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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:09 am    Post subject: 802.11g on a new 12" PowerBook? Reply with quote

I know the Airport Extreme cards don't work yet... it doesn't look like the 12" PowerBooks have PCMCIA slots. If you want wireless network access with a new 12" PowerBook are you stuck with using an external USB device? What are the other options.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just bought a 12" Powerbook and am thinking of embarking upon a Gentoo install, so this information would be helpful to me as well. :-)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like we aren't getting much of a response... lame... 802.11 connectivty is ultra important to me... I would imagine it's important to most other laptop users as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hm... just looked up the Airport Extreme card... it looks like it's a standard mini PCI card. I wonder if anyone has any luck with the Prism54 or Dell mini PCI cards in an Apple laptop under Linux.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, but how hard is it to extract/swap the mini PCI card? Something without a native kernel driver is pretty worthless as well - I know a lot of people (myself included) using ndiswrapper... which I imagine is fairly useless in PPC linux.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AFAIK, it's underneath the keyboard... it's probably fairly easy to put something new in. There has to be a solution... I wonder when somebody that knows what they are talking about will respond to this thread. ;-)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know you can swap out the card. Here's proof that you can use a sony card in a iBook. (homepage.mac.com/macinside/PhotoAlbum36.html) That's something to start with. All you have to do is find a 802.11g card and give it a shot. Hope that helps.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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know you can swap out the card. Here's proof that you can use a sony card in a iBook. (homepage.mac.com/macinside/PhotoAlbum36.html) That's something to start with. All you have to do is find a 802.11g card and give it a shot. Hope that helps.


This is not the AiportExtreme thats the normal Aiport card used on the G3 Ibooks and older Powerbooks.
There is no replacement for the AirportExtreme Card because it doesn't have the same layout then a minipci card has.By the way the card is not under the keyboard its near the battery you just have to remove your battery to install the card.
If you want 802.11g support under PPC linux you need a usb adapter for your 12" Powerbook.

Here is a thread about the petition for linux aiport extreme driver: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-288587.html

and here you got suggestions for an wifi usb dongle: http://groups-beta.google.com/group/linux.debian.ports.powerpc/browse_thread/thread/7b1830edd35605ab/bc7308a8f96f62fb#bc7308a8f96f62fb
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/linux.debian.ports.powerpc/browse_thread/thread/a5aae1acad55dd28/f16527d85c6b5f56#f16527d85c6b5f56

i personaly use a netgear MA111 but it's 802.11b only.

Greets Kevin
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