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    Wireless for old iMac G4?
    Hi All

    I've recently resurrected an old iMac G4 (Model Powermac 4,2). I have ethernet running into it to connect to the internet, but I would prefer to hook it up wirelessly. Is this possible? does a USB adapter exist that will work? I am running OSX 10.4.11, which i believe is the most I can run on the machine. Any input would be appreciated, thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reese2147 View Post
    ...but I would prefer to hook it up wirelessly. Is this possible?
    Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by reese2147 View Post
    does a USB adapter exist that will work?
    Not in my experience...especially with older Mac's. You would be best off getting the original Airport card that was designed to work with an iMac G4. Looks like this (photo below)...(can be purchased via e-Bay):



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    Go as Nick suggests. Never yet got a dongle to work! Simply no drivers.
    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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    Thank you for the input. Is there a way I can determine which airport card will work in my machine? Also, will this be difficult to install?

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by reese2147 View Post
    Thank you for the input. Is there a way I can determine which airport card will work in my machine? Also, will this be difficult to install?
    You said you had a iMac G4 (Model Powermac 4,2)...that's why I posted the photo of the Airport Card you need. You NEED the one pictured in the photo above!

    - Nick
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    - 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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