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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 2:43 pm    Post subject: ibook G4 + old Airport Card Reply with quote

Does anybody know, if the old airport card works with the new G4 ibook (12")? Sadly there are no linux drivers availible for Airport Extreme (Broadcom 802.11g chipset).
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi

i dont know that much about the airport cards. as far as i know the old airport cards are based on the prism2 chipset. which has great linux support. and there is an osx driver for prism based cards too.

if you own an old airport card, then just give it a try. if you want to buy a new/used wifi(802.11b) pcmcia card then go for the orinoco ones. or one of the orinoco oem versions.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know that the old airport cards are prism2 based.
But i have to know if these card fits in my g4 ibook, because i don't own an old airport card.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah. i see.

my advise is to get a hold on a cheap orinoco based oem 16bit pcmcia card. this should work fine in the pcmcia slot. you wont have much trouble with this solution.

with this you would of course "waste" your pcmcia slot because you will have two cards in the pb with the same purpose. i understand that it would be more adorable to use the builtin airport function for wireless lan.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well... i turned around my ibook several times but... i can't see any pcmcia slot ;)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ooooooops.

my fault. didnt read thouroughly enough. i thought you were writing about a powerbook. :(
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually asked the store dealer if I could do the same thing and he said no because the connectors are different or something. Sucks though.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2003 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not just the connectors, I guess..: I believe slot is totally different, and I mean fisically different (not even the same size, etc..)

The general ideias were: first to dissuade the use of the new card on old hardwere (maybe tougher to support) and, on the other hand, to persuade the buyers to upgrade to new hardwere just because of 800.11g (yeah, right) They never actually thought that might be bad for you new buyers, they don't actually count on having you using such crasy OSs..

So no wireless for you, unless you get a USB one that works with linux (or the PCMCIA suggestion for Powerbook owners). You can also wait for chip support, I think there's a sourcefourge project that is trying to reverse engineer the chip, search this forum for the URL.

It's a bit of a consolation for me though: I bought the iBook a month before the new ones.. with airport paid by a special offer through my University!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2003 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, thanks alot for all your help. Now i bought a small usb wlan stick based on the prism 3 chipset on ebay. I think it will work well with linux.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and what about it? Does your USB wireless adapter works fine with linux on iBook?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2004 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes it runs fine with wlan-ng (dlink dwl 122)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2004 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it does, but make sure you download the latest wlan-ng version as the one in portege does not have the dwl-122 patch applied yet:

http://julian.coccia.com/article-53.html
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