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statmobile
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2005 6:12 pm    Post subject: Replace AirPort Extreme with AirPort Reply with quote

I'm waiting to get my new ibook 12" G4 in the mail, because I had to specially order the HD to get one big enough for dual-boot (for my needs).

It seems pretty well documented around the net that AP Extreme won't work, thanks to Broadcom (still pissed about buying my Linksys card for my Dell laptop to find out that it is also Broadcom).

But from what I understand, the old ibook G3's with AirPort did have linux drivers, although it was only 802.11b.

Here's the question, I know one can fairly easily remove the AirPort out of the ibook (rare for Mac), and that not anything can just be put in there. Is it possible for me to ebay an older AirPort to use instead so that I can actually have wireless on my Gentoo installation of my ibook? Has anybody done this? I'm not sure if I want to go with the wireless USB option, because I don't have much faith that it would work with my university's moody wireless system. It seems to only play nicely with a few cards, and AirPort is one of them.

Thanks for the input!
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2005 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, the Airport Extreme is a special miniPCI card while the orginal Airport is basically a PCMCIA card. The slots are different, so you won't be able to swap them. A USB adaptor is your best bet.
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2005 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a damn shame. I guess I'm not surprised, because all my googling and forum searching never found someone bragging about having done just this. Well, thanks for the response, I guess I'm not as much of a _genius_ as I had hoped.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i mean, lots of users signed the petition, they could release a version for PPC>..
its sucks...
also the nvidia driver...

it makes no sense
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi... so I have been trying to track down a usb-wifi that will work with my new ibook g4 but this thread gave me another thought. Is the mini-PCI interface on the airport extreme any kind of industry standard? I mean a quick google reveals other mini-PCI wireless adapters that fit in laptops from Dell and a few other brands. Even if it was just a 802.11b for now that would be ok. I see a mini-PCI 802.11b card on ebay for 10 bux. Any chance that it will fit? Of course knowing apple they have some weird proprietary connector on the thing. I suppose if this were really an option I would be finding posts from people who have done it. Also even if it did work I guess you would be unlikely to find a driver that would work on PPC anyway. Just a thought.

thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

uglyman wrote:
hi... so I have been trying to track down a usb-wifi that will work with my new ibook g4 but this thread gave me another thought. Is the mini-PCI interface on the airport extreme any kind of industry standard? I mean a quick google reveals other mini-PCI wireless adapters that fit in laptops from Dell and a few other brands. Even if it was just a 802.11b for now that would be ok. I see a mini-PCI 802.11b card on ebay for 10 bux. Any chance that it will fit? Of course knowing apple they have some weird proprietary connector on the thing. I suppose if this were really an option I would be finding posts from people who have done it. Also even if it did work I guess you would be unlikely to find a driver that would work on PPC anyway. Just a thought.

thanks.


Very interested in this. Have you learned anything more?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

no, I didn't learn any more about that. but I did get a wireless-usb thing working with this: http://etudiants.insia.org/~jbobbio/ural-linux/

The dev actually was kind enough to let me try it before he released it. I had to turn off preemtible in my kernel to get it working (which I found out later should be off for ppc anyway in most cases). I purchased one of the linksys gizmos supported by that driver at the local staples for under 100 bux (USD).

hope it helps.
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