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  1. #1

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    May 22, 2011
    Extremely weak wireless signal on PowerMac G5 / AirPort
    Hey everybody. Brand new to both Macs and this forum, so please bear with me and excuse my ignorance.

    I recently bought a G5 PowerMac for audio recording purposes. It didn't come with an AirPort card, so I had to get that too and install it myself (a process that was much easier than I was expetting it would be). I am happy to report that I do have Internet, but unfortunately just barely. The signal is so weak that even the smallest downloads crawl if the signal isn't dropped altogether.

    I do know that a that there are a few other threads discussing this, but are all very dated at this point. Does anyone have any advice? I have tried manipulating the internal antennae a little bit with some minor improvement.

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Mar 26, 2012
    Lightbulb Stick a pin in it.
    If anyone is still trying to figure this one out, simple is best. Just take a straight (sewing) pin and put it into the middle of your antenna plug-in on the back of your G5 box. I got it from this blog. I'm now at full strength signal!

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    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    The appropriate fix is get one of these:

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Member Since
    Mar 26, 2012
    That is exactly right. But, if you are a "starving student" like myself, you can save $35 and use a pin to get the same results.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Imac 27" Retina 5K, 512GB flash memory, 3.3GHz, 16GB memory, macOS Sierra beta.
    Any chance the antenna cables are connected wrongly? That will interfere with performance.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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