Upgrading Macbook (Core Duo) wireless to 802.11(n)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mr.Gadget, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. Mr.Gadget macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2006
    Post Falls, ID
    Fastmac has a 802.11(n) card for $89 that I can use to upgrade my wife's Macbook 2GHz Core Duo machine. That will allow me to bump up the Airport Extreme settings to (n).

    Has anyone done this? Is it tough?

    I have replaced harddrives in the Macbook Pro but that is the extent. Any tougher?

  2. ATMB macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2007
    There shouldn't be problems, in case. Just take care when opening the MacBook not to break any piece of it...the airport is really easy both to locate and substitute.

    Drivers are embedded into OS X, of course, but maybe you should run "802.11n enabler" to take full advantage of the Airport Extreme card...

    Hope this helps
  3. pjarvi macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2006
    Round Lake, IL
  4. Mr.Gadget thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2006
    Post Falls, ID
    Thank you! I'm going to go for it. I'll let you know how it goes.
  5. Jim82 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2007

    I just upgraded my MBP Core Duo 2.0ghz lastnight. And it's super fast. I bought the Airport Extreme Upgrade Kit for the Mac Pro at the Apple store. I had some trouble buying it at one of the Apple Stores, but 3 of the 4 would sell it to me, so it worked out. It's not a DIY part, so you might have problems getting it. Just call ahead and tell them what you want and tell them to just put it on hold, then just go in and ask a random employee to go get it. I found that worked best. It was only 43.00USD. However you can buy it on PowerMax for 49.00USD the model/Part number a-ma688z/b.. Try to get the /b instead of the /a that way you don't have to pay for the 1.99USD enabler.


    I followed the ifixit instructions until I got to page six, then followed xlr8yourmac.com.
    Links below:
    1st Link- http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-Core-Duo/85

    2nd Link- http://xlr8yourmac.com/systems/macbookpro_wireless_N_upgrade/macbookpro_N_card_install.html#storytop

    This really was super easy to do, it took me about 1hour, but I went slow. I used a medicine day/evening pill holder to hold the screws and not get them mixed up.
    No problems in doing this. As soon as I find the best option to migrate my data over, I'm going to install a 250 or 320 internal HDD.

    Good Luck,
    if you have questions hit be back.

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