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Replace a broken AirPort slot in older PowerBooks System
The AirPort card in my Titanium 15" PowerBook no longer would connect to my home wireless network, using a Linksys 802.11b router. I swapped the AirPort card for one that I knew worked. Still it would not connect, though the PowerBook had connected in the past with earlier versions of OS X (can't recall how far back before it stopped working; I am running 10.4.3 now). Also, I did the latest AirPort card update, to no avail.

Then, thinking it might be the router, I replaced it with a Linksys Wireless G (802.11g) router, and it still did not work. A wireless-connected HP printer worked with both routers, though. So, I did some fancy Googling and located the Sonnet Aria extreme Network Adapter (the model is G54-CB), which is claimed to work in 15" Titanium PowerBooks. I inserted it in the PC slot, booted up, and I was connected immediately; it works fine. The lowest price I found, by far, was at Buy.com: $58 with free shipping.

So if you've got an older PowerBook with a dead AirPort slot, this might be worth a try...
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Replace a broken AirPort slot in older PowerBooks
Authored by: diamondsw on Nov 15, '05 08:10:32AM

Damn, and I thought this would actually fix the internal slot, or show how to replace it.

This is a simple workaround - it has nothing to do with "replacing" anything.



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Replace a broken AirPort slot in older PowerBooks
Authored by: bill_mcgonigle on Nov 15, '05 08:45:12AM

I concur - the title is misleading and will hamper future searches. "Use a PC Card Wireless Adapter if your Airport Slot is Broken" would be more accurate. Then again, that's the whole 'hint', now isn't it?



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Replace a broken AirPort slot in older PowerBooks
Authored by: jdabney on Nov 16, '05 04:12:18PM

I was also hoping it would show how to actually fix this problem. I have spent many hours trying to fix this very same problem with mine. I am using an pcmia card but wish I could use the internal card instead.



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The PCM card is better, trust me!
Authored by: Etnier on Nov 17, '05 08:07:43AM

• Airport Extreme performance on older laptops.
• External antenna outperforms Airport card antennas, especially on Titanium Powerbooks.

You're better off.



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Replace a broken AirPort slot in older PowerBooks
Authored by: demmons65 on Nov 21, '05 02:34:00PM

I had a similar issue with my TiBook earllier this summer.

What I found fixed my problem was carefully detaching the cable coming from the Airport slot where it plugs into the motherboard. I then made sure there was no obvious damage to the connector (under magnification) and carefully reconnected it. It felt much more secure after I reconnected it and the Airport began working immediately upon power up and continues to work today.

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Replace a broken AirPort slot in older PowerBooks
Authored by: Fanglord on Nov 15, '05 10:53:28AM

Why not just buy a pcmcia wireless card? You can pick them up for about $10-20. It's a lot cheaper than an adapter for your airport card. Also, they're 802.11g, 5 times faster than the old airport cards. Check out dealmac.com for the best prices (I don't have any connection to them other than as a satisfied visitor to their site). Search pcmcia and 802.11.



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That's Exactly What the Aria Extreme Is
Authored by: Makosuke on Nov 15, '05 05:11:53PM

Um, that's exactly what the Aria Extreme is--an 802.11g CardBus card. What makes it different from other brands is that it's the same chipset Apple uses for their Airport Extreme cards, so the Mac recognizes it as if it were a built-in card.

You can, of course, save money by getting a different brand, and it'll probably work perfectly, but Sonnet's card is a safe bet if nothing else, and it works fine in the couple of PB's I've installed them in.



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Motorola
Authored by: Etnier on Nov 16, '05 06:15:56AM

This subject is being discussed at MacIntouch as well. Someone there recommended the Motorola WN825G (802.11g) and I found one at shentech.com for $20.63 USD shipped! Works like a charm: much better than TiBook internals because the two antennaes are built into the module and sit outside the chassis of the computer.

http://broadband.motorola.com/consumers/products/wn825g/default.asp
http://www.shentech.com/wn825g.html



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A lower-cost alternative
Authored by: Etnier on Nov 17, '05 08:09:15AM

This subject is being discussed at MacIntouch as well. Someone there recommended the Motorola WN825G (802.11g) and I found one at shentech.com for $20.63 USD shipped! Works like a charm: much better than TiBook internals because the two antennaes are built into the module and sit outside the chassis of the computer.

http://broadband.motorola.com/consumers/products/wn825g/default.asp
http://www.shentech.com/wn825g.html



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