WTF? Possible HORRIBLE flaw for Macs?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Morisato, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. Morisato macrumors member

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    Hi... I just happened to stumble across something that seems to be horrible for macs. I purchased a MacPro 3.0ghz 8core a while back... maybe 4-10 months back. I originally ordered it without a wireless/wifi card and now I am in need of one. I searched the apple store online and couldn't find it sold separately. I called the apple store, and they told me that they have them but they only work with current models... PLUS I would have to haul my system there for them to install it at the store! WTF is that about?? Why can't I just buy the card separately and pop the sucker in? It's not like it's very hard to insert a PCI card into a PCI slot. So... anyone else run into this issue and found a solution? I'm not really interested in moving my system and paying for installation fees -__-
     
  2. Wotan31 macrumors 6502

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    Horrible flaw? :rolleyes: You should write for the Inq.

    Just buy a wired-to-wireless bridge. I'm using a Linksys WET54G with my playstation2 and it works great.
     
  3. Shurran macrumors member

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    Assuming there are drivers you can pop a PCI or USB wifi card in no problem. The reason they suggest installing it in store is that the Airport cards fits into a much smaller slot on the main board and has the antenna connected to it separately. There's actually no problem in installing the Airport yourself, its just fiddly - google it to find out!

    I'm not sure about the current Airport card not being compatible with your gen Pro, but it shouldnt be too hard to find the right one online.
     
  4. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    Oh. My. God. I had no idea!! I may never buy an Apple product again! :mad:
     
  5. fluidedge macrumors 65816

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    4-10 months????? What the hell does that mean?

    because it's not that easy - the airport card is quite intricately placed on the motherboard and there are loads of wires that need to be sorted out.

    I really don't think it's too unreasonable to have to HAUL(!) your MP to an Apple store and get it installed properly.
     
  6. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    LOL Oh the horror of it all. :eek:
     
  7. kkachurak macrumors regular

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    Actually, my local Apple store out here in Orlando had no problem selling me the Airport separately for my 8 core Mac Pro.

    They did mention that it was quite complicated though.
     
  8. oban14 macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, it looks trivially easy for anyone with PC experience:

    http://meanderingpassage.com/2007/0...-an-airport-extreme-card-in-an-intel-mac-pro/

    Why are you so opposed to Apple allowing people to CHOOSE whether or not they install it themselves? :rolleyes:
     
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    It's not a PCI card and the machine doesn't have PCI slots.
     
  10. oban14 macrumors 6502a

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    It still looks quite easy.
     
  11. Mac_Max macrumors 6502

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    The part number is MA688Z/A or MA688Z/B for the newer 802.11N part with the N enabler included on CD (not needed for 10.5).

    http://www.powermax.com/parts/show/q34844

    That one should work as well.

    If it seems "scary" to you (it really isn't), stick with a USB or PCIe based solution.
     
  12. ungraphic macrumors 6502a

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    Sure, if your a home user who uses a mac pro to send emails and pictures to grandma and grandpa.

    But then, why did u waste so much cash on such a machine for such simple tasks? Most Mac Pro owners (i would hope) rely on their computers. Having to send it in for a day or two is a major inconvenience.

    Again, this just proves that apple is not about choice.
     
  13. Erwin-Br macrumors 6502a

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    Just buy the sucker on eBay and install it yourself. That's what I did when I installed new parts in my Mac Mini (including a new bluetooth antenna). Servicing a Mini is ten times as difficult than a Mac Pro, believe me. :)

    --Erwin
     
  14. idyll macrumors 6502

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    I always wondered why they make it so difficult myself...
     
  15. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    its a mini PCIe wifi card which are also used in the MacBooks. i would much rather have one of these than a PCIe card with an external antenna taking up one of my slots.

    this is why the Mac Pro impresses me more and more. but i would never see myself using all of its potential.
     
  16. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Re: WTF? Possible HORRIBLE flaw for Macs?

    I'd think more of a flaw with the Mac user ...

    Apple just considers them too clueless to do the upgrade on their own without damaging their computer.

    Mini-PCIe card, a couple antennas and a screw.

    Definitely something Tim Taylor would screw up, since it requires a hand tool and some dexterity.
     
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    I purchased the card on ebay and installed it myself. Only took about 5 minutes.
     
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  20. macworkerbee macrumors 6502

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    I ran into a similar problem when I bought my G5 Quad. I didn't purchase the airport and bluetooth bit and then when I decided I wanted it I found out I had to take it to the Apple store for installation. They ended up having to order the part and I had to take it back again. Now that I have it installed I almost forgot about what a pain it was . . .
     
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  22. Chappers macrumors 68020

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    Don't feed it - it will get diarrhea and then start telling us how MACS (sorry - just had to capitalise) suck cus they only have one mouse button etc etc etc.
     
  23. fluidedge macrumors 65816

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    what are you talking about?
     
  24. krye macrumors 68000

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    Thanks
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  25. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

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    If you install it yourself, it voids your warranty and you are charged $99 for the apple care.

    just warning you.
     

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