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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:08 am    Post subject: Tibook wifi card advise req. Reply with quote

Hi there,
I have a G4 Ti Powerbook date 30/03/01 without AirPort and that i hardly find here ever.
I need wlan so, I have to buy an USB or a PCMCIA card. The USBs I have checked either have no native linux (ralink chipped somes) or run via ndiswrapper (that i know not if I can run on ppc gentoo.)
Anyway, 'cause I have to buy something I'd buy a device with fine linux support that matches my hardware (that is not much "better" 'cause I do not intend to use it with other laptop)

Advises please!

And thanx much for them.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's very hard to tell you which card you should choose because you usually can't see which chipset a wifi-card uses on the outside. This info is vital if you want to choose one.
The second problem is that vendors often change the chipset, but don't change the name of the wificard! So even if you have a supported name and model of a wificard you still don't have a 100% guarantee it'll work!

The places you should look are the supported chipsets in the kernel and the supported chipsets in additional packages from the portagetree. You then need to figure out a way to reverse-engineer these chipsets to wifi-cards and then see if they are available. But keep in mind the second problem I mentioned!

Ndiswrapper indeed doesn't work on ppc.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanx
I was afraid of some answer like this.
Id there a way to make a MacOS driver work under Linux? 'Cause I have some with MacOS support.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First I was thinking that MacOS X was based upon a Unix kernel so it could be possible to use the Mac drivers for Gentoo too, but after a quick Google I found a job application for a programmer who could turn Linux based drivers into Mac OS drivers, so that's definatley not an option.

The only card I find supported is the Airport card. It's fitted with a Broadcom BCM43xx chipset. This is supported within the kernel (from version 2.6.17) and because Apple isn't the producer to change chipsets you could be safe on this one. If not, you at least have a wifi-card that works under MacOS :D
Probably also the most expensive option as well too...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is ok, but the problem is that if I find an AirPort card (rarity) second hand it is still about 4 times more expensive than anything else, and if I order, then better to sell this box and buy a cheap PC laptop. And it is not that i want.
An AirportExtreme would be cheaper - but my impression is that it is not compatible with a TiBook from 2001 coming with AirPort slot. (Well, I could not find out exactly, because the compatibility table did not show TiBook by issue or number, only by name like Gigabite /or Byte? does not matter/, and I did not find a G4 Titanium Book among powerbooks.)

Well, I try that certain reverse engineering - but unfortunately the hardware shops are less concerned about giving these hardware details beyond the usual how fast and cheap I am ads, thus it is a kind of hard...
And we know devil's always in the details.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are quite a few bcm43xx compatible PCMCIA cards which will also work with OSX. For instance, I have a bcm4306 Dell Truemobile 1300 PCMCIA card that I use for bcm43xx driver testing.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This story is getting more and more a pain for no hits i find....

Somehow it gives some explanation and the case with ppc - where windows drivers are out of range - seems to be a bit more problematic for me...
http://www.thejemreport.com/mambo/content/view/293/

Anyway, hope dies last :twisted:
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are plenty of bcm43xx PCMCIA cards available on ebay and similar for a relatively low price (compared to the Airport 1 that is). What is the problem?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JoseJX wrote:
There are plenty of bcm43xx PCMCIA cards available on ebay and similar for a relatively low price (compared to the Airport 1 that is). What is the problem?


Well, at more lucky places of the world......

Anyway, what about atheros-chipped cards?
My country is bloated with ralink and atheros chipped ones. (and no Cisco/Aironet, for example,though one fellow has very good opinion about it...)
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