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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2004 9:00 pm    Post subject: Looking for a supported WLAN Card for my Powerbook G4 Reply with quote

Hi,

I succesfully installed Gentoo on my Powerbook G4 1 Ghz a few weeks ago and, so far, everything is working flawless. The one thing I'm really missing though is AirPort Extreme..my question is, are there any good PCMCIA or USB Wlan adapters that are known to work flawless on Linux/PPC?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have a g4 ibook and still installing gentoo.

does your sleep work?
nvidia graphics ?

not sure about the wireless internet, i have been asking and here that the broadcom chip should work, and maybe under osx too. but osx hangs sometimes with other wireless cards. not sure.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2004 12:02 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for a supported WLAN Card for my Powerbook G4 Reply with quote

doalwa wrote:
Hi,

I succesfully installed Gentoo on my Powerbook G4 1 Ghz a few weeks ago and, so far, everything is working flawless. The one thing I'm really missing though is AirPort Extreme..my question is, are there any good PCMCIA or USB Wlan adapters that are known to work flawless on Linux/PPC?

Dominik


I would recommend the Aironet 350 card or Orinoco Gold cards. I'm using the Aironet card on my powerbook and the signal strength on that sucker is impressive. These two are 802.11b cards and work in Gentoo linux. Finding a 802.11g card (54mbps) is impossible.

Most major manufactures use different chipsets for the same model of card. I was fed up with that bullshit, looking at part of the serial numbers, revision, etc to find the right card. Never did
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2004 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks alot Feriperal, I'll try to get me one of those cards you mentioned!

mattmatteh, I have a Powerbook 1 Ghz G4 with an ATI Mobility Chipset...so no Nvidia Graphics..I'm running Xorg without any problems, but getting 3d acceleration to work was a no go for me :-( Anyway, apport from this, I'm satisfied with the Performance under Linux..if you have any questions, I'll gladly help you!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2004 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

doalwa

i think my installation is almost complete. compile error with gnumeric and postgresql. i havent had time to really use it, maybe tomorrow. alot of homework to do. i am mostly interested in the non working sleep! i use this at school inbetween classes and a reboot in excessive. i was just asking around to see how the newer hardware was working. or what users have been doing to get around the sleep as a laptop is useless without. i read about susspend to disk but hear that is tricky to get working and not sure how it works. or how much time is used to suspend and restore. or just power off or reboot to osx. i might be in osx alot anyway as i need to use matlab

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 2:32 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for a supported WLAN Card for my Powerbook G4 Reply with quote

feliperal wrote:

These two are 802.11b cards and work in Gentoo linux. Finding a 802.11g card (54mbps) is impossible.


Actually, there are several 802.11g and duel band 802.11a/g (madwifi) cardbus and minipci cards that work very well. I have an Intersil ISL3890 chipset. EZ-Connect with an Intersil chipset, that works flawlessly with the prism54 drivers in 2.6. I got mine for $40 on sale at Tiger Direct, and using it has been a much more pleasurable experience experience compared to the Airport Extreme under Mac OS X.

http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?sec=Products&pg=Product-Details&prod=288&site=c
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=716948&sku=S248-1168
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

do any of those work with usb or the airport extreme slot under the keyboard?

i have g4 ibook w/o airport extreme.

and do any of those work with os x ?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't use OS X, so I don't know what is supported. But I do know that you will either have to buy a usb adapter for your ibook. Apple uses their own perverted minipci card (it is keyed differently), so standard minipci cards will not fit.
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