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    beaumonr
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    Unhappy Airport Not working or picking up signal
    Hi,

    My friend has a G4 powerbook and has purchased an Airport card. I'm a pc man.. sorry everyone... It came from an appple reseller in france, just a antistatic bag with card and no software. I plugged it into the slot onthe side... (fitted ok) and expected something to happen... but nothing. I found the airport stuff in networking and internet connect.. I can see an airport hex address (my pc speak MAC address) associated with the card but it does not pick up my linksys wireless router. I've got four PCs working happily.. no WEP, no MAC address filtering.. it's open.. totally. I've no way of knowing if the card is working ok. all the MAC networking stuff is configured for DHCP.. so is my router... stuck... can anyone help...

    cheers

    Rob

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    DVD Guy
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    I need this answer, too.

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    Airport Not working or picking up signal
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    Do you have 'wireless' enabled on the Linksys router? And if so, do you have an SSID entered and have it set to broadcast the SSID?

    On the Mac, under the Network pref pane, do you see the Airport card in the list of things it uses to connect and is the little light next to it green? yellow?
    Looking for a PowerMac G4 for $500 or less USD.

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    Airport Not working or picking up signal
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    Quote Originally Posted by beaumonr
    I plugged it into the slot onthe side... (fitted ok) and expected something to happen... but nothing.
    The airport card doesn't plug into the PCMCIA slot. You have to install it internally, on my 12" PB, you have to remove the battery, and there's a little slot to slide the Airport Card and plug in the Antenna.

    I've never heard of it working in the PCMCIA slot, but if the OS recognizes it and you get no signal, it's because the antenna is not plugged in to it, and in which case I would remove the card ASAP because you're transmitting without an antenna, even though the card puts out minimal wattage, you're still damaging a transmitter with no antenna, even slightly.

    I found the airport stuff in networking and internet connect.. I can see an airport hex address (my pc speak MAC address) associated with the card but it does not pick up my linksys wireless router.
    Again, plug it in the correct port, and attach the antenna.

    Once it's plugged in correct, all you have to do is setup for DHCP in the Network portion of System Preferences. Click the "Airport Bars" on the title bar of the finder to select your SSID.

    Let me know how it works.

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    pstauff
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    on my iBook it's installed underneath the keyboard. Ditch the PC card installation and do it this way.

    http://www.info.apple.com/usen/cip/p...4-apc-cip1.pdf

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    Airport Not working or picking up signal
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    Quote Originally Posted by pstauff
    on my iBook it's installed underneath the keyboard. Ditch the PC card installation and do it this way.

    http://www.info.apple.com/usen/cip/p...4-apc-cip1.pdf
    Correct, same goes with the G3 powerbook, but as of the G4 Powerbook, the Airport card is next to the battery, as the keyboard is not user removable.

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