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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 8:08 pm    Post subject: Changing airport card? Reply with quote

Hello.
Is it possible to change the airport card of an iBook2 with another pcmcia, or minipci card?
There are better supported chipsets than orinoco.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, both the Airport and Airport Extreme are custom slots that are incompatible with other cards.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I opened the iBook for an upgrade I had a look at the airport card. The slot looks the same as PCMCIA. I compared to a PCMCIA card. I only have to find one that fits the space and has a antenna connector. What do you think? It's worth a try?
I mean, the airport card is only supported by kismet until 2.6.12, isn't wpa capable, only 11Mbit (ok that's a minor point).
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like I said before, the Airport slot is proprietary. The pins are in a different order than a regular pcmcia slot, there's more to it than looks.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I'm reading, the Airport card is the same as Orinoco silver and gold cards. With some modifications, it looks like you can make one of these work.

http://tanais.livejournal.com/270720.html

http://techblog.mrbelshaw.co.uk/?p=7

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So it seems! :) afaik, it still won't work with non-orinoco cards, but you're welcome to try. I'd like to know if it works. I'm fairly sure that the AE slot isn't pin compatible with other mini-pci cards.
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