc mode it over wrote the driver. You could open up the mac to see the manufacture of the card and download the needed driver.

    Edit: there is a chance that the card will not show up under airport and would have to be accessed like on a PC through the third party software.
  3. JoeJoe thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2006
    Thanks synth3tik.

    The guy I bought it from (who I trust) says that it is "buffalo" and it is supported natively by the Apple Airport Extreme driver, and requires no third-party utilities of any kind. It's the same kind of chip used by Apple themselves and supports 802.11b and .11g.

    He suggested that I disable encyption on my AE, but I have never enabled it.

    I think my next move is to hook directly up via ethernet(?) and see if I can even get that to work.

    Thanks again.

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