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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 1:57 am    Post subject: Looking for a recommendation for a wireless card for iBook. Reply with quote

I've had my iBook for a little over a year. When I bought it, I ordered an Airport Extreme with it. (Oops.)

I've never been thrilled with OSX. I gave the iBook to my wife so she could use it since she doesn't care about Operating Systems. But she has been having all kinds of problems with the laptopo lately so I set her up with a different one so I could take the iBook and format/re-install.

Anyway - I decided to try Linux on it. I figured, what the heck... I'm formatting anyway, I'll give it a shot. To my surprise, it runs very well! The UI is SO much more responsive than OSX. There is no way I'm putting OSX back on this thing.

But - there is one problem. The WiFi card. So - like the subject says - I'm looking for recommendations from people who have bought new miniPCI cards for their iBooks. What works? 802.11g would be nice, but it's not manditory. I can live with 802.11b-only.

I'm not real familiar with miniPCI. Is the miniPCI slot in the iBook a "standard" sized slot? I'm sure the pin out is standard, but what about the thickness and depth? I wasn't sure if the AE card was especially thin, or especially short.

I would like specific links if possible. I've had good luck buying from NewEgg.com, netgate.com, buy.com, and netgate.com. So if any of those places have a card I can use, they would be my first choice.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 2:34 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for a recommendation for a wireless card for iBo Reply with quote

blixel wrote:

But - there is one problem. The WiFi card. So - like the subject says - I'm looking for recommendations from people who have bought new miniPCI cards for their iBooks. What works? 802.11g would be nice, but it's not manditory. I can live with 802.11b-only.

I'm not real familiar with miniPCI. Is the miniPCI slot in the iBook a "standard" sized slot? I'm sure the pin out is standard, but what about the thickness and depth? I wasn't sure if the AE card was especially thin, or especially short.
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It's not a really a mini PCI slot. It's an airport slot. The airport extreme is a little more squarish than a mini PCI, so you'd need to first get the chips from your mini PCI card onto the AE's plastic. It probably can be done, but I doubt that it's worth the effort. In sum, barring lots of hardware modifications, the only thing that will go in there is an airport extreme. Fortunately[/i] that's not a problem anymore. See the top thread on the ppc forum.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 7:15 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for a recommendation for a wireless card for iBo Reply with quote

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It's not a really a mini PCI slot. It's an airport slot. The airport extreme is a little more squarish than a mini PCI, so you'd need to first get the chips from your mini PCI card onto the AE's plastic. It probably can be done, but I doubt that it's worth the effort. In sum, barring lots of hardware modifications, the only thing that will go in there is an airport extreme. Fortunately[/i] that's not a problem anymore. See the top thread on the ppc forum.


OK, I'm not going to hack the hardware. That's over my head. The directions you pointed me to seemed plausible ... but apparently I have to re-learn how to compile a kernel. I compile my own kernel on this system all the time ... it's pretty much a non issue. I've been doing it for years. But I wasn't having any luck with the iBook.

What about USB? I'm willing to plug in a USB WiFi adapter for the time being. Does anyone have any recommendations for a USB WiFi adapter for an iBook? 802.11b is just fine.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why bother, we have native AE drivers that now support WPA, WEP, monitor mode, etc. What else do you need?

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-409194.html
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2005 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JoseJX wrote:
Why bother, we have native AE drivers that now support WPA, WEP, monitor mode, etc. What else do you need?

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-409194.html


Like I said, I tried those directions and didn't get anywhere with it.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2005 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've posted a reply to your question in the other thread.
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