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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Feb 07, 2011
    Need urgent help plz removing + installing airport card

    I have an old G4 which does not work ( display is dead thoughthe fan runs) are the specs:
    have an old G4 powermac / imac (bought second hand/no disks ) osx:
    powermac 6,1
    powerpc G4 (3.3)
    processor 1 GHz
    memory 1.5 GB DDR SD RAM
    cpu's 1
    version 4
    Boot rom
    version 4.5.9f1

    it was running snow leopard, upgraded from tiger I think.

    Pls note, if it helps answer my question below, I have bought Tiger instal disks.

    Today I have bought another G4 but it does not have airport card and cant connect wirelessly , whereas the old one want to know if possible/ if so how to remove airport card from old one and instal in new one ...specs for new G4 (os panther) are :

    Memory: 256 MB Release Year: 2003
    Hard Drive Capacity: 80 GB Release Month: September
    Processor Type: PowerPC G4 Product Family: iMac G4
    Processor Speed: 1 GHz Screen Size: 15"
    MPN: M9285B/A

    See reviews

    Detailed item information
    Product Identifiers
    Brand Apple
    Product Family iMac G4
    Model ID PowerMac6,1
    Model Number M6498
    MPN M9285B/A
    EAN 0718908525630

    Processor Type PowerPC G4
    Processor Speed 1 GHz

    Video Output Interface AGP 4x
    Bus Speed 167 MHz

    Screen Type CRT Display
    Screen Size 15"

    Hard Drive
    Hard Drive Capacity 80 GB
    Hard Drive Interface DMA/ATA-100 (Ultra)

    RAM Technology DDR SDRAM
    Manufacturer's RAM Capacity 256 MB
    Installed Cache Memory 256 KB

    CD / DVD
    Optical Drive Type CD-RW/DVD-ROM
    Optical Drive Read Speed 8x (DVD)
    Optical Drive Write Speed 32x (CD)

    On Board Graphic Processor NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
    Installed Video Memory 32 MB

    Audio Output Sound card

    Modem Type Fax / Modem

    Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
    Networking Type Integrated Network Card

    Please note we are not computer literate and need very simple instructions if someone can help please. Would be really grateful if someone can help get us sorted out on this issue.

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Feb 07, 2011
    Have just gone ahead and removed airport card from old g4 and inserted into new g4 but no airport showing...we did insert it logo side up ( showing) as it was in old g4, pushed it in securely and conencted antenna but no!!

  3. #3

    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.4
    Here is a how-to from Apple. To remove existing card follow steps 3 and 4 in reverse. The antenna cable is pretty delicate so do not use force.
    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!

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Feb 07, 2011
    Can u kindly give the link to the how to..... Thanks

    ps -just re-instaleld and clicked it securely into place.....

    it now works - we have wireless internet on new G4 !!! But no safari - every time we laod safari and it goes to google home page we get a message saying the application safari has unexpectedly quit ....we cna get to internet via yahoo and apple sites which are saved as favourites on the main apple site page , but cant get on internet via safari - any ideas why not? and could we instal tiger os to resolve this issue ( over panther os).....

  5. #5

    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.4
    Both Tiger and Panther are pretty old operating systems, however Tiger is much faster and if you upgrade you will need another version of Safari. Also try Firefox when you get Tiger installed. Remember your Tiger DVD needs to be the full retail instal disc, black coloured, and NOT a silver/grey model specific disc. Also in the iMac, 256MB on memory will never do. 1GB for Tiger. And remember you are working with eight to nine year old computers so do not expect too much.
    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!

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Feb 07, 2011
    hi there

    wireless internet now working fine through apple homepage but cant access internet via safari- keep getting prompted to submit bug report to apple:
    ex c_bad_access (0x0001)
    kern_protection_failure ( 0x0002) at 0 x 00000001

    it seems a prpblem with safari .....the thing is we cna access via apple page but it's a nuisance not being able to access via safari and every time we load up safari and do a google search safari crashes - is there a simple way to resolve?

    if we instal tiger would that resolve the crashing safari?

    ps - the tiger disk is the black one/full retail version, but we dont have 1 GB memory anyway to attempt it
    * Safari shows as version 1.3.2 in error report

  7. #7

    Member Since
    Feb 07, 2011
    problem is with accessing and using google - can get to google but it crashes safari when you do a search. And can only access earch engines /sites saved as bookmarks - trie dto lcoate parentla controls but cant see any.

    How easy/ hard is it to instal ram?

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