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Somewhat of a workaround
Authored by: rayhaque on Mar 02, '06 07:53:26AM

While this is a *nasty* solution to your inability to change your MAC address, it does work. I have found that you can always change the MAC of your internal nic ... but not the MAC of your Airport card. One would think that the hardware doesn't allow it. But ... this is just the OS not wanting to do it.

Case in point: Dowload Ubunutu Linux, and change the MAC of your Airport card. It will let you. If you don't want to blow away OS X and replace it with Ubuntu linux, I don't blame you. But unlike other distro's, they actually make a bootable Live version FOR the PowerPC Mac (G3 to G5). I booted it up on a G3 iBook with 128MB of RAM (the minimum). It was PAINfully slow. But I was able to change the MAC with `ifconfig eth1 hw ether 00:00:00:00:00:00` and then test to see that it was successful. Of course, you must down the interface first with `ifconfig eth1 down`. Otherwise you get "device is busy" errors.

Anyways, hope that helps someone out.

Get Ubununtu from a mirror at ... http://www.ubuntu.com/download Note that NOT all mirrors have the PPC Live distro. You may have to check out a few before you find one that has it.

At the time of this post ... this link still worked ...
http://mirrors.unixfu.net:81/Ubuntu/5.10/ubuntu-5.10-live-powerpc.iso

ENJOY!



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